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Work In Progress.

5 Sep

Let’s go over a few things on my needles.

These are my Beer Gloves (by Kurt Fausset) that I started about, oh, 2 years ago. We went on a mini road trip to Seattle and I decided to finally get working on them!

This is the 2nd. glove. I’m actually almost done with this one as well. I have 2.5 fingers left, 1 finger on the other glove to fix the bind off, and lots of yarn to weave in…By the way, does anyone have any weaving in tips? That when I get the laziest and seem to not care too much at all.

Source: google.com via Mary on Pinterest

The next have been hanging out on my needles a bit too long. The Modern Garden Cardigan by Veera Välimäki. I LOVE this cardigan. I need to finish this cardigan! I am to the part before the arms get added on. i need to get to knitting those! of course on my 5’1″ frame, it looks pretty long.

For this guy I used some Loops & Threads Charisma yarn. I actually am a pretty big fan for feel and drape. However, it does seem a bit heavy, and I know this thing will frizz and pile. Good thing this thing is a pretty quick knit. I know next time I make it, I’m going to use better yarn (duh) and take out some repeats in the leaf motif so I can have it a bit shorter.

I know after I finish and wear this to work all the girls are gonna want one! I better start setting up knitting classes at my house so they can make their own. I need to get back to knitting these things. I have a few things in my WIP piles that also want to be finished.

Happy Crafting!

Bre

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Guest Post on Little Willow Tree blog!

5 Sep

Hey Y’all,

Wanted to step in real quick to tell you that I have a fun Guest Post on Ashley’s blog Little Willow Tree!

The Little Willow Tree

 So go check out a fun post for a beginners guide to starting knitting. A quick, what to get and where to start post.

Cheers,

Bre

|Shop Review: Knit Fit|

21 Sep

Lately I have been running on overdrive and having a real hard time with life in general so I decided that Bry & I were going to play hookie one day with my sister-in-law and nephew and head to Solvang. After we walked around for a bit we headed to grab some lunch. We’re sitting there and across the street I see a store called ‘Knit Fit’ and immediately decide we need to go over – I am so glad we did!

I walk into the shop and am faced with a wall of knits. Amazing ones. And darling little knit projects. And imported WOOL FELT PIECES! Around the corner is bolt after bolt of some of the most fun, delicate, and awesome fabric I have ever seen; and I work in a fabric store! There are books galore with knitting patterns, sewing patters, knit and sew how-tos, projects, and more. Cute little finished pieces, cute little everythings. As Samantha and I wander a bit more the kiddos are running up to us asking if they could finger paint. After a reassuring nod from the very helpful store owner, they run off in excitement as she follows them. After browsing a bit more, we decide to head over to see what the kids were up to and the sweet lady set up a table with washable finger paints and a big piece of butchers paper and theyre stenciling and painting. Oh, but this is an every day thing as we had just entered the KIDS CRAFT SECTION of the store with tons of amazing projects for kids and families to do – even eco-friendly ones. {Which I am soooo crazy about!} After grabbing some things here and there and the kiddos getting up to wash their hands, I asked if she had classes. She does. A whole flier full of em. Flier and business card in hand, kiddos artwork drying on her table, and purchases made, we headed out to a few more shops before coming back for the kids painting. Walking in for a second time was still amazing shock for me as the shop is just so artfully maintained and carefully thought out. After purchasing little felt leaves for my knit projects, a pair of imported, handmade maryjanes for Bry, and the kiddos creating their very own masterpiece, I walked out craving more. Plus the owner {ack, I forget her name! I’m horrible with names} was just sweet, helpful, awesome, caring, and passionate about the shop – what more could you ask for? Knit Fit gets two ups from me and I can’t wait to get back there.

Visit their website here!

Knit Fit

473 Atterdag Road

Solvang, CA 93463

{Entrance on Copenhagen}

805.688.0686

knitfitca@gmail.com

knitfitca.etsy.com

Happy Crafting!

~Ashley

Interview: Jane Richmond

25 Jul

A couple years ago, I (Bre) was roaming Ravelry looking for a convertible mitten pattern for my now Husband.  When I came across Jane Richmond’s Quick Mittens for Men, I was stoked! She had the perfect pattern for my man, and it was affordable. I started to knit it up right away, with her very easy to follow directions. When I feel like knitting something up, but not quite sure what, I’ll check her shop out first to see if anything tickles my fancy. I have purchased about 6 patterns from her shop, and knitted up 2. I have plans to get to the others, like the Oatmeal sweater I’ve started about 3 times, but never quite like the yarn I use. I really need to get new yarn for that….Anyways, back to the point.

Oatmeal Pullover

Recently we had a wonderful chance to interview Mrs. Jane Richmond herself.

First let’s do the usual: when did you start to knit?

I learned to knit at age 5 but relearned in my late teens through books

Are you a project at a time kinda gal, or do you have numerous knits going on at once?

