Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pattern Two, check.

My dear friend Liz and I have started a joint knitting blog, Alone Together, where many of our patterns will be published. The Newsprint Cowl is available there now for free!

See you over there!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Newsprint Cowl

On Tuesday the 25th, I'll be teaching a brioche class at Stix, in Bozeman. It's mostly an introduction to the stitch, but the Newsprint cowl I just finished up will be the pattern that I'm teaching. It is so cozy in Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

I'm giving this to the shop for a while as a display piece, but I can't wait to get it back.

This weeks class has filled up, but due to the demand, we've scheduled another class for February 1st from 7-9pm. Sign up at Stix.
The Newsprint Cowl pattern will be published following the January 25 class.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Snow outside, my first sweater inside.


I've been working on Kate Davies' o w l s sweater for the past week made of Thirteen Mile predator-friendly yarn. There is quite a bit of hay spun into the yarn, but besides that, the bulky is a pleasure to work with and as it is very slightly thick/thin, it is beautifully rustic in this pattern. I omitted the owls, but chose this sweater specifically because of it's shaping. It's looked great on a variety of body types, and I can't wait to see it finished.

On the Ravelry Newlyweds group, we've been discussing our sweater plans for this year, and one of the members led me to the Fit to Flatter sweater fit tutorial. A lot of it is rather common sense information about how to dress for your body type, but with a focus on handknits. She also includes instructions on adapting sweater fit and ratios though.

On January 25th, at Stix, I will be teaching a class on basic brioche. We will be knitting an oversized brioche cowl in the round, with worsted weight yarn. Contact Stix if you are interested! I believe it is free of charge as long as you buy your supplies at there!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

1. Use significantly less plastic.

2. Use less household paper.

3. Pay off debt.

4. Go back to school.

5. Buy a car less than 10 years old.

6. Knit a damned sweater instead of buying yarn for one.

7. Volunteer more.

8. Stay in better contact.

9. Be sweeter.

10. Buy less (crap).

11. Put down my knitting needles at least one night a week when home to actively pay physical attention to my dog and husband or read.

The initial list also included "Run a 1/2 marathon" but I'm not sure that's going to happen, given what I am imagining my jobs will be this year and the access to running that I'll have. Maybe XC skiing would mean that I would be in shape, but who knows?

I spent all of yesterday finishing my second Foliage and crafting a Bebe hat for our friends' six month old.

The chunky version of theFoliage pattern knits up incredibly fast, and I think looks a little more rustic. I can't wait to wear it this spring on our annual southwest trip.

The Bebe hat is a modified version of the earflap hat from Last Minute knitted gifts, but as I was unable to find my copy and was using a different weight of yarn, I just cast on 48 and knit away - decreasing with a k2tog in multiples of 8.

Just before Christmas, I finished a pair of handwarmers knit in the way of the Pomatomus sock, also from Knitty. She wanted something to cover up her bruises from dialysis. The yarn is Shibui sock in honey, a color extremely evocative of my grandmother.