Showing posts from February, 2013

Interview: Allyson Dykhuizen

One of my favorite knitwear designers is at it again! Allyson Dykhuizen has just released a new pattern collection entitled, "Vintage-Inspired Baseball Knits." OK, I must admit, my knowledge of sports is very limited, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover her patterns for this collection are incredibly versatile and completely customizable!

From the diehard baseball fan to .... one whom when they hear the word "base" only a former high school flame comes to mind, rest-assured, there's something for everyone!

What's more, Allyson took the time to answer some Q&A about her new pattern collection. Read on to find out what inspired it! 

Please tell us, how did the idea for a baseball knitwear collection come about? 

A couple years ago I was visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, and there were a lot of these old beat up team sweaters in cases throughout the museum, and I really wanted to know more about them. When I got home I couldn't …

Episode 68: Kim Created a (Spinning) Monster

Off the Needles:

Lace Shawl Design
Zombie BBQ Sock #1

On the Needles:

Rivercat Socks
Cambridge Cardigan
Swallowtail Shawl


Heavenly Wools
Hanks in the Hood

Vintage Baseball Inspired Knits
By Allyson Dykhuizen
The Sweatshop of Love

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on in the Ravelry thread to enter to win. 

Episode 67: Rabbit Holes

This week I talk about the recent rabbit hole I've fallen down: spinning, and purchasing a Lendrum DT! Yes, I went out got myself a spinning wheel!!! Wheeee!!!!

PSA: Knit Picks security breech! Check your bank statements for fraudulent charges! (UPDATE: KnitPicks comes forward)

Knitty Meetup @ Brooklyn General!

On the Needles: 

Lace Shawl Design,
Madeline Tosh Merino Light, in "Dahlia"Swallowtail Shawl Take 2:
Gynx Yarns, Glitz Sock in "Aquarium"Rivercat Socks, 2nd sock
BMFA, STR Lightweight in "Green That Sings"BBQ Zombie Vanilla Socks,
Lorna's Shepherd Sock, in "Zombie BBQ"Cambridge Cardigan,
Knit Picks, Wool Of the Andes, in "Cobblestone Heather"
Bonus Content: Crock-Pot Spicy Mexican Chicken Verde

• 3/4 Bottle of Goya Medium Salsa Verde
• 2 Thick chicken breastesses, cubed
• 1 large onion chopped
• 1 green bell pepper sliced
• 2 tbsp corn starch (optional sauce thickener)
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1. Dump it all into th…

Episode 66: Glitter Makes Everything Better

Off the Needles:
Basic Mittens / Malabrigo, Worsted, "Mariposa"
On the Needles:

My Lace Shawl Design: Madelinetosh Merino Light, "Dahlia"Vanilla Socks: Lorna's Laces, Shepherd Sock, "Zombie BBQ"Rivercat Socks: Blue Moon Fiber Arts, STR Lightweight, "The Green That Sings"Giveaway:

"Vide" pattern booklet by Nicolina Docksjö (Ninnilina on Ravelry)
To enter, leave a comment in the YarnGasm Ravelry Thread

Other Mentions:

Marie Elena Bliss Project BagCraft Stash Vidcast w/ KimGynx Yarns - "Aquarium Sock" / Fingering weight yarnThe Dyer's Notebook Vidcast w/ Laura Jinks

Episode 65: Kung Fu Pinch

Show Notes Coming Soon!

This week:

 I wax poetic about turning the BIG Three-Oh!Weep internally about Downton Abbey, Season ThreeFinally learn to use a drop spindle! (Thanks @Kreyoli!)  Score some delicious handspun (Thanks @Venusfueri!) Giveaway some stitch markers! (Congrats Hotpinksocks!)