I used to be a monogamous knitter but now that most of my knitting is designing I tend to have many projects at different stages. I think it’s the result of having too many ideas that I’m dying to get

started on, Startitis I believe it’s called. Thankfully I finish most of what I start.

How would you describe your knitting strategy when creating a new design? Do you work from the skein to your idea, or your idea to the skein?

I definitely jump back and forth on this one. I have a sketch book of ideas that I work from.

Sometimes, but not often, I allow myself to buy yarn just because it’s beautiful. I normally save these splurges for fibre events, I love to discover new local or independent dyers.

What is your favorite yarn to knit with?

I have this natural obsession with your standard, run of the mill, inexpensive wool. I really like Cascade 220 and Patons Classic Wool because they are sturdy, affordable, and are available everywhere and in a huge range of colours. I also love wool blends, it’s the best of both worlds.

Would you call your knitting and designing an addiction at times?

Yes, it’s totally an addiction. I think Tanis (from Tanis Fibres) said it best when she said she knits because she has to. I am high energy so sitting still for a movie or a long car ride without something productive to do is a struggle for me, I can’t not knit.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself, maybe outside the world of knitting?

Well, I just turned thirty this year. I’m momma to Miss Elsie Jane (3 ½) and I have been with my husband 8 years. Despite a ton of moving around we are Islanders at heart and call Vancouver Island home. I am almost as addicted to gardening as I am to knitting (my poor hands!) and I love to be outdoors. I have lived in many countries (Australia, South Korea, the US) and when people ask where I’m from I say “All over”. I love to cook and consider myself a foodie. I wish I knew how to sew properly. I love movie nights and live for Knit Nights!

How had your Husband and Daughter inspired you knit-wise?

Knitting for them is fun and also challenging. Finding something that they genuinely like and want to wear is a challenge so when I get it right it’s hugely rewarding. Career wise, my husband sees how much is involved in the design process and how much I put into it, he really “gets” it and I am lucky to have his encouragement.

We have many newbies to crafting that follow our blog. What would your advice be to them to start knitting?

Jump In!

When I was a teenager picking up knitting again, the internet was young and there was no Ravelry, I felt like the only knitter in the world. Ravelry has connected me with other knitters and introduced me to Knit Nights. Knitting is all over the web, blogs, YouTube, there are entire websites devoted to knitting help, with all of the resources available the possibilities are endless. And because of this, knitting has evolved, this isn’t your grandmothers knitting anymore, beginners are starting with awesome fashionable knits that would make any non-knitter totally envious! It’s a great time learn to knit!

Do you think you’ll teach your daughter to knit? Have you tried to get the hubby to try?

Elsie sees me knitting constantly and has already asked to join in. She likes to play with little scraps of yarn, I can’t wait to teach her when she is old enough to learn. My husband was taught to knit by his grandmother when he was a boy, it never stuck 🙂

Do you have any favorite knitting designers, books, or blogs?

There are many, and the list just keeps growing…

I am hugely inspired by designers that self publish, at the top of this list are: Ysolda Teague, Gudrun Johnston, Kate Davies, Jared Flood, Melissa LaBarre, Veera Välimäki. I read their blogs and love following their careers.

When I like something in a knitting publication it’s always the work of someone on this list: Cathy Carron, Pam Allen, Norah Gaughan, Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Cirilia Rose, Melissa LaBarre. I’m so predictable but it’s fun to have favourites and be pleasantly surprised when the same designers are creating all of your favourite pieces in the latest magazines and books.

And of course, what is your favorite alcoholic beverage to consume while knitting?

Granville Island Winter Ale

Now I have many designers to check out! We would like to thank Jane so much for her interview. Don’t forget to check out her blog Etsy and Ravelry, where you can view all the projects people have created with her patterns. I’m sure you will be in the same awe as we are.

Cheers,

Bre & Ashley

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/janerichmond
Blog: http://janerichmond.blogspot.com
Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/jane-richmond

Beverly’s Fabrics July Classes

27 Jun

Every month Beverly’s has a line up of different kinds of classes you can take at different levels. Here is a list for July classes offered by the San Luis Obispo store only. Please check your local store for classes offered.

Sewing 

  • Tiered Skirt | July 9 10:00-3:00 | Instructor – Ellen | $40
  • Next Step Sewing: Buttons & Zippers | July 6 & July 13 6:00-8:30 | Instructor – Ellen | $40 for both classes
Knitting
  • Beginning Knitting: Knitted Loom Hat | Every Wednesday 3:30-4:30 | Instructor – Alicia | $12
  • Lace Knitting | July 5 6:00-8:00 & July 6 5:00-7:00 | Instructor – Malia | $22
  • Turtle Keychain | July 12 6:00-8:30 & July 13 5:00-7:30 | Instructor – Malia | $27
  • Knitted Socks | July 19 5:30-8:30 & July 20 5:00-7:00 | Instructor – Malia | $30
  • Cables & Bobbles | July 26 6:00-8:00 & July 27 5:00-7:00 | Instructor – Malia | $22
Be sure to check back each month for alist of classes they will offer. Class sign-ups must be made 24 hours in advance. Also, please stop by the links in this post to check out other local areas that offer classes for you to take.
Happy Crafting!
~Ashley & Breana

World Wide Knit in Public Day!

