Episode 25 Designer Interview

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. I hope you enjoy my chat with colorwork Designer Deborah Tomasello of PatchworksByDebi at the end of a podcast. She is donating a pattern to give away!

News:

I’m going to come right out and say it. I need more test knitters. I only have 2 so far and would like at least 2 more. There is a thread with all the details in my Ravelry group so please go check it out if you are interested in test knitting. I knit my shawl with Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering which is a beautiful Merino/Silk blend with 500yards per skein. Lost City Knits Foothills Fingering 100 Merino wool at 560 yards per skein. Another luscious yarn that is little less expensive but still beautiful. 

Senior Love Along is getting closer!  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! Check out the chat thread to see pictures of all the lovely prizes!

Knitting:

WIPs

Marc’s cable sweater knit with Bainin by Virtual Yarns. Designed by me with the help of Craftsy class Custom Cable Pullovers by Carla Scott

Canadiana Sock with Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana 

Wee Cria by Ysolda using Cashsoft DK by Rowan

All other WIP’s on hold until Marc’s Rhinebeck sweater is done.

FO

Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn.

Mitered Crosses Blanket square

Spinning – 

FO’s: 

Nadda

WIPs:

Still working on the Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty in the Spring, Sprang, Sprung color way. Slowly but surely….loving the process

Rolags from Blue Barn Fiber on Etsy. Colorway Kansas Merino and Baby Alpaca blend. Not liking these rolags at all. Getting tangled up in themselves and not carded nice. All clumped up and dare I say slightly felted in some spots. Spun on my Lendrum 

Just got some punis from On The Round of Angora and Merino blend. LOVE this fiber and the wonderful and friendly service from Rachel. spinning up so beautifully on my Greensleeves Spindle http://www.greensleevesspindles.com

Shash Enhancements:

Angora and Merino punis from On The Round in natural colors

Canoe project bag from Jan Smiley’s Esty Shop

Pattern Giveaway! Donated by amazing color work designer Deborah Tomasello you can win a copy of her InfiniTam pattern which is really more like a mini book! 31 pages long you can make in infinite number of unique tams using the different pattern selections she gives you to choose from. To find out how to win check out the thread in my Ravelry group. Also check out her huge Ravelry Group ColorworksByDebi

You have to be a member of the group to win.

World’s Largest Swatch

Getting ready for winter knitting and pulled out my husband’s fisherman’s sweater which has been put away for quite a while. The sweater body is coming out a lot smaller than my gauge swatches led me to believe. I knit all the different patterns separately when swatching so it’s possible they were off. I had Marc try it on and it is very tight all around yet I calculated it for 4″ of ease! I also should be starting the armholes but I still have a couple of inches before I get there. This really bites.

Marc says he doesn’t care, but I don’t want him wearing something that looks like crap. To be sure I don’t mess it up again I gave it a soak and hung it outside to dry. Now I am measuring 15 inches across all the cable patterns and my seed st on the edge is 3 1/8″ for 10sts. So there you have it. The world’s largest swatch!

PS Learn from my mistake and don’t try to save yarn when swatching. You really need to repeat the pattern a couple of times in each direction to get a correct gauge. Lesson learned.

My knitting history Part 1

I am Amy and I love to knit.

I am really excited to be starting this blog so I can share my projects, nightmares and wonderful successes with anyone who would like to hear.

I started knitting when I was a young kid. My Grandma and Aunt Judy were excellent knitters and I wanted to be able to knit like them. They were able to teach me the basic stitches before I completely lost interest. This was in the 70’s. That’s ok, because the seeds were planted and the basics were learned. Years later when my son was born, my Grammy and Aunt knit numerous sets, blankets and booties for him and this got the bug going again for me. This was in the mid 80’s. My sister paid for a knitting class for me as a gift and I knit a sampler vest. This was the first project I ever completed. It came out quite good for a first project. I don’t know what happened to it, but I did wear it proudly for quite a while.

Warp ahead to the early 90’s. After my son was born, and I made the lonely vest, my time was spent working, going to school and being a Mom. No time (or money for that matter) for knitting. In 92 I graduated college and got a good paying job. As a reward, I set out to make a fisherman’s sweater. This is a sad story. I loved the cable knitting. I just loved it. I worked on it gleefully. If I had any troubles with it Grammy was there to help. It was a hooded zip up sweater. I still have the pattern book here somewhere and some day I vow to make this sweater.

What happened? I got pregnant with my daughter in ’93. This put the fisherman sweater on hold and I attempted to make a baby sweater. It came out awful. It was a sky blue with strings of mini pom poms knitted in with it. I put it on my daughter once and decided once was enough. Don’t know what happened to it and don’t think I really want to know.

Ok, back to the fisherman sweater. I am up to the front panels now and I have to shape the hood. It is not coming out well at all. Very sadly, my Aunt had passed away and my Grammy, heartbroken after loosing another child (my Dad, her oldest died when I was 11), didn’t want to knit any more. The only thing that put a smile on her face were her great grandchildren. Because of this the fisherman went on hold. Before my daughter’s first birthday, my Grandma passed away. The fisherman never was completed and recently when going through my closet, I found it. Moths had gotten to it and there were stains on it from who knows what. I decided to throw it away. I will start fresh and eventually make this sweater if I can find that pattern.