Tag Archive: knitting

Simple summer knit – windlass

Hello hello!!! I think this might be the first blog post of the year so far. How did that happen? I guess like everyone else I have been documenting my general craftiness on Instagram, but also I haven’t been working on many personal makes. I have…

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Simple summer knit – windlass

Hello hello!!! I think this might be the first blog post of the year so far. How did that happen? I guess like everyone else I have been documenting my general craftiness on Instagram, but also I haven’t been working on many personal makes. I have…

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Free Project – A Day in the Park

Free Project – A Day in the Park

PATTERN DETAILS What better way to de-stash than to knit something to hold my stash ? 😉 A Day in the Park is a great way to practice new stitch patterns and use up leftover yarn! Weight and gauge are not super important for this pattern. Although I think it would best be done in […]

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Gathered Around Me

I’m still working on my Marley shawl, but my Gather, another Andrea Mowry design, is now complete.  It isn’t easy to stand outside in a wool/ linen shawl right now.  It’s not easy to stand outside, period.  I toughed it out for…

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Learning What I Do and Don’t Like

Since I learned to knit, knitting has been a way of keeping my hands busy, and making me feel productive even when I’m in a situation where all I can do is sit. As a teenager, it was also a means of making a little extra money. I would knit bags, and s…

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The Orri Shawl

I am fresh from family vacation, where I had no connection with the outside world for about 2 weeks.   It wasn’t the kind of vacation that’s all about relaxing.  It was more the making up for lost time kind of trip,and it was really good. &nb…

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Podcast Episode #102: Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc.

On today’s episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about in-person events with my guest, Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc, publishers of XRX Books and promoters of STITCHES Expos. We recorded this show live and in person at STITCHES United in Hartford, Connecticut (read my show report). It was a great experience… 

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OAL2017: My Completed Anaheim Sweater / OAL Winners / Updates

Hello hello! A bit of a long post ahead – including my finished OAL sweater (yes! I finished it!) and the randomly selected winner for this year. A few updates/housekeeping before I get into everything- I love Kickstarter, and I love funding new projects and ideas from brilliant people. MyBodyModel is a new one that […]

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My Miller & June Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern is Still Free After Seven Years

It is seven years since the world was graced with the presence of a new little boy named Miller. He was the inspiration for a design I created that I now call the Miller & June Baby Blanket. The Miller & June’s…

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Hipster KAL

I knew I would be taking part in the Summer Sweater KAL, that’s a given.  But when I heard Brooklyn Knitfolk’s Jaclyn talk about how over “fade” projects she is and how she’s starting the Hipster KAL for lesser known knitting designs, I …

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Fish-themed Rustic Appliqué Baby Set

When good friends have a baby it is a blessing and worthy of something special. To celebrate my friends’ son’s arrival in the world, I made Toby a fish-themed rustic appliqué baby set, including a Glub Glub Grub Bib, an Appliqued…

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Summer Sweater Knit-along Plans

I’m so excited about the beginning of the Summer Sweater KAL!  I had a million things on the
needles in June, but now I’m down to six.  This is really good, my friends.  I expect 2 will be off the needles by the time I return from vacation.  Of course, all of this maturity has given me the urge to go insane planning more projects than I can possibly manage for this KAL.   And planning more road tripping knitting than will comfortably fit in my car.  And pretending I’ll have room for two projects in my backpack on our hike.

Why don’t you hop a ride on the Crazy Train and pretend with me.  All images are linked to their ravelry pages so you can go a little nuts too.

There’s Journey, which may be finished before the KAL begins

Heritage will be what I begin with the group on Cast On day.  I’m knitting it in a tonal gray.

The Feya cardigan, by Amy Christoffers, will be my second cast on for the KAL.  This totally makes me think of high school.

Speaking of high school, Libby Jonson’s Timely makes me think of cardigans I wore then, too.  I want a navy and white striped version.

I’m dying to try knitting a fingering weight yarn held together with a lace weight mohair, like in Soirée

The Sourcebook Chunky Cardigan needs no flowery description.

Then, I want a Quadrillion, but not a regular Quadrillion.  It has to have a neckline exactly like Alaina’s (below).  Luckily she and other raveler’s have detailed notes.

Then there’s the classic Boxy sweater by Joji, the v-neck version.

Again, I want to copy Isabell.

What will you be knitting for your Summer Sweater?

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Publishing

Happy Friday!I am so very happy to finally be back with an all new episode of Sewbussted’s Material Witness!!!There may be a few of you who have thought, “I have a great idea that I think should be published,” and yet, you aren’t sure just how to take …

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Roadtrip Knits all Mapped Out

Thanks to everyone who chimed in about how to tackle all my works-in-progress!  I have a plan now.I’ve already cleared my work space by blocking 3 knits yesterday.  Thanks to sweltering summers, they are already dry and photo ready.  But…

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Free Project – Béguin de Printemps

Free Project – Béguin de Printemps

PATTERN DETAILS A sweet little baby bonnet, with nice details, to match the «Semis de Printemps» cardigan, and get the most precious set! Sizes: 1/3 mths 6/9 mths – 12/18 mths – 2/3 yrs To fit a head circumference of 40 43-46-50 cm Gauge: 22 stitches and 31 rows = 10 cm/4’’ in simple seed […]

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Cables, Seeds, and a Sweater

A big thank you to all who have commented on the post I did yesterday. I love reading your thoughts 🙂 Anna asked if I would post more info on the sweater I’m knitting. She said that she is looking for a new project to keep her hands busy while wa…

