Episode 11 Vogue Knitting Live!

This episode is all about Vogue Knitting Live. I’ll show all my new purchases and spend the second half of the podcast talking about my favorite parts of the event. Enjoy!

Here’s Links:

Artisan Lockspun Yarn from Wunsapana Farm

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus Goldenrod and D Train Dreams

Superwash Merino Cashmere by LionBrand Slate, Wine, and Green Tea

Hedgehog Fibers Sock Yarn Wildflower Ooak

Loop Bat  Earth Mother

 

Lost City Knits

Foothills Fingering in the color Vintage

Twin Canyon in Cirillos and Silver Bells for my Guardian Of Air Shawl

Episode 6: Under The Weather

Show notes for Dec 15, 2013

Welcome!

What I’m wearing:
Color Your Own by Ann Bourgeois with Philosopher’s Wool

Today I will have
WIPs
FO
New Stash
News:
Hudson Valley Knits Ravelry Group – Please join!
We have reached 101!!

GAL KAL – I’m having a gift giving KAL/CAL I have started a thread in the group for chatting and one for FO’s
Post a picture of the recipient wearing or holding the gift for a chance to win a skein of Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Starry Night colorway. 280 yds Superwash Merino.
Make sure you see the thread in my Ravelry group for rules

I will be starting a Washcloth collection thread in the group. Details are in the podcast and in the thread.
WIPS

Herbaceous Socks by Emily of Fibretown Podcast Fancy Pants Fiber Gussied Up by Oohfancypants of Whatcha Swatchin Podcast for the Dynamic Duo KAL at the Craft Stash Podcast

Against the Current Shawl

Garter stitch cowl with my North Cabin Fiber Arts SW Merino spun to a bulky weight.

FO

Cambio Cowl by Laura Nelkin

Spinning – nothing new

New to the Queue:
nothing

New Stash
String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock in Teal
2 project bags from Tangerine Designs

Let The Gift Knitting begin!

Welcome back to another podcast with Amy of Hudson Valley Knits

Show notes for Nov 17,2013

Welcome!

Today I will have
News
WIPs
FO’s – Some Spinning ones and one knitting
No New Stash
Review the Queue

News:

Thank you to JoAnna from Knit Spin Farm Podcast for the shout out!

I have submitted to iTunes! Please keep checking. Should be in the next couple of days

Hudson Valley Knits Ravelry Group – Please join!
When we reach 100 I will do a pattern give away – up to 52

GAL KAL – I’m going to do a gift giving KAL/CAL I will start a thread in the group
Post a picture of the recipient wearing or holding the gift for a chance to win a skein of Dragonfly Fibers Traveller in Starry Night colorway. 280 yds Superwash Merino

Rules
Must be a member of our group
Can double dip with other KAL’s
Show a  picture of recipient with gift
Can already be started
Have until January 8 because that is Elvis’ birthday.
Can be a gift for any occation

WIPS

Wooly Wormhead 2013 Mystery KAL
Spirit Trail Fiberworks Orihime Aran weight 80 Merino, 20 Cashmere
Living in LittleSkein bag LE

Herbaceous Socks by Emily of Fibretown Podcast Fancy Pants Fiber Gussied Up by Oohfancypants of Whatcha Swatchin Podcast for the Dynamic Duo KAL at the Craft Stash Podcast
Living in Yarniad bag

Against the Current Shawl by me using Mad Tosh Sock in Worn Denim
Living in Fat Squirrel large bag

Spinning FOs:

North Cabin FIber-Crafts Merino SW for Knitting Blooms KAL/CAL/SAL Little Mice

Knitting FO is hat for Marc. Made from my handspun, 100% Shetland. Also part of the Knitting Blooms KAL/SAL

The Coloring Book by Leethal, AKA Lee Meredith

Check it out!

I got a lot done today and am very pleased. I actually finished most of the Baby Kimono last night. Just need to block and add ribbon. This is a great quick and easy baby gift to make. I will keep this pattern handy for future babys. I will try to get a picture of DJ’s son wearing the sweater up here eventually, because we all know it’s the Babies we want to see. They are so precious!

