I recently got a copy of Melissa Wehrle’s new book Metropolitan Knits. I was really intrigued because the patterns are all inspired by New York, designed by a New York designer. Obviously, I love everything inspired by this city. While I thought the city would be hard to capture in knitwear, Wehrle’s designs are all beautiful and diverse! I love that there are a lot of different textures and shapes. I think she was able to really capture the feel of the city in the garments.
It’s really fun and exciting to think about New York as an inspiration for knitwear. The people here inspire me the most. I see a pattern or a shape or a color and it gets me thinking. The atmospheres of different neighborhoods give me great ideas, too, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever looked at the architecture and drama of New York with that kind of eye.
And there are so many pieces in this book that I like, I’m having a hard time choosing which one I want to make first. I love the Skyline tunic. It really reminds me of Hearst Tower with that diamond pattern. That’s definitely one of my favorite buildings! But I have really fallen in love with the Bleecker Street cardigan. It looks super comfortable, just what I’d want to wear on a crisp fall day, walking down Bleecker on my way to work!
And you’ll have a hard time choosing, too! Because Interweave has been nice enough to give away a copy of Metropolitan Knits to one lucky reader! Here’s how to enter: Check out the Ravelry page for the Metropolitan Knits book. Leave a comment below with your favorite pattern (and don’t forget to leave your contact info so I can get in touch if you’re the winner). (Only fine print: US only, sorry!) It’s that easy. I’ll be choosing the winner on August 1st!
So, which design is your favorite?
I’d planned a knitting post for today but yesterday was just so overwhelming with awesome that it’s going to have to wait. I couldn’t be happier and I just want to bask in that a little bit longer!
When I heard the news about DOMA yesterday, I wished I was in DC waving a rainbow flag on the steps of the Supreme Court. I’m sick of my “where were you when…” stories ending with “at my desk, I read it on Twitter.” So when my friend Max asked if I wanted to go to the Stonewall Inn with him after work, I was so excited.
I happen to work just a short stroll from Stonewall which is so bizarre to me. New York is weird like that. The city has changed so much since the riots happened 44 years ago and, aside a few recent news articles about hate crimes against gays in the village, it’s an incredibly diverse and welcoming place. It’s strange to think that a place I pass by on the way to grab a sandwich is the site of a catalyst for the pride movement.
When we arrived, Cher was blasting and all of Christopher Street from 7th to Waverly was blocked off. People were handing out flags and stickers and everyone was hugging and smiling. Edie Windsor gave a speech, saying how proud her late wife Thea would have been and my eyes just filled with tears. I was watching history. It felt like a long time coming but finally, it was here. It was hot and the speakers were too loud but I was just so happy to be there, celebrating with all of these other people. I was proud to be an ally and to have supported in the ways that I could. And I was just elated that my friends and family could be treated as they deserved and that justice was served as it so seldom is. It was really magical.
At the same time, I knew that there was more to be done. Chris Christie still vows to veto any gay marriage bills that may pass again in my home state of New Jersey (sounds like he could use a hug from Corey Booker). Some state constitutions define marriage as only heterosexual which may prevent same sex couples living in those states to receive these new benefits. There is still a long way to go. I was raised to be keenly aware that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. And if you’ve been following the news this week, you’ll see that there is still a lot of injustice being doled out by the same people who made this decision. So we can’t give up fighting. There’s still a lot to fix in this world but I think we all deserve a break to dance in the street, to celebrate these victories!
It’s Fashion Week here in New York. Or it was? I’m not sure, I don’t keep up with these things. (Oh, I just checked. It’s still happening. Cool.) I don’t like to think that I follow trends (unless they’re neon. Or knitwear. Or NEON KNITWEAR!) but I do like to take a peek at what’s going down the runway because I was obsessed with season one of Project Runway. (Austin Scarlett is designing wedding dresses. Yes. But does anybody know what Jay McCarroll is up to these days?)
Now, it’s Spring/Summer time so that’s not the easiest for us knitters. Some of us (I won’t name names) like to put down our needles when then weather gets warm, abandoning our wool work for a bit of sewing. I understand. But I’ll make a goddamn sweater by the pool if I want to!
