I’m always forgetting to take photos with people at Rhinebeck. Forgetting to or too shy to ask? I never have proof of what I was wearing and who I was hanging out with! Well, Erin snapped a great photo of Ashpags, Amander, and me! Thanks, girl! I didn’t have time to make a Rhinebeck sweater (I never have and that bums me out!) so I wore my Hurrication sweater. Nothing starts your morning off better than walking into the kitchen in a house full of knitters and getting those “oohs” and “ahhs!”
>> Someone ought to revoke my nerd card because I only just discovered the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. This episode about the invention of the sewing machine was very interesting. I imagine that the 19th century was full of patent frauds, curly mustaches, and tricky con artists/serial killers.
>> I’m loving this commercial with knitting Ashton Kutcher.
>> The (very brief) history of sheep at the White House. They’ve got bees now, maybe they ought to bring these guys back! Let’s start a petition.
>> Threadpanda’s Rhinebeck recap. Those photos. Yum.
>> The Stashbot app is out and already in the top 25 apps in the App Store! Very excited to have this tool on hand!
>> This article’s made the rounds but it’s worth sharing again. The true cost of a knitting pattern.
>> Missing Outlander? Buzzfeed’s got your Outlander wardrobe knitting fix.
>> Looks like this sheep was trying to follow me home from Rhinebeck. Sorry for the delays, everyone! (Imagine Homeward Bound but with a sheep, alpaca, and goat?! Let’s make this movie.)
Tags: ashton kutcher, commercial, faire isle, festival, hurrication, men knit, metronorth, outlander, recap, Rhinebeck, sewing machine, stuff you missed in history class, sweater, white house, wooly wormhead
There are a few things I won’t do. I won’t dye and I won’t spin. I don’t quilt. And, as of right now, I don’t crochet. It’s not that I’m against other crafts, I love even the ones I can’t understand. I just can’t allow myself to have other hobbies. My yarn stash is out of control and, since I started sewing at the beginning of the year, I’m having trouble finding places to store the new yardage I’ve been collecting. One day, when I am a grown up, I will have a house with a craft room and there will be a closet full of yarn and a cabinet of fabric and a sewing machine, serger, floor loom, spinning wheel, and maybe even a knitting machine. But right now, in my one-bedroom, I am bursting at the seams (craft pun) with bobbins, tapestry needles, cross stitch canvasses, etc.
But if I could have a new hobby, if I did allow myself to learn something new, to take time away from that mile-long queue of sweaters and hats and socks, if it were possible to store a little frame under my bed between the sewing patterns and bags of yarn, that hobby would be weaving.
To be honest, I know how to weave. I have a small table top loom that I received as a gift years ago and I made lots of little patterned ribbons with linen thread. When I saw these woven wall hangings coming back into style (they’re really 70’s, huh?) I tried to ignore it. But now it’s too late. The pastel, textured beauties have caught me and I want one of my own.
I’ve considered taking a class (maybe one at the Textile Arts Center or this one at Makeshift Society Brooklyn) but I am the most stubborn kind of DIY-er. I like to think that I can figure out how to do anything on my own. Pickling? Sewing buttonholes? Weaving? I’m sure I can make it work. Besides, I have the internet to help me. Some resources I’ve found for DIY weaving frame, the anatomy of a loom, and a tapestry tutorial. So I might go for it. I mean, it would be a good way to use up my stash, right?
Do you limit your hobbies? Have you caught the weaving craze? How are you learning?
Taking a break from our regularly scheduled Sheep Week programming, I just wanted to give you a heads up! The Crash is on sale all week! You can download a copy for $3 for a limited time only! Amazing, right? And don’t forget to check out the Holla Knits blog where I will be guest blogging about this big-shouldered beauty!
More Sheep Week tomorrow! See you then!
I’ve been getting settled since returning from my trip to the Bay Area at the beginning of the month. Jon and I spent five days in Cupertino so I took a few day trips to the cities nearby. I just went through all of my photos and I’m missing California already! The stereotypes about Silicon Valley are pretty true. I won’t say any of that is a bad thing (think lots of parking for electric vehicles and Google has their own branded bikes for employees), it’s just kind of wild that it’s all real but it makes for a lovely place. There was plenty to do in San Francisco (they call it “the city” which is confusing because I live in “the city” and by that I mean THE city) and Oakland. I loved the vibe there.
