Fiber Fun Friday: Un-Knitting and Having Fun Anyway

It’s been an eventful day in my neck of the woods getting ready for the weekend festivities ahead, but I am looking forward to fitting in some relaxing knitting time. I hope you will too. With the warm weather approaching, will your knitting habits change? Do you knit what you like no matter what the season?

I’m working on the Chock wrap, designed by Norah Gaughan for Berroco. I’ve been humming along, but all of a sudden I lost a stitch. Mind you, this already happened to me once a few days ago. I found it after patiently ripping back, and wouldn’t you know it was a yarn over. I suspect the same thing happened again. It put a little damper on my evening, but instead of letting this get me down, I put my work aside. Better to take a break rather than create more frustration.

"Chock" wrap from Berroco, made with May.

“Chock” wrap designed by Norah Gaughan, made with Berroco Maya.

I decided to put down my needles, and pick up a cowl design I’ve been working on. You’ll see this in a future issue, so I can’t give too much away, but here’s sneak peek on the progress:

Cowl design for Creative Knitting magazine.

Cowl design for Creative Knitting magazine.

I started working on this last Friday, and shared the details in this post. I’ve decided to focus on some simple stitches: nothing but stockintte and seed stitch. Seed stitch is one of my ultimate favorite stitch patterns, and if you’ve been following this blog, then you already know that. There are so many reasons to love it! Read this post and you’ll see why.

When you find the right yarn and stitch combination, all you need is a easy pattern!

I can’t wait to see what kinds of projects you have planned for the weekend. Chime in on this Facebook post and let’s continue with the conversation.

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Have a fiber filled fun weekend!

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Editor Wants to Know! What Do You Struggle With?

The Editor Wants to Know!

We all have struggles in life, and that also includes knitting. What is that thing that you struggle with? How would you like to improve in this area?

I find for myself it’s probably finding quality time to knit! I have a five, soon to turn six year old son who is incredibly active, so that’s where my focus is these days. I know this time won’t last forever, and there will come a time when I’ll be able to devote more time to knitting.

London keeps me busy. Sometimes I can knit a few stitches from time to time. As long as he gets to be involved in the process!

My son London keeps me busy! Sometimes I can sneak in a few stitches from time to time. As long as he gets to be involved in the process, he’s a happy boy!

So my question to you today is: When it comes to knitting, what do you struggle with most?

  1. Finding the time to knit.
  2. Obtaining the yarns I like at a good price.
  3. Not having the skills to take my knitting to the next level.
  4. Lack of confidence in my abilities.
  5. I don’t have access to a local yarn shop or support group of knitters.

If there’s something else that you struggle with that’s not addressed here, please share your thoughts!

 

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Mindful Mondays: *Go Within, Reflect, Knit; Rep from *

Knitting is one of those portable kinds of passions…it can go with you everywhere and it has the amazing ability to instantly put a smile on your face the moment you start clicking your needles. This is the biggest reason I’m so attracted to this amazing craft.

Need a lift? Start knitting right now!

Need a lift? Start knitting right now!

It’s so comforting to know that there’s a little treasure waiting in my knitting bag, and even on those days when I don’t find the time to knit, (like on a busy Monday) it’s just nice to know that it’s there…waiting.

So start your day with a few stitches to set the tone for the day. and why not start with what makes you happy first? The laundry can wait and setting your mind in the right direction could have a great impact on your day today!

The laundry can wait. Just spend a few minutes doing what you love first.

The laundry can wait. Just spend a few minutes doing what you love first.

Do what you love first, the rest can wait for a few minutes. *Go within, reflect, knit; rep from *

Happy Monday!

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It’s Fiber Fun Friday [New Feature!]

I’m so excited to announce that I’m kicking of a new feature on this blog called Fiber Fun Friday, which is where you’ll get the scoop on ALL THINGS KNITTERLY and fiber-related, every Friday. I’ll report on what’s happening in Creative Knitting magazine, and in the knitting world. You’ll also find inspiration to get you motivated for weekend knitting.
It's Fiber Fun Friday!

