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Indigo Leaves by Joji Locatelli Many visitors think of Paris as a city of major monuments—the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe. But we walkers know that it’s the small moments discovered by chance that are the most beautiful. The incentive to lose yourself in Paris is huge because you never know what you will find when you turn a corner—a neighborhood arch? A twelfth century tower around the corner from your favorite bistro? Or a statue, like La Flamme de la Liberté, that you discover when emerging from a metro stop It is not just the buildings... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Two color gradients on the opposite side of the spectrum! What a genius idea to combine them in one shawl! Because of the way the two gradients overlap each other, this became the most fascinating shawl pattern I have knitted to date. The designer, who I believe was an artist before delving into knitwear, was clearly inspired when she created Inara! I used two gradient sets of Miss Bab’s 2ply Toes yarn in grey and red focused colorways: I must say that the instructions to this shawl are a bit bare-bones and I was stumped by how to overlap the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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My obsession with the discontinued Rowan yarn, Calmer, has not diminished. When I decided to knit a simple tee for summer, it was the first yarn I reached for. I used Sarah Hatton’s pattern, Emma Tee because I feel Sarah Hatton is really at the top of her game right now in designing wearable garments with fun designs. The skirt it's paired with is my funsie from Paris, a skirt and top set with lace/metal grommet trim I bought at Maje. Although there is no waist shaping written into the pattern for this tee, I did add in a bit.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you for the great suggestion, Agnes! If you have the Knit Stars 1.0, it sounds like it would be valuable to watch first--I have seen some wonderful video tutorials by Weisenberger and I would guess that with visual accompaniment her approach would be very clear. Also, Caroline just commented below that she had a good experience with at least one pattern in the Cocoknits sweater book. It sounds like those patterns, at least the pattern Emma, is easy to follow. :-)
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Emma! It is great to hear it is a straightforward knit, as I had purchased the cocoknits Sweater Workshop book along with the standalone pattern and was hoping the book patterns were easier to follow. It sounds like they definitely are so I will prioritize Emma especially as a future knit. Both my KAL partner and I felt that, as you said, we would have been much better off if we had started with at least one pattern in the book first before we tackled a standalone design. I agree with you that would probably have made the whole process easier!
Yes, small comforting projects are the core of the joy of knitting, right? Thank you for your words of praise about the hat. It is just such a gorgeous pattern. I have now embarked on fingering weight socks. They are not as hard as I thought they would be but I do notice some finger pain. Not sure why. Perhaps because of the yarn management, since the yarn is so fine I am gripping it more tightly?
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2018 on Dreaming of Peerie Flooers at Fashion: Yarn Style
That is such a clever idea!!!
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2018 on Dreaming of Peerie Flooers at Fashion: Yarn Style
Hi Kerrie, Yes now you can just print out the chart and voilà presto, it will be easy to knit the sleeves. The yoke instructions are fine but there is no chart for that section, it is words only, which might be a bit challenging for some. Anyway I think this cardigan would suit you, and the yarn is great.
Thank you as always Agnes for your kind and supportive thoughts and comments! So happy to be into summer vacation now when I have more leisure to fully heal.
Thank you for your comment. It is great to know that one can take an online tutorial by Weisenberger via Knit Stars and that makes a ton of sense to do that first before casting on a pattern like this. I hope readers will see this and follow your advice! Good for you for investing in your knitting education, it is so worth it and you will benefit for years to come, I'm sure by really enjoying what you are knitting. :-)
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During my visit in Paris, I had a delightful afternoon meetup with my Parisian knitting friend, Nicole, and my German cousin by marriage, Annette, who has recently taken up knitting. L'Oisivethé, the teashop that combines the idea of idleness and ease (l'oisiveté) with the delights of tea drinking (thé) was the perfect spot for us to relax. We all brought our projects and had a marvelous time crafting in between eating tiny little scones and drinking green tea. You see how cozy this teahouse is. Lots of tiny tables with friends chatting and drinking tea while fabulous yarn surrounds you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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A year ago, my friend Charlotte of Knot and Knit and I went to the Cocoknits booth at Stitches West and tried on a bunch of Julie Weisenberg’s designs. We both fell in love with the V-neck tunic, Gabrielle. The Cocoknits booth was fitted up like a chic clothing boutique with samples to try on and a full-length mirror. Once Charlotte and I had both tried on the tunic and realized how flattering it was, we were sold. The problem was, the pattern hadn’t been published yet. I photographed the tunic to remember it, and then the stalking began. Every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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The past few weeks have been a sort of waking dream as I have tutored my students into finals week in spite of my head injury. Perhaps that’s because when I haven’t been tutoring I have been sleeping? Somehow, in between, I managed to finish my Norbu by Marie Wallin! Given the tricky challenge of navigating hours of tutoring & driving through dizziness, nausea and mental blanks, I’m sure it’s the knitting that has kept me going. Luckily, this vintage-inspired cardigan features large swathes of stockinette I could knit with eyes closed. Speaking of which, I do apologize for the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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I had the priveledge of attending Kate Davies’ book reading for her new book, Handywoman at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. During this inspiring talk, she described the way she used her creativity and resourcefulness to overcome her brain injury, and how this in turn led her to success in the knitting world. I was really moved by her talk and wanted to knit one of her designs afterwards. It seemed especially appropriate, after I fell and hit my head last month, to make myself a healing hat with Peerie Flooers from Kate Davies’ designs. I used some Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much Agnes, for your kind words! That is a good point about the poncho construction not needing the colorwork on the bottom.....
