PA Workshops and Vogue Knitting Live in CHICAGO!

What are you doing this Fall?  I am so looking forward to hitting the road and leading a few workshops!  It's been a great break at home, but I do love being with "my people" too!

The girl goes back to school Wednesday September 4th, so of course that means, I scheduled my first trip away for Thursday September 5th!  First, I'll be teaching at Mountain Knits and Pearls a yarn AND bead store in Stroudsburg, PA.  I look forward to teaching Mudra Cuff on Thursday eve and Spumante on Friday morning!  I do plan on checking out the Boden Outlet in Pittston on my way down... and am sure I'll come home with some new beads for the stash and maybe a new winter coat : )!

Then Friday and Saturday I teach sold out classes at Knitter's Day Out, and finally on Sunday the 8th I'll lead workshops at the Red Rows Knitting guild!  What a fun weekend to look forward too! I do believe there are still a few spots at both Mountain Knits and Pearls and Red Rows... get in touch with them if you would like to sign up!

Another event I am SO excited about is Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago!  I've got a full schedule, and LOVE the classes I am teaching! I've taught at a few other Vogue events and the quality of the students/venue/marketplace/activities is superb!

On Friday Nov 1st  I'll be teaching, Knitting Jewelry twice and Beading 101.  I believe these classes are almost sold out!

On Saturday the 2nd, I'll be teaching Cowl Design (this class is going to be amazing, I LOVE teaching design classes, and cowls are a wonderful place to start designing!) and Knitting Jewelry (again... yes, this class is popular, and FUN!)

On Sunday the 3rd I'll be teaching Advanced Lace with Beads, this class is always a blast as we tackle some challenging concepts and by the end of the session my students have learned more than they thought possible and their heads are a bit FULL!

Are you considering going?  I just got really great flights to Chicago on Delta, I was surprised at how inexpensive they were as air travel has been expensive lately!  They were such a good deal that I added on an extra day so I have time to play once my work is done... I always run right home after an event and I look forward to a little vacay in Chicago as well!  What a fun city!  Any tips for what I should do, or eat, while I am there?

Oh, and wondering who the winner of the Scarf Style 2 and yarn giveaway is #14 Congrats go to DebrafromMD  get in touch with your address so I can get your goodies in the mail!


Duplex Cowl: A Scarf Style 2 book and yarn Giveaway!

Remember last week when I said this book showed up at my door?  Well it was an extra good mail day as I got TWO copies instead of one! So, it's time to tell you about my design, Duplex, in Ann Budd's new collection Scarf Style 2 AND hold a giveaway so you can knit your own!

Duplex... giveaway

Duplex is a cowl that can be worn around the neck or the shoulders.  It is a "fauxbius" constructed of alternating garter stitch and stockinette short row row triangles separated by eyelets.  A fauxbius is merely a rectangle, begun with a provisional cast on, and then worked to the desired length.  Before grafting you flip your rectangle thus creating a moebius!

Duplex from Scarf Style 2

I did get some great shots on Caitlin when we went on a road trip to Webs right before I shipped Duplex off to Interweave... I do love me an rusty old iron bridge!

Duplex from Scarf Style 2

I used Dream in Color Smooshy for Duplex in grey tabby... I was sent two skeins, and only ended up using one as I made the small.  Any fingering weight sock yarn will do... I think it would be really nice in something with a little cashmere too : )!

Who wants to win my extra skein of yarn and extra copy of Scarf Style 2? 
Just leave a comment by the end of the day on August 25th.... do you have any ideas of a yarn you have in stash that might be good for this design?

I can't wait to start seeing more Duplex's being knit!  Don't forget to leave a way for me to get in touch with you!


A Chill in the Air....

In the background of all the projects I am working on there have been sweaters for me on the needles!  I finished Beach Street Park by Kirsten Kapur last week and with a chill in the air this am, wore it for peach picking on our one and only peach tree...

