9.16.2014

Lace Leaf Edge Shawl now on Craft Daily!

A few months ago I went to Denver to shoot several videos for Craft Daily. It was so much fun and I am excited the Lace Leaf Edge video is now available!

This shawl was first published in the Love of Knitting, Knit Accessories 2014 issue. It features my favorite thing: a knitted on border. The shawl was so fun to knit. I love the combo of plain body with a lacy edge. Warm and cozy, but you still get a little pretty at the end of it. :)

The video covers lots of topics. I will show you step-by-step how to make the shawl. It also includes a few little tricks including how to fix a mistake and the best way to block the piece.

You can get all the details for the video on the Craft Daily website. If you are interested in seeing my other Craft Daily videos, you can check them out here.

Photo provided by Love of Knitting/F+W

9.15.2014

Blog Interview: Heather Zoppetti

When my review copy of Everyday Lace by Heather Zoppetti arrived last week, I just about fell out of my chair. This book is completely full of beautiful lace. Creative, interesting lace. Being the total lace nerd that I am, I had to find out more. I'm so happy Heather is joining me on the blog today for a little blog interview!



Jen: How did you get started in designing knitting patterns?
Heather: My knitwear design career grew out of a love of knitting. I knit everything and wanted to knit all day. I started modifying available designs and then decided that I should just start making my own. I have a mathematical background, and fell into design quite naturally. My first designs were simple, scarves and simple shapes. Then I started designing garments and fell in love with sweater designing. That's where I like to focus most of my energies now.


J: What inspired you to write this book? 
H: Everyday Lace grew out of a love of knitting lace, but wanting to see it used on garments and accessories rather than just on shawls and scarves. I still find many knitters are afraid of attempting lace knitting and are not compelled to make shawls. It is my hope that the garments and accessories in my book encourage these apprehensive knitters to give lace a go. 

J: You designed so many different lace pieces for this book. Do you have a favorite? Why do you love it?
H: My favorite is the Narvon Wrap. I love how it blooms from the center and transforms into a cozy wrap with a reversible lace stitch. This circular shape is flattering to all types of bodies making Narvon the ultimate wearable piece.

J: Do you have a favorite stitch dictionary or where are your favorite places to find stitch patterns? 
H: I have many many stitch dictionaries in my collection. My favorites are probably the ones from Japan. Every year I make a trip to a Japanese bookstore in NYC and always manage to find something to add to my collection.

J: Can you tell me a little bit about your book writing process (timeline, pattern inspiration, etc?) 
H: The timeline for a book is very long. Everyday Lace has been in the works for 2 years. One of those years was me writing and knitting all the projects. The second year is dedicated to photoshoots, editing, layout, and printing. It all starts with a proposal and grows from there. My inspiration for designs can start with a stitch pattern, a color, or a shape. From there I work out the details and start knitting.

J:What are your plans for the future? Anything upcoming you can share with us? Any more books? 
H: I am currently working on a second book! This next one will be released next year about this time and doesn't feature only lace...although it does have some lace pieces. In the nearer future I will be touring for book signings and teaching events for Everyday Lace. 

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Thanks Heather! It's so interesting to hear about other designers and how their brains work.
There are so many things that I would love to make in this book. Seriously, I had to stop myself from putting photos of every project in this post.
The Salunga Beret seems like it would be a fun knit:
And I am already searching the stash so I can make one of these vests. They are so clever!
 

 

And the Conestoga Tunic needs be in my closet ASAP.

Ok, I'll stop there. There are lots more fun, beautiful knits in this book. You really should check it out. You can see all the projects on the Ravelry page for the book.

You can find Everyday Lace in yarn stores and bookstores now, or you can purchase it online here.

Photos courtesy of Interweave/F+W.

9.12.2014

FO Friday: Tangier Wildflowers Shawl

It's Friday and I actually have an FO to show off. Woot!

About a year and a half ago, I took some crochet classes from my friend Laura. Since then I have fallen deeply in love with crochet and Laura has started doing some designing of her own. I was so excited when her latest pattern, Tangier Wildflowers Shawl, came out with Cascade Yarns that I immediately had to order some yarn and get out my crochet hook!

Here is my finished shawl:

The color I chose is Galaxy. It's so beautiful. And I love the long, slow color change of this yarn. It's stripes so perfectly (which can be hard with crochet, since it uses up so much yarn).
This shawl went so quick (one of the many reasons I love crochet so). Three days and it was done! I'll definitely be wearing this all weekend. It's gotten very fall-like here in Chicagoland the last few days and this snuggly worsted weight shawl will be perfect for the outdoor activities I have planned.

Happy crocheting (and knitting)!

9.11.2014

Clarendon

Last year, Knit Picks released the City Tweed 2013 Collection and my pattern, Clarendon, was included.

$5.00

I am happy to announce that the individual pattern is now available on Ravelry! Hooray!

Clarendon is knit from the bottom-up. It starts with a 4-row cable pattern (which you can make longer if you like) and transitions to a short-row stockinette section. It's tweed, it's cables, it's totally fall knitting! I think I am going to look mighty fine wearing mine while picking apples and getting lost in a corn maze in the coming weeks. (oh, and where we go pick apples has sheep you can pet too!)

