Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A pinafore for Penelope...

Here Penne is giving her opinion of the thread color

Bethany came to me recently and said let's make this pinafore for Penelope, so of course I was all over it!!

It's a fantastic pattern from 'Smashed Peas and Carrots' and the designer is Maggie who is the brain child behind this fun blog.

Laying out the pattern was easy peasy!

The pattern is clearcut with a PDF template and great step by step tutorial. Thanks Maggie. Bethany had fallen in love with Tim Beck's Apple Jack collection, so she chose her fabric in about two seconds!! For her outer fabric she chose the ABC's in cream and for her lining she used the Apples in Ivory.

The one thing that was a little challenging was cutting both pieces (4 layers) of fabric at once, so when I make this again, I will cut them separately. Of course that is up to each individual sewer.

Hi Dad, I am so stylish!!

Penne is currently in 12-18 month sizes right now and the pattern is written for 6-12 months, but it is definitely roomy on her. That's great however, as she will be able to wear it longer than a week, ha ha!! You know at this age these little ones just grow like weeds!! 

Look at my big read buttons,
and my cuteness is well, just plain cute!

Bethany says that Penne won't be actually wearing the pinafore until she can walk, but let me tell you that it is really close. She is about 10 months old as I write this and is cruising all over the place, on furniture, with her little wheeled cart and we don't want to forget her ottoman pushing excursions!!

Hey let me in!!

I had so much fun hanging out with these 2 lovely ladies and can't wait to see Penne running around in her pinafore!!

Thanks again Maggie for such a fun design and I hope if you are new to sewing that you will stretch your abilities and consider making this for a little one that you might know.

As always, happy knitting, crocheting and sewing!


Monday, February 25, 2013

The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein and a Giveaway!

We've loved working with Dora Ohrenstein over the last year. She has spent a number of hours composing thoughtful Crochet-related blog posts for us and her take on Crochet is not only well-informed but expertly expressed. When Dora told us about her latest book, we absolutely had to do a post about it and offer a giveaway. It's absolutely stunning! Here is what Dora had to say about The New Tunisian Crochet:

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my fourth book The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions (Interweave Press).  It's chock full of interesting stitches, techniques and fabulous designs by Vashti Braha, Doris Chan, Lily Chin, Lisa Daehlin, Andrea Gracierena, Margaret Hubert, Charles Voth, and li'l ole me!

If you think this form of crochet is only for thick afghans, I do believe this book will change your mind.  Tunisian crochet can make delicate fabric, can be used with any yarn, and has many more stitch variations than you might imagine.

Marisol Cardigan
Mago Vest
I had a great time researching all the techniques and stitches in here -- in fact, there are 30 stitches in the stitch dictionary. You can learn about Tunisian lace, textured stitches like bobbles and puffs, intarsia, short rows, entrelac, double-ended hook jacquard, and lots more.  Every single designer came up with a spectacular project, and who would expect anything less from these stellar names? There are designs for garments, throws, a bag, booties, a ribbed scarf, and a colorful rug, 11 designs in all.

Sierra Bag

Rivuline Shawl
Interweave has done a great job with the photos and graphics on this book, and every stitch and project has beautiful stitch diagrams.  If you love Tunisian crochet, or want to learn more about it, or if you want to take your Tunisian to the next level, I believe this book will serve your purpose most admirably.  

Najmee Rug

Thanks to Dora for telling us the inspiration behind her new book: The New Tunisian Crochet! If you'd like to win a copy, please leave a comment on this post telling us what you love about Tunisian Crochet -or- your favorite project from the book and what you love about it. We'll draw a winner on Friday, March 1st and announce it in that day's blog post! Please check back to see if you've won!

Happy hooking!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1 & the Springtime Bandit!

When I was asked by the gals at Kelbourne Woolens to review their latest book: Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1, I absolutely jumped at the chance! Not only do I love their patterns, but the yarn that they distribute from The Fibre Company is simply stunning and a delight to work with. (I even used Terra for my latest Free Pattern on the Jimmy Beans Wool site: Ruby Crest Hat and Mitts.)

