Friday, January 31, 2014

Catching Up #3: A Video Podcast of Sorts

Hi, Knitters,
I am waiting on a couple of things to get confirmed about a giveaway, and I'm planning an upcoming knitalong, and I'm trying to finish up a couple of details before I release the Bunny Love pattern for download. So in the meantime I recorded another episode of Catching Up: A Video Podcast of Sorts for you.

Click here for Catching Up, Episode 1
Click here for Catching Up, Episode 2

If you can't see the video on the email, for subscribers:

Click here to go to my blog post and watch the video!

Click here to see the video for Catching Up #3 directly on my YouTube Channel. 

I had to combine several videos in iMovie and at the end of the video the program put in Directed by Susan Anderson. I thought that was pretty funny, not planned, but funny.

Here are links for the things I talked about today:

Loop Batt used for striping my cardigan (the black yarn is Cascade 220)

Information about the pattern and making of my striped hoodie cardigan

Deerfield Creations (beautiful wood-turned black buttons)

Sun Valley Fibers

Winter Wonderland Hat and Mitts set ~ Thanks for the support! The pattern has been selling very well!

Quince & Co. Puffin ~ Peachy is using the Egret colorway, the mini-bunny love is in Finch, the fingering weight

Gaptastic Cowl (free pattern)

How I make my socks (my free sock pattern)

Homespun Podcast  This was a duo and now changed to a single person podcast with Molly. Molly is from a small city outside of Madison but now lives in Germany. Molly has a wonderful Etsy shop called, A Homespun House, where she sells project bags. I ordered a couple of her bags and should get them in the mail soon. I will share those with you! Clare, the former other half of the podcast, now has her own podcast and website called, A Night Bird.

Regia Super Jacquard sock yarn #7204

Juniper Grace Tube ~ knitting the Regia socks in the same colorway

Schoeller & Stahl Fortissima Socka Colori #9073

Signature Needle Arts ~ the green dpns, US size 1, 6-inch length needles

Artisan Spinning Wheel

Schact Ladybug Spinning Wheel

Sock Blockers from The Loopy Ewe

Friends in Fiber on Etsy

Double Marl Technique Tutorial on the Knitty Blog

Gourmet Stash

Mollie Makes books

Mollie Makes magazine

Bunny Love ~ pattern release very soon for individual download on Ravelry! Originally only in kit form from Little Skein.

Gynx Yarn

Mary, Millie, & Morgan ~ my doll eBook published by Quince & Co.

Don't miss the eBook giveaway for the Mary, Millie, & Morgan eBook on the Twinset Design Podcast (I love this audio podcast!). Click here to go to Twinset and see how to enter to win! Thanks for the fun review and for hosting the giveaway, Ellen and Jan!

Knit Spin Farm podcast

Knit Spin Farm on Etsy (the gorgeous batts!) ~ JoAnna's project bags are the best, too! I have a couple of them and love them.

I think that's about it. Thanks for watching.

Have a great weekend.
I'll be back very soon with more....
best, susie

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Winter Wonderland Hat & Mitt Set ~ Pattern Available with Discount Code!

Hi, Knitters,
I had a wonderful time teaching last Friday at the Sun Valley Fibers January Thaw Retreat. I had two talented groups attend my Fair Isle Hat and Top-Down Baby Cardigan Workshops. It was great to get to attend a local retreat. It was held in Barneveld, Wisconsin, which is about 40 minutes or so from my  home. The Wisconsin knitters are always dear to my heart and they are a warm, welcoming, friendly bunch. I have met and know many of them, and I met many new friends as well. Attendees weren't only from Wisconsin. I had students from Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. I heard someone came all the way from Texas, too.  Anyway, thank you to Jeanette and George (the owners of Sun Valley Fibers) for being helpful, gracious hosts and for inviting me in the first place. I would definitely come back!

Click here to see a photo of my teacher table demo in action! The photo was taken by Megan Williams of the Stockinette Zombies video podcast. She was in my class and it was great to meet Megan in person. I love her podcast and watch every week.

Jeanette had asked me awhile ago if I would design something with the signature Thaw Retreat colorway she created just for the retreat and I said sure. I came up with a squishy hat and mitt set with a simple cable pattern, just to add a little fun and interest. This would be a good first time cable project for anyone wanting to try.

The yarn colorway, Winter Wonderland, is beautiful but you could use any variegated or solid or semi-solid or self-striping colorway for the set. It would all work wonderfully. I used Jeanette's 80/10/10 Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon Worsted Weight yarn and let me tell you, it is squishy and beautiful. The Sun Valley Yarns are always gorgeous and fun to knit.

