Posts Tagged ‘Knit-a-long’

24
Jan

Further Reading 1/24/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

Saddle Shoulder sweaterTop-Down Seamless Saddle Shoulder Sweater by Kyoko Nakayoshi

 

I know I promised Jon a Timberline (about, what, four months ago? Six months ago?!) but this sweater is so handsome and simple. I want to make one now! My dad’s been asking for a sweater (to replace a moth-eaten one that I had noting to do with in the first place but he sees an opportunity and he runs with it). Perhaps this will one day be the one. He would look great in it. Who am I kidding? I’ve got way too much other stuff to knit! One day! I love you! I’ll never let go!

>> Basically ever since I met the lovely lady behind Mokuyobi Threads, I’ve been coveting this tee. I need to buy it, right?

>>  Photographer Christopher Payne gives us a look at the US textile industry, a memory of what it used to be. The photographs are absolutely gorgeous and I think the concept is fascinating. It’s such a shame that so much of our textiles are made overseas. Really just baffling when you think about how just a generation ago the American garment industry was thriving.

>> Speaking of America’s textile industry, check out this fundraiser for Ohio Knitting Mills. They are raising money through indiegogo to make this mill fully operational. Really cool!

>> The Holla Knits Knit-a-long begins on February 3rd. Two people are going to knit The Crash! You should totally join in if you’ve had your eye on an HK pattern!

>> Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 collection has a lot of knitted faux-chain mail (for lack of a better explanation) going on. It looks super warm but I hope this does not become a trend. Either way, they’re pretty cool pieces, especially the ones with the beading. You know what, I change my mind. New York has been so goddamn cold, I think I would like to wear one of those.

I’m so sick of this cold weather. I love sweaters like crazy but I’ve had enough. I’ve forgotten what summer feels like! Can’t take a break from my needles or I will surely freeze to death this weekend.

What are you knitting on this weekend?

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09
Sep

FO: #kollabsockalong

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, knit-a-long, knits, kollabora, life, socks

You’ll have to excuse my few days of absence. Last week was one of those weeks where all you want to do is hide from life on the couch with a big cup of tea and some really good knitting, when you want to give hugs to everyone you know. When you’re feeling pain and sorrow, nothing can snap you out of it like a good sock. Of course, those rough weeks are also the ones that keep you too busy to sleep let alone get some stitching in.  The end of summer has been hectic for my family and I was hoping that it would begin to settle down after Labor Day weekend. I was wrong, I’ll leave it at that.

I still feel dizzy with all of the work that I left unfinished over the past few days, there’s just so much to catch up on, and of course, there are plenty of deadlines looming. But I’m excited to say that I’ll be filling up my month with lots of great projects. It’s going to be a heck of a ride and as much as I stress, I love the feeling of importance that comes from one too many commitments.

Anyway, where did we leave off?

sockalong

I finished the first sock just before the holiday weekend and immediately cast on for the second. I had so much time in the car and having a drink that by the end of Labor Day weekend, I’d already turned the heel and was working my way towards the foot. It all happened so fast. It was like an inverse second sock syndrome. The second sock just kind of happened like magic.

I finally turned to my knitting Friday night, just exhausted and drained, and was so happily surprised that I had just a few more inches to go before my sock was complete.

Together, they are so soft and comfy. These are definitely my new favorite sock and I look forward to purchasing more yarn from Jill to make a second pair. Maybe those will be gifted. Maybe.

#kollabsockalong

Knitting, my friend’s mother (a fellow knitter) told me in college, is something that control freaks love to do. We love being able to preside over every inch, manage the perfect fit, and obsess over tiny stitches. Sometimes when life becomes that blur, when things happen that we can’t change, when we are thrown those proverbial curveballs, it is huge therapy just to sit down with needles, to make something as perfect as we need them to be, and to feel that peace that comes with completing a pair of socks.

Did you finish your socks? Don’t forget to post photos! Judging starts tomorrow!