What was also neat about this blog tour is that all of the participants were asked to pick our favorite item from the book and create a couple of different outfits or "looks" with it using Polyvore. I love that this format was something new and different for us so we jumped at the opportunity!

Now, it seems particularly fitting that I ended up with the Springtime Bandit pattern. Not only is it one of my favorites but I've knit it twice myself. I'd do it again too. I love the pattern!

A while back (a little over a year ago) I led a KAL at Jimmy Beans for the Springtime Bandit. We had just received the Fibre Co. Terra yarn and I was dying for a chance to work with it. It turned out to be one of the most fun knits I've done to date. Since then, several of the gals at JBW have gone on to knit the pattern as well. You can view our projects on the JBW Project Log.

Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1 is a brilliant collection of designs from Courtney Kelly and Kate Gagnon Osborn (the gals behind Kellbourne Woolens). Some are older designs while others are much newer and in a sense, it's a greatest hits collection. Vol. 1 brings together 11 of their most popular designs in a fully edited and beautifully photographed book. (It's gorgeous! I got to see it in person at TNNA.)

Look #1

I love the re-worked version of the Springtime Bandit which is in a vibrant shade of magenta. I think it works really well with the outfits I've put together for you on Polyvore. If you are on Polyvore, feel free to check these out in my sets.

The first is a work-day style with a gorgeous belted tunic-length top, dark skinny jeans or leggings, and boots (yes, I am lucky enough to be able to wear jeans to work, but you could swap them for nicer slim pants.) I totally wish I had a leather jacket like this. I have tons of knitted accessories that would look awesome with it!

Look #2

My second "look" is a bit more casual. I pretty much live in jeans, t-shirts, and Toms in the springtime. These cute Toms ballet flats with a striped top, cardigan, a cute hat and of course bandit are a winning weekend look!

Ok, so in full disclosure, I am in love with Polyvore now! It's pretty fun to put together outfits and save items you like for later like those cute boots or that leather jacket for example. It's definitely a new source for me to find fun things to pin on Pinterest. :)

Thanks so much to the Kate and Courtney for allowing us to be a part of their blog tour, it's been fun! Jimmy Beans Wool will be getting Kelbourne Woolens Vol. 1 very soon but in the meantime, you can check out all of the patterns on the Ravelry page. Also, be sure to check out the next stop on the tour tomorrow (2/22) with Rohn Strong.

Happy knitting everyone!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To retro, or not??

We just got some of the coolest retro style fabric in the shop and I am all a twitter!! Felicity Miller's Charleston collection is so, so cute and I am thinking that I need some kitchen curtains out of the Sampler in Parchment.

Sampler is calling to me!!

I think that the Farmhouse, Rhythm Stripe in Night would make a lovely lining and I can use Terry's article on how to make curtains!

Retro is all the rage and this reminds me of my grandma's kitchen. My grandmother and I would get a whole crab at the local fish market once in a while and sit at the chrome, blue kitchen table and chow down!! I was pretty young when she passed, but this is one of those fond vivid memories.

I love this Farmhouse Stripe!

I remember the charming curtains in the kitchen and the print was very similar.

My favorite part of the Sampler print is the blue and peach bit that really gives it that retro feel for me.

Do you have some fond memories like mine that you would like to share with us? I know we would love to hear about them, so feel free to leave a comment if you have one and now I am off to measure my kitchen windows!!

As always happy knitting, crocheting and sewing!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Downton Abbey MKAL Clue #7- Final Clue!

Well hello everyone! Welcome to the final week of the Downton Abbey MKAL! It's funny, when I set out to do this, I didn't realize that PBS was planning to shorten the DA season by combining episodes 6 & 7 to make last week's mega episode and then airing the Christmas special (this week) as the 7th episode. In any case, the season was actually a week shorter than anticipated, but luckily, I planned to wrap up a week "early" so it all works out in the end!

