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This is Marie Wallin’s gorgeous Aisling pattern. After the first year of the pandemic, when I could only focus on knitting socks, I found that by doing KALs supported by knitters close to me, I could tackle stranded garments. In fact, we three friends got together and decided to knit something really beautiful. Aisling is a multicolor version of Marie Wallin's original, two-color top Nigella. Buoyed by each other’s excitement, we ordered kits from The Woolly Thistle. I believe Marie Wallin's website now also has kits here. We each chose a different size. While my friend on the right @valbou... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Insert photo of screen capture: project page I have recently been learning to alter stranded patterns to fit my curvier figure and thought it might be helpful to post what I’ve been doing to help others who want to accomplish the same thing. Marie Wallin’s gift box 3 of British Breeds yarn arrived in May, and my mother-in-law immediately started in on knitting Ottilie, which takes all 24 colors of yarn in the gift box. This is a boxy shrug that was written one-size-fits-all. However, I was concerned this would swallow my figure, so I altered the back of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2022 at Fashion: Yarn Style
How is glucose used in the body? When a person eats something, the body breaks down the carbohydrates from the foods that we eat and make them into glucose for our body. A good analogy for glucose is the gas for the car. It helps us stay active when the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2022 at DiaMate
Doctor Richard Bernstein's method was created when he was 45. He advises patients to eat fewer carbohydrates and take smaller doses of insulin. This is important because a low carbohydrate diet allows the patient to stay in the “honeymoon phase” that allows the pancreas to continue to operate although it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at DiaMate
What is Type 1 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction (the body attacks itself by mistake) that destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, called beta cells. This process can go on for months or years before any symptoms appear. Type... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at DiaMate
Thank you very much for your kind comment, Gretchen! It is wonderful to hear from you!
After many months of spending most of my time indoors last year, it seemed necessary to knit some flowers. I imagined blooms everywhere inside my little office, and I ultimately chose the pattern Flower Child by Nora Gaughan. For those of you who find it safe to navegate Ravelry, my project page is here: Seventies-inspired knits seem all the rage these days, but I was mainly attracted to the ingenious design of this pattern. I have never knitted a back or front in five separate pieces before and it seemed like a great challenge. The only issue is that I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2021 at Fashion: Yarn Style
You are so creative, Betty! It is amazing that you created a wonderful face mask fabric! How clever! Yes, let's hope that 2021 keeps improving, I am totally one with you on better hopes for the future!
Piuma Mitts by Heather Zoppetti Hello! How have you all been during this difficult year? What have you been knitting lately? I have really missed you readers and our chats about knitting style. Knitting has been such a wonderful source of joy for me and my family and I spent much of the pandemic knitting scores of teeny tiny gnomes and unicorns I could give away to family and friends as a bright spot in a dark time. I particularly enjoyed sewing matching bow ties, skirts and knitting tops for my nieces and nephews for our family reunion this year!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2021 at Fashion: Yarn Style
For me, crafting has become a power for good in my experience of dealing with the pandemic. I live in the Bay Area, where there have been forest fires all around us and the number of COVID cases is somewhat high. If you let your thoughts dwell too much on what is actually happening it can be overwhelming. So it is a unique opportunity to channel restlessness and anxiety into creating pieces that illuminate the darkness. So I started seeing the image of a dark garden. The background of the fabrics I will use will be mostly black but there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style
As my longtime readers know, I have often struggled to find a winning combination where a handknitted sweater shows off a handsewn outfit or vice versa. Even my latest outfit, the Unst cardigan paired with Simplicity 2444, was not ultimately satisfactory. As I looked at the photos later, I realized that the neckline of the sweater did not harmonize with the neckline of the dress. The mismatch looks a bit sloppy. I'm sure blocking the right top edge of the cardigan will help but the two shapes at the neck really don't go together. It turns out that the sweetheart... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style
The above fellow is a starter gnome, looking through the white wooden fence that separates Lucia Lodge from the Big Sur coastline. The starter gnome pattern is designed by Anna Hrachovek of Mochimochiland. I discovered her adorable gnome in this video: After six months of barely leaving home, we decided to go to Big Sur, California and El Gnomo came along. My husband and I had fun photographing first El Gnomo, and then later his new friend Brinkley at Lucia Lodge, where we stayed. Everyone who saw the gnomes peering out of the foliage laughed. And I realized that was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style
I finally did it! I created an intricate fair isle knit that I am really proud of! And after all these years of eyeing spectacular versions of Marie Wallin’s fairisle knits, it was time to tackle Unst. I've wanted to knit this pattern since the very first moment I saw it. Someone had posted a photo of Marie Wallin wearing her new pattern among a group of knitting designers on Instagram and I was struck by its beauty immediately. I messaged the poster to find out the name of the pattern and then when I had the good fortune to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Phew! It’s been a super busy couple of weeks since I got back from Vogue Knitting Live in New York but I am determined to share my yarn haul with you since I know many were not able to attend in person and might be interested in some of these yarns! First stop at VKL NY: Fuse Fibers studio. This is a small, three-year-old company. I'm addicted to the vintage-inspired colorways but they sell out really fast. My favorite of the colorways is “The Natural Language of Flowers”, the light skeins pictured above, but even though I made a beeline... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style
My one major goal for my sewing in 2019 was to try to replicate a zipper-front skirt I saw in the Chanel Fashion show influenced by computers in the Spring/Summer 2017 show: I just adored these A-line skirts with the zipper in front but had very little sewing experience and was afraid I would completely mess up the zipper. But I kept at it, sewing skirt after skirt, starting with the Hollyburn skirt pattern by sewaholic. After creating several successful Hollyburn skirts, I moved on to McCall’s 7197. This pattern features a central zipper that runs the length of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Wow, Melbourne Australia is far away. Do you have equivalent yarn events there? Thank you for your lovely message, it touched my heart!
