Posts Tagged ‘Maxfield’

31
Dec

Year in FOs

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, blog spotlight, design, DIY, embroidery, FO, gift, holiday, knits, KYC Presents, life, new york city, photos, pillow, press, sewing, skirt, socks, style, sweater, tie, yarn

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!

triangle sockTriangle Socks
Crux Socks
Loft Socks
Hanukah Socks

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.

sewing skirtFirst Skirt
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.

wedding gift 2Pillow
Tie

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!

pomme de pin FO 3Pomme de Pin
Maxfield

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.

hamburger sweater 3

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.

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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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05
Nov

FO: Maxfield Cardigan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, FO, knits, life, new york city, photos, Rhinebeck, sweater

I finished my Maxfield cardigan! It took my a while but I’m going to blame it on the big break I took to make Katie’s wedding present. No regrets there! But I was just in time because I got to wear my newly finished Maxfield Cardigan to Rhinebeck! But I didn’t take any photos because I was so busy!

Okay, that’s not true. I took this photo with design crush Amy Christoffers! Both of us wearing her designs! Be still my heart!

Hint: There will be a KYC Presents interview coming up featuring a lovely designer who’s name rhymes with Jamy Tristoffers! Did you guess who it is? Are you excited? I am not the only fangirl for Amy’s designs (you know who you are) so I hope there are lots of you looking forward to that!

Anyway, I finished my Maxfield Cardigan. And there were no pictures since that little sleeve teaser and some Instagrams of the front. But here are some photos of the whole shebang.

I love each one of Amy’s cardigans more than the last. This one seems even more wearable than the Pomme de Pin. (I love them both.)

The Malabrigo is so yummy and soft. I am very pleased with how the colors turned out. Just how I’d imagined it! But, honestly, I want to make another one. Maybe grey and black?  I think I need more neutrals. And by that I mean to say I’m addicted to neutrals.

Look at that collar! I know that I knit the chevrons differently than the pattern specified (with the dec/inc going through the MC sections) but I like the way it turned out. But, really, the front panels are killer.

I had SO MANY knitters come up to me at Rhinebeck and ask what pattern I was wearing. I was so excited! It is such a compliment to hear other knitters wanting to cast on once they’ve seen your work. But I was mainly psyched to spread Amy’s name. I want everyone to be knitting her sweaters! Make this sweater! It’s so much fun!

ps. You’re looking better than ever, New York! Don’t forget to participate in the Subway Knits Sandy benefit raffle! Lorna’s Laces is also selling sock patterns to benefit Sandy victims through Feeding America.

pps. To all of my American readers, tomorrow is the election! I hope you all plan on going to the polls (or have already voted, as I have!) VOTE!

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15
Aug

Knitting in the 21st Century

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, knits, sweater, technique

I have an image in my mind of my mom sitting in the armchair in the living room with a baby blanket pattern laid out on the ottoman in front of her, highlighting each row as she completes them. She is meticulous about circling the instructions within the parentheses so that she is sure to knit the correct amount of stitches for the size that she is making. Maybe she even uses an index card to underline where she is while she is marking off tallies with whatever pen she found in the end table. Does this sound right, Mom?

She and I may be very different knitters in this respect. I used to print out my patterns and make all sorts of notations on them. I would fold the paper up and keep it in a pocket of my knitting bag. I certainly lost those patterns on more than one occasion or lost track when I couldn’t find a pencil or if a friend got carried away playing with my red plastic row counter. (Those little clicky plastic row counters have caused me far more grief than help. For some reason, anyone who hears the click of a completed row immediately begs for instructions on how it works and why I need it, always followed by a request to click the following row. And often the promise that “If you let me click it a few times, and I’ll reset it to where you were” followed by completely forgetting where I was. Please don’t touch my things. Ever. I hate you now. I really don’t understand the fascination.)

Needless to say, every knitter is different. The more I’ve found a way that I like to do things, the more I wonder what everyone else prefers. Let’s all share, shall we?

First of all, I’ve almost entirely stopped using printed patterns unless it’s from a book or magazine. The last time I used a book pattern, I photo copied it so I could make notes on it. But I LOVE PDF patterns. Love them. It’s so handy having everything in my inbox or in my Ravelry library. I don’t have to remember what volume of Knitscene (or was is Vogue Knitting?) the pattern was in. I like being able to access my patterns wherever I am.

That being said, I’ve turned to iBooks for all of my PDF pattern reading which means that all of my patterns are stored on my phone which is great because I always have my phone on me (heaven forbid I lose it like a tattered pattern). I don’t like whipping out a paper pattern and a pencil when I’m trying to casually knit and hang out. I don’t like having so much baggage when it comes to knitting.