Think of this as my little cliff notes travel guide to the Bay Area.
After dining at In-N-Out (sorry, West Coast, Shake Shack will always be my favorite), we met up with one of my best friends at the Golden Gate Bridge. We saw an old fort and ate clam chowder in sourdough bowls. We got to visit the Painted Ladies and pretend we were in Full House. In San Francisco, I met up with Sonya at Tartine, chatted about east coast/west coast travel and ate a crazy delicious fruit tart.
I ended up wandering into Fabric Outlet by chance on my way to my car. I must have craft store radar in my brain! It was a great store with so much to choose from. I picked up a few yards of fabric all for under $20.
My trip to Oakland was really fun. It’s filled with such quirky places to visit. I stopped at a swap meet off the freeway that was full of bizarre treasures and Spice Girl Barbies. I wandered through the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, pawing through the old photos and sewing patterns. I spent a long time drooling over everything at A Verb for Keeping Warm (more on that later this week).
I stopped in at the Oakland Museum of California. It really was one of the best museums I’ve ever visited. There I listened to records, found some fantastic art, and learned about the history of the state.
In San Jose, I saw mummies at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. I may have mentioned that I’m an ancient Egypt enthusiast. What a funky museum! It seemed like the pet project of an eccentric rich Egyptologist, like that wore safari hats or turbans everywhere. The collection was pretty cool and included a bunch of actual mummies. As another visitor, probably around six, put it, “Spooky!” I took this photo because the motif on this case looks very familiar.
Jon wanted to see the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. We got to see one of the Google self-driving cars in the museum and on the freeway. Very cool collection of gigantic old computers. I have no idea what anything in there did. We finished our trip with a stop at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Fransisco. I’d really wanted to see this exhibit of the Szyk Haggadah. My grandfather collected haggadot and I’ve been helping my dad add to them. This book was staggeringly gorgeous in person.
I feel like there was so much more to do. I drove A LOT. I think in one week I did more driving than I did all of last year. Crazy, right? I also parallel parked an SUV about ten times, pumped my own gas all by myself for the first time, and sang at the top of my lungs driving 75mph with the windows rolled down. I can’t wait to go back.
What’s your favorite part of the Bay Area? Have you been? What did I miss that is really a must see?
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Lots of links today! But first something a bit more serious.
Yesterday was Fashion Revolution Day marking one year since the disaster at Rana Plaza. I pledged to buy less and make more. It’s been challenging. Before I buy anything wearable, I put a lot of time and thought into it and I have a great appreciation for the few pieces that I’ve purchased. I’ve been working to educate myself, to research and shop with reliable brands, and to spend more on products that will last longer or with companies that will be transparent. I wish I had time to make even more but my focus has turned to building a wearable wardrobe that I really love as well as learning new techniques that will help me create a variety of pieces. Everlane is collecting donations for The Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund and will match the first $10k. While not everyone can afford to donate money and not all of us have the time to make every piece of clothing that we wear, I encourage every maker to speak out on this issue.
>> I was already planning on watching FX’s television adaptation of Fargo since it stars Martin Freeman. But throw in a yarn-bombed bus by Olek and I am 110% there.
>> Everyone is talking about Nicki Minja’s “make-under” but I’m looking at this knit dress! I love the color of the form-fitting gown she wore to The Other Woman premiere. And you KNOW that I love formal knitwear. Does anybody know which designer this dress is from?
>> Karen at Fringe Association shared a great tip for knitting in the round with interchangeable needles. It is definitely something I’ll be trying out since I have one set of interchangeable needles and more simultaneous projects going on than I’d care to admit. You have no idea how difficult life was when I’d misplaced my size 7s!
>> Did you know that there is a Wikipedia page for the “Sweater Curse”? Now you do.
