Friday, December 21, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
...Interwoven, Honeycomb, Diamond Cable, and Cable Crest sharing the table with other tempting lovelies...
...and Lombard Street Gloves warming themselves on the "wood stove" with other luscious mittens and such.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
11/26 Chicago, IL: 7:30 pm, Barnes and Noble, 1441 West Webster Avenue
11/28 Grand Rapids, MI: 6:30pm, Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St
11/29 Milwaukee, WI: 12pm, Loop Yarn Shop, 2963 N. Humbolt Blvd
11/30 Minneapolis, MN: 1pm Needlework Unlimited, 4421 Drew Ave. South
11/30 Minneapolis, MN: 7pm, Barnes and Noble, 3001 White Bear Ave North, Maplewood
12/2 Vancouver, BC: 6pm Urban Yarns, 4421 West 10th Ave
12/4 Seattle, WA: 6:30 pm Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St., Poulsbo WA (hosted by Liberty Bay Books)
12/5 Portland, OR: 7:30pm Powell's Downtown, 1005 W. Burnside
12/7 Sacremento, CA: 12:10pm Stitch 'n Ride car on train to to Emeryville
12/10 San Francisco, CA: 7:30pm Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
12/12 Salt Lake City, UT: 7:00pm Barnes and noble, 1104 East 2100 South
12/13 Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 East 400 South
& more to come....
Saturday, November 24, 2007
In the spirit of the season, let's begin with a food-inspired design. I give you Noodleheads!
This whole idea started when I realized that a cable I was designing looked like a lasagna noodle. I wanted to put it into a sweater, but I thought I would try it on a headband first. I've been in a headband mood lately, anyway, so I just tried a couple more pasta-type cables (fettuccini in the middle and rotini on top) and here you have it. There's definitely going to be a Noodleheads II and maybe a III. I love pasta--I love knitting, so why not put 'em both together?
Any worsted-weight yarn and size 7 noodles, I mean needles (hyuck, hyuck) will get you a headband in no time. It's a great stashbuster and they would make really nifty presents.
So if you've had quite enough real food, why not cuddle up with some knitted food instead? Try a Noodlehead or two!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here's the shop from the other angle--filled from bottom to top with fibery yummies and tools and books and magazines. The Yarn Stash is just the most warm and welcoming and fun place to be. If you're anywhere near, you should stop in and see Bonnie and Beth. You'll never want to leave! Fred even loves being there and he doesn't knit or crochet. (Of course, he is partial to all the wooliness or he'd never survive living with me!)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
You can see Wiggles, Marsaili, Ciaran, OXO, Woodsy, Flowing Locks, Bobble Cable, Fishernet--the usual suspects.
And here's Sherrod hanging out with another Fishernet, and Mairead getting a little table to herself!
Iain and Calum were also there, and they had a very nice week visiting KAH.
Sarah arranged us a beautiful room at the Hood River Hotel right across the street. Saturday morning we had a casual presentation with six awesome ladies of all kinds of fiber talents, and that afternoon I taught a class on cable knitting.
Here I am at the presentation yammering on about how much I love what I do. Isn't Sarah's shop luscious? I could hang out there all the time! Those big windows overlook the Columbia River and the shop is up off of the street in the heart of the Hood River action on Oak Street.
After this fun time of just sitting around talking about knitting design, then we had a yummy lunch at the restaurant just below the shop. Fred and I got to know Julia, Mary, and Nichole a lot better over turkey sandwiches and such, and then we went back in for a three-hour cables class. Being that it was my first time to teach this particular class, I tried to put in way too much info and made no accounting for the disparate skill levels of the 13 students. Yep, you read right--13. This just shows that there are tons of folks who love cable knitting! I'm sure the attendance was upped by this lovely blog post on the Oregonian. They actually have a knitting blog on the paper's site! Anyway, it was a juggle, and if it weren't for the presence of Nichole and Yvonne, expert teachers themselves, I couldn't have made it through. I was a little under the weather and by the next day, I had lost my voice completely, but besides that, it was a blast! Thanks to all you guys!!
So, listen. If you are anywhere near Hood River, Oregon, go on over and see Sarah. You'll also find a wealth of divine food establishments and cozy places to spend the night, not to mention the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge with its colorful autumn foliage and funky cliffy obeliscal thingys sticking up from nowhere. Okay, I'm not a travel writer and certainly not a geologist, so go here and read more about it. I just know I want to go back and do some hiking and camping there.
