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Little Sweaters for Knitting Camp

June 29

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that in a couple of days I’m off to Knitting Camp. The optional homework is one or two mini sweaters. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on both…one’s a yoke and one’s a drop-shoulder.

The little yoke sweater calls for corrugated ribbing. I’ve always liked the look of corrugated ribbing, but had never done it before. I appreciate that the instructions for the sweater are not overly specific. It gives me the chance to try different options, including how I work the first row or two and join the second color.

I love getting to learn some of the famous Elizabeth Zimmerman techniques that I’ve heard so much about. Working the faux seam had me delving into another of her books, this time Knitting Workshop, to learn her technique. It’s very clever, and I can see how it would not only lend structure to the sweater but also make it easier to block.

knitting camp, mini sweater

I haven’t gotten as far in the drop-shoulder sweater. So far it’s just a tube, waiting to get steeked. Eek a steek! I’ll wait until camp is in session to learn more about steeking before I cut the fabric. I’ve always been intimidated by steeking, and hope I will get over my phobia by the end of camp!

 Elizabeth Zimmerman, knitting camp

I’ve wanted to go to Knitting Camp forever. It’s hard to believe its almost time for me to head to Wisconsin. I can’t wait to meet the folks from Schoolhouse Press and the other “campers”!

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Linen Stitch Class and Trunk Show in Cleveland

June 23

I’m looking forward to teaching my Linen Stitch class at the Ewes d’Bleu yarn store in Pepper Pike, Ohio!

The class is on Sunday, July 26th starting promptly at 11:00 am. It includes lunch. Yum!

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Description: One of my all-time favorite stitch patterns for scarves is the linen stitch. It’s perfect for variegated yarn, is attractive on both sides, and lies flat. Its versatility can be seen in the photos above – all three scarves are made from this one simple stitch, yet have completely different looks!  Using the technique and pattern from my book, I’ll show you how to create the stitch, step by step. Then you’ll be set free to experiment and, if you want, to start a project scarf. The Ewes d’Bleu staff can help you select yarn to make your scarf, whether you’d like tone-on-tone, variegated, or textured. They’ll also help with needle size selection, as the linen stitch requires about 2 sizes bigger than what the yarn calls for on the ball band.

If you’re interested in taking the class, you can sign up on the Ewes d’Bleu’s registration page or stop in. Or for more information, call (216) 319-6559. Ewes d’Bleu is located in Pepper Pike at 30559 Pinetree Road, Suite 206 (Second Floor).

Samples from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues will be on display during the days leading up to the class. I’ll be signing books after class.

Come see the wide variety of techniques my book has to offer! With over 30 patterns, there’s something for everyone.

Reversible Scarves, trunk show, Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, kniting scarves

In other news, Christina B. is the winner of the lovely Kristin Omdahl Giveaway. Congratulations!

Kristin Omdahl Yarn Giveaway

June 17

 

One of the things I like best about TNNA, our industry trade show, is being introduced to new yarns. Kristin Omdahl, who I’ve known as a designer, has a line of beautiful 100% bamboo yarns called Bamboo So Fine.

I came home with a skein of Kristin’s fingering weight “b. so fine” in a lovely pale lavender color. The sheen from the bamboo gives it almost a silvery glimmer, and the hand-dyed color includes lovely subtle variations. I’m excited about using it in Romi Hill’s Lyrica Euterpe shawl pattern. The yarn is so soft and has such lovely drape, it’ll be just right!

Kristin Omdahl yarn

I also have a skein of the sport weight version of the yarn, calle “b. so sporty”. I will give it away in a random drawing from comments left on this post. At 325 yards (297m), it will easily make a small shawlette, hat, mitts, or even a baby garment. (I found oodles of patterns on Ravelry for sport weight projects using 300 yards or less).

The sport yarn comes in a cute drawstring bag and includes a sample of Kristin’s special no-rinse wash. It’s jasmine scent is heavenly. She has a balm with the same scent, which I’ll also include in the giveaway. She calls her line of scented products “Wrapture”. Clever, eh?

 Giveaway Kristin Omdahl yarn

 To win this gorgeous Kristin Omdahl collection, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on June 21st (midnight Pacific Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

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Knitting Alfresco with EZ

June 15

I’m finding it difficult to read Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac without being outdoors. I love how connected she was to nature. Her tales of the family’s outdoor adventures, and knitting outside, are endearing to the nature-lover in me.

A quote: “In a travelling canoe one cannot write.”

How can I resist?

A few days ago, when it was a lovely almost-summer day, it seemed fitting to work on my homework for Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp in the woods at the base of one of my favorite trees.

Knitter's Almanac, knitting camp

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Peonies and EZ Reading. Sublime.

June 9

With giddy anticipation I look forward to Knitting Camp in July. Started by Elizabeth Zimmerman as a weekend knitting course 42 years ago, it is now taught by her daughter Meg Swansen.

I have heard about “EZ”s EPS (Percentage System) for many years, I have never studied it. I’ll read a couple of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books before camp starts, and am already enthralled with Knitter’s Almanac.

To add to the joy of reading this warm-hearted book, my peonies are blooming. These lovelies take the sting out of leaving my California garden. I love their ethereal petals.

You can see the lovely red commemorative edition of Knitter’s Almanac that my very thoughtful husband gave me. I’m already wearing it out. I think EZ would approve.

