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Lace and Socks

I've been away so long! I think I may finally be caught up after my vacation, so can post a few pictures of what I've been working on. The Myrtle Leaf Shawl went with me to Italy and really helped the airplane and layover hours pass pleasantly. It's getting a little big to carry around now, so I found an old plate box to keep it in. I love cool containers! I'm about a third of the way through the second hank of… Continue

Added by Tina on July 25, 2008 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Finally finished

This has been a week for finishing things. It's not every day that I get to prop my feet up on my desk, take a photo of them and call it work!

Pattern: Two at Once, Toe Up, Magic Loop Socks

Yarn: superwash Merino/nylon Sock… Continue

Added by Tina on June 20, 2008 at 8:51am — 9 Comments

My hoodie looks like an alien

I am sooo close to being done with the regular knitting. I still have to cut the steeks, do the neck/hood ribbing, sew up the hem, weave in ends, etc. The deep v-neck steek makes the neck look so much smaller than it will be after I cut it open. It certainly doesn't look like it could fit an adult human right now, but maybe an alien..? My alien says hello.

Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie from Interweave Knits Summer 2008

Yarn:… Continue

Added by Tina on June 13, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

It's starting to look like a sweater

I realized last night that I DO have to steek the v-neck because, since I am knitting it in the round, I started my rounds under the left arm. But, if I were to knit to the beginning of the neckline, then turn and knit back, I would end up on different pattern rows in that next row - the front left would be one pattern row ahead of the rest of the sweater. Aaargh! I prefer steeking anyway, but I’m a little worried about the cotton/Modal yarn - I’ll… Continue

Added by Tina on June 6, 2008 at 8:58am — No Comments

Myrtle Leaf Shawl

I finally took a picture, so I can show you my latest lace project - the Myrtle Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace Today. I am in love with this book, and every time I finish one project from it, I start another. I'm making this shawl nine pattern repeats wide because I prefer wider lace shawls that can wrap around really warmly. There is… Continue

Added by Tina on May 30, 2008 at 7:30am — 14 Comments

Ta da!

Whew! Now that it looks better, I'll show it to you.... When I took the photos of my Apres Surf Hoodie on Monday, I placed the body strategically so you couldn't see the sides because I was embarrassed by how the sides looked. Early on, I had decided that I didn't want to deal with increasing and decreasing in pattern while I was knitting in the round, so I started at the hem with an extra 8 stitches in… Continue

Added by Tina on May 23, 2008 at 1:54pm — 8 Comments

Weekend knitting

Wow - it doesn't feel like I knit all weekend. I had time to work in the yard, start sewing a blouse, go to a movie with a friend, plus do all the normal weekend catch-up-on-housework stuff (oh, except go to the grocery store; I didn't do that), yet, I was shocked this morning when I laid the sweater out and looked at how far along it is! The lace pattern is so easy and fast (plus I'm knitting it in the round, so I don't have to purl the WS… Continue

Added by Tina on May 19, 2008 at 1:57pm — 4 Comments


We're thinking about selling buttons made from the bits and pieces left over from making our Harmony Wood knitting needles. What do you think? Would you buy these? I'd love your input about how strongly you like or dislike them. (The quarter is for size reference.) Also, each button will have slightly different coloring because each one will be cut from a different spot in the Harmony Wood.

Button A (top - toggle) $1.99 for set of 2

Button B… Continue

Added by Tina on May 15, 2008 at 3:30pm — 51 Comments

New project

Do you remember the evening before the first day of school each year, when you laid out all your brand new school supplies, and organized and reorganized them, and couldn't wait until you could use the crayons for the first time on the clean white paper? That's how starting a new knitting project is for me every time. I usually stay up late collecting all the supplies and skimming through the instructions to make sure I'm not missing anything so I can… Continue

Added by Tina on May 14, 2008 at 8:53am — 7 Comments


Hi all,

I'd like to get your opinions about bamboo fiber for yarn. We've been researching bamboo and bamboo blends to see if we can add bamboo to the Knit Picks yarn line up. So far, we haven't been satisfied with what we've seen.

