A cable crossing in the wrong direction, a dropped stitch, knit stitches that should have been purled. As knitters, we are all familiar with this heart wrenching moment, when we know that something has to be done before moving forward. This week, Kelley talks about both the physical and emotional impact of moving backwards and the difference between ripping a project back versus unraveling, where stitches are dropped and then reworked. Next, Kelley reviews a few of her recent favorite non-knitting books and chats about what projects are currently on her needles.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Six Years by Harlan Coben
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee
The United States of Arugula by David
An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Lye in Wait by Cricket McRae
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman , narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
Kelley’s Pattern Picks:
Swarm of Bees by Lisa Kereliuk
Business Casual pattern by Tannis Fiber Arts
Diverged by Ariel Altaras
Funchal Mobius by Kate Davies
Canopus Magic Scarf by Alexis Winslow (from the Winsome Knits collection)
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Lately, we’ve been taking some time to weed through our older free patterns that need a little update and having them reknit for new photos or if the original yarn has been discontinued. I love taking good, solid patterns and giving them a mini makeover to match our current aesthetics. Our most recent redo was the Chunky Slipper Pattern from a few years ago. I whipped these up over two days in Wool of the Andes Bulky Navy and love how they fit. Not too bulky, but perfect slipped over a pair of socks for around the house on cold mornings.
This year, my wish list is full of fibery goodies. But what I would really love (and I think just about any spinner would agree!), is the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook!
This book is so much more than just a spinning how-to. Beautiful imagery and an incredible wealth of information await inside. With this book as your guide, you’ll learn not only how to spin, but why, and what to spin for what purpose.
There are a few tools that perpetually reside in my shopping cart, just one click away from being all mine. And yet there they stay, waiting for that moment when I break down and splurge or someone magically gifts them to me. The long-term resident on my list is a Kromski Harp Loom.
My wishlist is pretty simple this year so Santa can’t screw it up: something to carry, something to wear, and something to crochet with:
Apologies for the tardiness of this post (we were waiting to hear back from the winners!)—and a huge thanks to all you wishful participants in the contest!
This week we thought we’d have some fun and let you know what’s on our personal wish lists for the holiday season! Hopefully it’ll spark some ideas, if you are stuck on what gift to get that crafter in your life. (Plus this gives us a handy place to share our must haves with our family & friends!)
For me, my wish list is not ready made clothes – it’s items that I can knit myself!
I love the City Tweed Collection but I need my own copy of the book!
It’s really feeling wintery all over the country, and we got a little taste of that today in the northwest. It actually snowed!
Now I’ll admit it’s not much snow (nothing like we used to get in upstate NY!), but it still evokes a ‘hot chocolate kind of day’. On days like this, I just want to curl up on the couch with a warm mug of cocoa and some woolly knitting. if this weather keeps up, I might just be able to finish my Full Circle sweater!
The task of returning gifts is a dreary leftover of the holiday season—but there are lots of artful ways to avoid improper gifting (for example, Pinterest boards abound). However, what if you could drop helpful hints AND enter a delightful contest in one fell swoop?
You can indeed: The “Win Your Wish List” contest is back! Once again, three lucky people will win $50 worth of Knit Picks merchandise, just by creating and sharing their dream list of goodies.
Between our busy lives, the constant need for multi-tasking and an ever-present stream of distractions at our fingertips, it’s easy to get lost and lose sight of the simple joys, especially in knitting. This week, Kelley get’s her knitting back on track by going back to the beginnings of her fiber life – where the works of Elizabeth Zimmermann not only served as a guide to new techniques and projects, but also as a cherished companion. EZ’s unique style and sensibilities make her a loved teacher and friend amongst knitters everywhere. Hear Hear more about Kelley’s introduction to Elizabeth and reviews of her favorite EZ books, along with what new projects have found their way onto Kelley’s needles.
Elizabeth Zimmermann books reviewed:
The Knitting Workshop
The Opinionated Knitter
The Knitter’s Almanac
Swarm of Bees Sweater by Lisa Kereliuk (from the Reclaimed collection)
Funchal Moebius by Kate Davies
Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer
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