Monday, February 27, 2012

Week 7 of 2012 Spring Poncho

Just finished a spring poncho, knitted with Tosh chunky, which is a nice plied merino yarn.  Mare and Margaux, colorway.  This first 2 ponchos I knit were out of non plied yarn, so far they look ok, but not great.. hoping the nature of plied yarn will make them last longer and look better....this photo is the first few days of knitting...

The poncho used about 7 skeins of the darker and a little more than one skein of the lighter yarn.

Life a bit hectic, 3 kids, 3 different schools, exams, SATS, college visits.... dog and work!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Week 6 of 2012

The lectures from VKL 2012, I attended four lectures, Nicky Epstein who did a lovely slide show of her book Knitting on the top of the world.  Pretty complicated looking patterns, but lots of knitting history.  Debating if I should pick this one up.....

Next was Debbie Stoller introduction to lace,,  major takeaway, never do decrease above your eyelet as it eats up the yarn... the decreases should line up so that the yarn overs "slide" down them....

Kaffe Fassett hosted a great colorful slideshow with photos of his studios, inspiring markets and geometries for his quilts, linens and knitting patterns....

Last but not least was Sally Melville who message to me was, make sure you knit things that you want to wear...even if they are not the most fun to knit... a worthwhile message and she is right.. many fun things to knit are not for me... I wear quiet clothing and bright accessories.

My LYS had a lovely booth  with loads of yarns, needles and book signings.....Dana and Melissa above found a cute doll....and some great yarn too!  Counting the days until VKL 2013!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Week 5 of 2012- More VKL

More from Vogue.. the classes: I took four.  I smile thinking about them... The opportunity to speak with knitters who love it as much as I do made me very happy....  The first class was Entrelac with Rosemary Drysdale, the one who wrote a great book on Entrelac with the lovely cover.  We got to see the the entrelac knitting from the cover...Really pretty.
 I did learn entrelac and got to practice "backwards" knitting, so I didn't have to turn the work every row. I made a nice size swatch using Misti Alpaca on a #10, when I got home, I looked at my little dog and realized I could turn the swatch into a coat!     The first class was Saturday morning, grabbed  a quick lunch walked the markeplace and grabbed some more yarn....Jill Draper makes stuff, her Hudson yarn and a bit more from woolbearers.....

Back to class, Chris Bylsma demystified steeking for me... did 2 different versions, adding 4 stitches and knitting through the back loop on all 4, after you are done knitting you crochet up through the middle of the stitches..... If you decide after wards you crochet into the side of a full stitch and leave 2 columns and do it again...  Happily I was able to sell my gala ticket so I could go home and relax.....
On Monday I had 2 more classes, ribbing with Cookie A and Cast on Bind off with Amy Detjen...... The ribbing class focused on ribbing as an extension of socks, sweaters mittens.. so the ribbing matches  the pattern.... Interesting. not my favorite though...

Amy's class was extremely entertaining... her contagious exuberance and enthusiasm made this class fly by... I learned the Icord cast on.. which is a bit tricky to get it to have a nice first row... More next time on the lectures I went to........peace...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Week 4 of 2012

I have been knitting, more cowl bandanas(2 to be precise for a total of 15!) and finishing up a hat to match a cowl from last fall.  I am working on a design for a new cowl.. have made 2 and ripped them both back(after taking photos...)

However I did want to write up my experience at the Vogue Knitting Live.... Friday afternoon I walked the 7 blocks from my office to the NY Hilton Hotel.  This is a very large building facing 6th Avenue (the streets official  name is Avenue of the Americas since 1945!)  Midtown is well served by the subway lines, B, D, F, 1 are all near the hotel.  It was the coldest weekend of the winter... but great conditions were found inside. Lots of yarny sunshine....   Registration was a breeze, no lines lot of smiling faces, I picked up my Kaffe Fassett book that came with my class package. It was still about 1/2 hour until the marketplace was opening.  Happily Vogue had set up a room with tables for sitting(waiting), knitting, eating and relaxing.  Out came my knitting,my audio book and I waited happily.  I could see vendors dragging in the final bags of yarn, books and samples. Soon it was time to line up and in we all marched, proudly wearing our knitted garb.  I immediately went up to a " wholesaler" that brings bags of yarn offered at 1/2 price.  There was lots of lovely yarn noro, one of my personal favorite brands.  I pulled aside three bags but after calming down from the yarn induced high, my calmer more rationale brain prevailed. Back the bags went into the large bins and I WALKED AWAY!  This was a very good move as I have quite a bit said noro at home and havent really been actively knitting it for a couple of years now....