9 Jun

Here Here! I was reading some knitting daily (on my handy iPhone app) and came across this lovely article about WWKIP! Yes, World Wide Knit in Public Day. (Note: thanks to Ron White whenever I read “public” I pronounce it as “pub-bliCK”. Extra kudos to those who get this reference.) Now the name of this event is a bit deceiving as you see, it is actually a week long even. Well, I think I would love to participate in this somehow someway. I think I shall hop over to one of the local coffee shops around here and knit a bit. For those of you who are hermits like myself, you should go get some sunshine and do the same!

This starts June 11th to the 19th. On the site: http://www.wwkipday.com/, you can look up where there will be meet-ups! For you Portlanders there will be one in Hillsboro at the Farmer’s Market Civic Center on June 18th. It starts at 9am, so you’ll rise and knit pretty much. For more information click me!

Now for you California Knitters on the Central Coast, we have one hosted at the Cambria Historical Museum on June 19th at 10:30am. For more information feel free to click here!

You can also host an event if you like as well! Hope you all get some fun sun knit going! A great inspiration for those summer knits. Hope to see some cotton yarn being put to use!

Happy Summer Knitting!

Bre

Gauge is Important Part 2 – Altering a Pattern

12 May

Long time no part 2. Eep!

Well, if you haven’t read Part One, please check out here:

 Gauge is Important Part 1

Not onto how else knowing your gauge will help. I have a very small head compared to others, this can create a pattern. Along with that, I knit loose. This can cause a problem in knitting up a clothing item.  Today we will be using my “Double up the rib, extra slouch on top please” beanie

Say you wanna make this for someone who’s head is about 16″, which is a pretty small head. I think that’s a toddler maybe…anywho. So you need to take off 4″. Well the gauge is as follows:

Needle: US8 / 5.0mm

Yarn: Bulky 12ply – Spud & Chloe Outer in Soapstone

Gauge: 12st x 18rw = 4″ st st

So that’s 3 stitches per inch, and takes 60 stitches to make the 20″ headband of the beanie. For the 16″ headband, here is the math: 3st (per inch) X 16″ = 48 stitches to begin. That is is if you have the same gauge. Say if your gauge was 4″ per inch? Then your formula would be 4st X 16″ = 64 stitches.

So the formula is: Stitches for inch X inches to knit = how many stitches you need. Does this makes sense? Now remember that doing this, does come with some issues. For this beanie it is a double rib, which has a 4 stitch repeat. So you have to make sure your stitches can do that. So for example, say your math ended up being 66 stitches, you have to make a decision. You have 2 options, up or down. Either you go up 2 stitches or down 2 stitches. Usually either won’t make that big of a difference, so it’s up to your preference.

If you have an 8 stitch pattern, you may have more issues. I look into the detail of the pattern. Are there free stitches between each repeat? Can I eliminate any of these? Can I add some stitches between?

When taking or adding stitches to patterns, don’t forget about the rows. This is important for the length of the project. If you are making a sweater or hat, make sure that your math still fits for those rows.

For the beanie pattern I have 4.5 rows per inch. Now say you have 4 rows per inch, this can make a difference. Now for the beanie it is only about 1/2″ difference. But say a larger sweater that was about 40″ long, that would make a difference of  about 4 inches…that could suck.

So the math you ask?

Rows per inch  X inches needed = total rows

So if you are 4″ off, find out how many rows you need to make that up, What I would do then is split it up.

Let’s try the beanie pattern again, we’re focusing on the crown/top half:

I know it is 21 rows, so now a x b = c is c/a=b It’s algebra, so bare with me if it’s confusing you:

mine: 21 final rows/4.5rw  = 4.5″

yours: 21 final rows / 4rw = 5.25

it’s a 3/4″ difference. How to make it less? You need to take out 3 rows. (This once was easy since you’re is 4rows per inch, so each stitch is 1/4″. ) So you find “filler rows” to remove. This is pretty easy for me, just take out maybe 1 row from the rib, and 2 rows at the beginning of the crown. Say it’s a pattern with tons of decrease/increase? Just remember to split up the garment into sections of where you have to take out (or add possibly) a row.

Okay, I know that is confusing! Please take some time to check out Stitch & Bitch Nation by Debbie Stroller for some more help. There’s a great section on there all about gauge! How do you think I learned so much? Feel free to ask any questions, or ask for further explanation!

Happy Knitting!

Bre 😀