16
Jan

Famous Knits: Jennifer Lawrence in Vogue UK

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, knits, photos, sweater

I started drooling when I saw November’s Vogue UK photo shoot with Jennifer Lawrence. Beside the fact that I think she’s beautiful and hilarious and she’s the number one celebrity I’d like to be friends with (number two is Amanda Seyfried because, have you seen this?). (Congrats on your Golden Globe, Ms. Lawrence! I didn’t see Silver Linings Playbook because football is boring but I can’t wait to see you and B Coop in Serena!) But this is not just an excuse to talk about how much I love The Hunger Games (because you already know), there were some damn good knits in there.

Jennifer Lawrence Vogue UK

Everyone, stop what you’re doing and look at this FANTASTIC fisherman sweater by Ashley Williams. I’ve never thought of doing colorwork cables because I haven’t seen any that I’ve liked but I LOVE the way that they look on this sweater. Definitely going to try something similar. I can’t tell you how exciting this piece is to me. Great choice by fashion editor Francesca Burns.

I’m also a big fan of this waffle sweater by Bottega Veneta. It’s something I’d definitely love to make myself in a soft and squishy yarn.

Jennifer Lawrence Vogue UK 2

Check out all of the photos by  Alasdair McLellan here. There’s a great cabled turtleneck sweater by Christopher Kane that you can buy for the low, low price of $637. Pin all of those damn pictures and droll over them and then use the rest of 2013 to recreate them. Then walk around pretending you’re Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, don’t do that. I won’t be doing that. That would be weird. You can read about the shoot here if you’re curious about any of the other sweaters or accessories.

And, J Law, if you’re reading this, let’s be friends? I love you!
Jennifer Lawrence

Which sweater is your favorite? How do you feel about colorwork cables? Are you friends with Jennifer Lawrence?

ps. Have you entered the Kollabora giveaway yet!?

pps. Did you hear that Ryan Gosling loves knitting?

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07
Jan

WIP: Faire Isle, Slowly

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, knits, life, sweater, WIP

Remember that sweater I cast on during my hurrication? It’s still here, guys.

Just as I suspected, it took a back seat during holiday knitting season. (And by back seat, I mean I was sitting on it, wedged between the cushion and the arm of the couch because that’s where I store my WIPs. I’m not even joking. I just promised myself that I’d get a proper place for them. Let’s make that happen.) After the blur of the holidays plus a big secret project (sorry, suspense!), I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d worked on it. I was half way through the armhole shaping on the back. Why, oh, why do I always put down a piece when I’m working on the armhole shaping? Then I pick it up and I can’t trust that I marked the proper place where I’d left off and I’m suspicious and double guessing the whole way through.

Anyway, over the past week, I was able to not only finish the back but I also worked on my Zelda cross stitch and knit up a new (but simple) design. Pretty neat, huh? I guess since I spent all of New Year’s Day on it, I got a couple of extra hours.

Here it is, so badly in need of a blocking (and better lighting).

 

faire isle back debbie bliss

 

As I’m a professional, I held the piece up to my back (you know, the scientific way of measuring garments) and I’m now a little terrified that it won’t fit. I know I voiced my concerns about the sweater being snug before. Now that I’ve completed the entire back piece, there’s really no turning back. Also, since I’m definitely, absolutely a professional, I didn’t bother blocking my gauge swatch so I have no idea if blocking the pieces will help loosen things up. (I’ll remember that for that “How to Knit a Gauge Swatch” post…)

Since it’s wool and most of my sweaters end up being massive, I can only assume that giving a nice soak will give me about an inch more which would be a big help. That or I need to go on a diet, ASAP. I’m not giving this sweater up. I’m too in love.

faire isle 2 wrong side

Here’s a picture of the wrong side. I like sharing my wrong sides a lot. I feel like it’s not something that’s out there enough and I think that they’re interesting and beautiful in their own way. I’ve also gone on weird OCD searches for them when I’m afraid I’m not doing a technique properly. The backside of a faire isle piece is important the way that the back of a cross stitch is important (says myself, who has sloppy, terrible cross stitch backs). Also, you can see that I have hours worth of ends to weave in. Party!

Anyway, this sweater isn’t the quick, simple project I thought it would be. But are they ever? My only hope is that I have time to finish the front before winter is over. Ok, my only OTHER hope is that it fits. And that I don’t cry. Those are my only three hopes. Oh, and also that I don’t run out of yarn because St. Denis is discontinued. Ahahaha!

Please help me.

My sweater’s going to stretch out, right? Do you like looking at wrong sides? Would you share yours?

 

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31
Dec

Year in FOs

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, blog spotlight, design, DIY, embroidery, FO, gift, holiday, knits, KYC Presents, life, new york city, photos, pillow, press, sewing, skirt, socks, style, sweater, tie, yarn

This was a huge year for Knit York City. I am so excited to be here and move forward and I love sharing my work and my life with you guys. It’s not only been awesome to get feedback and help with my questions, but I feel like putting my energy into this blog has inspired me to spend more time making things. Looking back at all of the pieces I made this year, I think this might be my most productive year yet. It’s certainly been my most adventurous and I have all of you to thank for that!

