Posts Tagged ‘pom pom’

30
Dec

2014 in Review

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, holiday, knits, life

I hate year in review posts!!! Nostalgia is my biggest weakness and anytime I look at photographs that are older than six months, I feel incredibly sentimental and even sometimes melancholy for hours on end. (I can’t be the only one, can I?) The end of the year always feels like a tough time for me because of this constant recapping (song of the year, biggest news stories, etc) and this one is has me feeling even more wistful because of some big changes that have happened.

In spite of that, it’s essential to take inventory. I love seeing how much I was able to do in twelve months and I like thinking, “that was this year? It feels like I made that forever ago!” I always feel like I didn’t make as many things as I wanted and while that’s true of 2014, I have accomplished bigger things.

2014 Designs
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Ilsa Cardigan – Knitscene Winter 2014
Sphinx Hat – Knitscene Accessories 2014
Oud Tank – Knitscene Spring 2014
Creamsicle – Pom Pom Quarterly Summer 2014

First of all, I had four original designs published this year in Knitscene and Pom Pom Quarterly. That was really exciting because I’d worked for a good part of 2013 on some of the things that I was finally able to reveal this year! While I have a hard time thinking of myself as a designer (there are so many amazing designers so much more worthy of that title than I am!), it’s amazing to have my patterns included in some of my favorite publications. Secondly, this year I started a new job working for Lion Brand Yarn Company! It’s been a big change but I couldn’t be happier. I’ll be sharing a little more of what I’m doing there in the New Year but, for the most part, things will stay the same around here.

Other FOs
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faro

Grettir
Faro
Adventure Socks
Skyp Socks

Sewing FOs
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Wiksten
Scout
Scout 2

So there are other pieces that I didn’t blog about. I’m kinda realizing that now. Oops! I guess 2015 will start with a bit more recapping. Between the big projects this year there were a a bunch of small ones like hats and mitts, some little gifts here and there. They felt like cheating but they were a nice way to relax from marathoning sweaters. But, alas, they slipped through the cracks and my camera broke so expect to see lots of accessories in the new year!

Well that’s my year. I guess I’m not feeling as nostalgic as I thought I would be. I’m mainly excited for what’s next!

Are you looking forward to next year? Do you feel like you accomplished everything you set out to do this year? Does New Year’s Eve make you super nostalgic?

 

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20
Jun

Further Reading 6/20/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

stephen west

I’ve never knit any of Stephen West’s patterns. Honestly, I’m not really into shawls, guys. I’m very open about this. I love his style and his crazy photos. What he’s doing is very exciting in the knitting world and that deserves respect! But I’m loving this new pattern, Dotted Rays, especially since it can be made with lots of different weights and in a few sizes. This has jumped into my queue. I’m totally looking forward to making my first Stephen West shawl!

>> Back on my soap box about why people aren’t concerned about where their clothes come from anymore. Here’s a little analysis from Jezebel about a recent article on the subject. Some good points in there.

>> This music video is so cool. It’s made of stop-motion panels that are embroidered!!!

>> I really hope these gigantic pom pom outfits from Sibling’s SS15 collection become a thing. POM POMS FOR EVERYONE.

>> I’ve been in a bit of a rut recently. I’m having some trouble getting motivated mixed with a lack of inspiration. I don’t know what’s causing it, I’d call it a lack of focus. Anyway, Jon suggested I watch some movies because that usually gets me back in creating mode. Watching the OK Go music video for their new song “The Writing’s on the Wall” a few times has certainly helped. They’ve done it again and it’s got my gears going. Hope it’s just what I needed!

>> Barack Obama proclaimed Wednesday National Day of Making!

I’ve got a lot of stuff on my needles and I think it’s time to sort them all out. I’m hoping to put things in order this weekend. It would be nice to finish one or two of them! What are you working on?

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06
May

Creamsicle in Pom Pom Quarterly

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, design, FO, knits, KYC Presents, pattern, yarn

creamsicle cardigan

After all of the complaints about startitis last week, I am super excited about what I have to share today! The preview for Pom Pom Quarterly’s summer issue came out on Friday so you can finally get a peek at my first design for their magazine.

Creamsicle is a summery sweater, slightly cropped with half sleeves and a bobble front. You know I love bobbles. I’m always pleased when I can put my personality and style into a piece of knitwear and this vintage-inspired, whimsical top is exactly that.