Luckily, there are a lot of spring trends going on that translate perfectly into knits and here are a few:
First is a clean-cut top with a color I really love. Carolina Herrera’s ready to wear line has some great summery looks. I love this coral-colored knit. It reminds me of the adorable Abuelita crocheted top from Pom Pom Quarterly.
Marc Jacobs has a really cool black and white thing going on in the Spring/Summer collection. I love the mod feeling. Vogue Knitting has a great selection of dramatic, 60’s-inspired black and white tops in their Spring/Summer issue for a similar look.
I’m a huge fan of Kate Spade. I am really just obsessed. And this season’s collection keeps with the “Live Colorfully” motto. There are a lot of brights and sparkles and it looks like bows are going to be big. A few of the Kate Spade pieces have great little collars. I’m really glad this is happening right now. I’m a big fan of this adorable Peter Pan collar by Rachele the Nearsighted Owl. Perfect for adding a little something extra to any outfit.
Which collections have caught your eye? Are you inspired by any of the summer trends?
Tags: carolina herrera, collar, fashion week, inspiration, kate spade, knit, knit tank top, knitsperation, marc jacobs, peter pan, pom pom, rachele the nearsighted owl, spring, summer, tank top, vogue knitting
Still dreaming about Vogue Knitting Live? Me too. I had a really awesome time this year at my second VKL. I accomplished all of my goals and I wasn’t completely overwhelmed like last year. Of course, I realized that I hardly took any photos while I was there. I was a little focused on shopping (oops).
I met up with Maria of Subway Knits (her amazing VKL post is under that link. She took awesome photos!) and she invited me to the podcaster meet up where I spent some time sharing the haul with Kim, Steph, Sharon, and Dana. It was great to meet some other New York knitters. I hope to get together with them again for the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair!
Let’s talk about the yarn, though, shall we? That’s what you’re here for.
My first stop was at Long Island Livestock. After falling in love with the yarns and adorable alpaca faces that come with them, I had to stop by their booth. (Last year I bought this salve that I put on my lips and cuticles every night. It’s delicious.) This year, I got to chat with Tabitha before things got busy and she told me about the fiber fair. (If any of you in the city are interested in going, they’ve organized a bus from Manhattan and Brooklyn!) I can’t wait to visit her farm. They are lovely people!
I discovered North Light Fibers from Block Island. Their yarns were all really wonderful. I could only afford to buy these two skeins but they’re definitely destined to become a sock. I guess I’ll work them two at a time so I don’t run out of yarn! That orange/brown/cream colorway reminds me of hiking (not that that’s something that I do…hiking around Brooklyn, I guess). It’ll be a really fun way to bring an outdoorsy hunter vibe to the city.
Dropped by to say hello at the Kollabora booth. It was full of people! So great to see. I bought my mom a skein of purple Donegal merino tweed because it’s purple (her favorite color) and from Ireland. (I gave it to her the day after so I didn’t have a chance to take any photos. I can’t wait to see what she makes, though!)
I chatted for a while with Jill Draper. (It was one of the many times during the day when I said “It’s nice to finally meet you in person!”) Her yarns are so cool and she is really sweet. Her booth was twice the size since last year. I couldn’t help myself from picking up this awesome superwash merino. Even her friend who was manning the booth grabbed it from me and drooled.
I don’t think these photos do justice to how fantastic the colors are in here. The pink is really bright and almost fluorescent but perfectly balanced with the other colors. I don’t usually go for variegated yarns but this one was calling me. I can’t wait to buy more of Jill’s yarn. (I was really enjoying the woolier yarns but when I’m buying single skeins – as I do at these things – I like to buy something that could at least be turned into a sock. Socks are my go to when I have a few hundred yards to work with!)
After debating for a while, I also picked up one of these awesome Japanese pattern books. I can’t read Japanese and the charts look intimidating but just looking at the patterns is fun. I really love just every single one of the patterns in those books. Kudos to the ladies at the Kinkokuniya booth for explaining to every other person that the books are not in English, sorry!
