Svenson

My friend Meghan, is beautiful, fearless, smart, fun, and a darn good knitter!!  About this time last year, she set out on the task of knitting her husband a sweater.  The challenge….Brooklyn Tweeds Svenson using Brooklyn Tweeds Arbor in colorway Dorado, purchased at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.  Meghan had never done cables before, and a mans sweater is a lot of knitting anyway.  She did a beautiful job, and the fit is perfect, and so is this picture.  Aren’t they all a lovely family?  Yes, she’s Wonder Woman, for real…Meghan even made the girls dresses using fabric from Liberty of London!  You are so inspirational Meghan (((hugs))).

MORE Hats

Yep, my friend Yvonne has the same thing going on with the hats.  She donates her for charity auction!  Here are her latest three…. First – Wavy Legs by Jody Brown!  The yarn that Yvonne used is Madelinetosh Tosh DK.  Yvonne purchased her yarn at WEBS, Northampton, Massachusetts!

… and as my grandson would say ‘gain’ Here’s Wavy Legs 2.  This time with Hula Hut Yarns Aloha DK purchased at Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, Washington.  What comes to mind with this one is the Aloha yarn — Yvonne goes to Hawaii every year, so it’s rather perfect!

Finally, Swirled Peace by Lisa K. Ross!  The yarn Yvonne used is Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering and Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi.  Yarn purchased at The Swift Stitch, Santa Cruz, California!

 

Caps, Caps & more Caps

My friend Lynn has moved to Missouri….BUT, it can get cold in the winter time there.  Lynn knits sweaters, capes, ponchos, socks, hats, cowls, baby blankets…..you name it!  But right now, she’s on a tear for knit caps.  Here are her two latest!  First up…Cote-Nord Cap by Amy Christoffers.  This pattern was originally published in the Interweave knits Winter 2014 magazine.  But, now you can purchase this pattern single directly from Interweave.

Next up is Lynn’s Snow Ghost hat by Aimee Alexander.

Thanks Lynn for sharing your knitting, and have fun wearing those awesome hats this winter.

Here Comes Santa Clause

Is your LYS decorating for Christmas yet?  Well, if not, I’m sure they are planning that.  I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  BUT, in the knitting world, the art of gift giving has to start early.  Look what Ronda over at Main St. Yarn Shop (Hartford, Wisconsin) made.  I wonder if she will have classes for these fun little guys or if they will decorate her store.  The pattern is Here We Gnome Again, and the pattern is by Sarah Schira.  The yarn that Sarah used is Malabrigo Yarn Sock.  The pattern has instructions for worsted weight yarn too, and can be found on Ravelry.

A Hat, A Shawl & Some Baby Socks

Carmel started out the year knitting fair isle hats, and she’s still doing that, and here it is November now.  She’s even started teaching others fair isle knitting.  Here is her Epistropheid hat by Kate Davies.  I love the way it turned out, and the pom pom is perfection!!

Next up with Sherri, owner of Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor Washington.  Sherri is a knitting machine, all while running a business and taking care of her family.  Here is her Josephina shawl by Amanda Rios in Hula Hut Yarns Luna DK.  This pattern is free on Ravelry.

Finally, I finished two pairs of Lumberjack socks by Tin Can Knits.  Our employee had identical twin girls.  I had always loved this pattern, and thought I’d start small with the baby size and give them a go.  I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash.  One was a variegated and a solid.  I did a reverse on the second pair.  It’s wonderful when you can purchase a pattern, and have so many sizes to knit from.  What a value from Tin Can Knits.

 

Galiano Socks

Tracy from the Grocery Girls has now designed 2 new patterns for socks.  They are both amazing, but here is her first design…Galiano Socks.  These socks were named for a retreat that she and Jody attended in British Columbia’s Galiano Island.  They had a magical time and Tracy designed these socks and named them for her trip and her inspiration.

My friend Jana, knit these up in quick order.  When I first saw the pattern, I passed.  I have SO many projects already started, that I didn’t think that I needed to cast on any cabled socks.  BUT, look at these socks.  In person…I couldn’t pass them up.  My pattern is printed, my needles are out, and my yarn is wound.  I just have to knit these amazing socks.

