Saturday, May 9, 2015

Subway Knits Episode 76: My Kind of People

A very belated episode, but lots of recaps to share! 

On the Needles: 
Baby blanket on hiatus, and as a result I had no knitting for Stitches WEST. 

Knitting Finds:
Quince and Co Color Comparer: on the lower left corner of each yarn photo when purchasing yarn, like Chickadee
Japanese nengajo (New Year) postcards with a special stamp celebrating the Lunar New Year
Sheep cafe in  South Korea, going along with the trends of the cat cafes started in Asia - NYC now has Meow Parlor

Vogue Knitting LIVE! NYC Recap 2015 (Previous recaps here)
I had a blast running around with my camera and interviewing some of my favorite designers and dyers over the course of the show: 

Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting
Susan Gibbs, author of Modern Country Knits and of Juniper Moon Farms

Stitches West Recap
Finally got a Jennie the Potter Mug! Mine is a dinosaur. 
Yarn on the House/YOTH: check out the Highlights post here (we have a giveaway for a yarn tote - winner announced in next episode!)
Pepperberry Knits: Highlights Post here

Events and Announcements
Long Island Fleece and Fiber is next weekend - if you are in the NYC area, come along on the bus out to Riverhead and the festival! There is a GREAT swag bag for attendees with sample yarn and a coupon from Hampton Artistic Yarns, wine tasting at Martha Clara Vineyards and more. 

We still have the 1000 member giveaway going. Only 50 more to go! 

Thanks for listening!
Watch here, and subscribe here and here.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

In the Conductor's Booth: An Interview with Donna Druchunas

One of my knitting heroes, Donna Druchunas, is on the show this week! She is such a fascinating person to talk to, and her passion for knitting and writing definitely shows. 

She is currently running a PubSlush campaign for her newest endeavor, Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions. Check it out: 
History Unwound Retreat at Colonial Williamsburg
Listen here, and subscribe here and here.

PS. We still have the Yarns on the House giveaway happening, and I am teaching Knitting in Japanese at Gauge and Tension May 9! 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Knitting in Japanese at Gauge + Tension

I have some really exciting news to share: I will be teaching Knitting in Japanese at Gauge + Tension on May 9!  
Details for registering are here. The class will run for 4 hours, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The cost is $100, exclusive of materials (1 skein of bulky weight yarn and 1 set of 10.5 circular needles and DPNs), which can be purchased at the store. 
Looking forward to seeing you there! Kristin from Voolenvine Yarns will also have a trunk show during the class, so it's going to be such awesome fun. 
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Into the (Cypress) Woods

It's Spring Break this week, and I finally have the time to enter a part of the knitting woods that I have always envisioned dipping my toe into, but never really had the chance: designing my own knitting pattern.

This whole journey is definitely something that I have never even thought I would do when I started knitting almost 8 years ago, but I am looking forward to the challenge. It definitely exercises a bunch of my mental muscles that I have not used before (I look at the prospect of grading a sweater with equal parts fascination and trepidation).

I have several designs in my head and a certain aesthetic that I want to promote with those designs, but the learning curve with taking something that is in my head and make it into a three dimensional object is quite steep. 

My first design is a sweater, which I am calling "Hinoki," or "cypress" in Japanese. I had a vision of a top down raglan with eyelet increases, and a Japanese cable pattern in a particular shade of hunter/olive green, and the Olive colorway in YOTH's Big Sister base does not disappoint.

The top-down part is pretty simple to carry out, but I have already come across problems with my cable chart. 

One problem is because I am knitting my sweater top down. I love the look of many a sweater that is bottom up and I am knitting two bottom up sweaters for myself right now (Nevelson and Number 001) but I really, really think they are annoying for the simple reason that I have hips. They don't lie (corny, but I couldn't help myself). 

I have that hourglass figure that makes my bust size different from my finished hip size so that involves a lot of math that as a new designer (with a lowercase "d"), I cannot quite wrap my brain around just yet. 

So I decided to go top-down, which meant the cable chart I am using is actually turning out upside down as compared to the original photo.  

As a result, I am coming across a lot of questions that need to be asked of myself when it comes to putting everything down on paper. Right now, I am knitting along and making notes, that way when I go back to my notes and start to put together a pattern, I have a basic skeleton to work with. 

Stay tuned - I will be posting more of my progress and journey here. Wish me luck! 
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Monday, March 30, 2015

In the Conductor's Booth: An Interview with Carrie Sundra

This week, we sit down to chat with Carrie Sundra of Alpenglow Yarn, our new sponsor! 
Alpenglow Yarn is making winding yarn a breeze for indie dyers!  We've developed the SkeinMinder, a tool which automates motorized skein winders.  Just set the number of rotations you need, press the big red button, and relax.  The SkeinMinder minds your winder, and stops it automatically.  We're taking orders on Kickstarter now through April 2.  We have special edition yarn rewards for knitters too, stop by and support cool tools for your favorite dyers!

Listen here, and subscribe here and here.

PS. We still have the Yarns on the House giveaway happening, and we have some big news to share too. 
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