Month: June 2014

KAL Cast On! and … Il était un bon anniversaire

It may be stating the obvious but I love my husband.  One of his many wonderful attributes is that he is very thoughtful.  The latest manifestation of his thoughtfulness is this birthday gift – the LEGO Architecture Eiffel Tower.  His knows how much I love all things LEGO and French, so this was brilliant.  Also, the building next to it?  That’s the LEGO Parisian Restaurant he got me for Valentine’s Day.  One of my life’s goals is to become as good a gift-giver as he is.  There are only so many Karl Pilkington books in print and only so many orchids he can find time to care for.


As for the KAL cast-on part of this post – tomorrow (July 1) marks the start of the Meryl Streep Chevron Lace Cardigan Knit-a-long on the Silver Screen Knits Ravelry group.  There’s just one more day to start your project page in time to receive a coupon for the pattern.

From Kathleen Lawton-Trask’s blog: “Between now and July 1, if you create a Streep project on Ravelry, add a photo of the yarn you plan to use, and tag it “StreepSummer2014,” you will receive two coupons: one for $1.00 off of the single Streep pattern, and one for $4.00 off of the ebook of Silver Screen Knits: Volume One.”

I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve gotten into the habit of photographing LEGO themed yarn pictures as place holders for my project pages and this time is no different.  Here’s the photo for my first KAL Streep, which I’ll be sizing down to fit my 6 year old daughter:


The yarn is SweetGeorgia Superwash DK in Slate.  I’ve used this yarn for three other projects so far and love it to pieces.

Just for fun, here are some of my previous LEGO/yarn photos.  And before you ask – no, I don’t have anything better to do.


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The Monstrous Blanket

Have you seen Umaro by Jared Flood?  it’s beautiful.  Dramatic.  Gorgeous.  Just look at it:


Photo © Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

I made one as a baby gift a couple years ago and always knew that I would eventually make another as a sofa blanket sorta thing.  As an early birthday present, my husband financed the yarn and, in a fit of conformity, I chose the exact same yarn and color as the sample, which is Cascade Yarns Lana Grande in color 6010 (Cream).  This yarn is nuts.  It’s a super bulky weight that yields 2 sts/in!  For someone who typically knits with DK weight (plus or minus a yarn weight), this is like knitting with climbing rope.  For scale, here are a couple bits of my daughter shown with the yarn.  Huge, right?  The yarn, not my daughter.

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The pattern calls for 1100-1150 yds or about 13 skeins for a 4′ x 5′ blanket.  I have 20 skeins and 60″ US 15 circs.  This will truly be a monstrous blanket.

Meryl Streep Cardigan Knit-A-Long

Kathleen Lawton-Trask (who I’ve blogged about lots of times, obviously!) has had the brilliant idea of starting a KAL for the Meryl Streep Chevron Lace Cardigan by Ann Weaver, which was published in Kathleen’s book Silver Screen Knits: Volume One.  This pattern proved to be so popular that Kathleen decided to offer it as a standalone pattern on Ravelry. The KAL will run from July through September and Kathleen and I will participate on the Silver Screen Knits Ravelry group.  We’ll be available to answer questions, provide advice as needed, and post tips from the designer.  As an added bonus, Kathleen is offering a discount on the single pattern and the entire ebook for this KAL!  Also, free yarn!  From her blog:

  • There will be discounts. Between now and July 1, if you create a Streep project on Ravelry, add a photo of the yarn you plan to use, and tag it “StreepSummer2014,” you will receive two coupons: one for $1.00 off of the single Streep pattern, and one for $4.00 off of the ebook of Volume One.
  • There will be a giveaway. Likely not enough yarn to knit the sweater, but around August 1 we will select one person who has posted about their progress in the Ravelry Group and send them some pretty yarn. Details about this, with pretty yarn photos, will be posted on my blog in the next week or so.

