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  • knitting1105 3:09 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Nicky Epstein, Vogue (magazine), Vogue Knitting Live   

    Vogue Knitting Live Recap 

    I spent last weekend at the historic Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago taking classes at Vogue Knitting Live, their first appearance in Chicago.

    Day one was a class on English Tailoring.  The gist of which is that you knit an inset sleeve to the front and back instead of sewing, and have a tailored sleeve with 2 small seams at the back.  Judy Weisenberg (cocoknits) was the instructor, and I loved this class.  Can’t wait to apply it to my own sweaters, but I think that I might first practice again by using one of her patterns.  Would have been the perfect class if I could have stuffed a ball of yarn in the obnoxious person who sat behind me and tried to talk over the teacher each time she spoke.  How does a teacher control that?  Wish that I had been able to say something to quiet her, my friend said that I should have said that I spent money to listen to the teacher, not her.

    Day 2 was lectures only, the first one being Parlor Tricks, learned some great things, absolutely worth while.  The second was Nicky Epstein, and I could have passed on looking at her past projects.

    Day 3 was 2 classes, the first we learned to put in a zipper.  Great class again!

    Second class was Oddball stitches with CookieA.  I have the funniest swatches from that class.  Fun as always to be in one of her classes, what a great teacher.

    The market was under whelming, although I have my eye on ordering some bamboo in the future for a bamboo Fair Isle sweater, so soft and lightweight.  I did find this cute project bag with a grommet in it for my sock knitting.

    And, I purchased this book, hot off the presses.  I love it, have almost finished the cover hat. More on that tomorrow.

    The last day, I finally found the gallery (they had to move it from an obscure corner, as nobody knew they were there), with some amazing knitting and knit art.  This was a knitting group project knitting up of all of the US Presidents:

    Go Obama!!!


    • Karen 3:13 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yup, there he is looking presidential again. Where’s the golf clubs? I almost didn’t recognize him but the Hawaiian shirt gave him away.


      • knitting1105 3:23 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        HaHa. The only black skin in the group should have been an indicator also.


    • Diane 9:31 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like you had a good time. Love the hat book and can’t wait to see your creation!


  • knitting1105 4:54 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    A tale of 2 sock yarns 

    When I first started spinning I had dreams of making fine yarn for lace knitting, fair isle and socks.  My abilities were not as quick to develop as my ambitions.  After a few months of spinning, I was confident enough to take some fiber from Socks That Rock, and spin for sock yarn.  Then I tried to knit socks with it.  So, it has languished in my spinning punishment pile for quite some time.  I have recently started going back to those early yarns to use them up in quick to knit winter outerwear.  And these came to mind for some fingerless mitts for the cooler dog-walking days.

    I have developed a new appreciation for some of the earlier, less than perfect spins.  The pattern is my own improvisation.

    And I recently completed knitting these socks for Dan.  The fiber was spun by me, from Fiber Optic. It is a pencil roving, and a dream to spin with. It was spun with the intention of making socks for Dan, and then when I saw this pattern in the CookieA sock club, I knew that it was a perfect marriage.  My spinning is much finer a year later, and while not perfect, I am very proud of it.  They are incredibly soft socks, superwash merino and silk, so I added some reinforcing thread to the toes for wearability.

    Pattern: Reykjavik
    Pattern Source: Cookie A’s Sock Club 2012, June pattern
    Yarn: handspun from Fiber Optic pencil roving, color: Black Coffee
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 9/?/12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Men’s size large

    • Mrspeterson 8:53 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Tell Dan to watch out on the El– I hear there is a band of sock thieves stealing beautiful handspun handknit works of art off the feet of unsuspecting commuters.

      And by band of thieves I mean myself of course. Seriously, those are just gorgeous. I like the mitts too!


      • knitting1105 3:24 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I have alerted him to protect his feet if he sees you on the train!


      • Mimi 4:34 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        So far I’ve just sock-stalked him with my eyes but I can definitely see making the leap to actual sock theft for these. Nice work!


  • knitting1105 1:30 pm on October 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    These socks are from the Janel Laidman Knitterati sock club, July shipment.  The yarn is Lillian from Dirty Water DyeWorks, and I just love it.  The sock pattern has a twisted rib foot bottom which much to my surprise is very soft and squishy with the added benefit of really snuggling up nicely to my foot. I love these socks!


