Gilly loves that song and sings it during meals quite a bit, so it’s often stuck in my head. I’ve have a number of small things I’ve been meaning to share with you but just have not gotten around to. I figured we’d knock them out with a list and some photos.
1. Remember my first handspun from my wheel? I knit it in to this way back in January.
It’s a triangle knit from daisy stitch with some i-cord. Nothing fancy but since I so drastically underspun that yarn I’m just happy it’s holding together. Plus who doesn’t like a little merino and silk next to their neck?
2. Speaking of spinning. I finally finished the 12oz of charcoal merino and silk (can you see a trend) I bought to make a hat with.
Yes, I did say 12oz and hat. No, it’s not a hat for Paul Bunon. I bought it when I picked up my wheel and all those little 4oz bundles just did not look big enough. Yes, I am a dork and now I know better. I think this gorgeous stuff will be a shawl instead and I’ll just have to spin something else for a hat.
3. Maybe this. It’s merino and silk too, from Abstract Fibers. Look more twist!
4. 20 years ago going dancing on a Friday night meant, grabbing a few friends, putting on tight clothes and high heels, and hitting a club in search of cute guys and more drinks than I needed. Last Friday night dancing involved, finding my comfy shoes, remembering to put on a bra and some mascara, then hitting the high school gym with my two cute, but very young dates, for a little Electric Slide and the Macarena. The booze didn’t come until after I’ve tucked my dates in for the night.
5. My new pattern Sweet Jazz went out for testing. I’m hoping to publish the PDF and the video pattern in the next 2 weeks. My partner in crime and I had a photo shoot at the local garden center yesterday. Nothing says, trip to the looney bin, like crawling through plants and wondering out loud about how the colors of your scarf will look next to these flowers.
6. I’m going to camp week 1! I’m sad to be missing all my normal camp buddies at week 2, but I’m looking forward to meeting some new friends. Not to mention having a week of meals made for me, adult conversation and a big tub to soak in. Good stuff. Does this look like boobie colored yarn to you?
8. Totally Tubular made it on the popular list for about 2 hours. I’m just glad I checked when I did :) Anyway… Lots of great feedback and 178 views on the videos so far. Pretty darn excited about this too. And I finished another pair of socks too.
9. About a month ago I meet Kat from Let’s Knit2gether. We had a fun time chatting while she was in town. If you haven’t seen her video podcast yet check it out.
Whew! That was a bit long and painful but at least I can say I’m caught up on one thing.
That’s when I started this blanket. I remembering swinging into the yarn shop, seeing the gorgeous colors and thinking how perfectly they went with my home.
Hmm…I’ll make a throw. Yeah. Big needles, big yarn, it won’t take long. It will be so cozy. Yes!
I went straight from the shop to the park for a playdate/picnic, made a random ass guess at the number of stitches and cast on.
Knit, knit, knit….. good lord these are big needles, kind of makes my hands hurt. Pause.
Then - Knit, knit, knit…. it’s a little warm to be knitting this big ole whack of wool. Maybe I’ll wait till fall to finish. Pause.
Then - Knit, knit, knit…. gheesh this a lot of yarn to be carrying around. Maybe I should work on some socks too. Pause.
Then – Knit, knit, knit …. this is a lot of garter stitch, so boring. Pause.
Then – Knit, knit, knit… holy crap is this thing getting heavy. Pause.
I think you get the picture. So while this was certainly not a challenging knit, all the little irritations and time outs added up to a very long knit. Almost 4 years!
But now it’s done, it is cozy, it is gorgeous and it is perfect on my favorite chair. I’ve been toting it around like my own little pacifier. I love it.
However, if you ever here me suggesting to make another, entirely garter stitch, big needles, cut the yarn everyrow, blanket please give me a knock upside the head and pray that I come to my senses before I wake up.
Maybe now I’ll dig out the cable sampler blanket and finish that one for the couch. It’s only been hanging around for 2 years though, so no hurry.
**Loopy Ewe Sock Club spoiler! If you don’t want your surprise ruined look away quick.**
Guess who designed one of this month’s Loopy Ewe Sock Club patterns? Me!
Meet A Little Jazz.
It’s a mini-shawl/scarf made from a single skein of Baby Boom from Fiesta
Right now the only way you can get the pattern is if you’re a member of the Loopy Ewe Sock Club but after a bit (6 months I think) you’ll be able to buy it at the Loopy Ewe.
I liked it so much, I made two!
Thanks so much Sheri for asking me to be a part of the club!!
I feel like I’ve been talking about this forever but today is the day. My first ever video pattern is done!!
Totally Tubular is my solution for a sock that requires almost no measuring, counting or thinking during the majority of your knitting time. It’s a project you can cast on and start working with nothing but needles and yarn. No thought necessary, end of day, glass of wine, peaceful knitting with a very useful end result.
The unique construction method lets you customize the fit and finish at the end, allowing you to stock up on “tubes” and have a gift ready in no time at all. Or giving you the freedom to make progress even when you don’t have time to work out all the details. All you need to get started is yarn and needles!
Visit the Totally Tubular site to see all the videos and get a pdf of the pattern.
The videos are broken down step by step so you can knit every step along with me or just watch the sections you need help with. Techniques covered include: Judy’s Magic Cast On, Magic Loop, knitting in the round, cutting your knitting, Afterthought Heel, standard wedge toe, Kitchner Stitch and weaving in ends.
Even if you don’t want to knit the socks you can watch the videos for tips and help with the techniques.
The pattern is free to give you a chance to see how my video patterns will work and to check out my teaching style. It also gives me a chance to work out any kinks and get some experience without feeling like everything has to be totally perfect.
I hope you like the pattern and the new video format. Please take the time to leave me some feedback so I can make future patterns better, it really helps.
If you like the pattern and the idea please spread the word to your knitting buddies. I’m also using this as a test to gauge interest in video patterns. Thanks so much!!