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WiP Wednesday 4/18/18

Hi all!

I am getting closer to having my squishy rib socks done, so I’m hoping to have the pattern ready to release in about a month or so. Pending all the other knitting that gets in the way, that is!

Spring is kinda, sorta, trying to arrive here? It’s changing its mind so much that I’m not really sure! But, in anticipation of warmer weather, I am casting on my linen lace yarn that I got from Claudia’s Handpainted Yarns at Dallas – and I’m starting a Vitamin D cardigan. I never  jumped on the bandwagon with this pattern back when it was so popular, but seeing (and trying on!) the sample Claudia had in her booth of it knit out of her linen lace – it was irresistible.

I am also swatching, swatching, swatching!!  There are two new submission calls out that are really calling to me, so I’m busy swatching for those two, and there’s also the brand new Cast On sub call that just went out, so I’m trying to come up with design ideas for that one as well. I may not have time to get very far with my Vitamin D cardi! lol!

Close up of a design swatch. I won’t tell you what this will be – it’s a secret!! 😉

Anyway – short post from me today – but that’s what’s on my needles this week!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Conference/Festival Recaps

DFW FF Recap

Hi all!

I know I promised you a blog post or two while I was in Dallas, but I got so caught up in everything that I totally forgot to post! I’m sorry! But I’ll do a nice big recap post here today for you.

Sheepy nails done!
Butterflies and Beads.

Once I had my nails done and my stitch markers made (for the stitch marker swap!) I was ready to head out.

I arrived in Dallas Fort Worth on Wednesday morning, and rented a car. I had to kill time before my hotel room was ready – so I found the nearest Target and bought some water and a few groceries plus a couple other things I forgot (I always forget something!) I grabbed lunch at Panera, and then was able to check into my room.

I met several TKGA committee members for dinner Wednesday night – and it was so nice to finally meet a few in person – as well as to see the others – the last we had seen each other was in 2016 in Charleston (or before then even!)

Master’s Day on Thursday went very well – we had a couple hiccups at the start, but overcame those quickly – and everyone seemed to enjoy the day! I had so much fun teaching my 3 classes and interacting with the Master’s students. It’s an amazing thing to be among other people who are as dedicated to this craft as I am!

TKGA Master Knitters present at DFW FF

The next day (Friday) I had a class with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – Knitting for Speed and Efficiency. It was very good! I want to order a knitting belt so that I can practice my lever knitting without having to shove the needle in my armpit, lol. There were lots of things I could apply to my current knitting style to improve my efficiency, too.

Kaleidos shawl kit from Panorama Fiber.
Czech Glass shawl pin from Crafty Flutterby. (It’s very hard to catch the many colors in the glass! It’s so pretty and iridescent in person!)

Oh, and I made sure to hit the vendor floor asap Friday morning before my class because there were 2 things I wanted that I knew from Instagram were in limited supply! One was the shawl kit from Panorama Fibers, and the other was the Czech glass shawl pin from Crafty Flutterby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I helped man the TKGA table on the show floor every chance I got – it was so nice to not only interact with Master’s students on a more one on one basis, but also socialize with my fellow committee members!

Saturday was my free day, so I walked over to see the Las Colinas Mustangs, and then hung out at the TKGA booth all day (and shopped too, lol!)

The Mustangs of Las Colinas. Artist: Robert Glen.
Linen Lace for a lightweight top!
Lace yarn! Merino wool from Lost City Knits, Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere from October House, Merino/silk from Lazy Cat Yarn.
Zipper Bag from Graces Cases.
Two skein medium bag from Graces Cases.

Sunday I hung out at the booth in the a.m., and then had a class with Franklin Habit in the afternoon: Photographing your Fiber. That was an excellent class, and I came away with some better knowledge for my photos going forward. And I won a door prize in that class – some Miss Babs yarn!

Door Prize! Yay!
My stitch marker haul from the swapping over the weekend. I didn’t swap as much as I thought I would – there was just so much to see and do that I missed out on catching some folks. Oh well – it was loads of fun! If I swapped with you – thank you!! ❤

I came away with some really neat stitch markers, too.

Show floor from the TKGA table looking to the left.
Photo booths in the Fiberatory. Awesome idea!!
Braid to scarf competition – these are the ‘Wonder Women’ team spinning and weaving away! (They ended up winning by one point!)

It was a fantastic weekend. My first trip to DFW FF, and I can tell you now it will not be my last! This show was run SO well by all the volunteers (it’s a non-profit and all volunteer run) – the show floor was fantastic, the ‘Fiberatory’ was a brilliant idea, they treated us Master’s Day teachers really well – overall it was a super positive experience! If you can make it to a future DFW FF, I highly recommend it!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!! ❤

Patterns Released

Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets

Happy Oestra, Easter, Passover, and April everyone!

My Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets pattern is now available! The pattern includes three sizes. These work up really fast!

This sweet set of three baskets is the perfect project for learning entrelac knitting! They are felted after knitting, so any number of tension woes are completely hidden. Worked in vibrant colors, they are the perfect household accessory for Spring! Use them to hold any trinkets you need rounded up. Bonus: they can store nested inside each other!

They call for Cascade 220 in three colors, and one skein in each of the three colors is enough yardage to make all three baskets!

I hope you enjoy them!

Next week I am in Dallas for the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Fest! Yay! I will be sure to post updates along the way so you can see what it’s all about!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Patterns Released

Lacy Shoulders Tee

I hope you’re having a good Monday so far!

Late last week Knit Picks came out with their newest book collection, Renew – a collection of spring/summer tees, and I have a design in it!

Here is my Lacy Shoulders Tee:

It is knit in one piece, from the bottom front hem, over the shoulders, to the bottom back hem. The tee has an A-line shape, a high/low shirt-tail hem, and short sleeves with a lace pattern over the shoulders. The tee is worked, then the sides are seamed and the neckline picked up and worked. Worked in Lindy Chain yarn, it is light and breezy and oh so comfortable to wear!

I had a lot of fun designing and knitting this one – it had been a sketch in my design idea book for way too long, so I’m really happy that it is off of paper and out in the real world finally! I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Knitting!

Teaching, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 3/21/18

Hi all! What a yucky Wednesday it is here in NC – we have some snow mixed in with our rain in spots – and it’s the second day of Spring no less! Oh well, I am bundled up indoors and have a constant stream of hot tea at my desk today. I may have to get my apron on and bake something warm and yummy too….

Anyhow, I am still in love with this Copper Corgi Savannah Sock yarn. It is so squishy! And I’m loving this stitch pattern – I’m imagining all kinds of garments using it now… Pattern should be done in a month or so.

And I got yarn to make my two other sizes of felted bowls for my Entrelac class. I’m planning on winding these up today and starting on them. That pattern should be ready in another month as well. I picked out super bright Spring-like colors. They are certainly much happier to look at than looking out my window right now!! lol.

That’s it for me this week! Check out my calendar over there ——> to see what classes I’ve got coming up! And now I’m exactly 2 weeks away from my trip to Dallas for the DFW Fiber Fest! Eeek! I can’t wait!!

I will check in with you all again next week! Until then, stay warm and Happy Knitting!!