Don’t forget to enter to win a pattern from the Holla Knits Spring/Summer 14 collection! Contest ends on Wednesday!
photo via @Fashion_rev
Tags: diy, fashion industry, fashion revolution, formal knitwear, fringe association, Holla Knits, interchangable needles, knit dress, make do and mend, nicki minaj, Olek, rana plaza, sweater curse, yarn bomb
I’m pretty psyched to be a part of the Holla Knits Blog Tour because I’ve been eyeing these patterns every since the preview! I’ve probably shared with you all before that I never used to be into lightweight knits. I’ll knit on a sweater whenever I damn well please! But I’ve seen so many adorable knits for spring, I’ve definitely come around. And this collection has really got me dreaming.
I’m really loving the textures and lace in this collection. It feels very vintage beachy to me. Is that a real aesthetic? I just invented it.
Do you love these designs? Today I’m giving away a free copy of one of the Holla Knits S/S 14 patterns. Just leave a comment below before next Wednesday in order to enter to win a pattern of your choice from the collection.
Which is your favorite?
Tags: allyson dykhuizen, collection, design, Holla Knits, holla knits s/s 2014, jennette cross, knit, kristen singer, pattern giveaway, rusty baker, spring, spring/summer, summer knit, teresa gregorio
Now that I’ve had some time to collect my thoughts on last weekend’s adventure at Vogue Knitting Live, I am ready to share! I had a really great time but I always do when I have a good excuse to indulge in the knitting world.
I took a few great classes. Lily Chin’s Set-in Sleeve class really made me re-think the way I design them and I feel a lot more confident than before. You can’t scare me, set-in sleeves! I had an absolutely amazing time at Kate Atherley‘s Heels and Toes class which evolved from just talking about a variety of heel flap techniques to trouble shooting socks. In the end, we all went home with advice on how to make the most perfect socks. If you have the opportunity to take a class with Ms. Atherly, DO IT. It was so fun and I can’t wait to put everything she taught me into practice!
I also went to a fun lecture about trends with Lindsey from Kollabora. The Crash is totally on trend, guys! There are lots of other fun things I think I’ll play around with this year like chunky knits and whites. And Jared Flood’s panel on male knitters was great. During the Q&A, a teenage guy thanked everyone on the panel for inspiring him to knit and do it in public. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. You know I wanted to give him a hug.
Men at Work panel (Wish we could’ve been closer!)
There was shopping. That’s what you really want to hear about, right? I think that I was pretty good this time around. I actually stuck to a list for once so that’s exciting. I snagged some Esopus by Jill Draper Makes Stuff that I will maybe eventually use for a Follow Your Arrow shawl (I’ll get around to it). I love seeing Jill at VKL! I can’t leave her booth empty handed.
I also picked up this beautiful skein from Neighborhood Fiber. I was really drooling over their color ways last year at Vogue. I love how saturated they are, like, really bold. This skein happened to match my manicure. I’m not sure if the photo does it justice. It’s a fawny brown with a plum/wine? Really gorgeous. I think it will become a hat. Why not?
And I finally got to feed my craving for earrings with this pair by Cara Romano. They’re so cool! And I like the bright pink. I think it’ll be really fun to wear with an outfit of neutrals. (They’re being modeled by a skein of Rowan since I change earrings for another month.)
Of course, the highlight of VKL for me is getting together with all of my friends! I got to brunch with my New York ladies, Kristen, Kim, Maria, and Dana. Everyone was knitting except for me since I’d JUST finished Faro. Felt like such a loser, I was super jealous! I had a beer with Alanna which was a blast. I got to hang out with Lisa and Rachel and we talked about more secret plans(!!!). There were certainly others I wished I’d been able to hang out with but maybe next time around! Just being around knitters makes me happy. It was a great weekend.
So what do you think? Did I buy enough yarns? Were you there? What classes did you take?
I just found this photo that I might have stolen from Amy’s Rhinebeck recap. I realized that I basically have zero photographic evidence that I was there at all. That has changed now! Here I am with Panda in her Long Sands cardigan and me in The Crash. That’s right! My sample made it back from Holla Knits just in time to be worn at Rhinebeck. I can’t tell you how many people caressed my shoulders that day and, honestly, I wasn’t even the slightest bit upset about it. My damned sweater is nuts.