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The sweater is knit with Kettle Yarn Co’s gorgeous Wimbledon yarn which is the most delectable superwash merino I’ve ever laid my hands on. Working with it is a dream and it’s super soft and silky which is perfect for a light sweater like this. Linda is a really fantastic dyer. The colors were beyond anything I could have imagined. I’m obsessed with how the peach and melon work together.

And, of course, I’m just completely over the moon with how amazing the photos are. The ladies at Pom Pom always impress. They really know how to style things perfectly.

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The summer issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is available for pre-order right now in both print and digital forms! I definitely think you should pick up a copy and not just for the purposes of shameless self-promotion. All of the patterns in this issue are going into my queue. Speaking of, you can add Creamsicle to your queue and add it to your favorites on Ravelry. Best of all, Kettle Yarn Co has already opened a pre-order for Wimbledon kits so you can have your yarn on hand when the magazine comes out later this month. Did I mention how amazing this yarn is?

Will you be knitting a Creamsicle? Do you love bobbles or do you love bobbles?

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04
Apr

Thanks, Mom!

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, gift, hat, knits

Just before the holidays, I went out for fancy drinks with some friends. I had a great time and then something happened that happens to many New Yorkers. I left my hat in the back of a cab. Or maybe I left it on my stool at the bar. Or perhaps it’s floating around in the place where Tina rolled under the bed in my favorite episode of the Twilight Zone also known as the place where adventurous socks disappear to.

Now that wouldn’t be so terrible since that’s how life goes except for the fact that I had been wearing my Olivia sample every day of the season and now I’d lost something I designed and knit myself. I’d never lost something that I knit before, not that I can remember at least. I still have FOs that I made back in high school that don’t fit properly and itch like the dickens but I can’t bear to part with them. I searched all around and came up with nothing. I felt like a real schmuck.

I figured that one day I’d replace it. Maybe in the mean time I’d make something different just to switch things up. Until then, I had some other hats buried in the closet that would be good enough.

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But then I got a great surprise. In the mail one day was my hat! Well, not my hat. Even better than that! My mom had knit me a brand new one! It was so perfect, even better than mine. I was so happy, I’ve been wearing it ever since (and being super careful about it). Of course, I always appreciate getting something handmade but it feels really exciting and special that my mom made something for me that I designed. And she’s a pretty great sample knitter to boot!

I definitely don’t knit for my mom enough. She knits for everybody. I really admire how much work she puts into a toy that’s going to a coworker’s baby. Knowing that she stressed over perfecting each stitch for me warms my heart as much as my head! I think she deserves a special knit, too.

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08
Apr

New Pattern: Olivia Hat

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, hat, knits, life, photos

Last month I got the urge to design a hat pattern. I don’t know what came over me but I wanted to work something up and go for it. I had grand dreams of writing up my sock patterns and sizing them and releasing them properly, too. (That didn’t happen but never say never.) I immediately went out and bought yarn and I worked on for a weekend, basically non-stop. And although that doesn’t sound like enough time to spend on a new design, I was pleased with the result. Francesca was nice enough to give it a whirl and here it is!

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This is my first hat pattern! It’s a chunky, whimsical design with a folded brim and bobbles. I hear that chunky knit hats are going to be a big deal next winter. The Purl Soho Super Soft Merino comes in colors that are perfect for spring, too, or for cheering up a dreary winter. Pom poms are optional but I made one from some stashed Tosh Merino.

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I’ve actually been nervous to release this. That anxious voice in the back of my head thinks that everyone will hate it (it almost feels like something a kid would wear but my old roommate said that I dress like Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine) or no one will want to sit next to me in the cafeteria. That being said, I’ve been tired of knitting my own patterns and not putting them out there for others. Just like my hand warmer pattern (and another upcoming project for Kollabora!), it’s a fun challenge taking the barely legible doodles and notes that are good enough for me and refining them so that others can follow them and not think that I’m crazy.

Other than that, I’ve been wearing this hat since I made it and I really love it. It is pretty much made of happiness.

You can purchase the Olivia Hat pattern here on Ravelry. I’d love to hear what you think about it and see your version.

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13
Feb

Fashion Week Knits

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, famous knits, knits, new york city, style, summer

It’s Fashion Week here in New York. Or it was? I’m not sure, I don’t keep up with these things. (Oh, I just checked. It’s still happening. Cool.) I don’t like to think that I follow trends (unless they’re neon. Or knitwear. Or NEON KNITWEAR!) but I do like to take a peek at what’s going down the runway because I was obsessed with season one of Project Runway. (Austin Scarlett is designing wedding dresses. Yes. But does anybody know what Jay McCarroll is up to these days?)

