Patterns Released

New Pattern: Wheat Chain Socks

I have a new pattern out!  My Wheat Chain Socks are in the newest issue of Cast On magazine, Winter 2017/2018.

I found this stitch pattern in a Japanese stitch dictionary and loved it. They are toe-up, with a reverse heel flap heel and a bottom gusset. Two sizes are provided (Adult Small and Adult Large) so they would be great as a pair of men’s socks in a dark or neutral color! If you aren’t a member of TKGA yet, what are you waiting for? You get a quarterly edition of Cast On magazine, as well as many other member benefits!

Happy Knitting!

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FO Posts, WiP Posts

FO Friday

Hi again!

I just finished an item, and it’s not even blocked yet, but I have to show it to you!

Pattern: Pincha Shawl by Pinpilan Wangsai
Yarn: Yarn Love Juliet in color ‘Bayfield Apple’
Needles: US 5
Started: October 7th
Finished: October 31
Modifications: None. I ended up doing 22 feathers, and had about 1 yard of yarn left!! Using markers helped immensely. After the first feather is complete, you place a marker after the first stitch at the tip of the feather, then after the next 5, then after the next 10, then after the next 15. You then do the sets of short rows until you wrap a stitch after the next marker. This project has helpful notes for placing and using the markers. I slipped the first stitch in the bind off sections purlwise, and I used Jeny’s SSBO for all of my bind off stitches. I think this will allow it to block out really nice, I’ll be sure to post a photo of me wearing it after I block it!

I’m in the middle of another pair of plain socks. (I always have a pair on the needles!) I’m loving the pooling stripes I’m getting on the cuff! I think I may try to do a solid color heel and toe, but I need to do some stash diving to find a good solid color to pair with it. The yarn here is Twisted Owl 2-ply Sock in colorway ‘Midnight at the Oasis’.

I’ve got a really busy Fall/Winter lined up. Two articles (with accompanying patterns) to write for the next issue of Cast On, and I’m doing the TKGA Teacher Certification program, and I’ve got class ideas lined up for teaching at Cheers To Ewe that need to be turned into actual classes, as well as retreats and conferences to plan for! I guess my November/December/January is just destined to be my super busy time! This time last year I was crazy busy as well. Ah well. I have a great planner system that I use now that is keeping me on track, so I’m stressing out a lot less this time around, thankfully. 🙂 (Maybe I’ll show you that in a post? Any interest in seeing a Designer/Teacher/Tech Editor’s planner system?)

That’s it from me for now! Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

Teaching

SAFF 2017 Recap

Hello everyone! I’m back from a fantastic week at SAFF! This was my first year teaching there, and I will most certainly be back because all my classes went great! Every single one of my students (36 in total over 5 classes and 4 days) were FANTASTIC! I had just so much fun teaching everyone.

On Wednesday afternoon we had a chance to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway a bit (my husband and sons came with me and we camped at the Asheville West KOA). I was hoping to see more red leaves than we did – I think the wind blew off the red leaves first! But I did manage to see a few.

Blue Ridge Parkway Views
Blue Ridge Parkway Views
Blue Ridge Parkway Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time to do my job and teach! I had a few breaks during the week though, thankfully. I needed time to shop, after all! (And a bit of time to rest!)

I taught 5 classes from Thursday through Sunday: A Sampling of Short Rows, Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs, Finishing School, Steeking, and Beginner Fair Isle.

One student came to Finishing School with her swatches blocking! 🙂 As long as you come to class with swatches to use it’s all good!

I was a bad teacher and forgot to get photos of my two Thursday classes. Oops. But then I remembered on Friday and at least got a few photos for the rest of my classes!

 

Steeking class: students in various stages of cutting their knitting!
Three cut steeks for this happy student!

 

Beginner Fair Isle class.
Fair Isle hat in progress.

Of course, I did a bit of shopping too…. 😉

Bag on left is from Jan Smiley. Fiber underneath is matching yarn from Kristen’s Fiber Studio. Middle top bag (RV Halloween print) is from Bede Sisters. Fiber on right is lace yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Co. Bags in middle (Star Wars and DC characters) are from Sew Flo. And Buttons on bottom are all from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons.

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (I have a cool WiP to show you, so I’ll post with that in a few days.)

Teaching

GAFF 2017

Hi all!

I’m here in Columbus for the Georgia Fiber Fest-  it just wrapped up. I’ll be heading home tomorrow (I’m hoping the traffic is not too bad heading North out of the path of Irma!)

I was a bad teacher and totally forgot to take pictures of my classes,  oops! My Short Rows class yesterday was small, but went well I think- I hope my students came out with some knowledge! My Decorative Cast on and Bind off class today was larger than expected thanks to some transplant students. Franklin had to switch to an earlier flight due to Irma, and his afternoon classes were cancelled.  (I hope Franklin makes it home safely!) We needed to switch my room to accommodate everyone, and I had to have a couple extra handouts printed out last minute, but the ladies running the show we’re wonderful helping me get switched up, and the class went great!

I loved getting to meet Franklin, and chatting with him for a little bit on Friday afternoon, and the dinner Friday night was full of wonderful food, and Franklin’s presentation was hilarious – so fun!

Overall I’ve had a great weekend- I’ve met so many lovely people and had such a good time! I hope to be able to come back next year!

I did buy a little bit of yarn-I was very restrained since I didn’t have too much time to shop – too busy teaching! I would have bought so much more if I had had more shopping time!

Door prize! Hand made fan from Twin Birch Products. Lovely! It’ll make the perfect addition to my Renn Fest costume!

Sock yarn from The Fiber Seed. Such wonderful colors!
Striping sock yarn (colorway ‘Hippocampus’ – it’s Dory from Finding Nemo!) from String Theory Colorworks. Can’t wait to knit this one up!

I *so* enjoyed making so many new acquaintances this weekend! 🙂

I’ll post again soon – until then, Happy Knitting!!

Master Knitter Posts, Teaching

I’m a certified Tech Editor!

I finished the TKGA Tech Editor certification course – I am now a certified Tech Editor! Pop over to my Services page if you are interested in hiring me as a Tech Editor for your next pattern or patterns! 🙂 The course was fantastic, and Sharon (the instructor) is a wonderful mentor, so it is well worth the time and money – and holds up to the high TKGA standards one expects.

I forgot to tell you last time – I had a pattern in the August K2Tog Newsletter from the TKGA, Neon Plain Socks. These are simple cuff-down socks with a heel-flap heel – the heel flap has a twist on the usual eye-of-partridge pattern. Check out last month’s newsletter if you’re interested! Not a member of the TKGA?  Why ever not??  There are lots of benefits to being a member, including the K2Tog newsletter and Cast On issues and discounts on correspondence courses. You really should join. 🙂

I think I’ve decided to steek and work a gusset in the arm-holes of my sweater that I posted last time. I just haven’t had the time to work on it yet but when I do it I will fully document what I do and walk you through it!

I’m hard at work on a couple of patterns – one is a sweater/tee and one is a pair of socks. You’ll see the sweater next Spring, and you’ll see the socks in a couple of months. 🙂 There are also a couple of submission calls out that are right up my alley, so I’m working on submissions for those as well…. I’m a busy gal!

Next week is the Georgia Fiber Festival, and I’m teaching there! It should be a lot of fun, so hopefully I’ll see some of you there! I’ll do a post afterwards (and maybe one or two during it as well!) so that if you can’t join me there you can see how much fun we had! 🙂

Oh – and I have a new logo thanks to my mother!  (Thanks Mom!) How do you like it? It think it’s world’s better than my previous one, and I’m slowly rolling it out to all the places where my logo shows up…

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!