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?


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.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Midwestern Knits!

If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably already seen at least one of my posts about Midwestern Knits. If not, here's the lowdown:
Two talented designers - Allyson Dykhuizen and Carina Spencer - who also happen to be from the Midwest are planning a book that features loads of Midwest talent and designs inspired by the Midwest.  (this may be the most prolific use of 'Midwest' in a single sentence) A life-long Midwesterner, I count myself lucky to be included with this great group of designers and dyers.

Midwestern Knits will be produced as both an e-book and a print book, with a release date of August 2015. To make this amazing book a reality, Allyson and Carina have launched a Kickstarter campaign with some very choice pledge gifts. Please consider supporting the campaign! For $25, you will receive both the digital and print copy of Midwestern Knits, along with early delivery of two of the book's patterns.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Feature or Flaw?

I've been working the fronts of my Sybil Sweater together to keep them even (a frequent problem for me in my cardigan knitting), and I knew it wasn't going to be long before something like this happened:

The fronts are knit with a garter stitch border, and I managed to knit a few border rows in stockinette. Since I hate ripping back - and I didn't notice the flaw until I had both self-corrected, and was a few rows in - I've decided to keep the flaw. It doesn't affect the fit in any way (unlike my total disaster Meeting Point frogging), so there's the possibility for a unique element.

I'm planning to do a small embroidery bit on the stockinette portion of the border - maybe in Redcoat...

How do you handle minor errors in your knitting? Plow forward or rip back?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Yarn: Domestic Merino

One of my goals for this year is to make a concerted effort to use more base yarns sourced in the United States, so I get really excited when I see US sourced yarns show up in my supplier's offerings.

The newest yarn I am test dyeing and test knitting is a 100% superwash Merino sock weight, sourced and spun here in the US.

So far, it feels really promising - super springy and cushy. Since it's Merino and superwash. the yarn will take dye like a champ. Time to wind it into hanks and take it for a test dye!