Posts Tagged ‘ravelry’
When I was getting ready to go to Rhinebeck, I realized that I had nothing to wear. I’d designed a bunch of sweaters in 2013 and 2014 but I didn’t have any of them! Some knitters may not know that when you design for a publication you don’t always get your samples back and, when you do, you often don’t see them for a long time. (It’s kind of a funny surprise to get a sweater you made a year ago in the mail.)
I found out that I might be able to get Ilsa back in time to wear for the big event so I was pretty excited to show her off. But I got an email that basically said, “Vickie Howell would like to wear your cardigan for an episode of Knitting Daily TV that’s shooting just before Rhinebeck. Sorry that we can’t give it back!” And I was like, “If Vickie Howell would like to wear my design on TV, I will find a hat to wear to Rhinebeck.” This is not something that happens to a girl every day!
And she really did! The Ilsa Cardigan is featured in Episode 1402 “Thick of It” and Vickie looks great in it! It was styled so well. I love the way the bunched sleeves make it look over-sized and casual. It’s a really fun piece and I’m honored to be part of her show! Check out the trailer:
I haven’t seen the episode yet. Vickie Howell’s show for Interweave airs on your local PBS station! If you don’t get that channel or you’re too cool or cable, you can get a DVD of the complete season here. I’m going to get one for my mom so she can be proud of me forever.
Have you seen this episode of Knitting Daily TV? Were you like, “I wonder where I can find the pattern for that gorgeous cardigan”?
This is the first Oud Tank that I’ve seen on Ravelry! This one is by Michelle and it looks absolutely beautiful on her! And it was in the Community Eye Candy on Tuesday. That’s right, she was on the front page of Ravelry! It’s so exciting to see something I designed being made by somebody else. Here is Michelle’s post with the completed Oud!
>> A few Massachusetts sheep escaped and took a nap in the street.
>> A superhero who’s power is knitting.
>> I’ll always throw shade at those penguin sweaters (People are still sending me the articles about it and the story is how old???) but I am going to be very sad when this story about baby birds in hand-knit nests gets old for me.
>> A guide to NYC craft stores. There are definitely a few missing but there were some shops on here I wasn’t familiar with. Good place to start if you’re visiting the city!
>> The Saint Laurent Spring 15 menswear collection includes a granny square cape.
>> Stainless steel yarn is being used in this cool project to control electronics. We’re talking more than gloves that work on your iPhone.
Phew! A lot to share this week! Hope you are all making up a storm this weekend. I’m going to be working on my second Wiksten tank!
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?
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!
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.
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.
I wasn’t going to write about Sherlock because I feel like I came late to the party. I finally got around to watching Sherlock over my hurrication but I’m a little bit hooked and I’m currently re-watching both seasons to keep myself distracted from the fact that the next series is not coming out anytime soon. I feel like I’ve tweeted about the show plenty and I’ve been teased by Jon every day since I saw “A Study in Pink” (he calls Moriarty “Mariachi”) so that I think maybe I should take it down a notch with the nerdiness.
But, it’s Christmas. And Christmas means sweaters. And John Watson knows about Christmas sweaters. So this is happening.
And, besides, The Hobbit is about to come out so Mr. Freeman is absolutely relevant right now.
While looking for screen caps of the ridiculously awesome Christmas sweater that Martin Freeman rocks in “A Scandal in Belgravia” I discovered that there is an entire John Watson sweater fandom. Which includes this recipe for a John Watson Earl Grey sweater cupcake. Why not?
It seems the Watson sweater is more beloved than the Sherlock popped-collar jacket. Perhaps I’m not the only one that instinctively thinks “The Richenbach Fall” is pronounced the “Rhinebeck” fall (which is when you jump off a building into a pile of wool, duh). (It probably has nothing to do with that.)
I think Watson’s go-to fisherman sweater is my favorite of his jumpers. You can never go wrong with an oatmeal cabled sweater. Never.
