Archive for March, 2010

Paul McCartney & My Yarn Choices

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Paul McCartney played the Hollywood Bowl tonight. Fine, except that  going past the storied  amphitheatre is one of my 2 main choices in driving home from my job in Beverly Hills. I can go past the Bowl or over Laurel Canyon (hotbed of 1970’s music, think Joni Mitchell, CSNY, The Mamas & The Papas and Frank Zappa). I simply picked the wrong one (Highland Avenue, past McCartney’s concert) tonight and it was a dang parking lot. What did I think about stalled in lines and lines of cars? Yarn. Seriously. I realized that anything made in a Cascade Yarns product was  good for me. I’m working with Indulgence right now, but I’ve knit with Pastaza and Fixation and have some 220 and Heritage Paints in my stash. Plus I lust for Venezia. I do. All good choices. All easy to get. No waiting in traffic required since so many LYS carry it.

Knitting On CBS

Monday, March 29th, 2010

A while back Mo Rocca made disbaraging remarks about handknit sweaters that turned into a rallying cry. Get the whole story in this piece he did for the CBS Sunday Morning television show. Very fun. It also gives you a chance to hear from knitting guru, Debbie Stoller (above), who was interviewed for the show. I have yet to see her new yarn line in my local JoAnn. Have you?

Britney's Knit Scarf

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

OK, what is this that Britney Spears has all wrapped around herself? That is one very long snood or mobius. I don’t believe I’ve seen anyone wearing their scarf quite like this. Spears lives in my section of Los Angeles, which is called Studio City. My neighborhood is full of television stars and the craftspeople who service the entertainment industry—sound designers, production designers, writers, etc. Sometimes I run into celebrities, like Balthazar Getty, Ryan Gosling, and William Shatner. I see the not gay Jon Cryer pushing a baby stroller with his wife. A while back, Robert Blake’s wife was shot 3 doors down from our house. Still, I haven’t yet seen Britney. Maybe you’d like to see a long long scarf? Check this out. All I can think is, really? No, really?

New Knit On The Net

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The new Knit On The Net is online. Called the “Comfort Issue,” it’s a nice  collection of new patterns for Spring. Linda WilgusPeggy Sue (above) reminds me of a sweet little version of Mr. Greenjeans. I would definitely knit this cardi, because having done the other one, I’d be able to figure out how to get this to fit me. Being that short and that tight might be problematic, but then again, maybe not. The Snowflake shawlette designed by Susanna IC seems like a versatile piece for your wardrobe. There are also some interesting Features in this issue, like the one  by Rachael Matthews talking about her gallery show, “Louder Than Bombs: Art, Action and Activism,” and also one by Ingrid Murnane on the Knitting Reference Library at the Winchester School of Art, outside of London. Looks like a nice resource for British knitters.

Knitting As A Metaphor

Friday, March 26th, 2010

This is a clever use of knitting— as a way to illustrate the cozy soft heat of natural gas. See the stop-motion animated commercial spot here. It was created by Olivier Babinet of the Belgian-based Lovo Films for the ad agency, TBWA Brussels. See the making of video here. Why can’t my shower head spit out cashmere? (By the way, I found this story via Neatorama.) Want to see other yarny ads? Check out this madcap adventure for Ray Bans and this one with a stitching robot for Duracell Batteries. Knitting. Always a great concept.

Summer Knitty Is Up

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Knitty for Spring Summer has gone online. Pretty socks, a few lace shawls, and some very odd ball stuff: duck feet for baby, knitted short shorts, and a bag that the designer refers to as  a “computational textile.” My favorite thing is the Summit Shawl (above) by Mandie Harrington. Very unusual stitch pattern. Emmaline by Jennifer Wood is  a lovely design, but I’ve made a summer sweater in a yarn like that and just wasn’t satisfied by the appearance. There’s also a fine tutorial on adding antique lace edging by Franklin Habit of Panopticon fame. See everything here.

Knit Simple for Spring

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I know it is snowing in Kansas, but it is warm and wonderful in LA lately. My thoughts are definitely turning to Spring. You too? Check out the KnitSimple magazine Spring Preview (some of the “Soft & Simple” series patterns above). It’s hard to tell from the photos of course, but it looks like several sweaters may be top down construction. I definitely prefer that. It allows you to try things on as you knit, and have a better chance at fitting yourself correctly. Oh by the way, I blocked Mr Greenjeans, a top down cardi, and it turned out great. Believe the experienced knitters who tell you that blocking really makes a HUGE difference in your garments!

Vickie Howell Joins Caron

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Vickie Howell, author of numerous knitting books and perky host of the now defunct Knitty Gritty television show has joined up with Caron as their spokesperson. No new eponymous yarn lines yet, although she did have a small collection at one point. The Austin-based Howell seems to be advising and designing signature patterns like the Cardigan Neutral (left). I think I like this pattern, but from this photo it’s pretty hard to see exactly what’s going on with the design. It looks like she made the wrong size. Foiled again by bad photo art direction. By the way, Howell is also doing a bi-monthly blog for PBS Parents called Craft Apparent with Vickie Howell. Plus she’s leading workshops at Stitch Lab in her home town. Busy busy little bee.

Finishing Knits

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I’ve been working on the finer points of finishing up my cardigans. Mr. Greenjeans is all pinned down after my first attempt at blocking. Now I’m just waiting for it to dry thoroughly. I redid the button band on the little boy cardi, Keep On Truckin,’ picking up more stitches and that looks a whole lot better. Now I’m thinking about doing a buttonloop on it. The photo (left) from The Rainey Sisters’ blog shows what they look like. Ysolda and My Fashionable Life both have simple tutorials on making them.

Spring Knits for Kids

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The Spring issue of the online baby and children’s knitwear magazine, Petite Purls, is up. Although there are many nice patterns, none of the them are especially grabbing me. The Just-spring socks (left) designed by Sharon Fuller are nice, but I feel like I’ve seen a lot of these kinds of patterns before. (Maybe I have now just plain seen too many knitting patterns?) However, I’m really liking the Features in Petite Purls this time. Articles and video from Stefanie Japel on making a recycled Tshirt Yarn Bib and Vickie Howell on natural dyeing, an excerpt from her book AwareKnits,  are super informative pieces.