Thinking Spring on such a winter’s day

All of New England is hunkered down for a classic December Nor’Easter but I’m thinking about spring.

Photo by: lucie wicker

Photo by: lucie wicker

 

The Spring 2015 Squam Art Retreat has been announced and pre-registration is available through January 5th. I will be teaching a subject near and dear to my heart: Finishing.

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As a completely self-taught knitter finishing was the great challenge in knitting- how do you know how many buttons is the right number of buttons? In this class we will workshop the process of finishing from how to choose the best cast-on to weaving in ends for beautiful professionally finished looking knits. You can read more about the class here… And read more about why I am SO excited to be going to Squam here.

June can’t come soon enough!

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Gold Rush

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This pattern is available for $6.00 USD buy it now

Finished Measurements
74” wingspan
33” height at spine
after blocking

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Materials
720 yards DK weight yarn

Shown here:
Green Mountain Spinnery Mewesic
100% wool; 180yards/165m/57g skein color: Diamonds and Rust; 4 skeins

Needles
24” US 7/4.5mm circular needle
Adjust needle to obtain gauge

Notions required
Waste yarn for provisional CO, stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge
20 sts x 28 rows= 4” in Stockinette stitch
18 sts x 24 rows= 4” in pattern stitch, after blocking

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PSA- No email 3/5-3/15 (give or take a few days)

Hiya Knitters! A quick heads up, I will be unable to read or answer email weekdays for about 2 weeks. I’m in the middle of moving house from VT to RI, starting the new job, wrapping up those last finishing details for the book (it goes to the printer this week!!!!) and doing the mom thing… Its a little crazy… I really appreciate your patience and understanding. Once the new house has internet established I’ll be back and in the mean time I will do my best.

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Brooke Hat & Cowl

IMG_0829New pattern! The Brooke Hat and Cowl, a quick mid-winter pick-me-up.

And a winner, Kemper wins the the skein of Sincere Sheep Equity Sport in the color St. Barts and a PDF of the pattern*

“I’ve been sick for much of the winter (my immune system has taken a serious beating this season) and the only thing that’s kept me feeling anything other than completely bored is knitting! My boyfriend requested a scarf so I’m making him the Quay cabled scarf by Brooklyn Tweed. It’s an interesting pattern and knitting it pairs nicely with getting cuddled up on the couch with a glass of red wine and an old movie.”

2nd prize, a copy of the pattern PDF for Rachael H for having my favorite solution to winter blahs:

“My trick is to hole up with a honey whiskey and ginger ale, knitting that I really love (working on a sweater for each daughter right now) and nature documentaries about lovely warm places!”

Thanks everyone for commenting!

 

 

*Winner chosen by random number generator

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Winter

Gracious did I really go the whole month of January without a post? Don’t give up on me yet, I promise lots of things are bubbling below the surface over here. First up will be this non matching set:Sincere sheep hatA sweet Fisherman hat knit in Sincere Sheep Equity Sport a downy 100% Rambouillet Wool and a Cowl knit in Dirty Water Dye Works Edna Extra a lucious Polworth Silk, also seen here in the shoot for Faro.

ES_-_St._Bart_s_grandeThese will be available next week but thats not all! I have a contest too, a PDF copy of the patterns + 1 skein of Equity Sport in the color St Barts will go to 1 lucky knitter*. St. Barts is a beautiful pure sky blue, bright as the sunniest days of winter (The yarn photo above belongs to Sincere Sheep). This 100% Rambouillet Wool from Kid Ranch in Buffalo, WY is also spun in Buffalo, WY. It is a semi-woolen yarn which means it has a cotton-y, next-to-skin-softness, but is stronger then most woolen spun yarns, its bouncy! One skein is enough to make the hat pictured above. To win share your secret for beating the mid-winter blahs in the comments before 12 AM EST (midnight Tuesday) and I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday the 12th of February. And you never know, if I really like your suggestion I might give you a pattern even if you don’t win the yarn.

* Contest open to North American mailing addresses only.

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Cinnamon Girl Cardigan

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The Cinnamon Girl Cardigan began with a conversation about the yarn. Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire is a hand dyed 100% Rambouillet wool from New York state, its a bouncy round Aran weight that finds that perfect balance between rugged and softness. In short its the yarn you want for a ‘forever sweater’, the kind of sweater you reach for season after season, classic and cozy but with a few twists… I could be happy the rest of my life with a cinnamon girl ;-)

Knit from the bottom up, this cardigan is nearly seamless (there is a short seam attaching the collar to the neck back). A few notes on the sizing, the Cinnamon Girl Cardigan is imagined with a relaxed fit. The cardigan shown measures 39” and is shown worn with 3-4” of ease. There is 2” of overlap on the fronts so the amount of ease (positive or negative) is not as critical as with a more fitted style of garment. I would not recommend more than 4” of positive ease (larger than your actual measurements) or 1” of negative ease (smaller than your actual measurements) but anything in between is a matter of personal preference. Measure a few favorite garments across the underarm and across the hip before deciding which size to make if you are unsure.

Finished Measurements
36, 39, 41, 44 1/2, 48, 50” finished hip circumference.

Get all the rest of the details and information on how to buy the pattern in my Ravelry Shop

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