If you’re looking for the ultimate fangirl knit, Trudi Brown has a basic free pattern for the iconic sweater on Ravelry which includes a kind of really adorable drawing of Watson knitting his own jumper and some cool details about knitting and the military.
How do you feel about Sherlock? Are you a Watson sweater fangirl? Will I ever shut up about this show? Do you see how I made it about knitting so I could write about it? Do you want to talk about The Hobbit or Star Trek instead? Would that be better? Is my nerd showing?
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Last week, I kicked off the gift guides with some things that any of us would be happy to find under our tree.
But I have to admit to you, because we’re honest here, that most of those gifts were a bit cliche. I said it! Not that I would ever scoff at a skein of yummy alpaca in my stocking! But I want to think outside the box. When I’m gifting for other knitters, I like to find something that’s a little out of the ordinary. Something that they can use that will tell people “I’d rather be knitting.”
Although they can always use an extra set of sock needles (I don’t think I own a full set of any size of double pointed needles, but I’m always finding size 0s in my purse), how about some gifts that the knitters in your life will be surprised to receive?
Which knitty gifts have you received over the years? Remember this adorable mug? What are you giving to your knitters?
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While owls, deer, and foxes have often been considered the animal darlings of the Urban Outfitters hipster set, I think that sheep are getting some spotlight this season. These adorable lamb sweaters over at Madewell have predictably caught my eye. They seem like the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe.
While the left sweater is $88, it seems a little disingenuous of me to buy a machine-made tribute to my favorite furry friends. And, as the Campaign for Wool has taught us, it really bothers me that both of these are blends of cotton, nylon, viscose, and, oh yeah, there’s a little wool in there, too. (I won’t pretend I’m as much of a snob for natural fibers as I’d like to be. But is it too much to ask for a sweater that costs over $100 to be made of something yummy? I mean, it has a sheep on it!)
How do I get a sheep sweater of my own? You may be asking, checking the calendar out of the corner of your eye, wondering if you could pull off a whole sweater before Rhinebeck.
Sangmi Lee has a free pattern on Ravelry that is exactly what you’re looking for. I love the similar look. Perfectly on trend. Awesome. The test pattern that’s up now is a 36″ bust test but the charts are there so adjustments could be worked pretty easily. It’s knit on size 2s so it’s definitely not something that will happen before Rhinebeck!
I also love that the pattern is based on a cardigan that’s based on a steal! It’s from a Chloe cardigan that was in stores a few years ago. maybe it’s time for me to whip up a true Madewell steal!
Seeing lots of sheep this season? Want to see more? Plan to cast on some sheep-inspired sweaters?
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!
You know what the best part about an FO is? CASTING ON FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT!
Immediately after finishing the hamburger sweater, I set it down on the couch beside me, picked up my laptop and went through my queue on Ravelry. I guess you could say I’m a process knitter! Every time I cast on, I’m already dreaming of what yarn I will use for my next project and, more recently, collecting sock patterns I can work on during my morning commute.
This choice was kind of a no-brainer.
I’d hyped up Amy and Maria’s Savory Knit-A-Long when Amy had introduced the idea to me on Twitter. This was just after I’d posted photos of my Larch Cardigan. Not to say that I was all Amy Chrisoffers’ed-out (obivously, this is impossible) but I’d had my heart set on making that damn hamburger sweater for so long! This may have been the first time I put my foot down to interrupting the order of my knitting queue.
Well, I got that out of my system. And while I was working on it, something amazing happened! Amy came out with this Pomme de Pin pattern! I once met someone who told me that procrastination isn’t always bad. Sometimes, she told me, you are waiting for when you’re ready and sometimes awesome things happen and you’re all “Phew, glad I was procrastinating! Things worked out so much better for me!” This was kind of like that situation. (PS, I never took that as the advice she was trying to bestow upon me. It’s clearly just a really well-thought excuse for putting things off.)
