Thursday, December 28, 2006

Easy V-Neck Sweater

Pattern: Easy V-Neck Sweater by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: Malabrigo in the Charrua (dark brown, light blue, rust) colorway (the softest merino EVER!)

I don't know why this picture looks so weird. My dad let me borrow his camera, and I suppose I haven't figured out how to work it properly.

I am using this sweater to teach our Sweater Phobia class at the shop. We have so many talented customers who have all of the skill sets needed to knit this, but just need a little push. This sweater is done totally in the round without seaming, so it should be a snap for even the novice knitter.

I am so excited to be along for the ride with my students. When I knit my first sweater, Tempting from Knitty, I was hooked. I haven't looked back since. I hope my students will have the same experience.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Twinkletoes & Knitty Gritty

Pattern: Twinkletoes from Knitty
Yarn: Rowan Calmer #484 Lucky

As I mentioned in a previous post, my daughters REALLY wanted these for Christmas. They were so disappointed when I told them the two pairs I made were for the shop **wink, wink**. I loved this quick knit because A) it was for my daughters, B) Calmer is one of my all time favorite yarns, and C) each slipper only took one evening to make. I have a real soft spot for quick knits.

Next, I want to give a shout out to all of my "blog friends" who will be appearing on the TV show Knitty Gritty soon. I'm SOOOOO jealous! I want my name up in lights too!

Lynda's daughter

I've also heard that the Yarn Harlot and Amy Singer, the editor of Knitty, have done episodes as well. I'm DEFINITELY leaving Knitty Gritty on my TIVO list!

Merry Christmas y'all!

Monday, December 11, 2006


Pattern: Camellia by Glampyre
Yarn: Classic Elite Duchess in #1060 Greatest Green
Comments: As I mentioned in my previous post, I test knit this for Stefanie Japel, the designer behind Glampyre. Very easy knit, although the seaming was a bit tricky due to the lace. Definitely a keeper! I'm also adding Duchess to my list of all time favorite yarns.

In other news...

Y'all cracked me up with the hair comments. I'm surprised anyone even noticed! I was wearing my clip on extensions in the picture. If any of y'all have wimpy hair like I do, you should consider trying them. I feel so "Hollywood" when I wear them!

My next topic: Christmas knitting. I told everyone I wasn't doing it after my mad dash last year. Little did I know that my girls would see the Twinkletoes pattern on this most recent Knitty. Now, when your babies tell you all they want for Christmas are the slippers and a scooter, any self-respecting mother and knitter will drop all and get to knitting.