Showing posts with label knitting travels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knitting travels. Show all posts

Monday, October 13, 2014

Popping Up in Brooklyn: Gauge X Tension by Michelle Wang

This last weekend was the annual New York City Yarn Crawl (hope you found my Brooklyn guide useful!) and while I did not have any time in my schedule to make it to any of the LYS', I was able to check out the Gauge X Tension pop-up in Greenpoint last weekend when it opened it's doors. 

I met up with Lisa from Indie Untangled (psst...trunk show this Friday to kick off Rhinebeck) and we had a lovely afternoon chatting with Michelle Wang, the brains behind the pop up (and behind so many amazing patterns - ALMOST done with Slade) and checking out the yarn. 

When I go into a yarn shop for the first time, especially when I am traveling I always ask about what is either new to the shop, or local to the area. 

GxT has an AMAZING selection of yarn, some of which I knew about and coveted from afar, and some I never even heard of: Sleep Season, Western Sky Knits, Tanis Fiber Arts, Julie Asselin, to name a few. I want to dive head first into the yarn that GxT carries.

Given that Rhinebeck was coming up and I knew I could go back to the pop-up at the very end, I held back. 

A bit. 

For me, it was something totally new that totally caught my senses: Jones and Vandermeer 100% Baby Camel Yarn in the colorway Poppy. I tried on the Galeo sample, and immediately fell in love. I had to buy the yarn, AND the pattern. 
After exploring the J&V website a bit, I feel like when it comes to yarn and travel we share the same ideas: "We're globetrotters on the hunt for curious handknitting yarns, fabrics, notions and other crafting materials.  And sometimes, we come across something that doesn't fit any of those categories but really is worth writing home about, or in our case, stuffing into our suitcase. It makes us say, “how curious!” all over again." 
This was definitely the case when I was in Greece this past summer - of course I was on the lookout for yarn, but came home with things I never would have imagined: vintage scarf from Uzbekistan, coral and gold bracelet handmade in Santorini (I'm wearing it in the photo above with my watch), and an antique style brass coffee grinder, for example. 

With that kind of ethos, I want to go on an adventure trip with the people behind Jones & Vandermeer. 

Lisa and I had lunch at Five Leaves (worth the wait!) and ice cream at Van Leeuwen (Earl Grey Ice Cream!) and before I knew it, Kristin from Yarngasm/Voolenvine Yarns came by Van Leeuwen to meet with me and walk back to GxT; we had a launch party to go to! 
There was much prosecco and cheese to be had. Kim from Craftstash came along  later, and then we had a late dinner at the Manhattan Inn, which had a live piano player. But first, we came across some kilts. Needless to say, it was definitely #kiltmeNOT.  
I really hope that GxT is something that happens again in the future or even becomes a permanent fixture on the NYC LYS scene; I could definitely see  GxT filling in the void of LYS' in Northwest Brooklyn/Western Queens.  I'm already looking forward to going back again before it closes. 
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Episode 47: Heel, Toe

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On the Needles
Worked on the Bella Mitts in Montreal, didn't get to finish them. Was a little nervous knitting in public!

Knitting Finds
Designer's Grid - it's like graph paper and colored pencils for the iPad
Preppy Twisted by Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast - versatile and simple pattern that is fun and elegant.
Varia and Petoncle from Scallop Sisters
Manos Alegria - had to take Adele to the vet and Knitty City is right there. Last hurrah for the yarn shopping; I'm going cold sheep in 2013!
Shelf of Alegria at Knitty City.
The last stashed skein.
Knitting Travels
Montreal was lovely, if really cold! Photos here. Our hotel (Le Westin) was in a great spot: across the street from the RESO (Underground street system) and the back entrance led us into Old Montreal. I had to be really careful when walking so I didn't slip - I walk on my toes (tight Achilles Tendons) so I have to really think, "heel-toe" when I walked on the freshly fallen snow.

We ate at these places:
Mechant Boeuf (Poutine!)
Beaver Hall
Marche La Villette
Modavie (GREAT Jazz Music)
Schwartz's (Smoked Meat!)

