WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 8/22/18

I am plugging away on my Vitamin D Cardigan – I am now at the bottom sets of radial increases.

I most likely won’t get a chance to finish it before my current design-in-progress yarn arrives. But I’ll knit on it here and there I’m sure. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have it done in time to wear it for those cooler temps (that hopefully arrive soon!) in early Fall.

I’m super excited about my new design and can’t wait to get my yarn so I can start knitting on it! It’ll be a cabled Aran pullover, and I have it pretty much all designed, except for the sleeves – I still have to get those figured out. Sweater designing like this really satisfies my ‘math’ itch – I have a whole spreadsheet set up to figure out the stitch counts for the different sizes and etc. You really have to like math, or at least tolerate it well, to be a designer!

In other, sad, news – we lost one of our beloved kitty cats last week. Minnie was 18 years old and was the first cat my husband and I adopted together after we were married. She was a wonderful kitty, and a loved member of our family. We are going to miss her terribly. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Designing, Patterns Released, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 6/13/18 and New Pattern!

Hi there! I hope your week is going well. I’d love to see what you guys have on your needles this week- feel free to comment below with what you have in progress!

My week is going great so far! I found out yesterday that I passed the TKGA Knitting Instructor Certification program, so that was greatย  news! ๐Ÿ™‚ I should be getting my binder back in a few days. I look forward to seeing the feedback on it. I’m toying with the idea of going for the TKGA Knitting Judges certification program next – it has just been revamped and re-released – but I may wait a little bit before signing up for it, just to give myself a bit of a break. lol

I’m about halfway done with sock #1 of the socks I am designing for the next Cast On magazine:

I’m not 100% sure how I will treat the gusset area, but I have a couple of ideas. I need to start really cranking on these because my deadline is creeping up on me!

And I get a row done here and there on my Vitamin D cardigan too:

Not to the sleeve division just yet. But it’s coming along slowly. It’s what I take to appointments and such since it’s hard to take design knitting with me to things like that – especially when I’m ‘actively’ designing the thing. (Read: toying with how to do things and needing to write down what I did!)

Speaking of designing – I just released my squishy socks pattern! Introducing ‘Freckled Rib Socks‘:

These are worked cuff down in a very simple rib variation pattern. The gusset is located at the sole – with a heel-flap style heel. The pattern is written for two sizes – an 8″ cuff circumference and a 9″ cuff circumference, so they would make great socks for the men in your life! They are very stretchy too, since they are essentially ribbed socks.

I hope you like them!

I have a couple classes coming up this Saturday at Cheers to Ewe as well – Needle Tatting and Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs. Come take a class with me! As always, you can see my full teaching schedule over there —–> on the sidebar. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll have my next Friday Finishing post on Friday – so come back to see that. Until then, Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing: Part One

Hi all!ย  Today I am going to start a weekly series that will run for several weeks – covering the topic of finishing work for hand knitting.

Today’s topic is the Figure 8 start for vertical seams.

The Figure 8 method for beginning vertical seams is an excellent way to start a seam, since it lines up the pieces to be seamed perfectly, and it makes the cast on edge of the seam look virtually seamless (our goal when seaming!) It can be tricky to work correctly, however.

Here is a video I made on working the Figure 8 start:

The keys to working the Figure 8 correctly are:

  1. Insert the needle from the WS to the RS, on both pieces.
  2. Go in the space between the selvedge stitch and the next column, directly above the CO edge.
  3. And always use the exact same space (and again from WS to RS) when you return to the other side.

This ensures that your Figure 8 is clean and can look the best that it can. Like I said in the video, I prefer to go above both strands of the CO edge when long tail CO has been used. I think the finished product looks much better that way. But, that is my preference! Experiment and see what you like best!

Next week we’ll cover the Mattress stitch seam in stockinette fabric.

See you then! Until then, Happy Knitting!

Designing, FO Posts, Teaching, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 5/23/18

Hi all!

I finally casted on my Vitamin D cardigan!

Pattern: Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmeir
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted Yarn Linen Lace in colorway Tranquility

The beads are actually doll buttons! 3mm Swarovski crystals with an actual button shank on the back. I did 10 of them at the first set of radial increases for the back neck. I may do a few more on the lower fronts, we’ll see. I only have 10 more left, so they’ll need to be used sparingly. (They are from Horsman – and they are called ‘Crystaletts‘.) They were a bear to get on the yarn with the crochet hook, the 5mm ones would have been much easier I think, but I wanted the tiny ones so the bling is subtle.

The linen yarn is quite stiff, but I know that it will soften up considerably when I block it. The sample that Claudia had in her booth of this in the linen lace was so soft and lovely!

And I finished a baby sweater yesterday for my TKGA Instructor certification as well — here it is blocking today:

Pattern: Flax by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Paints in colorway 9875

I’m hoping it dries enough for me to mail off my binder on Friday – it was a lot of work preparing and assembling all of the materials for the certification program! Hopefully it’s all up to snuff and I’ll have that certification soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

I received my yarn several days ago for the next pattern I’m doing that will be in Cast On for Fall, so those will be started soon! And I’m putting the final touches on the pattern for the ribbed socks that I finished a while ago too, so that pattern should be ready in a week or two. Plus I have lots of classes at Cheers to Ewe coming up! Lots going on here!

Upcoming Classes at Cheers to Ewe:

June 2: Learn to Fix Your Knitting Mistakes (almost full!)

June 16: Needle Tatting, Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs

June 23: Tisket Tasket Entrelac Basket

July 7, 14, 28: Graphite Socks

August 18: Beyond Basic Cast Ons and Bind Offs, Beaded Amulet Purse

Have a class idea? Shoot me a note in the comments or via the ‘contact me’ form!

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!