I was curious about that ultra smooshy, contrasty stitch—the Brioche stitch. It looked intriguing, quite challenging. When my local yarn shop requested knitting class interest, I piped up asking about the Brioche stitch.The class ended up not being long enough for me to really get a handle on Brioche, so I set it aside to work … Continue reading It’s pretty. It’s smooshy. It’s hell.
I responded to a call for testers for a Meridith Shepherd Designs design called Faeth Shawl. And opted for the DK weight version. (The pattern can be knit from lace weight to bulky.) For my test version, I used Anzula Oasis in colorway Prudence. Anzula Oasis is comprised of 70% silk and 30% camel. Very soft and very warm! … Continue reading Faethe Shawl Test Knit
I knitted another test shawl for Casapinka. This one's called Black to the Fuchia, get it? Too funny! Casapinka has aligned herself with yarn goddess, Miss Babs, who sent me this lovely set of gradient yarn for the contrast colors, Yummy 2-Ply in colorway Pleiades. And the main color in colorway, Slate. Aren't they … Continue reading Black to the Fuchia Test Shawl
I received a cool little e-book (and it's free!) from Stephanie of SpaceCadet Yarn, an Indie dyer herself! The very descriptive title of it is: The SpaceCadet's Collection of Fabulous Hacks & Tips for Knitting and Crochet from Awesome Indie Designers. She compiled these knitting and crochet tips for her email subscribers. It's nicely laid … Continue reading Fabulous Hacks & Tips from Indie Designers (a collection from SpaceCadet Yarns)
I had the pleasure of "meeting" Clare Devine through working with Lisa Barnes of LMB Designs. Lisa interviewed Clare in a recent newsletter and featured the hat patterns in her new e-book, The Tea Collection. There are 11 beautiful hat patterns designed for knitters with beginning to advanced knitting skills! When I expressed my appreciation for these beautiful designs, not only … Continue reading Chuy Everyday Brew Hat & E-Book Giveaway!
This weekend, I had some free time to visit one of my favorite yarn shops in Overland Park, Kansas, Yarn Shop and More. Lots of knitted samples and nice displays. Cozy, yet roomy enough for events with lots of yarns to choose from. Upon entering the shop, a table of Malabrigo Rios and Mora welcome … Continue reading Yarn Shop and More
Thank you, Ozzy Osbourne, for this week's blog title. It's true, though. No more tears . . . over tangled yarn. Really. As you'd expect, there's a story leading up to this. One evening many months ago, I was winding a beautiful skein of 100% cashmere with the use of my umbrella swift*. I was thinking I'd use … Continue reading No More Tears
So, I have been avoiding cables and chart reading for a while. Not because I was afraid of them, but mainly because I just didn't want to have to use my brain while I knit. You see, knitting for me has been a stress relief activity that allowed me to busy my hands and focus … Continue reading Used My Brain
No, not the dangerous, serial killer type. I'm talking about one of the most knitted patterns on Ravelry, Martina Behm's Hitchhiker scarf/shawlette pattern. At the time of this writing, there are 20,131 (oops, nope . . . 20,133) Hitchhiker projects in Ravelry's database. And it's easy to see why . . . this pattern works well … Continue reading Have you picked up a Hitchhiker lately?
Some have asked about my blog's purple-y gold banner. It's my Jewel fhp Shawl that I test knitted for Casapinka on Ravelry. I just love the colors in this yarn! It's Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (the 20 stands for 20% cashmere!) in the colorway Jewel. Cashmere is my most favorite fiber to knit with. The … Continue reading A Pretty Jewel for a Rainy Day