Since the iPhone has become my knitting ereader, I guess it would be handy to have some other gadgets on there! I use Knit Counter Lite which is free. It’s a pretty handy tool especially because I don’t need anything fancy to keep track of this. You can input all kinds of information, though, and also limit the maximum and minimum number (I use that a lot when counting increases or if I’m just not paying close attention). It’s also great because now my pattern and my counter are in the same spot. (Side note: When it comes to socks, I like to do it the old fashioned way and use pen and paper so that I’m sure the second sock matches the first!) Using this app, I can keep track of multiple projects at once along with different pieces as illustrated below:

(It looks complicated but that’s the row increases of the Maxfield cardigan sleeves. The increases in size medium happen every 12th row 9 times. Breaking that down, it means keeping track of the stripe pattern rows in intervals of ten while also counting separately to every twelfth row when the increases take place so I count those at the same time. The last counter is increased only every twelfth row. Everyone still with me? I had a tough time keeping that all straight when it was done with pencil and paper but this system works for me.)

This seems like enough math for one post. But I want to hear what you do! How do you count rows? Have you seen this? (I don’t know how I feel about it.) Do you use any apps for your knitting?

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19
Jul

Maxfield Cardigan WIP

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, design, knits, photos, WIP

When I posted about the Ishbel shawls, I was worried I would have to wing it! But the response that I got was overwhelming! I reached out to a lot of knitters on Ravelry and so many people were happy to be involved. I’ve gotten really supportive comments. You guys are the best! It’s really fun seeing my videos come together but when I feel that others want to be a part of it, it is even more meaningful. Thank you all!

Aside from editing up a storm and cooking some yummy stuff, I’ve been working non-stop on my Maxfield Cardigan. As predicted, I am obsessed with it. I am lucky I’ve left the house to go to work.

At first I was very nervous. I thought the stripes were too subtle especially with the variegation of the hand dyed MC. But the more I work on it and the more I see it in the sunlight, the more in love I become! The Malabrigo is softer than I could have dreamed. It’s really going to be wonderful to wear.

I’ve made a few mods in this first sleeve. I began with the 1×1 rib on size 2 needles instead of size 3. I’ll be honest, I did it because I wanted to cast on and I didn’t have any size 3s or time to swing by my LYS. But I rationalized this decision because I’ve been wearing my Pomme de Pin a lot recently and the sleeves are way too long and a little too wide for my taste as well. I think the smaller needles will make the cuff a little more secure. Since I was working on smaller needles, I added 3 rows of ribbing just for good measure.

The other modification I made (which you can’t see in this photo) after completing the increases, I decided to continue with the chevron pattern in the MC only. The pattern has you continue with the CC chevrons (making 6 sets total) but I wanted to make sure that the last set of chevrons didn’t look less pointy as I continue with stockinette stitch. I believe the sleeve length is 18″ where Amy suggests 19″ but, like I said, I was erring on the side of caution. Also, I’m very short.

This next picture is just because I’m obsessed with a nice shallow depth of field:

It could use some better exposure, though.

I think I’m off to a good start. I am loving the yarn and, of course, the pattern is fantastic. I think I’ll have this cardigan done in no time.

Have you cast on your Maxfield yet???

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12
Jul

Maxfield Cardigan: The Plan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, yarn

Amy Christoffers has come out with a new pattern, everyone! As if you hadn’t heard! It’s called Maxfield and my jaw hit the ground as soon as I saw it. Seriously. Amy, I am not worthy.

Immediately, I started planning. I had so many ideas. First off, I told myself that I wasn’t allowed to use Madeline Tosh. I’m sorry, MT. It’s not you, it’s me. I just think I need to try other yarns.

I was sneaking peeks at the Ravelry yarn pages for Lorna’s Laces at work. I did some intense Google-ing. I took screen shots of every yarn that was a possibility so I could pair it with different colorways and see which worked best. I distrusted every photograph I saw on Webs and Jimmy Beans and cross-referenced them with stash pictures on Ravelry. And then I distrusted those.

Basically, I was like some crazy yarn psychopath for about 48 hours. I finally settled on two colorways of Lorna’s Laces Honor (which is what Amy’s pattern calls for) and then I couldn’t find them anywhere! I looked for a long time but no one was selling Honor in a colorway I’d set my heart on. But then I started thinking about some other possibilities.

You see, my basic inspiration is a southwestern-style Dude-esque cardigan. (Side note: Is there a name for that style of cardigan that’s brown and white and has, like, Native American patterns on it or moose?) I really wanted a neutral or beige with, like, a desert sunset for the chevrons.

This is what I found:

 

I worked with Malabrigo Silky Merino a few years ago and I thought it was so luxurious. I think it will work well with the pattern and the color is perfect! I’m using Acorn for the MC and the CC is Viena. I love the purple and orange. I hope it looks just like an old poncho! My only worry is that since it’s 50% silk it might be a little shiny. (Honor is a merino/alpaca blend which sounds fantastically soft.)

I’m so excited to cast on. I just can’t stop looking at the pattern and at Amy’s pictures. Are you casting on a Maxfield cardigan of your own? What are you waiting for?

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