Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I have a little gift for you.

I have been contacted a few times over the last couple of years about a pattern I discontinued. 
I finally paid attention and did some research and found that there indeed was a need in the world for my Madrona Felted Derby pattern.

So it's back!
Stormy models the Madrona!

It's currently only listed on Ravelry, so go there to grab it.

I hope your holidays are going very well and your knitting, too!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Assembling the Glentrekker

There's still time to get in on the Glentrekker KAL on Ravelry. The deadline is still February 1, 2015, so you could make the sweater or one of the hats and still qualify for the prizes.
Come and join us!

Alrighty, let's see where I am on this Glentrekker project.

After testing the written instructions on my first body repeat, and then testing the charts on my second body repeat, I printed out the chart page for my size and with my trusty clicker (row counter) I've chugged all the way up to the point where I join the sleeves. I prefer charts when knitting, as I have an easier time keeping my place that way. 

When I worked my sleeves, I consulted the pattern to check my increase rate, wrote it down, and checked it off as I went along, with the clicker keeping me on the right row. The sleeve cable is so easy I didn't need the chart after a couple of pattern repeats. 

I have also been trying to save paper and ink this time by sending the pattern PDF to my Kindle and using it instead. The sleeves and body of my Glentrekker are ready to be married and joined for life. You may notice that my sleeves are pretty long. I always lengthen my sleeves. I like them long. You will remember that I am using Bare Naked Wools Kent DK for this project, which was so generously donated by Knitspot just because they wanted to see a Kent DK Glentrekker in the world. Aren't they nice? I love this yarn. I am partial to undyed, natural-fiber yarn, and this one is an exquisite example.

Okay, let's get busy. Noting where I am in the cable pattern, I take up a different long circular (the metal Addi on the right), work that pattern across the right front section of the cardigan until I arrive at 16 stitches before the first marker. I am about to slip those next 16 body stitches onto a piece of waste yarn to wait for joining the underarm sections after the body is finished. I place a new marker on the right needle at this point.

Then I take my first sleeve and slip all the stitches from the larger piece of waste yarn onto the left needle (my Clover bamboo with a super-pointy tip). This is why you are instructed to place two sets of stitches on waste yarn when your sleeve is to the correct length and number of stitches. I keep a little jar of smooth, white or cream cotton yarn for just this purpose. It makes the stitches easy to find and easy to slip off onto a needle. After working that set of stitches, I am going to place a new marker where that green one is. You can just leave the one you have in place, but I wanted to change my markers for this section because I keep losing my little green ones and I want them all the same color. I could only find two green ones, and I need four.

After I joined that first sleeve and worked across those stitches in pattern, I worked the back section in pattern to the next marker. Then I placed the next 16 body stitches on waste yarn as I did before, and that sets me up for adding the second sleeve. The pink pen is for editing my pattern. Yes, I keep finding ways to make it better. Also, there was a missing comma. Oh, brother.

After adding the second sleeve and placing my four markers where they belong, and then working the left front section in pattern, I have one big piece ready for the raglan decrease. This is my favorite part. It's fun to watch the raglan line eat up the cables. 

Speaking of eating cables, my next blog post about this project will cover some tricks for making that go more smoothly for you. I will show you how I manage to keep the cables intact as close to that raglan line as I can.  Yummy, yummy cables.

See you soon! Happy Cabling!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Cable Knitting Tips, Part One

ETA Disclaimer: This post is not for beginner cable knitters. As I caution about midway, this post is intended for those of us who have put in miles of cabled fabric and may be wondering about how to make the cables better. Thank you for reading!

Bare Naked Wools Kent DK
I am into my third Glentrekker Cardigan, so what better time than this to focus on some cable knitting issues and solutions for them. First, I want to give you just a couple of cable facts from this project.

The Glentrekker pattern mentions the ubiquitous 2/2 RC (aka C4B, 4-st back cross, etc.) no fewer than 1,425 times. Of course, this includes every instance found in the written instructions for nine sizes as well as its place in the Stitch Glossary, but that's a lot! The symmetrical twin 2/2 LC only owns 171 mentions. That is all to say that the 2/2 RC cable is the default cable in the Glentrekker Cardigan, and I planned it this way. Not only is this a good, basic cable for which I have a soft spot, but it's also present in several of the other larger cables in the sweater, so it unifies the design. It's also used so freely to keep things at least a little easier in a project so riddled with cables. In other projects of this ilk, I have paired the 2/2 LC more often to mirror the 2/2 RC. However, that just involves more thinking. It's easier to remember this: Every stationary 4-st cable made up of knit stitches in the Glentrekker is a 2/2 RC. Period. 

