Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Today I sent off two new patterns for Crystal Palace Yarns, see the link on the right side of the blog. Both designs used the Bamboozle Yarn in the Painted Roses Color.
The first design is a capelet, the second a matching pair of wristlets. I will let you know when the pattern is up on the web site. The stitch patterns used in both designs are seed stitch, stockinette and a right twist cable and a left twist cable. The wristlets are easy and they only take 2 balls of Bamboozle. A great project to learn to work cables.
I have also been doing a little knitting for hire, I am making a simple vest for one of the customers at HeartStrings, I am glad to say I started it soon enough and will have it completed in plenty of time for Christmas. (Have you started your Christmas gifts yet)?
Well I gotta go-I promise to write more soon, as I have more to tell you about my knitting adventures.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Oct 3, 2008
Dawn and Faina
Red Waves Beret
Corrections on p. 27
(Odd number of sts)
Rnd1: *YO, P2, pass YO over 2 purled sts; rep from * to last st, P1.
Rnds 2 and 4: Knit.
Rnd 3: P1, *YO, P2, pass YO over 2 purled sts; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep rnds 1 - 4.
Clarification on p. 27
Using size 11 needle, CO 106 sts using decorative cast-on method on page 90. Slide (or transfer) all sts on size 4 circular needle, pm, join into rnd, taking care not to twist CO row. Marker indicates center back. Work in slip-st ribbing for a total of 14 rnds, ending with rnd 2.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The seats were filled! Faina had a nice Power Point presentation and we answered a lot of questions from the audience. All of our book projects were on display.
I will be posting photos soon.
The blog tour is still going on and today will be with Liz Moreno. Please be sure to check it out.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I want to give you another peek at what is in our Book; Photo courtesy of Martingale and Company, photographed by Brent Kane.
Also I want to let you know about our upcoming blog tour that will begin on Sept. 4th. We have 15 days scheduled with some great blog hostesses.
Here is a copy of the schedule:
Sept 5th: Carol Sulcoski
Sept 6th: Cindy Moor
Sept 7th: Amy Polcyn
Sept 8th: Connie Chang
Sept 9th: Marie Grace Smith
Sept 10th: Susan Lawrence
Sept 11th: Marnie MacLean
Sept 12th: Tikru
Sept 13th: Terry Ross
Sept 14th: Liz Moreno
Sept 15th: Donna Druchunas
Sept 16th: Jennifer Tallapaneni
Sept 17th: Kristi Porter
Sept 18th: Joanne SeiffSept 19th: Simona Merchant-Dest
Until then, keep on knitting!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
1: Do you like to know about new projects?
2: Day to day life, more on a personal level?
3. Do you want to know what new kniting books the blog hostess is reading?
4: Do you like to see photos of work in progess, or finished projects, or both?
Please add anything else that is of interest to you. I will be waiting to hear from you.
Knitting XXX and OOO
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
During this transition time, I find it necessary to have some very easy knitting projects to pick up when there is a little break in the schedule, or to mindlessly work on during the evening to unwind.
So give yourself a little break, work with some terrific yarn using a simple pattern and enjoy as we change into the fall season.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
A quick report - our book seems to be selling well and we are getting positive feedback . This continues to feed the excitement. There are several of Faina's patterns that I would like to make.
I would love to hear from you that bought the book, tell me what you are making/ or what you would like to make. It will be fun to know.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
We had a wonderful turnout, I felt so honored to see our knitting friend share the joy with us, many stayed for the Knitting Circle that evening.
I will post pictures later this weekend.
Our next signing will be in September and we will be sure to post the date and time.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
It gives you a behind the scene look at our new book. We would like to thank Andrea for hosting this interview.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Faina and I celebrated our book release last night by having a relaxing dinner at a very nice restaurant. We will be busy as we prepare for our very first book signing event at HeartStrings Yarn Studio Wednesday July 30 from 4-7. Please join us as we celebrate, we will have champagne, appetizers, and raffles.
Also, last posting I said I would be adding a photo of the vest I did up for my sister. It is very simple, neck down, short sleeve open vest. I used Fiesta "Meteor"yarn in White Zinfandel. The yarn was very nice to work with and the vest was very quick. It arrived in Texas on Friday.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I just finished a very simple top down , short sleeve, raglan vest in a nice hand-dyed ribbon/tape type yarn from Fiesta called Meteor. I will be sending it off to my sister in Texas as a little cheer her up surprise. It was so nice to use up something from the stash for a change. Most of the time once it hits the stash it is archived forever.
I will post this now and try to photo the vest it later this week for all to see.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
We have a date scheduled in July for a book signing at Heart Strings Yarn Studio. I will post the date and time when all details are worked out. You will want to mark your calendar. It will be a fun event.
Faina and I spent a little time this week promoting locally. Later this summer, she will be on a trip to visit family where she will also do more promoting and put on a workshop of two for LYS in the area.
These are very exciting times!!!!!
Monday, June 23, 2008
I just returned from a wonderful trip with extended family to Yosemite. It is simply gorgeous there!! The drive up there on the windy roads nearly had me reaching for some Ativan, I thought I would die of fright! Needless to say I was needle-less for quite some time. However, I would have loved to have had a nice chair and the time to do some creek-side knitting here, this was so peaceful and calming after the long drive and a good night's rest.
El Capitan how MAGNIFICENT! I am such an indoors person that a view like this tells me that my world is way too small. If you are like me in that respect, I want to encourage you to take a break and experience some of the wonders of nature. It brings a whole new perspective to your soul.
Bridal Veil Falls-we took the 1/2 mile hike and had the wonderful pleasure of the fine mist spritzing across our faces as we joined the crowd of people seeking the same.