    Pattern: Dunabe
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Sock Club 2012, July pattern & yarn
    Yarn: Dirty Water DyeWorks, Lillian
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 9/?/12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s size medium

  • knitting1105 8:33 pm on October 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    I Love Yarn Day! 

    Well, duh!  Anyone who knows me realizes that is the truth.  Apparently this was decided on as a theme day by The Craft Yarn Council.  The only problem with that is that the people who follow The Craft Yarn Council already love yarn, otherwise…  Like having an I love beer day for home brewers.  Couldn’t they think of something more creative.

    But, since I do love yarn, I have this luscious new yarn that just came as part of the Knitterati sock club by Janel Laidman.  I have made one other pair of socks with the Caper Sock yarn from Sting Theory, and loved them.  The color is very close to the colors that I posted the other day which I received from the CookieA sock club, so I guess I will be getting in touch with my earthy fall color side this next month.  This package also came with a note card, some stitch markers, and a clear plastic bag from Janel’s new magazine, The Sock Report.

    And, I am thinking of spinning up this fiber from Ashland Bay to coordinate with the recently completed Woolgatherings spin.  The beauty of this plan is that I can always get more of this colorway if needed, and I think that it is an interesting match.

  • knitting1105 10:33 pm on October 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    On a spinning note, I finally finished plying all of my singles from Woolgatherings CAS spin-along.  Three months late, but finished none-the-less. And I have 1100+ yards of 3 ply.  Two plys were with the variegated roving, Starling, (one split up fractally) and one ply of a coordinated copper color.  I love these, and am looking for a coordinating solid to spin up so that I will have enough for a sweater.  Would be my first sweater’s worth!!!  This was a pleasure to spin, and so very soft.  Polwarth/silk blend.

    The color looks different in the sun…

  • knitting1105 7:22 pm on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Layout Decisions 


    I laid out all of the blocks for my new Moda quilt.  First as was suggested…


    Then, rotating every other block so that the large blocks are not always in the same position.  Can you see the difference, I think that I like this one better.  The colors are really off, as it was late in the afternoon, and my photography was not the best, but I think you can see the difference.


    I had better get busy knitting socks, this new yarn from the CookieA sock club came today.  I have knit with other yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery and love it, so will be anxious to see what the patterns are like.  Must finish up the other languishing socks….


    • Mimi 2:58 pm on October 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I like your block layout better. Also: did I tell you that I resisted the urge to go to Green Mountain Spinnery while I was in VT this summer? I knew that it would be the beginning of the end if I did…


      • knitting1105 8:35 pm on October 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the feedback, I think that my layout is more interesting. I am very confused though on how you could pass up a trip to the Green Mountain Spinnery?!!!


  • knitting1105 5:29 pm on October 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Take 5 


    The Pattern name is Take 5, and the front says:

    • Take 5 minutes
    • Choose 5 fabrics
    • And in 5 hours you’ve made this fantastic quilt!

    Well, when I first carried around the large flower print for 30 minutes, then had to keep adding colors (this is prior to picking the pattern), I should have known it would be a bit longer.  I invited my knitting buddy Mimi over yesterday to spend the day quilting.  I knew that having someone here would motivate me to keep at the project for a longer period of time (it also motivated me to pull out an almost-finished, languishing quilt project after I am done with this).

    The cutting took me about 2 hours, I did not cut through all 5 layers at once as suggested, my mat was not large enough, and neither my confidence in my rotary cutting abilities.  Mimi went with me to the craft store to get a new rotary cutter.  I needed a new blade anyways, and decided that a larger diameter would be better.

    After cutting, the instructions had you put the fabrics into piles according to size and fabric number.  It took more time than one would have thought, but made the piecing part so much quicker.

    Sewing was about 3 hours to complete 2 sections yesterday, and about 2 hours for the remaining 3 today.  Not bad so far, 7 hours.  Now I need to place them, sew the blocks together, and add the 2 border sections.

    This is the best color rendition of any of the photos:


    • Diane 11:30 pm on October 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am so proud of you on starting this and it seems to go together quickly–can’t wait to see the finished project. I still need to open my big box of material to find something that works with this quilt. Most likely I will have to buy some new material!


    • Mimi 11:39 am on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      *shakes fist* I’ll get you for this, FF 😉


      • knitting1105 8:36 pm on October 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The advantage of the quiet iPad camera… You are too cute to shy away. Thanks for joining me in a quilting day.


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