Bamboo fibers are relatively short, which means that 100% bamboo, unless it is super tightly spun or in a ribbon, tape, or other special construction, sheds a lot. The fibers don't pill because they don't have the scales or barbs on them that… Continue

Added by Tina on May 13, 2008 at 9:30am — 18 Comments



I don't know if you'll be able to see in this small picture, but about half way through the body of the shawl, I must have skipped a row, thus switching RS for WS. I didn't notice until I had the shawl laid out flat, blocking. Oh well, I'm sure very few will notice while I'm wearing the shawl since it will be either bunched up or in motion with me.

Pattern:… Continue

Added by Tina on May 5, 2008 at 2:01pm — 9 Comments


Look who came to visit - a pair of goldfinches! (Can you see their heads just above the window sill?) Aren't they cute?

They were in the tree just outside the window, then they hopped over to the ledge to look at themselves in the mirrored glass and eat bugs off the window… Continue

Added by Tina on May 1, 2008 at 12:20pm — 4 Comments

A knitterly weekend

After a little episode with a smoking cookie sheet under the broiler, I decided that I need some new pot holders. And, I wanted them to match my kitchen, which would require dyeing the yarn. The Fire King jadite color is one of my all-time favorites; but I can't wear that color, so I painted my kitchen that color instead. I was so excited to try out dyeing in my new, dedicated dye pot. I followed Melissa's excellent advice from her… Continue

Added by Tina on April 29, 2008 at 8:37am — 7 Comments

Help!? Catalog themes - soliciting your input

Hi everyone,

I'm planning out our catalog themes for 2009. Each catalog's theme (there are 8 of them) needs to be a large enough topic that we can develop several related technique tutorials for it as well as a few free patterns fitting that theme and then, of course, lots and lots of projects to inspire you.

So, what I'd like to know is what topics would you like to see addressed in our catalogs? Are there any areas of your knitting life that need a pick-me-up? Is your… Continue

Added by Tina on April 21, 2008 at 3:15pm — 31 Comments

How do you keep yarn from running out????

A friend pointed out that this lace shawl looks like a dead animal in one of my previous posts. Ugh! She's right though, lace looks horribly ugly until it's blocked (and perhaps my photography skills need improvement :-). My HUGE problem is that I'm pretty sure I won't have enough yarn. I made the body of the shawl bigger than the pattern said, so I guessed at how much yarn I would need - oops. For some reason, I have this feeling that if I knit… Continue

Added by Tina on April 14, 2008 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Vote for your favorite dye color(s)

Yesterday, I dyed some samples of Jacquard Acid dye colors we don't currently carry. For comparison, here are the colors we do carry. Do you see any colors in the photo above that you'd like us to carry? Please leave a comment with your vote(s) - yes, more than one choice is allowed!

Top row, left to right: navy blue, gun metal,… Continue

Added by Tina on April 9, 2008 at 4:00pm — 67 Comments

More Sock Knitting

I was on vacation last week, doing a HUGE basement repair project, which means hardly any knitting happened. Every time I sat down for more than 10 minutes, I fell asleep! Also, what I'm knitting on is kind of secret. I can at least tell you that it is our Bare Essential yarn, which Alison dyed using… Continue

Added by Tina on April 4, 2008 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Tutorial Photoshoot

This is Spencer, our intrepid photographer. He's getting all his lights set up in my kitchen so we can photograph a special dyeing tutorial for our June catalog. We were very fortunate to have an overcast day so we didn't have to deal with bright sunlight coming in the kitchen window.

This is Alison, who has outlined every photo we need to take to go with the step-by-step instructions she's written. The… Continue

Added by Tina on March 13, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Sock Speed

I love watching NASCAR races. I was trying to remember how this came to be, and I think it stems from going with my family to Champ car qualifying days at Portland International Raceway when we could get free passes. My Dad and brother absolutely loved going, and Mom and I would tag along and sit under the makeshift lean-to awning and read - back when they would… Continue

Added by Tina on March 10, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Lace Under Way

I started the Curved Shawl from Victorian Lace Today back in August. It is my first real, full-sized lace project. I set it aside for a few months because I was worried I would run out of yarn (Autumn Heather… Continue

Added by Tina on February 27, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

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