I love how the set turned out. The hat is knit at a slightly tighter than usual gauge. It fits so nicely and doesn't stretch out at all. The mitts have a slightly off-center cable running down the top of the hand. I put the cable a little closer to the thumb side of the mitt because I think it looks a little more interesting that way. Also, I think you, as the wearer, can see the cable when it is set toward your thumbs a little while you are knitting or sipping your hot mug of cocoa. I love the folded ribbed cuff on the fingerless mitts. It could be worn flat for more coverage as well.

Click here for the Winter Wonderland Hat & Mitt Set information and to purchase! You get both patterns included. A discount code is included for $1.00 off through Feb. 2nd, 2014!!

The discount code is: THAW

The patterns were tech-edited by Amy Detjen and test knit by Jeanette of Sun Valley Fibers. The simple cable is written out and charted.

Here is specific pattern information you might like to know about the Winter Wonderland Set:

Size: To fit an average adult-size head from 19 – 22 inches (This size range would also fit a teen or older child's head as well.)

Fingerless Mitts:
Sizes: small (medium, large) to fit hand circumference 6 (7, 8) inches at knuckles

Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers 80/10/10 SuperwashMerino/Cashmere/Nylon Worsted Weight, 220 yards/120 grams in Winter Wonderland
Hat without pom-pom: 1 skein (115 grams for the hat without pom-pom)
Hat with pom-pom: 2 skeins (The pom-pom in the sample weighs 23 grams)
Mitts alone: 1 skein
Hat with pom-pom and mitts: 2 skeins


US size 5 sixteen-inch circular for ribbed brim
US size 6 sixteen-inch circular for the body of the hat
US size 6 double-pointed needles for the top of the hat
Or size to obtain gauge

6 sts per inch in stockinette stitch on US size 5
5.5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch on US size 6

The hat has the perfect amount of slouch for me. It is slightly slouchy and that can be adjusted by how much you turn up the ribbed brim. The big pom-pom is fun but you could leave it off.

On the brim I alternated skeins every two rounds, and on the body of the hat I alternated every round. I think the pooling looks pretty cool on the brim and I am usually not much of a pooling fan. Alternating every round on the top section of the hat eliminated the pooling. I had fun experimenting with the alternating. I don't knit much with variegated yarns, hardly ever, so it was fun to see what would happen.

If you'd like to purchase the Winter Wonderland Hat & Mitt Set I am running a discount for the first week of the pattern release. The discount is for $1.00 off. The hat and mitt set are both included and will be for sale for $5.00 normally, and today through Feb. 2nd, 2014, I am selling it for $4.00 with the discount code: THAW

Click here to get the Sun Valley 80/10/10 Worsted Superwash Merino, Cashmere, Nylon yarn used in the set! I don't know if Jeanette is going to be selling the Thaw Retreat colorway, the retreat is ending today. Jeanette has loads stunning colors (some new!) available in this same yarn that would look great in the hat and mitts!

You could also use any worsted weight you have in the stash. Striping from the stash would look super cute!

Be sure to type in the discount code THAW when you purchase the pattern set. To get both of these patterns for $5.00 is a great deal, but don't miss the chance to get both for only $4.00 this week!

Have a great Sunday, Knitters! I'll be back soon with much more. I'm thinking of doing another Catching Up video podcast of sorts later this week, too. I hope you'll join me.

best, susie

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Home Again


Hi, Knitters,
Well, it's been a slow week. I returned Monday from Vogue Knitting Live in New York City, got my boys off and back to college, and my girls have had finals this week for high school. They have half-days of school all week. Anyway, it's been quite hectic around here with not much time for thought. And honestly, I am a little tired this week. I hate to admit it but there just wasn't any down time at the New York event. My boys were with me and we had so much fun together in my off-time and they had fun together while I was teaching. My boys covered an incredible amount of ground, ate amazing food, and saw so much. I have some photos from them that I will post later.

I want to briefly thank my students at VK Live. My classes were full and fun, energetic, and hard working. They were good learners. They were often funny, too, which always makes my day. We worked so hard together on toy-knitting and two-handed colorwork knitting. It was great. Thank you for coming to class and spending time with me. I am teaching and giving a lecture at the next Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle in March. Click here to find out more about Seattle! I hope to see you there.

I will do some fun things with my new pattern, Mary, Millie, & Morgan, starting next week here on the blog. Thanks for all of the wonderful comments and support for the new doll sets. I hear Quince & Co. has sold a lot of Chickadee and a lot of eBooks so far. That's just wonderful. Thank you!