The day was exhausting but so much fun. It was great to know my way around a little better and have proper ideas of what I wanted to accomplish and who I wanted to visit. Most of all, meeting so many people (in real life) was so great. I’m all over Twitter and this blog, chatting it up but I don’t really belong to any stitch and bitch groups (yet) and hanging out with some really cool knitters made me realize that that is something I’d like to get into this year. I’m just going to surround myself with you wonderful knitters because I just don’t have enough right now!
Did you go to Vogue Knitting Live? What was your favorite part?
Tags: Block Island, Donegal, Jill Draper, Kinkokuniya, knitting circles, kollabora, Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair, Long Island Livestock, North Light, podcast, stitch-and-bitch, Subway Knits, superwash merino, Vogue Knitting Live
Jon and I are moving to Williamsburg in less than a week! Can you believe it? We’ve lived in Manhattan for three years now and I will be sad to leave our awesome little apartment. When I leave the building every morning, I see people jogging and walking their dogs across the street and I wonder how we got so lucky as to find a tiny home of our own, with the most famous park in the world at our front door. I’m always reminding myself that I’m not dreaming (usually, I realize I’m awake when I trip over the coffee table or bang my knee into the bed frame because, boy, is this place cozy!) and that this is my real life. (Am I gushing? I get really emotionally attached to apartments. I cried the night before we moved into this apartment. So many memories!) I’m sad to let this charming steal go but we couldn’t be more excited about the new apartment and the fantastic neighborhood. It’s changed a lot since I lived there last but so have I!
We’ve been making a lot of plans for the new place. We’re going to build some custom furniture and we’re thinking about painting the walls black again (since repainting the bedroom back to all white, it looks flat and sad). These plans will take some time and we’re on a pretty strict budget. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming! Here are some things I’d put into my dream Knit House.
1. Knit Wallpaper by Fargerike
2. Mid-century Bed Frame from West Elm
3. Tripod Wood Floor Lamp from West Elm
4. Knitter Pouf from CB2
5. Caitlan Chair from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
6. Birgit duvet cover and pillowcases by Ikea
As you can tell, we’re going for a midcentury, dramatic look with lots of neutrals and pretty, maybe reclaimed wood. Our real apartment will rely much more on DIY but that will be a fun project for us! Also, if this were my dream knit house, it would have one floor just or yarn and six tape measures in every room. I couldn’t put those into the nifty graphic, but they’re there.
What would you put in your dream house?
ps. In case you missed this floating around the knitterverse: Ponies wearing Cardies.
Hi, all! I said I was going to announce the Kollabora giveaway winner yesterday. I did not. I had off from work so I spent the whole day packing for our move and repainting the bedroom walls (so we can get our security deposit back). Anyway, being a big fat liar aside, without further ado, the winner of the Kollabora kit is Emma!
In other news, I went to Vogue Knitting Live this weekend. It was a blast. Got to chat with so many knitters, got to introduce myself to so many people that I’ve known through the blog and Twitter but hadn’t met face to face (what a strange feeling that is!). Everyone was just lovely. I touched a lot of yarn. I found some new brands and independent dyer/spinners that I fell for. I said “hi” to a few that I already knew and already love. It was great.
artwork by Jo Hamilton at VKL
In keeping with today’s theme of me being a terrible blogger, I didn’t take any photos of all of the stuff I bought. (I didn’t think I’d buy that much yarn since I didn’t buy A SINGLE THING at Rhinebeck – crazy, I know…maybe I was sick – but being by myself and without the stress of shooting all day, I guess I felt a little more at ease and ready to add to my stash.) Again, guys, I packed up, like, half of my apartment this weekend. I have a really good excuse. But I will post photos as soon as I have some nice light because I bought some really fun yarn that may actually become garments instead of just stash that I like to touch.
Anyways! Congrats to Emma! Enjoy that headband kit! I actually just finished making mine and it’s a really quick, fun project. (The pattern, for those of you who still want to cast on is FREE right here! Did I mention that before? Now you know.) And thank you to Kollabora for supplying the awesome kit!
Were you at VKL? What did you buy? Are you following me on Kollabora?
