Monday, August 31, 2015

Subway Knits Episode 79: T-Minus 10 Months

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
Finished socks for The Aussie! Wise Hilda's Everyday Ribbed Socks in FFtc MCN Sock. 
Another FO is the cashmere cowl from Pepperberry Knits - the pattern comes with the yarn kit. 

Knitting Travels
Went to Steamboat Springs - stay tuned for a more detailed blog post, and there is a slideshow of my and The Aussie's photos at the end of the episode. But the important thing is that I found a Singer Featherweight! 

Pins & Needles
Hacking Scout Tee by Grainline Studio right and left.
Made another Sailor Top, but the neckline was wonky. 
Also sewed a top from Burda Style (6752), which was similar to a JCrew top.

Events & Announcements
Yarn Along the Rockies - went to Stash and Everything Alpaca in Castle Rock, Colorful Yarns in Centennial, A Knitted Peace in Littleton, and Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabric Bliss in Denver.

I won The Lemonade Shop gift basket from Yarn Along the Rockies! I also recap the yarn I got from Knerd Shop, The Lemonade Shop and Bella Vita Ranch.

Rhinebeck is going to be only on Saturday for me this year.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Subway Knits Episode 78: Distractions

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
Almost done with the body of Hinoki - I am debating on whether to do waist increases later on down in the sweater, or incorporate that into the raglan yoke, or to do it right after I separate the sleeves. I intend to wear this sweater with a shirt layered underneath, and I like a loose, but tailored fit. I do not really like overly fitted sweaters (which I why I do not wear Cadence too much), so I might go with the last option so that the underarms aren't so baggy. 

Frannie Cowl with Pepperberry Knits - nice and simple. Knitting it in the Long Johns Colorway. 

Knitting Finds
Erin Lane is starting her own fabric line! Check it out and support it here

There is a new knitting pattern collaboration and KAL between Andrea Mowry and Lesley Anne Robinson called Knit in Color. I love the patterns from both of these designers. 


Mingo and Asho make gorgeous supported spindles with glass bottoms. 

Pins and Needles

No spinning done for Tour de Fleece - been distracted by sewing! 

Completed the Colette Sorbetto top and Sailor Top with help from the Fancy Tiger Crafts class. I'm trying to make 3 versions of the Scout Tee by Grainline Studios and finish my dress from my Mood Class (McCall's 6124) as well as make another Dress (Simplicity 1880) and Pajamas (New Look 6859).


Bias Tape is from So Biased.


Knitting Travels

Jackalope Art Fair and met with The Lemonade Shop, Sleep Season and Knerd Yarns! I got my "I'm a Knitter, Not a Quitter" hoop from The Beedle.

Review
Love + Leche Lotion bar in Citrus Rose - really like it! It's my first experience with a lotion bar and it's helped my skin deal with the drier air now that I am at a higher altitude. 

Events and Announcements
Yarn Along the Rockies
Rhinebeck!
Catching up on giveaways, and mailing out some next week.

Vote for Shinybees and Curious Handmade in the UK Podcaster Awards!

Liking Stitched in Sweden and Knitting Expat.

The winner of The Bletchley Collection giveaway is post #8: zquilts! Please PM me with your mailing info to forward for your prize.





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Friday, July 31, 2015

Work In Progress: My First Dress

Last fall, I registered for free sewing classes at Mood in New York City. That was the beginning of my journey into sewing, which fell flat for about 10 months. I got sick and was unable to make it to the final sessions, so the cut pattern pieces sat in a bag in my closet.
I am sewing version E. 
As I mentioned previously, moving out to Denver meant that I had more space. After making a few basic pieces and then completing a shirt, I felt confident enough that I could tackle this dress, which is McCall's 6124.
I learned a few things in the process of making this dress: first, fabric shears definitely do make a difference. I cut this pattern out using regular scissors, and its evident that there are not any clean cuts on the edges of the fabric. I was gifted a pair of Gingher Left-Handed Fabric Shears for Christmas, and purchased a left-handed rotary cutter, and it has made my life so much easier.
Second: wash your fabric. I did not do this (mainly due to the laundry machine access issue which I discusses), and now I am compensating by changing the seam allowances on the body from 5/8" to 1/2" to give me a bit more room. This dress is a bit of an experiment - a wearable muslin, if you will - so I am hoping for the best.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In the Conductor's Booth: An Interview with Lisa of Indie Untangled


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.

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We are kicking off this year's Road to Rhinebeck series by talking with the brains behind the whole operation, Lisa from Indie Untangled! She reached out to me last year, and it was so fun to do the blog series that we are doing it again. We talk about why she created Indie Untangled and the Rhinebeck Trunk Show, and find out what really happened behind that Humans of New York photo.


The UK version of Etsy: Folksy
Glass-top spindles: Mingo and Asho
Lisa's Rhinebeck Sweater: Rhinecliff by Laura Aylor
Alpenglow Yarn: Interview

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hiking in Maxwell Falls

Our second hiking trip was last weekend to Maxwell Falls. The Aussie and I have discovered that there are waaaaaay too many options for hiking, and that leads to some difficulty in choosing what to do on the weekends. 
I found Maxwell Falls through the site Day Hikes Near Denver; it's a great site because it categorizes everything. We were texting each other screengrabs of various Colorado-based Instagram accounts, and we noticed that some of the most glorious images are those with water and lakes. Maxwell Falls counted as a waterfall, so off we went. 
As you can see, I am still learning how to use my camera - there is a pretty marked difference between mine and The Aussie's photos. I'm getting there slowly, like how I am getting used to hiking - we parked at the Lower Trailhead and walked till we reached the main loop and headed left. The creek you see here is after crossing a small bridge, and then head left again till you reach the falls.  
While the waterfall wasn't much, the hike was quite interesting and a good step up from our previous hike at Garden of the Gods - a bit more technical, and a lot more up and downhills. There were lots of dogs on the trail too, and they loved going in the creeks. 

Have to say, the view from 7,800 feet was gorgeous. 
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