FO Posts, Teaching, WiP Posts

FO Friday

I have a finished object to show you! My Dr Who socks are done!  I’m pretty happy with them (I matched the start of the stripes up perfectly!)  The heel could fit better, but they’re good enough. 🙂

And I’m working on my cardigan still. Both sleeves are done and I’ve started on the body!

I’m not sure if I’ll do waist shaping or not, we’ll see. I’m doing the non-colorwork portion flat, and might do the colorwork portion flat as well, I’ll decide when I get to it. I’ve added ‘faux’ side seam purl stitches on each side – I added those after the ribbing portion. I have a couple other mods as well, I’ll list those in detail in a later post.  BTW, this yarn is heavenly to work with! The Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport yarn. Scrumptious!

I had a ball teaching this past weekend at Unwind Getaway in Blowing Rock. My classes were fun to teach and full of lovely people that it was a pleasure to get to know!  A weekend I won’t forget!

I’ll be teaching at the Georgia Fiber Fest this coming September in Columbus, GA. Maybe I’ll see some of you there?

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

WiP Posts

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!

Techniques, WiP Posts

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!!

WiP Posts

WiP in Progress

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I am in love with these colors!

I’m almost done with my Sacre Coeur shawl, and a good thing, too!  My design yarn will be arriving any day now and as soon as it gets here I’ll need to bust my behind to get my socks knitted for the upcoming issue of Cast On!  (The deadline is fast approaching, and I’m getting a little bit nervous!)  I’m a pretty fast sock knitter though, and the pattern is (mostly) written, so hopefully it all goes well. 🙂

Stay tuned – I have another teaching gig lined up that I’m excited about!  Classes haven’t been posted yet, so I can’t share just yet. 🙂 But it should be ‘shareable’ soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

 

Reviews, WiP Posts

More mail from Estonia!

Hi again!  (I’m trying to do better at posting every week, we’ll see how long I can keep this up!)

So, earlier this week I received another parcel from overseas!  Well, two actually.  After getting the stitch dictionary I posted about earlier, I decided I needed a copy of the first edition as well, so I snagged one off of eBay.  I probably didn’t need to –  but there are a few stitch patterns in it that aren’t in the second edition, so you know – my ‘had to have it’ reflex kicked in. 🙂

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1st edition. 1978.

My second parcel was my order from Saara.   I ordered a couple books and some yarn while I was at it.  The parcel took a bit of time to get here, but it was packaged very well and made it in excellent shape.

I’m anxious to cast on with this yarn!  And the books are both stunning.

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Yarn: Hea 30/2 – 100% wool laceweight, about 1600 yards per skein.

The ‘Traditions and Techniques’ book is chock full of historical information as well as stitch patterns and knitting techniques for everything from casting on to stranding, Estonian lace, entrelac and brioche, among several others.

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The ‘Haapsalu Shawl’ book is a large, beautiful coffee-table quality book.  It has a good section on the history of the Haapsalu shawl, with gorgeous photos throughout.  The bulk of the book is the stitch patterns, and they are presented with clear and large photos and charts.dsc02100dsc02101dsc02102I am very happy with my haul from Estonia, and am now more than ready to tackle writing my article on Estonian Lace!

On the knitting front, my lace shawl is coming along nicely!  I’m not sure how much of it I’ll get done before my design yarn comes in a week or so – I’m doing a pair of socks for the next edition of Cast On, so as soon as that yarn arrives I’ll need to start working on those.

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Yarn: CTW Hunter Yarns Sparkle Sock in color Frozen Icicles

Oh, and in case in you didn’t know – this whole month is the yarnlovechallenge over on Instagram!  I’m doing my best to play along every day – check me out on Instagram, and check out all the really cool photos people are posting for the challenge!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!