8.22.2009

She's A Brick House!

The Commodores

This shawl is all that and more: Warm and cozy like a home, built to last, and keeping you looking fine. Make this a study in color; try different color combinations to discover the best mortar for your bricks. Brick House is based on an easily memorized brick eyelet pattern. Discover all the fun ways Brick House can be worn; to the front, down the back, over one shoulder....

Knit in Schaefer Yarn's Heather, this supple fingering weight yarn is a blend of superwash wool, silk and a little nylon. It is the perfect lofty light weight fiber to keep you comfy in those cool days of fall.

I've kept this baby underwraps for a bit, but it was time to let her loose in the wild! Play with color, but make sure that the two colors you choose are different enough that you can see a distinct difference between the mortar and the bricks.

You can see the stats and purchase it here or on Ravelry. I'd love to see what colors you choose!!!
As with all my patterns the lace pattern is both charted and written out, and it's been model knit, and tech edited, and is TOTALLY ready for public consumption!

8.12.2009

Wowsers

I am still digesting, in a major way! What a fabulous weekend at Sock Summit. There aren't words for the inspiring knitters I met, great food I ate, yarn I coveted, and sights I saw.

Here are some highlights:
* "How I became a Knitter" lecture with Barbara Walker, what I learned from Barbara is that her life is a series of obsessions, and that knitting was one of them (I think she needs less sleep than I do), the woman is so amazing she has even designed her own Tarot.
* An amazing Ravelry party, Jess, Casey, Mary Heather and Sarah have a calm, fun loving dedication they bring to their project, they don't hold anything back, and are amazing appreciative, supportive, AWESOME people, I LOVE THEM! Mary Heather even wore Entomology, I'm a loser and didn't get a good pic... but I know there are some out there!

* Participating in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most people knitting at one time, I think we did it, need I say more?

* GREAT FOOD, Alice (my buddy from boarding school who I stayed with) and I ate at Por Que No and Burgerville, and a yummy french brunch place with homemade croissants I forgot to get the name of!

* Shopping... I got some yarn, which I need like I need a whole in my head, but I HAD to do it: Shibui Silk Cloud in Wasabi, and a gorgeous skein of Kitchen Sink Dyeworks wool/bamboo blend in an awesome one of a kind green. (Mercedes calls her one of a kinds "odd ducks" which I love!) I also got a great bag from Splityarn which matches my yarn purchases beautifully. (I'll admit I bought the bag first and found yarn to match it.) Here's Star, myself and Caro (Miss Splityarn herself) with our matching purchases:* I talked with lots of knitters about Schaefer Yarn, and gave away TONS of samples I had on hand. This was super fun, and a great way to spend my "down" time.

* A Luminary Panel that blew my mind... one quote I remember "Busy hands are joyous hands", that must be why I knit! I was so busy soaking in all the knowledge and sage advice I forgot to take notes... so that's all you get!

* I won a raffle hosted by Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks for Doctors without Borders, and am the proud owner of an amazing barn raising quilt from the book Knitalong by Larissa Brown & Martin John Brown. I'll take pics and talk more about this later, it's an amazing piece I am honored to have.

I'm hunkering down to spend some quality time with my family and get some knitting done on deadlines that are looming scarily close, I'll be back!

8.05.2009

Off to Sock Summit

I'm off to Portland for Sock Summit on Thursday, it's the best work perk yet! I'll be in the Knit-Purl booth (#1022) and Simply Socks booth (#523 and 622) on and off all weekend... I got into Barbara Walker's lecture "How I became a Knitter" on Saturday and cannot wait to listen, knit, and soak in all the goodness.

Also, seriously, in a majorly geeky way, I am looking forward to taking part in the
Guinness Book for World Records attempt. I'll also definitely be at the Ravelry party Sat night helping out. Expect to hear more!

I still have my two "secret" projects with deadlines looming on the ndls, those are plane knitting! Obviously, though, I need to knit some socks. I just finished these for me:
Pattern: My "Plain Vanilla" Toe-up Sock based on Nicholetta
Yarn: Schaefer Yarn's Nichole, one-of-a-kind color

The next pair will be "for my man" in Anne, I'm thinking Angee sized up in Ash. Call 'em my AAA socks!

8.02.2009

Good Parenting

Miss B: "Can we make these?"

Me: " Twist my arm!" After many hours, dishes, blueberry picking and references to offset spatulas (which I don't "think" we have), I introduce:

YUMMMMM!