Archive for November, 2012

30
Nov

Gif Friday

Written by Sarah. Posted in that gif post

It’s Friday. Let’s get the weekend started early.

When my friend says that wool is too itchy, I’m like:

When I read the Olympic Committee’s cease and desist letter to Ravelry, I was like:

When I’m shopping for yarn online, it’s like:

Christmas knitting this year:

When a teacher said I couldn’t knit in class, I was like:

When I see someone else knitting on the train, we’re just like:

Happy knitting this weekend! Are you making progress on your holiday knits?

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28
Nov

Gift Guide: Gifts for Knitters

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, gift, holiday, knits, want, yarn

Here we are in the holiday season. Let’s not talk about holiday knitting. You have plenty of time to finish all of these gifts! So let’s not focus on the stress of the holiday season matched with your well-intentioned yet over ambitious insanity. Let’s talk about you. What would you get you for the holidays? You are a devoted, thoughtful, wonderful friend/spouse/parent/child/aunt/uncle/niece/nephew/cousin. You are spending all of December working on gifts for these wonderful people that you love so much.

No, no, it’s okay. I know you were swearing about how you can’t believe you’re making another gift for Aunt Kate even though she never even shows up to Christmas dinner. You didn’t mean that. You’re just a little over worked. I mean, you’re still making cousin Joe’s baby some booties even though they didn’t invite you to the shower. See, you’re a wonderful person!

Here are some gifts that YOU deserve.

1. Kollabora Alpaca Au Naturale Superfine Yarn
2. Purl Soho tote
3. Lantern Moon Sox Stix
4. Soakbox

What do you want for the holidays?

More gift guides coming up!

ps. If you are still looking for patterns for gift knits, Amy Christoffers is offering 20% off her fantastic patterns for accessories! No coupon code necessary! Buy Savory Knitting patterns! You will not regret it!

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26
Nov

WIP: Faire Isle Sweater Frustrations

Written by Sarah. Posted in faire isle, holiday, knits, life, sweater, technique, WIP

How was your Thanksgiving? Jon and I cooked dinner for our family (with help from my mom and Aunt Sherry!) and his first turkey turned out fantastically! It was such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and I was so pleased to be able to do something small for my family who has done so much for me.

After Jon and I spent all day working on turkey and mashed potatoes and other yummy awesome Thanksgiving goodies, he and my parents fell asleep on respective couches and I sat down to work on the back of my faire isle sweater as a little treat to myself for keeping my energy up all day and also because I was having a dessert/tea sugar/caffeine buzz. I guess the buzz was insufficient because I ended up casting on 120 stitches instead of 130. I counted it at least five times before I started knitting. But about three inches in I realized that I was missing an inch of width.

So I ripped that whole piece out. It was only about a day’s worth of work but I was pleased with how it looked. It’s always disheartening to frog a good chunk of knitting. And it’s embarrassing when you find yourself cursing the pattern when really you’re the one that can’t count. That’s about where I am with the progress on this sweater now. I always kick myself because I post photos of the beginnings of things and the FOs but it’s tough to show the middle part without looking like a pile of stitches.

RIP

In my fit of frogging, I began to worry that the sweater will turn out too tight. As I mentioned before, the difference between all of the sizes is 4 1/2″which left me with a difficult choice, somewhere between fairly snug and possibly awkwardly large. (I’m really trying to hold back in the oversized comfy sweater department. I love them but I should really be wearing proper outfits now and then.) I’ve started kicking myself that I should have been using size 4 needles instead of size 3s to give myself a little extra breathing room. With both sleeves finished, I am going to continue crossing my fingers that a good blocking and some good old-fashioned wear will make everything just right. I do hope it turns out. I like to think that I’m a process knitter but I’ve been really looking forward to styling this sweater.

Anyway, stick around this space because there will be some fun gift guides coming up soon!

Any crafting catastrophes recently? What holiday crafting are you doing? What do you want for the holidays?

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20
Nov

Skein of Thought and Threadpanda Guest Post!