Aw, thank you very much for your wonderful comment! It definitely inspires me to write more if I know someone, somewhere, enjoys some aspect of my posts. So thank you for encouraging me to continue!
Yarn, yarn, as far as the eye can see! The Marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live New York was unbelievable, and I found some wonderful colors there, such as this Green Dragon Colorway of the Merino Yak yarn hand-dyed by The Periwinkle Sheep. It is hard to find a really good green, and when you have an entire market of hand-dyers to choose from the chances go up enormously of finding exactly the color you want! Not to mention the gorgeous yarn art pieces. But the greatest aspect of Vogue Knitting Live is the amazing people that attend the convention from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style
It’s been swelteringly hot here in California so I’ve been knitting cotton lace. Everyone needs a lace vest for summer, right? It’s a light, cool piece that adds a hint of style to a dress without making you much warmer. I’ve been seeking the pattern for a white lace vest like this for years! “Peaches” by Kim Hargreaves is a free pattern that you can download from Ravelry here I discovered the pattern when we kicked off the Kim Hargreaves-along in the Stitching over the Days group, which I am helping moderate. Our knit-a-long lasts until December and we are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Recently I participated in a knit-a-long of the Soldotna Crop cardigan at my local yarn shop. What a great stashbuster Caitlin Hunter's design is! I used Handmaiden Casbah (blue), (Fibercompany's Road to China and Myak Baby Yak Medium (dark browns), Olann Merino dk (white flecked with pink, blue and brown) and Rowan softyak dk (pink). This top is really versatile because all of us had different figures and different color schemes but we all looked smashing in the sweater! My friend, Sylvie and I had fun finishing Soldotna at around the same time and then we wore them on our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Jennifer, you are so clever, you have pinpointed the exact proportion problem in this outfit--when I had tucked the shirt in, there was about 2.5 inches of exposed shirt before the Myrna waistband started which looked quite unflattering; If I had owned the skirt before starting the sweater I could have planned for them to match better in that area so I am swearing off trying to knit/sew an outfit simultaneously! Yes I totally agree that shopping one's own wardrobe is best!!!
I’ve been knitting Vilma for over a year and a half-- it feels strange to finished it at last! The more stranded knitting projects I make, the less motivated I feel to work on long stockinette sections. But I persevered! The worst moment was last November. I left my half-knitted sweater in the back of a taxi in Paris and it took a while to to start again. Eventually I decided I would be permanently traumatized by Vilma’s loss unless I started over. I had meant to achieve a sweater-girl style look with Vilma, in keeping with Fran Jeffries sweater,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Karen cardigan by Sarah Hatton + my sewn Hollyburn skirt When you knit a sweater to match an item in your wardrobe, there are a lot of advantages. You’ve worn the garment for a while and understand its proportions. Understanding the style and shape you need to complete an outfit is key. I was thrilled that Myrna suited my purchased vintage dress as planned: However, my other project was not so successful. I had originally thought, “How hard could it be to create a sewn outfit to go with my new cardigan?” Because the official design photo of Myrna is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Agnes, thank you very much for your comment! That is really helpful to know about the photographs! At the moment my husband's been too busy to photograph me, so what you've been seeing is selfies where I've balanced my cell precariously on top of my refrigerator! Too funny!
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2019 on Myrna by Andi Satterlund at Fashion: Yarn Style
Aw, thank you very much, Maxi!