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March 2008 Blog Posts (103)

Photoshoot for May Catalog

We are back in the studio getting ready for the upcoming catalog, which is lace and after 5 knitting. Here are a couple sneak previews of projects to come. Our studio space is not well insulated so as you can see we have some portable space heaters to at least keep our models feet warm and we wrap them in past blanket projects between takes to keep them from turning blue. Meanwhile the photographers and I are bundled in gloves and coats to keep warm...I think the crisp air keeps the creative… Continue

Added by Christy on March 25, 2008 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Shimmer in the sun

Teri very nicely requested a photo of the new Shimmer colors lined up in natural light. It would have been best if it were overcast, but the sun is shining brightly today, so the shadows in the photo are a little harsh. Nonetheless, here is Shimmer on my desk in the sun (color corrected to be as accurate as I can make it).…


Added by Melissa on March 25, 2008 at 11:30am — 8 Comments


I added photos of past projects, although there are some missing, I'll have to keep looking on my computer because I know that my first and third sweaters should be in there somewhere. And I just found out that they are all flowing past like a slide show on my Page. Cool!

So I was working along on my short-row toe last night and almost done, when I come up with extra stitches, so I think I a going to go rip out a row and see if I can fix it. I don't have problems with regular toes,… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on March 25, 2008 at 9:34am — No Comments

Fighting with Fisticuffs

It's been three days since i started to knit the fisticuffs. and i am FRUSTRATED! I have never worked with just size 1 needles or sock yarn so i am having a horrible time keeping the yarn on the needles,which are slippery metal. *GRRRR* I must have re-casted on stitches like 12 times, and it doesn't help that yarn is black . I and i finally got a row started and i messed up the ribbing.(K2 P2)

I really want to make this thing and i will.... i just don't know when or how long before i… Continue

Added by auntieyaya on March 25, 2008 at 8:47am — No Comments

Argh! Wrapping stitches

so i had my first encounter with wrapped stitches as i worked on the heel of my sock. after making my eyeballs spin for about 10 min, i finally figured out what i was supposed to do with those buggers and my heel turned out quite nice. i'm still partial to turning the heal by slipping stitches on short rows, but i do see the logic behind wrapping stitches. however, i think i need to back up a bit… Continue

Added by katorigasuki on March 25, 2008 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Get n comfortable

I'm just getting used to bloging, I've never done it before, so if I make any goofs...please forgive me.

I'm trying to swatch for a baby sweater I want to give to a new daddy at work, but I'm having a problem with gauge. The pattern calls for a dk weight and I have this really yummy worsted ... so I'm still swatching.

I went to an estate sale a couple of weeks ago at a house of a knitter. There were huge storage bins and trash bags full of yarn, also a few started and… Continue

Added by silverthorn on March 24, 2008 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Monday, March 24, 2008

New carpet arrived in the is great. Late home from no knitting tonight.

I know that Spring arrived last week...but they forgot to tell the weatherman. We had 4 to 6 inches of new snow over the weekend. More snow expected tomorrow and later this week. What ever happened to global is not here.

Ordered the "spin to knit" book. Hoping that I can use some hand spun for a pair of socks for me. I would like to knit a pair for my son-in-law who… Continue

Added by Quiltnut on March 24, 2008 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Got my new Box O' Socks

I got my Amazon order the Box of Socks, by Charlene Schurch, and Gwen. . . um can't remember the last name. Some great looking socks in there!

Added by MrDarcyisGreat on March 24, 2008 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Continental vs. English

I had a fit of inspiration about a week ago, after listening to one of Kelley's podcasts, to re-learn how to knit. When I first learned how to knit about 2 years ago, a co-worker taught me the English style (holding the yarn in your right hand, and throwing). i felt pretty comfortable in that method, until i had to purl.

after listening to an old podcast, and kelley's explanation of how the Continental Style makes purling easier, i thought i would give it a shot. suddenly, my… Continue

Added by katorigasuki on March 24, 2008 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Just placed orders for Gloss (and more Felici)

I hear that new Mermaid Gloss lace yarn asking to be made into that Frost Flowers and Leaves shawl in A Gathering of Lace. I've thought about doing that shawl in some Sage Zephyr for years, but I'll be swatching it in the the Gloss, and ordering enough to finish if I like the swatch.

