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Knitting in the New York Times… Yes!

22 Feb

Check out this New York Times article about knitting in one of my favorite yarn stores in the city, Knitty City. My favorite yarn store is Brooklyn General Store because it is cheaper, but the people at Knitty City are nice and helpful. It is also closer to where I live, so I trot to Knitty City more often than to Brooklyn General Store.

Click here to read: “Where the Yarns, and the People, Are Colorful”

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Ball Winder Anyone???

14 Feb

Thanks to the bestie for this lovely yarn ball winder! It’s from Knit Picks and makes me want to wind yarn all day every day.  Okay, that was an exaggeration but yarn winding can be very relaxing (if the yarn isn’t knotty or a mess)!  Now to wind that lovely Salmon Cascade 220 yarn I have…  On another note: I want to wish a speedy recovery to the bestie who just underwent knee surgery last week—and good luck!

Yarn winder

Back In Action: Late Christmas Gift

13 Feb

Sorry for the long hiatus! Between work and plain old life, I have not been able to blog.

But I’m back with a treat.  It’s a bit late to be sharing Christmas gifts but I never got to blog about any.  Here is a a hat I made as a gift, which I LOVE, wanted to keep, and my mother wanted to steal.  It was definitely a challenge for me (I’m not an advanced knitter).  I could not figure this pattern out for the life of me until I contacted the designer who kindly responded and told me to use stitchmarkers to divide the repeats to try to figure out what I was doing wrong and voila.  I was not reading the pattern right.

I frogged this once and started over and it is one of the pieces I am proudest of, too bad I didn’t get to keep it.  I have to give a shout-out to the designer, Megan Marshall, who quickly responded to my email on Ravelry and tried to help me out.   The pictures below are not that great but you can see better pics of what the hat looks like on, in the pattern pictures in the link below.

Pattern: Fern Glade

On circular needles:

jeany hat 1

On double pointed needles:

Jeany Hat

Done:

jeany hat finished 1

jeany hat finished 2

Sorry, I couldn’t get better pictures of the finished hat or modeling pics!  Click on the fern glade link above to see better pics of this beautiful pattern.

WIP Wednesday: I SPY….

1 Dec

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Something that’s knit with four double pointed needles and will keep me warm in the office. Hint: I’ve talked about wanting to make these before but I hadn’t gotten around to it with all the Christmas knitting!

WIP: My It Scarf

17 Nov

cascadescarf
Finally, here are pics of the completed scarf I have been talking and talking and talking about.  I love it and will wear it all winter. It’s super warm and I just love this pattern!  It’s pretty much a beginner pattern all knits and slipped stitches.  Slipped stitches pretty much means passing the stitch from one needle to the other without knitting it.  In this particular pattern, you bring the yarn to the front, slip the stitch, and the bring the yarn to the back to knit your next stitch and voila! Beautiful squishy scarf made.

As I previously blogged:
I adapted the free pattern by Misti Alpaca found here.

I casted on 23 stitches and used the rib pattern from the “Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles Scarf”:

“Row one rib pattern: *knit three, bring yarn forward, slip stitch as if to purl, bring yarn back, repeat pattern from *, end with knit three…

Row two rib pattern: knit one, bring yarn forward, slip stitch as if to purl, bring yarn back, *knit three, bring yarn forward, slip stitch as if to purl, bring yarn back, repeat pattern from *, end with knit one.”

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Ps. If you wonder what the heck makes me be so in love with this scarf when it’s really a simple scarf, it really has to do with the yarn, which as I have previously explained I love.  It’s Cascade Venezia in Bulky weight.  It is 70% merino wool and 30% silk and that is why I love it! It’s deliciously soft! 🙂

WIP: Slouchy Hat Romance Continued

10 Nov

white slouchy hat

This time I’m making a slouchy hat in this cream colored yarn. Since I am not very experienced knitting hats, I like to knit them with cheap yarn first to see if I have the pattern down instead of having to frog nice yarn multiple times. I do like the color of this one!

I am probably going to have to put it on hold because I really want to finish the pink scarf I am making with Cascade Venezia and then really need to get on with some Christmas knitting!

I can already see my pink Cascade Venezia scarf is going to be my go to scarf this winter.  I already want to order some more of the yarn to make another scarf for myself with it!

 

Heart It!

8 Nov

Guess what’s on my mind this week:

Fingerless Gloves

 

  • It’s starting to get cold for real in NYC (not to mention the rain and gloomy fall days).  The other day while at my fellowship, I was freezing! My poor fingers! It occurred to me this is when fingerless gloves come in really handy.  I like to keep my fingers toasty, so thoughts of knitting endless designs of fingerless gloves have been taking over my mind
  • And then there’s the Christmas gifts . . . I am not being as efficient as I should be.  Just when I’ve decided on a pattern and started knitting, I change my mind… not the right yarn, not the right color, and so on.  But this is the week to finalize all decisions on knitted Christmas gifts! It’s less than two months 😮
  • I’ve also found I’m spending so much time knitting that I haven’t been reading for pleasure.  Is it possible to knit and read?
  • Lastly, my motto for the week is “keep calm and carry on.”  In fact, that should be my motto every week …  I wish.

A Slouchy Hat Romance Part 1: c’est fini!

4 Nov

Hat1

Here it is! I promise, it looks way better in person than in the picture. The only thing I would change is I would probably add a cable repeat to make it slouchier! But I love it and it looks way more complicated than it was! More slouchy hats to come, I promise (christmas knitting permitting that is).

Wip Wednesday: Cascade Venezia Pink Love Scarf

3 Nov

Cascade Venezia Scarf

I am in love with this yarn and can’t wait to finish this scarf. It’s getting quite cold in NYC and I’m in a rush to finish this so I can wear it ASAP! I love the softness of this yarn so much, I frequently find myself stroking this scarf! I wish I had more time to knit and could finish this faster.

 

Update: I adapted the free pattern by Misti Alpaca found here.

I casted on 23 stitches and used the rib pattern from “Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles Scarf”:

“Row one rib pattern: *knit three, bring yarn forward, slip stitch as if to purl, bring yarn back, repeat pattern from *, end with knit three…

Row two rib pattern: knit one, bring yarn forward, slip stitch as if to purl, bring yarn back, *knit three, bring yarn forward, slip stitch as if to purl, bring yarn back, repeat pattern from *, end with knit one.”

A Little Yarn Love

2 Nov

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This weekend I went on a yarn crawl (more on the stores, I visited later). I got some new yarn to add to the stash in lovely fall colors. I only bought some yarn at the Brooklyn General Store. I really liked this store and the neighborhood in which it is located. I bought some Cascade Ultra Pima, which I fell in love with because of its shininess and range of colors. It was really hard to choose colors, I really wanted to go for a splash of colors but decided for the “sand” and black colors. I also got some grayish: cascade 220. It is fall after all!

Oh yeah, I also got some Eucalan wool wash.