Thursday, August 20, 2015

Midwestern Knits: On the Motorway

I am so excited to share Midwestern Knits with all of you! I've known about it for ages, and saw the pictures of On the Motorway almost a year ago - so very exciting to see it in printed form! There is so much designer, yarnie, and knitterly talent here in the Midwest.

It can be an odd thing, providing yarn support - sometimes, I see a sketch or swatch, sometimes it's just a description. I always open the finished picture file with great anticipation. When I saw the first pictures for On the Motorway, I was smitten. Designer Adrienne Larsen did an amazing job - she was inspired by the Twin Cities metro freeways, which truly do cross over and around each other like the cables in the vest.

Those cables! The pleats! All knit up beautifully in Knits in Class BFL DK in the Stormy Skies color way. On the Motorway would be lovely in any of the BFL DK semi-solid colors - providing enough variation to keep the color interesting, but not so much that it would overwhelm the cables. (I'm debating between Stormy Skies and Tea, myself.)

Midwestern Knits is a beautifully curated and edited collection - I especially love the stories behind the designs. I am forever in awe of what designers are capable of doing, and getting to read about their inspirations and thought processes makes the designs all that more meaningful. There really is something in it for everyone - beautiful sweaters and accessories. And, if you live in the Midwest, you know you can never have too many hand knits to make it through our winters.

Join the Ravelry group and follow the hashtag #MKBlogTour on social media for more behind-the-scenes looks and upcoming KAL news. I'm hosting an On the Motorway KAL beginning in September - I'd love to have you join me!

Blog Tour:
Aug 17: Launch:
Aug 19: YarnTalk Show
Aug 21: @FrenchPressKnits on Instagram

Aug 26: DoogKnits
Aug 28: @ChooseBatman on Instagram

Aug 31: Knitspot

Sept 9: @juriface on Instagram
Sept 10: Brown Sheep Blog

Sept 14: Weaver Knits
Sept 16: Subway Knits

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

150 years with Fairbault Woolen Mill

Saturday was a day for celebrations - my 38th birthday and the 150th anniversary celebration at the Faribault Woolen Mill. After a birthday cake breakfast (a birthday tradition) and a morning of my children fighting with each other (another, unfortunate, birthday tradition), we packed up for the short drive down to Faribault.

Unfortunately, we missed the running of the sheep - but, we did get to see some sheep herding, and the kids thought it was pretty cool to see a herding dog in action. The food trucks, music, activities, and fibery animals to pet definitely made up for missing the running. Finn was my chief photographer, snapping shots of the animals with my iPhone:

And, he got to try out my new Instax Mini 8 camera - just as much fun as the old Polaroid camera my grandparents had. The Instax makes these fun, tiny prints that look like they have built-in filters. (Highly recommended - lightweight and fairly durable, too)

The Textile Center had a great set-up with all kinds of fun activities for kids and their grown-ups - weaving, spinning, felting. Finn tried Saori weaving, and was talking the whole way home about how he wants a loom of his own. I think he would have stayed all afternoon if I hadn't made him leave so other kids could get a turn.

Addy tried out some wet felting, and now has an artisan rug for her dollhouse. (And I now know what I'm going to do with all my leftover wool, now that I'm no longer spinning.)

The Textile Center was also hosting a drawing - and, they must have known it was my birthday because I won! Today I picked up my fabulous little gift basket chock full of fibery surprises - including a year's membership to the Textile Center. Happy birthday to me!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Trunk Show: 3 Kittens Needle Arts

I have been looking forward to this for months, and it's finally here!

3 Kittens Needle Arts is hosting a Knits in Class trunk show - on now through August 28. I also get to be a guest at their Knitting Studio on August 11.

Don't miss your chance to visit this lovely shop (they also have abundant supplies for needlepoint!) and pick up some Knits in Class yarn - shop early for the best selections!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Time for me to enjoy some time off! I'll be enjoying a restful extended week with my family, back on Monday July 27, with lots of exciting things to come in August.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Cast On: Tailspin

This summer has just been rocketing by - what with kids home constantly, vacations here and there, and my awesome trip to the Zombie Knitpocalypse retreat and marketplace a couple weeks ago (seriously, the nicest knitters around!). Mostly, I feel like a chicken running around with her head cut off.

After the craziness of prepping for the ZK market, I took a little time away from knitting. I love, love, love to knit, but breaks can be good - I worked on a bit of embroidery and re-learned how to make friendship bracelets (totally addictive). But, today, I am casting on for something new: the Tailspin shawl from Josh Ryks of Geoknittrix. I should probably really finish one of the (many) WIPs I've got going, but I'm craving a new cast on. (Plus, I met Josh at ZK, and he's super darling, and his designs in person are even more gorgeous that the pictures.)

The pattern calls for two main colors with a variety of mini skeins, but I'm trying something a little different. Instead of the minis, I'm substituting one of my variegated gradient skeins. I'm using my Sure-Footed sock yarn in Stormy Skies and Violet for the two main colors with Domestic Merino in Vodka Tonic for the mini-skein substitute.  (And that picture, with the Star Wars comic, Paddington book, and a calendar turned to the wrong date pretty much sums up my life right now.)

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Yarn: Bulky Single Ply

There's a brand new yarn at Knits in Class - the gorgeous, fluffy, squishy, squeezable, extra chunky Bulky Single Ply. Each skein is four gorgeous ounces of 100% Merino wool.

Because of it's chunkiness and the single ply, I'm finding that it takes up dye a lot like roving, which is making for some really beautiful kettle dyed skeins.

I just finished test knitting the yarn in the Big Lace Scarf and I was pretty much sold on it after the first row.

Bulky Single Ply is already available through my Etsy shop, and will be making its live and in-person debut this weekend at Shepherd's Harvest (I'll be in building B with the Anoka Fiber Works people). 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


I see the hashtag WIDN (what I'm doing now) pop up in my Instagram feed all the time. Whether it's directed at me or not, it never fails to lead me to think about what I'm working on at that time. The answer is usually too much, but clearly blogging hasn't made it into the mix lately.

Here's what I'm doing now:

Knitting an Axial cardi.

Pretending that I've done more than knit the first few rows of the Movie Night Blanket.

Playing with some new (to me) immersion and resist dye techniques.

Testing out a new color to see if it looks as good knit up as it does in the skein.

Keeping up with the littles.

So, what are you doing right now?