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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!!

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WiP Wednesday – Buttons!

Hi all!  I finally found some buttons for my sweater, so progress is being made!  I found two different buttons, and not having my sweater with me when I went shopping, I bought both. (You can never have too many buttons, right?)

I’m going to go with the darker grey ones. I think they blend better with the yarn and don’t stand out as much against the blue.
So, having made my choice I was able to plan out the spacing and finish the buttonhole band!

Buttonhole band done, started on buttonband.

I’m using twelve 7/8″ buttons, and I used the ‘tulips’ buttonhole – I really like how that buttonhole looks on ribbing. I can’t wait to get this done and blocked. I used a ‘fake seam’ stitch on the sides – I’ll decide whether to actually seam it up after I block it. I want to see how drapey the alpaca makes the sweater first. Whether or not I actually seam it up, I’ll do a blog post on the technique soon, it’s pretty nifty!

In other knitting news, I finished up my ‘Neon’ socks!  They are super bright!  But I do love them. 🙂

Yarn: Cozy Color Works Fingering SW in colorway ‘Galaxy’
Needles: US 0
Pattern: My own.
Started: June 26th, 2017
Finished: July 16th, 2017

So, that’s it from me for now!

Oh, I’m teaching a Beginner’s Fair Isle class this coming August 12th at Cheers To Ewe!  (Located in Huntersville, NC.)  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to knit Fair Isle, this is the class for you!  Go here to sign up!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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Winner! And a Thursday WiP…

Hi all!  I hope you had a lovely 4th of July!  We went camping all weekend and had a wonderful time.

Last night I did a random number generator to pick a winner for the ‘Luxurious Lace’ book… and the winner is…

Beth Rudo!  I’ll contact you privately to arrange delivery of your prize – Congratulations!  Thank you everyone for playing along!

I’m kind of stuck on my sweater – I know I told you last time that I’d be showing you a finished sweater by now. Well, I didn’t count on the fact that I need some buttons – and I can’t do the buttonholes until I know how many and how big the buttons are.  And I started on the buttonhole band first. Oops.  So, here it is in its *almost* done state, just waiting on me to find the perfect buttons… (and to block it – it needs a good blocking!)

In the meantime I’ve started another pair of plain socks. In a bright yarn that is totally not usually me, no less.  I couldn’t pass this skein up in March at the Carolina Fiber Fest when I was there teaching – it called to me for some reason (colorway is ‘Galaxy’.) 🙂 So now it is going to be a pair of funky socks!



I’m also swatching for a couple of design calls – I have one good idea for each – and about one week left to get the swatches done and my proposals in, keep your fingers crossed!

Oh, and I passed the first Lesson in the Tech Editing course – on to Lesson Two!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!



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WiP Wednesday

Hi all!  I just finished up my fingerless mitts that will be in the next Cast On (sorry, can’t show them to you yet) – so now I can pull back out my sweater and finish it up!  It’s not any farther along than it was the last time I talked about it, so no photos of it either.  But hopefully it’ll be done in just a few days, so I’ll show you the finished sweater next week! Then I need to find the next thing I want to work on…. decisions, decisions.
Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, TKGA just came out with a Tech Editing certification course – so naturally I signed up for that!  I’ve finished up Lesson 1, just waiting to hear if I passed. There are three lessons/levels (much like the MK certification).  I’d really like to add tech editing to my wheelhouse, so this was perfect – and I’ve learned quite a bit already!

In publishing news – the next Knit Picks collection that I have a pattern in has been released!  Luxurious Lace is a collection of 14 gorgeous shawls. (I haven’t gotten my comp copy of the book yet, but from the photos it looks like a lovely book!)

My ‘Feronia Shawl‘ is in the collection, and I am super pleased with it – it was so much fun to design. (I love designing lace – I really need to design more shawls!!)

I hope you enjoy knitting as much as I did designing it! Here’s a photo of my personal sample (knit in a different color):

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

EDIT: Oooh, I just received my copies of the book, and I have an extra one – so I’m going to do a giveaway!  To enter, comment on this post with what you enjoy most about lace.  I will do a random number generator to pick one person to win the copy of ‘Luxurious Lace’!
I’ll take entries from now until midnight ET July 5th (so – for 2 weeks) and announce the winner on July 6th!  Good luck!

(Rules, etc: Only one entry per person please.  Valid only for continental US addresses!)

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WiP Friday?

Hi all!

I meant to post a WiP post on Wednesday and forgot to, so you’re getting WiP Wednesday on Friday instead! 🙂  This week has been crazy!  Last week I (almost) had a concussion, this week I have a cracked molar and need a root canal and crown.  Ugh.  Anyhow, moving on to knitting news…

Here is my sweater WiP, it’s *almost* done.  I am making quite a few modifications to the pattern (I’ll post those all in detail when I do my FO post on it).  I’m loving the yarn (I think I already said that in a previous post, but it bears repeating!) – Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport.  So yummy!

I’m not sure when I’ll actually get a chance to finish the sweater – my Cast On design yarn arrived and I’m busy now working on my design for the Fall issue.  So it might be a month before I can pick the sweater back up.  Oh well, it’s not like I can wear it any time soon anyway! 🙂

In teaching news – I finally found out about SAFF and I’m teaching 5 classes this year!  Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs, A Sampling of Short Rows, Beginner Fair Isle, Steeking, and Finishing School.  The classes are all up on the SAFF website and registration opens July 17 for non-members (June 29 for SAFF members).  SAFF runs October 26-29 in Fletcher, NC near Asheville.

Registration is open for GAFF now, and I’m teaching 2 classes there as well – Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs and A Sampling of Short Rows.  (September 7-9 in Columbus, Ga)

I hope to see some of you at a class at either of these Festivals this fall!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Oh, I almost forgot!  Tomorrow is my birthday – and as a reverse birthday present to you all, my readers, I’d like to give you a coupon code for 50% off any one of my Ravelry patterns, good tomorrow June 3rd only!  Use the code ‘HappyBirthday’ in the promo code field during checkout any time between 12am-12pm ET tomorrow.  Thank you for being loyal readers! ❤