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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.
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!!! 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!
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
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
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
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
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
The marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live in New York was a swirl of color as hundreds of makers rubbed shoulders, modeling their hand knits. Throngs of brightly-colored hand-dyed skeins shone everywhere, and yarn-based sculptures ringed the outer tier. The Marketplace was filled with knitters wearing Swonchos and Sunset Highway sweaters and now I want to knit a Swoncho for myself. Caitlin Hunter's Swoncho I love this kind of scene, because a knitting convention tell you in one glance which patterns are hot and what yarns people want to buy NOW! By far the most popular stand was Stephen West’s Steve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Crochet Piece from Rowan Magazine 63, Spring/Summer 2018 This year, I attended Vogue Knitting Live in New York City with my friend Stephanie, owner of my local yarn store, Uncommon Threads Yarns. One of the huge advantages of attending this knitting convention was the opportunity to see Rowan's fashion show previewing designs from Rowan Magazine 63, Spring/Summer 2018, which will be released later this month. I photographed my favorite pieces, including several striped cotton tops: You may notice that I took photos of the backs of all the knitwear. The unique opportunity that a fashion show provides is the ability... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Confessions of a Mad Hattknitter Ready for the mad hat confessions? READ ON: As a newbie knitter, I thought hat-making, in my innocence, was a lighthearted adventure. A junior in college, I'd moved in with my first serious boyfriend in Spain--he was half Spanish--and I eagerly knitted hats to keep us warm. There was no central heating in our stone home in chilly Galicia, and I got used to cooking and even sleeping in multiple layers of woolens. Unfortunately, the building was not the only chill factor in Spain, as my ex unceremoniously dumped me. He cast off the hats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
When I was a little girl, I visited my grandmother for one happy week every summer. Back at home, life was hard and food and other resources were limited, so I enjoyed trips to the beauty parlor with Grandmom and late night card playing over coffee ice cream and as if I were living in another world. Grandmom always sent me home with a few pretty dresses, and ever since that time, beautiful clothes have symbolized more important things—safety, feeling treasured, and being able to afford to pursue beauty as a goal in itself. I sometimes wonder if the reason... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
What you say makes a lot of sense, Betty! I had never thought about that but I am sure you are right. Especially with a heavy tunic it is probably important to ensure as much stability as possible in the neckline. Thank you so much for sharing your insight!
I am looking forward to seeing your shawl when it's finished! Yes, I still don't really understand how to wear triangular shawls without looking like one is choking in fabric or in granny mode. There's probably a shawl master out there somewhere who knows how to drape one properly but so far I am sticking with rectangular, wrap styles...
Yes, I find I am wearing it a lot!
Haha! Yes, it was a mournful moment. Over $200 down the drain! I don't know if you have ever knitted with Cocoon, but it does NOT unravel well. In fact, some of the yarn just sort of dissolved after the jacket was unravelled. You are right, Kim Hargreaves designs patterns that look smashing on older women as well as really young ones. How does she do it?
Thank you very much! I was inspired by a master stranded knitter you may know, named Maxi.
Ah yes, the tent sweater! All that time and yarn lost is always such a disappointment. I am glad I am not alone in paying more attention to shaping of garments as time passes on.....
Oh, wow, I had no idea Violet is a hot color right now. What fun! I seem to be on a purple kick at the moment, so that is lucky!
Thank you! Yes, when the owner of Webs was at Stitches West last year, he told me they had contracted with the mill Rowan used to keep producing the yarn for WEBS, under a new name. I'm so glad the yarn has survived, it is wonderful!
Every now and then, you encounter a pattern that is so fresh that it captivates you immediately. I tried on the Truss Tunic by Shellie Anderson during the Shibui Trunk show at my LYS, and it was love at first sight! In spite of the horrible name—isn’t a truss a kind of roof framework?—the tunic is very flattering. Based on what I saw at the trunk show, it suits all body types. My tall, skinny friends looked as great in it as did my shorter, curvier ones. In fact, no sooner had my friend Lexie and I tried on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style