Monday, January 30, 2012

On The Blocking Mats: Shawls!!


Different Line Blocked
This is Different Lines by Veera Valimaki.  I knit it in Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in Interlaken colorway and Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in Feldmaus colorway on US size 6 needles (4.0mm).  It's an asymmetrical, garter stitch shawl that utilizes short row construction.


Wingspan Blocked
This is Wingspan by maylin Tri'Coterie Designs.  I knit it in Fibernymph Dyeworks Bedazzled in Wayfarer colorway on  US size 4 needles (3.5mm).  This is also an asymmetrical, garter stitch shawl that utilizes short row construction to create 8 triangles. It was SO fast and easy to knit.  PERFECT TV knitting!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Episode 24 - Snuggles and Cozies





Welcome
What's on (or off) the Needles
What's on (or off) the Hook
Other Stuff
Stash Enhancement
  • Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks
    • Lodge Sock in Sweethearts colorway
    • Squish Sock in KnitPurlGurl colorway
    • Sassafras Sock in Sock Monkey colorway
  • SpinningFates Toula Sock in Sugar and Spice colorway
  • Vesper sock yarn
    • 100% Superwash Merino in Serendipitous colorway
    • 100% Superwash Merino in Stormy colorway
Reviews


Disclosure: Buffy Ann Designs sent KnitPurlGurl Yarn Cozies and a Stitch Light FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the proceeding review.  All opinions expressed in the following review are those of KnitPurlGurl (AKA Karrie) and do not necessarily reflect those of Buffy Ann Desgins.
Announcements
Upcoming Events In or Around the Pittsburgh Area
  • Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival
    • Feb. 10, 11, 12, 2012 at the Four Points Sheraton in Mars, PA
    • Friday, February 10, 2012 - Market & Classes 1:30 - 6:30
      Ravelry Meetup

      Fashion Show with Emcee StevenBe: 7:30 - Wine and Cheese

      Saturday, February 11, 2012 - Market & Classes 9-5
      Pajama Party: 7:30 - Desserts, Prizes and Cash Bar

      Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 9-4


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Discover Podcasts!



Recently I've had several knit peeps ask if I'd share my list of subscribed podcasts.  A few even asked if I'd keep a link list on the side bar of my blog.  While I am happy to share my list with all of you, I won't put it my side bar only because I'm constantly finding new podcasts, old podcasts are podfading, or some podcasts I only check in on occassionally depending on what's in the episode.  So really, the list is ever-evolving.

For those of you who don't listen to podcasts, you must, must give some a try!  Here's what I will tell you about my list: this is a list of podcasts I supremely enjoy.  This does not mean that there aren't others I don't enjoy.  This also does not mean that podcasts not on my list aren't terrific.  I only have so many hours in the day and so many days in the week to listen to podcasts - so I listen to or watch podcasts that fit my personality.  Like yarn and knitting notions, there is no good or bad, there is only what you prefer. :)

I find I listen to knitting podcasts that are primarily amateur podcasters rather than companies, although I do listen to a couple that are sponsored by companies.  I like listening to them for different reasons. Some of the podcasts are audio and I listen to them in the car, as I'm walking around the house performing chores, or taking a stroll.  Some are video, which are terrific to have going on my laptop while I'm cooking, folding laundry, or hauled up in my knitting chair. I find I prefer podcasts because they go where I do, are entertaining, and allow me to do chores while enjoying them!  Give them a try!  If you don't have an iPod/iPhone/iPad, no worries. You can listen to them via iTunes on your computer or from the podcaster's website on your computer!

Audio Podcasts I Listen To Most Often:


Video Podcasts I Watch Most Often:
Again, these are just the podcasts I frequent - there are many, many, many more!  Check out Knitting Podcast for complete lists of current audio and video podcasts!  I'm always on the lookout for more podcasts!  If you have a podcast you like to watch or listen to, and it's not on these lists, feel free to give them a shout out in the comments so we can check them out!


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Episode 23: Milestones




Welcome

What's on (or off) the Needles
What's on (or off) the Hook
Other Stuff
Stash Enhancement
Reviews
Announcements
  • Bloggerversary!
  • Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks is creating a KnitPurlGurl Colorway!
  • Over 500 members in the Ravelry Group!
Upcoming Events In or Around the Pittsburgh Area
  • Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival
    • Feb. 10, 11, 12, 2012 at the Four Points Sheraton in Mars, PA
    • Friday, February 10, 2012 - Market & Classes 1:30 - 6:30
      Ravelry Meetup

      Fashion Show with Emcee StevenBe: 7:30 - Wine and Cheese

      Saturday, February 11, 2012 - Market & Classes 9-5
      Pajama Party: 7:30 - Desserts, Prizes and Cash Bar

      Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 9-4


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

First CO Object of the New Year!





I CO a NEW project!  Infact, it's the FIRST new project I've CO in 2012!  I'd seen many knitters/podcasters knitting the Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki and I was getting the itch to CO as well.  Then I noticed that Veera had another pattern, a sister pattern, called Different Lines.  Different Lines is a different take on the Stripe Study Shawl.  So I decided to CO Different Lines instead.  I'm knitting this shawl in Wollmeise 100% Superwash Merino in the Feldmaus colorway (that's the brown) & Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in the Interlaken colorway (the blue/green color) on US Size 6 (4.00mm) needles.  It's a simple garter st shawl that utilizes color changes and short rows to give it an interesting shape.  When finished, it should have 14 of the contrasting color stripes (the blue/green).  I'm 6 stripes in and it's working up fast.  The pattern is super easy to memorize and it's GREAT TV knitting!

Knit On!


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Friday, January 13, 2012

FO: Tardis Socks



Alrightly all you Whovians, I finally finished my Tardis Socks!  I used Wendy D. Johnson's Gusset Heel Basic Sock pattern along with a skein of Fibernymph Dyeworks Bounce Sock Yarn in Tardis colorway on a US Size  1 (2.25mm) pair of circs (knit in magic loop).  These fit like a glove and are warm and toasty with the perfect touch of geekery. :)


I absolutely love the funky way the self-striping sock yarn works up with this pattern.  Just like with my Peppermint Twist Socks, the gusset and heel cup have a really cool, thick stripe.  And because of the stripes and the short rows, the gussets look like there is blanket stitching on them.  LOVE IT!


You'll have to knit a pair of your own to see if they're bigger on the inside.  ;p


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Review & Giveaway: Deep South Knitting by Beth Moriarty



Book Title: Deep South Knitting
Author: Beth Moriarty
ISBN: 978-0-615-52854-0
Publisher: Planet Purl Press
Approx. Retail Price: $26.95 USD
Category: Crafts/Hobbies - Knitting/Crochet
Patterns: 25
Availability: Paperback
Release Date: January 15, 2012 (Available for Pre-Order)

Beth Moriarty, AKA the "PurlQueen", has released this charming collection of patterns, commentary, and recipes of the Deep South.  16 of the 25 patterns are written by Beth herself, with an additional 9 patterns contributed by Deep South Designers!  Beth, a yankee by birth, has lived in Mississippi, Georgia & Florida and feels the South will forever be a part of her. In this enchanting collection, Beth shares the essence of the south through a knitter's perspective.  Grab yourself an iced tea and tour the south with Beth!

Included in this book:

West Virginia:
  • 1865 Jacket - a semi-fitted cardigan, knit in denim for the appearance of a fabulously drapey denim jacket.  The button band and bottom of the cardigan are edged in a subtle and sturdy eyelet lace, while the collar and sleeve cuffs are crocheted with a beautiful, frilly lace.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters and is sized to fit XXS - 2X.
  • Crazy Good Cornbread Recipe
Kentucky:
  • Derby Day Clutch - a chic little beaded clutch knit in wool and alpaca lace and then felted.  This bag has instructions for creating a rose wrist strap as well as finishing with a fabric lining and zipper.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters.
  • Summer Breeze Socks - a breezy feather & fan, cuff down sock design.  These socks are constructed with a heel flap and sit on the lower calf.  A chart for the "Summer Breeze" pattern is included.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters.
  • Mint Julep Recipe
Virginia:
  • Honeysuckle Bridal Set - This dainty set of a drawstring bag, garter, and fingerless gloves are knit in a beautiful lattice lace.  Feminine and reminiscent of outdoor weddings in the old south, they offer the perfect amount of lace for an elegant occasion.  The bag is beaded and lined.  The gloves also had delicate beading detail on the cuff.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters.
  • Blue Ridge Lap Throw - a circular throw, knit in stockinette st wedges with purl st designs in each wedge and edged in a contrasting color. This throw can be knit as one piece or divided into wedges and seamed at the knitter's discretion.  Knit in wool and alpaca, it's sure to be a cozy family favorite.  This project is rated Easy-Intermediate.
  • Chocolate Toffee Pecan Pie Recipe
Tennessee: 
  • Dogwood Cardigan - a lightweight, open, stockinette st and lace cardigan worked in pieces and seamed.  (Sleeves are set in.)  Stitches are picked up along the edges of this cardigan and a delicate contrasting color edge is worked as well as a collar.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters and is sized for S-M-L.
  • Bears & Blooms Hat - a stranded colorwork hat with black bear and flower motif.  This hat has a rolled brim and an interesting i-cord top trim.  Some techniques utilized in this hat are stranded colorwork, duplicate stitch, i-cord, beading, sewing buttons on, and embroidery.  This hat is rated for the Advanced knitter and is a One-Size-Fits-Most hat.
  • Pecan Divinity Recipe
Arkansas: 
  • Ozark Mountain Vest - a simple stockinette st and ribbed v-neck, men's vest knit in stripes.  Knit with plenty of room for a nice ease and in worsted weight yarn, this is the perfect fall vest for the man in your life.  This project is rated Easy and is sized for XS - 4X.
  • Farmer's Market Skirt - an easy-going, reverse stockinette stitch skirt with crocheted bottom edging  This is a very breezy and comfortable style with elastic waistband.  This skirt sits approx. 2 inches above the knee. This project is rated Easy-Intermediate and is sized XS-XL.
  • Whipped Maple Candy Recipe
Louisiana: 
  • Sunshine Sweater - the perfect little summer sweater!  Knit in the round until the underarms, there is little finishing work required.  This sweater includes textural bands of seed stitch as well as eyelet lace.  This sweater is knit out of cotton, is short-sleeved, and sits at the hip line.  The moderate easy of this sweater is perfect for those hot summer days. This project is rated for Intermediate knitters and is sized to fit S-XL.
  • Morning After Scarflet - a delicate, short, lace scarf, this scarf is sure to hide those little love bites from the night before.  Afterall, Beth reminds us, a Southern woman is discreet about her love life. Worked in 4-ply mercerized cotton, this is a perfect spring/summer scarf.  Dainty and feminine, it can dress up a t-shirt or be worn to the office. The "Love Bites" lace is both charted and written out.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters.
  • Magnolia Wristlets - Lightweight and feminine, this wristlets are the perfect project for the Southern Belle whose hands chill in cold, air-conditioned offices. These wristlets are knit in stockinette stitch with an optional beaded top edging and a frilly bottom edging.  No need to worry about thumb gussets, these wristlets are knit with thumb openings.  This project is rated Easy.
  • Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Recipe
Mississippi:
  • Darlin' Tea Cozy - a stockinette stitch cozy that is felted.  Adorned with felted flowers and leaves, beading, and a little embroidery, this is sure to be a must-have cozy for afternoon tea with the ladies.  There are instructions for knitting the flowers.  The leaves are actually cut from felted sheets of knitting   (very cool idea). This project is rated for Intermediate knitters.
