Friday, April 15, 2011

Clues and News

(photo from Oiyi's Crafts)
Hi Knitters,
Today I have lots of different things to share with you. First off, I am so excited that Oiyi's Crafts has a review and giveaway for Spud & Chloƫ at the Farm. I have been a long time fan of Oiyi's Crafts and the link has been on my sidebar for years. Once again, there is a beautiful little one involved in the review that you won't want to miss.

While we are on the topic of the blog tour for the new book, here are some clues about the upcoming dates and a few things that have happened recently that I don't think I mentioned on here yet:

April 12, YARN THING podcast with Marlaina "Marly" Bird now up for a listen at your leisure:

April 13, KNITBOT, by Hannah Fettig



Find out how to win the book here:

April 20, Kristin Nicholas’ GETTING-STITCHED-ON-THE-FARM

April 29, SPLENDID STICKS, a new site by Kara Gott Warner

April 30, READY, SET, KNIT! podcast with Kathy and Steve Elkins



May 14th - toy knitting workshop 1-3pm and a book signing/trunk show 3-4pm at Stitcher's Crossing.

June 1, NEVER NOT KNITTING podcast with Alana Dakos and blog

June 7, PETITE PURLS—Summer Issue!

PLUS! Catch Susan in-person at:

June 11, TNNA (Columbus, OH): Signing her new book in the Unicorn Booth at 1:30pm.

June 17, WGN midday show appearance in Chicago, and nina, a well-knit shop (Chicago, IL): Meet & Greet Book Signing, 5-7pm.

...and just in case you missed these...


April 4, KNITTY—Spring and Summer Issue!


I have a whole bunch of new projects and exciting, different events coming up for the early fall months as well but I will post about those later when it is closer.
Now, it can't be all business all of the time around here. In my spare and quiet moments I really still simply love to knit. It is hard to believe when knitting is also my career but it is true.

I pulled out my Slinky Ribs by Wendy Bernard in Custom Knits the other day. I finished the body which was in need of a couple of inches and a border. I finished the neckline and button bands. Next, I finished the cap sleeve and am now cruising on the rest of sleeve. I am making a ribbed long sleeve version because I think I will get more wear out of it that way. Plus, I have a lot of the Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool in this oatmeal color so I might as well use it up. I have easily had this yarn for 7 or 8 years at this point.
I love the rib detail. I used some gorgeous wooden buttons I bought at the Sow's Ear in Verona. They have great buttons there by the way.
The yarn is so light and airy, a real treat to work with. I enjoy a rustic natural yarn and I consider the Silky Wool to be in that category.
This is someone else's collection of yarn. TC is her name and baby hat knitting is her game. At least for the moment. I had a few balls of this in my stash and then she collected a couple more. It is Be Sweet Bambino Taffy and is set aside for TC's ongoing charity knitting. It looks like candy and it makes TC really excited about her baby knitting.
Click here to order or check out the information and colors.
Here is one third of my 4 oz. roving from Maine Woods Fiber in the Hyacinths colorway (from the swap package). I am going to try to 3 ply for the first time. Can't wait.
I tried Navajo plying for the first time with the Knit Girllls fiber that I talked about before. It was interesting because I felt like it was way overspun but then after I soaked it and put a light weight on it while hanging to dry it seemed to straighten itself out.

It is cool to keep the colors together with the Navajo plying because then you get stripes when you knit. I am knitting a pair of fingerless mitts on US size 2 dpns.
It's about a dk weight and I got 204 yards out of just a little under 4 oz. It's so pretty.

Okay, that's it for today. Hope you are well and that you all have a relaxing weekend.
best, susie