Happy End of 2014!! I hope this year has been wonderful for you and that you’re so excited to start the new one. My knitting has transformed a bit and for that I’m pleased. It’s not just a pile of scrunched up grey stockinette anymore! The back is finished and a sleeve is being worked on!
My wonderful momma cast on this sleeve when I visited over Thanksgiving and got a few inches into it before I left, every little bit counts and I’m thrilled to have had her help in this.
Having the two biggest pieces of the sweater done makes me feel like the sleeves, blocking, sewing and neckline will move along fairly quickly, or perhaps I’m just feeling the “Finished a Piece Mojo” that comes with a long-awaited bind off.
What are you knitting this last day of 2014? Selfish knitting? Wrapping up belated gifts?
As most other folks are doing this time of year, I’m contemplating my next moves and looking back at what the past year has done for me (although I must say, I’m much more excited about what lies ahead than behind).
2015 is already full of possibilities and probabilities – collaborations are underway, patterns are in various stages of the pipeline to be released, prints are being added to the new shop, adventures are being planned and the pup and I are excited for what’s headed our way.
One of the first exciting things we’re going to start off 2015 with is a Knit-Along so be sure to check back on Friday for more of those details! There will be a coupon and prizes, camaraderie and plenty of knitting, I certainly hope you’ll join us 🙂
Do you have any resolutions or goals you’re preparing for 2015? Knitting or otherwise?
I made a two-handed mitt for my honey (project page here).
Kind of Totally last minute but I cranked this out with US 8 and 10 needles (5 and 6 mm, respectively) in less than 2 or 3? days. I used some KnitPicks Swish and Hikoo Simpliworsted that I had lying around from other projects.
Stash busting, quick and a gift we can both enjoy? Totally winning!
I decided to present the present (teehee, the English language, man) during a date outing in which we’d get immediate use – touring the Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield and looking at the holiday lights they’d put up.
Did you make any gifts this holiday season? Are you a last-minute maker-gifter or do you do a better job of planning ahead than I do?
Did you miss the first set of classes I taught at Grandma’s House the past few months? Don’t worry, I’ll be teaching again at the beginning of 2015! More classes, topics and projects will be coming in the next year as well, so keep your ear to the ground (or to my Facebook page) for details on those.
January 7th and 14th will be more Beginning (Level 1) Knitting Classes and we’ll be working on similar projects – a mini scarf and hat perfectly sized for your favorite beer bottle!
And instead of following it up with the Intermediate Class where we learned how to knit small sweaters the first time around, this time we’re going to learn how to knit washcloths! I still consider this a beginner class – it builds on the basic knitting skills but also teaches students how to work different stitches including increases and decreases. These Beginner (Level 2) Classes will be held on January 21st and 28th, same time (6pm-8pm) and same place (Grandma’s House Brewery).
Classes are $50 for the two sessions and I will bring all the materials with me, you don’t need to bring a thing! Except a friend, you can certainly bring those. And if you *do* bring a friend, you can each get a discount and pay only $40 each for the two sessions and all materials! That leaves plenty to get yourself a delicious brew from Grandma.
I’m still working on the sweater for my Aunteeee but didn’t want to post more pictures of a grey stockinette pile so I decided to get a bit more creative and show you how the pieces are coming together!
Based on this picture, its safe to say I’m approaching the armholes of the back of the sweater although the shaping is going to be a simple dropped shoulder so there won’t be any actual armhole shaping involved.
After the back is finished, I’ll just have two sleeves, blocking and seaming then the neck which will be a cozy cowl-ish type style. Easy peasy…..**nervous cough**
What are you working on this week? Preparing for the holidays?
This is the thirty-sixth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it! None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!
Brew: Slope Style Winter IPA
Brewer: Boulder Beer
Flavors: Full-bodied with a malty intro and a hoppy outro, this beer combines elements from a good red ale and your IPA needs into one brew.
Knit Pairings: This beer is perfect for winter drinking after a day at the slopes – cozy and filling. I suggest pairing it with a good wooly chunky knit with possibly some cables to add some cushy-ness or maybe you’re into stranded colorwork and want to make a classic ski cap with some seasonal motifs!
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!
In addition to my freelance knitwear design and technical editing, I’ve recently opened a shop specifically for my photography. Until recently, taking pictures has been something done for my personal pleasure – something to learn more about, something to help me see the special details in the world around me and something to share with you! Now, we’re taking that sharing to a whole other level – we can share wall art.
Two dimensional art is a popular category in my family it seems. My uncle is a painter, print maker and all-around phenomenal artist. My little brother is a ridiculously talented film maker, videographer, everything-to-do-with film and photographer. It’s a bit intimidating being surrounded by such skilled folks but with the support that my family and friends provide, I feel privileged to be a part of it.
Photography by Holly P. will focus primarily on my nature photos and I’m looking forward to watching this new side of things grow!
I apologize for the non-knitting content of this post, if you’re here for the yarn – it’ll be right back in my next post! If you’d like to see more about my photography developments, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to share of that in the future, otherwise I’ll probably just keep this space to knitting 😉