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BRK and BRP, Pwned

Brioche got served today.  It’s been taunting me for 12 years, lurking in the back corners of my brain since I was a new knitter and tried to knit this Interweave sweater pattern.  It is an awesome design, but was not at all beginner-compatible.  It did, however, turn out to be rage-compatible.

tried again 7 years ago.  Same sweater, same doofy issues.  There was a flurry of needles and yarn, maybe an expletive, and somehow I ended up with a perfectly fitting Oatmeal sweater (by Jane Richmond) in 70’s potholder colored yarn.  I got destroyed by Brioche, again. I keep meaning to dye that Oatmeal…

Then I took a Stripes class with Veera Välimäki.  If anyone could heal me of my brioche skills deficiency, surely she could.  I so wish I’d taken a pic of the knitted puke I created that day.  All I have is this photo of the humble set-up row, which looks normal.

Trust me, though, when I say it was bad.  Veera patted my shoulder and said, “It’s okay.  You’ll get it.”  It’s not her fault.  It’s Brioche’s.

All that is to say that I have finally arrived, my knitting friends!  I decided to set aside a whole morning/ afternoon/ some of the evening to figure out the Marley shawl pattern by Andrea Mowry.  She’s got all these great patterns, but the hitch is that many require knowledge of this infuriating stitch.

So, I did it and I have these photos to prove it.  Of course, I did have to re-knit this beginning part two times after taking these photos because I still can’t read my stitches well enough to fix mistakes.  But, brioche… brioche!

I read Andrea’s directions over and over, watched a ton of tutorials and then checked this Briochestitch site, where it finally clicked.  I don’t know why.  It pretty much said just what my pattern did.  Maybe it was a day full of stitch immersion that did it.  Anyway, now I am ready for all these “Hot Right Now” brioche thingies.
Bring it, Andrea and Stephen!

By the way, don’t you love this golden snitch progress keeper from Owls on Dantes?  
(more on ravelry, instagram, and flickr)
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Free Project – Humble Yoga Socks

Free Project – Humble Yoga Socks

PATTERN DETAILS These simple socks have so many uses, from keeping your ankles warm in yoga class, to post-pedicure pampering, to just lounging around the house. Knit with an open toe and open heel, leaving enough room under your foot to allow for proper traction through your yoga practice. This pattern can easily be adapted […]

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Collecting Myself

Will you sit with me a minute as I collect my thoughts and work on Gather?  I am missing my friend and am a little numb, so I’m going to show you photos of knitting and act like it’s a healing therapy. And you know that it is.  It’s just not …

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Be My Accountability

I’m finally at a place where I don’t want to cast on every thing I see and I need your help.  I want to finish up all of the lingering knits-in-progress and straighten up my crafting space.  That would be  my side of the couch and the fl…

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Zombie Knitting

I have needed something easy to keep my mind distracted and help me breathe and relax.  It couldn’t be one of the sweaters I have on the needles, so I started a new shawl from stash.  It’s Gather by Andrea Mowry.  It’s the perfect kind o…

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Maine Getaway

After Julia graduated, she and I had a chance to visit our friend Sally at her home on an island in Maine. Unfortunately, The Farmer can’t leave the farm and the animals but I take opportunities for trips whenever I can. It is a long ride Northeast, th…

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Free Project – Easy As Pie

Free Project – Easy As Pie

PATTERN DETAILS Elegant and ethereal, this is a quick, relatively simple top-down triangular shawl that begins with the same four row pattern repeat until the edging. This is a great shawl for a beginning lace knitter, (or a more experienced lace knitter who wants something simple to knit that doesn’t involve a lot of concentration!)….Only […]

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While Waiting for a Ball

I finally tried a Wool and the Gang pattern!  I love the Tommy Top, but I needed a little more yarn to finish.  I think I knit it at a tighter gauge than instructed, maybe that’s why I ran low.  I could’ve ripped back and blah, blah, bla…

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Free Project – FREE Baby Chick Boots

Free Project – FREE Baby Chick Boots

PATTERN DETAILS This is my FREE Baby Chick Booties knitting pattern. Over 16,000 people have downloaded this pattern on Craftsy already. So now is the time for you to make these adorable baby booties. They are quick and easy to make. They are worked flat on 2.75 mm needles in any 5 ply or dk […]

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Free Project – The Parlor Cat

Free Project – The Parlor Cat

PATTERN DETAILS This is the second in my series of house cats! With paws tucked in and tail to his side, The Parlor Cat makes a very prim and proper house guest. Knit in the round, it is one piece from head to tail, and a befitting 10″ long and 7″ wide. SUGGESTED YARN 150 […]

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Free Project – Fortune Cookie Baby Booties

Free Project – Fortune Cookie Baby Booties

PATTERN DETAILS I had remembered a baby shower about two hours before I had to be there! No time for a blanket, but plenty time for some simple booties. I do mean simple! Too simple to give by themselves. I always have these “take out” boxes on hand at Christmas time. There you go… Instant […]

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A Plethora of Hand-Knit Socks

Prior to now, I’ve only ever made 2 pairs of toe-up socks.  Back in 2014, I made one test pair for myself and the “real” pair was for my grandmother-in-law’s 103rd birthday.  Mine didn’t fit great and got baggy nearly as soon as I put them on – I hope hers fit better. I knewContinue reading

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Lace and Variegated

I have several one or two skein sets of variegated yarn that I’m not quite sure how to use.  I know I can always do socks, but I am pretty much done with socks for a while.  When it comes to heavily patterned things, like shawls, I don’t ofte…

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