Back to getting well, tightening up my cables class notes, working on a hat for Vogue for their upcoming On the Go: Grannies (as in granny squares) book, and awaiting my own copy of Son of Stitch n' Bitch, which some people have and some don't. It's supposed to be "out," but it's only minimally so. Do you have it?
Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here's another blogger talking about the book, and another (scroll down). And then lo and behold, Fred opened up the TNT Monday and what should he see but a small article critiquing two knitting books. Egads--yes, right there in the lifestyle section. Look here at the online version. Yes, folks are catching on more and more. Clara's book is awesome. (I want that other book, too--actually, I had dreamed of writing a book like that.)
Just wanted to share!
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
The hat starts just like the scarf, but joins at the back. You could leave it like that, come to think if it, if you just wanted a headband. But if you want a toque kind of hat, stitches are picked up on one edge of the headband and immediately decreased for the crown. It's so comfy!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
At long last, look what came in the mail today-- my own autographed copy of Clara's book! It was all sweetly wrapped in white tissue with this beautiful, chunky pink yarn tying it together. I felt my eyes well up when I opened it and read Clara's sweet words.
Okay, folks. Listen. To. Me. You must go and buy this book pronto. Buy it, read it, and LEARN. It seems almost too good to be true that there are also 40 patterns (all of which I want to knit) graciously adorning these pages. Just the bounty of information would be enough. You can only believe it when you see it. No, I'm not gonna show you inside. You have to get your own.
Clara tells her story of how this book came to be here. I'll tell you about my small part of the glory. In April 2006, Clara sent me an e-mail, said she had gotten my name from Anjeanette (another terrific person in her own right, and who has done some testing for me), and asked me if I would like to "come out and play" with her on a book she was writing. Of course, I said yes, and she gave me a run-down of some fibers and ideas for yarns that she was bouncing around (the ideas, not the yarns-hyuk, hyuk). I pitched her some of my own (ideas, not yarn--again), she either said "Yeah!" or she asked for tweaking until we came up with five projects. She got me the yarn and I got to work. Boy, did I have fun working with Clara. She was always receptive, always encouraging. I got to knit four of the five projects--the Cabled Tea Cozy, the Cabled Fingerless Mitts, the Baby Cardigan, and the Baby Onesie. As you know, the onesie was cut from the book, and The Cabled Headband was knit by someone else, because time was getting short and Clara wanted to decide between different fibers. She had to hand it to someone a lot closer than Tacoma, WA. Clara's in Maine, you see. Then, since August of last year, when I wrapped up my part of the deal, it's been a test of patience waiting for this day. It was worth every agonizing minute.
I can't tell you how proud I am to be a part of this book. If you see me in the next few months (years), I'll probably be carrying the (k)boy around with me, telling everyone about Clara. This book should be in every yarn shop and on every knitter's reference shelf. I'm not biased--you'll see.
Oh, and I've been calling it (K)BOY for a few weeks, but Clara has for a lot longer, apparently. Read her blog and see why.
I'm hugging myself (and the book) over here!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
In keeping with my current "sock-in-the-grass" favorite photo shot, here's an upgrade of my very first sock design, the Cables & Lace Sock. It's really simple, but makes such a beguiling little sock. The first sample I made was with the old Brown Sheep Handpaint Wildfoote in Desert Grass. Loved the color--hated the yarn. It was splitty and unyielding.
This one is made with the new Wildfoote, which, although heavily prone to twist, is sproingy and fun. This is the Rhapsody colorway (SY-200) and is a mix of jewel tones that the picture really didn't capture. It's actually darker and richer in tone--more like in this picture of the other skein yet untouched. Yep, I need to make the other sock.
But that'll have to wait. I have started work on my next women's sweater--a cabled pullover knit from the neck down. I've been wanting to try that, so I'm really excited. It seems the perfect thing to make sure your sleeves are the perfect length, and to make the body as long as you wish.
Meanwhile, we acquired new shop friends! The Yarn Stash in Burien, WA, now has Figheadh patterns. Yea! Fred and I had a wonderful time last Saturday visiting Bonnie and Beth, the owners, and a few of their very friendly customers. We are going to be there on Sunday, November 18, to do a casual presentation and sample showing. If you are near Burien, please stop in anytime from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M and see us!
Also, stay tuned for more new designs. The patterns are starting to come out of testing and as they get ready, I will show and tell! We have a fingerless mitts & headband design, and a scarf and hat design coming any day now, as well as a cabled women's zip cardigan I hope to be showing you before the month is out. There are also a couple of sock designs on their way and more headbands--good for presents!
I have started submitting to books and magazines earlier than I thought I would, but I just can't resist! It's such fun. Hard work, but fun.