What do I mean by stationary? I mean all cables that do not travel. There are a few 2/2 LC cables (and 2/2 RC) that must move around and eat up purl stitches or move across the reverse Stockinette background to get to where they interplay with others, but the ones that do none of these things are all 2/2 RC. Only we extremely cable-obsessed folks will be interested in this, so I'll move on.

In a more general way, I want to address the problem of loose stitches in cable knitting. Some of these loose stitches occur anytime there is a column of knit stitches before the same of purl stitches, as in many rib patterns. This problem can also interfere with the clean outlines of your cables.
Bare Naked Wools Breakfast Blend DK
Although not a part of a cable, the knit column along the front closure of the cardigan can get a little slouchy, and this same problem may occur in some cables, as I will show you next. For now, have a look in the above photo at the leftmost knit stitch in that column--it wavers a bit. What I have been trying as a fix is to purl the first stitch after that knit stitch by wrapping the yarn under the needle instead of over it, in other words, wrapping it clockwise. This uses less yarn than the usual purl, but it mounts the purl stitch backward. Combination knitters do this on purpose. This is easy enough to fix in the next WS row, and it can accomplish two other jobs for me. When knitting in the round, as with the sleeves of the Glentrekker, it can remind me of whether I am on a RS or WS round. If that purl stitch is mounted incorrectly, I'm on a WS round. If not, then time to twist it again! The other reminder is that when I come to this incorrectly-mounted (now knit) stitch on WS, as when knitting the body of the Glentrekker, I should keep the next stitch (now a purl) close to the needle so as not to stretch it. It was already loosey-goosey--let's not make it worse. This fix is easy to remember and to execute as I work. If that doesn't work for you, and you would like an even more involved fix that can make this particular slackness a thing of the past, Techknitter has some grand fixes here

As promised, here is the same offending problem along the side of the leftmost part of the center back cable of the Glentrekker. See that little vertical line just right of center? Yep, it wavers.

Moving on to another, similar problem...
You probably would not have needed the red boxes to train your eye to the loose stitches in this picture. I had not really noticed this problem until I started researching loose stitches in general. That was when I noticed that all my left crosses, namely my 2/1 LC cables, were all looser than my right cross ones. Why? 

Well, those stitches are being stretched out more. When I execute a right cross, I place the next purl stitch on the cable needle and immediately knit the next two stitches from the left needle before working the purl stitch from the cable needle. That first knit stitch from the left needle technically only moves over by one, and so does not become stretched. However, when I work a 2/1 LC, I first place the next two knit stitches onto the cable needle, then purl the (now third) stitch from the left needle before pulling that cable needle back and knitting the two stitches from it. The last knit stitch that I work has had to stretch twice as far to be worked in the new position. Once I figured out the problem, I had to figure out the solution, and I am still experimenting. 

One maneuver I am playing with is placing all three stitches back onto the left needle in their new order before working them. In other words, not allowing the two knit stitches to hang out on the cable needle while I work the purl stitch. Another possibility is to work the purl stitch after the cable (because this diamond cable sits on reverse Stockinette) by wrapping it clockwise, as in the first discussion. 

I'll have to work a few more repeats of the cable pattern and finish and block the sweater before I am sure about how much this actually fixed things. I was unable to find anyone else discussing this problem, and I may well be the only knitter experiencing this problem, but if you have any insight I would love to hear it! 

I expect that I'll be back with an addendum here, because I will continue to experiment. Until then, please chime in. Thanks!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Glentrekker KAL Prizes!

I am pretty excited to be hard at work on our first collection of patterns. This stack of hats gives you a big clue. Initially, I was inspired to create four hats with some lovely Bare Naked Wools yarns: Confection Worsted, Stone Soup DK and Stone Soup Fingering. A fifth hat jumped on board and that's when I knew that these wanted to be a set. I later added some hand-dyed yarns to show the hats in color as well as naturals, so I added more of my favorite Made-in-America yarns: Quince & Co (the green in the middle), Madeline Tosh (bottom and top), and one that is new to me, A Verb for Keeping Warm's, Pioneer yarn (as yet not in the stack--on the needles).  The collection has two cable-and-lace tams and three beanies, two of which have unique constructions. Of course, they all include cables in one way or another.

