We have had a dreary, cold summer. Yesterday the sun finally came
out! Bob and I had planned to go out to dinner with his son Adam. We
were desperate to be outdoors so Typhoon on 23rd was an ideal choice. I
am so obsessed with our new Knit Picks drop spindle that I opted to spin, rather than knit, during dinner…
I’ve ben dragging my heels on finishing my sweater for our online Sweater Class,
becuase…well, it’s hot and so worsted weight is not all that
attractive right now…but I think the real reason is something bigger.
I’m always a little slow at the end of a project like this, because I
feel a little scared to finish! I’ve already spent so much time working
on this piece, and I suppose I want to extend the anticipation of what
is to come for just a few more days…or weeks…or, in the case of
some of my UFOs, years!
Introducing my newest sweater design, Falling Stars:
I only have 24 more blocks to make for the outside band! Remember, this is the pattern I am following from 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton.
Last night I spent hours very carefully sewing up one side of my
cardigan and then sewing back down the other side to reinforce it
before I cut my steek. I stitched it twice, once with a running stitch
and then again with a backstitch. I’ve been working on my CLC off and
on for over a year, so I definitely didn’t want it to unravel. I
brought it into the office this morning to show Alison my progress.
Kelley caught a glimpse of it too and decided there was no time like
the present to go ahead and steek it!
Eek! One of the best things
about working at a knitting company is all the help I get when I’m
working on a project. Everyone piled into Alison’s office to provide
moral support. And of course, they video taped it…
After starting two different lace shawls, each rectangular shaped, I’ve come to the realization that I am a Pi Shawl woman. Or, circular shawl, if you prefer. Perfectly timed as the knitting world celebrates Elizabeth Zimmermann’s 100th birthday. There are three Pi Shawls on Ravelry – I chose the Gull Wings Pattern althought the Camping design was very tempting. Here is the designer’s sample from the Ravelry page.
After months of planning, I can’t express how excited I am to share our new yarns with you! This was our biggest yarn launch to date. We completely updated the colors offered in our classic lines, like Wool of the Andes. We filled in holes in our Palette collection to get up to 100 colors! And we are now offering an ultra soft and luxurious cashmere and Merino blend called Capra!
Our lucky winner from our Win Some Cashmere contest is Leanne, with post #903 – congratulations! Name: Leanne I’d love Caviar for the main color with Harbor stripes. What a great color combo to start the fall with and I’m …
Once I had one of our drop spindles for myself, I couldn’t resist giving it a bit of love. I used a fine sanding paper to make the surface smooth as glass. Then, I begged some wood stains from our decorative painting division. Actually, the entire project was done through begging. The sandpaper and Jo Sonya wood stain came from The Artist’s Club. Alison supplied the wood oil that she uses to keep the wood of her spinning wheels glowing.
Notice the difference between the niddy noddy and my drop spindle. You can find wood stains and sandpaper in a craft store or even Home Depot. You might even choose a colored stain – dark green, blue, purple – you get the idea. Wood oil is usually in the furniture polish section of most grocery stores.
We are finished with photography, video recording, etc. That means I have a green light to start my spinning project this weekend! I’m going to start this evening while we are out to dinner with friends. I can’t wait to show them our drop spindle.