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Sheenagh Goes to VKL!

I went to Vogue Knitting Live for the first time ever today. I live on Long Island, yet somehow I’ve never been. Why?! Anyway, I’m so glad I went because I got to meet some of my very favorite yarn people. After 8 (or did we decide it’s 9….?) years of emailing and publishing designs with the Knit Picks team we finally met! Voices to the words on a computer screen. And I’m happy to say they’re all as lovely in person as they appear from online.

And a pleasant surprise. One of my designs was on display as a sample in the Knit Picks booth! The design is Sheenagh, a highly cabled ruana/poncho.

After the exhausting week I’ve had, end my Friday with this was amazing. I just wish I’d taken some selfies with the KP team and maybe one of me wearing my design. Oh well. Hindsight. I was too carried away in the enthusiasm of the moment.

Side note. I felt Wonderfluff yarn and it’s magical. I need me a sweater knit from the stuff. I imagine it’s like wearing a cloud. Ideas are already running through my head!

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In Rhythm: The Final Designs

As I mentioned yesterday, the In Rhythm hat collection got [hugely] delayed, but not forgotten. I’m still plugging away at the designs and will get them out as quickly as possible. My model (aka my sister) is coming to visit on Sunday and I plan on snapping some photos of finished designs so I can hurry up and complete them already.

This morning on my commute I’m working on one of the hats in question. I’m very close to the crown decrease, so this should end up photographed Sunday as well.

The yarn is Knit Picks Brava Sport in the “Almond” color. Brava is a great no-worry yarn. It’s 100% acrylic, which means it’s easy to care for and safe for sensitive skin. There is a light shine to the yarn. Needles are US size 4. The design Knits up surprisingly fast considering the stitch patterning and small needles.

I find I often work faster with this combo (moderate stitch pattern and smaller needles). My hands have the easiest time manipulating needles between sizes US 3 and US 8. And the semi-detailed stitching is enough to keep me interested and not put me to sleep. Does anyone else sometimes use a stockinette or garter stitch project to put themselves to bed?

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Touching Base on In Rhythm

2017 brought about a lot of changes in my world. Some endings. Some beginnings. It was both exciting as terrifying. In the beginning I wasn’t sure how I would possible make it through. But there’s always a way if you look and try hard enough. That being said, it was a crazy, crazy ride. And here we are in 2018!

I stepped away from Fiddle Knits almost entirely during 2017. There was a hat collection happening, which became delayed (much like the LIRR that I now commute in every day for work). It’s still happening. I have 2 more designs to finish before it’s complete and 2 more that are done but I need to photograph on my model (whom I now live an hour away from). I will have those 2 finished designs up and out within the week along with a note to everyone waiting the completion of the collection (as per my original agreement you can choose to be refunded for the late designs, or trust that they will indeed come though they are late. More info will be in the email sent specially to purchasers of the collection to whom the information is relevant).

Note: all photos in post are WIPs from the In Rhythm collection.

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Sprinkle Pink

I’ve heard of We Are Knitters for a while now. And have been eyeing their yarn for months. However, I’m practicing restraint (or at least I was for a little while) on buying yarn that I know I don’t have the time to use. Especially expensive yarn. Even though my fingers were itching to feel the fine fibers. And then the holiday sales hit. And then the Christmas bonus came. And my enabling friend saying buy it, it’s on sale, you’ll regret not buying it! And I listened, because she was right. And man and I glad I caved.

I bought enough skeins of The MeriWool in Sprinkle Pink to knit a basic stockinette raglan pullover. I opted to go at it from the top down because I really enjoy watching the shaping happen that way. (Also i love the confusion on non-knitters faces when you try explaining you’ve starring at the neckline and these little extra parts will be sleeves.)

The color of the yarn is gorgeous, so stockinette was the clear choice to let it shine. I plan on making this my train project, at least until I get to the sleeves and it becomes awkward in a crowded commuter train. Photos and a pattern when it’s done! Whenever that might be.

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Bring on the Blanket

Every year I think I’m going to start crafting for the holidays nice and early. And every year November comes and I haven’t started a single gift. (I think maybe there was one year this statement wasn’t true.) This year is no exception. It’s November and I decided I was going to make something for at least my mom and dad. Start with the most deserving, right? (Although my dad told me years ago, “no more knit shit.” Ha!)

I decided to start with a blanket for my dad. I wasn’t quite sure what to choose for him, especially remembering the “knit shit” comment (I think that was really aimed at my ill fitting beginner attempts at sweaters, though). Every year I make him a crazy hat. He loves them, but that was getting boring. After hearing him comment on liking this chunky striped blanket in a Lion Brand email I decided the blanket was my choice.

I didn’t have any real plan going in. I chose some colors of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and went for it. The classic chevron-type ripple seems like a good idea. Now we’ll see where the crochet takes me. And then there’s the really big question of will I finish in time?!

Kaya is quality control. She’s working hard to test out the blanket and make sure it’s up to standards. It’s a rough job, but some kitty has to do it!