Category Archives: Knitting

Knitting Sewing WIP Wednesday

Out of hibernation

This weekend, I felt the inexplicable urge to work on a sewing project, something I haven’t done in a while. So I pulled the beginnings of a quilt out of a (possibly more than) year-long hibernation.

The pattern is French Roses, which looks kinda dowdy in the sample picture because of the color choice, but I bought the pattern after seeing more colorful versions that turned out well, like the ones on this Pinterest board.

Mine is a riot of color, using two sets of fat quarter bundles that I bought years ago from JoAnn’s, with some scraps of green fat eighths to make the leaves.

It's a lot of work making such pretty flowers.

It’s a lot of work making such pretty flowers.

After pinning all the flowers together, I faced the challenge of deciding on an acceptable layout with the limitations of a small apartment and two cats.

French Roses Progress 2

Ta-da!

But a layout decision has been reached! I just have to applique all the flowers and sew the squares together. Maybe next week.

I also finished the first wedge on my Lopes cardi-skirt/skirt-igan (cardi-skirt-igan?).

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I keep worrying that I’ve miswrapped a stitch or miscounted, but so far, so good. I like how the elongated stitch wedges are coming together. This is going to require some serious blocking when it’s done, and I wonder if my apartment is up to the challenge.

Knitting

Getting back in the swing of things, or an interlude about how a project is born

It’s been a busy few months, and my last attempt at blogging hasn’t worked out like I would have liked. But better late than never, right?

I just finished and blocked a new design last night (and wore it to knit group today slightly damp out of impatience). It still needs to be sized and tested, but I’m hoping to figure that out soon. In the meantime, here’s a little closeup.

Pretty color and pretty fabric...

Pretty color and pretty fabric…

It’s madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Curiosity, and took about 2.5 skeins. This yarn sat in my stash for more than four years before I could figure out what it wanted to be. I tried making the Sakura Top from an old issue of Interweave Knits out of it, but it wasn’t working.

However, I still wanted to try to make that top, so I bought some Classic Elite Soft Linen in a vibrant gold, because it reminded me of marigolds. (Yay for sales at the LYS!) But then, I saw something amazing from designer Lee Meredith of leethalknits: Lopes. It’s a cardigan AND a skirt! How genius is that?

The pattern is written so that you can use any yarn you want, but alter the stitch counts and needle sizes accordingly. There’s a lot of math involved, and I’m impressed as to how she figured all that out, especially after seeing her post about the frogging and sweater surgery she did to make it work.

Do ALL the math!

Do ALL the math!

So, I’ve opted to use the Soft Linen to make my Lopes instead, and cast on today. My first mod was using a size 7 needle instead of an 8, since the linen is going to have some drape. And I already made my first mistake after miscalculating a number, which involved dropping stitches and picking them up in seed stitch. Such a pain. But I think this is going to be AWESOME when it’s done. See my project page for more photos.

Had to drop two stitches and pick them up in seed stitch because I miscounted. Can you tell? :)

Had to drop two stitches and pick them up in seed stitch because I miscounted. Can you tell? 🙂

Knitting Savannah

A visit with The Copper Corgi

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah, the dyer of Copper Corgi yarns (and the yarn’s namesake, Penny the corgi). We don’t live far from each other, so I finally had time to swing by and visit her dyeing studio. She is developing a new line of gradient mini-skeins, and I will be designing a pattern specifically for the yarn. I’m really excited!

Yarn in the Dye Pot

Some freshly dyed yarn!

Winding mini-skeins

Winding mini-skeins with a very cool motorized setup!

Gradient yarn

Gradients in a red-orange colorway.

 

 

Holla Knits Knitting TNNA

The obligatory post-TNNA post

Finally getting back to updating this little blog! It’s been pretty crazy since I went to TNNA, the biggest trade show in the yarn industry. I met so many great people, and saw all these great yarns that I’m itching to design with. I also got to have a nice Sunday breakfast with my fellow Holla Knits designers in attendance.

