Posts Tagged ‘Subway Knits’

28
Jan

Vogue Knitting Live Loot

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, new york city, yarn

Still dreaming about Vogue Knitting Live? Me too. I had a really awesome time this year at my second VKL. I accomplished all of my goals and I wasn’t completely overwhelmed like last year. Of course, I realized that I hardly took any photos while I was there. I was a little focused on shopping (oops).

I met up with Maria of Subway Knits (her amazing VKL post is under that link. She took awesome photos!) and she invited me to the podcaster meet up where I spent some time sharing the haul with Kim, Steph, Sharon, and Dana. It was great to meet some other New York knitters. I hope to get together with them again for the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair!

Let’s talk about the yarn, though, shall we? That’s what you’re here for.

My first stop was at Long Island Livestock. After falling in love with the yarns and adorable alpaca faces that come with them, I had to stop by their booth. (Last year I bought this salve that I put on my lips and cuticles every night. It’s delicious.) This year, I got to chat with Tabitha before things got busy and she told me about the fiber fair. (If any of you in the city are interested in going, they’ve organized a bus from Manhattan and Brooklyn!) I can’t wait to visit her farm. They are lovely people!

I discovered North Light Fibers from Block Island. Their yarns were all really wonderful. I could only afford to buy these two skeins but they’re definitely destined to become a sock. I guess I’ll work them two at a time so I don’t run out of yarn! That orange/brown/cream colorway reminds me of hiking (not that that’s something that I do…hiking around Brooklyn, I guess). It’ll be a really fun way to bring an outdoorsy hunter vibe to the city.

northern lights

Dropped by to say hello at the Kollabora booth. It was full of people! So great to see. I bought my mom a skein of purple Donegal merino tweed because it’s purple (her favorite color) and from Ireland. (I gave it to her the day after so I didn’t have a chance to take any photos. I can’t wait to see what she makes, though!)

I chatted for a while with Jill Draper. (It was one of the many times during the day when I said “It’s nice to finally meet you in person!”) Her yarns are so cool and she is really sweet. Her booth was twice the size since last year. I couldn’t help myself from picking up this awesome superwash merino. Even her friend who was manning the booth grabbed it from me and drooled.

jill draper

I don’t think these photos do justice to how fantastic the colors are in here. The pink is really bright and almost fluorescent but perfectly balanced with the other colors. I don’t usually go for variegated yarns but this one was calling me. I can’t wait to buy more of Jill’s yarn. (I was really enjoying the woolier yarns but when I’m buying single skeins – as I do at these things – I like to buy something that could at least be turned into a sock. Socks are my go to when I have a few hundred yards to work with!)

jill draper

After debating for a while, I also picked up one of these awesome Japanese pattern books. I can’t read Japanese and the charts look intimidating but just looking at the patterns is fun. I really love just every single one of the patterns in those books. Kudos to the ladies at the Kinkokuniya booth for explaining to every other person that the books are not in English, sorry!

japanese knitting

The day was exhausting but so much fun. It was great to know my way around a little better and have proper ideas of what I wanted to accomplish and who I wanted to visit. Most of all, meeting so many people (in real life) was so great. I’m all over Twitter and this blog, chatting it up but I don’t really belong to any stitch and bitch groups (yet) and hanging out with some really cool knitters made me realize that that is something I’d like to get into this year. I’m just going to surround myself with you wonderful knitters because I just don’t have enough right now!

Did you go to Vogue Knitting Live? What was your favorite part?

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12
Nov

KYC in NY Japion

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, new york city, press

Right before Hurricane Sandy hit New York, I met up with one of NY Japion’s lovely reporters at Knitty City. This week’s cover story is all things knit including shops and techniques and bloggers and I’m so honored to have been included!

Hello to you, NY Japion readers!

Maria from Subway Knits was also featured in the paper and I’m hoping to get her to translate some of the article for me. The free weekly paper is out now! (I snagged a couple of copies at M2M in a giggly fit of excitement.)

Don’t forget to like the latest KYC Presents videos. Subscribe!

ps. Happy birthday, Mom! Love you!

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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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31
Oct

The Work In Progress

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, knits, life, new york city, photos, WIP

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I stitched quick and cheery,
On a sleeve cuff and ribbing I’d made once before,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone  gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
‘Tis some knitter,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door!
Only this and nothing more.’

Ah, and still I remember, it was just last December,
When I began this great pattern for
A sweater v-neck, warm and cozy,
For the pattern rare and radiant the designer called Lenore,
Nameless here for evermore.

Presently, my soul grew stronger; stitching then no longer,
‘Sir,’ said I, ‘or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was knitting, and so gently you came flitting,
That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door;-
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
‘Surely,’ said I, ‘surely that is something at my window lattice,’
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!’

Then I tore into my stash, throwing the yarn with feelings quite brash,
And in that bin an old work in progress,
Forgotten on the needle as I left it, small and feeble,
And there this wooly sweater back sat upon the floor,
Quote the work in progress, ‘Nevermore.’

ps. I was a little glib the other day about my hurrication but that was before the worst hit. It’s really wiped NYC out, tens of thousands of people here still have no power, not to mention the numbers in New Jersey, Long Island, etc. We are lucky to have power and be safe and snug here (I won’t complain about the cabin fever) but it breaks my heart that many small businesses are losing money from being closed on top of whatever damage they might have sustained.

Maria at Subway Knits is currently running a Sandy Relief raffle and I want to urge everyone to join in! Make a donation and send her your receipt to be entered into the raffle. Lots of amazing prizes going on right now including hand dyed yarns, patterns, online classes, and a gift card to Knitty City. Not that you should need an incentive to donate to a worthy cause, but I think it is wonderful to see knitters rallying and the donations to the raffle are still coming in. It warms my heart.

The full raffle details are here. Stay dry and happy Halloween!

photo via The Library of Congress.

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13
Mar

WIP: Pomme de Pin: Savory KAL

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, lace

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

Pattern: Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
 Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Sport
Needles: 5 and 6
Ravelry page

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