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2018 on My Ninilchik Swoncho! at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much, Caroline! This color combination is a departure for me, but I really ended up loving it. Somehow it is looking a bit like Tutenkhamen's death mask I now realize, with the long rectangular stripes....
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2018 on My Ninilchik Swoncho! at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you so much! My vision is still improving slowly, hence all the typos in my posts. Sigh. But I am very grateful I did not break my hip and everyone at work is being very kind about my recovery.
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This year, during Stitches West, I decided to knit up the skeins I’d bought right away. This was possible because, instead of purchasing sweater quantities, I stuck to accessory knitting ( I had a trip to Edinburgh to save up for.) The result is that I was empowered to dive right in and try out all the different new yarns that intrigued me. What fun! My favorite of all of them has turned out to be Miss Bab’s sojourn, a blend of 65% cashmere, 35% silk which is to die for!!! https://www.missbabs.com/collections/sojourn Every year at Miss Bab’s, I bought one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Ah, what a fun afternoon that was!!!
Thank you very much for your healing wishes, I will take them to heart!
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Everywhere in New York at Vogue Knitting Live, my friend Stephanie and I saw designs by Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks. Swonchos! Hot pink and black, lime green, scarlet and gold Swonchos and Sunset Highways were absolutely everywhere!!!! All in all, the marketplace was absolutely glowing with hot pink and lime green: Vogue Knitting Live However, what Stephanie and I noticed and you may as well after staring at the photo above for a moment is how tiring to the eyes hot pink, lime green and other florescents can become when you stare at them for a long time. Unlike... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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William Morris tapestry, Victoria & Albert Museum, London I cannot tell you how amazing it is to correspond with international friends for years, only to finally meet up face to face!!!! My Ravelry penpals from across the Atlantic have enlivened my life for years with forum posts, messages and chats about our common passion but knitting with them in person was even more delightful! Lesson learned: if someone seems charming and fun on ravelry they are probably 10x more so in person!!!! StTRinians suggested the meetup when I had reached out on ravelry about hotel recommendations in London and so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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After three days of hunting through the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, there are several items I captured that I must share! Morag the highland cow, was too big of a challenge, but I spotted TOFT’s ‘Tokay Gecko”in the foliage and pounced immediately: In order to more effectively stalk the yarn market, Maxi and I wore our favorite knits. I am wearing Marie Wallin's design, Anya: while Maxi wore another Wallin design, Izmir. Do you think Morag was fooled? Maxi was also determined to find the amazing Stephen West, who started off his knitting career stocking shelves in her friend's yarn store... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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As some of you know, I am a bit obsessed with Paris. In particular, the patisseries of Paris. Due to the fact that I have a wonderful friend who rents her apartment to me for a song, my family who are both European and American tend to meet there as a halfway point once a year. If I am lucky, when I get off the plane, I go directly to Laduree Tearoom on the Champs Elysees to have lunch before my family starts our Paris adventures. Patisseries in Paris are palaces of beautiful confectionery. Once the doors close around me,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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I am deeply enamored of this yarn. Rowan’s new Cashmere Tweed may be my soul mate. Over the years, I have knitted many garments using Rowan’s Felted Tweed. It is an amazingly durable yarn, with a great color selection, and is perfect for knitting cardigans and jackets. It is also pleasant to the touch and easy on the hands, which cannot be said of many tweed yarns. I believe it is the merino (50%), alpaca (25%) and rayon blend. (25%) Touch, knitted in Rowan felted tweed Wisdom, knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed I love my felted tweed cardigans, but there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style