So, although I missed the KAL deadline, I can participate in the did cast on in February so I’m participating and that makes me happy!
As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it. Here’s why:
Numero Uno: Cardigans are awesome. And after riding the high of a 21-day sweater, I felt unstoppable.
2: This cardigan is unlike things that I normally wear. It would be a really fun addition to my wardrobe (Is there a bit of a product knitter in me?!)
C: Lace. The Final Frontier.
I don’t knit lace. I’ve never really tried it. It’s incredibly intimidating even though I like to think that everything is fair game in knitting. Here’s why I’ve never bothered to really give lace knitting a go: I hate shawls. I know, I know, I said, “Oh, I’ll never knit socks!” and now I’m addicted. But I really REALLY can never ever see myself wearing a lacy, frilly, light-weight shawl. If there is one thing that defines my style, the word is utilitarian. I don’t layer with scarves and I’m allergic to belts and I don’t like accessories. I don’t see ANY point in a shawl that makes me look like a grandma that doesn’t keep me warm. Even if I wear it cowboy bandana style. (Disclaimer: I hope no one is offended by how much I hate shawls. I DO think they’re beautiful and I know they take an incredible amount of work because I obviously am afraid of lace. But some things just aren’t for me. Maybe I’m being too harsh.)
I mean, seriously, we all know if I actually tried knitting a shawl, I’d probably freaking love it.
Anyway, this seemed like some entry-level lace knitting. And it is a cardigan, not a shawl.
Long story short, here is a photo of my swatch. Blocking really makes a huge difference. The progress I’ve made on the sleeves looks all puffy and misshappen. But I know that one day when it grows up into a nice, smooth, blocked sweater, it will be beautiful.
I’m using Blue Sky Alpaca sport weight. This color is somewhere between olive green and umber brown. I like greens but I stopped wearing them a long time ago. Maybe it’s time to stop wearing blues and greys always?
I’ll be back with more. Happy knitting and I’m seeing amazing things from the rest of you participating in #savorykal
I certainly have been baking a lot recently, haven’t I? This is a reminder to myself that this blog is called KNIT York City not Bake-lyn (super cute name though!) so I can’t just be telling everybody about my kitchen adventures. I promise I’ll figure out how to balance my blog out.
So let’s talk knitting for a moment. You remember that frog I was working on. Well, he’s done (pictures soon, I promise). And I finished a slew of other animals in the meantime. And I did it all in one weekend. Not too shabby. Not to toot my own horn but beep beep. Anyway, I’m going to show you one of his buddies.
This pattern is Tavistock Tortoise and it was designed by Amanda Berry. She sells her patterns on Ravelry or Etsy. I think all of her critters are adorable and I’ve bought a few of her patterns. They’re so cute! Just as with the frog, I knit everything in the round because I hate sewing up the seams. And why put yourself through the trouble when you have to?
I think this is my new way of photographing my works in progress. I like them all laid out like this so I can see all of the parts and you can see how they look before they’re an animal. It’s inspired by Things Organized Neatly which inspires me to clean out my purse every time I look at it.
I knit the version of Berry’s tortoise pattern with the long-style legs but I added about 5 rows to the back legs and 3 to the front to make them extra long. I think they’re really adorable. And he reminds me of this scene from Finding Nemo.
He’s knit with some of that tried and true LB Collection Angora Merino in Avocado on size 4 needles. I also used some LB Collection Superwash Merino in Mahogany on the shell. That gave it a different texture that I really like. I think it will be cool for the baby to feel smooth and fluffy next to eachother. It makes me think of those books I read when I was a kid that had a bunny and its tail was made of a piece of cotton that was pasted into the book. And the basketball was made of leather. You know?
I’m really happy with how this little guy came out. I can’t wait for you to see the rest of them. Now, I’ve made so many stuffed animals! I think it’s time to take a break and make some gloves.