Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The first pattern I'm offering is my Four Rings Entrelac Hat. Start from a "core 4" of rectangles and build this into a seamless and very comfy hat. This challenging pattern comes complete with clear illustrations. For experienced knitters.
I knit this one from my own handspun. It's merino/angora 14 wpi approx DK weight. Allow 300 yds.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Jane Penny: her socks on pg 4 TSSW are knit from her Black Sheep Gathering-Reserve-Grand-Champion-winning navajo plied yarn. She teaches Drop Spindle and How to Knit Socks.
Laurie Weinsoft: The creator of Laurie's Panel Jacket in TSKS, Laurie's massive creativity and verve are channelled into Beginning and Intermediate Spinning, Adventures in Carding and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", a class devoted to getting the most out of your handpainted rovings. Laurie will wake up your creativity espresso style.
Ellen Farr: A walking knitting encyclopedia, Ellen and I have knit over the phone together, especially working out her fancy seed stitch cast ons and bind offs. She teaches one on
one help as well as no tears general knitting classes. She is lively, funny, and remarkably inventive. Not to be missed.
Jan Prewitt: Encyclopedia Volume Two, Jan's patient clear style illuminates the foggiest recesses of the knitter's brain. Jan can teach you to avoid problems and to remedy them. What a brain.
Alina Egerman: Alina is listed as a teacher, but she has recently moved to LA to get married and start a whole new life. Best Wishes, Alina. You will be sorely missed in Portland.
Sisters' Squares Sweater: The Project That Got Away. (photo above)
Speaking of Alina, she organized a very cool project for TSKS, but sadly we didn't have room to include it. We called it the Sisters Squares Sweater. Alina chose yarns and distributed them among the sisters along with handdyed fiber from Sandy and myself. Sisters then were to knit squares of their own chosing. Some knit bold stripes while others included textured patterns and stranded colorwork. Some used the yarn provided, others spun the fiber and included that yarn. Alina sent me a pile of squares and some leftover yarn and I put them together into a cropped pullover.
This pullover was an unexpected hit at the Twisted Sister Party Linda held after Black Sheep last June. She had so many requests for the pattern that she decided to do a class. For more information, contact Linda at NW Wools, 3524 SW Troy St, Portland OR 97219, 503 244-5024
Monday, October 08, 2007
380 S Lowe #E1
As luck would have it, I had just gotten a copy of The Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters A Knit-to-Fit Workshop, and with some encouragement from my knitting group, decided to reknit the sweater using the form and ideas outlined in your book. I changed the size of the diamonds to be more in proportion with the smaller size, knit the front and back sections as one from the bottom up ( eliminating the side seams) and knit in the raglan sleeves (eliminating that seam also). Allie kept trying on the sweater as we proceeded, but all of your suggestions and the form in the book worked perfectly. I especially liked your suggestion that completing all of the calculations on the form at the start is not necessary. Just a couple are required to begin, and the rest will follow.
Allie loves her custom fitted sweater and can’t wait for colder weather to wear it for her riding lessons.
I’m now working on a sweater from Vicki Square’s Knit Kimono, but this time as a thinking knitter, no longer blindly following a pattern.
Thanks so much…Anne"
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Ann had brought a load of fun yarns to raffle off. Many went home with new stuff to try, including the newest knitter who had just learned Saturday..and moi, who am now the proud owner of a cool skein of Lorna’s Laces Swirl Chunky in Sherbet. A delightful young woman sat next to me an announced she was my husband's distant cousin Francie. Turns out that Francie was the artisan of my favorite stitch markers. A couple years ago I'd bought two of Francie's sets of fimo markers at Yarn Company in Cookeville, Tn, a cool and ever growing shop co-owned by our cousin Ruth Rhea, her friends Diane and Cynthia . One of these sets I always keep at hand...black and white milifiori style...easily my favorite stitch markers. So this was a great meeting. Also got to meet Meredith, owner of the Knaughty Knitter in Murfreesboro who carries not only yarn but FIBER as well and a whole lot of other things. (This marvelous shop had escaped me until I heard about if from Murfreesboroan Jan, who traveled all the way to New Hampshire from Tennessee to take my Harrisville class.) Meredith had the funnest felted bag, complete with some crazy handspun detail that absolutely made the piece.