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, KYC Presents, toys

Hello lovely readers! I have some cool news to share with you. Today I’m releasing a new video! It’s is part of a new series that I am working on along side the KYC Presents videos. These are called A Skein of Thought and they are shorter cuts from footage that did not make it into the original interviews. It’s like bonus material. It’s very groovy. The first one involves Anna Hrachovec from Mochimochi Land and stop motion animations and gifs.

“But where is the video? I can’t wait to see it!” you say. Well, I told you I had cool news. The video will make it’s debut on the Threadpanda blog. Amy has invited me to do a guest post and I thought it might be fun to release the video over there.

So. Get your butt over to Amy’s blog but don’t just check out my post. Amy has been blogging up a storm this month and I could not be more in awe of her dedication. There is a lot of yarny goodness going on there so stick around for all of that!

Now, all of this being said, I don’t think I’ll have time for another post before Thanksgiving. Jon and I are doing a lot of the cooking for Thanksgiving so there is much to be done! I hope you all have a lovely holiday and fantastic food and great people to share it with. I won’t begin to list here all of the things that I’m thankful for but I will say this: I’m thankful that there is over a month until Christmas. There are a lot of gifts to craft! See you on the flip side!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Have you subscribed to KYC Presents on Youtube? Are you making holiday crafts? How awesome is Threadpanda?

Updated: I was a little premature posting this here. The post is now up on Amy’s blog!

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19
Nov

WIP: Faire Isle Sweater

Written by Sarah. Posted in faire isle, knits, sweater, WIP

I’ve got some photos from the early development on my faire isle sweater. I was able to finish a sleeve while I was on a week of hurrication. Since then, progress has slowed down. I’ve only had about an hour to spend on it every day. And, with the holidays swiftly approaching, I can see it being on the needles a little while longer.

Now, faire isle is a technique that, despite my years of knitting and lack of intimidation, I am still perfecting. I realized only recently that I was not carrying my contrast colors correctly. I’m admitting it here so please don’t judge me. Nothing was laying flat and the gauge was a mess. I since have mastered that part.

My biggest problem was the debate between carrying the CCs up the sides or cutting and rejoining. While rejoining is ridiculous (so many ends! SO MANY ENDS!), I have to carry them up more then ten rows between their uses. I consulted Twitter and my lovely friends gave me the advice to carry them losely. I think that’s working out well besides leading to massive tangles. After a few wears, it should felt down a little.

I wish I’d adjusted this pattern to be knit in the round. I don’t know what I was thinking. It should be in the round. Why is it not in the round, Debbie Bliss Magazine? There are a few odd things about the pattern that are pretty specific and I’m not sure if it’s worth explaining them. My only helpful adjustment was to add stitch markers to the beginning and end of the pattern repeats so that it’s not completely confusing when increasing on the edges.

I am very pleased with the color combination. I agonized over the selection for a while since I was shopping online. It’s so tough to decide when you can’t see or feel the yarn! My only regret is that I wish the lavender/grey was switched with the eggshell blue. I didn’t buy enough blue to swap them which was bad of me but I still love the way it looks so it’s not even worth mentioning. Don’t worry. I’m sorry I brought it up.

Now it’s just a lot of repeating patterns. My gauge is about half a stitch too big which I am hoping will work in my favor since I think the sweater might be a little snug. (The small is something like  35″ bust where the medium is 39 1/2″ which is a big difference and I’m somewhere in the middle.) I’m excited to get more pictures when more things are complete. But, like I said, there is holiday crafting on the horizon. Stay tuned, more on that later!

Do you have issues with faire isle? What’s your biggest knitting challenge?

ps. Stay tuned! There is a KYC video coming up tomorrow! Have you subscribed to the channel yet?

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16
Nov

Steal this Knit: Sheep Sweater Part Deux

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, Steal This Knit, want

I meant to have a proper post for today but this tedious but hopefully awesome project got in the way. You understand. So there is not a cool graphic as I’d hoped. C’est la vie!

