My latest pattern, Trenton, is now available in the special issue of Creative Knitting Magazine called Just-in-Time Knits.
The goal with this design was to come up with a pattern that would make use of much-loved scrap yarns. In this case, it's worsted weight (Cascade 220), and there's a total of 7 colors specified in the pattern.
If you choose to be creative with your color selections, I suggest that the main (MC) and beginning/end sections (G) be solid colors so the seam will be less conspicuous.
This pattern is available exclusively through Creative Knitting Magazine.
Photography: Annie's Publishing
So... I made this colorful raglan pullover in August, 2009 out of a bunch of different skeins of Noro Kureyon and LOVED it for years. I loved how the sleeves didn't exactly "match" and that the craziness of the color changes made the knitting go very quick. (I finished it in 13 days)
Well, years have gone by and it was starting to show a bit more wear than I like... so one day last week I decided that I should felt it to see what the fabric would look like.
I'm quite pleased with how it felted... but now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. My first thought was to make a hat but it's too thick. Then, I thought perhaps make a bag? What do you think? The stripes are so fun and I really do want to cut and sew it into something interesting....
In other recycling-related news, I have found myself a bit distracted by my stash now that the book knitting is all complete. I found some skeins of yarn made from sari silk waste in the stash and decided that it's time to make something out of it.
At first I thought I'd make a shawl, but then decided that a throw would be more practical for my house. I love how random the coloring is in these skeins! Because they're all a little different, I decided to separate each skein by a few rows of another yarn that's from my stash (a wool blend from Katia).
It's all stockinette, and it'll be more difficult to haul to knitting groups as it grows larger (or at the very least it'll require a larger bag!) but I'm really enjoying the simple stockinette knitting on larger needles. I plan on picking up more of this yarn at Stitches WEST from my friends at Darn Good Yarn!
I haven't decided how I'll edge the throw yet... I'm guessing crochet of some sort, and probably with a light colored yarn similar to the Katia. Any thoughts?
Teaching at Madrona
For those of you who haven't heard about it, the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival is an annual event that's chock full of really interesting classes, and a beautifully curated shopping venue. It takes over the entire Hotel Murano
The main classes fill up super quick, so mid January (now!) they also announce a host of fun "mini-classes" about various different topics. It's another chance to get in and learn something interesting. These classes are 90 minutes long, and are limited to 10 students each.
I'm teaching a mini-class on Sunday morning that will help you master the skills needed to work stranded knitting but with no floats on the wrong side.
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke
Beauty on the Inside: The Key to Locked Floats
Ever looked at the "wrong side" of a stranded, hand-knit garment and see no floats? Do you wonder what was done to hide those floats and make it so beautifully finished? The answer may very well be what some refer to as "Armenian Knitting" or, what I call "Locked Floats". The technique is simple, and creates a wonderfully even fabric. In this class, we will first review how to carry floats across the back of the work (traditional), and then be introduced to this simple technique that results in a beautifully woven "wrong side". You'll learn some valuable tricks and leave inspired by the possibilities created.
Experience: Students should have basic knitting skills, including the ability to cast on, knit, purl and read color work charts.
Supplies: One skein each of two colors of worsted weight yarn (solid-color, wool yarns with medium to high contrast work best). Appropriately-sized circular knitting needles (bring a few different sizes or an interchangeable needle set) ruler, stitch markers, note taking materials, and usual knitting supplies.
Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Check out all the mini-classes HERE!
I'm really looking forward to this weekend up in Washington, and can't wait to hang out with all the like-minded fiber enthusiasts!