$5.00

I hope you all enjoy knitting this one as much as I did. The yarn and pattern made for one addicting knit!

8.18.2014

Danielle Shawl

Last week, I told you all about my new pattern Savanna made with Done Roving Frolicking Feet Transistions yarn. Well, this week I'm happy to tell you that my Danielle shawl, which uses the same yarn, is now available for individual download! Yippee!


$6.50


This shawl uses half-pi construction to form the shape. The same lace pattern is used throughout the whole shawl, making it a great choice for this yarn, which transitions from solids to variegated throughout the ball.
 This shawl was knit out of the Pumpkin Botanicals colorway, and will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe this fall.

$6.50

And, while I love the transitional yarn that Done Roving has done, I have seen some very pretty ones on Ravelry where just one skein of a striped or variegated yarn was used. This shawl is great for whatever might be in your sock-yarn stash!

8.14.2014

Stitches Haul

It's possible that I overdid it on the yarn buying at Stitches this year.
Um, that is a lot of yarn (and project bags too...oops). There is one ball from KnitCircus that is missing - I already have turned it into a new shawl design.

Included in the haul was KnitCircus (I bought two balls of the gradient yarn), and another gradient from Apple Tree Knits. I got four (!!!) skeins from Fresh From the Cauldron, and four (again, !!!) skeins from Bijou Basin Ranch. There's the custom Stitches skein from Three Irish Girls and some Lost City Knits. I got Kristin Omdaul's new Bamboo so fine yarn and some Fiber Story. Finally there were a couple of shawl pins, some project bags, and some new needles (for the new shawl I started over the weekend). Yikes.

One of the highlights of the weekend was seeing my Wayfarer shawl in the Fresh From the Cauldron booth. I had no idea they used my pattern for a sample. I love it!
It was a great weekend full of fun with my friends and some great classes. Did you make it out to Stitches Midwest this year? If so, did you get anything good?

8.11.2014

New Pattern - Savanna

I'm so excited to tell all of you about my latest pattern. It's Savanna:

Savanna
$6.50

Paula at Done Roving Yarns asked me to create a new shawl pattern for her latest yarn - Frolicking Feet Transitions. I had used the yarn for my Danielle shawl in Love of Knitting magazine. I really loved working with it, so I was happy to design another shawl!

This time I used the colorway Spring Meadow. I loved the yarn in the ball, but once I started knitting the shawl, the colors just stood out beautifully.
I designed this shawl so that the variegated portions would contain an eyelet-y pattern while the solid portion would have a larger lace motif. This way the yarn and the pattern don't fight each other. They work together to make a pretty shawl.
With 480 yards in one ball of this yarn, you can get a pretty good sized finished shawl. I am so happy with the way it wears!
Savanna
$6.50

I have another design in the works for this yarn. It's been a fun challenge for me to work with this changing yarn!

8.06.2014

Stitches Ready

Stitches Midwest is this weekend. I am so excited to spend another year there with my friends, taking classes, and having a good time. I'm taking two classes again this year. One with Myra Wood (Crazy Lace Borders and Edgings) and one with Edie Eckman (Around the Corner Crochet Borders). I am border-obsessed, so I think these will both be great classes for me!

I've been trying to plan out my knitting and crochet projects for the upcoming weekend. I haven't made a final decision on something to crochet, but I have decided that my knitting project will be a Moonraker. I was looking for something garter stitch-y, because those are usually good projects for convention knitting. This is my yarn choice:
Gotta stash dive for this project to make room for all the new yarn I plan to acquire this weekend.

If you're at Stitches Midwest this weekend, come say hi! I'll be around all weekend, and I'm doing a book signing on Saturday 8/9 in the Yarn Barn of Kansas booth (Booth 501). I'll be there at 2pm!

8.04.2014

The Hat Pile, It Grows

Over the last couple of weeks, the hats from my Hat KAL/CAL for Hope have been arriving. I have 42 hats so far, and I know of at least another 18 that are going to show up. It's so incredible. It's why I love knitters and crocheters so so much. So kind and generous. Makes me happy.

Laura gave me 5 crocheted hats.
Rachel and Sharon each sent me 3 hats:
Kandy sent me 7 hats!

Jody sent 2 hats. I love the one on the right. It reminds me of my college days at Loyola. Go Ramblers! :)
Marolee sent me 6 crocheted hats!
And Sally mailed 8 (!!!) hats. She was one busy lady!
It's so amazing what the crafty people can do when we all work together.

Happy hat knitting & crocheting!


7.23.2014

What is this? More spinning?

After finishing up the last spinning project, I immediately went to the fiber stash and pulled out some more roving from the Sweet Georgia Fibre Club. This one is from the March shipment. The color is Winter Thaw and it's Superwash BFL, one of my favorites to spin.
I love this one. The greens and the blues and the browns blend together beautifully. Like the last yarn I spun up, I made a 3-ply by chain plying the singles. I always want a thinner yarn, but when I get to the end I really want to chain ply. I guess I need to work on getting thinner singles!

This one is around 160 yards/4oz. I have added it to the pile of yarns that I have spun up but never knit. :)