Posts Tagged ‘Amy Christoffers’
I’ve been holding out on you! Last month, I got my hands on an advanced copy of New American Knits. I can’t tell you how hard it was to keep that under wraps because the book is fantastic! I’ve been waiting for its release for a long long time! But here it is in the flesh!
I’m so excited for Amy Christoffers on the release of this book! The collection of patterns is absolutely gorgeous and so true to her style. She is so talented and it’s lovely to finally see her work collected here.
I’ve definitely got my eye on a few of the patterns. I actually can’t believe I didn’t already cast on one of these sweaters already. I must be very busy but I have dreams of completing one of these for my Rhinebeck sweater! Too hard to choose! All of Amy’s patterns are so wearable. They’re really classic and stylish, straightforward yet stunning. And, of course, I can see all of the patterns in this book becoming everyday staples in my wardrobe.
The lovely people at Interweave/F+W Media have been nice enough to put a copy of this book in one lucky readers’ hands! Just leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner on Monday, August 4th. (Sorry, winning copies can only be shipped within the US.) I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!
Which pattern would you love to get on your needles?
While I’m pimping my own pattern in the upcoming issue of Pom Pom Quarterly (now available for pre-order), I feel that it’s only right I show a little love to its friends. PPQ does a great job of curating a limited amount of patterns that are just gorgeous. You should really take a look at them; they’re all going in my queue! Honestly, I’m just so honored to have a pattern alongside these beautiful pieces by designers I really admire!
>> In case you need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift (I won’t tell), consider making a donation to Action Kivu in your mom’s name. Action Kivu helps train women in Congo to be seamstresses so they can support themselves. They set them up with sewing kits to get started with their own businesses.
>> Speaking of pre-orders, Amy Christoffers’ amazing new book is coming out this summer. I don’t even have the book yet and I’m already having trouble deciding which pattern to start with!
>> I love this comic. It’s so adorable!
>> The super talented Onyee modified a McCalls pattern to sew her own Lupita Golden Globes dress! Her replica of the Ralph Lauren cape dress is pretty spot on. It’s stunning, really.
Very excited to hang out with my mom this weekend. She’s got some great knitting projects that I’m looking forward to seeing. I am dreaming of spending my paycheck on some fabric. Just what I need, more projects! What are you working on this weekend?
I like to start off my Friday posts with a pattern that I’m really crushing on. This week I’ve been thinking about the Brioche Hat by Linda Lencovic (of Kettle Yarn Co). I’m a little late to the party in recommending this pattern to you since Linda was donating proceeds from the purchase to an LGBT rights group during the Olympics and, well, the Olympics are over. But you should buy this pattern. And you should buy some of Linda’s yarns because they are YUMMY.
Before we move on to the link stuff, there is some congratulations in order. First, Ravelry reached 4 million members! (Very cool stats under that link!) Can you believe that? It feels like there were just 2 million yesterday. It’s so amazing! Next, CRAZY BIG congratulations to Amy Christoffers in her new position as Design Director at Berroco. I can’t imagine anyone else that could take over for Norah and I’m just so pleased that Amy is being recognized like this. Obviously, I have a lot of other knitters to fight for title of Amy’s number one fan but you KNOW I’m a proper Christoffile.
>> Some interesting facts about knitting from the British game show QI. A few pieces of trivia you probably knew before but the codes and islands are fascinating and new to me!
>> I’ve been looking for this gif set for forever. Thanks, tumblr! Sherlock is one of us.
>> This post by the Yarn Harlot really speaks to me! After a long work week, I always want to spend a day with a Netflix marathon and my needles but I, too, have that nagging feeling that I should be doing something else. It’s so tough to find balance between indulgence and responsibilities!
>> The television gods have listened! Tomorrow National Geographic will be premiering Shear Madness, a show about California shepherd Natalie Redding. I’m SO EXCITED for this. Say it again: I WANT MY KNIT TV.
What are you knitting on this weekend?
Faro was off my needles pretty quickly! I actually was able to put the bottom ribbing on right before I went to Vogue Knitting Live! So I a lot of people saw it unblocked (meaning super cropped and hanging weird, whatever! She needed to be worn!). I finally got a chance to block it and I could not be happier.
You’re going to be seeing me in this sweater A LOT. Absolutely, 100% Faro has jumped to the number one spot of favorite sweaters! I decided to take some photos wearing the big floppy hat that I have no occasion for. Remember my inspiration photo? I am no model but big hats!
First of all, I love the construction of this sweater. Knitting from side-to-side was really fun! There wasn’t a ton of shaping (really just the under-arm shaping) so it was really really simple (as in if you’re intimidated in any way by knitting sweaters, this is a great place to start!) but the lace/cables made this really fun to work up. The aran-weight Quince and Co Osprey made this really quick but totally satisfying. I could not imagine making this sweater with a different yarn. Also, there was no finishing necessary on the collar which is awesome. (I dread picking up collar stitches almost as much as I do seaming and weaving in ends.)
I’m completely obsessed with the stripes of cables and lace. Amy really knows how to make a handsome sweater. They play perfectly with the boatneck. And I must add that I’ve never really been a fan of boatnecks although I actually look pretty good in them. Note to self: more of that. The cropped length is really fun, too! I was afraid it was going to come out way too short (especially before I put on the ribbing) but it’s really just perfect all around. Trust the pattern!