Yes, I know this post is a little late to be about the show, but I did a little week-long Midwest tour to visit family and friends in Illinois and Michigan because I was already in Indianapolis. So to put the cherry on top of a productive business trip, I got to end it with relaxing time visiting people I don’t get to see often enough. It involved many forms of transit, from buses to trains to planes. I only wish I’d been able to take a boat somewhere, just to complete the major modes of transit.

This was my first show, and I’ll absolutely go again. Since going, I feel more like a grown-up designer, and not just a wannabe staring at Ravelry and dreaming about designing. The cogs have been turning on all these new ideas that I want to pursue. I spent yesterday fleshing out new design ideas and swatching, and since today is a gross, dreary, rainy day in Georgia, I think I’ll be swatching some more. Woo!

I also succumbed to the Instagram monster during TNNA, and it’s been a little addicting. I’ve been posting some fun pics, including some of my cats (of course). I’m clairesandow on there, just like my Twitter. Follow me, please!

Knitting Savannah

Sheep to Shawl

It’s been a busy weekend, so I’m just getting around to posting my latest adventure: sheep shearing. Every year, the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, together with Oatland Island, put on a sheep-to-shawl event, where we demonstrate the process of shearing the sheep, carding the fleece, spinning the yarn, and weaving it into a shawl. The shawl is then raffled off to a lucky winner.

Having never sheared a sheep before, I volunteered to help. It’s kind of a bucket list thing. 🙂 It takes several people to wrangle a sheep and shear it. One person to hold the front legs, one to hold the back, another to whisper sweet nothings into the sheep’s ear, and a few more to help cut the fleece. Since this was a more of a historical reenactment, we sheared the sheep with handheld shears, not electric. The whole process took about an hour, though I’m sure professionals can do it a lot faster. It was a lot of fun, and I’ll definitely do it again next year!

Shears

These were REALLY sharp and pointy.

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This is the first sheep, Cloud, before his haircut.

Progress shot! He had a lot of wool.

Progress shot! He had a lot of wool.

Cloud next to all his fleece.

Cloud next to all his fleece.

The second sheep, Storm with Cloud, after their shearing. They weren't too happy to see me when I took this picture. :)

The second sheep, Storm, with Cloud, post-shearing. They weren’t too happy to see me when I took this picture. 🙂

Knitting

Something, something, polka dots…Something, something, complete.

My Bridgette Skirt is done! I couldn’t wait until Friday to post this, for I am an impatient soul. It took me a while to actually start liking this when I first put this on, for pencil skirts can be a hard shape for me to pull off. So I made a few mods that made me feel better about the piece. First, I made the waistband 3 inches instead of 1 1/2. This way, it looks a little better if I decide to tuck it in. I also decided that the pattern’s back side looked better as the front. After my first wear, I also decided to changing the elastic. I’m going to make a fabric casing for the elastic instead of knitting it so there won’t be so much bulk around the waist. So, enough words, I’m posting pictures now!

Bridgette Skirt front

The front (originally back).

Bridgette Skirt back

And the back (originally front).

 

 

Knitting WIP Wednesday

Works in progress: February 12, 2014

For once, I’m sharing my WIPs on Wednesday. Quite an accomplishment. I’m still working on the Bridgette Skirt (project page) and I’m onto the fourth and final panel. All those intarsia polka dots are fun, but I don’t fancy having to weave in all those ends. But with this all this cold weather we’ve been having, at least my fears of it being too warm to wear the finished product are unfounded.

Bridgette WIP

Closeup on one of the chevron panels.

Bridgette WIP 2

Polka dots!

I’ve also cast on for Bonny, another project from Tin Can Knits’ Handmade in the UK. After being so happy with my Windswept, I had to knit another project from the Collection. So far, just a few inches of Stockinette down, and about 8 to go. I’m working in Misti Alpaca Lace in the delicious Mojito colorway. It’s mostly greens with splashes of lavender and yellow. This yarn is going to knit up so soft and drapey, and this project is perfect for knitting group. I can talk all I want and not mess up. 🙂 I’m also going to attempt to do beading on the top lace portion, inspired by another project I saw.  Here’s my project page, in its not-so-exciting glory.

