Upcoming Retreat

Hello again!  (Look at that – I’m posting a second time in January!)  :-)

I can announce my first teaching appearance this year – Fiber Frolic Spring 2016.  Here is the post about the classes I will be teaching.  Keep an eye on the Fiber Frolic website – registration should open up in a day or two.  If you are interested in attending the Frolic, I would recommend getting your hotel accommodations lined up asap!

I’m very excited to be joining the Frolic this year – and super excited to be teaching!  It should be loads of fun!

On the designing front, I finished my second design that is due the end of January (yay for meeting a deadline early!), and am SO close to finishing my third (and last of this batch).  This last one really needs to be mailed out in a few days – so I need to finish it by tonight so I have time to block it before mailing it off!  eek!  And despite saying I wouldn’t respond to any more submission calls for a couple of months – there are two that just popped up that I can’t help rolling ideas around for in my head.  So, I may have no resolve on that front, we’ll see. :-D  I always tell myself – ‘The odds of them getting accepted are slim!’ and submit anyway – and then they aren’t rejected like I think they will be!  I guess that’s not something I should be complaining about, huh?

Anyhoo!  I’m off to frantically knit and finish this current design!  Keep your eyes peeled for the Frolic registration to open up, and I hope to see you all there in March!

Happy Knitting!

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday season!  I sure did!

Sorry I’ve been long away from the blog – life and all its associated complications have kept me swamped!  I figured I should fill you in on things since the last time I posted (the end of July – yikes!!).

I’ve been busy designing, of course – pretty much all of my knitting nowadays is design knitting.  It’s an interesting development for me.  I took up knitting as a pleasure hobby, and now it’s become basically a job.   I never would have thought when I first started out that this would be where I ended up.  I’m not complaining – on the contrary, it’s very exciting for me and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store for me!

My Holiday months were packed with 3 designs all at once.  One is (mostly!) out of my hands now, but two are still keeping me very busy – and will until the end of January.  So look for some new designs from me in various publications around July. :-)

I had a new design come out since the last time I posted – my Fiddleback Cowl was in the Cast On Winter 2015-16 issue.

Cowl imageI was really pleased with how it turned out, and the yarn was just sumptuous to work with (Miss Babs Hot Shot in the color ‘Dark Andromeda’.)

 

 

 

 

 

2016 is bringing some teaching opportunities for me as well!  Look for an announcement or two soon about a couple of events where I will be an instructor.  If you can’t make an in-person class, the TKGA has several correspondence courses available, and I am the instructor for a few of the new mini-courses!

I will strive to post more regularly here this year – it’s one of my ‘resolutions’, even though I don’t really make resolutions. :-)

So, until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

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FO Friday: Queen Anne’s Lace shawl

I finally finished the shawl I’ve been working on for forever.  (Well, I finished it a while ago but only just now got around to a blog post about it.  oops!)
It was my ‘downtime’ knitting project for when I wasn’t working on my own designs and when I needed some knitting with me, so it was worked on very sporadically.
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Pattern:  Queen Anne’s Lace by MMario
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in color ‘Altitude’ – 3 skeins
Needles: US 6
Started:  March 14, 2014
Finished:  May 20, 2015
Modifications:  I followed the pattern pretty much as written, except for the very end.  I didn’t like that the final motif didn’t come to a point, so I added rows bringing that motif to a point, then added about 12 rows of basic point lace to the very edge to give the edge a more lacy look.

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I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, now I just need Fall to get here so I can wear it!

I have a few blog posts in the works, so hopefully it won’t be so long before my next post.  Until then, Happy Knitting!

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Video Tutorial: Two Row Bind Off

The two row bind off creates a firm, non-elastic bind off which looks good on stockinette fabric, but even better on 1×1 ribbing.  The BO edge ends up having eyelets which work perfectly for adding fringe to the edge of your knitting – on a scarf for example.

I filmed a quick video tutorial on this bind off, since I couldn’t easily find any videos out there for it!  It’s super easy to work.

Give this bind off a try sometime!

Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: Graphite Socks

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Did you check out the most recent issue of Cast On magazine?  I have another new sock pattern in the May-July 2015 issue: Graphite Socks.

These socks are knit from the toe up with an afterthought heel.  The pattern is a slipped stitch pattern, so they look much more complicated than they really are!  Only one color is used at a time, but the slipped stitches intermingle the colors (when more than one color is used).  These were really fun to design and knit!

Check out Cast On if you like these!

Happy Knitting!

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