Not much to write about today since I’m antsy to get to Vogue Knitting Live! I have been SO busy, that VKL completely snuck up on me. I almost wish I had more time to enjoy it. Last year was my first VKL. I had a really awesome time, although I was overwhelmed! I’ve decided to pace myself this year. I’m only taking one, all-day class. I have a (vague, negotiable) budget that I want to stick to so that I don’t buy too much yarn (there’s no such thing as too much yarn).
Since I haven’t loaded up on classes and stash-building, I want to focus on meeting other knitters. Of course, I plan on learning in Connie Chang Chinchio’s sweater design class. But I really want to spend my time meeting up with friends and getting to know other knitters, bloggers, podcasters, dyers, designers, all of you! You know that’s what I’m all about!
I’ll see you all at VKL! I’d love to meet you so please say hello! (I’ll be wearing an Amy Christoffers design, duh!) I have all of these really cool business cards with my logo and I want to give them away! Let’s hang out!
Stay tuned! I’ll report back with details from this year’s Vogue Knitting Live!
Are you going to Vogue Knitting Live? What classes are you taking? Did you decide on what you’re wearing?
ps. You have until noon to enter the Kollabora giveaway! Tell your friends!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Tags: Amy Christoffers, baby kimono, brooklyn tweed, Cascade Eco Duo, crux socks, design, embroidery, gift, goals, hamburger sweater, hand knit, learn to sew, loft yarn, Maxfield, new years resolution, Pomme de Pin, raglan, sock pattern, sweater, there's no place like home, triangle socks, wedding
How was your holiday? I hope you got some time off even if you weren’t celebrating. Jon and I cooked Christmas dinner for my mom’s family. It was overwhelming but it turned out great. It felt so wonderful to take the pressure off of my grandma who has made us many many Christmas dinners and deserves to have some time off from all of the fussing. Besides,who else can cook a better Christmas ham than a couple of New York Jews?
December has been a really wild month and I’m excited to see what is in store for next year. I don’t think I’ve ever said that before! (I actually feel nervous and sad around the end of the year most of the time. I think I get a little bit too nostalgic. This year, I’m looking ahead and excited by what’s on the horizon!) I’ve been very good about taking photos, as I promised.
The month is certainly not over yet but here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken in December.
A lot happened this month. And there are plenty more photos on instagram where you can see all of the crazy projects I’ve been working on. I can’t wait to reveal them all!
Did you have a busy holiday? Are you excited for next year? Do you have any knitting goals lined up?
There have been a bunch of these Famous posts recently. But Christmas movies really are like a big knitted pageant, right?
Before the season runs out and we all start talking about how we promise that next year is the year we start going to the gym (Remember that time I had a gym membership and hardly ever went to yoga? Oh, I mean now.) I will share one last holiday movie knit. And it might be my favorite.
Because Elf is obviously the best Christmas movie to come along since Muppet Christmas Carol. It’s a new classic. And I delight in quoting it non-stop after Thanksgiving.
Every year, without fail, I fall in love again with the hat worn by Zooey Deschanel’s character Jovie. I’m quite sure every knitter has. It’s gigantic and creamy. And that pom pom!
I’ve been dying to make this hat since I first saw the movie but I still have not. I think a nice natural alpaca would be great (like I’ve said before, my weakness!) but a chunky merino might give the cables a little bit more definition. Her hat doesn’t quite have the halo that alpaca yarns do.
Either way, if you get to picking up your needles for this project before I do (one day!), there are two free patterns on Ravelry. So you don’t have to spend all afternoon pausing and rewinding and pausing the movie again to get a good look at that hat!
Are you doing anything for Christmas? Did you finish making your gifts? Why am I sitting on paper? Can I listen to your necklace? Why is there a skeleton over there? Does he have a name?
ps. Happy holidays, guys! Whichever holiday it may be or even if you aren’t celebrating anything, I hope you all eat some yummy food and relax and just enjoy the season. Jon and I are going to spend the weekend making latkahs (who said Hanukah is over?) and then preparing a big Christmas dinner. We’re multicultural like that! So I’ll be back, and exhausted, after the holiday.
pps. Feel free to fill the comments with Elf quotes.