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

 

Uncategorized

Apocketmitts!

Congratulations to my friend Flossie on her new design, the Apocketmitts! A perfect knit for the apocalypse survivor, with hidden pockets in each glove to hide any number of small items. It’s part of the new pattern collection, Doomsday Knits, coming in December. Her design is today’s stop on the Doomsday Knits blog tour, which I’ve been following with interest. Looking forward to what’s coming next in this awesome collection!

Knitting WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday: October 2, 2013

Yes, I know it’s been a while. Work and traveling have kept me busy. But today, I’ll share a little tidbit of what’s next. I have a new design in the works in a new spring yarn, so I’ll just give you a peek. The rest will be a surprise… 🙂 Don’t you love the pearly color?
yarn-closeup

Fiber Factor Knitting

Stockinette-ception: A Review of the Fiber Factor Challenge 4

Yo dawg, I heard you like Stockinette stitch. So I’ll make Stockinette stitch out of Stockinette stitch. Can you tell what one of my faves was this week? I suppose I’ll just skip right to it.

I loved Steve’s vest. He used the machine in a more inventive way by making the strips and re-knitting them. It’s so crazy, but I want it. I could rock it. One of my knitting friends has an I-cord machine, and I’m thinking I might want to borrow it from her and generate something like this for myself.

I also really loved Lauren’s ensemble. I would knit it in a different color, but the pink is very her. I could see this being adorable as a mother-daughter matching set. You could even knit one for a favorite doll, just to be even matchier. And it has so much potential in splitting up the pieces and wearing them separately. Also, twirly skirts make me happy.

I was surprised that Rachel’s skirt didn’t rank higher. It was also adorable and had that same twirliness that I really enjoy.

Least favorites? I guess I’d have to say Katie’s pants (though props for the creativity) and I didn’t love John’s cardigan as much as the judges did. Katie’s pants weren’t very flattering, but she did such a good job selling it that I felt a little bad for not liking it. I felt like John’s cardigan was kinda boring, but I’m a little bias because I don’t really like plaid. Plus, men’s sweaters are just trickier in general, since you can’t use as many colors. Maybe I would like it better in person.

That being said, I kinda want to play with a knitting machine. They made it look fun to do, and I could have sweaters a lot faster.

Looking forward to seeing what Challenge 5 will be. The theme is Wearable Art, but what’s the twist? I guess I’ll find out tomorrow!

Knitting Uncategorized WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday: September 11, 2013

Just keep ribbing, just keep ribbing… That’s what I keep telling myself as I work my way through the beginning of my newest project: the Creature Park Cardigan. This is what happens when two sweaters become one. It’s a hybrid between the ubiquitous Central Park Hoodie and the slightly less ubiquitous Creature Comforts Cardi. But one thing these two sweaters have in common is a whole lot of 2×2 ribbing. And I hate ribbing. It’s that perfect cross between mindless knitting and having to think, yet it never reaches either one. However, it’s a necessary evil, for it is very useful.

I have less than an inch to go on this ribbing section, and then it’s on to the fun part. The beautiful oak leaf cable pattern pulled from Creature Comforts.

I almost forgot to mention that sweater isn’t for me. It is for a wonderful friend who has been transplanted to Michigan, where it is far colder than the South. At least she can wear the cozy sweaters that I cannot. My goal is to finish this by Christmas.

This is the first time I’ve knit a sweater that isn’t for me or a baby/toddler. So this will be interesting. Follow my project page for more.

Just keep ribbing!

Just keep ribbing!

Knitting

Knit Like the Wind(swept)!

I am officially out of blog hibernation (blogernation?) following some busy work weeks and a Labor Day weekend trip to Michigan. Between these things, I had barely had the time to knit. But finally, my Windswept is done! I’m really happy with it, it fits well, the lace looks beautiful after blocking, and because it’s top-down and seamless, there’s was not much finishing to do. I gave myself more work in that regard because I alternated three balls of Malabrigo throughout. And oh yes, there were tangles. But never mind that, because it’s done! And I couldn’t wait until Friday to post this. Check out my Ravelry project page for more.

I do love Tin Can Knits patterns. So much that I already have plans and yarn to make another one of their patterns. Someday. In the future. But not yet, because I have another project in the works. More about that on Wednesday.

Windswept is finished!

I am not the most photogenic blogger, can’t you tell?

Holla Knits Knitting

Hearts! <3 <3 <3

Today I have a guest blog post on the Holla Knits blog for my upcoming design in the Accessories Collection: some adorable heart-cutout gloves knit in Copper Corgi Fiber Studio sock yarn. I’m so excited to be having my second pattern published, and have really enjoyed the challenge of designing gloves.

Here’s a little preview! Go to Holla Knits and check out the rest!

Heart gloves

<3 <3 <3

Fiber Factor Knitting

Featherbutt! A review of the Fiber Factor Challenge 3

After a busy day of work, knitting and delicious faux-Mexican food, I finally had a chance to sit down and watch the Fiber Factor judging for Challenge 3.  I’ve definitely got some thoughts. I love that even though they all used the same yarn, everyone’s result was so different.

My favorites:

I think you can guess from the title of this post what my favorite piece was: Lauren’s owl onesie and matching toy. I just loved the little details, like the textured tummy and of course, the little tail feathers. It reminded me of Max’s monster costume in Where the Wild Things Are, and I think the pattern could easily be tweaked to make it. What parent wouldn’t want to put their kid in this?

Frankly, I think Lauren should have won, but admittedly I’m a bit biased, as she’s the one I’ve been rooting for since she made that adorable hot pink dress in Challenge 1. I would knit that in a heartbeat. And I loved the ombré effect she used in the second challenge.

However, I did really like Tracy’s piece. The double layered cape is definitely on trend for this season, and her photography really was spot on. I love a good black and white photo. The cape looks so comfortable, plus the yarn really does it justice.

Least favorites:

I wasn’t a fan of Katie’s rug. It wasn’t a good use of the yarn, and it reminded me of a dishcloth. Though I admit that there is a market for pricey rugs (and I’m not in that camp), this looks like something you could find at Target or something.

Natalie’s cardigan also didn’t impress me. I wanted to like it, I really did. I really liked the back, but the front was really unflattering. If the front had been simpler, it would have been so much better.

I do have to give everyone props though, I know this sort of thing isn’t easy, especially with the crazy time constraints. But I’ve been having fun watching, and I hope that they’ll keep this going. Can’t wait for the next challenge!