Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Post Stitch 'n Pitch

stitch n pitch swag by you.

here's my stitch n pitch swag, post swaps with others at the game.  there was plenty of acrylic flying through the air - literally -  but there was also my kind of stuff. there was TONS of yarn this year, i don't think attendance was what they expected.  in addition to the loot bags the organizers were throwing yarn into the crowd. 

Good things included the Mission Falls 136 in the picture above, Kertzer gave away 100g balls of their 'on your toes' sock yarn in some very bright colours, Soak sent some packets,
Diamond Yarns gave away a little bit of alpaca, and some of the Lana Grossa pattern books from Estelle Designs were really nice (the one with the brunette with the bangs on the cover is GREAT!).

people got a little crazy and a little greedy because of all the free stuff flying all over the place, but nobody got physical. one lady left with 30 balls of some kind of shiny railroad yarn and everyone was giving her the evil eye, thinking "how dare she", but the stuff was not attractive and is very difficult to knit with, so i don't begrudge her new stash. i received a ball of the exact same yarn in my loot-bag and had a hard time giving it away. 

unfortunately, i missed the speed knitting contest at the start. i'm still not sure how much we would have seen from our seats. there were some very nice people sitting in front of us with a really cute little boy, Joshua. he kept trying to catch a ball of yarn with his little-kid baseball mit but we were sitting in a 'blind spot' and the yarn-pitchers didn't get anything to him. i finally scored an extra ball of acrylic and threw it to him. he was so sweet! 

tulips by you.

This is what i made last night at stitch n pitch, a Tulips baby cardigan for the store. the colours have not been working out the way i had hoped and i have been re-jigging them, originally i had included Spring Tickle and Go-Go grassy. i'm not as happy with this combo but it is still very cute and the sweater will look great. i'll oder some more colours this week.

minkim by you.

Not related to to stitch n pitch, but we finished the cotton MinKim this week!
it looks great in the Mission Falls Cotton. I especially like the subtlety of Dusk 771 and Coastal 773 (above).

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I finished the Rocketry Baby Cardigan and the kit for it today! With my revisions the sweater looks great! I could have made the increases look prettier but I did not want to make the kit overly complicated and of course the sample has to match the product for sale. I also managed to get the kits finished too! It is the most comprehensive kit I've created. I've tried to provide as much information as possible on the label so clients can grab it and go up to the cottage/on a plane, etc. I also included both of the patterns, the original from Dream in Color, and my revised version. Now I must turn my attentions to the Tulips Baby Cardigan, again revised because I know that most people are uneasy with colours like peach and bile yellow, but also because of the taboo against dressing a boy in pink or purple. I think I have devised the colour scheme and I'm going to set out and test it tonight.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Able New Camera!

i can has new camera!  my dad, who is camera aficionado, lent me one of his older, lower end digital cameras that he's bored with/out grown. regardless of it's lack luster identity, it is beautiful in my eyes and far exceeds my old camera. poor old camera, it served me well. long live the new camera!  all it needs is a new battery, the old one is recalcitrant and will not hold a charge. i hope it is not too hard to find an Li-ion Ll-10B Battery.

my second dishcloth was finished a little while ago, it's called Pink Floyd!

Liane finished the most recent store project, a bulky shrug/bolero/mini-cardie from knitting pure & simple (286) in Lamb's Pride Bulky (m225 Elderberry wine). It only took 3 skeins, if you wanted to continue the arms it wuold take 4. great little fall project!  The Variegated Lamb's Pride looks great!

This is the project I am working away on this very minute. It is a Rocketry Baby Cardigan in dream in color classy, a smaple for store kits. So far so good! The pattern is basically the Knitting Pure and Simple Baby Cardigan with some colourwork and a change in the edging. I knitted it up until the almost end of the border but had some issued with the way it looked when finished - mostly i knew that cleints would not be pleased with the way the bottom sits when it's done. I revised the pattern it a bit and will put my revised pattern along with the original one in the kits. I also found that my gauge was not the same as theirs, and i am a consistent knitter, so that is updated in my revisions.

I was teaching a client how to make a top-down baby sweater in a private class and figured i'd cast on on for the store too. Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett 6 ply Sock Yarn (5952 Landscape Twilight) , the pattern is just the Knitting Pure and Simple Top-down Baby Cardigan.

i accidentally used needles that are too small! if using this yarn use 4mm needles! i used the 6mo size but because the tension is too tight it fits about 3mo. also, the body of the sweater only needs 100g/250 m of Dk weight yarn, but to match up the colourways for the arms i had to rip into a 3rd.

I actually finished this a week ago but i'm waiting for the yarn to come in for the trim - i ordered some regia 6ply in a contrasting solid colour.

I have also been working on a little bulky weight cardigan for fall based on the pattern above (KPS 286), using Brown Sheep Lanaloft Hand Paint (LL200 Platinum Plum). It will have sleeves and the neck will be wider. The lanaloft is like Lamb's Pride Bulky except without the fuzz/fluff from the mohair. Or a better description would be thinner Burly Spun that knits on a 6.5mm to 8mm needle (this project is on 8mm).

Liane is working on a second Min Kim for the store in the 1824 Cotton Whirl (773 Surf).  So far so cute!  The colourway knits up beautifully!  I love their tone on tones, they work niiiiiice!

Friday, August 14, 2009

disabled camera

hi all! well, i'm sorry for the late post. i'm always sorry. i sat down yesterday to get to it. i took a bunch of pictures, i've got lots going on. the pics look good on the camera. i connected my camera to the computer, and nothing. nada. niente. nilch. looks like little mister easy share doesn't want to share anymore. thankfully it is not the computer, but it seems like it's time for a new camera. anyway, i don't have any pretty pics for you :-( rosie suggested that i make some drawings of my projects for you. my dad said he's lend me one of his cameras so i might be back up and runnig really soon!