Monday, November 30, 2015

Subway Knits Episode 82: Wannabe Oprah

On the Needles
Sharing my finished socks with White Birch Fiber Arts yarn, and they went through the washing machine with no problems at all. 

My dad wants a sweater. He has a 45" chest. He chose Fort from BT Men Volume 1 out of the options I gave him. I also informed him that I will never knit a fingering weight sweater for him. 

Self striping yarn from Gynx Yarns! Preppy Gothic Mermaid is a bit of an inside joke between Laura, Kristin and myself.

Maria's Favorite Things!

For the knitter with a sense of humor: 


For the knitter with all the notions: 


For the knitter who loves Jennie the Potter:

Review
Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions by Donna Druchunas and June Hall, $34.99 USD. Amazing and carefully thought out book.

Events
Knit Knosh hosted by the Knitting Actually Podcast 1/23 Longmont, CO (Denver/Boulder area).

Don't forget the #outlandeRKAL is going in the Ravelry group - the second quiz question is up! In the meantime, we have the first winner for the Lady of Lallybroch Socks by CC Almon of Geeky Girls Knit. This week's prize is a copy of the French Outlander Shawl by Tanya Marie of The Sampler Girl Podcast. 

Here are the list of the other prize sponsors (specific prizes to be announced, as well as a fun grand prize for the KAL): 
Both of my Knitting in Japanese classes at Vogue Knitting LIVE! are now sold out but there are a ton of really other great classes too. 

I am so excited to be teaching and seeing all of you. If you already registered, drop a line and say hi either here or anywhere else. I'm planning to pull a Clara Parkes (her Claramels look divine) and bring some treats to class. More details on whether there will be a meetup to come soon. 

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Where I Knit with Indie Untangled

Image Credit: Indie Untangled
There is a great, new yarn club coming out with Indie Untangled with the theme of where people knit. I have thought about this alot in the past before, and wrote an article about it - my first foray into writing about knitting as you will (Parts 1, 2, and 3 here). 

I have almost always knitted in public ever since I started knitting - as most of you know, I learned to knit in Japan, which is a place that is very short on private space, especially when you want to hang out with your friends. I did have brunches at my shoebox of a studio apartment in Kyoto, but it took a little bit of maneuvering and it was still quite cramped. 

I recently started knitting in public at work, which was a pretty big accomplishment for me. Knitting is not frowned upon at work, but rather when I first started to try it, I was subject to a bit of teasing. People just don't get it, truly! I'd rather knit on my sock than play Candy Crush on my phone. 

That being said, there is something to knitting outdoors where its peaceful. When I heard about this blog hop and yarn club, it reminded me of one time when I did document myself knitting in public - I was visiting a friend at Kyoto Sangyo University, which is in the northeast of Kyoto. 

I got there early and was wandering around, when I came across a traditional Japanese garden in the middle of the campus. It was peaceful and I had time to kill, so the knitting came out (I was working on my 2x2 reindeer yarn fingering weight rib scarf on size 4 needles). 
So much has changed since then! 

Where do you knit now? These days, I knit in my parents' living room, but I am looking forward to when I knit while looking out over the Rocky Mountains. 
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Subway Knits Episode 81: The Backup

On the Needles
On a huge sock kick and I was knitting socks in front of my principal! Finished White Birch Fiber Arts "No One Says Screw You Like A Unicorn" (off camera - had to cut the cuff of the first sock, but all is well) and working on my "Outlander" socks for the #outlandeRKAL. Demonstrated how I avoid ladders when shifting from one DPN to the next. 

The Aussie loves the socks I knit him (Fresh from the Cauldron MCN in Michael Corvin from 2009) and is requesting more. 

My Hinoki was a bit of a disaster, but I did have a backup Rhinebeck sweater, thanks to Kristin. I am taking a break from Hinoki and plan to finish it and the pattern over Christmas. 

I recieved the Buchaille Seven Skeins Club from Kate Davies, and I love it. 