ETA: I changed the release date! See below.

I plan to release one of these hat patterns each day during the week of February 2-6 and then on Saturday, February 7, we'll release the entire collection. That way you can peruse the hat patterns individually before deciding whether you want all of them or just one or two. 

What does this have to do with the Glentrekker KAL and the prizes thereof? They are the prizes!

Every one of you who completes a Glentrekker Hat during the KAL and posts a fully-loaded project page on Ravelry and checks in pretty regularly to the KAL thread, whether here or here will receive one of the hat patterns free or 20% off the entire collection.

Every one of you who completes the Glentrekker Cardigan during the KAL and posts a fully-loaded project page on Ravelry and checks in pretty regularly to the KAL thread either here or here will receive the entire collection free.

You read it right--I need for you to pop in now and again and report on your Glentrekker KAL progress. We want to know how it's going for you, and we want to see pictures! You can start your project page at any time, but the sooner the better always works so that it won't be so hard at the end.

Here's a checklist:
1. Decide whether you want to make a Glentrekker Hat or Cardigan.
2. Get your pattern, whether on Ravelry or on the Figheadh site, or by purchasing a kit from Bare Naked Wools.
3. Join the Figheadh Fans group or Bare Naked Wools group on Ravelry.
4. Post on your KAL thread and let us know about your project.
5. Set up your project page on Ravelry.
6. Finish your Glentrekker project by February 1, 2015, and complete your Ravelry project page.
7. Receive your free patterns!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Swatching for Glentrekker

Let's talk about some options when you swatch for your Glentrekker Cardigan.
First, allow me address yarn choice. This all goes for any cabled knitting project you may attempt.
These are the problem-child yarns when cable knitting. Tweedy, semi-solid, fuzzy-wuzzy yarns may not give you the best result. Why? Because all of these otherwise appealing qualities can hide the cables you worked so hard to perfect.

These are better for cabling, obviously. You can see here that the cables are crisper and more well-defined. These are all plied wool and wool blend yarns, some with silk. Make a careful yarn choice to knit your Glentrekker and you will be happier with the results.

As for what shape your swatch will take, here are the options, according to two variables: how much time you have and how much yarn you have.

Option One
You have a little extra time and you have an extra skein or two of yarn.
Make a hat! The pattern includes two hat options based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's advice that a hat makes a good swatch. It's true! By the time you've made a hat with the stitch patterns involved in the cardigan, you will not only be more familiar with them, but you will be able to accurately assess your gauge based on how you will actually knit the cardigan. The hat on the left, the Glentrekker Toque, is made by knitting a flat swatch that includes all of the cable patterns in the cardigan (because the cardigan is knit flat), blocking the flat piece, and measuring gauge before going on to seam the piece and knit the crown in the round.

The hat on the right is the Glentrekker Slouch Hat and it helps you determine your gauge for the cardigan's sleeve, which is knit in the round. The sleeves of the cardigan and the body of the cardigan have different gauges because of being knit structurally different and because the sleeve has more Stockinette Stitch. 

Notice that both these hats are nicely blocked. The Slouch was blocked on a head form and the Toque was blocked on a round bowl with straight sides.Once you work up a hat for a swatch, you not only know your gauge, but you have a hat to boot! It's always good to have a new hat.

Option Two
You have a bit more time, but not much extra yarn.
This crumpled thing is the "RF & Side" section of the size I am knitting, size 35.5". By knitting this little section, I was able to find my cardigan body gauge without spending as much time as it would take to make a hat. Also, I can always rip this little thing and join him in later when I'm making the actual cardigan. I suggest knitting up one of the smaller-size "RF & Side" sections--you don't really need more than the 57 or so stitches and one repeat of the 28-row pattern to determine gauge.

But, wait, we have to block it. We'll never figure gauge from that crumpled thing.
I stepped outside my comfort zone a little and steamed this swatch for speed purposes. I usually give the swatch a total immersion bath and then pin it out and allow it to dry naturally. However, I want to cast on today, so I wanted to hurry it up. I still prefer the bath treatment, but this works for now.

