Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Knitting Recap 2018

Good thing I take photos of my work (most of the time) and good thing the photos are dated in the program.  Some of these patterns are on Ravelry, some from purchases at markets or shops and some from my collection.  

Royal Jacket (Elizabeth Knits) 
Home made Blocking board

Lola Headwrap  Oct 2018

Quilted Princess (Elizabeth Knits) Oct. 2018

crochet- cat pod

Hand warmers  misc. patterns 
All over Lace   Lanaknits

quilted princess (Jan 2018) Elizabeth Knits

Love Heart crochet (Elizabeth Knits)

Pussy Hats April 2018

Hansel  by Gudrun Johnston  June 2018

My Market Bags

Silverleaf  Isager Strik Alpaca Aug 2018

Entrelac Cowl- noro silk garden Nov 2018

Mackinac Beanie by Heather Anderson

Looped on YouTube Nov 2018

High Sierra Shawl  Room Hill (Nov 2018)

my design  

C2C  dec 2018

Crochet simple gloves by Bronislava  (Dec 2018)

Strip Quilt for Butte Dec 2018

Men and Women's Cable Gloves #617 (Dec 2018)

Slalom from Guys Knit  Nathan Taylor (Nov 2018)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Vogue Knitting San Francisco 2018 The Classes - Brioche Lace

One of my goals for 2018 was to get comfortable with Brioche Knitting.

I have taken quite a few brioche classes in the past 9 years, with a variety of different instructors: Nancy Marchant, Antie Gillingham (my favorite sock author and teacher), Lavanya Patricella, J.C. Briar ( great take on the process), Faina Goberstein and probably a few others that I can't remember.  I spent countless hours on Nancy's Craftsy classes on Brioche, rewinding again and again, til it was beginning to make sense.   Love the fact that you can rewind, pause and take notes in class on the site.
This year at Vogue, I took a class with Nancy Marchant again.   This was about brioche lace and at this point I had knit two brioche scarves.    Now mind you I'm a combination continental knitter. That means my stitches are loaded onto the needles so that when I knit a stitch I place the needle into the back of the stitch.  (it isn't twisted and I get great fabric when I knit, it's also a faster knit.)  It's sometimes referred to as Russian style.   So anyway, as I'm taking the class and knitting this way I was able to figure out that in order to make holes (lace) properly for brioche, I needed to twist the stitch and Nancy gave me the OK!!!  Great feeling.

Here's what I'm working on now.    This is definitely a focused knitting project - no music, no TV no distractions.    It been a few weeks since I picked it up and knitting a few rows each day has been my practice.

The Pattern:  Ms. B from Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant.
Yarn:  Rowan Silk Haze 25g each, 2 gray & 2 lavender

Light side 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Vogue San Fransisco 2018 - The Classes-Double Knitting

In Sept 2018, Vogue Knitting Live was in San Francisco for the first time.   I knew I had to be there.  I live only 55 minutes away and there is no way I'd pass this up.  A few of the local knitting girls were going to be there, either spending the weekend or coming down for the much fun.  We met for lunch or dinner, went to a few mini presentations and roamed the market place.

The Last Class-Double Knitting- creating a fabric that is double sided with the knit stitch on the outside and any image, pattern design fair isle, is reversible.  

It's always so hard to choose a class out all the wonderful offering at Vogue Knitting Live.  Although this was the last class I took, this is the class I want to share first.   Usually after a full weekend of classes, shopping and knitting, that last class can be a blur.   Well not so with this class, Double knitting with Nathan Taylor or better known as the Sockamatician.  Outstanding class, a truly enlightening and entertaining class.   An entertainer, no really he's a British Actor, in the theater.   Lively, eloquent and great attention to deal in his instructions both written and spoken.   This was a great class and I can't wait to begin some of his original double-knit designs.   His first book (my hope is that there are more to come)  Guy's Knit was released at the end of 2018. I knit a hat and my son -in-law, is currently knitting a cap.  Nathan is on Youtube also.

