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New Class! Knitting a Top-Down Raglan Sweater

Knitting a Top-Down Raglan Sweater
$60
September 15, 22, 29 Oct 6, 13, 20 (Monday nights)
6:30-8:30 pm
Memorial Hall at Potwin Presbyterian Church
Maximum of 5 students

We will be knitting Flax by TinCanKnits, which is a simple top-down raglan sweater – great for men, women, or children. We will talk about gauge, how fabric behaves, seamless sweater construction, and fit. I will provide printed materials with information on how to knit a top-down raglan that fits. Techniques covered include: knitting a flat gauge swatch “in the round”, raglan shaping, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, magic loop, and double pointed needles (optional.)

Materials:
Flax is a free downloadable pattern, but student must download from the following link:
ravelry.com/patterns/library/flax
Enough worsted weight yarn to knit a sweater in your chosen size
1 Set size 8 32″ circular needles (or size to match gauge)
1 set size 7 32″ ciruclar needles (or size to match gauge)
tape measure
scissors
waste yarn
darning needle
4-8 stitch markers
Optional:
double pointed needles for knitting sleeves
pen
highlighter

email me at tinydinostudios at gmail dot com to sign up!

See you there!

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Alecia Beth

Have you seen the new pattern highlights feature on the pattern page on Ravelry?

It has been very bad for my formally well-organized queuing habits.

Very rarely do I see a project I must cast-on the second I see it. Normally I favorite it, and if I keep coming back to my favorites to look at it, I queue it. If I really like it, I queue it right away. When Alecia Beth by Justyna Lorkowska popped up on my highlights page, I bought it immediately, printed it out at work, saved it on my tablet, and cast it on the second I got home.

tiedyeyarn
In this yarn.

If you notice, everyone else has knit their projects out of solid yarns, or semi-solid at the very most. Me? I go for the brightest food color tie dye I have done yet. I call it “Fruity Pebbles”.

I quite like the effect so far.
AB Cardigan Yoke Fruity Pebbles
I am 3/4 of the way done with the yoke. I am loving the contiguous sleeve construction.

fruity pebble mock cables
Those mock cables get me every time. I just can’t say no to them.

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Mid Summer Pursuits

Did I mention I started a new job? A real permanent job? I honestly can’t remember. It’s a great job with an unambiguous title: Retail Coordinator. And I get to work for Kansas–not the government, which is all around pretty good in my book–but folks it’s a lot to learn and take over all at once. I can’t sleep at night my mind is so busy processing it all. I don’t feel rushed or panicked or unhappy–quite the opposite really–I am just behind–through no fault of my own. But the catching up is taking most of my brain power, and I forget to start writing a blog post until 5 minutes before it’s time to leave for work, and we’ve all seen how well that has been working out.

The rest of my energies have gone into the following pursuits:


These peaches became ice cream. I have been experimenting with ice cream making this week, which I have never ever made before. See, I used to be baker, but then I gave up wheat (and sugar, but am less strict about this)* and baking was no longer an option unless I wanted to spend a fortune on nut flours. Ladies and gentlemen, these last few months have seen me pretty much the definition of broke. Broker than I have ever been. Nothing was purchased that was not a necessity, and fancy flour-substitutes are the definition of luxury. Given dietary restrictions, I made my ice cream with cream, evaporated milk and peaches soaked in a couple teaspoons of honey. It was good, and now it was gone. Alas, no photographs were taken of the final product, but I will be continuing to experiment.

Tonight I attempted to make Mocha Gelato, but I am pretty sure I didn’t let the mixture cool enough before churning it. The upside is that with very few ingredients, milk, honey, cocoa, instant espresso, vanilla, I created a really great tasting chocolate / coffee soup that I am freezing never-the-less hoping it doesn’t turn into ice. Less sugary substance is better. Next, I really want to attempt making ice cream from coconut milk and get rid of the dairy all together. I don’t have trouble with dairy, but I know folks who do, and I think it would be fun. Plus, I. Love. Coconut.

While it is summer and ice cream making is the appropriate thing to do, I have been doing all sorts of inappropriate things with wool.


Like knitting sweaters in 100+ degree heat.

I finished the body of the surfer tee, and only have (cap) sleeves to knit and the neckline to clean up. I knit a size I thought I might shrink down to by October and it fits perfectly now. It will still look good on me in October if I continue losing weight at this rate. After that, I will probably rip it out and knit a different sweater, because knitting sweaters is fun and I have been impressing msyself with my new ultra-economic ways.

At the same time, I have been working on my sister’s belated birthday gift.

It’s a laptop cozy for her new computer that she is taking to CHINA. With fang buttons. She will love this. Even if knitting in garter stitch for that long was a horrible idea.

Then I started a completely insane project for July.

A thick, worsted weight cabled sweater. It’s already warm in my lap, but the squishiness of the cables and the roundness of the yarn and the fact that I will have the perfect sweater finished by the time I actually need it this year when the weather turns keeps my needles going. The sweater was in the most recent WEBS catalog I received, and when I saw it, I knew it was what my Cormo Rusticus (100% cormo) yarn would become. The sweater is Pearl Street Pullover, and the yarn was a one off, but I bet they might have something fun a Juniper Moon Farm.

