Knitting

Rusty and It’s a Wrap – Progress!

I am moving a little slow on the Rusty Cardigan by Steinunn Birna Gudjonsdottir I first mentioned here. Since it starts out with a ribbed edging at the bottom of the cardigan, I decided to do a tubular cast-on (here is a great tutorial that really helped me from Craftsy). And needless to say, it was giving me fits. First of all, I started with too long circular needles and the stitches somehow got twisted. All in all, I think I tried at least three times before I finally got it right! I was determined not to give up though and decided to show you what I have so far:

Also, my wrap is moving along well; I am enjoying this knit immensely. It is relatively easy with some cabling thrown in if you don’t mind that, and I don’t! If I want to add texture to a design, this is one of my favorite ways to do it.

It’s also “Worldwide Knit in Public” day today! I might head to my LYS and participate in this national event. There’s nothing better than sitting out on a beautiful day and knitting with likeminded people, right?

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It is beautiful right now in the Ohio valley. I’m thinking a lot of knitting is in order, taking pictures with my new Nikon which I’m very excited about and celebrating my youngest son’s 17th birthday tomorrow! Wishing you all the best.

Xoxo Shannon

 

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Knitting Trends of 2017 – Did you Adhere to Any of Them?

Whether it was the ponytail or bun hat (can’t forget the pink pussy hats!), oversized sweaters, long coats and sweaters, long scarves, giant yarn, panetone’s green color of the year, hand-dyed yarn, texture and lots of it, the cocoon cardigan, or speckled yarn, this past winter knitting season offered many areas of inspiration and fun.  Did any of these influence your knitting this year? Did you feel the need to add any of these trends to your Ravelry que? I know I was definitely influenced in that I wanted to make an oversized sweater by Michele Wang or Norah Gaughan. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Top: Michele Wang’s Illia – a cabled cocoon cardigan from her Brooklyn Tweed Capsule collection of patterns

Bottom: Norah Gaughan’s Sourcebook Flared Pullover from her new book, “Knitted Cable Sourcebook”, which I have. It is a great book to add to your knitting library.

These both speak to me in several different ways: the unique architecture of both pieces, LOVE the boxiness and ease of wear they offer,  and the beautiful texture in the form of cables and ribbing. Can you tell I like cables? Ha!

I’ve also really enjoyed ogling the speckled yarn eye candy of Instagram by Peepaloofields or Republic of Wool, not to mention the many other beautiful hand-dyed gems by Olann.ie, tusken knits, and house of à la mode, just to name a few!

Peepaloorepublic of woolTop: Flip Flop – Sensible Sock yarn by PeepalooFields, Sensible Sock is an 80% Superwash Merino Skein 20% Nylon, 2ply Skein – 400Yards/100gr. See PeepalooFields’ great feed and many updates on her Instagram page.

Bottom: Game Over – DK, a 1005 superwash merino, 250 yards, 115 grams. This is unfortunately sold out at the moment. You can easily get updates by following Michele on Instagram.

Y2Ktusken knitshouse of alamodeTop: Olann’s offering in Panetone’s fabulous color of the year in her Y2K sock yarn.

Middle: Tusken Knit’s “Fuzz”, another sock yarn.

Bottom: House of a la Mode’s “Smoked Peach” colorway which is offered in several different weights. Oh, what I could do with all of these!

Love these scarves from Missoni: What fashion statements, what color, what inspiration!

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Here is my bi-color version of a long scarf using Plucky Knitter’s Traveler DK in Chamomile and Green Goddess in the woven diagonal herringbone pattern:One of my wips/designs I need to finish. It includes an edging and trim of garter stitch, then on to the herringbone stitch. Pretty easy but so beautiful.

So tell me, did you fall prey to any of these trends? Until next time …..

xoxo Shannon

 

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It’s A Wrap and Other Worldly Pursuits

This new design has been giving me a few fits. I’ve had to rip out at least three or four times, trying to get just the right combination of patterns. I’m working with an alpaca/bamboo, sport weight yarn that I died myself with cochineal (which is a fun experience in itself!) Here’s a little glimpse of it:
This is going to be a rectangle shaped wrap/scarf with a lot of texture/pattern which I love to see in a garment. So once I get all the patterning figured out, I will finish the sample and show you!

And elsewhere in the world . . . .

I have always admired the amazing work of Marie Wallin. She was the head designer for Rowan Magazine for eight years but in 2013 decided to start her own design company. She resides in a small village called Hoby in Leicestershire, England. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook to name a few. She is known for her beautiful fair isle work:

Ravelry: Houndstooth Tweed Loop Scarf

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Ravelry: Georgia Fairisle Tam

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If you haven’t heard of Rosa Pomar or seen her beautiful designs and website, then you must be introduced to her! She is a Portugese designer living in Lisbon. I recently discovered her extensive offerings of fiber related products on her website. There is so much there, you will think you have died and gone to a knitter’s dream heaven. She owns a brick and mortar as well (see below). Here are a few examples of her work:

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… And another Fair Isle knitter. I recently discovered this article and wonderful video on Bloomberg featuring Fair Isle designer, Mati Ventrillon, who actually lives on this island raising sheep, shearing them and having the wool processed into yarn she can use in her beautiful designs. Her process is fascinating as you will see played out in the video. She does a combination of machine and hand knitting to create her designs. Be sure to watch the video, you won’t be disappointed. You can also find Mati on Facebook and Instagram.

store_imgbespoke_imageI hope you all are having the best weekend, and I have given you some good inspiration! Happy knitting.

xoxo Shannon