Check out Rachel's finished gauntlets!
That said, I would like to thank you all SO much for joining me in this journey. It's been a blast and I've learned a lot and I hope you all have too. I am already cooking up the next KAL so hopefully you'll join me there as well.

So here is our final bit of knitting for the DAMKAL!

Thumb Gusset (continue working in the round):

Needle 1: 
Knit as follows-
  • Round 1: k to last 5 sts, pm, k1f&b, k3, k1f&b,
  • Round 2: k
  • Round 3: k to marker, slip marker, k1f&b, knit to last stitch, k1f&b
  • Round 4: k
-Repeat rounds 3 & 4, four more times while also following directions for other two needles.   

Needle 2: Continue working in Rosebud Lace pattern picking up where you left off, starting with round 9. While you are knitting the thumb gusset, you will continue working this pattern for 12 more rounds ending on row 4 of the pattern.

Needle 3: 
For this section, you will no longer knit eyelets. At this point you should have a total of 14 eyelets. You will now just knit regular stockinette stitch on this needle until the directions say otherwise.

-On the last round (a knit round with no increases) knit to the marker on needle 1. Next, slip the next 16 sts onto a scrap of waste yarn using a darning needle. Finally, knit the rest of the round, making sure to knit the two stitches on either edge of the thumb gusset as snuggly as possible as you join them.  

-The thumb increases take place over a total of 12 rounds and by now you should have just completed row 4 of the lace panel on needle 2 as well. You will leave these live stitches on the waste yarn for later. 

-Continue working the hand portion of the gauntlet for 4 more rounds to finish working rows 5-8 of the rosebud lace pattern while knitting all stitches on needles 1 and 3. 

Finishing the Hand:

-K 5 more rounds
-Try on your gauntlet and measure how close you are to your ideal hand length. This part is customizable. If you only need 3/4" or less to be at your ideal length, move on to the garter stitch portion. If you need more than 3/4", knit a few more rows first.
-Work in Garter Stitch (knit a round, purl a round) for 10 more rounds or approximately 3/4".
-Bind-off and weave in ends.

Finishing the Thumb:

-Using your DPNs and beginning with the right side (lace side) of the gauntlet facing you, place your thumb stitches back on the needles in the following order: 5 on the first needle (needle 1), 6 on the second needle (needle 2), 5 on the third needle (needle3).
-Re-join your yarn at the last stitch on needle 3 and knit 1 round, picking up 2 sts along the opening between the thumb (on needles 1 and 3) and the rest of the hand to close up the gap.

*Note* If your thumb seems significantly smaller than the thumb opening after picking up these stitches, decrease the number of stitches on the thumb when you knit the next round by knitting these two picked up stitches together with the stitches on the right or left of them. (K2tog the first two sts of Needle 1 and K2tog the last two sts of needle 2.) Or, if you think you need more then that, decrease by however many stitches you think you need evenly throughout the row. I will leave this up to knitter's choice. However, you must pick these stitches up in order to seamlessly close up the thumb gap, but once you've done that, it's very easy to decrease back down to a size that works for you.

-Knit 4 rounds.
-Knit 6 rounds in garter stitch (knit one round, purl one round)
-Bind off and weave in your ends.

-Remove provisional cast on and place stitches back on your needles dividing the stitches evenly among the needles and rejoin yarn to resume working in the round. (This is a good opportunity to knit those 4 rounds IFyou missed them at the beginning.)
-Increase to 52 sts if you do not  already have that number on the needles by knitting a round and spacing your increases evenly throughout the row. Use your preferred method of increasing.
-Purl one round
-*k1, k1f&b; repeat from * to end of round. (78 sts now on the needles)
-Rearrange sts on the needles so that you have 26 sts on each needle.