And we hung out here:
Marche Jean-Talon
Effiloche (LYS)
Museum of Fine Arts
Marche Bonsecours
Notre Dame Basilica

I bought Saint Denis yarn at Effiloche and will be designing a hat out of it. Sadly, it's discontinued but still available for now. I got Oatmeal for the MC and Fjord for the CC.

New Years Goals
1. Cold Sheep - I have enough yarn to fill a fourth tower, but I refuse to get one because that means I will just put more yarn around it. I joined the Stash Down group on Ravelry, and have been Sheep free since December 31. The only exception is yarn for a sweater I am planning to design but I want to knit my sweater stash first.

2. Be Productive - I want to knit at least 20 minutes a day and get 10 minutes of spinning in every other day.

Downton Abbey Read Along - we are reading/listening to Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.
2-Year Podiversary/50th Episode Giveaway is still going on!
QAL ends January 31
Pattern discount for Subway Knits Listeners from Brenda CastielLady Grantham Hat and also for the Daisy Buchanan Hat, in case anyone wants to knit them for the Downton Abbey Swap. 
The discount code on these 2 patterns is DOWNTON. It’s in effect now till Feb 28, 2013, for 25% off.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Episode 38: I Finally Did It

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On the Needles 

Botanical Garden Shawl - did alot of knitting in the car and finished the body! I have not finished the body of a shawl in MONTHS. Wrist is doing better because of constant vigilance as per Mad Eye Moody - immobilizer at night and during the day when i am not knitting and when I do, back to the support brace.
Spin Right Round

I have ordered my Lendrum! It is coming from California because in the end I decided upon the Lendrum DT Original.

I am participating in Felicia Lo's Spinning Dyed Fibers blog tour, which is an online class on Craftsy. Check back on August 22, my stop on the tour for my post!

Knitting Finds
Source: NY Times, The Metropolitan Diary

Satsuma Stripes by Sharon Matarazzo

Amethiste by Robin Ulrich - check out the discount code.

Cookie A Volume 1: Shapes + Form

Knitting Travels

As per usual, every time I go to Florida, I go to Disney. This time, The Aussie was with me and even though I was in Epcot the same time as Shari/Stitchmistress of the TV Knitting podcast, my phone died so our paths didn't cross.
I need to give a big thanks to my dad who drove me to the Tampa yarn shops; my aunt lives pretty far so it was a bit of a trek. The first one I went to was Uncommon Threads in Palm Harbor, second was Knit n' Knibble in Tampa.

Greenville's Wool Over Your Eyes was the best - it wasn't there when I was in SC the last time (I went to The Needle Tree, which was outside downtown Greenville) and just as we were walking in, someone was delivering an antique spinning wheel for the shop and assembling it.

Lastly, I made a bit of a discovery - my grandmother has owned this sewing machine for over 25 years. Turns out, it is a Singer machine from 1947. It is in perfect condition.

Ravellenics - got off to a good start in first week but in the second week what with the trip down to flordia, lost a bit of the sweater mojo. I watched ALOT of the Olympics via the BBC and loved the opening ceremony, it had alot of heart and whimsy and showed that it didnt need to be flashy.

The winner of The Market Vegan cookbook giveaway is Sue! Please contact me via email or Ravelry.

Don't forget - we have two coupon codes going:
1. SuperKnits: 10% off with the code subway
2. Gynx Yarns: 10% off with the code subwayknits

Finally, go check out the Shinybees Podcast! It's new, but Jo is off to a great start.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noise Trade

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Episode 37: (Almost) Done!

Right now, I totally relate to how Lizzie Bennett feels at the beginning of this episode of her vlog:

 Done! Well, almost. I still have another year left of school, and then I will be truly done.

But now, I am in Florida and two of my friends in my knitting group on Ravelry just moved to NYC so there is even more to celebrate. Speaking of celebrating...

I am very pleased to announce the first sponsors for the Subway Knits Podcast!

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Subway Knits is also sponsored by Gynx Yarns, home to beautiful colorways hand dyed on organic merino bases. Please show your support for by clicking on the link above. 

