Friday, February 28, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
My BFF and I were sitting in Waffle House a few days ago, celebrating some good news I received a couple days before that. That's our spot. No matter how much money we make, we will always go to Waffle House for the All-Star special with scrambled cheese eggs. No meat.
Of course we had our knitting. She was working on a sock with yarn made from corn fiber. I'd already finished one sleeve of a sweater I'm designing with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, and took it out of my beat-down knitting bag to show it to her. Give me a knitting bag and that will eventually be it's fate: raggedy. Straps eventually rip away from the body. Holes get punched in the bag from knitting needles I haphazardly toss in. I always stuff them with more projects than I could ever possibly work on at one time. But sometimes I need to carry lots of them with me in case I get sick of working on the main project. Kind of like when a man has a main girlfriend, but gets sick of being with her, then calls his side girl (I'm sick of working on this sweater, let me call up my cowl and see what she's up to.).
This is what I showed her:
I worked on the second sleeve when I wasn't stuffing my face with cheese eggs and waffles. I've made more progress since then. I'm planning to be done with the second sleeve in the next few days so that I can start working on the body.
Monday, February 03, 2014
The random number generator says the first person to comment was the one who won the giveaway explained in this post. That means that Zenzele won! Congrats, my dear.
So, I made progress on that sleeve I first mentioned here. The cuff is complete, and I thought it would be fun to have the center mock cable travel up the sleeve:
I keep draping it over my arm because it helps me to get a full picture of what it is going to look like:
|I didn't know taking a picture of your own arm would be so hard.|
Friday, January 24, 2014
I received skeins of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted from Linda Pratt of Westminster Fibers, (the distributor of Rowan yarns) to use in one of my designs. I am really excited about this because I've always loved Rowan yarns and their classic designs. I even got to pick the color that I wanted:
|This color is going to look great on me.|
I swatched. Because good girls swatch:
|5 sts and 6.5 rows per inch with US 8 needles.|
|Click to enlarge.|
This is the cuff of a sleeve, and it is about 5" tall because I want a little drama. I like this stitch because it looks like a cable but it isn't; the cabled look is created with decreases. I love the fabric, and often can't wait to work on it more because I NEED to see it finished. I'll be posting progress pictures, so make sure to stay tuned to see the final sweater.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
"Gila" (pronounced "hee-luh") is my contribution to the collection, and I am proud to be a part of it. I wanted to create something that was cute and fun to wear. The central lace panel is great because it lends an airiness, allowing it to be worn in warm weather with a shell or tank underneath (...or not, if that's how you roll. People might stare, though.). Here is the Ravelry link to the pattern.
Louet GEMS Fingering was a great yarn to use for this piece. I remember holding the top in my hand right before sending it to Louet and being really pleased with how lightweight it was. The stitch definition is to die for, and I absolutely love the color of the yarn. The photo makes the color look more neon than it really is; it is actually more on the rosy side.
I love designing knitwear, and was happy to have had a chance to feel that giddiness that comes with getting a design published. I particularly like creating pieces that reflect my personal style, with the hope that others will like them as well. Designing is also awesome because one minute you've got this idea in your head, and the next minute you have a real live sweater in front of you:
|The squiggly line in my sketch is the universal symbol for "Put some lace right here.".|
If you want a chance to win the book, leave a comment (in this post only), telling me why you think you should have it. You have until January 29th, 2014. I will choose one of you randomly and tell you who won on February 3rd, 2014. May the odds be ever in your favor.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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Finished Sizes: 33 (39, 43, 45½, 48, 53)”. Model is wearing size 33.
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering Weight, 185 yds/skein. 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins.
Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rows per inch.
Needles: US4 needles for body and ribbing, US4 16” circular needles for armholes and neckline.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn.
I have a new pattern in the Louet North America, Spring 2014 Collection! Here is the link to the Ravelry page for "Gila". I hope you love this top as much as I loved designing it. There are more great designs in this collection, and you can see them in this lookbook created by Louet.
