Thursday, November 26, 2009

Annual Winter Collection -- Next Tuesday!

The Knitty Professors Winter 2009-2010 Pattern collection will be available next Tuesday, December 1st, just in time for your long winter's knitting. There will be 7 projects in the collection:

a pullover turtleneck,
a sweater coat,
a baby romper,
a wrap sweater,
a lace shawl,
a pullover v-neck,
and a classic cardigan.

Wow! We've been really busy. Check back soon for preview photos and stories about the patterns.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Still Spinnin'

I hadn't spun much of late, because it wasn't something I could while breastfeeding, like knitting. But I'm back at it. Now I'm mostly feeling uninspired by my fiber stash, and keep carding together the wackiest combos of colors and fibers I can imagine hoping for inspiration. Here's some that turned out nicely--there's romney, icelandic, merino (among others) in pink, white, ice blue, french blue, natural dark brown, and red (among others). I plied with brown nylon thread.
Adrian sat on the floor staring at the wheel as it went round and round and round and round...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hatteras Shrug Bodice Modification

For those of you who purchased my Hatteras Lace Shrug pattern [ravelry], I have a free, fun modification you might be interested in. This mod can be added after you have knit the regular pattern.

I'm a fan of simple, lacy shrugs created basically by seaming a bit at each end. But sometimes you want a little more.

Here's a modification you can use on any shrug of this type, including the Hatteras shrug.

Frilly Bodice for Hatteras Lace Shrug

Special Stitches:
m1p = make 1 purl stitch using a lifted increase.
m1k = make 1 knit st using a lifted inc.

Using size 7 needles, with RS of work facing you, and beginning at one of the side seams, pick up one stitch in each selvedge stitch.

Rounds 1-6: Work in k1, p1 rib.

Now you will work increases at each side seam, adding stitches at each side seam every other round in a fan pattern.

Round 7: *k1, m1p, k1, m1p, k1*; work in k1, p1 rib until second side seam, rep **; work in k1, p1 rib to end of round.
Round 8: (and all even numbered rounds): K the k sts; p the p sts.
Round 9: *k1, p1, m1p, k1, m1p, p1, k1*; work in k1, p1 rib until the second side seam, rep **; work in k1, p1 rib to end of round.

Get it? I'm just going to give you the increase sections now:
Round 11: k1, p1, m1k, p1, k1, p1, m1k, p1, k1.
Round 13: k1, p1, m1p, k1, m1p, p1, k1, p1, m1p, k1, m1p, p1, k1.
Round 15: k1, p1, m1k, p1, k1, p1, m1k, p1, k1, p1, m1k, p1, k1.

And that's all the increase rounds.

Rounds 16-22: Work in k1, p1 rib.

Ruffled edge:
Round 23: *k1, yo*; rep ** to end of round. Number of sts on needles is doubled.
Rounds 24-26: Work in k1, p1 rib. (On round 24, purl sts are worked into the YOs of the round below.)

Bind off LOOSELY. I used a crochet-hook bind off just to be sure.

Really, this BO can't be too loose.

LOOSE, people.

And that's it! Happy modifying.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Knitting Philosophy: "Alienation of Postindustrialization"

We are experiencing a hand-craft revolution. (See, e.g. Etsy, Ravelry, the rise of "Stitch and Bitch," etc.) There are similar handmade/handgrown/local revolutions occurring in food consumption (community-supported agriculture, the slow and organic food movements) and other areas of our lives.

Cultural studies folks tell us that we are in a post-industrial age. I believe that, in a good way, handcrafters and localvores are responding to this post-industrialization. Let me tell you what I mean.

One of the consequences of industrialization was that items that folks used to make by hand--e.g. wool into thread, into fabric, into clothes--became commodities produced by factories located at a distance from the end consumer. This "distance" is called "alienation;" literally, we are alienated from the food we eat, from the clothes we wear, from nearly all items that we purchase and otherwise consume.

In a post-industrial economy like ours, where the labor that drives industry has been outsourced overseas, we have nearly no knowledge of the location where our daily consumer objects are produced or of the people who produced them. The alienation from production is absolute.

And for some of us, this doesn't feel good.

Enter handcrafts, urban gardens, local farm CSAs. On these fronts, we are fighting post-industrialization and its attendant abuses, and curing, at least a little bit, our alienation.

Hard-core Marxist scholars might disagree with me, saying that the alienation can't be cured, that we're stuck with it. I'm a little more hopeful than that.

I say: Knit On!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It’s Baby Post Day: Another Itty Bitty Knitty Model

Here’s my nephew Nicholas wearing the outfit I made for him. See my previous post for details.


I guess the “stay on” booties might not be foolproof…. especially on such a wiggly kid!

Tired of UFOs

Seriously. What is wrong with me.

Plus I have all of these patterns to write for design FOs, and I'm not doing that either.

It would have nothing to do with this:

I need a bigger pom-pom maker.

(I used to tease bloggers who were always posting pictures of their cats. I understand the impulse now.)