Designing, Patterns Released, Techniques

Chinese Waitress Cast On (again)

I have a new set of videos taking a look (again) at the Chinese Waitress Cast On.

I realized that my favorite way to make this cast on, with a crochet hook (my prior video showing this technique) was actually producing a twisted first line of chain stitches, and I was determined to figure out a way to still use the crochet hook, but to make the cast on untwisted – as it should be.

Another issue with this cast on is that most tutorials out there, even when showing the knitting needle method, do not show the *full* untwisting that has to happen in the one step. This still produces a twisted line of chain stitches. If you examine the bind off, the cast on should exactly match that – with two untwisted lines of chain stitches. And the result, if the loop is not completely untwisted, is instead a twisted line of chain stitches at the front line.

Anyway – here is a video showing why that is happening and how to fix it:

And a video showing the full tutorial on the knitted version of this cast on – producing a completely untwisted line as it should be:

Look for my more in-depth article on the Chinese Waitress Cast On and Bind Off in the newest issue of Cast On magazine, out now. Join TKGA for access to Cast On, among many other benefits!

I also have a new pattern (in the same issue of Cast On) out to go along with the article – my Candy Stripe Scarf. It is a sideways knit scarf, worked on a bias, using the Chinese Waitress Cast On and Bind Off to have both long edges completely match each other. Three colors (two variegated and one solid) are used, and a lace edging is applied to the short edges at the end.

In other news, I’m doing the preliminary planning for offering some virtual classes in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that! Let me know in the comments if you have any particular topics you’d like to see a class on! These will be small classes via Zoom.

I’ll also be doing my first livestream for patrons on Patreon soon, so join my Patreon family to be able to join me for that! (Patrons get sneak peeks, as well as early access to videos and classes and other benefits. I will be hosting a special Q&A for my patrons soon as well!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

Designing, Patterns Released

New cowl pattern!

Hello all!

Today I released my Harmonious Echo cowl pattern. This cowl features all the same cables as my Harmonious Echo pullover pattern, but it a smaller cowl pattern – so if you loved those cables, but didn’t want to knit a whole sweater, this cowl is for you!

It is available on Ravelry right now, and will be available on LoveCrafts very shortly!

Happy Knitting!

Patterns Released, Teaching, Updates

How is it March already?

Ok, so – I’ve been a bad blogger. lol. I can’t believe I never posted a SAFF recap, or at all since Rhinebeck. Oops. Forgive me?

I’ll bring you up to speed on all that has been happening in Heather-ville:

  • SAFF last October was great – I taught 9 classes over 4 days, so it was non-stop teaching. I had very little time to roam the vendor hall. But I had fantastic students (as always) and had a fun (but exhausting) time!
  • In November my family and I went to Walt Disney World, and got to see the new Star Wars Land. That was fun (of course!) Later in the month, we hosted our first guests at our new home for Thanksgiving, and had a very nice visit with family.
  • In January I was supposed to teach an all-day workshop for our Guild, but I caught the flu and had to cancel. (Boo.) My whole family ended up with the flu, and that was no fun, but at least we were all staggered in when we had it – so there was someone to take care of the sick ones! (Thank goodness for older children and their ability to take care of themselves and others to an extent! If this had hit while the boys were little, it would have been a disaster!)
  • I released my Rhinebeck sweater-vest pattern, finally: October Dreams is now available on Ravelry.
  • In February I was appointed to the Board of Directors of TKGA, as their new VP of Education. I’m very excited about this – I believe very strongly in TKGA’s mission and am honored to be able to be a part of moving the organization forward.

That’s a quick update! Now, what’s in store in the future? 2020 is looking to be a very busy year for me!

I will be teaching a class this Sunday as part of Knitrino’s Virtual Knitting Extravaganza – check it out on Instagram if you haven’t heard about what they’ve whipped up in response to the postponement of Vogue Knitting Live Seattle.

Registration is open for the first TKGA Retreat this November in Portland, OR. I will be one of the two instructors at this year’s retreat (the first since the reorganization of TKGA as a non-profit.) It promises to be a fabulous event, and I am super excited about it! There are only a few spots left, from what I hear, so if you’re interested you should register ASAP.

Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Fest is fast approaching! I will be part of the team teaching on TKGA’s Master’s Day. And I will be there all weekend staffing the “Brilliance Bar” and roaming the vendor hall. Say hi if you see me!!

Later in April I’ll be participating in Unwind Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC. I love the people at this retreat so much that even though I am not teaching this year, I had to sign up to go. It’s such a fantastic retreat.

In June, I will be teaching a couple classes at the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest in Sparta, NC. ‘Short Rows’ on Saturday morning and ‘Entrelac Baskets’ on Saturday afternoon. Registration is open now, so go sign up for classes before they fill up!

I have some other things on the horizon later in 2020, you’ll have to stay tuned to find out about those. πŸ˜‰

On my needles currently are some pillows to go along with the article I am writing for the upcoming issue of Cast On magazine. And I have some designs in my head that will need to get on the needles as soon as these pillows are done!

Whew! Ok, that’s my update. Now to try to do better at regularly blogging!

Until next time (hopefully sooner than 5 months from now, lol), Happy Knitting!!