Work Shell Lace Edging pattern as follows:

Shell Lace Edging Pattern

Rnd 1: *k2tog, k9, ssk; repeat from * to end of rnd. (66 sts)
Rnd 2: Knit
Rnd 3: *k2tog, k7, ssk; repeat from * to end of rnd. (54 sts)
Rnd 4: Knit
Rnd 5: *k2tog, yo, (k1, yo) 5 times, ssk; repeat from * to end of round (78 sts)
Rnd 6: Purl

*Repeat rows 1-6 two more times. (A total of 3 repeats)
Bind off and weave in ends. Feel free to block your gauntlet if you'd like. If you do, be sure to pin out the points on your lace edging. 

There you have it folks! The conclusion of the Downton Abbey Mystery KAL. I truly hope you've enjoyed the journey and I can't wait to look through all of the finished gauntlets on the project page!! I will be formatting the KAL pattern over the next couple of weeks into a downloadable PDF complete with photos and charts so stay tuned. I should have that up in about two weeks. I will make sure that it gets a mention in one of our upcoming twice monthly newsletters.

Also, some of you may be curious about our next KAL. Well, we couldn't help but love having a theme based off of a popular series, so starting March 31st, we'll begin our Game of Thrones Mystery KAL complete with it's own custom color of Lorna's Laces! Stay tuned for more info in our Friday, March 1st Newsletter! I hope you'll join me!

With that I bid you farewell, until we meet again.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Creating Patterns with Slipped Stitches

Want to create vertical stripes of color in your knitting?  Love Fair Isle but feel daunted trying to knit with two colors at the same a time?  Then slip stitches are just the thing for you!  Sometimes called Color Slip Stitching or Mosaic Knitting by some authors, this is an easy technique using 2 or more colors but only one color per row of knitting to create color patterns.

If you've knit a striped project you're half way there and if you've knit a ball band washcloth then you already know how to do it!

The technique can be worked the in the round or flat.

To work a flat practice swatch very much like a ball band washcloth choose two contrasting colors, one light and one dark.

  • To begin, cast on normally and work two rows with your dark color.
  • Join light color yarn
  • *With the light color k5, the next stitch you want to remain dark so slip this stitch purlwise.
  • K5 with the light color and repeat slipping the next stitch purlwise.
  • Repeat across your row. For simplicity, end with some knit stitches. Turn
  • Work back, purling the light colored stitches and slipping the dark colored stitches. Turn
  • Work this row with the dark color, K across. Turn
  • Purl across. Turn.
  • K2, *slip 1 pw, k5,*repeat across. Turn
  • Work back, purling the light colored stitches and slipping the dark colored stitches. Turn
  • With dark color, K across. Turn
  • Purl across. Turn.
  •  Repeat from* for as long as you want the swatch to be.
 That's all there is to it!  So between learning how to carry yarns for stripes in last Friday's blog and today, you are all set to knit this month's free pattern by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich, Ruby Crest Hat and Mitts!

 As always if you have questions or comments please send me an email to askTerry at

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I learned how to bind a quilt...

Phew so much is going on in my sewing world that I truly don't know where to begin, but since I love learning I should start there! Now to most of you binding a quilt is old hat, but to me it was a little scary and so I had been avoiding it...sad but true!

Have you ever decided that you just are going to have a horrible time trying to learn something and because of that you just won't dig in and give it a try? Well that's how learning to bind a quilt with mitered corners has been for me.

I have been working on a small quilting project using the Sandy Gervais Flirt Collection panel and yardage. All went well with piecing, basting and the quilting portion of the project, but then came the binding and I about went to pieces!!!

I read books about it and asked other quilters to give me tips but I was still terrified. This is not a new fear to this baby quilter either as I have two quilts in various stages of incompleteness that I know I will have to bind one day. They are currently glaring at me from a corner of my sewing room.

Isn't my small mitered corner cute?
So I finally sat down and decided that I wasn't going to let this fear beat me and after some trial and error I DID IT!!!! Yippeeeee!!! I mitered my corners with no trouble at all! I made my 'pocket' for joining the ends together which makes the binding appear as if there is no beginning and no end!! I blind stitched my binding down with no problem and once I was all done all I could say was, "This is so easy peasy!"