Last but not least, Meredith's friend Anne spoke to the group of a bad pattern experience she'd had recently. She said she'd always been a pattern knitter (and I"m thinking, hmmm, maybe she could use my book). She'd knit a sweater from a pattern only to find that the pattern had been misprinted. All the while she was knitting what she thought was a girl's size 6, she was knitting an adult woman's medium! With cables no less. So she said her friend showed her a great book that made it so easy for her to alter her pattern and reknit it in the girls' size. She went on and on about this book, calling it THE book. I'm crocheting away thinking, hmm…did someone else write a book like mine? Then she said that that book was MY book. And she just beamed at me. I got all misty. We all cheered. A new thinking knitter! And they said it couldn't be done. LOVE IT. So I asked her more about how she used my book to solve her prob. She said she just read the chapter on the basic sweater, glanced around at the other variations, then went for it. Reading TSKS she found she didn't have to make all her decisions at once, but could manage them in stages as she worked and this was most helpful of all. Great feedback.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Meanwhile Ann (whose middle name is Fun) has posted a contest on Mason Dixon Knitting and the prize is two skeins of LV ltd handspun. How cool is this? But the contest! O M G, just check it out...words fail me. I am still reeling from some of the comments. This gal really knows how to whip up an instant cyber party!
Also, Ann brought to my attention that Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters was number three on Amazon's knitting book bestseller list. At least is was yesterday. Not only did I stop breathing for about 15 minutes, but now I have a new obsession. Amazon updates the list every hour so this kind of status is fleeting at best. But nevertheless I'll probably wear out my mouse before next week. I can hear my chiropractor now: "How did this happen? Your eyes are bloodshot, your elbow is locked, you've got an acute case of carpel tunnel syndrome and your right index finger is swollen like a summer squash, not to mention the curvature of your spine. " Ego figure.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Every bouquet is completely different from the next. This is pretty amazing, seeing as her arrangements cover three long folding tables that they bring every week in their pickup. Choosing is gruelling and favorites always stay behind or get chosen by other shoppers before I get to them. I've taken to going early, as most of them are gone by 8:30 or 8:45. I've bought two bunches a week (sometimes three) for over three years now.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Look and drool.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Using the cold pour method, I grouped my warm and cool colors in mini gradations. I wanted there to be a large area of brilliant color with smaller areas of muted ones. I got that funky tobacco brown by mixing brite orange and ivy...tres cool. Brilliant violet dilutes to a very clear light violet, and I really like how it balances the denser looking hues of scarlet and ivy. I left a fair amount of water in my roving so the colors could migrate before striking. This helped to make beautifully intense colorbands with none of the pale spots that superwash is prone to. To my surprise, scarlet and ivy are true compliments, so mixed in equal amounts they really make grey...as I found out when I went to mix aubergine (Sandy and I are aubergine freaks from way back). These colors are pretty, but much deeper than I had envisioned, so I tried a lighter version.
This time I poured several dilutions of Ivy first, then spotted the white areas with various dilutions of the other colors. I didn't mix them to mute this time, just added water. I love the effect. I was inspired by a quilt in Kaffe Fassett's Museum Quilts. I'm hoping I can spin this to resemble some of those fabrics.BTW, Pam and I were of the same mind and wore almost indentical socks. Pam's are merino/tencel she spun and knit from a Sandy roving. Mine are from superwash colonial I dyed.
Now we get to spin! I'm going to make yarns to knit Sandy's mitts below.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The line is called Lynne Vogel * Limited because it is just that. Limited amounts of one-of-a- kind colorways. Don’t expect to find enough yarn to make a one color sweater here. Do expect to find dazzlingly beautiful unique yarns for small projects or for use in combination. And do expect to find impeccably soft and touchable yarns…no scratchy, lumpy, greasy stiff stuff full of veg matter here….no way. Yarns are mostly two ply (with the occasional laceweight single) and range from Blue Faced Leicester wool or superwash Colonial sock yarns to Merino/Bombyx or Alpaca/Tussah luxury blends. There are no special orders available…sorry. What you see is what you get. After all. This is the nature of handspun.
At this point there are only two places you can buy my yarn. La Petite Knitterie in Ladera Ranch, CA and Harrisville Designs in Harrisville, NH. (You can find my handdyed fibers at Harrisville as well.) Production is in the baby stages, so internet sales are not an option yet and these yarns aren't on their websites. But call them if you can't visit in person. They'll be glad to help you.