Archive for December, 2008

Size Matters

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

 

More Big Girl Knits (cover detail)

More Big Girl Knits (cover detail)

Having made 7 sweaters for myself in 2008 that don’t fit me right, leading to 3 frogged and 2 to be gifted to others, I’m ready to get serious about proper sizing. I turned to Jillian Moreno & Amy R. Singer‘s More Big Girl Knits for information even though their luscious patterns are too large for me. They acknowledge that even sub-size-14 knitters can learn shaping secrets from them, and they are right! (more…)

Chart Me

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

 

Candle Flame Scarf Chart (detail)

Candle Flame Scarf Chart (detail)

 

Here is a beautiful scarf, and wonder of wonders—it has a stitch chart. It’s called Candle Flame Scarf  and the pattern is FREE from Firebrunetteknitting. Done in Malabrigo merino worsted, one of the favorite yarns of those in the know, it is richly textured and quite striking looking.

Love The Library

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

loopdloopOne of the great things about living in Los Angeles, and there are many, is the Los Angeles Public Library. Each branch happens to have a significant amount of books on knitting. Maybe your public library does too? I find that if I keep taking out certain books, time and again, that maybe the book should be in my personal library as well. That’s what happened with Teva Durham‘s Loop-d-Loop. It’s a truly innovative collection of garment patterns. By the way, Teva has a line of yarns called Loop-d-Loop with Tahki Stacy-Charles, Inc. that are unusual and beautiful as well.

Fearlessness

Monday, December 29th, 2008

fearless knittingKnitting Daily, Interweave Press‘ great newsletter/blog/show is always full of instruction, information, inspiration and patterns. They are encouraging the idea of Fearless Knitting—challenging yourself to expand your knitting skills, try new things, and go beyond your comfort zone. Read more about what editor Sandi Wiseheart has to say about her own Fearless Knitting.  And if you’re into it, buy Fearless Knitting gear or put a Knitting Daily (or Fearless Knitting) button on your blog or website.

Intricate Work

Monday, December 29th, 2008

 

Turpan (detail)

Turpan (detail)

The cardigan called Turpan (a FREE pattern from Caron yarns) is amazing. I have to admit that when I received this Deborah Newton designed  pattern, via the naturally caron.com newsletter  I was intrigued, but afraid I didn’t possess the skill and patience it would take to complete it. Thank goodness Mama Stop Knitting took it on, with thrilling results. Read about her adventures with the pattern and her modifications here.

By the way, look inside Deborah Newton’s book, Designing Knitwear at Amazon.

Cablemania III

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Big Sky Knitting

Janet Szabo is a cable genius. Her Big Sky Knitting Designs website, her newsletter and her many books are all fantastic resources for those who love cables. Janet has published her 2009 teaching schedule here.

 

 

 

 

One of the many amazing cable sweater patterns available through Big Sky Knitting

Cablemania II

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

 

Mork (detail)

Mork (detail)

To see some gorgeous cables, here’s a sweater called Mork. Obviously Moth Heaven knows what the hell they’re doing with a cable needle (unlike some of us)!

Cablemania

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

 

Pippi checks out Tempting.

Pippi checks out Tempting.

I’ve been working on the sweater called Tempting (a FREE pattern on Knitty), and like many knitters, didn’t want to make it with the bow at the neckline as originally conceived by the designer, Jenna Adorno. Instead, I discovered that Catherine on Ravelry had made the sweater with cables at the top, and offered her pattern variation. (If you are a Ravelry member, check out her FREE instructions.) I’ve found that knitting cables and knitting lace are challenging.

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Happy Merry Ravelry

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

picture-23If there is any knitter out there who does not know about and use the knitter’s social network site called Ravelry, it’s really time for you to check it out. Join for free and have access to an active global knitting community that is into sharing tips, stories, patterns, advice and photos of their projects. An amazing resource.

 

 

 

This is the Ravelry mascot, Bob, obviously decked for the holidays.

Multi Circs?

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

 

picture-20Hate DPNs? Think they are the devil’s own tools invented to make you crazy? Well, how about using two circular needles instead? It’s a cool trick and Andrade walks us through the process of using two circulars for knitting small circumferences, complete with step-by-step photos here.