Archive for October, 2012
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I stitched quick and cheery,
On a sleeve cuff and ribbing I’d made once before,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
‘Tis some knitter,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door!
Only this and nothing more.’
Ah, and still I remember, it was just last December,
When I began this great pattern for
A sweater v-neck, warm and cozy,
For the pattern rare and radiant the designer called Lenore,
Nameless here for evermore.
Presently, my soul grew stronger; stitching then no longer,
‘Sir,’ said I, ‘or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was knitting, and so gently you came flitting,
That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door;-
Darkness there, and nothing more.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
‘Surely,’ said I, ‘surely that is something at my window lattice,’
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!’
Then I tore into my stash, throwing the yarn with feelings quite brash,
And in that bin an old work in progress,
Forgotten on the needle as I left it, small and feeble,
And there this wooly sweater back sat upon the floor,
Quote the work in progress, ‘Nevermore.’
ps. I was a little glib the other day about my hurrication but that was before the worst hit. It’s really wiped NYC out, tens of thousands of people here still have no power, not to mention the numbers in New Jersey, Long Island, etc. We are lucky to have power and be safe and snug here (I won’t complain about the cabin fever) but it breaks my heart that many small businesses are losing money from being closed on top of whatever damage they might have sustained.
Maria at Subway Knits is currently running a Sandy Relief raffle and I want to urge everyone to join in! Make a donation and send her your receipt to be entered into the raffle. Lots of amazing prizes going on right now including hand dyed yarns, patterns, online classes, and a gift card to Knitty City. Not that you should need an incentive to donate to a worthy cause, but I think it is wonderful to see knitters rallying and the donations to the raffle are still coming in. It warms my heart.
The full raffle details are here. Stay dry and happy Halloween!
photo via The Library of Congress.
Hello, East coast! Are you having a hurrication day? Pretty much everything in the city is shut down since the trains and buses aren’t running. I hope you’re all stocked up on snacks and beer!
Anyone up for a Hurricane Sandy Knit-a-long?
When I found out last night that my office would be closed today, I took the chance to cast on the swatch for this Debbie Bliss faire isle sweater I’ve had my eye on for a while. I’m obsessed.
The pattern is from Debbie Bliss Magazine’s Fall/Winter 2012 issue. I’m using St Denis Boreale yarn which is some super soft American Wool. The MC is this great gunmetal grey Pewter colorway, CCs are Champagne, Spicy Rose, Gray Card, and Blue Eggshell. Sadly, the St Denis lines are being discontinued. The yarn is gorgeous and I’m disappointed I discovered it too late. Also, I might be stocking up and hoarding whatever I can find especially since it is on sale until the stock runs out.
I’ve since cast on for the first sleeve. I love the way these colors look. I’ve been dying to make a faire isle sweater with some neutrals mixed with neon. That Spicy Rose is absolutely perfectly bright. So much fun. I’ve decided to use only size 3s (the pattern calls for 3mm and 3.5mm needles) and I hope that works out.
I’m having a few issues with the pattern. I think I’m reading it properly but I’ve caught a few wonky spots. I may need to consult with some other knitters. And there’s no Rav page for the pattern yet. Eek! Anyway, I’m working through that. Still a big fan.
I’m not sure right now if I should be carrying the CC up the sides or cutting and rejoining. I’m leaning towards (especially on the advice from a few friends) carrying them very loosely. I’ll do anything to avoid weaving in ends. What would you do?
Are you knitting the hurricane away? What are you making? Are you prepared for the storm?
Tags: American Wool, Blue Eggshell, Boreale, Debbie Bliss, Debbie Bliss Magazine, discontinued yarn, faire isle, frankenstorm, Gray Card, hurricane sandy, knit sweater, Knit-a-long, Pewter, Spicy Rose, St Denis, sweater, wool
Have you seen this new magazine By Hand? The first issue just came out and wow, I am in love. I read about By Hand before it was published at the Juniper Moon blog a few months ago and I have been eagerly awaiting it’s debut ever since! They were selling some really fantastic fundraiser t-shirts. (I bought one. I mean, how could you not?)
The magazine is not just focused on knitting (although there are patterns!), it is about the whole handmade lifestyle! There are sections on cooking and growing, sewing and embroidery. I am so excited that that this publication exists!
Big kudos to the team. I can’t wait for more! Buy a copy or read a digital version on their website. And buy a cool tee! How can you not?
Have you read By Hand? What do you think?
My favorite part of Katie’s wedding (besides the romance and wine!) was seeing all of my friends together, all grown up. We are a big group and we are unbelievably close. We are all successful and adult-like and therefore we have all moved around the east coast to follow our dreams. Of course, when we get together, it’s like we never spent months apart which is fantastic.
As everyone was getting ready for the ceremony after a morning of splashing around in the hotel pool and causing a ruckus in the biggest Target I’ve ever seen (all par for the course for us), I started to get all misty seeing everyone in their grown-up suits and dresses, getting ready for our first friend wedding. Here we all were, we had changed in age but we hadn’t really changed over the years.
The moment really came to a head for me when Jon was putting on his tie. It had become a group effort because I knit the tie, mostly in the car on the ride down. But, of course, I had run out of yarn and my efforts to block it an hour before the wedding using the hotel iron had been for naught. So we enlisted my friend slash haberdasher Lam to help us squeeze every inch out of the tie so that Jon could wear it. The other boys scrambled around offering their own spare ties and sunglasses and style tips. And my ladies love him, too! Staying uncomfortably close to my favorite girlfriends, making fun of Jodie for her steady diet of Lunchables and string cheese, and gossiping with the bridesmaids about high school drama.
