09
Jul

Lattice WIP, etc

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, knits, life, photos, style, summer, tank top, travel, yarn

I’ve been so busy over the past month yet I’ve done so much knitting! But I haven’t had any time to write about it. Really strange! I really need to do some catching up, though. So let’s start with what I’m working on right now.

As soon as I saw the pattern for the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top on the Purl Bee, I was obsessed. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was right in the middle of a pair of socks but I decided that I’d put them aside and run down to Purl Soho and buy some Madeline Tosh. I mean, there are only so many months that I can wear this thing and summer’s halfway over! And the pattern was written for MadTosh. How could I say no? I was leaving for a weekend trip to western Maryland so it would be easy road trip knitting. (Jon and I had never gone one a road trip before! It was very exciting and we saw a lot of cows and also a lot of signs about Jesus. Also, there are NO PARKING signs on the shoulders of I-78 in Pennsylvania. Who is parking there that they needed to go through so much trouble?)

Also, I generally hate summer knitwear. I like so few designs with short sleeves. I just think that they look awkward or I think, “Oh that would be really cute with long sleeves like a normal sweater!” Listen, I need cardigans and sweaters in the summer. It’s cold in restaurants and offices. And I don’t feel ashamed that I like having these things all year round and I don’t feel obligated to cast on tee shirts and the like just because the temperature is up. (Wow, am I a grouchy knitter or what?) This one, though, I think it’s really elegant and beautiful. Maybe I’m about to be converted!

 

Here’s what happened. I knit about five inches of the first side over the eight hours we were in the car. And I was pretty pleased with it although I would have liked something a little more challenging than stockinette. Then I got home and I started looking on Ravelry and I found diannabolical’s project page. I really like her style and I loved how her lattice top turned out. I really appreciate that it seems to fit her well. I think that some of the ones I’ve seen are sitting a little low and I’d like the lattice to start above where my bra ends. I also like shirts that are long so I don’t feel like they’re riding up all of the time. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. But diannabolical knit hers in the round and then put half on waste yarn and worked the top one half at a time, adjusting amount of bound off stitches.

Well, why didn’t I think to knit it in the round! I remembered thinking to myself how I wished it was knit in the round when I cast on but I was rushing around about the trip and didn’t bother putting my mind into the math. So I had that dilemma that I’m so often faced with: frog eight hours of work or finish the top and deal with the unsatisfactory construction forever. I agonized over it for about five minutes and then was reminded that I’ve been known to rip things out no matter how far along they are. So I did.

I cast on again, this time with 215 stitches (size medium calls for 109 stitches per side so I figured 218 total and subtracted 2 stitches which would be lost in seaming the two sides together. I went with 3 stitches in the end to keep the ribbing pattern consistent) and began again in the round. Of course, now I’m only about maybe eight inches into the body but I’m going to have something I’m very happy with. I often cut corners and deal with imperfections so I’m giving myself a big pat on the back for going back and doing things the right way.

Like I said, it’s not terribly exciting right now since it’s about a million rows of stockinette. But I push forward.

I am using Madeline Tosh Sport in Calligraphy for the body. The top lattice will be in Espadrilles because I’m really into this neon trend that’s going on this summer. Not that I’ll ever stop wearing neon when it goes out of fashion and not that I wasn’t wearing it in high school before it was cool (Disclaimer: I’m not cool nor was I ever).

Honestly, I’m really second-guessing my color choices. I feel like the pale pink of the Calligraphy is really nice but I’m not sure how it’s going to play with the neon pink up top. I keep trusting my gut, though, because it seemed like a really good choice when I bought it and I’d thought a lot about putting the neon up top and a neutral in the body for a while. I think I just get nervous especially when I have nothing else to focus on since I’m just doing rows and rows and rows of stockinette stitch.

Basically,

I’ve got more WIPs on my needles right now and I’ll show them off soon! How do you feel about summer knitting? Or have you given it up for the sewing machine?