  • Bayou Boa - a very light and airy, full length boa knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze and edged with a Spanish Lace Edging for the perfect feminine accessory.  This boa is approx. 96" long and is rated Easy.
  • Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Alabama:
  • Camellia Baby Set - a sweet baby bunting and bonnet set perfect for the baby belle!  The bunting is knit in garter stitch with an i-cord cinching drawstring at the bottom.  The top of the bodice is edged in  petals as are the cuffs of the sleeves.  The bunting has sweet little buttons down the center, but concealed inside is snap tape for easy opening and closing.  The bonnet is knit in matching garter stitch with petal detail as well. This project is rated for Easy - Intermediate.
  • Mardi Gras Party Bangles - Colorful, felted, and beaded bangles create a new way to wear Mardi Gras beads! Using a hard, plastic bracelet on the inside of this bangle is the key to keeping it's shape! This project is rated Easy.
  • Sweet Tea Recipe
North Carolina:
  • Gilded Age Placemats - Stranded intarsia placemats knit in metallic yarn to add a touch of elegance to any table.  These placemats are lined on the back with felt to keep their shape.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters.
  • Cherokee Vest - a Native American-inspired, stockinette stitch vest that incorporates intarsia and a modern color palette.  This vest is meant to be worn open and not meant to meet in the center, but for the front panel edging to align with the mid-breast.   The sleeves are joined with a 3-needle BO. This project is rated for Easy-Intermediate and is sized S-L.
  • Creamy Sweet Potato Pie
South Carolina:
  • Gracious Lace Tea Towel - a lovely, lace-trimmed tea towl, knit in Seeded Background Stitch. This pattern includes a monogram band section and a duplicate stitch chart for completing the monogram. This project is rated Easy - Intermediate.
  • Wrought Iron Gate Pillows - pillows knit in stranded colorwork to represent the old wrought iron gates found all over South Carolina.  These pillows can be edged with a lace trim, braided i-cord trim, or i-cord trim and instructions for all three are given.  The pillows are knit in 2 pieces and then seamed  with the addition of a pillow form.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters.
  • Bourban & Brown Sugar Pralines Recipe
Florida:
  • Treasure Coast Tennis Vest - a highly textured and feminine vest perfect for playing tennis in Palm Beach or dressing up a pair of jeans. This vest is semi-fitted and knit in cotton.  It includes an Oblique Rib and Bobbles. This project is rated for Intermediate knitters and is sized for S-L.
  • Beachcomber Lariat Set - a lariat and bracelet set knit in cotton.  It utilizes dropped stitches at different length to represent the ripples left in the sand as the tide retreats.  Embellished with any beach treasure (shells, pottery shards, sea glass, driftwood beads), it's easy to feel as though you've just stepped onto the beach.  This project is rated Easy.
  • Sunset Moebius - a lightweight and generously sized cowl with drop stitch inset and picot BO.  This cowl can be worn long or wrapped around the neck.  Sequinned and beaded yarn with the addition of more glass beads gives this cowl a subtle, but gorgeous shimmer. This project is rated for Intermediate knitters
  • Fried Sweet Plantains Recipe
Georgia:
  • Lighthouse Tunic - a lightweight and relaxed tunic perfect for layering over a tee or bathing suit.  This tunic is stylish with a pop of color in the form of a color block around the bust area.  This tunic has a nice swing style to it and can be worn by many different body shapes.  Pair it with your favorite shorts or capris and you're ready for a day in the sun.  This tunic is knit in stockinette st and the back & front are worked in the round until the armholes. The pattern comes completed with instructions for a jogless stripe. This project is rated Easy and will fit but sizes 34 - 42 1/2".
  • "Frankly My Dear" Fichu - a simple feather & fan designed fichu inspired by Scarlet O'Hara's famous drapery dress.  Light and airy when knit in a cotton/linen blend, this fichu is the perfect cover for bare shoulders.  This little number ties with an adorable i-cord and tassels tie.  This project is rated for Intermediate knitters and is sized for S - XL.
  • Peach Cobbler Recipe
For a preview of the patterns and recipes described here, please visit the DSK photo gallery.  Planet Purl Press has given KnitPurlGurl an additional copy of Deep South Knitting to give away to one lucky blog reader!  To enter, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter Widget below!