I think I mentioned before that I went with a three-quarter sleeve instead of the half. I just added a few inches in the chart pattern before I worked the sleeve shaping. I love sweaters with cropped sleeves and I think I’m going to do this with all of the sweaters I make myself. I almost always wear them over a button down with the sleeves rolled up. This way I can roll the cuff of my button down without getting the cuff of the sweater involved in that mess.
I used to just knit sweaters that were patterns that I thought would be interesting and fun to make. This piece goes beyond that in adding functionally to my wardrobe. It’s not just a beautiful sweater, it’s a garment that I want to wear. This was the perfect place for me to step out of my comfort zone. Like I said, I don’t really wear boat necks often. I was really nervous about how that apricot color would look on me though I was drawn to it. I was scared that together it might be a little too much. But it all came together so perfectly. This is just amazing.
Long story short, I want to knit another one of these! I don’t think I’ve ever knit a pattern more than once (with the exception of the 12 pairs of knucks I’ve made) but this one I’d gladly make again!
What do you think? When are you casting on your own Faro?
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!
You may have read about it on the twitter already but I have a cool announcement today! In honor of yesterday being Mother’s Day, I am working on a mother-daughter knit a long.
My mom taught me how to knit when I was in fourth grade (and then again when I wanted to get back into it when I was in high school). She is a great knitter. She made me so many things growing up and I’ve always been inspired by the way she picks up her needles to shoot off gifts for just about everyone that’s expecting. I come from a family of crafty women and I owe this blog and everything I’m doing now to their awesomeness.
So we’re knitting together! My mom requested that we knit the Stonecutters cardigan. Being a fan of Amy Christoffers must run in the family! I’m also very excited to knit one of Amy’s patterns for this because she’s a mom, too! I’m going to knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Wool Socks. My mom will cast on Berroco Brookstone Tweed in Marsh. It was awesome fun texting with my mom, debating over yarn choice and chatting on the phone about colors. We’ll have two matching garments that represent ourselves. It’s going to be really fun!
I am lucky to have such an amazing mother who has taught me so many things. Although she sometimes drive me crazy, she always makes me laugh. She always seems to have that random button or recipe that I need and I’m always learning from her. I’ve always been in awe of how hilarious an creative she is. She is my number one fan and I can’t thank her enough for all of her support. I’m so excited to be part of her first KAL!
I’ll be updating here about my and my mom’s progress on our cardigans!
Have you ever knit with an important lady in your life?
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!
Apartment hunting is so stressful in this city. And I feel a cold coming on. That being said, I don’t have the energy for a proper post today. And I think I could use a laugh.
When Amy Christoffers releases a new pattern, we’re just like:
When another one of my friends asks if I’ll knit them that hat with the beard attached, I want to be like:
I don’t mean to hate on the beard hats. But, come on, people!
Have a great weekend!
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?
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I’m sure you need no reminder that Christmas is around the corner. (Chanukah is already here and I am somehow prepared for my upcoming gift exchange! Chanukah is all about miracles, though.) I keep finding adorable little things that I’d love to make as gifts but I won’t have time to make them all before the holidays are over. (By the way, have you been following my current crazy holiday WIP on instagram? I’M INSANE.)
In case you just realized you forgot to make something for Kevin or you just pulled your boss’s name in the office Secret Santa and you’d love to make them something that would make them forget all of those times they caught you searching for cardigan patterns on Ravelry instead of doing your job (not that that’s ever happened to me, I’m speaking hypothetically here), this gift guide is for you.
1. Purl Soho Homespun Boot Socks
2. Red is Best glitten pattern by Jane Richmond
3. Cowl a la Americaine by Amy Christoffers (There’s a sale on this pattern ebook! Do it!)
4. Lion Brand Houndstooth Check Tie
5. Stjarna by Karolina Eckerdal
I take gift knitting pretty seriously and I suggest that we all do. It’s very easy to get carried away, picking out knits for all of the people in your life. If you’ve received something hand made from me, you are very special to me. Even if it’s something ugly, even if it doesn’t fit. (True story: when I was fifteen, I knit a gigantic mushroom-shaped hat for my friend that had a big fro and it was awful and I think I used Red Heart acrylic so I can’t believe I just acknowledged its existence. It was horrifying. If you are reading this and you saw it in real life, please don’t leave a comment making fun of me. If you have photographic evidence, please destroy it.) (Second story: I knit a sweater for Jon and it was gigantic so ripped out the seams and promised to fix it but I never did and he is still pretty pissed that it is in four pieces in a box. I’m thinking about steeking it so it will be the proper size but that isn’t going to happen for a while. Sorry, hun!) If you haven’t received something hand made from me, keep hanging in there (maybe you’ll get a gigantic acrylic hat – it’s worth the wait). Take pity on us. It is a heavy burden being a Christmas knitter!
DON’T FORGET, TEACHING SOMEONE HOW TO KNIT MIGHT BE THE BEST PRESENT OF ALL. I’m sure everyone would love a pair of socks this holiday season. But as they say: “If you give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day. If you teach a man to knit, I hope he’s not hungry because he’s going to spend all of his money on yarn.”
Who are you knitting for this holiday season? What are you making? What’s the biggest Christmas knit you’ve successfully tackled?
ps. Happy birthday, Ashley!
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