Showing posts from March, 2011

Episode 22: School of Stash

Holden Shawlette using Quince & Co.'s Tern yarn

Listen here:Apologies in advance for the excessive "umms & uhhs..." and popping P's.... It's been a long week ;-)
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Half-way done with my wedding shawl! (Madli's Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush)The Holden Shawlette has been my couch potato knitting... I'm using Quince & Co'sTern in the Fern colorway.

Wedding Shawl 50% Finished!


According to Dennis, I look like Frank Zappa
This week I made some test chocolate mustaches... for wedding favors. Here's the link for chocolate molds I was talking about:


Knit Helmet Liners for US SoldiersValerie Molnar's knitted artworkAttic24's Crochet Granny Square TutorialTurkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns & TeasHester Gauntlets by Anna Richardson (purchase pattern from Fibres Exotica)

Tutorial: Knitting with Beads

As promised, a bead knitting tutorial using a needle threader!
If you're already familiar with incorporating beads into your knitting, there are several ways to thread beads into your yarn.

A common method is threading beads onto your yarn before you start your project. But this can be tedious, especially if the project calls for numerous beads or if you're not sure how many beads you'll need.

Another method is to thread beads as you knit using a crochet hook or bead threader for smaller needles. In this case you want to make sure you thread your beads 1 row above the actual row you want your bead to be... I learned this method watching Lucy Neatby's video tutorial.

However, my beads were too tiny for a crochet hook and I didn't have a bead threader. I was determined to find a way! It then occurred to me, to try using a needle threader instead... and it worked wonders! These are inexpensive and come with almost every sewing kit. So, here's what I did:

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Episode 21: Rihannaville

This week's Episode is sponsored by:

What's Stitching
Madli's Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy BushLucy Neatby's Knitting with Beads Tutorial (YouTube)Who is MacGuyver??
Coming Soon: Bead Knitting w/ a Needle Threader

Review: Interweave Knits 2011
Link to magazine preview

Snuck one of these into Dennis' duffle bag before leaving for his ski-trip

100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley StanfieldBunny Nuggets by Rebecca Danger (free)Attic24's Crochet Granny Square TutorialHarry Potter: Knitters and Crochet House Cup - monthly knitting & crochet 'homework' assignments for HP fans

Episode 20: Delusions of Grandeur

Project: Wedding Shawl
Madli's Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia, by Nancy Bush
Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace in Oyster Heather

FO: Selbu Modern Hat
"Value in Color"

This week I discovered why the pattern in my Selbu Modern hat is barely visible... Interweave Knits, Spring 2011 explains "finding value in color" where you cancel out the hues to see how close colors are to black or white-- as you can see in the desaturated photo above, both yarn colors are a similar shade, making the pattern practically invisible!

Apothecary Yarns

Apothecary Yarns Etsy Shop

My Bloody Valentine 440 Yds, Superwash Merino$18.00


100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet, by Leslie Stanfield

Cheveron Lace Cardigan, by (Kickinknit's version)Felted Fair Isle Beer Coozy, by Katherine Ruiz... free (Knitinbly's version)Hippity Hop Bib, by Elaine Fitzpatrick... free (MissElle's version)
I picked up a copy of Knitting Traditions Magazine, ala Interweave Knits...