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13
Jun

KYC Presents: Roman Hills

Written by Sarah. Posted in blog spotlight, Brooklyn, knits, KYC Presents, life, movies, new york city, yarn

Want to hear a secret? A super secret? My super secret project is out!

I’m working on a new video series! And it’s all about my favorite thing! (Knitting, obviously!) I have been so pumped about the reception that The Burgerlution had that I wanted to do something similar with knitting.

I hope to use these shorts in order to introduce knitters to the people behind the designs, brands, and tools that we are so familiar with. And, I’ll be honest, I’m excited to have an excuse to meet more knitters and more people that are involved in the industry! My people! And, also, an excuse for gratuitous yarn porn. (You’re welcome.)

The ladies of Roman Hills were nice enough to meet with me for my first short. We hung out and chatted along with Amy of Threadpanda and had some mid-morning beers and talked about yarn. It was such a wonderful experience. This is just the first episode in what I hope will be an ongoing project.

Without further ado…

KYC presents Roman Hills from Sarah Hurwitz on Vimeo.

I have to give a huge thank you to everyone involved. My friend Andrew wrote a really cool piece of music for the series that is based on the rhythm of stitching. I love it. And my fantastically talented friend Ashley gave me some great advice when it came to editing. She has much more patience than I. Jon, as always, is a great partner when it comes to making movies. He is not only a great match in terms his skills but I am always grateful for how dedicated he is! And he figured out how to use Soundtrack Pro in about five minutes. He’s pretty great to have around.

Also, don’t forget to check out Roman Hills in the latest issue of Knitscene Magazine!

Let me know what you think! I can’t wait for my next interview (hint: it’s coming up this weekend and it’s with someone I’m incredibly excited to meet!) and I can’t wait to hear some feedback. What do you think? Who would you like to see next?

Don’t forget to follow Knit York City on Vimeo!

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11
Jun

Yarn Bombs and Hot Tea

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, Brooklyn, design, DIY, holiday, knits, new york city, party, photos, summer, yarn

Some of you might have forgotten that Saturday was International Yarn Bombing Day. Did you do any crafty vandalism? While I thought about yarn bombing my own fire escape (wonder what my neighbor would say…), I was actually stuffing my face with bar-b-que at the Big Apple Bar-B-Que Block Party. I can’t say no to free food festivals.

But, while I was in Williamsburg on Friday, I saw a yarn bomb by Hot Tea. When I read this article on Gothamist, well, be still my heart! Check out this fantastic yarny art by New York’s newest yarn bomber. While I love Olek’s use of crochet in her bombs, Hot Tea’s work is really awesome. I love the geometric patterns and very cool utilization of straight lines.

More photos on his flickr!

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07
May

FO: Triangle Triangle Socks

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, knits, socks, yarn

I was doing very well working one project at a time. And then everything went wrong. I got second sock syndrome on my loft socks so I made a hamburger sweater. I’d still had these socks on the needles that I was working on for my dad since December. I dove into the Pomme de Pin but when it came to starting the collar, I got the urge to make these crazy socks.

So I ordered some Quince and Co Finch since I’ve never worked with their yarns before. I was hoping I’d have them in the mail by the time I was finished with my Pomme de Pin. When it came in just a few days later, I thought, I’ll just swatch and block and my swatch will be all finished by the time I finish my Pomme de Pin. But then I thought, well I’ll just test out the intarsia pattern to see if it looks odd. And when that swatch is done, I’ll be ready to start the socks when I’m finished with my Pomme de Pin.

Long story short, I knit a whole sock before I picked up my Pomme de Pin again. I was so ashamed, I didn’t want to tell anyone and I didn’t post about it here. (Though there is evidence on my instagram.) I feel less guilty about it now that my cardigan is all finished. But I had a hard time pulling myself away to set in the sleeves.

Oh but it was so worth it.

These socks look just like my original sketch so I’m really psyched. It’s an odd design that I hadn’t seen before so I had a really strong urge to make them.