Knitters Almanac, peonies

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Where’d She Go???

June 6

I did not fall off the face of the earth, but the past few months have been full of crazy twists and turns. I’m sorry I haven’t posted since… yikes, could it really have been since March? Oh my. I’ll try to make it up to you.

I was unbelievably lucky to spend April designing a little something that’ll appear in a magazine in the fall. Being the Slowest Designer and Slowest Knitter on the planet, it took longer than any reasonable person would have thought. Oh yeah, that’s also when we started to pack up our house in anticipation of putting it on the market.

Yes, my 35-year love affair with California has come to an end. I will miss it terribly. I already yearn for my friends and my LYS and the incredible scenery.

So, the months have been filled with packing boxes (how on earth did we accumulate that much stuff?). To my dismay, I couldn’t de-stash fast enough for my poor husband to finally see the true vastness of my yarn “collection”. Oh, and the cake pans. I never could explain to his satisfaction why one family needs a half dozen Bundt pans plus a pile of antique aspic molds. (Because they’re cute I say.)

I try to even the score by bringing up the golf club “collection”, but it’s a pretty pathetic ruse.

We are on to our next adventure. We just aren’t sure yet where that will be!

 

Mork

March 20

Why is it I’m always a season behind in my knitting? Ah well, there’s just enough winter-ish snow for this lovely, warm sweater to be useful for another week or so. “Mork” is designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. I love patterns that are both relaxing to knit and also interesting. Worked in worsted weight, the knitting progressed quickly, while the cables kept my interest.

Knitting Mork sweater

Even the back is filled beautifully with cabling and a just-right icord edge.

Mork Back 2-2

I used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted for this project. I was worried it might be a bit scratchy, but it softened nicely with washing.

“Mixer” Accessories in Knit Picks

February 27

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Fans of Knit Picks can now find my “Mixer” accessories in Swish Worsted. The yarn is delightful to work with, and comes in lots of great colors.

The patterns are available individually here: Mixer Hat, Mixer Mittens, and Mixer Scarf. The variety of knit/purl stitch patterns make these cute accessories entertaining to knit!

Gnarled Oak Cardigan

February 16

Any knitter who has known me more than five minutes knows that Alana Dakos is one of my all-time favorite designers. I finally had the chance to make her Gnarled Oak Cardigan from the book she co-authored with Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits.

I used Madelinetosh DK in the Grove color.

kntted sweater

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I love Alana’s attention to detail.

Gnarled Oak_3

Resources:

Coastal Knits

Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry

You’ll enjoy checking out Alana Dakos’ Never Not Knitting blog and very entertaining podcast

My Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry

Madelinetosh Yarn

“Mixer” Accessories Are Up

January 30

An enthusiastic fan of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues asked whether I could design some mittens to go with the Mixer Scarf from the book. What a great idea!

Here’s the original Mixer Scarf from the book. It is now available as an individual pattern as well!

Mixer Scarf

Here are the mittens…The little scallop shape on the cuff matches the scallops at the ends of the scarf.

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The palms sport a little seed stitch motif

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I figured, “Why stop at mittens?” So I designed a hat to go with it too.

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 All three patterns are available through the AudKnits Pattern Store also on Ravelry.

Resources

Many thanks to Gale Zucker for the wonderful mitten and hat photos.

Kudos, as always, to Caro Sheridan for the scarf photo from the book.

Old Edna Photo Shoot

January 26

I love getting to be on hand for photo shoots of my designs. I do have a tendency to fret like a mother hen, and I’m fortunate to work with people who have patience!

We were soooooo lucky to use the fantastic Old Edna Townsite for Saturday’s session. Set in the Edna Valley Wine country, just south of San Luis Obispo, it’s a collection of historic buildings lovingly restored by “The Mayor” of the town, Pattea Torrence.

For out-of-towners there is a beautiful, restored farmhouse and adorably cozy cottage available to rent as part of a “farmstay” vacation.

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Wouldn’t it be fun to hang out in 2 acres of an old town? My hat is off to Pattea for having the vision and considerable talent to create such a unique and character-filled place.

Old Edna, photo shoot 2015

Not every rooster gets his own toy dump trucks to play with

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Thank you, Pattea, for your kindness!

Colleen Rosenthal shot our lovely model Ali Peters, wearing some accessories that I’ll be publishing soon. Cassandra Evangelho kept us all organized and the outfits styled to a tee!

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I’m grateful to be part of a talented team who work well together and spend most of the time laughing.

Resources:

Old Edna

Suite Edna Farmhouse Vacation Rental

Colleen Rosenthal Photography

Cassandra Evangelho, stylist and co-owner of Evaneal

Tea Leaves Cardigan

January 20

You might remember the Tea Leaves Cardigan I used for my experiment in stabilizing top-down sweaters. Here it is, completed. The pattern was well-written and fun to knit. I use Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Amber Trinket colorway.

 I’m pleased to say that after wearing it many times, the neckline didn’t stretch and the shoulders didn’t droop. My stabilizing experiment worked!

 knitting cardigan, Tea Leaves Cardigan

I’ve seen this cardigan made out of a large variety of yarns, worn by a lot of knitters with different body types. It is brilliantly appealing!

 Tea Leaves Cardi_2

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