A chill in the air....
I wear hand knit wool sweaters almost everyday in the winter, and at the end of last winter I knew I needed a few new ones to freshen up my stash! So, when Kirsten published this pattern last March, right as my Jill buddy released her new sport weight yarn, Mohonk, I knew they were a match made in heaven! I love a functional wool sweater, one that will wear like iron, have tight sleeves that don't get in the way while I work, and be long enough not to ride up and expose my midriff to the cold!
A chill in the air....
Pattern: Beach Street Park by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk, in Raspberry Beret Sport weight, 100% Cormo Wool
A chill in the air....
The more sweaters you knit, the more you know how you like them to fit.  I took Kirsten's fabulous pattern and added these details to make it work for my body!
Picot Hem- I knew this would help keep the sweater from rolling or riding up... that little bit of weight and structure the picot hem adds at the hips really helps!
Waist Shaping- I took the measurements from Cascabel
Shortened the yoke- I have a surprisingly short underarm to neckline dimension, and almost always have to do this!
Short Rows- both below and above the eyelet yoke design, this helps fit the yoke better to my shoulders and curves neckline more.
A Chill in the Air


A Good Mail Day....

I got this...
Good Mail Day!

I've been coveting a skein of Wollmeise Lacegarn for quite a while and when I finished the manuscript (on time!), I decided I deserved a yarny treat! I know I could have trolled Ravelry for a destash, but I really wanted the rush of buying it from Claudia's shop in Germany. Right now there are two updates a week Thursdays at 5 pm CET and Friday's at 8 am CET (that's 11 am and 2 am respectively EST). It took me a bit as I kept forgetting to go there RIGHT on the hour and yarns sells out QUICKLY! Anything you see that you might want has to go into your cart, you then have 10 minutes to check out before you "loose it". Wollmeise is on vacation until the end of August, so if you want to try, you'll have to wait until September. You can keep up on the updates to the web shop here... that's how I figured it out!

I'm going to knit a Life Cycle, but as a triangle, not a square, which means I am rewriting the pattern from in the round to flat!  I guess I can't call it Life Cycle any more... maybe Half Life?  What do you think?

And this....
Good Mail Day!

It's Ann Budd's newest book, ScarfStyle 2, which I have a pattern in! More on that later once it's released, I just couldn't resist sharing!!!!

Okay, I'm off to wind my 300 gram, 1722 yard skein... wish me luck!


Obsessio Cowl... now with beads!

I know many of you have been waiting for copyright on Obsessio to revert back to me so I could release it with beading options!  Obsessio was Craftsy's June Mystery KAL, over 1500 people participated and I had a grand time helping them knit this ethereal lacy summer cowl in Art Yarns Silk Merino Lace.
At the same time I was working on the KAL I was knitting a scarf for the book in Fibre Company's newest yarn Meadow, and I just knew I needed to have an Obsessio for me in it!  So, once the book projects were done that was the first thing I cast on for!  LOVE is not a strong enough word!  This version doesn't have beads on it as I wanted it for everyday... FOR ME!  : )!
This new version of Obsessio is written for three weights of yarns, lace, light fingering and fingering.  All you have to do is change your needle size and get the same gauge, super easy!
It also has three different places that beads can be added, which makes for a total of 8 different versions of Obsessio that can be knit depending on if you work all the options, some or none of them! Options A and B have beads placed on stitches, whereas Option C works with pre-strung beads.  The pattern includes video tutorials for how to work with the beads... no worries!
Obsessio Cowl
Finally I did size Obsessio which I couldn't do in the original MKAL as I was limited to a 312 yard skein.So those of you wishing for a larger one, I've figured that out as well!  The pattern is now available in my Ravelry shop and on my website.... enjoy!

There are already MANY version of Obsessio up on Ravelry and I look forward to seeing more and more as everyone starts knitting it with beads and in other yarns!  This is a great project to knit and enter in the 3rd Quarter KAL in my Ravelry group.... and I just added a pretty awesomesauce prize for September, a complete set of Chiagoo Red Lace Interchangeable needles!

Oh, and as a complete aside... this is my 400th blog post, how did that happen?  I remember quite clearly once saying I would never ever ever blog!