I knit a lot of socks this year. All of the socks I made this year were my own design which is pretty awesome!

triangle sockTriangle Socks
Crux Socks
Loft Socks
Hanukah Socks

I taught myself how to sew. It got off to a rough start but I managed to make a skirt and an adorable little kimono.

sewing skirtFirst Skirt
Kimono

I also practiced my long-forgotten embroidery skills on a wedding present for one of my best friends and a tie for Jon to wear.

wedding gift 2Pillow
Tie

I also made a few sweaters this year. I certainly didn’t make one every month but I am quite pleased with the ones that I finished. I really fell for Amy Christoffers’ new patters and I made one of them for a KAL. And I got to meet her this year!

pomme de pin FO 3Pomme de Pin
Maxfield

And, of course, what somehow became my most notable knit of the year: The Hamburger Sweater. I love the reaction I’ve gotten from this knit.

hamburger sweater 3

On top of everything else, I started a video web series (don’t forget to subscribe!) and I’ve had so much fun meeting so many awesome people. I can only thank my friends again (and again!) for helping make them possible. There will certainly be more episodes in the new year and hopefully I can fulfill my resolution to edit them faster! (It’s been tough with everything else going on so I’m calling in the reinforcements!) Get excited for that stuff.

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I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished this year. I am so proud of myself. And knowing what projects are in the works for the new year, I couldn’t be happier. While I don’t want to set any specific goals for what I make next year, I do want to make more! I will be happy if I keep working hard at it all, keep my fingers busy typing away and shooting videos and clicking needles. I bet that there will be twice as much to talk about by the end of 2013.

What did you make this year? Did you make a lot of sweaters? What are your goals for the new year?

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07
Dec

Famous Knits: Sherlock

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, holiday, knits, life, style, sweater, tv, want

I wasn’t going to write about Sherlock because I feel like I came late to the party. I finally got around to watching Sherlock over my hurrication but I’m a little bit hooked and I’m currently re-watching both seasons to keep myself distracted from the fact that the next series is not coming out anytime soon. I feel like I’ve tweeted about the show plenty and I’ve been teased by Jon every day since I saw “A Study in Pink” (he calls Moriarty “Mariachi”) so that I think maybe I should take it down a notch with the nerdiness.

But, it’s Christmas. And Christmas means sweaters. And John Watson knows about Christmas sweaters. So this is happening.

And, besides, The Hobbit is about to come out so Mr. Freeman is absolutely relevant right now.

While looking for screen caps of the ridiculously awesome Christmas sweater that Martin Freeman rocks in “A Scandal in Belgravia” I discovered that there is an entire John Watson sweater fandom. Which includes this recipe for a John Watson Earl Grey sweater cupcake. Why not?

It seems the Watson sweater is more beloved than the Sherlock popped-collar jacket. Perhaps I’m not the only one that instinctively thinks “The Richenbach Fall” is pronounced the “Rhinebeck” fall (which is when you jump off a building into a pile of wool, duh). (It probably has nothing to do with that.)

I think Watson’s go-to fisherman sweater is my favorite of his jumpers. You can never go wrong with an oatmeal cabled sweater. Never.

If you’re looking for the ultimate fangirl knit, Trudi Brown has a basic free pattern for the iconic sweater on Ravelry which includes a kind of really adorable drawing of Watson knitting his own jumper and some cool details about knitting and the military.

How do you feel about Sherlock? Are you a Watson sweater fangirl? Will I ever shut up about this show? Do you see how I made it about knitting so I could write about it? Do you want to talk about The Hobbit or Star Trek instead? Would that be better? Is my nerd showing?

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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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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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05
Nov

FO: Maxfield Cardigan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, FO, knits, life, new york city, photos, Rhinebeck, sweater

I finished my Maxfield cardigan! It took my a while but I’m going to blame it on the big break I took to make Katie’s wedding present. No regrets there! But I was just in time because I got to wear my newly finished Maxfield Cardigan to Rhinebeck! But I didn’t take any photos because I was so busy!

Okay, that’s not true. I took this photo with design crush Amy Christoffers! Both of us wearing her designs! Be still my heart!

Hint: There will be a KYC Presents interview coming up featuring a lovely designer who’s name rhymes with Jamy Tristoffers! Did you guess who it is? Are you excited? I am not the only fangirl for Amy’s designs (you know who you are) so I hope there are lots of you looking forward to that!

Anyway, I finished my Maxfield Cardigan. And there were no pictures since that little sleeve teaser and some Instagrams of the front. But here are some photos of the whole shebang.

I love each one of Amy’s cardigans more than the last. This one seems even more wearable than the Pomme de Pin. (I love them both.)