From what I can see of the colors in the website pictures, that Porcini Gloss may also be begging to be overpainted with some earthy colors in spots--some shade of orange, chestnut, some golden ochre,… Continue

Added by Teri on March 24, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Christmas Stocking

Well, it is coming along. Like I said, this is my first fair isle project, so I shouldn't be too hard on myself, I guess.

We just started a total kitchen renovation this past weekend, so I don't know how much knitting I am going to get to do in the coming months. I guess that's why I started the stockings so early...and the fact that I was itching to try a real fair isle project. Me, I have to be making something meaningful, I hate practicing,… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on March 24, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

Happy Easter

Was a nice, relaxing day. I knit some on a sweater I am doing for DH. I want to have it done for him by his birthday in 1 month. I am making good progress so still have positive outlook. Knitting with friends tomorrow so will get a little more time in on it tomorrow.

Added by knitmouse on March 23, 2008 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Lonesome Needles

I'm betting that most knitters have sometime or another lost or damaged a needle, leaving them with only half a pair. I know I have. If you've ever wondered whether there was a use for a single lonesome needle, here is your answer! . . .

I teach art to children ages 4-14. I want to teach them to knit, and I've been blessed with a generous donation of yarn, but we don't have enough needles.

If anyone has a lonesome needle that used to be part of a pair, I could put it to… Continue

Added by Deborah on March 23, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Sunday, March 23, 2008 Jane Austin's "Emma"

This British version was a bit slow...but I stayed to the end.

Have been planning out some projects for the next few weeks. Unfortunately house cleaning got in the way of playing this weekend.

Added by Quiltnut on March 23, 2008 at 8:49pm — No Comments


Today started with the daughter hovering over me at 8..... uh Mom... I don't feel so good;-( . Not a good sign if you ask me..) At that point I became conscious very quickly. I had a sick one and a grand daughter that wasn't sick.. Well the first phone call when to my step-son's house... Who had a big B-day/3rd anniv. party at their house last night (the reason for the sweet 1 year old sleeping soundly in the den).. I had to get her out of the house so she wouldn't be contaminated. So the… Continue

Added by Wenepoo on March 23, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Packing up

Tomorrow I am getting on the plane to go to Las Vegas! Woohoo!! Only its for work not "fun". I will be going with the other women in the accounting office and we shall be learning about financial statements and indirect costs. woohoo.

But class only lasts 8 hrs right?!

Anyway, my biggest dilemma is which yarn to pack. Hmm I am bringing Debbie Bliss cashmere for the Fetching pattern from and some sock yarn so that I can finally finish my second sock in Knitpicks… Continue

Added by Wild Rose on March 23, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments


I have been knitting for 2 years this week. My current projects include:

1) Cabled sweater of my own design using the Harmony Guide to Aran Sweaters with Cerulean WOTA

2) Christmas Stocking using Annie's Woolens pattern with trees and hearts. My first official

Fair Isle project with WOTA Cranberry, Swish Jade and Bare. It is the first of 4 hopefully. I just did my first short row heel yesterday and did not like it one bit! But it looks ok. It was a different way than I had… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on March 23, 2008 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Still chuggin'

[ Draft ]Still working on my Yosemite. Haven't quite finished my 4" bottom edge to start my decreasing yet. I'm not sure if I like the way Cotton Ease feels. It seems to dry my skin out, and make my hands sooooo dry. Is it just me?

Added by MrDarcyisGreat on March 23, 2008 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Just found this community

When I opened the KnitPicks' e-mail I was surprised to find this community. Although I already have a weblog in German, I'll try to keep this one in English for my friends who don't speak German.

Well, it's heavy snowing here today - an Easter Sunday made to just stay in the house and knit or spin or read...

Last week I cast on a sweater in black merino/angora blend (75%/25%) from… Continue

Added by AnirataK on March 23, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Best-Laid Plans

Ha! Thought I was going to catch up on some WIPs, did I? Thought the Universe was going to smile on me for being a responsible adult and devoting half my Saturday to work, instead of knitting, did I? Not even close. My responsible-adult behavior was rewarded by a computer glitch that ignored four hours of work and repeated "saves" and left me with the same product I'd had before the four hours of work, raw and unedited. So today I get to do that very same work all over again . . . . rather like… Continue

Added by StringMeUp on March 23, 2008 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

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