 

 

Conference/Festival Recaps, Designing, Patterns Released

Unwind Getaway Recap

But before I get to the recap, did you see the newest issue of Cast On magazine? I have a pattern in this issue, plus an article! Introducing my Up and Down Cable Socks:

These are worked in The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For ‘Studio Sox’. Color Silver Lining.
Worked cuff-down, and written for two sizes. Charts included.

My article in this issue is on Darning Hand-Knits, and has loads of photos accompanying it, you should check that out too! (You have to be a member of the TKGA to access these. Membership is $25 for the year, and you get access to current as well as past issues and content. Plus a monthly newsletter, too! It’s a great value at $25, honestly.)

On to my recap of the Unwind Getaway Retreat that was April 25-29 in Blowing Rock, NC!

I was a participant/teacher this year. I was not supposed to teach (this would be my third year in a row and Nancy and Sue don’t like to have teachers three years in a row – they – smartly – like to mix it up!). BUT, they had such high registration numbers that the one class was way too big – and since I was coming as a participant anyway, they asked me to teach one session. I love teaching, so I happily said yes! And being a participant, I actually got to take a couple of classes, too!

I took Twined Knitting with Jeffrey Wall, and Portuguese Knitting with Mimi Kezer.Β  I had taken twined knitting with Beth Brown-Reinsel several years ago, but then I didn’t do anything past the class sample, so I thought a refresher course would be a good idea. It was a good class! And I finished my tiny little mitten sample by the end of the weekend – so cute!

Latvian Braid!

I’ve been intrigued by Portuguese knitting for a while, but never tried it, so that was a great class too. My tension using this technique is drastically tighter than normal! It would be good to try it out on things that need tighter tension, like ribbing and seed stitch.

I taught Double Knitting, and all my students seemed to get the hang of it really well!

I bought yarn from ‘The Yarn Guys’:

(Malabrigo in Matisse Blue, Black, and Ravelry Red; and Wooly Wonka sock yarn in Brocade. Those will be a Wonder Woman shawl, and I’ll share that in a day or two. Plus two skeins of Biscotte Yarns: Bis-Sock.)

(I also was gifted a skein of Miss Babs yarn to play withΒ  – and I have cable designs swirling in my head and can’t wait to try some ideas out with it!)

I had an info table the one night, with all my Master Knitter notebooks and samples:

I also ate at several places – and all the food was glorious! At Bistro Roca I had the NC Mountain Trout, and omg was it delicious!

Each night, our hostesses had happy hour before dinner – one suite hosting beer and wine, and one suite hosting tea. So much fun.

A group of us went into town the one day and visited the Mast General Store, and then ate at a bbq place, The Peddling Pig. (awesome bbq! so good!)

Here are all of my purchases (or door prizes/gifts) from the weekend (except for the yarn above):

(See my tiny twined knitting mitten?! So cute. Also, who else had Charles Chips delivery growing up?? OMG, they taste just like I remember! Yum!)

And despite meaning to, I didn’t get out into the town to take pictures of the town and all the flowers that were blooming and such. Oh well. But I had loads of fun seeing friends I’ve made over the last couple of years, and making new friends. If you ever get a chance to go to the Unwind Getaway retreat, don’t hesitate to sign up (and sign up fast, because they filled on DAY ONE for this year!) It is really such a well done retreat. And even if you arrive alone, you will leave with about 50 new friends. πŸ™‚

Overall, I had a blast and I’m hoping I can attend again next year!

Designing, Patterns Released, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 11/21/18, G.A.L., and Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi!
I have a couple of WiPs I’m working on – I’m working up a set of watch cap hats for a Brioche class I’m teaching in March. I have the adult and the infant done so far – I’ll cast on for the child size in the next day or two. I think I’ll add an adult large as well, although the adult size is nice and stretchy so I might not. We’ll see!

And I have a pair of socks on the needles as well, although these are slow going since they are my ‘waiting room’ and ‘need some knitting handy’ knitting. πŸ™‚ I started these on dpns and just never switched them over to two circs. I don’t mind using dpns – although I do prefer two circulars for knitting socks. I used a german short row heel on these. I’m loving the yarn! (Twisted Owl 2-ply Sock.)

I’m also knitting up swatches for an article I’m writing for the next issue of Cast On magazine. There’s nothing exciting there yet. I’ll be writing two patterns to go along with that article as well.

Speaking of Cast On, did you see the most recent issue? My cabled sweater was published in it! ‘Harmonious Echo Pullover‘.
I’m super happy with how it turned out. I got the sample back a week or two ago and I’ve already worn it twice. πŸ™‚ This was worked in super yummy Miss Babs Yowza in the color Sycamore. I hope you enjoy! It was a labor of love and I put a TON of work into it. πŸ™‚

I recently self-published a few things that had rights reverting back to me: my Quatrefoil Shawl, my Zick Zack Fingerless mitts, and my Wheat Chain socks. I did that because something fun is coming up in a few days and I wanted a few more patterns available …. the Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2018!

This will be my 3rd year as a participating designer in the GAL fun! For the first 7 days there is a sale, but the real fun lasts for all 6 weeks with people knitting and crocheting gifts for prizes. There are all kinds of fun and games going on! You should check it out and join in the fun – I know I will!

That’s it from me for now – I’m finishing up my Thanksgiving cooking (we’re having our big dinner tonight) and I’m ready to eat and watch some holiday movies with my clan. I hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
Until next time, Happy Knitting! (And don’t eat too much turkey!)