WiP Wednesday

Look at that – I actually have a couple somethings to show you!

I’m working on a pair of plain socks (with afterthought heels) as my ‘mindless knitting’ – and they’re a good ways done.

The yarn is Knit Picks Felici in colorway ‘Time Traveler’ (it’s supposed to be the colors of the 4th Doctor’s scarf!)

I recently bought some scrumptious Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport yarn to do a cardigan with. I was going to design something, but I’m kind of in ‘design burnout’ right now, so I decided to find a pattern to use that fit my criteria (cardigan or easily converted to such, colorwork at hem or yoke). I found the perfect pattern in ‘Rusty‘ by Steinunn Birna Guojonsdottir.

I’m planning on only steeking the yoke, and adding some waist shaping. But I fell in love with the colorwork flowers and think it will be perfect.

As you can see I only *just* started it, lol. 🙂

Hopefully I’ll have more to show you soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern, DC trip and sickness

Hello all!  So sorry for my long absence – I was pretty sick all of last week, so I was unable to post an update.  Now I’m feeling much better, so I can get that update to you!

I had wonderful students for my 2 classes at the Carolina Fiber Festival!  Both classes went very well, and hopefully my students enjoyed themselves and learned some things. 🙂  My next teaching appearances will be on April 22 and May 6th at Baskets of Yarn – teaching ‘Sweater Basics’, and at the Unwind Retreat in Blowing Rock April 28 – May 1.  I hope to see you at one or the other (or both!)

I have a new pattern out!  Light the Torches Socks are in the newest edition of Cast On magazine – I hope you like them!  They were lots of fun to design and knit.

They are knit toe up, in 2 colors, with a round toe and afterthought heels.

I’m finishing up my most recent design – a lace shawl.  It’s turned out lovely, I’m quite excited about it.  It’ll be in the Summer issue of Cast On, along with my article on Estonian Lace.  Keep your eyes open for my other lace shawl to be published around June as well – I’m excited about that one, too!  This summer is going to be a summer of lace for me. 🙂

We spent the last week in March in Washington DC for an award my husband had won at his work.  We had a wonderful time, and were lucky enough to see the cherry trees in bloom!  The highlight of our trip had to be getting a private tour of the Capitol Building and getting to sit on the House floor.  Running a close second was our private dinner at the Air and Space museum – it was so nice touring the museum with so few people!  (And the food was excellent as well!)

 

Well, that’s it from me for now!
Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Upcoming Classes

Hi everyone!

Carolina Fiber Fest is coming up in a week!  Who’s coming?  I’m teaching ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ and ‘Finishing School’ – both on Saturday.  My short row class is one where we learn a ton of different techniques to perform short rows.  It’s a pretty fun class!  And Finishing School is a new class of mine where we learn a few different basic seaming techniques.  It should be a fun class as well!  Register here for classes – I hope you see you there!

I also have another new class I’m teaching locally at Baskets Of Yarn – ‘Sweater Basics’.  It’ll be on April 22 and May 6.  In this class we’ll knit a small teddy bear sweater to learn the basics of knitting sweaters!  You’ll learn the importance of gauge, basic sweater shapes, how to follow a sweater pattern, and finally – how to seam your sweater!  I’m just finishing up the sweater sample now, so I’ll post a photo of it next week once I have it all done – it’s super cute!  You can register for this class here.

As soon as I get the sample sweater done I have to get started on my next design to be published in the Summer issue of Cast On – I just got the yarn today and I have about a month to get it done (a lace shawl) – so I’m going to be one busy knitter here the next few weeks! 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!  (And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) 🙂

 

 

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WiP and teaching 

I’ve got a pair of plain socks on my needles, now that I’m between design knitting for a few days!  These will have afterthought heels so that the stripes are maintained. The yarn is Felici from Knit Picks in the Time Traveler colorway.  This is the first that I’ve used this yarn, and I’m loving it!

I finished my socks for Cast On, just in the nick of time, too!  Next up is a lace shawl for the summer issue of Cast On, but I’m waiting on the yarn for that. I’m busy prepping for my upcoming classes, too! So I’m quite the busy bee lately. Thank goodness the boys are older and need less ‘teacher time’ from me nowadays!

Come see me at one of my upcoming teaching appearances:
Sign up for the Carolina Fiber Fest here! (I’m teaching A Sampling of Short Rows, and Finishing School).
(Oh, and if you’re taking my Finishing School class, here is a link to the homework!)
Sign up for the Unwind Retreat here!
Sign up for my Sweater Basics class at Baskets of Yarn here!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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FO Friday

I actually have a FO to show you on a Friday!  How about that!

I finished my Sacre Coeur shawl the other day, and just in the nick of time, too.  My design yarn came the day I finished the shawl, otherwise I would have had to set the shawl down and finish it later.  I didn’t get around to blocking it until yesterday, though.

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Pattern: Sacre Coeur by Nim Teasdale
Yarn: Crochet the Winter Hunter Yarns: Sparkle Sock in colorway ‘Frozen Icicles’
Needles: US 6 and 7
Started: Feb 2, 2017
Finished:
Feb 18, 2017

Finished Measurements: 18″ deep at center, and 70″ wide.  This sucker is long.  More like a scarf than a shawl.  I’m not sure how I feel about the shape- I’ll have to wear it sometime and see what I think about it.  The subtle sparkle in the yarn is great though.  I definitely need an Elsa-esque outfit to wear with it. 😉

Pattern was good, pretty easy to follow.  I did 6 repeats of chart 2 and 2 full repeats of the edging chart before binding off.  I bound off VERY loosely so I could get decent points.  As it is they are still pretty shallow.

So, now I’m deep into design knitting!  My socks should be done in the next couple days hopefully, and then it’ll be lace shawl design time and article writing time.  Oh, and class prep time too!  I have 2 new teaching appearances to announce!

I’ll be teaching at the Carolina Fiber Fest in Raleigh, NC – March 24 -25th. (I’ll be there the 25th.  Classes will be posted soon!)

I’ll also be teaching a ‘Sweater Basics’ class here in Charlotte at Baskets of Yarn!  Six hour class – two 3 hr sessions: April 22 and May 6 from 11-2pm.  Join me there to learn about knitting sweaters!

(And I believe there are still spots available for the Unwind Getaway: April 28-May 1 in Blowing Rock, NC.)

I have a very busy Spring!  I hope to get to see you at one or more of these events!

For now, Happy Knitting!

 

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