Category Archives: colorwork

Intarsia gone wild!

In the past I've shared different techniques that I'm learning.  I finally tried Fair Isle last summer, which I absolutely love!  Also, I shared that my grandson wants a lego hat. (that decision was after I convinced him he didn't really want a skeleton hat!) After lots of research and asking all of you, I've decided there wasn't a hat pattern out there that fit my idea of what the hat should look like.  So, as is so usual for me, I did things the hard way!!  I've created a pattern! But the only way to get the pattern to look the way I wanted it to look, was to do intarsia, a technique I had yet to learn!  The hat is not done, but it's on its way! (I'll blog later with the complete hat on my grandson).

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Sibling Scarves

A friend of mine has two little girls age 9 and 7. I volunteered to knit each one a scarf figuring it would be a great way to use up some of my leftover fingering weight yarn. In my enthusiasm, I completely forgot about the possibility of sibling rivalry. So, I came up with a plan.

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Iceland Wins!

So, In my post Fana, Faroe or Fair Isle? I asked for your opinions on what my next project should be. After reading through the comments, I realized that I was really captivated by the Icelandic yoked pullovers that were suggested. Not only were the geometric yoke patterns really interesting, but I realized as well that it would be a perfect excuse to do a stranding project with more than two colors in a round! As soon as I got home on that Thursday, I wound up my yarn and cast on.

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Holiday Variety

'Tis the season for knitting and general fiber craft madness! It's foggy outside and I'm keeping my cocoa mug topped off while I round out my basket full of finished presents for family, friends and... of course, the various pets! I like switching between something that will give me that instant gratification and those complicated heirloom-quality pieces that demand a greater portion of my brain. So, I thought I'd share some of the products of my industrious little needles, just in case there are some of you out there who need a little nudge of inspiration!

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Winter’s hottest knit trends that you can make!

I am what some people call a "fashion enthusiast".  More accurately, I am a fashion fiend. In my past life (before marriage, college and job), I used to model for some really cool local designers, and even a couple of high-fashion brands.  I stopped modeling professionally when I was about 18 but those years in the industry have definitely left their mark.  Every season since then, I have made a ritual of stocking up on fashion mags and gummy bears and devoting a full day to sifting through the pages of beautiful (and quite often crazy) fashion trends that will soon be gracing the shelves of local stores. Over the weekend, my husband and I were invited to attend a private shopping party at Nordstrom where, while being fed an unreasonable amount of champagne and hors d'oevures, we were allowed to browse some of the upcoming season's hottest fashion trends. While I am the world's biggest sucker for a new pair of jeans, this season's shopping party was all about accessories for me.  As I was calmly (ha!) sorting through the shelves of beautiful items, I started to notice a trend.  Knits! Most of the items that I fell in love with were things that most knitters/crocheters could make fairly easily! I thought that since so many of you are much more talented than I, I would share some of the things that I saw flying out the door last night in the arms of proud shoppers, like myself, in hopes that you can gain inspiration for any last minute gifts. 

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Podcast Episode 173: Creative Colorwork

This week, Kelley chats with Kim about her newfound love of colorwork knitting and all fo the fun projects she has been creating using this technique. Next up, Kelley reviews the books, Exploring Color in Knitting by Sarah Hazell and Emma King as well as Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman, both of which are helpful resources for any colorwork knitting project. Kelley also shares a helpful tool for colorwork knitting that you ...

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Fana, Faroe or Fair Isle?

I've just completed about half a year of knitting for charity, family, and pretty much anyone who isn't me. When I told my husband that what I really wanted for my birthday this year was to knit something for myself, he emphatically agreed! (and of course added that he wants something too.) I want a new sweater. Not that I don't have a bunch already, but there's just something awesome about new things, you know? I went into my craft room and saw my completely insane stash and immediately drew a blank. With so many choices, what should I knit? So I implore you, dear reader, to help me decide! So far this year I've knit myself a Setesdal-inspired sweater, a colorwork yoked sweater, a lace panel cardigan, and a stranded pullover with Turkish-inspired patterning. So, what next?

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Advanced Cabling Techniques: Intarsia Cables

In the second installment of our Advanced Cabling Techniques video series, we add color to our cables! In last week's video, we highlighted how to create multiple crossing cables, which are cables with a three dimensional appearance that makes it look as though you are creating interlocking rings. This week, we shine the spotlight on intarsia cables! These eye-catching cables are combined with the colorwork technique known as intarsia, allowing one section of the cable to be in a different color than the rest of your knitting. The best part is, with only the help of a highlighter or marker, you can easily transform any cable chart into your very own cabled, colorwork creation. Check out the second Advanced Cabling Techniques video to start adding intarsia cables to your projects!

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Winter is Coming

Or where I show just how geeky I am. Earlier this year I, like many other people, became obsessed with Game of Thrones on HBO.  George R. R. Martin's series A Song of Ice & Fire was on my to read list for many years but I'm rather ashamed I never picked them up until after the first episode of the TV series (I had to know what happened next!).  And I quickly became just as obsessed with the books - I've now been working my way through the audio books - they are great to listen to when kntiting! So when this pattern popped up on Ravelry recently, I had to make them:  

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Cute as a button!

I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but I was browsing through the kazillion of fun buttons at Joann's a while back and found this button "Cute as a button".  Which describes my granddaughter. (I think that's what any nana would say! right?)  (here's a picture of Kalyn -not big on smiling- with big brother, Cole)

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