Sunday, October 26, 2014

Little Free Library

I have wanted a Little Free Library ever since I found out there was such a thing. Last year, I asked for one for my birthday, and this year I was gifted with a LFL my dad made just for us! (My parents are kind of crafty...I come by it honestly.)



He used the dimensions provided on their site, but built it with our climate and house in mind, and my mom painted it for us. I love the pretty scene I can see from my desk - the library door faces the sidewalk.

Little Free Library is an amazing movement - they are all over the world now. Check out the Libraries of Distinction for some truly fantastic LFLs - I love seeing how creative people are.

It's so fun to see the neighbors interacting with it - there have already been a lot of books in and out of the library, and people always have kind things to say about the LFL. We have a wide variety of books stocked - from toddler-appropriate board books, to young adult fiction, to non-fiction reads for adults - to reflect the diverse ages and interests of our neighborhood. When I went to the library to stock up on used books for our LFL, I discovered a super-colorful yarn bombing on the light posts and trees at the main entrance. Now, I'm thinking the support post for our LFL is looking a little blank... might need some yarn-y love.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yoga Socks: WIP

Not too long ago, Doreen of Goldfish Love (one of my fellow co-oppers (a word?) from Anoka Fiber Works) was Facebooking about some yoga socks she was working on. Which got me thinking about yoga socks. Which led to me searching patterns. Which led to the purchase of Mac & Me's Yoga Socks pattern and the cast on of my own pair of yoga socks.



Necessary? Not really. Fun, quick knit? Yes. A perfect, portable car knitting project. Plus, I had this beautiful skein of Lynai Yarns super wash merino that I purchase last spring in an insta-sale. Since I don't dye any super wash worsted weight yarns myself, it was a perfect opportunity to use the yarn.


I've finished one sock and am speeding through the second. I'll have to get back to you on the functionality - I think it will be nice when I practice at home, because it can be chilly here, but I'm not used to practicing any other way but barefoot.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sybil Sweater - finished!

Just in time for cool, crisp Minnesota fall weather, I finished my Sybil sweater! It is just what I hoped it would be - cozy, warm, and a bit oversized. The pattern is written to allow for quite a bit of positive ease, and since I actually did a gauge swatch with this one, it worked out beautifully.

This is also the biggest piece I've knit with the Twist yarn - I had only made a child's hat and a shrug. It was really fabulous to see it knit up into a full garment - stockinette stitch gives it a lovely marled appearance. And, it knits up FAST on size 10s. 


The neckline is a bit lower than I had anticipated, but it works with the collar (it's sitting pretty lopsided in the picture above). I haven't yet decided on fastenings - the pattern suggests two buttons with crocheted loops. When I've fastened it with a shawl pin where the buttons would go, I noticed that there really is a need for an interior fastening, too. I'm thinking of going with snaps for the interior, and a large wooden button for the visible closure. (The fact that I haven't found one yet isn't stopping me from wearing the sweater almost daily.)


I'll get pictures of the rest of it someday soon, when I have someone older than three to help me with photos.


If you knit it:
This pattern is really well written, and well worth your money. I didn't find myself questioning once how everything was going to work together. 
As the designer says, this sweater is meant to be worn as outerwear, and has a good amount of positive ease. If you want something more fitted, I'd advise going down a size. 
You're going to love knitting a sweater on 10s. 
If you use Twist, you might want an insurance skein. I truly did have only about 2 yards left after I finished.  (I hadn't planned on knitting the belt, but would have needed to crack open an extra skein if I did.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Winner, winner!

Congratulations to Rae Morie!
Rae Morie said...
LOVE this sweater and yarn! Can't wait to start this project :)

You are the winner of a beautiful skein of Worsted Single-Ply in Ruby! Just send me a note to knitsinclass at gmail.com with your address and I'll get it right out to you.
The blog tour's not over yet, and there's still more yarn and pattern goodness to be had:
Sept 22: Ruby Submarine - SEG: 3 skeins KP WofA Tweed in Thirst Heather
Sept 23: BoKnits - SEG: 8 skeins KP Swish DK in Indigo Heather
Sept 24: Under the Red Umbrella - review and pattern giveaway
Sept 25: DoogKnits - review and pattern giveaway
Sept 26: Cosmos and Cashmere - review and pattern giveaway

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Velma and Ruby - and a giveaway!

Welcome to the Holla Knits Fall/Winter 2014 blog tour! All the stops are listed at the bottom, so be sure to click through - there are some awesome yarn and pattern giveaways!