The Malabrigo is so yummy and soft. I am very pleased with how the colors turned out. Just how I’d imagined it! But, honestly, I want to make another one. Maybe grey and black?  I think I need more neutrals. And by that I mean to say I’m addicted to neutrals.

Look at that collar! I know that I knit the chevrons differently than the pattern specified (with the dec/inc going through the MC sections) but I like the way it turned out. But, really, the front panels are killer.

I had SO MANY knitters come up to me at Rhinebeck and ask what pattern I was wearing. I was so excited! It is such a compliment to hear other knitters wanting to cast on once they’ve seen your work. But I was mainly psyched to spread Amy’s name. I want everyone to be knitting her sweaters! Make this sweater! It’s so much fun!

ps. You’re looking better than ever, New York! Don’t forget to participate in the Subway Knits Sandy benefit raffle! Lorna’s Laces is also selling sock patterns to benefit Sandy victims through Feeding America.

pps. To all of my American readers, tomorrow is the election! I hope you all plan on going to the polls (or have already voted, as I have!) VOTE!

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29
Oct

Sandy Knit-a-Long

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, knits, life, new york city, photos, style, sweater, technique, WIP, yarn

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?

More updates when there’s some nice light for photographs! Until then, follow me on Twitter and Instagram for pics of my #sandykal.

Are you knitting the hurricane away? What are you making? Are you prepared for the storm?

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15
Aug

Knitting in the 21st Century

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, knits, sweater, technique

I have an image in my mind of my mom sitting in the armchair in the living room with a baby blanket pattern laid out on the ottoman in front of her, highlighting each row as she completes them. She is meticulous about circling the instructions within the parentheses so that she is sure to knit the correct amount of stitches for the size that she is making. Maybe she even uses an index card to underline where she is while she is marking off tallies with whatever pen she found in the end table. Does this sound right, Mom?

She and I may be very different knitters in this respect. I used to print out my patterns and make all sorts of notations on them. I would fold the paper up and keep it in a pocket of my knitting bag. I certainly lost those patterns on more than one occasion or lost track when I couldn’t find a pencil or if a friend got carried away playing with my red plastic row counter. (Those little clicky plastic row counters have caused me far more grief than help. For some reason, anyone who hears the click of a completed row immediately begs for instructions on how it works and why I need it, always followed by a request to click the following row. And often the promise that “If you let me click it a few times, and I’ll reset it to where you were” followed by completely forgetting where I was. Please don’t touch my things. Ever. I hate you now. I really don’t understand the fascination.)

Needless to say, every knitter is different. The more I’ve found a way that I like to do things, the more I wonder what everyone else prefers. Let’s all share, shall we?

First of all, I’ve almost entirely stopped using printed patterns unless it’s from a book or magazine. The last time I used a book pattern, I photo copied it so I could make notes on it. But I LOVE PDF patterns. Love them. It’s so handy having everything in my inbox or in my Ravelry library. I don’t have to remember what volume of Knitscene (or was is Vogue Knitting?) the pattern was in. I like being able to access my patterns wherever I am.

That being said, I’ve turned to iBooks for all of my PDF pattern reading which means that all of my patterns are stored on my phone which is great because I always have my phone on me (heaven forbid I lose it like a tattered pattern). I don’t like whipping out a paper pattern and a pencil when I’m trying to casually knit and hang out. I don’t like having so much baggage when it comes to knitting.

Since the iPhone has become my knitting ereader, I guess it would be handy to have some other gadgets on there! I use Knit Counter Lite which is free. It’s a pretty handy tool especially because I don’t need anything fancy to keep track of this. You can input all kinds of information, though, and also limit the maximum and minimum number (I use that a lot when counting increases or if I’m just not paying close attention). It’s also great because now my pattern and my counter are in the same spot. (Side note: When it comes to socks, I like to do it the old fashioned way and use pen and paper so that I’m sure the second sock matches the first!) Using this app, I can keep track of multiple projects at once along with different pieces as illustrated below:

(It looks complicated but that’s the row increases of the Maxfield cardigan sleeves. The increases in size medium happen every 12th row 9 times. Breaking that down, it means keeping track of the stripe pattern rows in intervals of ten while also counting separately to every twelfth row when the increases take place so I count those at the same time. The last counter is increased only every twelfth row. Everyone still with me? I had a tough time keeping that all straight when it was done with pencil and paper but this system works for me.)

This seems like enough math for one post. But I want to hear what you do! How do you count rows? Have you seen this? (I don’t know how I feel about it.) Do you use any apps for your knitting?

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26
Apr

FO: Pomme de Pin

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, photos, sweater

Well, it’s done! If you haven’t been following me on instagram, you might’ve missed this picture of my finished cardigan.

I love it so far. Very soft and warm. The sleeves are a little too long but I guess I’ll have to deal with that! Otherwise, it’s perfect.

I know that picture is definitely not the best and then I put words all over it so you can’t see anything. I’ll have more detailed pictures of this FO after the weekend when I can take some nice photos in the sun! I just really wanted to celebrate the fact that it is finally finished and I’m never taking it off!

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