is not quite a shawl and not quite a poncho. This capelet design will keep your shoulders warm and stay securely in place (thanks to the buttons) all while allowing your arms their full range of movement. It’s a dainty little covering with substance that can be worn year-round. Don it on cool summer nights over a sundress or camisole top or in the office when the air conditioning is a touch too cool. Try Little Whiskey in the Fall when you… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on August 9, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Darling Honey was designed to be feminine and fun with the feel of being a boutique knit. It’s an easy going hat perfect for pairing up with a casual outfit and your every-day Fall & Winter jacket.
Following the pattern as written will produce a semi-slouch hat. However, you can easily work the overall… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on August 5, 2010 at 5:18am —
It's here, folks! The moment we've all been waiting for! Well, at least it's a moment I've been waiting for. Over the last month I've worked on putting together 4 new designs in conjunction with Knit Picks for their release of a new yarn line called Capra
. I have to say that although it was *a lot* of work to get done in a relatively short time span I loved every minute of it.…
Added by Erica Jackofsky on August 4, 2010 at 11:14am —
Feeling better since yesterday. Pretty much rested and took it easy. I
started thinking of this projected I worked on the other day. I decided
that that this would be great as a blanket using this motif as a border
around a square. I haven't thought out yet what the body needs to be.
If the border stands out, then probably make ita garter stitch body. Sometimes, basic is good. Anyway, here are some pics to see my quirky process.… Continue
Added by PJ Crafts in Austin on May 28, 2010 at 10:38am —
I feel like I've launched a bunch of new patterns recently. Not all of them I remembered to dedicate individual blog posts to. So, to rectify that situation, I figured I could do a little gallery of some designs all in one post, which would be this very entry you're perusing right now.
New(ish) designs from Fiddle Knits...…
Added by Erica Jackofsky on April 15, 2010 at 4:06am —
This will work. I keep telling myself that every day. It is possible. Right? Or do I live in a daydream? I sort of do, I've come to terms with that for the most part, but part of this dream will become a working reality. Simply put– it has to. It has to or else I need to get my butt in gear and figure something else out. I don't want to figure something else out, though.… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on April 14, 2010 at 8:00pm —
Hiya everyone! Guess what I did yesterday? I'm sure it's not too hard to guess considering the title of this blog post. ;-) Yes! I recorded episode 4 of the Fiddle Knits Podcast! Only a week after the last episode. I better keep this up. Every other week would keep me happy as well. As long as I can stick to a somewhat regular schedule. I get very disappointed when a show I like to listen to has wide gaps in publishing new stuff. I do know, however, that life happens and sometimes that's just… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on April 6, 2010 at 5:03am —
So.... I decided to give podcasting a try, or should I say another try... I made an attempt back in the Fall, but I felt like such a complete dork that I tossed in the towel. Chris thinks I should try again. He says it should come naturally because I'm a talker. I'm going to assume he meant that in the best way possible. :o) Anyone that feels like torturing themselves with my babbling voice can find the podcast on iTunes (look up Fiddle Knits) or click over and… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 28, 2010 at 11:53am —
Y'all ready for this?!
The Scotch Mary pattern is currently out with my test knitters. My eta for publication is early April. For now... I give you photos.…
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 22, 2010 at 5:17am —
Wow… Not a good night’s sleep last night. The hotel was about as noisy as it was ugly. My room was right across from the outdoor steps to the second level. These steps are metal and it sounded like a herd of elephants decided to do stair runs starting around 11pm. I’m not sure how long it lasted, long enough that I was laying awake around 1am wondering what was going on. I started to make up stories in my head. I must be a bad storyteller because I did eventually put myself to… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 7, 2010 at 6:00pm —
The drive off Long Island into New Jersey went pretty seamlessly. Thankfully. Driving in NJ can sometimes be a very harrowing event. The absolute worst day to leave Long Island is Friday. The worst day to come back is Sunday. We will be dealing with that tomorrow. I’m trying to stay positive. I find it much easier to deal with traffic on the way out of town. At this point the trip is just getting going and I’m still refreshed (hopefully, although I did have a late night last night. Chris bought… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 6, 2010 at 9:30pm —
I was perfectly aware of the fact I have gigs every weekend this month. I knew I needed to get my car knitting together before the weekend popped up. This was all good, but I forgot what day I was in. It finally dawned on me yesterday that I was leaving tomorrow, which is now today, and I didn't have any knitting ready to go other than the Maggie Grey sweater. I am planning on bringing the sweater along for the ride, I'm too into the knitting to leave it behind, but I do also need something of… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 6, 2010 at 5:45am —
Personal stuff first...
I got new glasses! And not just one pair, but three pairs! I managed to find a great deal on glasses for running and on sunglasses, which made me very happy. They're still nice glasses, but wow were they cheap. I really lucked out with them. The running glasses I intentionally went to the bargain wall and picked out a pair that had nose pads (because the plastic frames without nose pads slide all over when you exercise).… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 5, 2010 at 6:46am —
I changed my mind on the neck finishing.... I think. Yesterday I was leaning toward a funnel neck or turtle neck. Today as I sat looking at the design I began contemplating a simple rolled neck edging. The thing with the turtleneck is that the entire bottom of the sweater is done in a long ribbing. I started to feel like if the sweater went from ribbing, out to stockinette, and then back to ribbing it might look… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 3, 2010 at 7:05pm —
The Maggie Grey sweater:
some details shared
I'm using Knit Picks yarn for this design– Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather. It's pleasantly soft to touch and the color is very appealing to me. It doesn't really remind me of… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 2, 2010 at 8:09pm —
It's March! Wowza! How'd that happen anyway? This entire year has sped by so fast... Whoosh! Soon it will be next March, which is slightly depressing, so onto different matters.
For this month I am offering up: Knitting on the Road with the Homegrown String Band
. I've got an average of two gigs a week this month and most of them I'll be staying out the night at hotels or with extended family. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to blog… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 1, 2010 at 8:05pm —
The second i-cord for the Scotch Mary sweater has been completed. This was the last step for this design, which means that I reached the goal I had initially set for myself–to design and complete a sweater within the span of one month. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get this last i-cord in today because I had a gig, but... where there's a will there's a way.
Someday the sun will have to show its face and melt the… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 28, 2010 at 11:30pm —
The second to last day. Where did the time go?
I am going to have to admit, this close to the end I start to lose my focus. I have this bad habit that I'm sure I share with many other knitters. That is, once I get almost to the end of a project it starts to feel finished in my head and then the attraction to work on it wanes a bit because it's done, right? Well, not quite. I do still need that second i-cord to get finished. Other than that, yes, right, it is finished.
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 27, 2010 at 10:00pm —
I know, don't say it. I was a very bad blogger and didn't write a post yesterday. Truthfully my eyes were bothering me (I'm going next week for new glasses) and my knitting was completely driving me nuts, so the idea of writing about it didn't really excite me. Have no fear, though, it wasn't Scotch Mary that was driving me crazy. She is still very well behaved and awaiting the second of the i-cord ties to be… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 26, 2010 at 7:07pm —
The end is in sight...
Today I have some exciting news: Scotch Mary has been bound off! The body is done, the sleeves are edges, the ends are woven in. Now all that is left is blocking and knitting the i-cords. As far as technical stuff on the pattern all I need to do is draw those blasted schematics. That's really not so bad. I think I was overthinking it yesterday. I will plug the numbers into the schematic drawing after I have… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 24, 2010 at 6:16pm —