No FO today, just another frogging discussion. Different project though, so at least there’s that.
This is a design using Blue Sky Alpacas Silky Alpaca that I’ve been playing with for a few months and I just wasn’t loving it and wasn’t loving it and wasn’t loving it but I was trying so hard to squeeze one drop of love from my heart. It just wasn’t happening.
So, there it is, in a neat, pretty little ball, waiting for it’s next attempt at a fulfilling life.
What did you finish up this week? Anything pretty?
This is the first in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!
Brew: Happy Camper IPA
Brewer: Santa Fe Brewing Company
Malts: 2-row pale, Munich, Crystal
Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Bravo, Amarillo, Summit
Flavors: “Smooth Flowers” is how I would describe this beer, the malt is fresh but not overpowering, this brew still has a strong hoppy flavor, traditional of IPAs
Knit Pairings: This beer is great for those knits you want to savor, taking a break periodically to look at your handy work and enjoy the complex, floral flavors of a great beverage.
Notes: This is probably my favorite IPA and judging by the awards it’s won, I’m not the only person who thinks its delicious!
This is the first in what I hope to be a regular series – maybe once a week, maybe once a month, we’ll see (I don’t want to make any promises right now). Let me know what you think! Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!
I’m still working on, and making good progress with, that project from Monday. I think my ultimate decision was just to stop trying to over-design, basically. Just keep it simple!
I’m also working on another seekrit design with some gorgeous yarn and I Love Love Love how it’s working up!
But just yesterday, I received this in the mail…
Looks like I’ll be busy for a little while and will have to get back to those other projects in a bit!
Linking up with Tami again! What are you working on this week?
Happy Monday everyone!
I made this little Vlog for you to share a recent project I’ve been working on, my troubles with it, how I solved them, and a lazy knit-hack for life. (Sorry about the quality, I need to figure out a different mic or something to use)
Mentioned in the video:
My Twitter and Instagram (come say hi so I can follow you too!)
The Yarn (not actually mentioned, but this is it)
First and foremost I want to thank everyone for participating and congratulate everyone who’s managed to finish their shawl, whether or not it was during the KAL period! (Hint: clicking any of the photos will take you to the Ravelry pages of the makers)
twiglee’s Sweet Summer Rays Shawl
Special mention to NMStacey who got a late start and knit her hands off to get as close to finishing the shawl as she could before time was up!
AdrialysHC’s Sweet Summer Rays
The shawls in the KAL were all knit in awesome colors, some from Candy Skein and others not, but I really like how the textural differences really pop with different yarn choices
moritz52′s Sweet Summer Rays
And now, the part I know everyone is interested in, the giveaway! According to the group thread, we had 10 participants who finished and posted pictures in the group before time was up, and the winner, chosen by Random.org, is:
I love this version of the shawl, I love the colors she chose and that, even though she had to bind off with a separate color, it all looks so deliberate and funky!
I think it’s so awesome how international the internet, knitting and Ravelry are, I know to be on the lookout when I visit Australia and keep my eyes open for a Sweet Summer Rays shawl!
Omlair’s Sweet Summer Rays Shawl
Have you made this shawl yet? Or used any of Candy Skein’s yarns? (They’re fabulous, you totally should).
The past 2 weekends I’ve spent Saturday afternoons doing something I totally love to do – teaching knitting students a new technique!
I taught stranded color work using my Fresh Chroma Slouch pattern at Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Seeing the hat worked up in so many different color choices – raiders, classic, modern – they all look great and give the hat totally different a feel.
One of the hardest things to learn when taking on stranded knitting is learning how to float the yarn at the correct gauge. A little blocking really does wonders for a stranded work, but if your floats are too tight, no amount of blocking can work out the puckering that is likely to occur.
My next class will be based around my Sweet Summer Rays shawl and will give beginners a good shawl experience! It will take place on June 1st and 8th, from 1-4pm. If you’re in the area, call Yarn & Coffee to sign up!
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Tagged beginner, class, classes, color work, fresh chroma, knitting, new mexico, pattern, santa fe, shawl, slouch, stranded colorwork, sweet summer rays, yarn and coffee
Today’s the last day of the KAL! If you’re participating, and heck, even if you’re not, check out all of the gorgeousness that’s happening over in our Ravelry thread.
I love seeing so many colorful versions of this sweet simple shawl!
Don’t forget to upload your finished shawl pictures to the thread to be eligible for the giveaway by the end of the day, the winner will be announced on Friday!
Another seekrit revealed! Today I’ve released the Drift Cardigan.
With an easy-to-memorize and fun-to-work lace motif being highlighted on the fronts and back, this is more than your basic raglan sweater. Dropped stitch details accent the lace and keep the cardigan squarely in the Spring and Summer seasons. The boat neck gives it a bit of extra sophistication and the shape gives a lot of options for ways to wear it!
This sweater is knit from the top down with raglan sleeves, so there are no seams to sew and just a few ends to weave in!
You can download it directly from Ravelry, Craftsy or Etsy and get started on your own version!
Posted in My Designs
Tagged pattern, design, knitting, knit, cardigan, sweater, lace, summer, raglan, top down, seamless, lacy, spring, boat neck, boatneck, drift, 3/4 sleeves
I told you earlier that I had finished this sweater, and I have! Maybe a few days after I had originally told you I had though…I’d forgotten that I needed to knit and sew the band piece (kind of an integral part of the design, no?). But! It is still done and it is purty
This yarn was totally fabulous to work with and made knitting the sweater fun! I love the deep purple color and the slight halo it gives.
I don’t get to keep this version, it’s going have a life at Yarn & Coffee in Santa Fe, where it can be loved and petted and tried on by many a knitter.
Pattern: A Scholarly Cardigan
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino
Joining up with Tami! What did you finish this week? At least the week is finished, so even if your crafts didn’t bring you any end products, you’ve got the weekend to start anew tomorrow!
Posted in My Designs, My Projects
Tagged a scholarly cardigan, blue sky alpacas, cardigan, design, finished object, fo friday, knit, knitting, pattern, suri merino, sweater
I’ve gushed about Craftsy’s classes before (and I have a few backlogged in my own folders that I need to finish)! If you haven’t pulled the trigger, I really encourage you to try some of their *Free* Classes! Yes! They have those! Free! Classes!
The next 2 free Craftsy mini-courses I’m going to take are:
1. Short Rows – because they’re a totally useful technique to have in your back pocket
2. Modern Buttercream – because I love cooking and want to try something different
Check out all of the other free Craftsy mini-courses by clicking here.