Jana used Julie Asselin’s Leizu yarn for her Galiano’s, and they are amazing!  Thank you Jana for allowing me to share~

 

Mariner Socks

Years ago when I first started America’s Knitting, I met a local gal (to me), that dyed yarn.  She did a yarn that had the colors of our local major league baseball team (Seattle Mariners) in it.  Every season the ball club had an event called Stitch ‘n Pitch.  I had decided that I would be a vendor and showcase our website and how it worked.

I had promoted, that I would be there at the game with a booth, and that I would have a drawing for a give away basket, during the 7th inning stretch.  Wendee with Hazel Knits contacted me and asked if I would like to have a skein of her special Mariner colorway that she called ‘Hometeam Baseball’ for my basket.  I thought that was very generous of her, and a great addition to my basket.  When it arrived in the mail, I was so surprised at how much I loved it.  That was my first introduction to her yarn.  She sells her yarn on-line, but she also sells her yarn at a some yarn shops, and also attends different events, and sometimes has pop up shops.  When I saw it, I had to have a skein for myself.  One of the vendors at that Stitch ‘n Pitch event carried the yarn, and after setting up my booth, I went directly and purchased a skein for myself.

I’ve always said that Hazel Knits would be my desert island yarn.  I promptly wound my yarn, and searched for the perfect pattern for a pair of hand knit socks.  Then, cast on and built a Ravelry page for my project.  I just finished my socks in time for this years stitch ‘n pitch.  When I took a final picture and went to update my Ravelry page, I was so surprised to see how many years had gone by…. 10 — WHAT?!?!?!

I worked on these socks off and on throughout the years, all the while being distracted by the ‘cutest’ hat, the current KAL, the occasional charity project, that baby gift, or holiday prezzie!  I know that happens to everyone, but WOW what a distraction.  In the time that it took me to knit these socks, I actually learned all about the various aspects of knitting socks.  When I cast on, I really didn’t know how to knit socks, but by the second sock, I had kitchenered the toe all by myself.  These two socks aren’t exactly the same, but they fit, and I like them and will wear them.  Now, I have many more socks on needles.  I’m sort of a project junkie, and have way too many projects going to get anything finished in a timely manner.  OH WELL, that is how I roll apparently, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

The pattern I used was a Knitty.com pattern called Thuja by Bobby Ziegler.  This free pattern was written for an aran weight yarn, but I just did a math conversion to accommodate a fingering weight sock yarn.  The yarn shop that I purchased this yarn from is now out of business, but there are other yarn shops selling this lovely yarn.

It’s easy to beat ourselves up, or plain laugh out load, at how long some projects take.  BUT, I finished these socks, and love my knitting!!

 

 

 

Midnight Craving

Diana, our Ravelry moderator, knit Midnight Craving by Jennifer Weissman.  Diana used Malabrigo Yarn Sock in colorway #857 light of Love purchased at Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Doesn’t this picture just scream SPRING?? Midnight Craving is a paid pattern over on Ravelry.  I love it, and the shawl.  I’m so inspired, I have to go and knit now.  Thanks Diana!!

Tiny Lumberjack

Debbie, a member of our Ravelry group, and also somewhat local to us here at America’s Knitting, knit this adorable Tiny Lumberjack hat, designed by Fiona Alice!  the yarn that Debbie used is Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport.  It seems like we are always looking for hats for baby, and toddlers.  I also love how you are seeing people wearing more hats in general, not just when it’s freezing outside or when they go to the snow.  Debbie purchased her yarn at Cabled Fiber Studio LLC.  Thank you Debbie for letting us share your wee hat!  Tiny Lumberjack is a paid pattern over on Ravelry~

A Year of Fair Isle

In January, Carmel announced that she was going to knit a different fair isle hat every month for the whole year.  This was her first hat.  She chose the Basic Norwegian Star Hat by Cara Jo Miller.  Carmel named her hat the Hawaii Star because she was on vacation in Hawaii during January.  Honestly, I was impressed that she was knitting the whole time she was there.  Carmel used Cascade Yarns  220 Worsted for the gray section and then used Knit Picks Chroma for the star part.  I thought the pattern part transitioned beautifully.  I love this picture; we get some Hawaii in there too!  Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our Ravelry group for May’s Fair Isle KAL Hat pattern.  Thanks Carmel for sharing your project with us!