Posts Tagged ‘knitting’
I’m late to the trend but I love gifs. We need our own. This week is so rough so here’s a little something to help you over the hump. You’re welcome.
When my boyfriend got me interchangable Lantern Moon needles for Christmas, it was like:
Oh, funny bumping into you. I was actually just thinking about you. Remember that time I came in and got a great birthday discount on six skeins of Madeline Tosh Pashmina? I had such a good time that day. I haven’t been avoiding you. I hope you didn’t get the wrong idea about that. I thought we were cool, that we agreed that I should shop at other yarn stores.
You see, I moved across town and I just didn’t have the time for something so long distance. I was really sad about it, seriously. (And I was also sad about the really amazing shwarma spot that opened up on the corner, like, four months before I left. I haven’t found a decent falafel anywhere else.) But my new apartment was so much better. And, well, it’s just kind of a shlep to get over to you.
Oh my new LYS? You heard about that? Yeah, we’re really happy together. And remember how I said I couldn’t believe how close my apartment was to you? Only five blocks? My new LYS is only three. It’s a pretty great place. The selection isn’t as big but I think it really cuts to the stuff that I like. And they’re never that busy and they’ve always got what I need. Heck, my new LYS remembers exactly what I’m making! Yeah, it’s pretty wonderful, I know.
I mean, I know that a lot of people have been talking about how I bought a few skeins at Purl Soho and that LYS in Jersey. But, well, we’re pretty open to that, me and my new LYS. And, honestly, those rumors are just rude. If you want to know the truth, I’m on a tighter budget now so I’ve really been knitting from my stash. I’ve been making a lot of socks. Seriously.
Well, you look really great. And I’ve got to run. I mean, I don’t really have to run because my new LYS is open til 9. In the summer, too, yeah. But I should go. I’ll come by sometime and the girl at the register can say, “I haven’t seen you in a while” but not because she hasn’t just because she says that to me every time I’m there. I do actually miss that…and I miss the big wall of Malabrigo I can just run through my fingers. And I miss the little displays of KnitScene magazine by the register…
But, listen. You and I were something. I wouldn’t change a thing. I know you miss me but this is just the way it’s got to be. I’ll see you soon, sometime. Maybe.
photo via purl bee
The time has finally come! I’ve had a hard time keeping up but the second short is finished! A lot of really wonderful knitters were involved in the finished short and I wanted to say here a huge thank you to all of you. It is so awesome to talk to people that love to knit and I find it so amazing that are willing to lend a hand on that basis alone.
My goal in this series is to really get knitters to meet, in a sense, the people behind their yarns, patterns, shops, etc. But I admit, my ulterior motive was to meet the people who’s work I’ve always admired and this was certainly true in this case. I’ve been a big fan of Ysolda’s since I started knitting and finally having a chat with her was just great. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Of course, big thanks to Jon for physically being there to make this short happen and to Andrew for the fab theme. Also to Ysolda’s assistant Sarah for setting us up! Enjoy!
First of all, thank you for all of the wonderful feedback on the first short! I’m a little overwhelmed by how well it was received and I am just so pleased that people are enjoying it! I got a lot of great comments over at the Roman Hills Ravelry group that are so exciting. So many of their fans are happy to meet the ladies behind the yarn and that’s exactly what I’d intended to do!
On the technical side of things (because I did go to film school and I’m breaking every one of my rules here), I only hope that the shorts will get better and better! I’m finding that we are running and gunning in noisy places more often than I’d like! That being said, I’m still happy with how everything’s going and it’s so cool meeting other knitters through my work.
I’ve been working on the second interview for the series and I couldn’t be more excited to announce that it features Ysolda Teague! Ysolda has been one of my favorite designers since I really got into knitting back in high school. Her Snow White sweater was the first sweater I ever knit. (But, as I told her, I used Lamb’s Pride Worsted which was so itchy and hot I only ever wore it once! I didn’t have a clue back then!) Ysolda’s work is so awesome and so extensive and I think can’t tell you how cool it was to meet with her.
She was just a lovely person and very enthusiastic about what she does. I was so lucky to catch her while she was in New York before she jetted off to TNNA! So I’ve been in the cutting room (which is not an actual place…I’ll just be sitting in front of the computer in my bedroom) all weekend.
On that note, I need your help! I’m looking for photos of completed Ishbel shawls to use in the video. I need as many as I can get and so far I’ve only got three. If you’d like your shawl to be featured in the interview, leave a comment or email me or tweet me or send me a message on Ravelry. You know what to do!
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…
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?