I am just learning to use a digital camera, and how to put them on this blog. I am soooo not technical, but even if all this is not perfect I am learning as I go and wanted to share this with you.
I did manage to get a little knitting done on the trip, but it didn't seem to be a huge priority while being surrounded by close family and beautiful scenes from nature. I hope to do this a little more often.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Right now I have started up a summer top using Berroco Bonsai (bamboo, my new favorite fiber). I am using an old pattern from my vintage stash; which includes patterns from the 20's-90's. This pattern is from the 80's but looks very current in style. The only thing I am changing on this is to do a little shaping in the body so that it goes in at the waist a bit.
I just love finding a new and current yarn when the yarn called for is no longer made-it is like a treasure hunt.
Well I am off to knit and I will post a photo when it is finished.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Let me tell you about the night I stayed up til 2 am to finish a poncho during the poncho craze.
Beautiful, slippery Fiesta Rayon Boucle worked in the round, on large needles. I was just finishing up the neckline - so anxious to wear this beauty. The last bind off stitch was off the needle when I noticed an unwanted loop a few stitches back, so carefully (I thought) I undid a few stitches, then I do not know how this happened but a stitch just dropped off the needle, then a neighboring stitch decided to follow. The more I tried to catch up with these guys the more things started going crazy, before you knew it this slinky poncho that took hours to knit became a ball of yarn of yarn in minutes maybe even seconds.
That lesson stayed with me for a long time-years even, however last night I guess I forgot, because a similar thing started to happen. It was late at night, the yarn wasn't as slippery but there were a lot of stitches on the needle of this openwork shawl and Voila!! a stitch jumped off the needle and it's friend started to follow suit, to make matters worse there was a lot of yarn over patterning going on here. The more I tried the worse it got. But you know what I remembered my previous disaster and set it down in the middle of the row and told myself I could get to it in the morning.
I had a fresh start in the morning, a lot of patience and in a little bit of time I was able to correct the errors and now I can resume working on the piece.
I should have put it down right away, before helping it to become worse than it already was, but at least I did put it down. So I am off to work some more and hope that my addiction to knitting will allow me to think straight if things start going awry tonight.
Knitting Dreams and Occasional Knitmares.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I am working on new submissions with hopes of these getting accepted also. Always busy!! Always knitting!! Or should I say, "Always busy knitting."
Faina and I are busy making our plans for local book signing events. We met last week with the event planner at Barnes and Noble (Chico), we are very excited about this book signing event.
We will keep everyone posted and will supply you with the date and time of all of our events as soon as we can.
Please check out Faina's site, the link is on the right of my blog page. She is part of an upcoming blog tour for a new book the date is set for June 4th.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
It looks like the warm (soon to be hot) weather is upon us. I know some people are seasonal knitter's, they knit only during the cool weather. I do not let the weather stop my fun. Now is the perfect time to work with cool fibers; cotton, bamboo, silk, linen, etc. Maybe make a tank top, purse, or market bag. Small projects like cotton dishcolths are a good way to build your knitting skills, by trying new techniques and stitch patterns.
I know it is hard to think of Christmas gift giving, but small projects are great take alongs when, travelling, attending baseball games or any outdoor events. I have a basket designated for finished projects. I put the finished project in a Ziploc bag and write the intendeds name on the bag. It is amazing how many projects will be in the basket when the gift giving (and making) season has arrived. When the holidays are close I can shop at home.
Keep a project bag with pattern, yarn and notions by the front door and/or keep a project in the car, you will be ready to knit at any time.
More ideas later.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I have also included the photo from the current Vogue, my pattern is #30.
This is a very exciting year with a lot happening.
When you have time, click on the link at the right Faina's Knitting Mode and see what she has to say.
I can't believe that I have written 2 posts in one day, this may not ever happen again, (I wanted to see if I could get these photos on the blog and believe it or not it has taken me over an hour. Not bad for a computer phobic person).
Well that's it for tonight.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I have been working up some new designs as well as sending out submissions to magazines, etc.
It is much like fishing- a lot of work preparing, making plans, getting supplies and hoping that you catch something. I will definitely let you know if I have any acceptances.
I would love to hear from any readers what they would like to see on my blog, something that makes it interesting to you. Thanks in advance for ideas.
The day is already getting away from me so that is all for now.
Have a Knitty Day;
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
It will be on display at Heart Strings Yarn Studio next week . I will be teaching this as a project in one of my upcoming classes this spring as well as having the pattern available for purchase. It will be perfect for Farmer's Market or great for gift giving.
I will post the photo later in the week.My next project and pattern will be a new felted purse, more about that later.
Well there is a little more time left tonight, so it is off to the knitting chair.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I have a new design that is in the current Vogue Knitting Magazine, pattern #30. I have had many of my designs published, however this is my first major magazine publication. Yeah!!!! When I first learned to knit my hope and inspiration was to be able to know how to knit well enough to knit a Vogue Knitting Pattern and now I have one of my own designs in a Vogue Knitting Magazine. What a dream come true. Please check it out. It is using a luxurious hand-dyed Bamboo tape yarn "Banyan" from Colinette. I made a 2nd tank using the Bamboo tape yarn "Splash" from Universal Yarns it works nicely as a substitute for the original yarn.
Today I was able to finish another project for Crystal Palace Yarns. It is a big girl version of the Bunny Hop Baby Ruffled Pullover. This has been a very popular baby sweater and there have been many requests for larger sizes. So Susan at CPY has responded to those requests and will soon have the new version on her website at www.straw.com. A big thanks to Susan.
I will post a photo and link when all is done in the technical arena. All the patterns at CPY are free, and look the best when made using CPY yarn.
Faina and I are awaiting the preview copy of our new book. It is off to the printer's by the 17th of this month, so we should see it soon.
Knitting Pleasures and Dreams (I am off to knit).