Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fairway & Fuzz-Ball Patterns Now Available

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've released all of the patterns from Knitting Like a Professor for individual sale.

This means that you can get Fairway as an individual pattern. Fairway is a cabled cardigan worked from the top down in raglan fashion.

This cozy pattern can be worked in any worsted-weight yarn. I used some hand-dyed yarn for this one.

The cables-and-bobbles integrate nicely into the raglan increases.

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry for $6.00


You can also get your hands on Fuzz-Ball, baby bootees that have caused more than one stranger to stop me in the mall and ask where they can buy them.

Fuzz-Ball only costs $3.00.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Yarnbombing Comes to My Town

Yarn artists have brightened up dreary February days with colorful work all over my town, on sculptures, benches, and trees.

The artist in charge actually got permission from the town to do this for one month.

This may tell you something about the town I live in.

Or you can watch this video.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Manava & Many-Worlds Patterns Now available

I'm enabling the patterns from my eBook, Knitting Like a Professor, for individual sale. I've had lots of requests for this, and I've finally gotten around to it. I'll feature the patterns over the next few days.

The first is Manava, a baby cardigan knit top-down in the round using raglan styling. Add colorful buttons and you have an adorable sweater for a new baby.

Read more on Ravelry.

Manava costs $5.00.


The second pattern now available for individual purchase is the Many-Worlds Cable Blanket, a reversible cable blanket that is super-cozy and gorgeous to display.

Read more on Ravelry.

This one is made of Cascade Pastaza, but any aran-weight yarn will do.

Many-Worlds costs $4.00.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

So much Cashmere…what to do

I've been trolling for cashmere at local thrift shops and a my own pre-babies wardrobe. I've come up with some great pieces. Here are a couple:

Doesn't that fabric look scrumptious?

I'm working on various projects to convert this fabric into someone serviceable. I'll post project ideas and pictures soon, but I'd also welcome suggestions to other web sites that have cashmere-upcycle projects.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

What's the Ruckus?

You can imagine the noise I heard that created this mess in the middle of the night:

My poor roving.

Here's the culprit:

Orville Pryal. Born 10/1/2011-ish. Moved in 1/1/2012-ish.

I promise not to post more pictures of my cat. That's such a knitblog cliche.

--Katie Rose

Friday, February 24, 2012

FO: Half-Handspun Cowl

I finished this cowl made of half store-bought yarn and half hand-spun. [See project on Ravelry.]

I gifted the cowl to my friend who has just retired from UNC Law where I teach. This is basically her favorite, and arguably only, color. The day I gave it to her, she was wearing a sweater the exact same shade. It was weird.

Also, for those who don't know, this is sometimes called "Carolina Blue." We lay claim to a wide range of shades, from this greenish blue to a more French blue to sky blue.

Here's some proof:


Notice the greenish blue of the 1980s, a different shade from the sky blue of the 1990s and today. Also, we like to win national championships. (It's almost March!).

Okay, back to business. Here's the cowl again:

I'm really glad I added the handspun in there to give it loft. The Stellina yarn just doesn't have any, despite being 50% wool.

Monday, February 20, 2012

WIP: Half-Handspun Cowl

I'm taking some of this roving…

And spinning it into this yarn…

And knitting a cowl with it. I'm also using some yarn from my stash, alternating rows. I'm not sure if I hate it or not. Pictures when it's done, and then we can vote.

Yes, I said I'm spinning. Again. Finally.

Between the kitten, the two-year-old, and the 10-month-old, I'm not sure if the wheel will survive the ravages of curiosity.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yarn at Union Square

UPDATE: For those of you interested, the sheep/yarn are from Catskill Merino Sheep Farm, whose website you can access here.

This past weekend, Adrian and I went up to NYC to visit my younger sister and her family. On Saturday, we took a walk through the market at Union Square, and I found this booth:

And they had this yarn:

Doesn't that look yummy? I didn't buy any, because my stash is overflowing, but it was great to see those colors on that dreary-weather day.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Knitting for Change (Sort of)

The World Wildlife Federation is encouraging Canadians to turn down the heat and put on a sweater on February 9th. The effort is meant to combat climate change and raise awareness. I love the knitting imagery they are using in the ads. Why not get on board (even if you aren't in Canada)?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Knittyprofs on Pinterest

If you've joined the Pinterest addiction, then you can check us out there, too. We're pinning inspiration, project ideas, and more.

Jordynn's board:

Katie needs to start pinning.

We'll also start adding Pinterest links so you can pin our projects and patterns.