>> Sheep in the small village of Grazeley, Berkshire are eating flowers off of graves in the churchyard and everybody’s upset about it. Come on, people, they’re basically being left a buffet. You should not be surprised!
>> My lovely aunt sent me this really weird commercial for walnuts. It’s kind of hilarious and totally bizarre so you know I’m on board. I want to knit you an afghan.
>> If you’re in Manhattan next week, you might want to RSVP for this event with Ann Hood on her book Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. I haven’t read the essays yet (too busy knitting to read about knitting, I guess!) but it sounds like something I’d love and I’m excited to hear her speak.
>> Workers in Bangladesh are protesting the new minimum wage which still leaves them making 14% of what is considered a living wage. According to the ThinkProgress article, improving factory conditions would only cost consumers 10 cents more on each garment made in the factories. Think about that for a minute.
>> A fascinating article about vicuña garments – the most expensive wool on earth. It sounds like magic. I’d love to pet one in real life and see the shearing ceremony!
Hope I’ll be back to my needles this weekend. I can’t stand resting so long. What’re you working on?
Today kicks off NaKniSweMo. Will you be participating? I’m not really in the right frame of mind right now to take on such a big project but if I were ready to cast on a sweater, I’d choose this one!
photo via Savory Knitting
I’m a Christoffile for life so I’ve GOT to talk about Amy’s latest pattern. Faro absolutely gorgeous and I can’t WAIT to get it on my needles. It looks like such a fun knit, too. If you’ve decided to give yourself the NaKniSweMo challenge, I’d definitely suggest this sweater. (Besides, the half sleeves might save you some time!)
>> My friend Katie who is a cycling instructor and work out fanatic sent me this article about the knitter who made a 12 ft scarf while running a marathon with the note “Maybe next year?” It’s cool that running can get people knitting! It will not be working the opposite way for me.
>> This is a video of a lamb frolicking around a skate park. I was worried he’d get squished but he looks like he’s actually having a really fun time. That being said, Knit York City does not condone putting lambies into dangerous situations.
>> The US Olympic team will finally be outfitted in Ralph Lauren clothing made in America. This includes knitwear made from sheep raised in Oregon. The sweaters and hats are pretty rad (though it can certainly be debated that the color work motifs are not American in origin, I won’t split hairs). It seems like newer yarn companies and a lot of my favorite indie spinner/dyers are already hip to this trend of using local fleeces. Wouldn’t it be cool if companies like RL kept this direction when it comes to the rest of their manufacturing?
>> On a more personal note, I finally caught up on the end of series 7 of Doctor Who. I am ready for the Christmas special but NOT ready to say goodbye to Matt Smith. On a knitting-related note, Eat. Sleep. Knit. launched a pre-order for a Fourth Doctor scarf kit in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky for any 50th Anniversary needs. Or if you’ll be missing 11 as much as I will, you need a skein of Roman Hills in I’m a Sagittarius…Probably.
What are you knitting on this weekend? I’ve got so many things on the needles, I’m not really sure what to focus on anymore!
How perfect is it that this video came out over Father’s Day weekend? My dad is a biker and a big fan of Steve McQueen so I’m obsessed with this animation by Ruth Herring and the Baker-bunch. The scene, re-creating the climactic moment of the film, was made in honor of the 50th anniversary of the film’s release. The bike chase scene was allegedly added to the film in order to appease Steve McQueen when when he refused to swap costumes with James Garner (you can read more about it in the video’s description).
Knitted stop motion animation is something that I’ve always wanted to try and what better way to do it than paying homage a classic cinematic moment. (As an aside, stop motion is the most tedious thing I’ve ever attempted. Big props to anyone who’s successfully animated anything without jumping off of a building!) I really love the great little set including plastic soldiers and great fair isle German signs.
I forgot how awesome Steve McQueen’s sweatshirt is in the film! (Another something I’d love to make for myself.) I highly recommend you check out this video! And, as I was preaching last week, make sure you like and subscribe to the K1P1 youtube channel!
And while we’re on the subject, Eddie Izzard on The Great Escape. Back to the cooler!
ps. Dad, I can’t knit you a motorcycle right now. I know you were thinking it!