Spin Right Round
Back to spinning: working on Pigeonroof Studios July/August 2013 SAL Wine Tasting in Superwash Merino (it's SO soft) on my Bostworth Midi Purpleheart Spindle, and some Falkland fiber from Wild Hare in Natural Appeal on my new zebrawood and ebony spindle from Mill Point Emporium, which is a dream to spin with. 

Knitting Travels - Rhinebeck Edition!
The Indie Untangled Trunk Show was a mega sensory overload, but it was alot of fun to see everyone who was part of this year's Road to Rhinebeck series. On Saturday, Laura, Kristing and I did the podcaster meetup, and I actually did not get any yarn - just the Wild Hare Fiber and the new spindle, as well as shearling earmuffs for me and a brushed alpaca scarf for my mom. 

Events & Announcements

Don't forget the #outlandeRKAL is going in the Ravelry group - the second quiz question is up! In the meantime, we have the first winner for the Lady of Lallybroch Socks by CC Almon of Geeky Girls Knit. This week's prize is a copy of the French Outlander Shawl by Tanya Marie of The Sampler Girl Podcast. 

Here are the list of the other prize sponsors (specific prizes to be announced, as well as a fun grand prize for the KAL): 
  • Bijou Basin Ranch
  • The Sampler Girl
  • CC Almon
  • Lion Brand
  • Caithness Craft
  • Dreams in Fiber 
My Knitting in Japanese class at Vogue Knitting LIVE! sold out on the first day of general registration! I am so surprised and honored that so many people wanted to take the class - in fact I am teaching a second session from 9-12 on Saturday January 16, as the 2-5 pm session is already sold out. 

I am so excited to be teaching and seeing all of you. If you already registered, drop a line and say hi either here or anywhere else. I'm planning to pull a Clara Parkes (her Claramels look divine) and bring some treats to class. More details on whether there will be a meetup to come soon. 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Subway Knits Episode 80: Last Days of Summer

Kick off Rhinebeck 2015 the indie way: Indie Untangled is holding its second annual pre-Sheep and Wool Festival trunk show on Friday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Best Western Plus, across the river from the fairgrounds in Kingston, N.Y. Browse hand-dyed yarn and fiber, handmade project bags, buttons, notions and garments from more than two dozen indie artisans. The first 100 shoppers will receive a goody bag filled with gifts and offers from our vendors and sponsors. For more information and a full list of vendors, visit Indie Untangled.

On the Needles
Cast on the test knit lace cowl by Maria Montzka of Stitched in Sweden. Working on Trillian at a pretty steady pace - my wrist is a bit "off" not because of knitting but actually because of sewing!

Knitting Travels
The day before I left for NYC I convinced The Aussie to drive up to The Loopy Ewe, which was a bit of an adventure.

Went to Voolenvine Yarn's trunk show at Gauge and Tension - in the downtime we tried on the GxT Cormo shawls that were on display and the yarn is so soft. Kristin and I had fun pretending to be knitwear models. She had alot of the good favorites on display and I fell in love with her Water Lily sweater knit. We also met Mina of the Knitting Expat podcast! 

AMA
This week's question is from suddenexpression and we talk about how I go about picking fabric for my garments.

Reviews:
Pom Pom Quarterly Summer Edition - holding on to the last bits of summer, though their fall edition is amazing. We also have a giveaway - which pattern would you knit to help keep the last bits of summer alive for you?

Events and Announcements
Rhinebeck plans have changed again. Laura (The Dyer's Notebook) and Kristin (Yarngasm), and I will be at the Indie Untangled trunk show and there will be a meetup! Time TBD. 

Congratulations to Helen of Curious Handmade and Jo from Shinybees who won in the Games & Hobbies and Most Engaged Audience categories of the UK Podcaster awards! They were well deserved wins.

I'm teaching Knitting in Japanese at Vogue Knitting LIVE! in NYC this January! The class is Saturday from 2-5pm. 

Signups for the OutlandeRKAL are happening now. 

Socktober with Carolina Fiber Girls Podcast.


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