Here’s the thing. I’m going to tell you straight up. Because I’m open like that.

I know you can’t do proper intarsia like this in the round. I know how knitting works, guys. But listen up. I don’t care. I did it anyway. Well, I did some ghetto non-intarsia which involved just bringing the red yarn back to the right needle the way I did when I knit my first scarf and I didn’t know how to carry yarn behind. I made sure to keep it as loose as possible so it didn’t ruin everything. I think I did a pretty good job considering it was a less-than-perfect measure. (I should take a picture of the wrong side. It’s a little embarrassing. But I guess the cat’s out of the bag now!)

Listen, you can judge me all you want. I’d probably do the same.

But my socks look dope. You’re just jealous.

Now that I’ve gone over my ghetto intarsia and multiple WIPs, I kind of feel like these socks are the bastard step-children of my recent knitting. But they rebelled by being pretty awesome. They do what they want.

Pattern: my own toe-up sock pattern
Yarn: Quince and Co Finch in Egret and Peak’s Ferry
Needle: size 0

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04
Apr

Roman Hills and a Super Secret Project

Written by Sarah. Posted in blog spotlight, knits, life, movies, yarn

I had a fantastic weekend! I hope you all did, too. I got started on a Super Secret Project that I’m very excited about. I can’t wait to show you what it is! I can give you a few hints, but you’ll never guess!

The most exciting part of this project was meeting with the lovely ladies behind Roman Hills! And, as if it could get any better, I finally met Amy of Threadpanda in real life! Roman Hills, if you haven’t read Threadpanda’s interview with Lisa and Amy, is a new, independent dyer based in Brooklyn. Their yarns are fantastic and they are just so much fun!

I don’t want to give too much away but here are some yummy Roman Hills yarn photos from this weekend. There was a pile of yarn. Oh yes.

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17
Feb

WIP: EZ Seamless Raglan

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

Remember that sweater that I knit Jon? It was his birthday present and it had special stripes for the date of our anniversary? Well, I realized he wasn’t wearing it because somehow (and I’m pretty sure I did a gauge swatch and all of that good stuff) it ended up being gigantic.

(I’ll chalk it up to being a secret surprise knitted gift. These things should be avoided at all cost. You cannot gift anything that has not been fitted properly. You will spend a majority of the time holding up the piece and thinking “Is this too big?” and having restless knitmares that ask”Is this too short?” and worrying yourself to pieces and then it either fits amazingly and you wasted all that time worrying or – 99% of the time – it doesn’t fit at all and you end up in this scenario. I know we’ve all done it before so don’t even pretend like you haven’t! Let’s promise not to engage in this behavior until Christmas. Then it will be the least of our worries.)

Also, the sleeves are a different dye lot than the body which drives me out of my mind. I suppose it’s some kind boyfriend sweater karma…if we’re still together, the sweater must die! Long story short, I ripped out all of the seams and promised him I’d take it in as much as I could so that it would at least fit okay. (I’m not steeking it, that’s for sure!) That was the biggest mistake EVER and with every stitch I made towards putting that humpdy dumpdy back together, I heard a voice louder and louder saying “I’m just going to make you a whole new sweater.”

And here we are…

I’m in the midst of my first EZ sweater. I attempted the percentage system a few years ago but I was really intimidated by how loose and abstract it seemed. I guess I just wasn’t prepared to do any math. Right now, though, I can’t believe I ever let it phase me. It’s so brilliant and yet so unbelievably simple. It feels as though Elizabeth Zimmerman reinvented the sweater.

Oh haven’t you heard? My boyfriend is obsessed with hamburgers! I wanted to do a single stripe across the chest with color changes that represent the parts of a hamburger. I didn’t want anything too obvious but the colors had to read well and then when someone says “I love your sweater. Did your girlfriend knit it for you? She’s great!” and he replies “Yeah! She is great. It’s a hamburger!” I want them to reply, “It IS a hamburger! That’s so cool! I didn’t notice it but now that you brought it up it’s SO COOL!”