Now, it’s Spring/Summer time so that’s not the easiest for us knitters. Some of us (I won’t name names) like to put down our needles when then weather gets warm, abandoning our wool work for a bit of sewing. I understand. But I’ll make a goddamn sweater by the pool if I want to!

Luckily, there are a lot of spring trends going on that translate perfectly into knits and here are a few:

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First is a clean-cut top with a color I really love. Carolina Herrera’s ready to wear line has some great summery looks. I love this coral-colored knit. It reminds me of the adorable Abuelita crocheted top from Pom Pom Quarterly.

Marc Jacobs has a really cool black and white thing going on in the Spring/Summer collection. I love the mod feeling. Vogue Knitting has a great selection of dramatic, 60’s-inspired black and white tops in their Spring/Summer issue for a similar look.

I’m a huge fan of Kate Spade. I am really just obsessed. And this season’s collection keeps with the “Live Colorfully” motto. There are a lot of brights and sparkles and it looks like bows are going to be big. A few of the Kate Spade pieces have great little collars. I’m really glad this is happening right now. I’m a big fan of this adorable Peter Pan collar by Rachele the Nearsighted Owl. Perfect for adding a little something extra to any outfit.

Which collections have caught your eye? Are you inspired by any of the summer trends?

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21
Dec

Famous Knits: Elf

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, holiday, knits, movies, new york city

There have been a bunch of these Famous posts recently. But Christmas movies really are like a big knitted pageant, right?

Before the season runs out and we all start talking about how we promise that next year is the year we start going to the gym (Remember that time I had a gym membership and hardly ever went to yoga? Oh, I mean now.) I will share one last holiday movie knit. And it might be my favorite.

Because Elf is obviously the best Christmas movie to come along since Muppet Christmas Carol. It’s a new classic. And I delight in quoting it non-stop after Thanksgiving.

 elf hat

Every year, without fail, I fall in love again with the hat worn by Zooey Deschanel’s character Jovie. I’m quite sure every knitter has. It’s gigantic and creamy. And that pom pom!

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I’ve  been dying to make this hat since I first saw the movie but I still have not. I think a nice natural alpaca would be great (like I’ve said before, my weakness!) but a chunky merino might give the cables a little bit more definition. Her hat doesn’t quite have the halo that alpaca yarns do.

Either way, if you get to picking up your needles for this project before I do (one day!), there are two free patterns on Ravelry. So you don’t have to spend all afternoon pausing and rewinding and pausing the movie again to get a good look at that hat!

Are you doing anything for Christmas? Did you finish making your gifts? Why am I sitting on paper? Can I listen to your necklace? Why is there a skeleton over there? Does he have a name?

ps. Happy holidays, guys! Whichever holiday it may be or even if you aren’t celebrating anything, I hope you all eat some yummy food and relax and just enjoy the season. Jon and I are going to spend the weekend making latkahs (who said Hanukah is over?) and then preparing a big Christmas dinner. We’re multicultural like that! So I’ll be back, and exhausted, after the holiday.

pps. Feel free to fill the comments with Elf quotes.

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22
May

Intarsia in the Round

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, movies, technique

Obviously when I was being all snarky and telling you “I know how knitting works”, I didn’t actually know. Meghan, who has an awesome quarterly out now, I can’t wait to get my hands on it, was nice enough to shoot me a message on Ravelry and share this amazing tip with me for doing intarsia in the round. And I’d love to share it with you. Even though now I’m embarassed and I’m starting to think this is something everyone might know about…

Well if you’re like me, listen up!

When knitting intarsia in the round, turn your work, purl and slip the stitches. Here’s a video that is a little more complicated but it explains the concept pretty well:

It’s so simple yet so brilliant and such a game-changer. I hope I’m not the only one that didn’t know this existed. Though, if I’d put my mind to it, maybe I would’ve figured it out myself. (Probably not.) I guess this is one of the things that keeps me loving this craft. Although I’ve been knitting for years and I like to consider myself a pretty advanced knitter, there is always something new to learn, some little surprise is out there to make life easier.

Thank you for actually explaining to me how knitting works, Meghan. You are free to judge me now.

I’m going to go re-knit those socks!

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