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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 neverΒ  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!!Β  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!! πŸ˜‰

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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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!!

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WiP Wednesday 3/14/18

Happy Wednesday everyone, and Happy Pi Day! I hope everyone in the Northeast is staying warm – yikes, what an almost-spring we are having this year!

I finished up my socks for the upcoming issue of Cast On and got those sent off, yay! Now I’m whipping up another pair, this time to self publish. I love having socks on the needles, and decided I didn’t want just plain socks on my needles this time, so I came up with a new design and I’m writing the pattern for them as I work them up. I’m using some yummy Copper Corgi sock yarn I got about a year ago or so for these. They are turning out really soft and squishy! Stay tuned in the next couple months for the pattern for these…

I was on the Cheers to Ewe show yesterday morning, did you catch me? If not, you can watch the episode on the Cheers to Ewe YouTube channel here. I had a lot of fun being on the show! πŸ™‚

I have LOTS of new classes on the schedule at Cheers to Ewe, too! You can see the whole shop class schedule here, or you can see just my schedule with my nifty new calendar over to the right! Another offering of the Learn to Fix your Knitting Mistakes class is out there, as well as socks, and Needle Tatting and Beaded purses and all kinds of neat stuff! If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out!

If you’re not in the area, well – I do travel!! Maybe you’ll be able to catch me near you sometime soon. πŸ™‚ I’ll be at the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival in just a couple of weeks now (eek! My first teaching appearance where I’ve flown to the venue!) I’ll be a volunteer teacher during Masters Day on Thursday, and then I’m taking a couple of classes with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Franklin Habit. I am beyond excited! I hear lots of wonderful things about the DFWFF – so I’m really pumped to be going to it this year! I’ll be sure to blog during the event to keep you all up to date.

Then later in April I am teaching at Unwind Getaway in Blowing Rock – my second year teaching there, and I am really looking forward to that – it was so much fun last year!

Anyhoo, that’s it from me for today! Until next time, Happy Knitting! (And be sure to have some pie today!)

 

 

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WiP Wednesday

Hi!

So, I still have my Cast On socks on the needles – can’t show them to you, but I am super happy with how they are turning out! They’ll be in the next issue of Cast On magazine. I should be finishing them up by next week – with plenty of deadline time to spare! Yay!

Sadly, I had my recent design submissions get rejected, but one of them is (I think) a fantastic idea, so I’m going to work on that as a self-published design. And I’ll actually have some time to work on it too (since I have about a month or so of no deadline knitting!) I just need to get my hands on the yarn for it – it’ll require about 8 colors of fingering weight yarn…

Oh- and you really should tune in to the Cheers to Ewe! Show this coming Tuesday morning 3/13 (around 9:15am EDT) because they are having ME on as a special guest! (They do a Facebook live video each Tuesday morning.) How cool is that?! I’m really excited. If you can’t tune in live, then you can watch the recording later on their YouTube channel.

I have lots of new classes going on the Cheers to Ewe class lineup – including Needle Tatting, socks, entrelac, and more.

The entrelac class will be on a felted basket/bowl that I am finishing up the pattern for. There will be three sizes in the pattern, but for the class we’ll knit the small one. I’m calling it ‘Tisket Tasket Entrelac Basket’. πŸ™‚ That class will be in June.

I do so love teaching, so I’m really excited to be putting some more classes out there. I have proposals in to several fiber festivals as well, so I’m hoping to hear back on those soon.

Anyway, that’s what I have going on this week! Please do catch me on the Facebook live Cheers to Ewe show next week – I’d love some support!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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WiP Wednesday… A Trip to the Frog Pond

Hi there! I am a HUGE figure skating fan, so I am drifting through these days tired as can be since I am staying up to see all the figure skating live. But I am LOVING it! I am so looking forward to the Ladies long program tomorrow night! πŸ™‚

Anyway, I finished up my Mosaic washcloths for my upcoming class at Cheers to Ewe! – I really love these! There are still a few spots left in the class, so hurry up and sign up here if you are interested!

On my needles at the moment are my new socks that will be in the Summer issue of Cast On. These are cuff down. I don’t know how I’m going to do the heel yet – it’s a design decision I will make once I get there! πŸ™‚ Sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants when I’m designing – not often, but sometimes!

Sneak Peek! Isn’t this color wonderful!!??

So, a while ago I bought some fantastic yarn from The Copper Corgi to do a sweater with, and I made this sweater:

Instead of designing something myself as I had originally planned, I went with a pattern that I liked the look of. Well, even a Master Knitter can end up with a sweater that doesn’t fit right despite her best intentions. (Or this Master Knitter can and does now and then!) I was unhappy with the fit at the armhole and with the look of the front button band. I was going to try to steek the armhole and add a gusset underneath, but then I decided that was too much trouble. I love this yarn way too much to have it sit in a mediocre sweater that I won’t wear. So to the Frog Pond we go! I can’t bear the thought of this lovely yarn not being worn and in a garment that is loved. Sometimes frogging is necessary!

Step One: undo the tail weaves.

Step Two: Remove the buttons. (Through a very careful use of scissors…) Just one accidental cut was made… oops!

Step Three: Remove the buttonbands.

Step Four: Start to unravel from the top down…

The sleeves fit fine, so I put those on waste yarn. But the body is too snug, so that whole thing needed to be frogged.

Step Five: Reblock the yarn…

Step Six: Figure out what the heck I am going to do as the new sweater!

I’ll keep you posted on what I decide to do. It will definitely still be a colorwork yoke style sweater, with the blue band at the bottom, and at the neck. But I’m going to design my own so that I know it will fit this time. πŸ™‚ It might be a while before I get to it, though. We’ll see how much ‘me time’ knitting I can get around to here in the next few weeks.

Until next time, Happy Knitting (or frogging!)