So, you know, subtle.

The problem is, I didn’t take that many photos. I mean, 70% of the sweater was just boring stockinette in this lame tan color. It was pretty underwhelming and not something that merited much reporting. I believe, in the whole body, I knit about 20″ in stockinette. Luckily, with size 8 needles and Blue Sky Alpaca Techno, it went rather quickly.

By the way, Blue Sky Alpaca is CRAZY soft and fluffy and just so light and warm and yummy. I am going to have to make a hat or something with whatever is left over. It’s definitely going on my list of favorites.

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmerman Seamless Raglan Sweater
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Techno
Needle: 8

My secret plan is finish this sweater over the long weekend. I think I can do it! What are your yarny plans for the holiday?

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18
Jan

In Which We Drool Over My VKLive Haul…

Written by Sarah. Posted in instagram, knits, life, new york city, photos, Uncategorized, want, yarn

My dad always talks about  a scene in the movie Moscow on the Hudson. I’ve never seen the whole movie but it stars Robin Williams as a Cold War Russian who defects and lives in New York City. In this scene, he goes to the grocery store to pick up some things for the family he is staying with. He asks the cashier where the line is for coffee, expecting to wait as he did in his homeland, and he’s directed to the coffee aisle. Seeing such a bountiful variety of coffee available in the American supermarket, he starts screaming “Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!” and has a bit of a nervous breakdown.

Walking into the Marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live was kind of the same experience for me.

I wanted time to browse the booths to I arrived about an hour and a half before my first lecture. The first thirty minutes there, I didn’t stop at any of the booths. I just walked around and saw yarn everywhere I turned. Wow. After the initial shock wore off, I actually managed to make it to the Soak booth where I got a temporary tattoo and bought one of those amazing Lorna’s Laces Maven and Heel gift sets I’d been seeing on instagram. I also bought a set of temporary tattoos (about which our friend Andrew said “Knitting-themed temporary tattoos? That’s quite a niche they’ve cornered”). I’m not sure why I bought them since I don’t rock temporary tattoos regularly but I had to.

I made a stop at Mochimochi Land and picked up a tiny hamburger kit! I told Anna all about why a tiny hamburger is the perfect thing to make Jon, about the movie, and the hamburger art I’ve been collecting for him.

I also checked out Stitchuary. I was really looking for unique yarns and spinners, less interested in LYSs. The ladies at Stitchuary were really lovely and their yarns are fantastic. All from local farms which I love. And they almost talked me into buying 2000 yards of this gorgeous undyed grey and brown alpaca for an aran sweater (as if it’s difficult to almost talk me into buying yarn). But I was good. I’m going to wait on that one but I will absolutely be buying from them in the future.

Long Island Livestock Company was one of my favorite booths. Their yarns are delicious but I couldn’t pass up this gorgeous skein. I love the idea that all of the alpacas and sheep are owned and sheared by the same woman. It’s a very traditional feeling. I’m also a sucker for small-batch undyed yarn. I’m not sure if it’s because neutrals are my favorite colors or if it is that I love the animals and I want to show off their natural beauty but I really love undyed yarn!

Each skein has a tag with a photo of the alpaca whos fleece was used in it. I think it’s brilliant. It really shows you how much they care about their animals and how much care goes into the yarns’ production. And, besides, how could I not buy yarn with these adorable little furry faces! And they’re kissing! Take my money, please.

I went to three lectures and one class. (I really went all-in since it was my first VK Live.) Two lectures were about business. One left me feeling discouraged. The other was pretty dry and very technical. I also heard Debbie Bliss speak about designing for babies. I think she’s just adorable and British and she calls diapers nappies. I really enjoyed the Perfect Fit class. Carla Scott of Knit Simple made garment fitting super easy and I actually had a lot of fun drawing little scale drawings of my measurements.