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22
Aug

CO: Getting Started on #Kollabsockalong!

Written by Sarah. Posted in knit-a-long, knits, kollabora, socks, WIP, yarn

I’ve already cast on for my KAL Hermione socks and I’m making good progress. It’s been a few months since I’ve knit a sock and I’ve forgotten how fun they are! I really love love love working with small needles although my wrists aren’t so happy about it anymore. I guess it’s time to break out the support gloves! (Do you guys use those? Do they work?)

I used this tubular cast on for the socks. It’s a really clear description To be completely honest with you, I don’t use tubular cast ons as often as I ought to. They’re a lot of work and I always manage to screw them up. That being said, there’s something so satisfying about the clean, finished edge it leaves. It’s definitely worth using for socks.

kollabsockalong

Of course, I was very busy watching Ghostbusters and totally stopped paying attention to the stitch pattern and screwed everything up. This always seems to happen to me when it comes to knit/purl patterns. I can knit huge cabled insanity and eye-straining faire isle without batting an eye. But P1, K3 needs extra attention from me. After about 1/2″ of wonky stitching I realized that I was reading half of the chart backwards and the other half forwards. I know. Like, the pattern is so simple it doesn’t even merit me reading a chart.

Anyway, I ripped back to the ribbing and now everything is beautiful. And knitting with Jill’s yarn is absolutely amazing. It’s fab.

How’s your sock coming along? It’s not too late to cast on!

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15
Aug

Knit-a-Long with Kollabora and Jill Draper (and me)!

Written by Sarah. Posted in knit-a-long, knits, kollabora, socks, WIP, yarn

New York has been wonderfully cool this week. The weather has me day dreaming about big comfy sweaters and apple cider. And socks! I can’t think of a better occasion than this autumnal preview to announce this knit-a-long! I really love making socks and I want to make them with you!

Kollabora has partnered with Jill Draper Makes Stuff to organize a fun sock knit-a-long to ring in the fall. 

So here are the details I’ve been promising! We’ll be knitting the Hermione Everyday Sock pattern which is available for free under that link. The KAL begins Monday (August 19th) and will end around September 9th. Jill will be helping to select her favorite executions and there are prizes! Three winners will receive Jill’s newest yarn Esopus, a hand dyed fingering weight 100% superwash merino at 500yds/4oz.

scarffacesHermione’s Every Day socks by Scarffaces

I’m really excited to have Jill involved in this KAL. Her yarn is absolutely gorgeous and filled with love and she is just lovely. She recently announced some big changes to her brand and I think it’s going to be wonderful. All Jill Draper Makes Stuff yarns will be entirely sourced and spun in the US. Hooray for keeping small farms and the American textile industry going! I must say that I highly recommend casting on for this with some of her yarn. (Check the update below for ordering info!)

jill draper

To participate, upload your Hermione socks to Kollabora. It’s really that simple. Be sure to post WIP pictures, too! Go crazy, make them your own, and have fun!

And, dear lurkers (hello!), if you’re maybe nervous about starting a sock for the first time but possibly ready to take the plunge maybe! Kollabora has just added this really cool feature for those of us in need! Besides WIP and FO statuses, if you’re having trouble, you can mark you projects as “Stuck” and the lovely people and community at Kollabora will lend you some advice. I am totally loving this feature. It’s such a fantastic way to encourage online knitters to help each other out and hopefully to get those that are tentative to dive in! We’ll be your life jacket!

I’ll also be doing some sock-centric posts along with WIP photos in the upcoming weeks to help you along so check back for more!

So, will you join us? Tell your friends!

Quick update! Jill is offering free shipping in the US for KAL-ers with coupon code KOLLABORATION13. Do it!!!

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15
May

Michelle Collar Make-a-long!

Written by Sarah. Posted in accesories, DIY, FO, knit-a-long, knits, kollabora, KYC Presents

I feel like a broken record but this week I’m getting started on two knit-a-longs! And today I want to invite you all to join me!

