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

 

Join the Journey

Join the Journey

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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Experience Annie’s Yarn Shop + 20% off All Yarn!

Experience the New Annie's Yarn Shop!

Experience the New Annie’s Yarn Shop!

Did you know that Annie’s is the retail partner of Creative Knitting, and that many of the yarns used in the magazine are available on Annie’s Yarn Shop?

I was lucky enough, along with other team members to help with a special project to revamp the entire Annie’s Yarn Shop. Together, we came up with something that I think you’ll enjoy. We wanted the experience to be special, because like you, we’re knitters too and we’re pretty crazy about yarn.

Hop on over to check things out, because the look and feel is quite inviting. You’ll also see how how easy it is to navigate, so you can find exactly what you need…and fast!  As knitters, we don’t want to waste our time looking because we want to start knitting!

And while you there you must check out my favorite feature, the Build-a-Kit patterns. No guesswork. You just pick the pattern, plug in the colors, done. See it in action here.

Last but certainly not least, Annie’s Yarn Shop is having a special discount on all yarn purchases today, through January 19th. Use the keycode: YARN20 to get 20 percent off at checkout!

Enter the shop here. See you there!

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Fiber Fun Friday – Time to Gear Up for a Knitalong!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

On last week’s edition of Fiber Fun Friday, I shared the details about a new knitalong which starts next Friday, January 16. So now it’s time to make sure you’re ready and gather up all the supplies you need to get started!

 collection of swatches

The knitalong patterns are these 4 washcloths, which you can download for free here. Then, head on over to AnniesYarnShop.com to purchase Plymouth Cleo in your desired colors, and meet me back here next Friday for the kick off!

Kara’s Quick-Knit Tips

I’m revamping this blog feature because it’s become quite an extensive archive of quick-knit tips which is available at your fingertips on this blog 24/7. These are a collection of tutorials I created as well as those selected from StitchGuide.com, a comprehensive stitch resource from Annie’s. Check out the archives here.

Sew Mattress Stitch like a pro!

Sew Mattress Stitch like a pro!

Online Classes – What’s Hot in Knitting

Did you know that Annie’s is a leader in online classes that range multiple craft categories? You can check out the lineup of knitting classes here to see what’s hot right now.

 

New classes include: Circular Knitting Essentials, with Patty Lyons, Classic Cables for Beginners with Tabetha Hedrick, and Learn to Make Hats & Cowls on the Knitting Loom with Denise Layman. Click here to learn more and preview a class today.

The Knitumentary Project – Save the Date

Mark your calendars, because starting February 1, another special event is taking place here on the blog. I’ve coined this a “knitumentary” which will be a documentary of sorts as I knit my way through the Mimosa Pullover, made with Berroco Maya and featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Creative Knitting.

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

There’s something special about pullovers especially, because each one we knit tells a story of it’s own. So let’s share our stories together and maybe you can join in with me!

Happy Fibery Friday!


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