And, here is the link to the collection's Ravelry page.
By the way, doesn't the model's smile make you smile?
Monday, January 06, 2014
|Click to enlarge.|
If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably already seen this picture. Of all the pictures I took, the selfie ended up being the best. And I took, like, a "gajillion".
This sweater was finished months ago and is the one that I designed for the Shirley Paden design-along from the I Love Shirley Paden group on Ravelry that I posted about here.
We were given a group of stitches that Mrs. Paden used in many of her own designs, and told to develop original designs using one of them. She held our hands through the entire design process, which involved sketching our ideas, swatching, and knitting. The things we learned were based on her book "Knitwear Design Workshop". The book is now on sale in the Interweave store for $3.99. You should do yourself a favor and purchase a copy.
My favorite parts of the sweater are the cables (of course) and the neckline. At first, I had a difficult time getting the neck to stand the way I wanted. But then I decided that the fabric at the neckline had to be firmer, either through knitting the neck with smaller needles or by doubling the fabric. I decided that I wanted to double the fabric, so I knit the neckline twice the height that I wanted it to be, folded the extra fabric to the inside, then sewed it down. Worked like a charm.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
It started as a simple thing, really.
One day while watching reruns of ancient T.V. shows, I felt a serious needed to crochet something. I remembered that cotton I had in a Ziploc bag in that one basket upstairs, and thought that a washcloth was just the thing.
This cloth was finished during one episode of some show whose name I can't remember, and two episodes of Maude:
I didn't follow a pattern. I chained 33 with a G hook, double crocheted one row, single crocheted one row, continued to alternate rows like this until it was about the size that I wanted it, then stopped. I originally just wanted one, but there was a partial ball of white cotton in the bag that begged to be a cloth, too. So a few days later, on Christmas day, this happened:
|This is a crafty house, and crafty houses have ribbon at the ready.|
|I hit the semi-annual sale at Bath and Body Works.|
Fragrances: "Moonlight Path" and "Paris Amour"
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I didn't have one resolution for 2014 before I woke up this morning. Well, I made a commitment to myself a while ago to design more, but it was made before the "make a resolution deadline", so I guess it doesn't count.
But as I was lying in bed this morning, a short, simple list of things that I want to happen in this new year popped into my head.
Buy more sparkly/shiny shoes.
Because these need some friends.
|Sasha Obama Made Me Buy These|
They are from ASOS
My friends know that glitter/rhinestones/sequins and I are tight like glue. Shiny things just make my brain happy as hell. I try not to be tacky with it, only wearing one sparkly thing at a time. I'm afraid that as I get older, though, my "don't-give-a-damn-ness" will take over and you will see me on the street wearing every bit of sparkle that I own.
Let's just start in these United States then work our way out to other countries, shall we? I don't go ANYWHERE. Which is surprising because when I was younger, one of my dreams was to just GO. I've always wanted to go to London, and I can't believe that I have not been to New York City yet. Making a list. Checking it twice.
Use that Groupon you bought for horseback riding lessons.
As soon as this knee heals, I'm coming for you, Mr. Ed.
Finish that plum turtleneck.
All of the pieces are finished. All that needs to be done is to finish the neckline and to sew in the sleeves. It's been too long, especially since I started this a couple years ago.
|"Funnel Neck Pullover" by Pam Allen|
(It's the sweater you see on the cover of that Classic Elite Yarns "Weekend" pattern book in the picture.)
Cascade 220, Superwash
Monday, December 23, 2013
To thank you for purchasing the "Cathy's Cowl" pattern, I am giving this matching hat pattern to you for FREE! It will only be offered to those who purchase the cowl pattern.
For those who have previously purchased the cowl pattern, I have sent an updated file including the hat pattern to the email addresses listed on the PayPal receipts. If you have not received yours, please do not hesitate to contact me via the link in the left sidebar.