 

Baby Kimono

Baby Kimono

I also finished the Emma Peel dress for Victoria. The yarn arrived on Friday and even though it was of a different lot, it blended wonderfully. You can’t see any difference. This is another great quick and easy gift for little girls. Easy yet just interesting enough not to be boring. Great project! I also liked the Classic Elite Pebbles. It was a great yarn to work with. It even frogged well. This was important as a couple of miscounts made me have to frog a few times in the same spot. The yarn was still full and fluffy. Not ‘beat up’ from being frogged so many times.

 

Emma Peel

Emma Peel

I don’t know when I will see Victoria to give her this gift. It is already too late for her birthday which was in January.  I am sure before the summer. I am going to pair it with a pair of leggings and a nice t-shirt to wear underneath. I will of course have pictures of her posing. She is very good at posing!

 

Victoria and my husband posing :)

Victoria and my husband posing 🙂

So I ask myself what is next. Well there are plenty of exciting projects. First and foremost I have resolved to finish my MIL’s Color Your Own Sweater so that will be my number one focus now.

I also have the yarn to start my daughter Rachael’s Autumn Rose. I may cast this on just to have something to work on once in a while. I will also work on tweaking the charts. I hate the way they chart the pattern. It is silly if you ask me. So small there is  not possible way I can follow it! Must create my own and I prefer to use colored charts with the color letter in the box, not some silly symbol. So I will polish that up and print it out so I can get moving on that.

Lets not forget the Alba Jacket! This is the project that has become the most anticipated. It will be my first Starmore pattern and definitely  a step up for me as far as skills are concerned. I intend to take my time with it and do an impeccable job.  VERY excited about this! When the yarn does come I will knit up a swatch for gauge, but then it will have to wait until I finish the CYO. It will be my incentive.

We are expecting a storm here in the North East and that means good knitting weather!

chao for now!

Did run out of yarn :(

I did run out of the Pebbles. I ordered a skein from Webs and hopefully they have my dye lot so I can finish this pretty dress. I was able to finish the back and a little up the front. 

I decided to bang out the Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting  for DJ’s new baby while I wait for the Pebbles to come in from WEBS. I cast it on last night and was able to get a good bit done before going to bed.

 

Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting

Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting

I have a feeling this will be done in not time at all. It is so soft! I am using Reynolds Rapture that I had in my stash. Only thing is I know it will be a pain to keep clean and must be hand washed. I will throw in a little bottle of Kukuburo for them to clean it with.

I am still waiting for the package to arrive from Camilla Valley Farms so I can knit up my swatch for the Alba Jacket. Maybe it will come today and I can work on that tonight? I plan on sticking with my vow to not start the Alba until the fair Isle for my MIL is done though. Just the swatch tonight then I start working seriously on the Color Your Own Fair Isle from Philosopher’s Wool. It is actually the banner picture at the top of my blog. I love the colors and being a worsted weight sweater I think I can get it done in a month or 2 for sure.

That’s it for now. Happy knitting everyone!

May run out of yarn

I am almost done with the Emma Peel dress for Victoria and I am almost certain I will run out of yarn. I went ahead and ordered more from Webs. I just hope the lots aren’t noticeably different.

 

Just the front shaping left to do

Just the front shaping left to do

I am also very excited about starting some new projects. I have ordered lots of new yarns and have received a lot of it already. All will be used to knit projects in my 2009 plan.

First package was from Knit Picks. I ordered their Palette yarns to make the Autumn Rose Sweater for Rachael.

 

Knit Picks Palette for Autumn Rose

Knit Picks Palette for Autumn Rose

You can see the swatch I knit this weekend using US2 which is what the pattern suggests. I had to go all the way up to 5s and I am still not getting gauge. I wonder if it is the yarn? I really don’t want to go higher than 5. I also think my sweater will have more tension than the swatch and it will be fine. I will get started on this maybe next weekend. I would like to finish the Emma Peel dress and get started on the Baby Kimono first.

I also bought some Simply Shetland Silk & Lambswool in Ardvreck colorway. It is a beautiful coppery brown perfect for Marc!  I was able to get it at a huge discount through the sale at Suzoo’s Wool Works. Great prices and free shipping!

 

To use for the Duxbury Point Pullover for Marc

To use for the Duxbury Point Pullover for Marc

I will not start this till much later. Marc’s birthday is not until December, so I have plenty of time. 

I am still waiting for the Jamieson’s DK from Camilla Valley Farms. As soon as that comes in I will knit up a swatch for gauge on the Alba Jacket. Can’t wait to see how that comes out!  I have made a commitment to finish the Fair Isle sweater for my MIL before I start the Alba Jacket. I really need to get that thing done. I think it will be very uplifting for my MIL. She has been in a slump lately. 

