Archive for April 2019

Episode 62 – Thanks for tuning in!  Trying the mic in a new location today so hopefully the sound quality will continue improving.

Announcements

First, new pattern launch!  Last Saturday I released the new Strawberry Blossoms pattern.  This pattern is very dear to me.  As you may remember, I hurt my hand last year and for a while I couldn’t knit at all, let alone design knitwear.  But like the wild yellow strawberries that grow in my backyard in the worlds worst soil (shady, acidic, clay) I hung on.  Not just clinging to the soil, I’m back and I’m blooming!  If you’re interested in this pattern listen to the episode for a special listeners-only discount code!

Test Knitters Wanted

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This week I will be starting a test knit for a laceweight shawl that is stockinette st and simple lace.  The lace is a 4-row repeat that is very easy to remember.  So easy, in fact, that this shawl became my knitting of choice for my kids’ karate and swimming lessons.  Shawl was inspired by the musical Rent, which had a huge impact on me as a teen.

2nd is a laceweight cowl, heading to the tech editor today. This one has a lot of meaning too.  A few years back, a dear friend was diagnosed with cancer.  My then-4-year-old and I together designed this cowl for her.  I pulled out all my silk yarn and let him pick the yarn.  Then the two of us poured through my stitch dictionaries and he picked an arrowhead lace pattern.  I knit it up and gave it to her to keep warm and strong during her treatments.  Fast forward to this year and I’ve adapted that original pattern to have a second, longer size for those who like to double-wrap their cowls or wear them long.

FOs

2 preemie hats, both in Berocco Comfort Sock.  One held single, one held double.

Wips

Another preemie hats, one held single, one held double and both in Berocco Comfort Sock

2 shawl samples on the needles, can’t share too much yet.  One is inspired by the swirling fog in my grandparent’s village, the other is a new use-up-your-stash shawl.

Wearables

Spring has fighting to warm up, but it’s not totally successful.  Still wearing a lot of shawls to keep the chill away.  Rhinebeck, murder mystery knit along, tan house brook, changing staircases,

Out and About

  • I will be at: CT sheep and wool April 27 Vernon, CT
  • I will not be at: Sheepshearing festival, Gore Place, April 27th, Waltham, MA

Not sure yet about attending these:

  • NH SHeel & Wool May 11-12
  • Wool Days, Old Sturbridge Village, May 25-27
  • MA sheep and woolcraft fair, May 25 Cummington, MA

Will be attending

  • September – Into the Wool Fiber Retreat in Tennessee

On the Run

Still in PT but lots of walking

 

 

 

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Episode 61- Lots of Updates

New Mic

Hopefully this setup works!  No more car recording if I can help it.

New Pattern

Strawberry Blossoms, a sleeveless tank top with cabled straps.   Sign up for my email list at WindsweptKnits.com to get the best discount code.

Be A Helper Prizes

Listen for your name!  A big thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners.

FOs

  • 4 preemie hats, all 4 using fingering weight held double. 12 complete!
  • New shawl pattern sample

Wips

  • Another new shawl pattern inspired by grandmere’s village (heading to visit this summer)
  • Preemie hat held single
  • Preemie hat held double
  • Silk lace cowl

Wearables

All the shawls – Rhinebeck, murder mystery knit along, tan house brook, changing staircases,

Out and About

Not sure if I can make these, but will try to attend some of them.

  • CT sheep and wool April 27 Vernon, CT
  • Sheepshearing festival, Gore Place, April 27th, Waltham, MA
  • NH SHeel & Wool May 11-12
  • Wool Days, Old Sturbridge Village, May 25-27
  • MA sheep and woolcraft fair, May 25 Cummington, MA
  • September – Into the Wool Fiber Retreat in Tennessee

On the run

Back pain. PT.  Ouch.  

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