It’s Fiber Fun Friday!

I also know from your valued feedback that you love knitting tutorials, so I’ll share those as often as I can. I’ll regularly highlight a new technique to help you reach your knitting goals.

Consider this a place to gather and collect what you need for the weekend ahead. Kick back, grab your needles, and get ready for a Fiber Fun Friday!

New colors from Freia Handpaints- South Beach and Neapolitan!

New colors from Freia Handpaints- South Beach and Neapolitan! Aren’t these gorgeous!

Cast-On Friday, Bind-Off Sunday

Wouldn’t it be divine if you could get to work on a project Friday night, then bind-off by Sunday afternoon? Now that would certainly be a fulfilling weekend in my book!

New Products, New Season

After a very busy few weeks, I’m in serious need of a nice R&R weekend because I recently returned from a big trade show for the yarn industry, called TNNA. I’m still sifting through all the new yarns and products I discovered while there. The best part of all– I get to go home with lots of new yarn, products and great ideas.

I connect with so many industry professionals and talented designers, which allows me to literally plan an entire issue of Creative Knitting right on the show floor! What a benefit to be surrounded an amazing group of people who evoke exciting ideas!

What’s Happening on My Needles

I’m also really excited about a design that I’m working on for the Winter 2014 issue. I can’t give it all away, but I can tell you that it’s going to be a cowl inspired by a cardigan designed by Stacy Charles.  What an honor to collaborate on this design with Stacy. It will be an issue you won’t want to miss!

Chime in on this Facebook post to share what’s on your needles too. I can’t wait to hear from you!

My new cowl design underway for Creative Knitting magazine.

My new cowl design underway for Creative Knitting magazine.

What will you be working on this weekend? Join the conversation on the Creative Knitting Facebook page now!

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Summer Knitting Challenge: Let’s Commit to Knit!

I thought it would be fun and start up a little Summer Knitting Challenge here on the blog. Now that the Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting is fresh, let’s jump in and have some fun exploring new stitch patterns together!

In this tutorial video, I decided to get a little scrappy with my knitting! Once I find a stitch pattern that resonates, I explore it inside and out by changing things up such as:

  • Needle size– I like to go to extremes. Kind of like I do with my hair! If a project calls for a size 4 needle, then I will immediately jump to a size 13 to see what happens. I’m always amazed at what emerges from my needles!
  • Change yarn– If a project is made in fingering or sock-weight yarn, such as with my Trellis Lace scarf design, featured in this video and in the Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting. I made this scarf with Kollage Riveting Sport, but why not test the waters, and jump up to a worsted weight, or even a super-bulky weight yarn?

Take a look at the two examples below to see the difference between these two yarns. They look like two totally different designs, but I did not change a single stitch!

Trellis lace, made with super-bulky yarn.

Trellis lace, made with super-bulky yarn on a size #10 1/2 US knitting needle.

Trellis lace made with fingering-weight yarn on a size #6 US needle.

Trellis lace, made with fingering-weight yarn on a size #6 US knitting needle.

So here are the steps for the Challenge:

#1: Watch the video below for the stitch pattern shown above and to see how I played around with a variety of yarns.

#2: Now go to your stash and pick out whatever yarn speaks to you.

Berroco Boboli lace on a #7 US needle.

Berroco Boboli Lace on a #7 US needle.

#3: Find a pair of needles that are drastically bigger or smaller than what the yarn label recommends. This is a challenge, right? Let’s get daring!

#4: Now be spontaneous and start knitting. Just allow what happens to happen!

#5: Show and tell! After you are finished with your swatches, or if you discovered a fun new way to work the trellis stitch, then…

SHARE it here on the Creative Knitting Facebook page!

I’m a firm believer that learning comes from doing. Some of the best learning experiences happen by mistake or when you least expect them, so commit to knit today!

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