Overall, it was a bit overwhelming but what fun. It was really fun to see so many other knitters and to hear more and more similarities between us. I was sad that I didn’t meet more people. I chatted it up with a few people and a bunch of vendors but I would’ve really liked to meet up with some other knitters. Hopefully soon I can do that, though, and next year I’ll be cruising VK Live with some of you! What did you think? Did you have fun?

Oh, and, this is me:

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16
Nov

WIP: Larch Cardigan (Almost Done!)

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

This is long overdue! I’m almost finished with my Larch Cardigan! What a refreshing knit! I haven’t made a sweater in about a year and I was much more confident this time. I love making little projects but making something big is so fun and a little nerve-wracking. It’s like running the marathon instead of jogging a mile.

Here it is with all of the pieces complete!

(Excuse my wrinkly sheets. I really need a better place to photograph my knits…I’m working on that!)

I am totally in love with the edges. The little details like that are what make this pattern so much fun. It would have been simple to just start with a regular 1×1 rib and move on into the sweater. But binding off and picking up the stitches make that adorable little chain boarder. It’s a brilliant idea.

Can I have a minute to tell you just how amazing this color in Mad Tosh is!? I’m so in love with it. I didn’t strand the yarn even though they warned that I should. I looked at the skeins really closely and didn’t see too much of a difference in color. I guess I lucked out with the four that I bought because they’re really identical. I decided that I didn’t need to strand and that I’d probably regret making that choice later. It turned out great. I definitely made the right choice. There is one patch on the back where the yarn doesn’t have as much variation as the other parts but stranding probably wouldn’t have avoided that.


I’ve really neglected to post these photos so this cardigan is actually already almost finished. It’s really is begging me to block it but I haven’t had the time. I promise I’ll block you, wonderful Larch Cardi! I can’t wait to show you the finished cardigan! And I can’t wait to wear it out!

When is the last time you knit a sweater? Is the Larch Cardigan in your knitting queue?

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10
Nov

Stash-aholic

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, no clutter, photos, want, yarn

What are your stash-collecting rules? I’ve been really good recently! To be honest, I read Yarn Harlot and I got a little nervous about my stashing tendancies! I’ve been very careful to only buy yarn that I actually need for projects. So I’m proud of myself.

But when Susie of Juniper Moon Farm tweeted that her friend was having a sale, I couldn’t pass up the Aslan Trends Invernal (50% Angora, 25% Merino Wool) that was $6/skein. I bought 3 skeins of Rouge and Raspberry each. I figured that it was enough yardage to make a striped sweater and the colors go quite well together. I hate stash of an awkward-weight single skein I can’t do anything with. But I might just break down and make six pairs of socks using it..

How much stash do you have? Where do you keep it?

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15
Jun

Yarn, Finally.

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, yarn

After all of that kvetching, Jon gets a big “I told you so” for telling me to wait for the perfect yarn. He’s right. I went to three LYSs before I found the one. And it is just absolutely fantastic.

On Thursday I picked up a few skeins of Madeline Tosh merino. It’s amazingly soft and hand dyed so the colors are amazing. It was a little pricey but it’s for a special gift so I wanted to spend a little extra. Worth every penny!

Here are two skeins in Chamomile and Antler. I must admit, goldenrod is my very favorite color right now. Things in that particular shade of yellow just make me feel like sunshine!

I am so excited to get this onto my needles. I didn’t even let them wind it at the store because I wanted to rush home and run my fingers through it. I am very proud of myself, though. With every project I tackle, I like to think that I am becoming a better knitter. Maybe I’ll be a Knitter with a capital K! I took the time to do some swatching and make sure that my pattern was how I wanted it. And a huge thanks to Amy at Threadpanda for reading my crazed email debating faire isle versus intarsia.

Here is the intarsia cast onto the amazing rosewood Lantern Moon needles Jon bought me. They feel like I’m knitting with liquid needles!

It looks like a mess, I know, but I promise it gets better.

I can’t wait to show you what I’m up to. It’s kind of a secret right now…can you guess?!

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