Option Three
You have no extra yarn and no extra time. 
Start a sleeve! The pattern gives you gauge for each, cardigan body and cardigan sleeve, so you can check to see if you get gauge on your sleeve as you knit it. You have to knit two of them anyway, so no time lost! You can see that I worked the cuff and then one repeat of the 28-round pattern, starting my shaping as I worked. Then I transferred the stitches to a length of waste yarn so I could steam the piece and pin it out a bit. I can also slip it on and give it a try for fit. It fits great. Now I'll steam and pin it out.

I'll let these two rest while I get some lunch, and then it's cast on time, baby!

Just a little note, especially for our Bare Naked Wool KALers--I am making the Glentrekker this time with Kent DK to try it out, and I had to use one size smaller needle than what I used with their Breakfast Blend DK. I think it is because the Romney element gives the Kent more of a halo and it only has two plies, whereas the BB DK has three plies and neater surface. I love them both!

Next time, I'll be posting some tips to help you knit the cables more efficiently. See you then!


Saturday, November 01, 2014

Glentrekker KAL!


I'm back to talk about the Glentrekker Cardigan again, because
KAL!!

Yes, we are having not one, but two simultaneous knitalongs of the Glentrekker Cardigan and hats. One of them is on our Figheadh Fans Ravelry Group and the other is on the Bare Naked Wools Ravelry Group. BNW is selling kits with our pattern and their yarn and if you are using BNW for your Glentrekker, jump in with that group. If you are using any other yarn, then come join us in the FF group. I'll be monitoring both groups, but I will be making another cardigan with this luscious yarn that just came today!
The first Glentrekker (top picture) was knit with BNW Breakfast Blend DK in Bakery Rye. This second one will be knit with their Kent DK in Driftwood. Breakfast Blend is an merino/alpaca blend and Kent is a merino/romney blend, so I will be comparing the two. They are both soft and lovely, I can tell you that much.

The Glentrekker KAL starts today and runs through February 1 of next year. There will be prizes and lots of tips and we'll share our progress along the way. Join us!

I'll be back in a day or two with a post about swatching for this project. In the meantime, I hope to see you in the KAL thread! 


Friday, October 10, 2014

Glentrekker Cardigan & Hats

It started with some pretty skeins that the good folks over at Bare Naked Wools allowed me to spend some quality time with. I had heard about this yarn line and how Anne Hanson and her company had sourced local fiber and had it all spun locally in various blends, but had yet to try it out. 

Once I received this generous pile of yummy, I let the yarns talk to me, and I ended up swatching specific projects with each and every skein. However, I knew the first one I had to do was a cabled cardigan. You see, I have been dreaming of designing the perfect cardigan, the one you want to pull on every day, the one you can wear almost anywhere because it fits so well and feels so comfortable. I have come close a couple of times, but somehow had not hit the mark.

I think I got closer this time.

First I rounded up three cable patterns that worked well together mathematically and visually. They all had the basic C4B or 2/2 RC cable in common. I knew it would be easy to size up by using those same little cables to fill in extra areas. 

My first incarnation of the cardigan was too complicated--I envisioned a somewhat intense modular project. I got tired just thinking about it, so I quickly changed to a simple bottom-up raglan with shawl collar. I wanted to learn how to work a good attached shawl collar.

After I had the swatch and sketch, I contacted BNW to let them know my plans. While I waited for the decision and the yarn to arrive, I made a complete other sample to test it all out. When BNW decided to provide entire yarn support for the cardigan, I was thrilled! 

Then the Breakfast Blend DK arrived and I got busy! It was such a fun knit, and the yarn so satisfying to work with. The quality is exquisite. You can't see in this picture, or any of the pictures, actually, the warm, rich depth of color and spin of it. Let's have some closeups. 



I love this yarn and I love this cardigan. The first one I made? I wear it almost every day, just like in my dreams. 

There's a complimentary Glentrekker Hats pattern too, with two different style hats for you to use to swatch for the cardigan. The hat pattern is free with purchase of the cardigan pattern, but may be purchased alone, because you can also just make them for fun. 

You know what else? We're hosting a KAL of the cardigan or the hats starting November 1 and running through February 1. It will be moderated in the Figheadh Yarnworks group and the Bare Naked Wools group on Ravelry. We'd love for you to join us!

Read more about the project over at the Bare Naked Wools blog!

Now, go grab you a Glentrekker Cardigan! You get the hat pattern free when you load both into your cart. ETA Now you DO NOT need to put both into the cart when you purchase. My brilliant husband helped me to fix that glitch and now they both come together all at once!
Have fun with that!

