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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Many thanks to you.

A thoughtful token of appreciation, thanks, or love.
Made here in the softest yarn ever, it’s a sensuous delight to knit.

For you.

Ravelry code : sharethelove

good through midnight EST 27Nov2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NellKnitsNovember and the Annual Indie GAL

I am packing to travel to the New River Fiber Co in beautiful Blacksburg, VA.  
NellKnitsNovemeber is in full swing, with discounts on yarn and prizes too!
I'll be teaching two classes this weekend (both on Saturday, 21 November) :

Stranded Colorwork,  featuring DoubleCross


 a class only project, Cables and Lace.

Both of the projects are shown in  Simple Sweater yarn, 
dyed by the Kismet Fiber Works team.  

I'm also doing a little workshop Friday night, 
on the alternate cast on and 
cabling technique used in 

And at the same time 

The Indie GAL on Ravelry begins Thursday 19 November at 8pm EST !

"From Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US EST - Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST tons of indie designers will be discounting between 5 - 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2015."

So many patterns, wonderful gift ideas and even more prizes ... please join us in the fun.

Monday, November 9, 2015


 Stranded Colorwork band hats for everyone.

Shown here in Kismet Fiber Works Simple Sweater, 
a rich and saturated worsted weight wool.
Kits are available at New River Fiber Company

Monday, November 2, 2015

Make it Reversible

Simply Beautiful and Reversible.

Reversible fabric should begin with a reversible cast on.

I remembered reading about alternating the long-tail method of cast on to match the stitch pattern, and indeed it was just perfect.
 (see : Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt, pages 127 through 130 in the 1988 edition)

Simply cast on in the usual fashion for the purls of the next row, 
use the alternate or mirror for the knits.

The e-loop is over the forefinger, and the stitch is drawn through in reverse.


DoubleCross is coming soon.
Kits will be available from the  New River Fiber Co and Kismet Fiber Works

There's a pictorial on tassel making. 

The pattern includes 3 sizes, a family of patterns. 

How sweet is this little one, with a bobbling pompom? 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


My Crete has been off the needles, 
folded in a lovely pile that has been admired and patted - for just long enough.

Today is the day.

I'd like to share how I finished the underarm seams using a mattress stitch.

Begin at the cuff.  Using the bind off tail join the selvedges by going under 
2 strands of the first bind off.
I have a post here that goes into more detail about this nifty join.

Seam back and forth, going through only one purl bump on the top, the bottom, and then the top, until the thread is through the last bump on the top and ready to go under the last bump of the bottom. 
The work is now perfectly off-set and mattress stitching can begin.

Stitch under the last purl bump and the first knit stitch on the bottom edge -

Then, stitch under both knit stitches on the top.

Under the knit and purl on the bottom, 

Then under both purls on the top.

Again, back to under the purl and knit on the bottom.

Unblocked underarm seam :

Now to run in the ends, re-block and wear this wonderful garment!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This Weekend : Sheep in the Shade

We are heading back to beautiful Claytor Lake for Sheep in the Shade.

Classes include Indigo Dyeing with the awesome Kismet FiberWorks gals, 
Margaret Radcliffe, Author of "The Circular Knitting Workshop", "The Knitting Answer Book" and "The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques" 
will offer a class on fitting knitwear, 
I'm teaching a cable and lace class, and will demonstrate and 
answer questions about various tips and tricks throughout the weekend, 
creative mastermind Stephanie Woody of Providence Handmade will inspire us with an embellishment workshop and have her very awesome bags at the market.  
Also, Haley Parker will offer a workshop on taking better images with your phone.
These images were taken last fall, by Haley, with an iPhone 5C.

I hope that you can join us in the beautiful Virginia mountains.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Stranded Color-work, Changes + Jogging a Join

I'm working on a new hat with Quince + Co's Lark using leftovers from my Cracker blanket, a yet to be released cabled wrap and 
that one skein of Honey I'd been wanting to do something with.
The brim of the hat can either roll, as shown - or be turned to the inside and tacked down craeting a heavier band.  
This second option also envelopes the back of the stranding completely.

First I wanted to show how I weave in the ends of the color-work strands to jog the join.
I'm securing the Honey tail from right to left, then the top Slate tail from left to right, crossing over the beginning of the round.
The bottom Slate tail went right to left, while the Carrie's Yellow went left to right :

I love how the Slate, Honey, Carrie's Yellow and Poppy worked together 
in the first band - but did not love the tiny fleck of Honey 
in the center of and between the Poppy crosses.

I found a bit of Aleutian... which was perfect.

  Now to replace the Honey flecks - 
Because it was just one round of color-work and just 1 stitch in 5, 
I decided to replace the round, rather than rip back :

One side of the stitch is pulled out

Carefully following the path one bit at a time.

 I find the Aleutian to be a much better pop of color here.

 Stay tuned for the release of the hat, DoubleCross, very soon.