VK Live – Beautiful Handknits

The quality of hand knit garments at VK Live was inspirational – it’s just one of the many reasons why these events are so valuable to knitters of all levels. We come away with a head full of ideas – energized to move on-ward and up-ward.

Bijou Basin Ranch displayed their Valle di Susa Cabled Wrap by Marly Bird at their spacious corner booth. Beautiful shape to the garment – also fabulous yarn and stitch choices.  Wish I had one right now.

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Why We Love Yarn – Pt. II

So, which is it? The color or texture that drive us mad for these yarns? Look at that turquoise! But then there’s the amazing bas-relief surface of the yellow swatch. It certainly makes a case for not blocking lace. And the Yarn Love goes on…

Christmas Knits

Another hat for Patrick  – this time cabled in Queensland Collection “Kathmandu” Chunky.  Merino, silk & cashmere – what’s not to love?

For Elizabeth – a cowl/cape from Vogue Knitting, Holiday ’09, design #10 by Cathy Carron. I substituted three strands held together, to achieve the gauge. Two strands of Plymouth “Galway” (one in deep purple, one in olive-y green) and a strand of Artful Yarns “Portrait”, a variegated  mohair. The jumbo-sized ribbing and welting play to great effect in this yarn combo. Beyond squishy!

Why We Love Yarn, Pt. I

Why we love yarn? How could you not? I have always loved yarn – the colors, the texture, the wonderful feeling of squishing it. I once bought 30 skeins of Unger “Skol”  from a yarn shop that was closing, just because I couldn’t leave it behind – and I didn’t even knit at the time! After countless moves over the years I finally used it for The Moderne Log Cabin Blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting. I started it one hot July, having to work on the couch with the blanket on the side, and a fan going! Crazy? Maybe – but We Love Yarn.

Long-ways Garter Cowl

Garter stitch is probably the first invention in knitting, and is also one of it’s timeless best. The hypnotic rhythm of working it, the delicious fabric it makes, the cool fact it comes out square (stitches x rows) the timeless garments: witness Sally Melville’s “Einstein Coat”, anything Elizabeth Zimmerman, Jared Flood’s homages.

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Wedding Garter

My friend Roberta knit these garters for two different brides – children of her friends. The love and care she put into them reflect her love for the happy couples!

Bette’s Garden Bag

I’m always amazed at the talent and creativity of my fellow knitters. My friend Bette: knits, quilts, sews, gardens, cooks, golfs, does needlepoint & fly-fishing – and those are only the ones I can remember! In the knitting realm, I always referred to her as “The Queen of Colorwork” – to see the beauty of the fabric she creates in Fair Isle or Intarsia – is truly beyond the beyond. This felted bag was based on her own garden. I remember her telling me she literally dreamt of ways to knit and felt the flowers. The details are exquisite – custom satin lining – a little bee, hand tied by her husband, a beaded closure. Ahh… the joys of knitting.

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