Pssst...it's not too late to join my newsletter list (in sidebar) and get a discount coupon code for this pattern. It's good until close of day next Thursday, October 16. I'll be sending out another mailer with the code in a couple of days. Don't miss out!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Glentrekker Sneak!

PSST! 
(Can you whisper and shout at the same time? Shousper?)

It's almost time for the release of our newest cardigan pattern and I am so ready to give it to you!
Back

Front

Side

You likey? Well, go to the Sneak Peek page on Ravelry* and download the free PDF with details so you can get your yarn and needles ready to knit this cardigan. 

WAIT!
Before you go and grab that, go ahead and look up there -->
Yeah, in the sidebar where it says "Subscribe to Our Mailing List."
You may as well do it now, because the Sneak Peek is going to tell you that if you do, you'll get a message with a code for 50% off the Figheadh Glentrekker Cardigan pattern for the first week of the release. Aren't you glad I saved you that hop-skip?

Now, the Sneak Peek is also going to tell you to join our Figheadh Fans group and the Bare Naked Wools group so you can get in on both KAL opportunities coming up. This yummy cardigan was made with BNW Breakfast Blend DK. Believe me, you will want to use that yarn for this cardi. Scrumptious.

Hold on a second. For those of you who never heard of Ravelry and can't get in there, I will be back later to add a link to how you can get the Sneak Peek without going to Ravelry. For now, think about joining. You'll be glad you did.
See you soon with more info! 

* I just checked Ravelry, and this page has disappeared. Wow.
Here's another link to get to this document.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Saddleback Cardigan

I was so excited to do this design for the fall 2014 issue of 
Interweave Knits. The Saddleback Cardigan.

bear with me--this is not a professional photo shoot. Just the detail shots I got of the sweater before I shipped it off to Colorado. The lovely yarn is Classic Elite Crestone in Umber.

I had been wanting to try making a cable sweater with the saddle in a different location, say, the upper back, for instance. I love modular pieces, the kind that start with a bit of something and the knitting picks up and branches off in different directions, magically coming together to form a wearable garment. 

The Saddleback Cardigan starts with this cabled panel, which is also your gauge swatch.

From there, you pick up stitches along one edge and work the cables that appear at the back.
Stitches are then picked up at the other side of the saddle to knit the fronts. When each arrives at the depth for the armhole, they are joined for knitting the lower body.
 This sweater features two more details I wanted to try--short-row sleeve caps and sleeve decreases worked at the center of the sleeve inside of hiding them at the inside seam. Both of these techniques produced a rather roomy upper sleeve for me, which gives it a unique silhouette, I think.  

For the finishing, I decided on a wide overlapped ribbed front with toggle buttons along the side. 
These wonderful rolled leather ones are from Fibers, Etc. here in Tacoma. Roberta Lowes, the owner, stocks one of the best button inventories I've ever seen. It's a treat just to go and shop for buttons there (if you can stop wondering at all the gorgeous yarn, that is).  

I hope you can try out the Saddleback for yourself!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Figheadh Fundamental Cardigan Updates

I have to crow about finishing an editing task that's been on my list for a while.

Yesterday I sent out updates to the Figheadh Fundamental Top-Down Women's Cardigan pattern. It has better wording for the raglan and neckline increases. It also has more sensible lower-body lengths. Today I sent out the rest of the cardigan pattern updates. I added the increase instruction update to the Men's Cardigan pattern, and the Baby Cardigan and Junior Cardigan patterns simply had their worksheet page overhauled, as did all four of the patterns.

If you're not familiar with our Fundamentals, they all have instruction for at least four different yarn weights. The women's cardigan pattern includes a whopping twelve sizes. You could use these patterns to make any human a cardigan with any yarn in your stash. And that's a promise.
Any human. Any yarn.
And what happens when I edit a pattern of mine? Yep, I cast on one, of course.
This one is particularly colorful, because I decided to use this Butternut Woolens Homegrown yarn I've had set aside for the perfect project for years. I consulted Margaret Radcliffe's wonderful book The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques and chose this great hexad color combo and this beautiful slip-stitch color pattern. It's too much fun, y'all.
I already have the other colors of Homegrown arranged for another one. You see, the Fundamentals are just what they sound like--blank canvases for your own creation. Make it in stripes, add some cables, add some lace, do whatever you want!

Alas and however my cardi will have to wait. I just got yarn in the mail for a project for a magazine we all know and love, so time to cast on for that project. 
Too much fun to be had around here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Last Wanda Nell?