On the Needles
I have picked up the Pickadilly. In a way it was great that it did go into hibernation because while my bust measurement is 40" I know based on my experience wth cardigans that it will not close all the way or experience strain on the button placket. So I am knitting a 42" - bit more work but I know it will fit.

Knitting Trainwrecks 
Pickadilly got too big because I had miscounted and had to rip back. This sweater is going to be the death of me.

Knitting Finds
Cookie A posted a tutorial on her blog showing a way to repair socks without a darning egg. While I am in possession of a darning egg, I got it more for the form as opposed to the function.

On the question of how one stores their stash...Apartment Therapy has an article on the various ways to do it. How do you store your stash?

Laura Gesin of the Apocalyptic Diner published an e-cookbook called The Market Vegan.

Knitting Travels
My family and the bird made it to Florida in one go and in one piece. But the bird barely talked on the trip! I finally got some audio of him, and hopefully I'll get a full rendition of "La Cucaracha." On the way down, I worked on the Botanical Shawl.

I have picked up The Aussie's camera and read some tutorials about how to use a DSLR and now want to start a knitting and photography segment. Here's the thing: I need a segment title! Enter a proposed title in the comments below for a chance to win a copy of The Market Vegan.

Don't forget! Gynx Yarns is offering 10% off to Subway Knits listeners with the code subwayknits until September 5. 

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noise Trade

Monday, July 16, 2012

Highlights of Paradise, Part 2

And that's all he photographed. In case anyone was wondering about the equipment The Aussie used for the photos, he used a Canon Rebel t4i DSLR, cheapo full length tripod (I played roadie, carrying that sucker along the beach) and a Speedlite 320ex flash (he rarely used the one on the actual camera). All of the photos except the first (which was taken on our boat tour with the old camera) fourth and fifth were taken using the tripod.

I can't wait till I finally get some FOs done so that way he can take awesome photographs of me wearing them.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Highlights of Paradise, Part 1

Looking at these photos again and again give me a bit of a mental break amidst all my classes. Some highlights from our trip to Turks and Caicos this year:
There is a bit of a story behind the last photo: I really wanted The Aussie to get a photo of a Day of the Dead skull that was up against a wall of tequila when I saw this sign. We originally wanted to sit upstairs with a view of the beach but it was so full that we ended up on the ground floor where the sign was located, which was a very good thing. Part 2 to come.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Episode 35: The Do-Over

On the Needles:
Mel and I headed back to Turks and Caicos this past week, for a much needed re-do of our vacation from last summer (in which we got hit by Hurricane Irene). I worked on the Rock Island on the beach, using metal Hiya Hiya needles which were much better for knitting on a hot day since my hands didn't stick.

Not so much knitting since there was a lot of reading: I finished  The Emperor of All Maladies, The Paris Wife, The Winter Palace and currently working on The Knife of Never Letting Go which is for the A Playful Day Read-Along.

Spin Right Round:
Working on my Into the Whirled Ritual, which is a Romney braid. Getting better at drafting and no wrist pain! Taking breaks, stretches, Icy Hot is helping a lot as is figuring out how to position my drafting hand (my left hand) such that I don't have a claw hand and that my fingers don't tense.

Knitting Finds:
Leftie by Martina Behm (of Hitchhiker fame)
Maxwell Cardigan by Amy Christoffers - edgy and classic
Classic Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead 
Baah Yarn - currently based in Southern California and slowly expanding. Credit given to Lisa, who informed me about this yarn, love the color.

Knitting Travels:
Great eats: Mango Reef (best Conch Fritters), da Conch Shack, Coco Bistro, Somewhere Cafe, Hemingway's
Earrings by Sheila Ludington (based at Paradise Arts owned by Brenda Ludington). Also check out Anna's Art Gallery.
Toured the reef and Iguana Cay with Island Vibes Tours.

Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noise Trade

PS. Photos of our trip to come soon!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Episode 28: C'Mon, Vogue

On the Needles
Larch Cardigan - finally finished the 4 inches of stockinette!
Darjeeling Socks - my first toe ups. I read online through knitty how to do Judy's Magic Cast on, but this video helped me alot. The jury is still out on whether I am a complete toe-up convert.
Knitting Finds 
Nike uses knitting for running shoes. Once I get into the regular habit of running and wear out my current pair, I'd like to try these out!
For the knitting scientists - sheep breeding and genomes.
Someone finally got around to busting the myth of whether or not crochet eats up more yarn than knitting.
Knitting Travels
I was in South Carolina this week and that meant meeting up with Mary Beth again. This time we didn't go to Hobby Lobby but rather checked out The Needle Tree which is in Greenville, SC about an hour away from my in-laws. The owner was wearing a beautiful knit dress out of a tonal brown Madtosh Pashmina. I think its the Vali pattern from Rowan.
 In fact, I did go to a Hobby Lobby as one opened up less than 5 minutes away from my in-laws new house but I walked away EMPTYHANDED. Shocker. The one thing I purchased knit-wise were buttons.
After The Needle tree we walked around Greenville and had really good tacos and cheese quesadillas at Chicora Alley. We saw a sign for a place called Brew & Ewe - we thought it was a place that had yarn and beer, but turns out it was a coffee shop that had a small space dedicated to handknit crafts. There were no skeins of yarn to be had which was a bit of a disappointment.

Mel and I did spend a morning at Nintey Six Historical Site which was a colonial settlement and site of a siege during the American revolution.

Other than that its been a week of relaxing, knitting and reading.
Entangled Issue 4 came out this week. My photos of Franklin Habit's talk at Lion Brand Yarn Studio and Vogue Knitting live were featured in the "One Day In...Manhattan" article - so honored! It was alot of fun. That being said, this is one of their best issues yet - as I mentioned before, this is the one magazine I actually subscribe to. Great source of information. The founder, Genny Stevens was recently featured in her hometown newspaper.
The Downton Abbey Swap sign-ups are closed! Someone at Vogue Knitting got wind of it and the response just exploded - which is something Sharon (stitchmistress) over at the TVKnitting Podcast and I just did not anticipate. We loved the response and the enthusiasm for the swap and we are definitely hoping that if this swap goes well, to do another round that is concurrent with season 3 of Downton Abbey.

Minimum Requirements for the Package
  • 1 Small Knitted Item (fingerless mitts, gloves, cowl, shawlette, hat) that is inspired by Edwardian/Victorian Design. Essentially it should answer one or both of the following questions: Would one of the characters wear it in the show? Or, would a modern-day version of the character wear it? Think lace, cloches, small shawls, picot. It does not have to be complex - if you have any questions or are stuck on trying to find a pattern, please contact one of the hosts!
  • 1 Skein of Yarn
  • Tea or the swappee’s drink of choice (tea preferably since that IS what the Downton ladies always drank but to be fair there are hot chocolate and/or coffee drinkers.)
  • Small sweet/food goodie to go with said beverage of choice for a proper tea.
Between $20 and $40 (various budgets hence the price range, but this excludes the cost of the yarn used to create the knitted item and excluding shipping).

If there are any questions or problems, please contact either me or stitchmistress ASAP.)

We are currently placing everyone up on a spreadsheet and pairing up people and hope to get that done by the end of the weekend or Monday at the latest.

In addition, Lisa and Amy of the amazing Roman Hills have generously offered a special discount to Downton Abbey Swappers and listeners of the Subway Knits podcast!

From now until April 23, 2012 (the mailing deadline for the Downton Abbey Swap), you can get 15% off yarn by using the coupon code SKDA15.
Special thank you to everyone who has contacted me about donating to the knitting club I am starting up at my middle school! 

Just discovered a new podcast: The Foodie Knitter. Her voice is great and its very engaging. It also involves food. Yum.

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Vogue" by Madonna

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Coast and Country: The Gansey

I stumbled upon this podcast called Coast and Country from BBC 4 - given my penchant for anything UK related these days, I thought it was a great one to subscribe to, and something a wee bit different for this city girl.
Their latest episode talked from December about the gansey from Scotland as a means of "safeguarding Scotland's fishing heritage." There was a lovely recorded conversation about knitting the gansey (no pattern!) and what it meant for the people of the area.

It just makes me wish I could visit Scotland even sooner. Or even Wales - now that the Wales Walking Path (with cycling!) will be completed soon.
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