I’ve been going crazy over accessories recently. I’m usually a sweater girl, it must be the weather. I whipped up a pattern for a cute little collar for spring. Collars are big this season and this one is the perfect piece to add a little feminine touch to any look. It’s crazy simple to knit. The hardest part will be picking out the perfect button!

michelle collar

 

The collar is knit with Kollabora’s Like a Rolling Stone silk and baby alpaca yarn. I’m so in love! It’s super soft and delicate and the colors are great for spring. (I’d love to knit a summer top with it! Hmmm…)

Check out all of the details here including the free pattern! I’ll be updating with more instructions next Monday so there is a bit of suspense! But cast on and check back. You can find all of the supplies on Kollabora but this would make a perfect stash-busting project. Make a bunch for all of your friends!

You can join in on the fun by clicking the “Make” button on the project page. I’d love to see what you make!

How will you customize your collar? Embroidery? Buttons? Ribbons? I’d love to hear about it!

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13
May

Mother-Daughter Knit-a-long!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, holiday, knit-a-long, knits, sweater, WIP, yarn

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!

mothersdaykal

 

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?

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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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02
May

FO: Pomme de Pin with pictures!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, FO, knits

As promised, some real photos of my latest sweater! I’m very happy with how it turned out!

I basically haven’t taken it off since I finished it! My only complaints are that the sleeves are too long (oops!) and I did a bad job setting in the right shoulder. I should really pull the sleeve off and do it again because it sits all wonky on my arm but I probably won’t for a while.

I was complaining that the dark olive color made it difficult to see the lace but I think it’s great. I love the color. I was lying before. I’m a liar.

Buttons. I did buy these really great buttons that are gold and black but they’re a bit bigger than I wanted. I’m actually quite happy with how the sweater looks sans buttons and the button holes are pretty hidden (read: I definitely made them too small but it was my first button hole experience, too! Oops!) so it doesn’t look obvious. Although I am pleased with the placement of the button holes. I didn’t follow the pattern here (Sorry, Amy!) I’m just so bad at picking up stitches evenly. I admit it! I got as close to the number as I could and then I faked it.

I’m happy without buttons. What do you think? I figure I can always add them later. But I’ve been wearing this like a fool so it’s a-okay right now!

It was so fun participating in the KAL! I’m so excited for the other knitters to see my FO! And all of their sweaters are beautiful. It’s really motivational when you’re comparing your work like this. And lots so fun being part of a group that is so talented! Thanks, ladies!

The details again:
Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport in colorway 25
size 5 and 6 needles
Ravelry project page
KAL page

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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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24
Apr

WIP: Savory KAL: Blocking!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, sweater

The sweater is finally almost finished! I know I promised all of these pictures but before the blocking, everything looked like a blob. But everything is laid out and lovely. I know I’m far past the KAL deadline but I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out and I’m so excited that I’ve conquered lace!

The collar construction is really interesting. I think it’s very unique and I’m not surprised since the shawl collar on the Larch Cardigan was so much fun. The left and right fronts are joined around the back of the neck and the back is attached to the join, creating the arm holes. It’s such an interesting idea but I like the way it makes the garment hang. It feels very relaxed.

The sleeves were finished a while ago. It’s hard to see the lace pattern laid out flat. That was definitely my fault for picking such a dark yarn color. It’s somewhere between olive green and olive brown. I love it.

Have I mentioned before how awesome my blocking mat is? My mom got me the Coco Knits Knitter’s Block for Chanukah last year and it’s been so useful! You can connect as many squares as you need in any shape which is great for bigger pieces like sweaters but also smaller blocking like mittens and socks. I would definitely recommend it if you’re short on space like me! Thanks, Mom!

I love the thick ribbing at the bottom of the body and sleeves. It feels so casual and wonderful. I can’t wait to see it all put together!

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