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Anyone remember Heather Locklear's TV commercial for Faberge shampoo in the 80s? "When I first tried Faberge Organics Shampoo with pure wheat germ oil and honey, it was so good I told two friends about it. And they told two friends. And so on, and so on…" (and if you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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The obtuse triangle (had to look that one up!) on this map shows my life travels from my hometown of Portland, Maine, to college in Boston to my post-college years (20+ of them) in New York City, to finally return to my homestate just a few years ago. While I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Zigzag Mesh Pullover from Knit.Wear Spring 2014 This is a tale of two cast-ons--same pattern, same yarn, totally different amount of time each WIP spent on the needles. I usually consider myself to be a product knitter rather than a process knitter, more so since I have been designing patterns,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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What do you call the condition many knitters suffer from--the one where we can't wait to finish one project before starting another? I've heard it referred to as "casting on all the things", non-monogamous knitting, and this one--"cast-on-itis." Now, it may be the former magazine editor in me that is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Last week, the online preview of the newest Interweave Knits (Winter 2014) went live; the print issue is on sale November 19. I have a design, the Nunavut Pullover, in the "Out by the Woodpile" story. I get a secret chuckle out of that title because I do, in fact,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Congratulations to Miss Agnes, who will receive the digital copy of Hitch. (The winner was drawn by random-number generator this morning.) Miss Agnes, please pm me on Ravelry (CarolynNoyes) and let me know if you would like the file emailed to you or added to your Rav library. The Judy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Stash enhancement from (clockwise from top left): Good Karma Farm, Oasis Farm Fiber Mill, Miss Babs, Still River Mill There are many fun things about being a designer of handknitting patterns, but probably topping the list is discovering new-to-me (and maybe out-of-my-comfort-zone) yarns and fibers. We all have our go-to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Can't you just picture Alfred Hitchcock, sitting on-set in his director's chair, needles and yarn in hand, musing silently--no, no, make that aloud--about all the knitwear designs his movies would inspire for the knitters of 2013 and beyond? Ok, maybe not, but it is a funny mental image, no? Well,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Train to Maine Hat (c) CNoyes/KAngell When I was a kid in Maine, there was always a lot of talk about the cargo rail lines being reopened to passenger tr ains to make for an easy connection between Portland and Boston. Let's just say that I grew up, went to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Greetings for your favorite sweater girl A few weeks ago, it was the 85th birthday of a very dear friend of mine. And even though she is a knitter, it just didn't seem to fit to buy her a knitting-related gift; it is she, after all, who passes along to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Even though she is not a knitter, my sister knows how to check out my designer page on Ravelry. (I think she does that just to see if I've truly been as busy as I had claimed to be!) Her most recent view was yesterday, when Interweave posted the preview... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Ever since I moved from Manhattan to Maine three years ago, I promised myself that I would finally make a trip to WEBS, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Given that it is rather equidistant from my former and current homes, I can't explain why I waited so long. I have to be... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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If you've queued up the Hourglass-Sleeve Pullover on Ravelry but missed the magazine on newsstands, the individual pattern is now for sale on Interweave's web site, along with the 24 other designs from that issue, including the wildly "hearted" Gathered Blouse by Katya Frankel. And don't miss the pretty, quick-knit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
I have to agree--the blue was just what I was looking for. I got it at Macys, but probably more helpful is that it is by Ellen Tracy. Be sure to earburn me if you find it!
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When my Aunt Marge first showed me how to knit, there was no such thing as starting out small. Her thinking was that if my first project was a sweater, then I would consider all other knitting patterns to be nothing but doable. (I now know, though, that her "project... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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A free cowl pattern made in 20 minutes with one hank of Knit Collage's Pixie Dust yarn. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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While Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago in the fall was a lot of fun, the VK event in New York City this past weekend--with roughly the same array of classes and varied opportunities for stash enhancement in the vendor marketplace--had, well, just a different energy. I suppose that's the point... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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I somehow have not frogged a lot of finished objects in my knitting life. I can only guess that's because I often spend far too much time at the outset agonizing over yarn choice and color as well as pattern mods. But, when I was pulling out the heavy winter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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When I worked in women's magazines in New York, the schedule was such that we were always planning stories for the holiday issues in June, shooting and writing those stories in July and August, and sending them off to press in September, so the out-of-sync-with-the-season thinking isn't foreign to me.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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One more sign that the knitting thing is on the verge of becoming wildly out of control: I had been raking leaves for just over an hour when I reached the halfway point of the driveway, and I had a strange sense that there was YARN IN THE MAILBOX. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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No matter what your political leanings are, we can all agree that this knitterly take on the presidential election is a real palate-cleanser from all the campaign attack ads we've been bombarded with over the last few days, weeks and months. In the voting booth, we'll be choosing our next... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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I bet I'm not the only knitter who ever had the thrill of THIS falling out of a birthday card! Problem is--and I'm sure it's not unique to me--that the yarn stash is already too big, and I can't stand the thought of anything--new or old--languishing even longer in there.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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Who lives there, you ask? That would be me. When I returned home from my knitting weekend away, after three idyllic days of basking in the luxury-fiber fumes in the VK marketplace, I was met with an admonition from my neighbor, who reminded me that hunting season was upon us.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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One thing most knitters agree on is that when a random group of us get together--no matter how diverse the background, age, skill level, thrower or picker--we're a pretty welcoming and friendly lot. So many of the attendees at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago last weekend were just that: I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
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While it certainly is exciting and fun to knit up a design to be published in a magazine, it is hard to pack up the sample and send it off for a life without you. I have consoled myself by trying to remember that the sample knit is too small... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes