Monday, January 22, 2007

Happy birthday to my sister and my blog

My sister decided to have a girls weekend in Maine for her birthday. We ate, we drank, we laughed til we cried....and....we knit. In honor of my sister and the one-year birthday of the KnitSanity blog, I spread the knitting love. Gayle just needed a cast-on refresher. Anna is a knitting newbie. As you can see, she's still smiling. (Not pictured: My sister and I in our jammies.)

While in Maine, I had to visit Pine Tree Yarns in Damariscotta. Elaine Eskesen always has the most amazing colors and natural yarns. I wandered in just in time for the first shipment of her new book, Silk Knits. I was honored to get the first signed copy. I'm looking forward to knitting this lace shell in Garnstudio's Silke Tweed. It's 52% silke, 47% lammeull.

What is Lammeull?

I have to finish this first (among other UFOs). Voila...the back of the Tank from Classic Knits. This is knit in Classic Elite Cashmere. Unbelieveably soft!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Dave Cole's Knitting Machine

I thought I had seen it all, but every knitter should see this. Is your project overwhelming you? Is it just too large to think about? Perhaps you can borrow Dave Cole's Knitting Machine. What size would you give those needles? Size 1000 US? Larger?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Boogie Vest FO

Finished the Boogie Vest with a small change to the pattern. After reading a few other blogs, I decided to shape the v-neck by decreasing one stitch on both sides of every right side row. It seems to give it a much more finished look. I still have to weave in some ends and crochet around the arm holes. I'm hoping to wear it up to Maine this week. Check out the hint of the glorious, crystal clear weather we are having on this MLK day in Florida. Still too hot for sweaters, yet I knit on.

I purchased some beautiful Classic Elite cashmere to make the tank top in Classic Knits. My sister-in-law is making it, also. We discovered this weekend that the gauge was incorrect. It is showing 18 stitches/12 rows = 4 inches. We believe it should be 8 stitches/12 rows, in other words 2 stitches to the inch in super chunky. I need to figure out how to send the publisher an email. Anyway, I'll post pics once I get started.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

It is GREAT to be a Florida GATOR!!

National Champions again! What in the world does this have to do with knitting, you say? Well, I knit like a crazy person watching this game. There are those moments in sports when all the planets align in perfect athletic harmony. That's just what happened. I'm so proud to be a part of the Gator Nation. Success is even sweeter when you're the underdog. GO GATORS!!!!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Classic Knits Book Review for Unwound

A very big “thank you” to Kelli at Unwound for the book give-a-way. I selected...

Classic Knits, Fifteen Timeless Designs to Knit and Keep Forever, by Erika Knight.
Publisher Potter Craft, Copyright 2006

Amazon offers the book for $13.97, not a bad value for an aesthetically pleasing hardback book. The pages are all a soothing blue. There is a nice section of color photographs at the beginning of the book with a blue and white (versus black and white) photograph with each pattern. Most of the photos give you a nice view of garment details and pretty good idea of what the finished product will look like. The only exception is the Wraparound jacket. The model is leaning back on a pile of pillows with the jacket fanned out around her. It’s impossible to tell how this piece will look when a person is standing up in it.

Classic Knits is true to its word. The patterns are all classics with very subtle updated twists. I agree that these are pieces you will wear again and again.

Fifteen patterns are offered in “Classic Knits” which include pullovers, cardigans, a vest, scarf, socks, glove, jacket, turtleneck, camisole, and shoulder bag. My personal favorites are the casual sweater, the deep “V” vest known in the book as a tank top, and the mademoiselle jacket.

Yes, there’s a lot of stockinette stitch in these pages. However, that is to be expected with classic patterns. On the other hand, there are well-placed details included throughout. For example, the scarf is a single cable scarf with a pass-through slit. The Mademoiselle jacket has two different pocket styles with lovely ribbon details.

Sweater sizes are provided in inches and centimeters. You are first given the “to fit bust” sizes, then the actual bust size. I like this because it gives you an idea of the desired fit. For example, if the “to fit bust” size is the same as the “actual bust” size, your piece will fit snuggly. Whereas, the cardigan shows a “to fit bust” size of 36” with an “actual bust” size of 38. This indicates that the sweater will fit a little more loosely.

Many of the projects call for Debbie Bliss and Rowan yarns. Of course, you can use the yarn of your choice if you take care with the gauge and try to keep with a similar yarn weight. The suggested fibers in “Classic Knits” include wool, wool blends, cotton blends, silk, and mohair in various weights.

I’m very happy to have this book in my collection. It’s one of those titles that you will always be able to grab off the shelf and use for classic projects and gifts. Thank you again, Kelli.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

And the winner is...

Imagine my surprise to find that I won the book drawing on the "Unwound" Podcast. The only catch is that I have to do a book review. Not a bad deal at all. If you haven't tuned in, give it a listen. The format is very interactive and fun. Enjoy!

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year Knitting

Three new projects are on the needles for the New Year. I say "new" projects because there are many unfinished projects on the needles from years past. I'm actually working on these. First, the Boogie Vest by Amy King. The back is almost finished. Paton's Shetland Chunky Tweed is inexpensive, knits up quickly, and has rich specks of color against the brown. I know I'm a little behind the times on this one, but it's been in the back of my mind for a while. I'm hoping to finish it in time for a trip to Maine in 2 weeks. Heaven knows I won't be wearing it here. It's SO HOT! (Don't get me started on that rant.)

I started a lace chevron scarf with the qiviut I received for Christmas. You can just start to see the holes. Unfortunately, the color is not well represented here. It's actually a deep burgundy color. This yarn is soft and luxurious to knit.

I'm also still plodding along on the log cabin. For those of you wondering about the next color...(drum roll please)'s blue. The center panel is really a cream color, but it appears as a pale pink on some computer screens. I'm only using cream for the center and the border. Each of the other colors (blue, green, brown) will spiral out from the center. I asked my husband what color was coming next, and he immediately blurted out "blue". Talk about spatial sense! I had to draw a picture to figure out how this thing was going to work. He saw it in his mind instantaneously.

Happy New Year to all. I go back to work tomorrow, but I'm going to try to post more often than I did this fall.