After my post about Madewell’s animal sweaters (so hot right now), Amy sent me this photo of Princess Diana rocking her own awesome and famous sheep sweater. Or, I mean, jumper because that’s British for sweater. (Right-o!)

Great color, totally on trend with the animal print. She’s even got a peter pan collar which is the accessory for this season (though I’m sure hers isn’t a separate which is a trend I’m not sure I can get behind.)

And sheep. I didn’t think it was possible to love her more but here she is wearing a sweater that’s covered in sheep.

Are you making your own sheep sweater? Animal sweater? Are you making these collars that are not attached to shirts? Who thought of that? How do we feel about them?

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14
Nov

Famous Knits: Sweetgrass

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, movies

You can imagine that in four years of film school that I saw a lot of movies. Like, a LOT of movies. Most of them were nothing speacial. But some of them were fantastic. I remember a few occasions when I was feeling especially self-deprecating when I would sit in my room in the dark with a really fantastic movie and just cry because I knew I would never make such a masterpiece.

I’ve gotten a little less dramatic since then. But I’ve found the movie that I wish I’d made. And it’s Sweetgrass.

Sweetgrass is a remarkably minimalist documentary about cowboys leading their sheep to pasture. There is no narration (which leaves more questions than answers), just fantastic images of the wild and magical waves of sheep as they trek March of the Penguins style across picturesque mountains. The animals are charmingly simple, their human counterparts are just what you’d expect.

I’m obsessed with the restraint the film has. Unending moments of sheep chewing, parades of horses passing, and the rituals of saddling up and just sitting on the pastures. It’s not an exciting film. It’s just mesmerizing.

Have you seen Sweetgrass yet?

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12
Nov

KYC in NY Japion

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, new york city, press

Right before Hurricane Sandy hit New York, I met up with one of NY Japion’s lovely reporters at Knitty City. This week’s cover story is all things knit including shops and techniques and bloggers and I’m so honored to have been included!

Hello to you, NY Japion readers!

Maria from Subway Knits was also featured in the paper and I’m hoping to get her to translate some of the article for me. The free weekly paper is out now! (I snagged a couple of copies at M2M in a giggly fit of excitement.)

Don’t forget to like the latest KYC Presents videos. Subscribe!

ps. Happy birthday, Mom! Love you!

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09
Nov

KYC Presents: Mochimochi Land

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, KYC Presents, new york city, photos, toys

Happy Friday everybody! First things first, I want to let you all know that Knit York City is now on Youtube. I think it’s a little more accessible which means that I would love for you all to like the videos, leave comments, and subscribe to my channel!

It’s been a little while since I got to meet with the lovely Anna Hrachovec. When I started looking for designers to include in this series, I was delighted to find out that Anna and I live and work in the same city! I’ve been a big fan of her adorable toys for a while and I think they are just so unique! I love her photographs and her gifs always crack me up!

I hope you enjoy the third interview in the series! Without further ado, here’s Anna!

Big thank you to Anna for letting us into her workspace and pulling out all of her toys! (There was a lot of squee-ing, you can imagine.) Also, these videos could never happen without the support of my girl Ashley and my man Jon! Thank you both!

If you love Anna’s designs, you should check out the photo contest that’s happening over at her blog right now! The deadline for entries is December 3rd!

I’d love to hear what you think! Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

ps. I’ve been writing a lot about the Subway Knits Sandy raffle but I wanted to mention that all profits from the hand dyed Fable Fibers Etsy this month will go toward Sandy relief. The yarn is beautiful! You should definitely check out the shop!

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07
Nov

More Gifs

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life

Last night, Barack Obama won the election. I could not be happier. I was up all night watching coverage of all of the returns, so nervous I couldn’t even knit. That being said, there is not a proper post today. Just celebrating. Let’s have some gifs.

Every time someone says “Wow! You knit that!?” I’m just like:

“Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 17 inches”

Stuck in the waiting room without my knitting, I’m totally like:

When a stranger tells me I must be so patient because I’m a knitter, I’m just like:

Seeing a sweater I wanted to make at Rhinebeck, I was like:

Don’t forget about the Sandy relief raffle!

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