Bonny WIP

Hard to photograph a curling Stockinette tube…

Knitting Savannah TSC Artyarns

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

Whew! I’m finally settled in from moving, and it’s been a busy post-holiday season. I finished my “Creature Park” (Central Park Hoodie and Creature Comforts hybrid), and it has made its way to its new home in Michigan, where it’s been getting a lot of wear. (Sadly, I did not get to snap a photo of it before I mailed it, as it had already not made it in time for Christmas. Hopefully I’ll be able to get one from the recipient.) My current project is the Bridgette Skirt by Alex Capshaw-Taylor, and I’ve finished one of the chevron panels so far. I started the second one trying to make the colors match, but quickly realized it was a lost cause. I fell in love with this skirt because of the zig-zags and polka dots, plus it’s a good use for Noro. I’ve never made a skirt before, so this will be fun. It’s a really fun knit, and it’s progressing quickly enough. I need to get it done before the Savannah weather decides to snap out of this cold spell.

On another note, I have a new design out! It’s called the Teardrops Shawl, and it’s part of the TSCArtyarns Little Luxuries collection. Funny story: it was photographed with the wrong side facing front, as you’ll see on Ravelry. It doesn’t look terrible that way, and it’s nice to know that it’s easily reversible. The shot featuring the right side is at the bottom of the photos.

I hope to be better about updating this now that it’s not Christmas and I’m not dealing with boxes. I’ll keep you posted! I’ve got a new design in the works that I should be able to share soon.

Holla Knits Knitting Savannah

On new designs and moving

I’m writing this in the midst of a sea of boxes (and two cats that jump into them), in the middle of packing up my house for my next big adventure: moving to Savannah.

So why yes, being part of a blog tour is a nice break from packing. I’m really happy to be a part of the Holla Knits Accessories Collection with my design No Glove(s) No Love. I knew from the second I saw Allyson’s Pinterest board for this collection, that I wanted this glove to happen. And I’m so glad it did! It’s a perfect knit for a little challenge, but it still only takes one skein and not too much time. Plus, short rows make the knitting go even quicker. And frankly, I’m a sucker for unusual construction. Why use the same methods when a new one can create the same end result?

This is only my second published pattern ever, so everything to do with designing and publishing is so thrilling to me. I keep watching the number of favorites climb up, and I was so excited to see another project for this pattern. Here’s hoping to see many more.

Since getting my sample back, I’ve been wearing them everywhere. I’m loving the bright pink of the Copper Corgi’s beautiful yarn. Never mind that it’s in the 60s in Georgia, and we don’t really need gloves yet. They’re just that cute.

Well, that’s it for me. Gotta keep packing. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the Holla Knits blog tour! Tomorrow’s stop, Baah Yarns, has a yarn giveaway! And who doesn’t love winning yarn?

Nov 12 – Wattsolak
Nov 13 – Mari Knits
Nov 14 – Knitters Pride – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 15 – Emily Greene Blue – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 18 – knittingkirigami
Nov 19 – Knits in Class – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 20 – Claire Sandow Designs
Nov 21 – Baah Yarns – Yarn giveaway
Nov 22 – Jill Draper Makes Stuff – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 25 – Lee Meredith – 2 subscriber exclusive giveaways
Nov 26 – Wooly Wonka Fibers – Subscriber exclusive giveaway
Nov 27 – Bumblebirch – Yarn giveaway
Holla Knits Knitting

It’s a Holla-day!

I’ve been waiting for this day for quite a while now. My newest design, No Glove(s) No Love, is live and available for purchase as part of the Holla Knits Accessories 2013 Collection! The pink ones are knit in Copper Corgi Fiber Studio Fingering/Sock weight yarn, and the grey ones are knit in Knit Picks Capretta. You can find it on Ravelry and Craftsy, and it will be available on Knit Picks soon. I’ll be talking more about my pattern on November 20 as part of the Holla Knits blog tour. I’m so proud to be part of such a great group of designers and indie dyers! See the rest of the Holla Knits Accessories Collection here.

No Glove(s) No Love

Love the Copper Corgi yarn!

KP No Glove(s) No Love

Shown in Knit Picks Capretta in Caviar