Disclosure: Planet Purl Press has sent KnitPurlGurl a copy of Deep South Knitting FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding review.  All opinions expressed in the preceding review are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Planet Purl Press or Beth Moriarty.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Press Release: Stitch Mountain



Defying Gravity: Jimmy Beans Wool Joins Elite Companies In Helping Winter Athletes Reach Their Dreams 

Reno, Nev. (December 7, 2011) – Jimmy Beans Wool, a leading yarn and fabric retailer, has signed a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the national governing body of Olympic skiing, snowboarding and freeskiing, to become the first ever-official yarn, knitting and crochet supplier to U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. 
The agreement comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced back in April 2011 that halfpipe and slopestyle skiing and slopestyle snowboarding will be added to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 


A driving force behind the partnership is to build awareness of the yarn industry and to expose people to different crafts, fibers and companies. To that end, Jimmy Beans Wool has partnered with Red Heart® yarns to create “Stitch Mountain,” a marketing and promotional campaign that encourages people to be creative on and off the slopes. Yarn for the campaign and the athletes will be supplied exclusively by Red Heart®, one of the most prominent brands in North America. 


“We are thrilled to have created a relationship that will not only publicize the needlearts industry, but also combine two of our passions, yarn and skiing,” said co-owner of Jimmy Beans Wool, Laura Zander. “My husband and I moved to the Reno-Tahoe area from San Francisco 11 years ago because we wanted to spend more time skiing. When we opened our yarn shop back in 2002, we consistently had skiers and snowboarders, male and female alike, come into our shop asking for yarn to make beanies. Being able to support the sport that we love so much is a dream come true. It is a great way for us to give back to all of those skiers and snowboarders that helped us grow our business!” 


In addition to sponsoring U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, Jimmy Beans Wool and Red Heart® are sponsoring Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis. Jacobellis, a seven-time X Games Champion in snowboardcross, is an avid knitter and knitwear designer. She designs and knits hats for her charity, “Hats 4 Hounds,” and will be designing hat patterns exclusively for Jimmy Beans Wool (using Red Heart® yarns). 


As part of its agreement with the USSA, Jimmy Beans Wool and Red Heart® together will have a sampling tent at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix events at Canyons Resort in Park City, UT and Mammoth Mountain, CA. With typically fewer than ten tents – and more than 8,000 people – at each event, Jimmy Beans Wool, Red Heart® and their Stitch Mountain campaign will surely draw attention - and might just get some people knitting! 


About Jimmy Beans Wool 
Founded in 2002 by Laura Zander, aka "Jimmy," and Doug Zander, Jimmy Beans Wool is a brick and mortar and Internet yarn and fabric superstore. It offers knitters, crocheters and sewers worldwide a comprehensive selection of the finest yarns and fabrics along with the latest fashion trends. Headquartered in Reno, NV, the store has been awarded an excellent rating from StellaService for their excellent customer service reputation and has been named three times to the Inc. 5000, Inc. Magazine's List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S. It has also been featured on CNN, NPR, Forbes and in the New York Times. 


About Red Heart® Red Heart® is one of the most trusted brands in yarn. For over 75 years, more people have chosen to make heirlooms using Red Heart yarn than any other yarn. Red Heart yarns stand for quality, largest color selection, fashion and above all else, crafted with love. Whatever your creativity calls for, you’ll find it in the Red Heart family. Explore our vast selection of yarns, booklets and free patterns for all skill levels. A little bit of love woven into every strand. 


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Monday, January 9, 2012

It's Bigger on the Inside




Tardis

I've finished sock #1 of my Tardis Socks!!  (Tardis, as in Doctor Who)  I'm using Wendy D. Johnson's Gusset Heel Basic Socks pattern and Fibernymph Dyeworks Bounce Sock Yarn in Tardis Colorway (self-striping).  I'd like to get the second sock knit up this week which may or may not happen. ;)  This fits like a glove and feels divine!