  Lets see if there is something new and different here?  I walked around more calmly now.  The yarn frenzy had been "squelched" I was ready.  Creatively Dyed yarn.... love it..but have some in stash still.. Keep moving..Cashmere,nice price, but not really unique.... keep moving and looking.. Woolbearers, a lovely booth with hand dyed yarn. I found their chunky superwash irresistible.  A teal yarn with black overwash and Chocolate covered cherry flavored yarn both came home with me. This became a cowl and mitts for my sons teacher... The cowl was knit during the VKL event....I visited with Tess Designer Yarns and found my way over to Jill Draper Makes stuff. I loved her colors and designs.  I wanted to sleep on it and after all didn't want to spend my entire budget the first night!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Week 3 of 2012- Worlds Fastest Cowl

Here is the pattern for the  worlds fastest cowl  lays flat, no curl! love it.. shows the colors of the yarn....

I wanted a cowl that was 1 skein, laid flat and showed off the lovely colors of this skein of Malabrigo Rasta.
The problem with reverse stockinette is that it curls... so did a garter edge but used reverse stockinette in the middle.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Week 2 of 2012 entrelac sweater for a teeny tiny dog....

Just finished Vogue Knitting live....Had a great time.  Steeking/ Chris Bylsma,  Entrelac Rosemary Drysdale, Ribbing for edging/ Cookie A, and Cast On Bind Off/Amy Detjen. Lectures by Kaffe, Nicky E, Sally M. and Debbie S.

The rock stars of knitting.... I am incredible inspired.   1st VKL project inspiration: Doggie Entrelac!

Immediately took the swatch for my Entrelac class took the bind off-off and continued knitting, put 2 armholes in for a small dog and seamed up the side.   Picked up stitches around the neck and did a ribbing k1p1 for the doggie turtle neck et VOILA.....

If anyone wants the pattern.. let me know on Ravelry!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bikerly Mitts Week 1/2012

Weekly posting, 2012 goal.....I would like to fill my memory palace with the joy of knitting.  I just finished the audio book Moonwalking with Einstein, this is about a journalist who while writing a story on memory competitions became a memory champ.  very interesting listen/read...

One point that I think I agree with, is that memory and documenting memories helps to keep the joy of the "memories" in your mind and life.... I use Facebook to document family photos and will use this blog(along with Ravelry) to document the knitting that I do....

I made a hat for my son, Jacobs,teacher -Matt.  Jacob came home and said that Matt was wearing it as a cowl.  This was a bit horrifying as I used a yarn not meant to be worn next to his skin.... In the meantime a lovely yarn showed up at Knitty City,  Maxima by Manos in the  multi Beehive colorway. The minute I saw it I knew it was perfect for Matt and home it came.  I wound it up that night and started a cowl.  It tooks 3 times to get to the right pattern for this wool and for Matt in particular.  I started with seed stitch, yuck, then did some reverse stockinette.. also not very attractive.  I realized that stockinette was necessary to show off the colors and highlight the beauty of this yarn.  The Purl, Bandana Cowl was perfect! In 24 hours it was done with enough yarn leftover to make some fingerless mitts... Matt is cyclist so a cowl and fingerless gloves seems like a good idea....I wasnt quite sure that I would have enough yarn for 2 nice sized mitts, so the last 2 inches are in a solid black, some leftover Patons from a hat project was lying around..Perfect!

Simple Biker mitts:

Manos Maxima, 1 skein, Size 8 needles, gauge 4/inch

cast on 36…join in the round
6 rows garter
24 rows st. in round
12 rows flat to create thumb slot
2 rows in the round again
switch to black
8 rows
6 rows garter
bind off loosely

Make 2!
I took the black and did a simple single crochet around the thumb hole...You could just leave as written...