Thursday I try my hand a teaching my first sock knitting class. Wish me luck.

* I keep meaning to write a short post about how, after half a decade of struggling with my weight, I am finally losing it again. The easiest way to say it is that I gave up grains (yes grains, not just wheat) and sugar. I don’t think that blog post is ever going to happen in a way that I will be satisfied with. I don’t think food should be religion, and every time I try I sound like gluten-free evangelist. If you want to know how I modified my lifestyle and am losing weight, check out Mark’s Daily Apple. The lifestyle that website describes is pretty close to what I am doing, and full of great information.

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Fantasy Knitting

As the Christmas knitting deadline looms and I slowly work down the number of projects I have to do (3 1/2!), my desire to dive into the sweaters I have been longing to knit for myself grows constantly more difficult to deny. This morning, I gathered up all my works in progress and next in line to-be-knitted patterns just to admire them. Once I had the patterns out, I had to match them up to yarn. Now, I don’t have a huge stash, but I had just enough yarn to do each of these patterns.

In October, I fell in love with Amy Herzog’z design in Knitty. The Vignette Cardigan.

I ordered Valley Yarns Sheffield as the pattern calls for, in a lovely chocolate brown. I knit the back while on a weekend trip with my siblings. And that is as far as I have proceeded in the pattern because the immediate need of my family for wintery goods like mittens and scarves took priority.

About a week ago, I cast on this top-down sweater of my own design out of my Pteranodon Yarn. It’s 100% Merino and so much fun to knit with. And yes, there will be a pattern once I finish it.

I call this colorway porcini, like the mushroom. It’s going to be such a comfortable sweater when it’s finished, though you can see I have barely even started on it. Christmas knitting.

And now for sweaters I have yet to even cast on

(Disclaimer: The order in which these sweaters are listed in no way indicates the order in which they will be knit)

Over the past couple of months, I have kind of developed an obsession with making something out of lace weight yarn. I have never used it before, and I love the idea of using it to make a sweater. I am (obviously) in a sweater knitting place, like the idea of a versatile, light weight, delicate, lacy garment. Looking through my pattern books, I came across Stefanie Japel’s Glam Knits.

I find the lace pattern on the Lace Panel Tunic enchanting, and it seems to fit my criteria for a lace sweater. It will be out of my Oviraptor lace weight yarn out of the plum colorway, as pictured.

Then of course there is virtually viral Rocky Coast Cardigan from Coastal Knits

Which I paired with Knit Picks Swish Worsted in the Lost Lake Heather colorway. This looks so comfy. I want to knit all of the sweaters in this book, and I don’t think that’s an uncommon sentiment.

Finally, I had kind of a Gollum moment when Knit Picks released the Uptown Chic e-Book earlier this year. Another book where I want to knit everything. (Only I would make the gloves mittens. I have already established that I loathe knitting fingers.)


The Burnside Tunic is right up my alley. (Though I do wish there was just a touch more to the sleeves.) I am using the called for yarn, oddly enough in the called for colorway. (This is extremely rare for me. I am all about the substitutions.)


And just for fun, and because I had the yarn, I decided to knit the Division Street Scarf from Uptown Chic as well. In Wool of the Andes Bulky in Blackberry.

Is there anything you can’t wait to get started on?

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Approaching the Holidays

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I am in love with my new Lace colorway, Curry. I know it is basically winter, and I am supposed to be moving on to a more wintery palette full of heathery jewel tones, but I can’t seem to get myself off orange. Whenever I look at this yarn, I think of long, delicate lace evening gloves or an elegant, spider web wisp of a shawl. That is saying something, because all I want to knit right now are sweaters.

Of course, I am knitting a good portion of my Christmas presents this year, because I don’t really have any money, but I do have plenty of time and yarn. However, my gratuitous sweater knitting is being somewhat hindered by numerous small projects. Not that I am complaining. I love the feeling of accomplishment which comes with completing a whole project after only a few hours worth of work. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have four sweaters just waiting to hop on the needles. (I do have to say that I don’t especially like knitting glove fingers. I hereby declare that I will only knit mittens from now on!)

I only have six more small projects to go, so I better get myself on it. (That doesn’t even count my design projects-Oy!)

How is your holiday crafting coming along?

*I am running a little special in my shop from now until Christmas just to help out with the overwhelming nature of the holidays. Free shipping on all domestic (US only) purchases from now through Christmas. What a great time to get one of those sweater lots!
coupon code: HOLIDAYS2011

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F. O.

I have a small parade of Finished Object to share. I finished them off over the weekend and should probably get myself back to work.

First up, I spun some merino which I hand painted and then navajo-plied. (Not bad for my first try if I do say so myself).

Became Athrun’s open fingered gloves for this year.


Once they were finished, I couldn’t get him to take them off.

Then I made a matching hat.

Which I had to frog three times due to twisted stitches and gauge issues.


It worked out in the end though. I absolutely love the fabric of this hat. I might do nothing but navajo-ply in the future to get this same texture in all of my hand spun. It is luscious.

Also, Athrun wanted a really big pom-pom

Behold! My very first pom-pom.

I also finally finished Brock’s Cobblestone Pullover. The photos kind of speak for themselves.