There is a correction to the cowl pattern. In the note about reading charts for knitting in the round, I wrote that you're supposed to read the chart rows from left to right. It is supposed to read "...from right to left." The correction has been made in the updated version. I know how frustrating errata can be, so I truly apologize.
As a reminder, the sale for the cowl pattern is ending on December 26, 2013.
Monday, December 16, 2013
I saw this video about arm knitting on the Wall Street Journal’s site and decided that I needed to try this at least once. You can’t not try arm knitting after you see
it. Your curiosity will get the better
I went stash diving and found this Patons SWS (discontinued) yarn that’s been in my stash for years.
I even tried to make a cable, but it didn’t go so well. I tried to hold stitches to the back of my work with a hooked cable needle, but it didn’t have enough weight to hold them out of the way. I ended up using one of those safety pin stitch markers to hold the stitch to the back of the work to make the cable.
Oh and you’ll be pissed when you drop a stitch in arm knitting, just as you would in needle knitting. Actually, you'll be more pissed. Dropping a gigantic stitch is more painful because it's big as hell.
And if you have to go potty while you're in the middle of knitting:
I knew you were wondering.
Monday, December 09, 2013
The Yarn Harlot was in Raleigh, NC on Friday and look who went to see her. This picture was taken after she signed my book (Look, our arms are touching!). This picture is real; I didn't even have to photoshop myself into one of her pictures. At one point, I even touched her shoulder as we were posing. I'm never washing that hand again.
When a knitting buddy posted on Facebook that Yarns Etc. and Great Yarns (two of our local yarn stores) were hosting her, I think I sprained my finger trying to quickly dial to make sure I got a spot.
Get outta my head.
At one point in the talk, she mentioned that being an experienced knitter doesn't mean that you'll never make a mistake again, just that you'll make bigger mistakes faster. A little later, I realized I was screwing up the project I was knitting.
I saw that the band was curling after about 1.5 inches and thought, "Um, garter stitch isn't supposed to curl.". My brain decided to join the party then I realized that I was knitting in reverse stockinette stitch; you're supposed to alternate knit and purl rounds for garter stitch in-the-round. I was pissed and just threw the thing in my knitting bag so that it could think about what it had done. Allowing itself to be knit incorrectly is simply unacceptable.
And look! She signed my book:
Do yourself a favor and GO see her speak. You won't be disappointed.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
She wanted sunshine. I had to find it.
It wasn't easy, though. Many yarns were rejected because they weren't bright enough. Had no power to bust through "the blues". Others were rejected because they were scratchy acrylic.
But then I saw this:
I'm turning it into a cowl:
I knit a few rounds before I realized that I was going to run out of sunshine before I finished. I didn't want to make it smaller to save yarn because then it would be one of those "choker cowls", and that wasn't what I wanted to design. I only bought one hank of this on clearance at a sale at one of my local yarn stores, Warm 'n Fuzzy, and was scared that I wouldn't be able to get more. I called the store and found out that there was one more left, AND IN THE SAME DYE LOT! Of course, I bought it.
I should be done with this sometime this week. Then, I'll send it to a friend.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I have allowed one of my knitting buddies to talk me into participating in a 5K. See my thoughts below as I progressed through weeks 1, 2, and the beginning of week 3 of the 9 week "Couch to 5K" training program.
Yeah. I started week 3 again today. I actually started it last week but had to give my foot a break because there was a lot of pain after that first day. I felt much better and was really proud of my progress, even though I sometimes felt like I was going to die. All the experts say that when it feels like you're going to die, that means it's working.
This is the race we're doing. There will be people along the way who will toss colored powder at your body just for the hell of it. I'm expecting to (1) have colored powder in nooks and crannies of my body that I didn't even know were there, and (2) be sneezing rainbows for months. Which might actually be really cool. I will run/walk the course and have fun, simple as that.
I'm also in a race to finish this sweater by August 31st:
Ravelry group, and that is the deadline for the completion of our original designs. This is the finished back, and the front is almost finished. Looks just like the back, only it's the front.
The only thing left to do after that is to knit the sleeves.