Seriously, visit her blog for the rest of the details.  She’s a way better blogger than I am! I’ve knitted this cardigan twice before.  Once as a test knit for Kathleen using The Fibre Company Organik (left photo) and again as a sample for Karida Collins in her Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted (right photo).  Pardon the sweater pose.  It’s the only one I have.

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As my contribution to the KAL, I’ll be knitting two more Streeps.  One will be for me, finally.  At last I get to keep one of these gorgeous sweaters.  The slight (and really only slight) downside is that I can’t justify buying any more yarn without lots of passive-aggressive gesturing at my already large stash by that other person who lives in my house.  You know, the person who doesn’t understand that just because I have scads of yarn, that doesn’t mean I have the right yarn.  Sooooo, I’m repurposing some yarn from the TARDIS blanket that I started a few years ago.  I really had every intention of knitting it.  Look – I even had all the yarn (not pictured, blue Cascade 220): Image So that’s a ton of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.  Not a bad yarn at all, just kinda sorta nothing to write home (or blog) about.  But because everyone can use a black sweater, I’m planning to use the black for my Streep. It’ll be fine.  I’ll wear it lots and there’s the added bonus that it’s made of stash yarn.

The second Streep (which I will knit first!) will be for my kid (see below) as I haven’t knitted a sweater for her in way too long.  Five years ago, I scaled down the Dollar and a Half Cardigan by Veronik Avery for her so I’m going to do the same thing with Streep.  Kathleen has very generously allowed me to hang onto a couple skeins of SweetGeorgia Superwash DK leftover from my Sophia Loren Riverside Cardigan design (as well as two other not yet released designs).  I thought I only had one skein and figured I might alternate it with a skein of madelinetosh tosh sport (my all time favorite yarn) as the two yarns are very similar in size but the color differences were too great.  Luckily, I found an extra skein of SweetGeorgia.  The dye lot doesn’t completely match the other skein but I doubt my kiddo will care.

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If you aren’t already part of the Silver Screen Knits Ravelry group, join now, start your project page, tag it “StreepSummer2014,” and cast on July 1!  I look forward to knitting with you!

My Pattern Is In Knitty!

Today is the moment I’ve been waiting for since March, when I found out my design had been accepted by Knitty.  The Knitty First Fall 2014 issue is live!  The only way I could be happier is if I won the lottery and half of it was paid in chocolate.

Voilà Jasseron:


The sweater model is someone for whom the word “friend” is inadequate.  Mandy (madgeface on Ravelry) is a fellow knitter, someone who shares my love of fabulous food and wine, a designer in her own right, a confidant, a roller derby champ, a repository of obscure movies and grammar rules, a person who knows how to gently point out when I’m being an ass (she gets lots of practice at it), and my Maid of Honor last year (see below).  I’m lucky to know her.


Now back to the design!

I named the sweater Jasseron for the song by French chanteuse Emily Loizeau.  And because she’s one of my favorite musicians, I’m also linking to her incredibly creative video for Je suis jalouse.

I’m a sucker for wide necklines – ballet, bateau, you name it – as they give the illusion of wider shoulders and draw the eyes up and away from the waist.  It’s a much more subtle distraction than doing jazz hands or making weird faces.  I may or may not have done this before.  A lot of my designs feature twisted ribbing as opposed to regular 1×1 ribbing.  I find that it looks neater and the stitches wind up more uniform than in regular ribbing.  The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sport in Lauraville (MC) and Remington (CC).  As you can see in the sleeve detail photo, it has great stitch definition and the colors are very rich with a lot of depth.  A big thank you to Karida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co. for providing the yarn!


The hardest part of designing this sweater was reworking the short row shaping across all the different sizes.  The hem wasn’t so bad but the short rows in lace at the upper part of the sleeves were a monster.  In the future, I’ll continue to use that method of shaping, but in lace?  Not so much.

Fingers crossed that lots of people will knit Jasseron.  I can’t wait to see how it looks in different colors and sizes!