Sometimes I find a pattern. Sometimes I find a yarn. Sometimes I see someone else’s projects and fall in love. Sometimes I find colors that will go with everything. And when all of those “sometimes” converge and I find the yarn and pattern intersection, it’s time to share with everyone in my little circle of knitters. So, without further ado, introducing the Nightshift Shawl and Noro Ito KAL. I’m doing a limited supply purchase (batches of 6 only and there are 2 spots left of the initial order) so please order quickly.
The colors of Ito are shown above. With the yarn doing its thing, it won’t be quite as stripey. But will be all over color and texture. And big, so you can stay warm this winter. Get on the preorder list NOW!
This handknit pattern written by Bonne Marie from ChicKnits introduces a cardigan version of the gansey sweater often worn by the 19th century fishermen of British coastline communities. While it features distinctive stitch patterning from the era, the pattern incorporates modern styling, fit and techniques.
Shepherd’s Wool Superwash by Stonehedge Fiber Mill has a crisp, sharp hand that shows off the patterning detail precisely. Worsted spun, 3-ply, machine wash warn, machine dry low heat.
Three color choices, Natural, Granite, and Frosty Blue. Other colors available by special order in quantities of 1000 yards packages.
Class Lesson Plans
There are about 26 lessons to this online class. A brief list of some of the lessons includes: Getting Started: lessons in winding off yarn, swatching, choosing sizes, reading charts, pattern preview.
Knitting Techniques: remembering M1L/M1R, right twist, increasing 1 stitch from edge, casting on for buttonband, 1-row 4-stitch buttonhole,
Adapting Pattern: adjusting length, *mathing* for sleeve construction.
Hot on the heels of twizzlefoot from Mountain Colors is the next shipment of color. Feederbrook farm managed to take a combination of bfl and nylon and dye and spin it into awesome lusciousness.
I have been sitting on this post trying to figure out the fairest way to distribute colors. I’m going to pick a name, reach my hands on the box and pull out a skein and that’s what you get…..If you want to trade, you can do so here in the comments or come to the meet up Friday, July 15, 2-5 or 6-9 or Saturday from 10-4.
Upcoming projects: Fisher Lassie from superwash dk by Stonehedge, Beld in silky wool, and a winter luxury yarn club.
Woohoo! I took advantage of Tom’s being on vacation and we got busy on the Stormy Weather fronts and Periscope Experiment. Sooooo, a stumbling block has been surpassed. Two blocks, actually . . .
Stormy Weather progress is being made, I knit the Stormy Weather fronts after knitting the back in September 2014!
Videotaping has commenced, and we live broadcasted as a periscope experiment. I haven’t watched the replays, but Tom said he stuck his head in there a few times while I was busy. That Guy!
What is Stormy Weather?
Published in Knit ‘N Style February 2014 – #189, the Stormy Weather Tunic Hoodie is designed by Mary Anne Oger. It is knit in Linen Concerto, which has the appearance of being hand-dyed. What makes the design unique is it is knit sideways. Mary Anne takes special care when designing so the colors match up at the shoulder seam. In other words, when Mary Anne says to do something, there is a reason to do it and don’t ignore her advice like I did. You may want to take a moment and read through Mary Anne’s hints on her blog, Needles To Say. So much good machine knitting info and inspiration there.
My colors don’t match at the shoulder seam. I didn’t care when I started knitting it, but now? Back in September 2014 when I started this project and knit a size too small, I blogged about a group knitting session and I asked the question: Do you find you have to tear out after group knitting session, hand or machine?
Collection/Brand: Plymouth Brand Italian Collection
If you would like to knit this project, please email me directly and we’ll get you set up.
What is Periscope
Periscope is a way to video stream something immediately and it is saved for 24 hours viewing in the app for later. It was so much fun!! The problem I found that I want to use it as a streaming class mechanism and it is a two-man operation. Here’s the Katch.me Collection for the right front, left front, and shoulder seam [which I’m going to redo, the shoulder seam only, not the knitting]. But I’m debating: mattress stitch by hand or seam on the machine?? I LOVE mattress stitching by hand!!! What would you do?
Finally, I’m moving along on the clubknit.knittingtoday.com knitalong pages. And the subscriber dashboards are coming together in my head. We’re going to go ahead and launch a new knitalong, the Mystery Yarn Club, within the next couple of days. Let me just suggest, if you haven’t already, that you join as a Beta-Subscriber. It is only $50 and they will get not only first dibs on the club, but they will get no less than $32.75 value by already being a part of that exclusive Subscriber membership. That’s a huge savings over the course of the year and a couple of projects.
Today, I find myself organizing books, magazines and leaflets while looking for a pattern I’m really sure I have in my pattern stash. You know, that one you have knit so many times but still want to have the piece of paper to follow along just in case?? After working through the organization of a stack of looseleaf patterns, I can say success! I found it. It’s now sitting on the quilt on the chair and I probably had better put it in my knitting bag before my grandson hits my office and says “I color, Grandma?”
And as I go through each bin, and move things around by category or publisher, I’m reminded of projects I’ve either knit, taught, or want to knit. And I get stressed. Does that ever happen to you? The thought of so many things I have yet to accomplish nauseates me. When am i ever going to find a time to sit down and work on these ideas, will I lose them in the shuffle, how will I remember this project in the middle of this book or magazine?
Ahhhh, deep breathe, cup of coffee.
Now that I am trying to be more organized in my life (I have no less than five 3-ring binders just of project notes and ideas for ClubKnit), I’ll add my new ideas to my clubKnit Evernote notebook (message me if you want an invite so I can earn points to upgrade to Premium). I love that my notebook goes anywhere I have smart phone or computer access. I take a photo, tag it as “inspiration” and machine or hand, give it a description and record the source and boom, I’m done with that detail and now its off my mind. The next step is to remember to review the notebook when I’m feeling a little stuck for ideas, right?
How do you organize your projects, ideas, and plans??
ClubKnit members, don’t forget to join us for an in-person meet up Friday, February 19 from 2-5 and/or 6-9 and/or Saturday from 10-5. Bring your ClubKnit project, machine or hand, and if you want to do a baby bootie, fingering weight yarn and size 2 set of five double point needles.
I’ll be working on two projects, the Stormy Weather Tunic adapted to a cardigan on the LK-150 and hand knitting Christine’s baby booties for NICU in Fort Wayne.
If you want to know more about ClubKnit, read here. If you aren’t a member, feel free to come and pay $5 at the door. Thanks!!
Our upcoming project is going to be the Pathways Reversible shawl. It can be worn purl side or knit side facing. The purl side is particularly lovely with an abstract look while the knit side is quite lovely itself as a stripe and color block effect.
Download the flyer for all the colorways and images.
Order your project pack before November 15 (delivery by December 1) to be entered in the online KAL here at ClubKnit. The pattern is a hand knit project (both charted and written directions), but is quite easily interpreted on the machine. The yarn used is a lovely Australian merino superwash from Knit One Crochet Too. With the slip stitch design, working one color per row, and a cute little edgings, this will work up quickly enough for you to wear it as an accent to your holiday parties or make a lovely gift for someone for Christmas.