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Tags: Andrew Leach, Ashley Maas, brooklyn, film, hand dyed, interview, Jonathan Jacob, knitting, knitting interview, KYC Presents, Lisa Roman, movie, Roman Hills, short, small business, the burgerlution, Threadpanda, yarn
I tweeted a few months ago that if I had a dollar for every time I had to look up Kitchener stitch, I would be rich enough to buy a yarn store. Well, I guess it will never sink in. I was just finishing up my pomme de pin cardigan (more on that soon!) which required me to graft the left and right fronts together at the top of the neck (the construction is really cool and totally unexpected. I think it’s really unique!). Of course, I immediately remembered that I can’t physically remember how to set up the kitchener stitch.
Like, if my life depended on it, I’d die. Or if Somalian pirates were holding my family hostage and all I had to do to free them was perform a graft from memory, they’d be lost at sea forever. And I hope that World Peace never depends on my kitchenering (I just made that up and I’m ok with it) because it will never happen. I really hope none of these scenarios are true or else I’d better start figuring out if it’s purlwise or knitwise first. (WHICH IS IT!?)
I am so impressed with how much knitting information is on Youtube. You can definitely teach yourself how to knit if you were so inclined. And old pros like myself need it just as often as newbies. Mainly, though, for kitchener stitch.
This post is a reminder for myself and everyone else. The Purl Bee has an amazing tutorial and it’s really pretty to look at. Thank you, internet, for keeping me sharp.
ps. Did you see Threadpanda’s trip to New York? Pictures from my super secret project!
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.
Dear Local Yarn Stores everywhere,
I love you. You always have the softest yarn. You hardly ever carry those icky acrylic fibers and ugly novelty yarns. You are so friendly. You remember my name and you always know what you’re talking about. I think you’re just great. When I grow up, I want to be just like you.
I know that Summer is not really “knitting season”. You can’t bring an afghan to the beach. No one wants a cardigan for 4th of July. Knitters are practically obsolete when the temperature rises above 60. I understand the logic behind your shorter hours during the week, your near-inexistence on the weekends. Heck, I even get it if you want to take Tuesdays off. I’d do the same thing if I could!
But, listen. I have a habit that I need to feed. Yes, maybe I’m a yarnaholic. Fine. I admit it’s a problem. Whatever. But I work nine-to-five! And Jon has a nephew due in three months! I need to adorn this baby with as much love-in-every-stitch, softest-fibered booties/hats/blankets/tiny sweaters as I can! I can’t get to you before you close your doors at 6. I don’t have a sufficient lunch hour for nuzzling my face into your luscious mohairs! Help me out!
I was excited to see that you are open Saturdays from 12 to 4! I postponed brunch for some yarn shopping at your store! Brunch! The holiest meal of the week! But, alas! All of the lights were off and the door was locked. But the sign still read “Saturday 12-4”. I wondered if you were playing some kind of trick on me. Or if you were actually so forgetful as to not update your shop hours. So I waited a week. I tried a different LYS. I arrived during its noted hours. Thwarted again! Could you, too, be so inconsiderate as to not even write a small, handwritten sign informing me of your hours over the holiday weekend?
Here we are, LYS. I am heartbroken. I thought you would always be there for me! Helping me figure out my gauge, suggesting the best length circular needles. I thought we would be together forever! Me ordering beautiful hand-spun yarns and you putting aside that one skein of the dyelot I desperately need because I accidentally bought too little yarn because I wasn’t really reading the pattern thoroughly like I always am, I should really pay attention to these things a little better.
I’m willing to take you back as long as you change your automated voicemail with your updated store hours so I know exactly how early I need to leave work.
Please, LYS, I need you in my life.
Yours forever and ever,
photo from Wood and Wool Stool
Last week I was talking a lot about those ends. Each square on the afghan has anywhere from two to ten ends. And they all need to be woven in. It’s driving me a little nutty. Weaving in ends is the WORST part of knitting. I’m pretty sure that statistics show that every knitter dreads this process (leave me a comment if you disagree! I’d love to meet you).
This week, I just wanted to show you how the wrong side of the afghan looks. It’s the part of the knitting people rarely display on the internet. I’m always curious to see what the wrong side looks like. I want to know how neat other knitters keep theirs. Sometimes I look at my wrong sides and think, “The right side is nice but this back side is a disaster!” I imagine that knitters with more skill, patience, and experience than myself have fantastic wrong sides with clean seams and perfectly reversed faire isle.
Anyway, my wrong side is not so awful here. I’m not trying to scare you. But I’m definitely pleased with the intarsia between the colors. I was confused when I started because, honestly, I can’t remember the last time I knit anything in garter stitch let alone with multiple colors. I looked for some examples of garter stitch intarsia and I found one but I’ll share my own wrong side in case you’re curious too.
I haven’t been able to knit that much this week with my new job. It’s been so busy and exhausting getting into the new routine but I’m very happy there and it’s a lot of fun. That being said, I’m going to go drink coffee and knit!
Check out my other posts about the afghan, in case you missed it here!