As a dyer, one of my favorite things is seeing my yarns go out into the world and be made into fabulous things. I've had people knit, crochet, weave, and even do nalebinding with my yarn. Even more thrilling, though, is watching someone design knitwear for my yarn.  Allyson asked me about yarn for Velma a few months ago, sending a sketch of the design, and said that it had been inspired by her diva cat of the same name. (I'm writing this post with a cat on my lap, so I was all in for anything inspired by a beloved pet.)
I just love how Velma shows off all of Ruby's glorious tonal color and the soft texture of the Worsted Single-Ply yarn. The construction is unique, but not impossible. And, the simple pullover is such a great wardrobe staple. Plus, this has one of the best lines in designer pattern description history: "This sweater is sure to be your best friend, without having to worry about it eating you if you unexpectedly die in your apartment." 

Ready to add Velma to your knitting queue?

As promised, I have a lovely yarn giveaway for all you Holla Knits subscribers: a beautiful skein of Worsted Single-Ply yarn in Ruby.

250 yards, 4 ounces of squishy single-plied hand-dyed goodness all for you. All you need to do is leave a little comment with your subscriber e-mail and I'll draw a winner on Monday. Good luck!
Comments are now closed. A winner will be announced shortly!


SEG  = Holla Knits Subscriber Exclusive Giveaway
Sept 8: Launch
Sept 9: The Sweatshop of Love - pattern giveaway, SEG: 6 skeins KP WotA Tweed in Brass Heather
Sept 10: Klever Knits - pattern and skein of Rowan Kid Classic giveaway, SEG: 6 skeins KP City Tweed Aran in Jacquard
Sept 11: Berroco - review and pattern giveaway
Sept 12: Canary Knits - pattern giveaway, SEG: 1 500 yard skein of Mountain Colors 4/8’s Wool in Harmony Ice

Sept 15: Mountain Colors Facebook Page - SEG: Mountain Colors Perspectives Twizzle in Blue/Turq
Sept 16: Life on Laffer - review and pattern giveaway
Sept 17: Knits in Class - SEG: 1 skein of Knit in Class
Sept 18: Makewise Designs - review and pattern giveaway
Sept 19: Anzula - SEG all the Anzula yarn needed for the vest

Sept 22: Ruby Submarine - SEG: 3 skeins KP WofA Tweed in Thirst Heather
Sept 23: BoKnits - SEG: 8 skeins KP Swish DK in Indigo Heather
Sept 24: Under the Red Umbrella - review and pattern giveaway
Sept 25: DoogKnits - review and pattern giveaway
Sept 26: Cosmos and Cashmere - review and pattern giveaway

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tale of a Mermaid Tail

Meet Poppy.


A couple years ago, my mom made my daughter Addy this lovely Waldorf doll. (I still can't believe she made a doll from scratch.) My mom also sewed some lovely clothes for Poppy - traditional Waldorf doll clothes of a tunic shirt and little smock, and she altered some baby leggings for the pants. Poppy has since acquired some more leggings, two pairs of pjs, and slippers. As Addy grew, she really enjoyed changing Poppy's outfits, so I thought I should knit something for her. Addy also loves mermaids, so I thought a mermaid tail would be super cute and fun to make. I found a great pattern on Ravelry -Ashley Darling's Darling Little Mermaid Tail. The pattern has great instructions and quite a few suggested stitch patterns and different sizes.


The tail started out as a great car knitting project - rounds and rounds of a simple stitch pattern. I used my BFL DK in the Sea Star colorway, and absolutely love how it looks with the pattern.

When I got to the fin section, things got a little more complicated, and I had to retire the project from car knitting, which is where I stalled out. When I pulled the project out again to make the fins, Addy figured out I was making a mermaid tail. The rest of my tail knitting was backed by Addy asking "Where's Poppy's tail?" to yelling "Finish it!" (she's a pretty serious task master)

So, under some duress, I finished the mermaid tail, and was absolutely delighted it fit Poppy. A week later, Addy decided Poppy wasn't a mermaid. What's Poppy wearing now?

Exactly.

Although she does don her tail for special occasions, like watching The Little Mermaid.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Colors are here!

I posted earlier this summer about the inspiration behind my fall colors, and I'm so excited to tell you that they are now available in the shop!(to call up all the fall colors, use Fall 2014 to search)
All of the colors feel so cozy to me - and I wish I had about eight more hands so I could cast on with all of them right away. Happily, I am able to keep working with the Pewter Twist as I finish up my Sybil Sweater - halfway through the sleeves! almost done! I know I have to make something with the Reading Chair Merino Mohair yarn - I think it's my favorite fall color - but I don't know what that something will be just yet.