I won't be tired for long. I am teaching two workshops tomorrow at the Sun Valley January Thaw Retreat, which is not too far from my house so I am excited for that. I am teaching the Fair Isle Hat and the Top-Down Baby Cardigan Workshops and I am selling and signing my books at the lunch hour. I hope to see some of you there! I love a local event.

I randomly selected the two winners for the Infinite Twist handspun yarn. By purchasing the Prairie Ridge Shawl pattern you were automatically entered to win this beautiful yarn. The winners are..... seashorehsharon and kally (both rav ids)! Congratulations ladies! I have messaged you both on Ravelry with instructions on how to receive your newly won yarn. I won't get to the post office until next week to mail out your prizes just so you know.

That's enough of that business-type stuff, let me share what I've been doing around my home the last couple of days while I get my energy back.

Above is a tiny skein of Navajo-plied yarn from the end of a bobbin. I finished spinning the Friends in Fiber Falkland in color #1. I have the other bigger 2-ply skein all finished now. It is gorgeous! I'll take photos and share with you later. Great Etsy shop, Friends in Fiber, I can't say enough good things about it. Go check it out!

While traveling and while in New York, I finished the sock above, and am now on the gusset of the second sock. I happened upon this yarn while looking around on Ebay. I purchased it for a mere $3.00 per 50 gram ball. $6.00 total.  That's a steal and I love it. The yarn is Schoeller & Stahl Fortissima Colori, Socka Color, #9072. It's the standard superwash wool and nylon.

You know, I have such a thing for this commercial-type patterned sock yarn. I simply love it. It's fun to knit and the socks wear like iron. Those are Signature Needle double-pointed needles, US size 1s, six-inch in length.

Yesterday, I finished up my Gourmet Stash Fibery Tribbles singles. These were 2 oz. total. I am going to ply this bobbin with the white merino that I have in the bowl.

I can't seem to capture all of the colors in this fiber in a photo. There is gray, black, green, a couple of blues, and purple. It's just beautiful. I had fun spinning this because of the combination of fibers and the pops of color. I think it will be fantastic with the creamy white as the other ply. That way I will save the yardage, too.

Here is the creamy white ready to go!

On my Artisan Wheel I am spinning up this Friends in Fiber BFL/silk Rainbow Gradient next. The colors are pretty and I plan on keeping it as a gradient. I will probably just spin up the whole thing in one shot and then Navajo-ply. I'll keep you posted. It should be fun.

You don't have to pre-draft the Friends in Fiber but I did just to make it a little quicker to spin. I made this gigantic ball of fluff yesterday from the Rainbow Gradient braid. We hung out on the couch together and chatted for awhile. The socks are in the discontinued Vincent Van Gogh line of Opal sock yarn, in case anyone is wondering.

I'll be back in full action next week. The Bunny Love pattern is going to be released in a few days, too. It was previously only available in kit form so that will be fun. I think I will be adding a bit to that pattern so stay tuned....

I hope you are well. Winter continues on in full-force around here, the low today is -13 degrees. That's Wisconsin for you. All the better for me to stay inside, drink hot chocolate and spin and knit.
best, susie

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mary, Millie, & Morgan ~ Dolls for Quince & Co.!

(photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge for Quince & Co.)

Hi, Knitters,
I am so excited to announce the release of Mary, Millie, & Morgan, Knitted Dolls & Clothes! This is my first eBook and what an honor to be able to work with Quince & Co., the publisher of the collection. This little collection is like a dream come true. I have been wanting to knit these dolls for a long time and it finally happened. I am thrilled with the results and I hope you will be, too.

The dolls are knit seamlessly and from the top-down, all in the wonderful sport-weight 100% American wool, Chickadee from Quince. This delightful, charming yarn comes in a wide array of lovely colors. You can pick and choose colors to make your own doll, well, your own. The eBook includes patterns for the comfy cardigan, fancy skirt, pretty dress and cozy shawl

The dolls and clothes are a fun knit! I think you will really like the construction. The dolls measure about 9-inches tall. 

Here are the links for Mary, Millie, & Morgan, Knitted Dolls & Clothes:

I am going to talk a lot more about Mary, Millie, & Morgan here on the blog. There is much to tell and share about these sweet girls. I have some in progress photos and my own home photos to share, too. 

But today I have to get packed up and organized for Vogue Knitting Live in NYC! I still have so much to do. I can't wait to get to New York to teach workshops, see old friends and meet new friends, enjoy the city a little, have dinner with my favorite editor from Artisan Books, have fun with my sons, and mainly, knit all weekend!

