Monday, 29 October 2012

November is a busy month. I'll be on the road teaching and speaking around my area of the country. Here's the schedule:
November 1: Port Hope, ON. I'm doing a talk about adding stitch patterns to your top down at the  Northumberland Hooks and Needles Guild .

November 16 to 18:  At the Cabin Fever Retreat we're going to concentrate on learning to adjust the necklines of top down garments. I'm writing up small projects so you can try this out. You can knit a neck cozy or capelet over the weekend. You can, of course, start a full sweater to take home and finish up. It's coming up soon, can't wait.

November 24 & 25: I'll be teaching Top Down classes at the Downtown Knit Collective Winter Workshops in Toronto. They include a Plus-Size class, a V-Neck class and a favourite of mine, the Scatter class, where we throw out the rules for the top down raglan and play with the increase placement to see what could happen. It's fun and opens up lots of discussion of ideas for top down yoke construction.

November 28: I'm giving a talk at the Meaford Library, Adult programing with ideas for making your top down sweaters your own creation. What can you add in and what can you change to make them special. Bring your ideas.

It all begins in a couple of days. I'm ready to go.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

I thought I would extend the retreat project into a pullover capelet. Are they becoming popular? I seem to see more of them on ravelry. I started with a cast on for a wave pattern. Nice and easy to work. Then I did some short rows to lower the front.
Next the regular, relaxing, raglan shaping to the outside of my shoulder.
Now I'm working on getting the wave going again for the trim on the bottom edge.
I think I'll do the wave for about 4". Just need to adjust the stitch number so I can get the stitch pattern going again. Nice to be working in worsted weight wool, so quick.

Monday, 15 October 2012

I hope today is sunny because I need some good photos of the vests I finished and the 2-colour shawl.
The patterns have gone to my tech editor and should be back by the end of the week and up on patternfish next week. Yay. Time to move on to something new.

Lyn's going off to the Rheinbeck Sheep and Wool show this week. She'll be in the Shelridge Farm booth. Any other lucky people making the trip?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

For the Cabin Fever Retreat I'm working on a top down project that you could get done over the weekend. Here are my ideas for a top down neck cozy. It still has scoop neck shaping and raglan increases. But I think you could make it like this, jazz it up with some lace and wear it under your coat. A small adult top down project in Aran weight wool. Quick, fun and interesting!
You could button up the collar and have a turtleneck for extra warmth. I do love the Corona lace pattern on the bottom. The collar is in feather and fan lace.
This one has the beginning of a shawl collar but I ran out of wool. I think the body could be longer still (if I have a second ball) for a caplet. I know I have 2 balls of something around here I could use to try that out!  What do you think?

Sunday, 7 October 2012

The retreat project is solidifying even though I don't have much to show for it yet.
I won't show you the 3 other little bits of knitting that got ripped out and the several yards of wool that got tossed because it was looking so sad from being reknit too often. They were the first drafts, sort of. But, the good news is the scoop neck, using short rows, is almost there.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

This is the beginning. You'll have to use your imagination to see the project that's hidden in this wool But we, as knitters, are really good at this aren't we. We can see finished garments when all there is is a ball of yarn.
This is the beginning of the Cabin Fever Retreat project for this year. I have been experimenting with furthering my system of short row shaping for top downs to include the scoop neck. That's my challenge this year. It was the favoured neckline shaping last year and so I am taking that preference into my favoured way of working the shaping. I'm going to start today. I'm very excited.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Buttons are on!!! I hope I can hear the applause. Ha, ha. I sewed these on so that I could avoid another job. Oh sorry but I HAVE to sew these buttons on, right now! Now it's a pleasure.
This is in a Heavy Worsted/Aran yarn,  Belfast by Kraemer Yarns in the U.S. and distributed by Cabin Fever in Canada. This vest has a ribbed panel down each side.
This one is in worsted weight yarn, W4 by Shelridge Farm, kettle-dyed superwash in the Wedgewood colour. Lovely to knit.
The lace pattern down the side was fun to do.
Now I'm checking the patttern and I need a better photo too. Next week it should be up.