7.02.2015

A Morris Blazer (or Two!)

I'm hard at work on new patterns/kits during the day, but at night and on the weekends I've been working on some clothes for Europe. When I saw Kelly from CutCutSew's Morris Blazer on Instagram my girl and I decided we both needed one for the trip!
  
Pattern: Morris Blazer from Grainline Studio
Sizes: Size 2 (Olive) and Size 6 (Gray)
Fabric: Theory Stretch Twill from Mood
(I don't see the exact ones we got... but these are close! I think I need to get the dark denim for just one more.)
Modifications: NONE!! The olive fabric only had one way stretch, but the grey had two way stretch so I used interfacing on both the facing and jacket fabric. (There are notes about this in the sew-a-long.)
Sew-A-Long: Luckily for me right as I was working on this a sew-a-long was happening on the Grainline Studio Blog... I checked it out as necessary, the facing post was particularly helpful as I got a little confused about how to grade a seam.
Notes: What I love about this blazer is how fitted it is and still how much mobility I have. This is due to the stretch twill. If I had made it out of a woven it might have felt like a straightjacket!  The gray one (size 6) is clearly too big on me (it wasn't quite right on my girl, I think I should have made her a Size 4 with some mods). It would be great with a sweater underneath, though! I'm tempted to keep it for winter, but my friend already tried it on and claimed it for her own... it looked SO good on her I couldn't say no!
The Cowl: It's coming with me too! It's a Covert Cowl that Justine knit for me with a stunning skein of IndigoDragonfly Mer GoatLace (the yarn I used for Magia). It's such a treat to have a  design of my own that  I can wear without guilt... Thanks Justine!

All in all, this pattern was super easy to follow and I'm thrilled with the result, If you are looking for an easy sewing pattern (seriously, so much easier than it looks!) I would suggest going for it. It's a great weekend sewing project!

6.30.2015

Upcoming Trip to Europe, Fall Workshops and a Winner!

WOW... it's almost July? How in the heck did that happen? (Don't answer that!)

I'm busy getting ready for a summer travel adventure with my family... we are headed to Europe again, but this time farther north, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague and Bavaria. I even managed to schedule a weekend with knitters! My husband and girl are dropping me of in Pfaffenhofen der Ilm (north of Munich) to visit Wollmeise and meet my European Craftsy students and members of my Ravelry group! I.CANNOT.WAIT!

Here are the details in case you should be on that side of the ocean and want to meet up:
Saturday July 18th
10 - 12: at Wollmeise,shopping/knitting/enabling!
12 - 2ish: Lunch, everyone who is there is welcome to join us!
2 - 4: More time at Wollmeise or at a cafe nearby if I have spent all my money!
(we'll make sure the staff at Wollmeise know where we are if you get there and I'm not there!)

There is more chatter about the gathering in my Ravelry group... I do hope to meet some of you there!

AND my fall schedule has been firmed up... it's a busy one! Knitter's Day Out, The Knitter's Edge, Vogue Knitting Live, Knit East! and the cruise with an after-cruise party/classes at A Good Yarn! I'm totally looking forward to this fall!

I was thrilled with the response to last week's bead dilemma... I ended up going with C and D! Thankyou for your help, it was much appreciated... the shawl is going to be gorgeous!!! The winner of the giveaway is Pattieknits! Congrats Pattie!  Get in touch to claim your prize!

Alrighty, back to planning my knitting and wardrobe for the trip... photos of my new blazer later this week once it stops raining!

6.23.2015

I need your help... (and a giveaway!)

Oh my, I just had a really good mail day, and my needles are itching to cast on a new design with this yarn, BUT I can't decide what bead color I should use for it!

I bet you need some background to help you decide which bead you like best.... this design is destined to be part of a super secret special project with Swiss Wulle Festival and Siidegarte. The yarn is Siide-Nobel, a luxurious blend of silk and baby camel (yes, I said baby camel!) and it is going to make the most gorgeous secret project ever!

You might remember that I met Fides and Gaby when I was in Switzerland last summer and that I fell in love with both them and their yarns. During my visit Fides and Gaby loaded me up with yarn to design with (it's an occupational hazard of mine). I received a sweater's quantity worth of Siide-Buschper which has already been knit up in a sweater that will be released later this summer (see sneak peek below!) and two skeins of Siide-Fideel.
This morning while surfing the internet (and stalking the mailbox for my yarn) I saw that the Swiss Wulle Festival announced Under the Same Sky, a collaboration with native knitwear designer Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. Isn't this shawl stunning?

I immediately thought of the two skeins of Siide-Fideel I got last summer, but there is no way I have time to join in on the Under the Same Sky KAL, no matter how gorgeous and fun to knit I think this shawl is!

So, since I am asking you for help choosing beads, I figure in exchange one of you should get to win them so you can join in on the KAL in my stead...

The giveaway details... 
Which bead do you like best with my yarn?
A- Silver lined square hole pale pink (Matsuno)
B-
Silver lined square hole pink AB matte finish (Matsuno)
C- Transparent raspberry AB  (Toho)
D- Transparent topaz AB Delica (Miyuki)

Just leave a comment letting me know your choice (A,B,C, or D) below by 12pm (EST) on June 28th, don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you! I randomly choose a winner on Monday the 29th and get your 2 skeins of Siide-Fidel out to you!

6.19.2015

Meta Mystery KAL: Shawl Revealed!

Thankyou all for playing in what a I know was a crazy Mystery KAL (even by my standards!)... I really tried hard with this one to keep you guessing as to what you were making until the last possible moment. Writing patterns like this is so stimulating for my design cortex as I end up with a construction even I did not know was possible! (Is a design cortex a thing? If not, it should be!)
Meta was designed to be knit in sections (or kites) and then those kites are connected to create a uniquely shaped shawl that sits perfectly on the shoulders. First 3 mainly garter stitch kites are knit, one of which has optional beads. Then kites 1 and 2 are connected by a rectangular panel that has a lace stripe. An edging is worked out from the side of kite 1. Then kites 2 and 3 are connected with another panel, and an edging is worked out on kite 3, and suddenly you have a shawl!
Now, that you see the construction, let's show you a few more photos of Meta!

The edging!
The connector stitch!
One of the things I do in Mystery KAL's is not give blocking directions as it seems there are many ways shawls can be blocked and this changes their final shape!  You can see the many ways Meta was blocked here.  I didn't get many blocking photos of mine (whoops!) but did snap this one...  I used Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers on my edging to get the "steps" straight! Others pulled the edging into points, which is also stunning!
I have a few thankyou's to make as the clues were error free because of a dedicated crew of testers and tech editors who questioned me throughout the entire process so that we could make sure the resulting pattern had as little errata as possible! This is particularly extra important with Mystery KAL's as since the knitter doesn't have a photo to check their work by they don't know if something is going wrong! SO, huge thanks to Kate, Ann, Justine, Lorrie and Lori! Meta would not have been the success it is without you!

Those of you who haven't finished up your Meta's a thread has been set up in case you have questions/need support/want to show your progress! There is also an Finished Meta Contest, that is open until July 2nd! 

I do have another Mystery KAL planned for September, details will come out in August!... it is another fun construction, promise!