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FO: Critron



Here is my completed Critron!  It's been blocked and the ends woven in!  Woot!!  This Critron (the crocheted version of the popular Citron) was designed by Martha Simonsen.  I crocheted it in Noro Sekku, Color #4 (Lot A), 920 yds. on a US "G" Hook (4.0mm).  I crocheted the 6-section version to make the larger shawl. This shawl is all single crochet - so for the proficient crocheter, it will make a terrific mindless project.  For the newbie crocheter, it will make a terrific first shawl project!

On Ravelry I've seen Citron predominately knit in either gradient or solid yarns.  However, with the Critron, I've seen LOTS of long, self-striping shawls.  Either would look terrific!  So nab yourself some lace (about 1000 yds) and have some fun!

Crochet on!


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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss (AND GIVEAWAY)




Recently, I was asked by Jean Moss Handknits to participate in their Blog Tour of Jean's upcoming book, Sweet Shawlettes.  Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book.  I mean, it's JEAN MOSS!  For those of you unfamiliar with Jean Moss, she's a talented British designer who's designed for Rowan Yarns, Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley, Benetton and more!  Her designs span 25 years!

Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistble Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets, and More is a collection of new and unique designs fit for the new knitter as well as the experienced knitter.  Drawing from inspiration in various time periods, Jean manages to update the shawl, making it a go-to piece in the modern woman's wardrobe.  Jean was inspired to create small luxury pieces that the knitter could work up in that fabulously expensive bit of yarn they'd been saving or with the leftover bits of scrap they couldn't bear to part with.  Grouping the patterns by style, there's bound to be something for everyone in this book of little luxuries.

Country:

  • Madame Alfred Shawlette - A modified, rectangular shawl meant to stir the senses.  Jean wanted to create a visual feast using color and pattern to convey the sweet fragrance of summer in her garden.  This piece includes intarsia, lace, and a frilly edging and is for the experienced knitter.
  • Kardamili Shawlette - A lacy, rectangular shawl adorned with flower detail reminiscent of the May Day festival of flowers in Greece.  Jean urges the knitter to personalize this shawl by creating the flowers of their choosing.  This is a terrific shawl for a new lace knitter or an intermediate knitter.
  • Garland Necklet -  A Venetian inspired necklace that can literally be knit in any combination of yarns pleasing to the knitter.  Jean herself, used scrap from her stash to knit hers, but says the knitter can find their own special mix of texture, luster, and glitz to create a special piece.  This piece is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
  • Green at Heart Collar - A stylish buttoned cowl with cables and lace, easily personalized by the yarn and buttons the knitter chooses.  Jean choose a wonderful recycled wool, making it as eco-friendly as it is stylish.
  • Evergreen Scarf - A skinny scar complete with dangling leaf detail.  This scarf is a cute, mindless knit. worked predominately in garter stitch. The scarf is reversible.  The knitter can easily customize this pattern by playing with the leaf designs Jean includes.  This is a great project for an advanced beginner knitter.
  • Frost Choker - A close-fitting, Nordic-inspired cowl, Frost Choker is a terrific example of a bit of luxury colorwork.  The knitter can either opt for knitting the pattern in the traditional black and white or mix it up a bit.  Pewter buttons set this piece apart, but Jean says metal frog fasteners would work equally as well.  This is a design for intermediate knitters.
Couture:
  • Drift Cowl - A quick and classic, cabled, cowl, Drift Cowl can be knit in a weekend!  A simple rectangle, this cowl is perfect for those learning to cable.  Pair this pattern with a colorful and soft super bulky yarn, like Rowan Big Wool, and this cowl is sure to keep the cold and winter doldrums  away. This cowl is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
  • Penumbra Cowl - A fun exercise in shadow knitting, this cowl is the perfect bit of pop to add to any wardrobe.  Add a fun brooch as Jean has, and it's an instant wardrobe maker!  This cowl is perfect for the intermediate knitter.
  • Enigma Shawl - The perfect layering shawl or maybe more aptly, poncho (dare I say it).  Constructed of a square and a rectangle, this 2-piece shawl offers elegant versatility.  Knit in
    Rowan Kidsilk Haze, it offers the perfect opportunity to wear a light, flowing piece.  Either of the 2 pieces can be worn alone or layered.  This garment is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
  • Harlequin Cape - An immensely customizable, entrelac cape.  Work with a yarn that has long color repeats and let the yarn do all of the work for you, or purposefully choose colors to enhance your wardrobe.  This is the perfect little cape for those wanting to hone their entrelac skills or for intermediate knitters.
  • Twine Cowl - A chunky cowl inspired by the old craft of rope making, Jean has translated an old art into a fashionable modern piece.  Worked in 3 rectangles, there is a Cable Pattern, Moss Stitch Pattern, and a Rib Pattern to really play up the texture in this cowl.  A quick knit perfect for the advanced beginner knitter.
  • Empty Circle Joined Hat and Scarf - A hat and scarf combo inspired by the empty circle, an ancient and universal symbol of unity and infinity, this combo is a chunky quick knit that is sure to keep you warm and toasty.
Folk:
  • Miss Garricks Cowl - An intricate fair isle cowl inspired by a pair of sisters from Shetland, Scotland who knit wonderful fair isle pieces.  Knit tradionally, in-the-round, this cowl will prove to be as warm as it is beautiful.  Jean adds some vintage crystal beads on the ends of the tie for a teeny bit of sparkle.  This cowl is for experienced knitters only.
  • Arabesque Scarf - A reversible garter stitch, lace Mobius scarf, Arabessque is an easily memorizable pattern with versatile style. Inspired by Jeans' childhood in Lancashire, this scarf will add a touch of classic styling to any wardrobe.  A very long, mobius it can be worn as knit, wrapped several times around the neck, or even pinned with a vintage brooch.  This is the perfect knit for the intermediate knitter.
  • Bess Ruffle - Taking a cue from the Tudor fashions, the Bess Ruffle is the perfect candidate for that small bit of luxury yarn every knitter has stashed away.  This unique close-fitting, ruffled cowl combines the texture of rib with the flare of colorwork.  Add some vintage buttons to complete the look and you've got a fashionable and functional wardrobe staple.  Perfect for the intermediate knitter, the Bess Ruffle is a good primer for those looking to start fair isle projects.
  • Ceilidh Shawlette - A classy shawlette inspired by kilts and tartans, Ceilidh is an exquisite piece.  As Jean explains, she wore a kilt during the winter growing up in a Lancashire mill town.  This, and her love of dancing, inspired her design.  Ceilidh, the Gaelic word for party, is used to name the pattern because of the wonderful sashay this shawlette provides.  This shawlette has infinite possibilities for color combinations and is sure to be a delightful and well-used wardrobe piece.  This shawl is best knit by experienced knitters.
  • Purple Patch Shrug - A patchwork shrug perfect for all of those fingering weight bits & bobs laying around.  The squares are worked in garter stitch and joined together.  This shrug is suitable for the advanced knitter.
  • Polperro Cape - A stunning and functional cape inspired by the Cornish village of Polperro and it's long knitting tradition of gansey patterns. Full of texture, this cape utilizes lace & cables and even a well placed buckle to create a visually interesting piece that is sure to be as interesting to knit.  Jean pairs this design with a hardy Rowan Denim yarn to provide perfect stitch definition, but suggests cashmerino DK would also do the trick quite nicely.  This piece should be knit by the intermediate knitter.
Vintage:
  • Kitty Capelet - Reminiscent of 1950's style couture, the intasria leopard-print capelet is perfect for the "glamour puss" in all of us.  A gorgeous example of vintage sex-appeal, this little number will put the spring in any knitter's step.  Soft and feminine, Jean knits this capelet in Rowan Felted Tweed.  Add some vintage buttons and this piece will prove to be a timeless classic in any wardrobe.  This is best knit by the experienced knitter.
  • Grace Cowl - A delicate drop-stitch, rib cowl that brings to mind the effortless elegance of Grace Kelly.  Worn just atop the shoulders or pushed up on the neck like a Tudor-style ruffle collar, this cowl is beautiful and functional.  This piece is best knit by the experienced knitter.
  • Bronte Fichu - Both a romantic and functional triangular shawl, Jean conjures up visions of Bronte's Catherine (of Wuthering Heights) and her often-mentioned shawl.  She combines a delicate fishtail lace with recycled silk and cotton to bring to life this fabled shawl.  Knit solid or in stripes, as Jean as done, this shawl is sure to provide warmth while making the wearer nostalgic for the Emily Bronte masterpiece.  This shawl is a perfect knit for an experienced knitter.
  • Mantilla Shawlette - Inspired by the paintings of Goya and Velazquez and the fashions of the 17th & 18th centuries, this circular, lace shawlette is sure to become an heirloom piece. And with the Mantilla's resurgence, in large part thanks to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, this shawlette is as fashionable now as it was in the 17th century.  Knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze, the Mantilla Shawlette has a wonderful airy quality.  This shawlette is perfect for the experienced knitter.
  • Vamp Boa - What girl hasn't wanted to wear a boa and feel as glamourous as Marilyn Monroe at some point in her life?  In Jean's revisioned version of the boa, any knitter can experience a little glam in her life.  Ruched layers of Rowan Kidsilk Night and Rowan Kidsilk Aura create an airy and beautiful representation of vintage glam.  This knit is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
  • Treasure Jabot - A play on the traditional jabot worn by Scottish Judges and even pirates, this jabot uses entrelac and ruffles to create a fun, frilly, and feminine little number that's sure to get a lot of use.  Knit in Rowan Pure Silk DK, it's a fast and fun little knit.  This project is perfect for the intermediate knitter.
  • Fizz Capelet - An elegant, bead-embellished capelet, knit in all stockinette stitch.  This simple and understated capelet is sure to add an element of classic feminine beauty to anyone's wardrobe.  Perfect to cover bare shoulders on a summer's evening to to dress up a casual outfit, this capelet is as versatile as it is beautiful.  This capelet is best knit by the intermediate knitter.
To see a photo gallery of all of the shawlettes described, visit the Sweet Shawlettes Project Gallery!
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

