Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Yarn Line


We just picked up a new yarn line at Yarntopia that I'm absolutely crazy about. It is different from all of the usual suspects. Check it out here.

I'm thinking this is going to be my first spring knit of 2011!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Great Article

One of my yarn reps posted a link to this on Facebook. Great read.

Click here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Modern Top-Down Knits

I haven't fallen in love with a knitting book in quite some time. I suppose it is due to the fact that I'm surrounded by patterns day in and day out. (Poor me, right?)

Kristina McGowan, the author, is a student of Barbara Walker's method of seamless knitting. She has put together a wonderful collection of stylish and wearable knits. Here are a few of my favorites:

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Twinkle by Wenlan - Fall 2010

Classic Elite Yarns, the distributor of the Twinkle line of yarn, has put out a pamphlet with most of the handknits from her Fall 2010 fashion show. What a great opportunity for handknitters to recreate a current high fashion garment! I wish other fashion houses would do the same.

from Twinkle's Seventh Avenue
Distributed by Classic Elite Yarns
$14.95 at local yarn shops (like Yarntopia !)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kenzo Kit for Hand Knitters

Don't you wish some of the other fashion houses would do this? Kenzo is putting this vintage design out later this month for purchase. LOVE!

Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm so behind

Here is a sampling of some of the knits I've done since my last post. Just because I've been quiet, doesn't mean I'm not knitting my little fingers to the bone!



Boxy Top from Rowan Midwest Modern Knits

Soar from Louisa Harding #25 Dream Catcher

Chrysanthemum from Louisa Harding #24



Monday, June 7, 2010

Sirene

Here is my first garment design. Y'all enjoy! I'll have the PDF ready soon.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thinking

I know that I've been gone from the blog-o-sphere for quite some time. I think I've been hesitant to post because I'm starting a new chapter in my knitting life. For a long time I've thought about doing some design work. I have the skills to do it, just not the confidence. Sheryl convinced me that I should stop hem-hawing about it and just do it. It doesn't matter if no one else likes it. If it's not 100% perfect, that's OK too (Lord knows I find mistakes in patterns all the time!) Part of my problem is that I don't feel like I'm very creative. I can look at things and think "that's super cool", but it's hard for me to come up with something out of my own imagination.



I finished a loose fitting lace summer pullover that I love. I made it out of Classic Elite Katydid (aran cotton tape) that works up perfectly for the look I was going for. I've written up the pattern, but I'm still missing the photo. One of my other confidence issues it having photographs taken of me. That is why a lot of my sweaters are on mannequins or my head is cut out of the picture. Anyway, I wanted a really good picture taken for this being my first design. Sheryl is a really good photographer, but it is hard to work out a time where we can have a location shoot. I may have to get my daughter R to take the picture. She has a great eye for a nine year old.



I hope to have the pattern up next week.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sassy Summer Halter Pattern

Sassy Summer Halter
By Amy’s Daughter

Size: 2 yr (4, 6, 8, 10)
20 (22, 24, 26, 28) inches – chest circumference

Yarn: Nashua Handknits Cilantro - 136 yards – aran weight
1 ball each
#12 Lime Sorbet, #5 Rose, #8 Mango, #10 Aqua

Needles: #9 24 inch circular, #9 DPNs

Notions: Stitch holder or waste yarn, 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge: 16 st x 24 rows = 4 inches

Notes: Cilantro is a cotton/poly yarn that is very stretchy. The pattern is written to be fitted, thus the yarn is perfect for this project. If using another yarn, you may want to add extra stitches (in a multiple of 4) when casting on to allow for “room to grow”, and adjust pattern accordingly.

Also, the length of the halter is generous so that your little one can wear it for more than one season.

Pattern:

With circ needles, CO 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts, PM, CO 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) st, PM to
idicate beginning of row. 88 (96, 104, 112, 120) sts total.

Round 1 - *k2, p2* repeat ** until end of round
Repeat round 1 until you have 1” of ribbing

Next round – K all sts (stockinette st)

Continue in stockinette st, changing color every 3 (3.5, 4, 4.5, 5) inches. Begin 4th color
And knit 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) rows.

BO half of the total sts (the sts between the markers). You should have 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts remaining.

You will now be knitting flat.

Row 1: SSK, K to 2 sts before end, K2tog
Row 2: Purl all sts

Repeat rows one & two 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) times more. You will have 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts remaining. End with a WS row facing.

Slip 1st 3 sts onto st holder or waste yarn.

BO purlwise all by 3 sts (2 on LH needle, 1 on RH needle). Purl to end.

Begin I-cord: Put remaining 3 sts on DPN. With remaining 3 sts, work a 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) inch i-cord. BO all sts.

Put the 3 live stitches that are on the stitch holder onto a DPN. Re-attach yarn and begin knitting 2nd i-cord the same length as the 1st. BO all sts.

Weave in ends.

Abbreviations:
DPN – double point needle
Sts – stitches
PM – place marker
CO – cast on
BO – bind off
SSK – slip, slip, knit
K2tog – knit two together
WS – wrong side
LH – left hand
RH – right hand`

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Where has the time gone?

I can't believe that I haven't posted since September. No real reason other than laziness. Since it is January, I'll will do my annual knit tally.

Sweaters - 15
Baby Sweaters - 1
Purse - 1
Slippers - 3 pairs
Halloween masks - 2

Hopefully I'll get back in the blogging drivers seat now that I've broken my silence. I do have some cool things to talk about, just not today.