Please stop by my book signing at the Knitty City booth on Saturday, Jan. 18th, at 5:30pm. The booth numbers are #712 and #714! Bring your books, patterns, notebooks, buy books at the booth. I'll sign it all if you'd like. I hope to see you there if you are around.

Lastly, thank you so much for the support for the Prairie Ridge Shawl and the Little Dragon patterns. The patterns have been flying out of my pattern shop. The Prairie Ridge Shawl sale is going on through this coming Monday. The $1.00 off discount code is: PRAIRIE. By purchasing the shawl pattern you are automatically entered in a giveaway to win the Infinite Twist handspun yarn to knit the shawl like in the sample.

See you on the other side of this very busy weekend! We'll chat more about the dolls then.
best, susie

Monday, January 13, 2014

Prairie Ridge Shawl ~ Pattern Now Available!

Hi, Knitters,
The Prairie Ridge Shawl is now available for download in my Ravelry Pattern Shop! Be sure to read to the end before purchasing, I have a couple of opportunities for you.

I knit the Prairie Ridge Shawl last summer to be included in a kit from Infinite Twist. The kits are still available through Infinite Twist and the yarn included is beautiful hand dyed handspun yarn. The yarn and owner of Infinite Twist is from China. The owner, Cate, is an American and works with a women's cooperative personally and provides the wheels and spinning fiber and financial support for them. It is a wonderful company doing lots of good out there.

The shawl pattern is for a worsted weight yarn and it is a simple but entertaining knit because there are textured ridges and yarn over rows in between stockinette stitch rows. The increases are simple. The Prairie Ridge Shawl is a soothing and fun knit.

It is a great first time shawl pattern, too!

In this photo I have the shawl worn over my shoulders and tied behind my back. I love wearing it like this. This is a generous shawl but also one you could make smaller because the pattern could be stopped at any point. 

Here is some information you might like to know

Finished Measurements: 68-inch wingspan, 22-inch depth after blocking

Yarn: Infinite Twist worsted weight 100% wool; 550 yards

Needles: US size 7 circular needles, 32-inch or longer

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch before blocking

Pattern Note: The gauge for this shawl doesn’t have to be exact, however, the yardage requirements will vary if the gauge is different. Also, this pattern doesn’t require a certain number of stitches at any certain point, you can easily make your shawl larger or smaller by continuing on or stopping at any time. Stopping at the end of a repeat is recommended when changing the size of the shawl. If the size is different than the pattern states the yardage requirements will be different as well.

I have knit this same shawl twice now and have started it a third time. I love this shawl. The layers in the photo above show the original shawl knit in Infinite Twist on the bottom, the middle layer is knit in my handspun in a about a sport weight (I added a different edging), and the top layer is the version I am currently working on in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, which is a fingering weight.

The shawl in the worsted weight is a hefty beautiful shawl. The sport weight handspun version was much lighter. I gave this version to my shawl swap partner at Knit East last fall. She loved it and wore it around for the rest of the event which made me feel really good.

The red Loft version is going to be light as air and I can't wait to finish it. I am making it with 2 skeins of the Brooklyn Tweed Loft. Shawls are always fun because you can vary the size through the yarn weight. I'll keep you posted on the final version of the Loft Prairie Ridge Shawl. I can't wait to wear it.

Here are a couple of photos of my handspun version:

I'll have to see if I can find the stitch I did for this edging. It was pretty cool. I didn't use it on the worsted weight version because the yarn was too heavy.

Here comes the good part! Look at this handspun yarn from Infinite Twist:

 (the gorgeous Box of Chocolates colorway)

(the beautiful Autumnal colorway)

I have enough of the Box of Chocolates and the Autumnal colorways (both worsted weight and 600 yards each) to make the Prairie Ridge Shawl and I want to share it with you!

I also have put the pattern for the Prairie Ridge Shawl on sale for $1.00 off with a coupon code through Ravelry. The coupon code is good for one week, through January 20th, 2014! The shawl is regularly priced at $5.00 and with the code it is $4.00.

The coupon code is:  PRAIRIE

So here is the deal. If you purchase the shawl pattern this week I will automatically enter your name in a drawing for the shawl's worth of Infinite Twist in either the Box of Chocolates or the Autmnal colorways. If you purchase the pattern and don't want to be included just let me know. I will select two winners through a random number generator after I get back from Vogue Knitting Live in NYC. I will ship the yarn to two winners the week of January 20th, 2014!

Good luck if you enter!

Have a great Monday, Knitters. It is going to be a busy week ahead.
best, susie