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Project bags seem to be the new hot accessory for knitters. But I never paid much attention to this trend until I started watching the Bakery Bears knitting video podcast on youtube. The charming hosts, Kay and Dan, are huge history buffs and include video tours of Abbeys and stately homes in Britain as part of their podcasts. In one episode, Kay showed a beautiful project bag she had sewn using a tea towel from Chatsworth, the mansion and film site for Downton Abbey, and I longed to have the skill to sew something similar myself. Bakery Bears Podcast To... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Fashion: Yarn Style
Have you ever longed to flee the concrete jungle for a peaceful ocean retreat? At Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, California, flowers bloom in the sandy dunes, and sandpipers scurry among the waves. Walking down the trail from the retreat center to the beach, a tempting expanse of tide pools greets you. There, seated high up on the rocks, you can knit while hermit crabs amble at your feet. Yes, that is my sneaker-clad toe dangling in the bottom of the photo, as I sit knitting away! How lovely it was to soak in the sun on the seaweed-covered rocks and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much, Maxi! Your jackets were gorgeous too, and deserved all the compliments they received....
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Anya is Beaded Fairisle Magic at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much, Gretchen! After five months, it is a big relief to finish that project!
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Anya is Beaded Fairisle Magic at Fashion: Yarn Style
I certainly relate. There is nothing more disappointing than spending all that time on a gift, only to have it disappear!
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Adventures in Glove Knitting at Fashion: Yarn Style
They are gorgeous, aren't they?
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Adventures in Glove Knitting at Fashion: Yarn Style
It sounds like DPNS win! I will try them next time. :-)
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Adventures in Glove Knitting at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much for your advice, Gretchen! I will definitely look up the glove guide, it sounds amazing!
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Adventures in Glove Knitting at Fashion: Yarn Style
Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, California Life has been an exciting whirl of late, between family visits, the Amy Herzog Make Wear Love Retreat in Pacific Grove, and a trip to San Francisco. Somehow, in the midst of all that, I finished my Anya. Now that it is finished, I will say without hesitation that if I had it to do over again, I would knit it in the round. I don’t mind executing fair isle on the purl side of the piece, but beading by slipping stitches in front from the purl side where I can’t see anything is asking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
This year at Stitches West, I took a wonderful class from Marly Bird on how to knit gloves. The course was geared for beginners, and was very clearly explained and illustrated, step by step. By the end of the three hour class, I had knitted almost an entire glove! I hadn’t expected to produce an actual garment out of the class, so I brought scrap yarn with me. Luckily, it was a 200 yard ball of Plymouth Encore, as I quickly knitted up a matching glove just in time for our trip to chilly Colorado. I wore the gloves every... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Isn't it wonderful having the opportunity to meet up with knit wear designers like this? I'm glad to hear you had such a great experience as well, it is very enriching, isn't it?
Yes, the cream jumper is lovely, isn't it? Doherty seems to specialize in very wearable, modern garments with lovely delicate details.
All has been quiet here as I have been waiting for a spate of ill health to improve. Now, along with the sunny spring weather, my energy has come back again! Before now, I spent my quiet moments reflecting on the wonderful new patterns and designers I had met at Stitches West in February. Although the yarn market at Stitches is a big draw, this year I found opportunities to discover fabulous knitwear designs and to even try on the garments to evaluate which ones suited me best! Katy is an exceptionally talented accessory designer who had four of her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Wow, that would be TOTALLY amazing in cashmere!
Thank you SO much! I think this may be the loveliest knitting design I have ever tried to execute. Trying to live up to the greatness of Marie Wallin's pattern. :-)
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on Beaded Fair Isle Patterns at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you for the wonderful suggestion, Gretchen! I never thought of that! Now I am looking at stranded designs I love and plotting to add some beads to them. Heh heh. You have opened up a new world to me with this idea, I can't thank you enough!!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on Beaded Fair Isle Patterns at Fashion: Yarn Style
Ha ha! I guess we all eye some knitting technique and consign it to the next life. In my case, it is intarsia!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on Beaded Fair Isle Patterns at Fashion: Yarn Style
It can be so disappointing ordering yarn online, only to discover the color is so different than what one expected, I had some very disappointing experiences myself in the past! It sounds like you are really working through and destashing old subscription yarns, though, to make room for colors of your own choosing?
I really enjoyed reading your thoughtful comments, Gretchen! Very true, we can make any inspiration "personal", can't we? Please share more, if you like, about your relationship with color, your thoughts on that are so interesting! I have a theory that knitters are particularly attuned to colors and textures but I only have my personal experience to draw on....
An avid Paul Klee fan, I was irresistibly drawn to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art last weekend to see the latest exhibit, Paul Klee at Play ( This intriguing exhibit features the handmade puppets Klee had created for his son’s Bauhaus performances. The puppets are made of scraps of fabric, paper mâché, and found objects and they show Klee’s genius at creating vivid, lifelike beings out of random materials. As a knitter, I admire his resourceful use of objects and materials to express his point of view. yarnstylist's caterpillar monster Fine art made for every day use is akin... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
What could be more fascinating than stranded knitting? Beaded stranded knitting! Usually, I would shy away from combining two intricate techniques together in one garment. But that was before I saw Chanel’s Paris Rome fashion show: To me, this fabric is spectacular. Actually, most of the stranded motifs in this collection were “inspired” by British knitwear designers, but that’s another story. Getting back to the gorgeous textiles, in particular, I was struck by this sweater: Determined to replicate the effect of beading over stranded knitting, I hunted through my old Rowan magazines. And Marie Wallin’s Anya pattern leapt out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much! Most knitting success is just a matter of practice and perseverance. :-)
Loved your blog post! And thank you so much for the great color pairing suggestion. I would never have thought of tan, but you are right, white, tan and this green would be gorgeous together!
This shawlette would really suit you, Kristen! Based on my experience knitting this, it is a really versatile pattern and you could use a wide variety of different fibers and still have these great ruffles.
Yes, it was very festive! Stephanie really looks smashing in that cardigan, I agree. And thoughts of that capelet have been haunting me....
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2017 on Stacy Charles Trunk Show! at Fashion: Yarn Style