It was good for me to overcome this fear, as I felt my quilting confidence sky rocket once I was done with this darling little project. It's just a smallish little baby blanket, using the panel as the focal point and 3 inch wide strips in a random log cabin fashion to create the border. I made my binding 1 1/2 inches wide (3 inch strips) and used a 1/4 inch seam on the front for a traditional look, but the binding is nice and wide on the back for more contrast and I am thrilled with the result!!

I am pleased with the width of the back binding too!

I didn't use a specific pattern, so as you can see I am normally fearless when it comes to most things, but the binding did beat me down for a while. Hah take that you evil binding!!

I hope my little story will encourage you to move forward and learn something new. It doesn't matter where you are in your abilities there is always something that you can learn and being fearful of it only makes it bigger and scarier than it should be!

Okay so off to bind my next quilt because I am now UNSTOPPABLE!!

As always, happy knitting, crocheting and sewing!!


PS. I would love to hear about your projects and what you might be learning, or fearful of learning. Let's tackle this one project at a time together!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Downton Abbey Mystery KAL Clue #6

Hi everyone and welcome to Week #6 of the Downton Abbey KAL!

By now, you should be pretty sure what will come next. Some of you may have even figured it out already! In any case, this week, I will take you all the way up to the thumb gusset and next week we will finish up the left gauntlet. Here are the directions for week 6:

*You should have just finished up your 4 rows of straight knitting. The next set of directions will be broken down by needle just like the directions in Clue #1.

Divide sts onto needles same as for right gantlet with 14 sts on Needle #1, 25 sts on Needle #2, and 13 sts on Needle 3.

Needle #1: 

Knit every round.

Needle #2 (Rosebud Lace Panel, 25 sts wide, OPTIONAL):

Rnd 1: k10, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k10
Rnd 2 (and every even rnd): Knit
Rnd 3: k9, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k9
Rnd 5: k10, yo, ssk, yo, k3tog, yo, k10
Rnd 7: k11, yo, sl 1—k2tog—psso (aka. sk2p), yo, k11
Rnd 9: k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k11, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2
Rnd 11: k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1
Rnd 13: k2, yo, ssk, yo, k3tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, yo, k3tog, yo, k2
Rnd 15: k3, yo, sl 1—k2tog—psso (aka. sk2p), yo, k13, yo, sl 1—k2tog—psso, yo, k3
Rnd 16: Knit

Needle #3:

Rnd 1: k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnds 2-4: Knit

Work all three needles (at the same time) until you have repeated the Lace Panel 3 times, then work rnds 1-8 one more time. You should have 3.5 repeats of the lace panel and 14 eyelets.

I will include directions for the thumb gusset and remaining parts of the gauntlet next week. After that, you will have a complete set of Dinner Gauntlets! I hope you all have a lovely week and happy knitting!


PS. What are everyone's thoughts on Downton so far? Is everyone enjoying Season 3? I know I am...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Carrying Yarn Up the Side on Your Truckee Shawlette

I hope you all are having a great week!  Sounds like some of you will have lots of time for knitting this weekend with more winter weather hitting parts of the country.  I'm so pleased so many of you have chosen to participate in the Truckee Shawlette KAL!  I've been helping many of you pick out colors this week.  I can't wait to see all the beautiful shawlettes!

If you're just hearing about this KAL for the first time, check the last two Friday blogs and the Truckee Shawlette KAL thread in our ravelry group.  We love hearing from those who are participating so chime in and let us know your out there!

To help with all the questions for the Truckee Shawlette KAL and any other projects,  I'm going to talk about how to carry yarn up the side of your work.  It is a very simple technique for striping colors or alternating skeins.  While it is simple, it seems to cause a lot of angst among knitters.