Lots of new stuff coming on the needles soon!

Time to switch it up

Well, I spent the whole day cleaning and doing laundry and now it is time to relax with some knitting. I have been working primarily on Victoria’s dress and have a bit to show for it. 

 

Victoria's dress

Victoria's dress

Tonight I am going to work on the Fair Isle sweater for my MIL. It is a Philosopher Wool Color Your Own sweater.  I know  I have said this before, but I will say it again. I love their wool, I love this pattern and their colors are beautiful. The different patterns are easy to memorize and that makes this a relaxing project. I have until her birthday in August to finish so their is no rush. It is nice to work on when other projects start to get a little dull.

I am working on the sleeves. I will most likely be able to finish the second sleeve tonight. Perhaps tomorrow I will cast on the body. I will be making this a cardigan sweater so I will have to steek the front and the sleeves. I have never done a button band. This will be the first. It will be a good piece for the first go. The worsted weight yarn should make it a bit easier.

 

Color Your Own Fair Isle

Color Your Own Fair Isle

I did take a little break during the day and played with my ball winder and swift. I was after all cleaning out the closet and organizing my yarn is a part of that. It was very meditative. I really enjoyed it. Made me want to wind up all my hanks but I just did the Rapture yarn that I will be using for my coworkers Baby Kimono sweater from the Mason Dixon Knitting book. Here are the colors. I will use the green as a trim and if there is any left I will make a little hat and booties.

 

Reynolds Rapture for Baby Kimono Sweater

Reynolds Rapture for Baby Kimono Sweater

That’s it for now. Time to turn on my audio book and knit!

Making plans for 2009

I was listening to the Knit Picks Podcast yesterday and the topic was New Year’s resolutions. I wish I could be as resolute as Kelly Pektun, but I have long since given up on setting resolutions. However, I don’t see why I can’t make some knitting plans. Sounds like a good idea. This way when I finish my next pair of socks and the Fair isle for my MIL, I won’t start scratching my head wondering what to do.

So first thing I must do is sort through my available stash. I am not a big stash hoarder. I simply don’t have the room in my tiny little row house. I do have some yarns leftover from old projects and I have a bunch of Lopi lite that I can’t decide what to do with. I also have a nice selection of sock yarn that can keep me busy making socks for the rest of the year for sure.

Step 2 is to decide what I want to do with all my stashed yarn. I could make hats and I want to try some moebius knitting. I could also make that adorable Alan Dart Gnome that I bought the pattern for. I will make a Zimmermann sweater with my Lopi yarn. My Zimmermann books should be here in the mail any day now. I purchased them with the Knit Picks gift certificate I got from my sis for Christmas.

I also have some cotton yarn I won from the Mason Dixon blog. With this I will make the dress from their book, Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines for Marc’s Goddaughter, Victoria. It will look really cute with some leggings. I think I will make that next. Or maybe even start it right away so she can wear it this year. Looks like a quick knit and  I could give it to her for her birthday.

Step 3 – decide very carefully what big projects I want to work on and invest in. I know one is the sweater that my DD Rachael wants. It is the Autumn Rose pullover and it can be made very economically using Knit Picks Yarn. Trouble is they won’t have the pattern book available until June of this year. That means I would have to knit it over the summer for her Bday in September. Should be doable. I could order the pattern book from CVF but that means big shipping costs.

I also know that I want to make an Alice Starmore design this year. I think my skills are now worthy of her beautiful designs. There is also a beautiful design by her daughter Jade called Firebirds that I would love to knit some day. It will be very difficult to pick the design to make. They are all so beautiful, but at $200 a kit, I must be choosy. This is not something I can afford to do often. This will be a tax return treat.

Lastly, I will allow myself to splurge a little when I go to Rhinebeck this year. Maybe a Philosophers kit? 😀 I love their wool even if it is a little pricey. It is not all dried out. It is soft and I just love it. They will be there and this will also save me shipping so, yes, perhaps a new Philosophers sweater to make in 2010!

So that should do it for 2009. So, over the next couple of days I will make a set plan of exactly what I want to make and in what order. I will post it here once I have made the decisions! This should be fun and I really don’t have to hold myself to anything if I don’t want to.

