I can't believe it is already mid July, this summer is flying by! Over the past few months I have been on a few whirlwind trips from Charleston to Israel to LA and back again. I don't know about you, but the first thing I think about before a trip is which knitting project I am going to take with me. Sometimes it's impossible for me to make a choice so I end up taking a few with me. If you ask me, it's better to have too much yarn than not enough!Read More
Knit Now | Issue 89
by Kirsten Joel
I don’t know about you, but I felt incredibly underprepared when I embarked on my first lace project. The internet wasn’t yet a beast of information and anything I wanted to learn came either from a library book, or one of the knitting magazines my mom bought for me. Lace seemed like this daunting, scary thing - you intentionally want me to create holes in my knit fabric? I don’t understand!
Fast forward about 10 years and now lace is one of my favorite things to knit. There is a lot to be said on the subject of lace knitting, but before we go down the rabbit hole of that I wanted to share some of the essential things I learned about knitting lace. As I was thinking about all of my lessons learned, I kept coming back to the gauge swatch. The swatch is a perfect mini project to help understand the structure of lace and a guide to understanding what your finished project can/will look like!
So I came up with this list of my 5 essential tips for knitting lace.Read More
by Kirsten Joel
The transition from spring to summer can wreak havoc on your knitting plans depending on where you call home. From where I sit in the sunny south the humidity can cause me to put down certain projects in favor of others. It becomes time to set aside warm wooly sweaters and instead cast on with lighter fabrics. Tops & tees, light scarves, and even pullovers are great summer knit projects with the right yarn choice.Read More
Wow, April flew by so quickly! One minute it was still wintery and the next moment I'm wearing shorts and spending long days in the sun. This past weekend I made my first spring cleaning attempt in our front garden and I'm quite proud of my progress considering I have absolutely no green in my thumb. May is already off to an exciting start and I have a lot of pots on the burners, so to speak: work, a new real estate class, the tops, tanks, and tees kal, and the KKD business updates. I'm glad that this real estate class is only one month long or I will be suffering from some serious burnout.Read More
Today marks the first day of the Tops Tanks & Tees KAL led by Shannon Cook. You can follow along on her website at veryshannon or hang out in the Raverly group to check out updates from participants.
This will be the first year that I can join along in the fun, since I don't have any other knitting commitments drawing me away and I'm overcome with all the choices and possibilities. I do know that I will be knitting from stash, either Quince & Co's Kestrel or Sparrow. Knitting in the south means knitting with cotton or linen to save your hands and your sanity. I have a few patterns that I'm working on self-publishing that would meet the TTTKAL requirements and I'm debating using the month to dedicate my time to those pieces, or if I want to take a break and knit something purely for the enjoyment of knitting something for me. Good thing I still have two days to figure it out (at the time of writing this post).Read More
There is no denying that a trending color this spring is pink. Pink in all shades - blush, coral, fuscia - is popping up in my fashion & knitting news feeds and it's hard not to want to jump on the bandwagon!Read More
This design marks somewhat of a first for me - it's my first self-published shawl design and it took a long time to figure out how to best write up the pattern. But it was definitely worth the effort, and I'm so excited to finally share it with you all.Read More
When the Lykke Driftwood Circular Interchangeable Needles were first launched last winter, the knitting community pounced to get their hands on them. I was in the process of researching interchangeable options and found these courtesy of the Fringe Association. Keep reading for my honest review of these needles!Read More
I can't believe Kestrel has been available since 2014, it's a fairly new-to-me yarn that I didn't start working with until 2016. I knit Heidi's Quick Sand cardigan, but that was about it. And then I moved to Charleston and discovered the true meaning of humidity. The south is...hot. And sticky. For the first time in my knit life I couldn't use wool fibers for summer knitting and I started looking for other fiber options.
I have always loved Louet's Sportweight Linen and was looking to add additional brands into my repertoire and found both of Quince's linen based yarns, Kestrel & Sparrow, in that search. From there a fiber love affair was born.Read More
This is my third month doing this review of my knitting queue & progress. It's pretty interesting to see how my plans get impacted by submissions, travel, and well...lift. February I received two submissions for Knit Now, coming late Spring 2018. Hot on the heels of finishing those, I was accepted for 3 more - Knitscene Winter 2018, Knit Wear Winter 2018, and Sweet Georgia Yarns' Crochet edition (wow! I am deeply humbled that my designs would make the cut). Given the tight deadlines submission knitting requires, my personal knit list had to stand aside for a bit. Now that those have shipped and I can focus my efforts back on personal knitting, here's where I'm at.Read More
For most of my knit life I have gravitated to neutral colors. Especially when creating designs with texture or lace stitches, I find that I prefer a neutral color to help those details stand out. At the end of 2017 I took an Instagram challenge that took a look at the colors you posted most often and it was a pretty tame collage of greys and cream.Read More
For those of you that know me or have knit several of my designs, this should come as no surprise: I love the lace faggoting stitch. The stitch is a really simple 1 row repeat that looks so much more complicated than it is. I have created several designs featuring this stitch which you can see in the gallery in this post.Read More
I can't believe it's already the first day of spring, I feel like we just celebrated New Year's! I've started packing away the knits I wore this past fall and winter, and I'm starting to pull out the finished spring & summer knits that are ready to be published.Read More