Fiber Fun Friday- Week #2 Kntialong, Knitumentary Update, Creative Spaces and More!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Week #2

Week #2 is underway!

Week #2 is underway!

It’s officially week #2 for this knitalong, so if you haven’t taken part yet, don’t worry because it’s still going strong. You can pick up on the next washcloth today! Just hop on over to the Creative Knitting Ravelry Fans Group and click on this link to get started!


 

Knitumentary– Got Yarn?

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

I started talking about this special documentary of sorts that I’m about to embark on. I’ll be knitting the Mimosa cardigan. I hope you’ll join me on this fun journey for the month of February. Read more


 Creative Spaces

Tabetha Hedrick, editor of the Creative Knitting online newsletter and designer extraordinaire!

Tabetha Hedrick, editor of the Creative Knitting online newsletter and designer extraordinaire!

Back in May of 2014, I began Creative Spaces so you could get an inside look into the designer’s studio and see how they stay organized and what inspires creativity. Check out my first interview with Tabetha Hedrick here.

Coming soon in this series, you’ll meet Lena Skvagerson, associate producer of the Annie’s PBS TV show, Knit and Crochet Now! Lena is also the Annie’s Signature Collection designer.

Lena will open the doors of her studio space and show you her day-to-day routine and how she creates an environment that keeps her inspired and productive.  Stay posted for more on this in February!

Do you have a creative space that you would like featured on the Creative Knitting blog? If so, reach out to me at Editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com


 Knit and Crochet Now!

Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! and host, Brett Bara

Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! and host, Brett Bara

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The new season of Knit and Crochet Now! is live on a PBS station in your area. For a sneak peek, click here and also you must check out the new All-Access membership where at your fingertips you can watch any episode of the show 24/7. Read more

 


 Make Some Yarn Art

Don't feel like knitting? Create some yarn art!

Don’t feel like knitting? Create some yarn art!

In this post, I spent one quiet weekend allowing things to flow naturally, and I happened to notice beautiful rays of light streaming in through my window, which inspired me gather some yarn and capture a composition mixed with light before I lost my chance.

Going free form is a great release from the structured process of reading and following a pattern. This act of going with the flow allows me to disconnect and come back to a pattern with fresh eyes. Click here to read the post.


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The Editor Wants to Know- Pretty Notebooks or Journals?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Do you love notebooks and journals so much that you have a different one for specific tasks?

If you keep one for your knitting projects, what kind of notes do you take about your progress?

Are you fanatical about notebooks?

Are you fanatical about notebooks?

 

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The Knitumentary Project – Take a Little Journey with Me This February

Knitumentary Project with Kara Gott Warner, editor of Creative Knitting

A few weeks ago, in this Fiber Fun Friday post, I shared details about a new Knitumentary Project that’s brewing. It’s different than a typical knitalong, because I’ll be taking a little knitting adventure and you’re invited to join in!


So I thought it would be fun to do something a little different. I wanted to kick off the spring knitting season with making a new sweater. It’s been awhile since I last made a garment and I’m itching to start one, but I need you to help me stay accountable!

I’m documenting every step of the way in this monthlong documentary, which I’ve coined a Knitumentary and it would be even more exciting if a bunch of us did this together. Are you up for it?

The Action Plan

I will be knitting my way through the Mimosa Pullover, featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Creative Knitting. This lacy tee is made with made with Berroco Maya, which contains both cotton and alpaca, making this a good choice for winter-to-spring knitting. Layer now, lighten up later!

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Pullovers Tell Amazing Stories

When I glance at those that I’ve made folded in my closet, I’m always taken back to where I was at the time and the events surrounding my life. It always evokes such happy, heartfelt memories. I’m sure you can say the same.

I’ll be sharing a candid, photographic behind-the-scenes look into my progress and discoveries made along the way. I’ll share things like– when I run into some tricky parts of the pattern. I can give you a heads up and share advice for how to work your way through that particular section. Or, if I figure out a shortcut or an interesting tip, I’ll share those too. I may share something even more random like thoughts about sweater making and knitting on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

An Invitation

I’d like to invite you to take this journey with me on this Knitumentary so we can share our stories and progress together, ask questions and get to know each other a little bit more.

The act of knitting is inter-connected to so much that we do each day. When we knit we can remember little nuances about our day, where we were, what the yarn felt like gliding through our fingers. Was it rainy, was it sunny? Was it the weekend? Knitting connects to life in every aspect, so let’s celebrate that together during the month of February.

The Tools

If you have the Spring edition of Creative Knitting, turn to page 81 and you’ll find the Mimosa pullover pattern. This is an easy, one-page pattern made back and forth. A circular needle is used to accommodate a large number of stitches.

Here’s what you will need by February 1st if you decide to join on the Knitumentary:

  1. Berroco Maya, which you can find here in Annie’s Yarn Shop.
  2. Size 7 (4.5mm) 29-inch circular needle.
  3. Removable stitch markers.
  4. A copy of Creative Knitting, Spring 2015 (For the digital edition click here)

See you on Sunday, February 1st with my first post in this series! Then, I’ll post each Sunday for the remainder of the month. I can’t wait to get started on this project!

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Fiber Fun Friday – The Festivities Begin! Ready, Set, Knit!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Ready, Set, Knit! In last week’s edition of Fiber Fun Friday, I shared the details about a new knitalong. Well, today’s the big day to create, make and share the love! The fun is starting right now on the Creative Knitting Ravelry Fans group. Join in here.

Also, for some quick tutorials on these patterns, watch the latest Creative Knitting video below.

A Blast from the Past

I was just diving through the rich resource of tutorial videos and I thought this knitting by the sea lesson on Fisherman’s Rib would inspire you during this cold wintry season. I created this on one inspiring morning a few years ago while vacationing at an ocean front getaway in Cape Cod. Enjoy!

Do you like the tutorials that I share with you on this blog? What would you like to see more of? Contact me at: editor@creativeknittingmagazine.com 

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The Editor Wants to Know- Do You Go Freestyle and Knit Without a Pattern?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Do you ever go freestyle and knit without any rhyme or reason, other than to simply enjoy the exploration?

Learn to fall in love with the swatching process.

Learn to fall in love with the swatching process.

If you aren’t a free bird knitter, why is that? Are you a little timid about picking up your needles for fear of where it might take you? Mistakes in knitting can be fun and can often lead to pleasant surprises.

Learn to love the swatch!

This is one of my favorite parts of the knitting and design process. Back in the day when I worked as a fulltime knitwear designer, I relished the idea of just sitting for hours with yarns strewn about and exploring to see what would emerge from my needles.

The discoveries were always enlightening because they revealed information that I would not have discovered if I didn’t have the courage and open mind to knit for the sake of knitting.

Maybe there’s also this notion that we don’t have much time, so we just want to pick the right pattern and jump in without swatching, but we would certainly would miss out on discoveries that move us to a new level of skill and understanding.

Please chime in on the comments to share you answer to my question…and share your own swatching adventures too!

 

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