Check out the Sockamatician on Instagram

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Vogue San Francisco 2018

Somehow the year goes by and all the things I wanted to post get lost in the here is one of the things I wanted to share.

Vogue Knitting San Francisco-Sept. 2018 

There were so many classes to choose from and so many mini events also, 
but I thought I share a bit about the marketplace.  

The MarketPlace

The Market Place at Vogue Knitting has everything...baskets, books, bag, needles, Fashion shows, a Rowan exhibit of the last 40 years, Art work, sit and knit space, and prizes.
 (Oh and a wine bar also).  The pace is just what I like..slow and enlightening.   I was able to preview the show on Thursday night after my class with Julia Farwell-Clay, all about steeking.  The class was lovely, informative and definitely took the fear out of steeking a knit in the round fair isle sweater (cutting into your stitches - yeeek! )

To be continued:  The Classes

A look at the Market place.
Nicky Epstein Gauge swatches=Bears

Student Art Occupational Therapy Prog. 
Friend modeling her Rowan Knit at the show

Carol Macdonald Fiber Artist

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cruising and Knitting May 2018

I'm somewhere cruising the waterways of Scotland and Ireland.   The Best Yet is that this is knitting cruise... knitting classes on board ship, touring knit shops and mills, visiting design studios and there is even a Wool Festival in Dublin the day we are there...  
Now I have done a knitting cruise before, (with Cat Borhdi) to Alaska and it was fantastic.  It was 3 years ago and I swore that I'd save up and make a trip every year.  But you know how it is, life gets in the way.   I'm sure that I'm on that ship right now..looking into which knitting cruise to take next..
South America?   Australia and New Zealand??   I guess I should enjoy this trip and details to follow.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sharks and Flowers

Finally can share with you.. a gift for my nieces and nephew.

Crocheted in Simply Soft and adapted from Ravelry Pattern -Free Spirit Knee High slipper sock

And the Shark--
I used "stitch fiddle" a charting program to make the design for the Shark.  Again an adaption from something on online.  The stitch- Block Stitch.  The Yarn - Simply Soft. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stitches West (Part 2) Feb 2018-- The Yarn and Goodies

    Even though I certainly do not need yarn, there is no way to go to a knitting convention with a huge marketplace, and not buy something... I used my lovely daughter as an excuse to shop.  She has taken up crochet and within a year she's gone from washcloths to garments and with her sister in law, has started a on line crochet shop "Cali and Cleveland" and even designed a basket pattern .  So of course she needs some things.

I found a great crochet book for her.  The Complete Crochet Course by the The Shibaguyz
and a beautiful top to knit for her.   

DK weight Hemp for Knitting 

Made from Hemp yarn, from She chose a lovely burgundy color and I'm working on the project now...I actually have knit and reknit it twice..but the yarn has become softer to work with and will wash out softer still.  Lots of markers, lots of counting, definitely not a chat and knit project. 

So now for me  :)  Even though I don't need another project (did I say that already???) 

I did find two items.  Things I've been looking at for a bit.

Knit Picks had a booth this year and I've been eyeing this afghan for a long while.   If you get their catalog, you have probably seen it.  Well the yarn is lovely to the touch and although I hardly ever knit an afghan (prefer Crochet) this is done in a Mitered pattern, which is fun for me.  
It is time consuming, yet it is a pattern that is perfect to knit in a just flows.   The Hue Shift Afghan.  (I'm all about making a Shift, check it out-- lol)

The other booth that interested me was Craftsy.. I have been a fan for a long time and just recently signed up for Craftsy Unlimited.   (but it just seems that there is not enough time in the day to watch all the videos).  
There was a Ravelry Knit-along with Romi Hill and I could not pass this up..never did a knit-along this was new to me and actually got me going on the project right away.   The biggest challenge was choosing the colors.  

This is the Sierra Shawl and the colors I choose reminded me of driving through the mountains to Lake Tahoe and the lake.  As of now the shawl is in it's last stages and I'm almost ready to do an 
i-cord bind off to add something extra to the edge.  

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.   
Hum... I may have picked up a few tiny things,
 but maybe not.