Moebius knitting

I have been checking out patterns for Moebius knitting on Ravelry. I am excited about trying this and have put a hold on Cat Bordhi’s Magical Knitting book at the library. I think a nicely draped shawl in a soft yarn I would love. What yarn to use? I would probably buy a cheap one for my first try but eventually would like to make one in a soft decadent fiber. 

Since finishing the Icelandic Yoke Sweater which is much better now that I adjusted the neck line, I have decided to pick up the Fair Isle sweater I am working on for my MIL. I am working on the second sleeve right now and it is coming along well. I am wondering if I might run out of yarn though, so I may change it up by switching around where I use the different colors. I think it will still look fine if I do this. The other option is order more yarn from Philosopher’s Wool, but I would rather make due with what I have.

Here is a picture of one of the sleeves:

 

Fair Isle - fist sleeve

Fair Isle - fist sleeve

The wave socks are pretty much hibernating right now. I really should finish it up. Maybe I will work on that today instead. I really should, shouldn’t I? OK , sock it is. 

Oh, I also have a book to pick up from the library. It is one of Barbara Walkers stitch books. I want to take a look at them to see if it is something I would want to add to my library in the future.

Happy Knitting!

My Knitting History Part 2

I love books. I love to read novels, but even more so, I like to read books to learn. I have taught myself a few different things from books. When they opened a Barnes and Noble store near me, I was thrilled. I would hang out there as much as possible and check out books on all sorts of topics. One day, I found a book on Fair Isle knitting by Eugene and Ann Bourgeois called Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified. I loved the sweaters in the book and decided I had to make one. I purchased the book and later a sweater kit from their website. I wasn’t very good at finishing off sweaters. I had actually never finished one, so this was perfect because the Philosopher’s Wool Fair Isle Sweaters are knit in the round. I used the Fall Colorway and knit a Color Your Own Sweater. It was so easy and fun. It took me only 3 months to finish!

Here I am wearing the Philosopher's Wool sweater I made.

Here I am wearing the Philosopher Wool sweater in the Fall colorway

 

I ordered another kit in the Night Sky colorway, but never managed to start it until just recently. I have one sleeve done so far. It is the picture in the banner of my page. 

Another project I have started as a result of a trip to the 2004 Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. I had just started dating my husband and had not yet met his Mom. I thought going to the fair together would be a great idea! Besides I wanted to make something for my new love and what better place to get some wool? I ended up buying some rather bulky, fuzzy wool and deciding I would make my own pattern. I started knitting in the round a simple cable pattern. It is now going to be a blanket because it is coming out WAY too big, not to mention fuzzy. Every time I worked on it there would be fuzz all over everything! I don’t know what to do about that.

The Way Too Big and Fuzzy Sweater!

I worked on this sporadically over the past few years. Usually only if it were colder weather due to the size of it. 

This year I went to the Rhinebeck fair again. I had gone last year, but didn’t purchase much. It was fun to walk around and check everything out, but I really couldn’t afford to spend much. I ended up buying a skein of alpacka yarn to make some fingerless gloves for my daughter. Still haven’t started those. So, this year my Aunt and Uncle were coming up to visit and when talking to my Uncle about what we could do while they were up, he mentioned the idea of maybe going to a local fair. Well what do you know. It was the same weekend as the Sheep and Wool! I really didn’t think he would care too much for a Sheep and Wool Festival, but they thought it was a great idea! Cool! My sister Kim knits too and is interested in buying some Alpachas for a farm and my sister Lisa is a little crafty too. We ended up having a great time. I purchased some mohair yarn for a shawl that I am whizzing through. 

The Shawl from this years Sheep and Wool Festival

The Shawl from this years Sheep and Wool Festival

I also picked up the itch to knit again. I started up on the Philosopher wool sweater that has been sitting in my closet for years and started this shawl. Oh no, we can’t stop there! I have bought about 6 different knitting books from Amazon and wool for 2 more projects and downloaded tons of knitting podcasts to listen to and get ideas from. I am loving it!

 

Some beautiful Lopi Wool for a sweater and some more for a shawl

Some beautiful Lopi Wool for a sweater and some more for a shawl

So here we go! I don’t think this is just a phase. I have gone to a couple of knitting meetups at the local coffee shop and have signed up for an invite to Ravelry so I can share with others. Looking forward to tracking and writing about my knitting projects here as well!