On The Blocking Mats: Critron




Critron

This is my finished and steam blocked Critron (crocheted version of Citron).  It was crocheted with 920 yds of Noro Sekku (lace wt) and all in single crochets!  I was a little disappointed with the way it turned out after steam blocking.  Of course, this was my first attempt at steam blocking..  So I decided to wet block and pin:


You can see after pinning, it opened up quite a bit.  However, my ruched rows are barely visible after pinning.  I hope that they scrunch back after taking the pins out.  I've seen many knitters write that they blocked their Citrons within an inch of it's life, so I sincerely hope that's the case.  If not, I'll re-wet and block much less aggressively.

This is my first completed project of 2012!  Now to finish the other 20 things I've got on the needles/hook.  ;p


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Schedule Change

Hi all!  Like many of you, I enjoyed a nice, long holiday break with my family.  My hubby works really hard. And the kiddos have school, after school activities, and friends.  So when we had 2 weeks of uninterrupted time together, we all jumped on it!  It was so nice and so relaxing to spend our days together.  We all got some much needed down time and rejuvenated.  Needless to say, I didn't knit, crochet, or spin during this time.  So rather than record my podcast this week with nothing much to share, I've decided to wait until next week when I have something to show y'all.  After all, it'd be a pretty boring podcast, if I had nothing to show and tell. :)

I hope you all got to spend time with your friends, families, and loved ones this holiday season!  Check back next week for Ep. 23!!

Knit on!


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