I hope you're enjoying the fall weather as much as we are--I can't wait until Halloween. I want a caramel apple!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Stay tuned, because there are more new designs in the queue.
Also, thanks so much to Emy, Kate, twig, and Dawn for your warm comments on the Winter Gem gloves in the August-October Cast On. Just be sure to check their corrections page if you make the gloves--there were a couple more fixes.
Thanks for dropping by!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
And I will, I hope, because I am about to plunge into another first--teaching classes! Sonya has set up a felting class for the end of the month. On September 29, we are going to learn felting, using my Rudy pattern. It's perfect, because we can begin with the Little Rudy and have all the techniques down for doing the larger tote. I am so excited!
We're also going to have some sort of festivities when Debbie Stoller's Son of Stitch n' Bitch comes out. I'll let you know more about that when I know. The release date is jumping around a bit.
Speaking of SnB, I am working on a second sample of the sweater I designed for the book, because Deb wants one to take with her on her book tour. The other one will be with the traveling trunk show. Like I said, sweet work, baby! No, you don't get rich, but the yarn fun makes up for a lot.
I don't know about you, but I got my copy of Interweave Crochet late Monday. (Hey, look! The fall preview is back!) If you have a subscription, you actually get it before the shops do, unlike some other magazines. I really appreciate that.
Okay, I'm a little apprehensive about a post with no pictures. I guess it's because I'm such a fiercely visual thinker. Please excuse--pics next time!
(Bye for now!)
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
And just to illustrate the benefits of blocking your knits...most of the time, it's a really good idea.
One last thing! Look what finally popped up on my nasturtium plant! Yes, an actual flower, and there are more coming. I'm so relieved.
Thanks for popping by! Have a great day!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, I ordered some sock yarn to make the sample for a new pattern. I wanted some yarn from a company that made coordinating colors in sock weight and a heavier weight. The design is for men's socks and a matching scarf--great for gifts, huh?
Well, I thought of Mountain Colors and Lorna's Laces, knowing both offer different weights of yarns with the same colorways. I researched and found that I could get some beautiful Lorna's very reasonably priced from The Loopy Ewe. I ordered, and it came yesterday! Not only that, look how cute--each kind of yarn bundled up in a little package along with some goodies. Inside were also some Regia Silk and Regia Bamboo samples and some needle inventory cards. Not only that, but also a nice handwritten note from Sheri was tucked in. We could all learn a lot from her customer service. The site is great and getting this yarn couldn't have been any easier.
And look at this yarn!
That's Mine Shaft in sport weight on the left and Pewter in the sock weight on the right. Boy, I can't wait to get my needles into this!
Speaking of socks (and don't we often?), I finished one of my Seagull Socks samples in J. Knits Superwash Me, color AC #135. It's made such a warm, soft fabric. Do you ever just stop while knitting with certain yarn and marvel at the stitches--just the pure wonder of all those stitches making such a sturdy plane of perfection? I did with these.
Also, I turned the heel and finished the gusset on my Lavendar Sheep Mountain Sunset Zigzag Socks. It's such fun knitting with this yarn! The colors that pop up and surprise you--mostly purple (yum) but with every other color imaginable.
Yep, I am deep in sock frenzy here,
so back to it!
Thanks for stopping by!
The nasturtiums got moved to a bigger container and are really thriving--but where are the flowers? The reason I love nasturtiums is because the leaves are just as pretty as the flowers, but I want the flowers, too. Time for more plant food, I suppose.
The basil and tithonia I grew from seed are also showing out quite nicely. Gardening is so easy here--anything will grow!
So that's why I asked you to pardon the garden--I had to show off my babies! Now for the yarn babies.
I finished the TLC Cotton Plus socks. You bet I'll be making more of these. They are so comfy.
This is after a machine wash and dry--still good.
That lace panel I showed you has turned into this. I picked up stitches along one long side and fashioned a bodice. It will have little buttons in front at the rib panel, and I plan to work on an edge along the armholes. I haven't decided whether it will have sleeves or not. First, I am going to pick up stitches along the bottom of the rib panel and work down in a similar smaller lace panel so that I can increase in between the panels for the hips. It's just an experiment to try out a little lace top. I probably won't be writing this particular one into a pattern, so I thought I'd show as I go. It's fun!
Of course, I am trying to give it a little attention between writing ten new patterns whose samples have already been knitted. That's what I'm supposed to be doing right now, so I must say Mar Sin Leat, An-Drasta! (Bye for now--I bet you thought I'd forgotten the Gaelic!)