Seeing my long-time bros help my man get ready really made me verklempt! So much love!
The pattern for the tie is from the Purl Bee. It’s super simple if not unbearably repetatitve. The yarn I ran out of is Lion Brand’s LB Collection Baby Alpaca. After wearing it to the wedding, I picked up and knit straight black for another 4-5″ to make a more complete tie so he could wear it to another wedding! Love is in the air, am I right? It looked a bit more comfortable.
The knit tie is totally awesome. I think knitting should be part of every aspect of my life so knitted accessories are a MUST
Tie 2.0 at Jess and Matt’s wedding. Note the pinwheel.
Ok, actually, my favorite part of the wedding was when we did the hora to “Take Me Home” but that’s story for another post…
Ever knit a tie? Tedious or terrific?
What a weekend! I’m still reeling. I took Jon and Ashley upstate to shoot at Rhinebeck and we had so much fun!
We spent all day filming the festival. And we were so busy, I see now, that I didn’t even take photos! But we do have some awesome video that will be coming up soon!
Much of the day was spent doing interviews but we did get in some time to pet furry animals. It was magical to meet so many people from Ravelry and overwhelming to see so much yarn in one place. I wish I’d had more time (and better cell reception!) so that I could have met with everyone. All in all, it was an amazing time. Next year I think I’ll have to split the fun between two days!
Stay tuned because there will be some Rhinebeck videos coming up.
Were you at Rhinebeck? What did you get? Did you pet any animals!?
I’m late to the trend but I love gifs. We need our own. This week is so rough so here’s a little something to help you over the hump. You’re welcome.
When my boyfriend got me interchangable Lantern Moon needles for Christmas, it was like:
I just got a delivery of my new business cards! I’m so excited! I feel like a real person! They’re entirely designed by me which makes it even more fun. I can’t wait to give them away. And I’ll get my chance soon because
I’M GOING TO RHINEBECK.
That’s right, this will be my first year at Rhinebeck! And if I don’t faint from a yarn overdose as soon as I get there, I will be shooting all day (I’ll try to stop myself from shopping the whole time but, I mean, it’ll be tough.) for KYC Presents. It’s been a while since the last video, I admit, but there are cool things happening including the promised interview with Anna at Mochi Mochi!
I’m going to be setting up some awesome interviews at Rhinebeck and I want to talk to YOU! That’s right! Since it’s my first time, I want to share the festival experience with people who can’t be there and I want to talk to anybody and everybody about what they’re buying, who’s designs they’re wearing, where they’ve come from, I want to hear it all. If you see me at Rhinebeck (we’ll be the ones with the cameras), come say hey and tell us about your Rhinebeck experience.
While owls, deer, and foxes have often been considered the animal darlings of the Urban Outfitters hipster set, I think that sheep are getting some spotlight this season. These adorable lamb sweaters over at Madewell have predictably caught my eye. They seem like the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe.
While the left sweater is $88, it seems a little disingenuous of me to buy a machine-made tribute to my favorite furry friends. And, as the Campaign for Wool has taught us, it really bothers me that both of these are blends of cotton, nylon, viscose, and, oh yeah, there’s a little wool in there, too. (I won’t pretend I’m as much of a snob for natural fibers as I’d like to be. But is it too much to ask for a sweater that costs over $100 to be made of something yummy? I mean, it has a sheep on it!)
How do I get a sheep sweater of my own? You may be asking, checking the calendar out of the corner of your eye, wondering if you could pull off a whole sweater before Rhinebeck.
Sangmi Lee has a free pattern on Ravelry that is exactly what you’re looking for. I love the similar look. Perfectly on trend. Awesome. The test pattern that’s up now is a 36″ bust test but the charts are there so adjustments could be worked pretty easily. It’s knit on size 2s so it’s definitely not something that will happen before Rhinebeck!
I also love that the pattern is based on a cardigan that’s based on a steal! It’s from a Chloe cardigan that was in stores a few years ago. maybe it’s time for me to whip up a true Madewell steal!
Seeing lots of sheep this season? Want to see more? Plan to cast on some sheep-inspired sweaters?
The Campaign for Wool came to New York to promote everything great about our favorite fiber, wool! And they brought sheep!
That’s right! I got to see sheepies on the way home from work! And to honor the woolly wonders, the fountain was filled with multi colored hanks of wool. Knitty City was there stitching away and there were tons of spinners explaining the process to curious New Yorkers. It was pretty magical, as if my brain had exploded onto Bryant Park!
The Campaign was passing out fliers highlighting the benefits of wool in everything from household goods to sweaters. Wool is natural and sustainable. It’s a great insulator but is also breathable. And, of course, choosing wool helps to support the small (sometimes local!) farmers rather than oil companies that make cheap synthetic fabrics.
Not that you needed any convincing. In fact, I’m quite sure I am single-handedly keeping the wool industry afloat! Anyway, I don’t need to tell you how great a cause it is. I wish I could get a big 80s t-shirt that says CHOOSE WOOL.
Also, not to start a tangent but, the whole thing reminded me of this show. Does anybody remember Sheep in the Big City!? So many puns!
Big thanks to my mom for telling me about the event! Keep fighting the good fight! Wool to the People!
I’m still working on my Maxfield cardigan. Here is proof. I want to finish it so badly! Especially with the weather being as chilly and wonderful as it’s been. I’m dying to get it off the needles. I had a few projects to complete before Katie’s wedding, so it’s been a little neglected.
But something’s going on. I have this feeling recently that I’m running in quick sand and nothing is getting done. I feel like it’s exhausted me and I just need to clear my head before I can keep going on. I just need to wake up and get going and all of my projects will be finished. Right?