Well, it might just be the last Wanda Nell Cardigan for me. You see, this is my fifth one!

Since I first told you about this one I have happily knitting it in between other work and even took it camping with us. Perfect evening fireside knitting.
I finished the knitting a couple of weeks ago.
Then blocked her in the upstairs bedroom where it's nice and warm.
Flipped her over to get her backside dry.
And finally finished the front closure. Notice anything different? 
No buttons!
This time I sewed snaps to some satiny ribbon and then stitched the ribbon to the front ribbing.
I like it even better than the buttons I've attached on all the other Wanda Nells I've made.
Here are the Wanda Nells in my possession.
On bottom is the first one, knit with Claudia as well, but in Maple Leaf and Shells on the Beach.
The next one up was knit with Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in an old colorway of hers called Sailor's Delight and Wool in the Woods Cherub (discontinued).
The brown one was made using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Chocolatier (gone, but now she has Fudge) and Schaefer Nichole in Julia Child (discontinued).
Then on top is the latest rendition with Claudia's sock yarn in Walk in the Woods and Stormy Day. My second one is with my Aunt Wanda, the namesake of the pattern, and was made with Pagewood Farm Yukon in Sea Breeze. 

Why is this likely* my last Wanda Nell? It's not because I don't love knitting her--she goes so fast and is so lightweight and comfy to wear. No, the only reason for moving on is that I want to make her daughter. This last one inspired me to design another sock yarn sweater, but this time I'll make it a pullover. I'll let you know when it's all figured out.

I hope you'll try a Wanda Nell Cardigan for yourself. For most sizes, all you need are a couple of large skeins of sock yarn. It's such a fun project--top-down and with no seams.   


*Disclaimer: My mom has been sneakily craving a Wanda Nell and I only found out about that when my Aunt Wanda spilled the beans that Mom told her this juicy piece of news. I may need to make my mom one. Oh, darn, you know I would just hate that.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall/Winter Teaching Schedule

Here's where I'll be teaching in the coming months. I hope you'll be able to join me for a class or two! Call each of the shops to sign up and/or see previous post for Knit Fit registration. 

Thursday, August 28      
Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, WA (11 A.M. to 1 P.M.) Crash-Course Knitting/Learn to Knit!

Tuesday, September 16               
Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, WA (12 P.M. to 3 P.M.) Beginning Cable Knitting

Saturday, September 27
Fibers, Etc., Tacoma, WA (10 A.M. to 1 P.M.) Beginning Cable Knitting

Saturday, October 4
Fibers, Etc., Tacoma, WA (10 A.M. to 1 P.M.) Intermediate Cable Knitting

Tuesday, October 14
Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, WA  (12 P.M. to 3 P.M.) Intermediate Cable Knitting

Saturday, November 1
Fibers, Etc., Tacoma, WA (10 A.M. to 1 P.M.) Advanced Cable Knitting

Sunday, November 9
Knit Fit! Seattle, WA (9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.) Put A Cable On It!
                                (2 P.M. to 5 P.M.) Shapely Cables

Tuesday, November 18
Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, WA (12 P.M. to 3 P.M.) Advanced Cable Knitting

Tuesday, December 2
Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, WA (12 P.M. to 3 P.M.) Basic Finishing for Knitting

Tuesday, January 13

Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, WA (12 P.M. to 3 P.M.) Top-Down Sweater

Learn something new!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Knit Fit Registration Open!

It's time! 

Here's the link to register for Knit Fit classes to be held at Ballard Community Center in November.

I hope you'll choose one or both of my cables classes, Shapely Cables and Put A Cable On It!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Enchanted Knits 2014

There's a new magazine from Interweave Press called 
that includes two of my designs!

The first is called A Hunger for Rampion and is inspired by the 
story of Rapunzel.

Front
Back
The sweater has a lace section at the upper front that repeats at the sleeve cuffs. The cascading cables are like Rapunzel's tresses, of course. The lovely yarn is Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK. 

My other design is Hervor's Undermittens.
This one is the original sample in Cascade 220 Sport,
but you will see that we used Rowan Felted Tweed for the magazine mittens.
These mittens are a colorwork workout and have a jaunty little scalloped edge.

If you haven't gotten your hands on a copy of Enchanted Knits, which is hot off the press, have a look at mine and all the other designs included on the Ravelry pages for lots more info.




I hope you'll try them!