Here's how you do it! These instructions are for flat knitting.
  • Cast on and knit an even number of rows in your first color.
  • Then join and work two rows of your contrasting color.
  • To return to knitting with your first color, hold your work so that the right side of the work is facing you. Then pick up the working end of your first color by reaching underneath the second color and bring the yarn to the front and knit the first stitch.  Give a little tug to the fabric to lengthen the yarn carried up the side.
  • Work normally for two rows.
  • When you return to "home position" (Right side of your work facing your, working yarn on the right) do one of two things.  If you want to change colors repeat the instruction above.  If you want to continue knitting with the same color for two more rows, drop the yarn, reach under the idle color and draw the color you wish to work with under and back into knitting position.  You've just created a half wrap, that will carry the idle yarn up the side.
  • Repeating this partial wrap every other row to lock the unused yarn in place

Note: Be sure to always stretch your fabric after the first stitch or two after a wrap to make sure you're leaving enough slack in the carried yarn so that it doesn't pull that edge tighter than the opposite edge.

For knitting in the round you will do the half wrap every round when you return to the beginning of each round.  Although you could choose to space the wraps farther apart but I don't think I would try more the say four rounds.

If you pull your carried yarns too tightly up the side they will pull that side up shorter and have less elasticity. As you can see in this photo, I pulled the last few rows too tightly and the edge is puckering.
See how short the carried strands are as you go up toward the needle?  Those strands should have looked more like the strands toward the left side of the photo.

Laura did a great video demonstrating How to Carry a Contrasting Color Up the Edge.

I hope this explains the process well.  As always, if you have questions I'll be happy to help.  Ask in the Ravelry group or send an email to askTerry (at) (be sure to remove the spaces, parenthesis and the word "at" and replace with @).

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Downton Abbey MKAL Clue #5

Hi everyone!

Welcome to week #5 of the Downton Abbey Mystery KAL! I hope everyone's projects are coming along ok. From what I've been observing on Ravelry, most of you are doing just fine and have been great about helping everyone out as well. Thank you to all of you for creating such a wonderful and positive community!

Elegant and functional!
I asked in the comments on my last post for folks to weigh in about what to knit next and I've decided to do a little of both. Many folks chose to reverse the pattern on their own and knit two at a time. I decided to address the lacing for the gauntlets as the main topic for this post. After the lacing, I'll include instructions for casting on and getting started on your second gauntlet. Hopefully this will cover both sides of the spectrum!

My gauntlet fully ruched.
So now that you have at least one gauntlet finished, you may be wondering how those eyelets will be used. Well today, we will be knitting a skinny i-cord to run through the eyelets, and tie with a bow to complete the ruched look of the gauntlet. Gathering the side of the gauntlet like this will help to tighten the fit of the gauntlet on your arm and will also create a feminine and ladylike fit as well that is appropriate for the time period in which Downton Abbey takes place.

Knitting this i-cord is quite simple and all you need is either two DPNs in the size you used for your gauntlet, or your circular needle in the size you use, preferably a 24" length or shorter and your gauntlet yarn. The shorter circular length will make it much easier to work your i-cord. If you would prefer, you can use a different yarn for your i-cord to create a fun contrast. Don't feel like you HAVE to use the same yarn as your gauntlet. However, should you choose to use a different yarn, I would recommend using one that is the same weight or lighter than the sport weight yarn you are using.

**Please note, you can't use straight needles to knit your i-cord in the method I am about to show you. It will not work.**

I-cord Instructions (Make 2):

Step 1: Using your US 3 needles, cast on 2 sts

Step 2: Slide your sts to the opposite end of the needle so that the stitch closest to the tip of the needle does NOT have the working yarn attached to it.

Working yarn is on the stitch
to the left.

Step 3: Knit those 2 sts pulling the working yarn snugly on that first stitch to close any gap that might occur.

What it looks like when you pull it snug as you knit the first stitch.

Step 4: Slide your sts to the opposite end of the needle again.

Step 5: Knit those 2 sts pulling the working yarn snugly on that first stitch.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 4 & 5 until your i-cord measures 17" long.

The completed i-cord.

Step 7: To finish, knit those 2 sts together, cut your yarn, and run your strand through the loop to tie off. Weave in your ends and run your i-cord through your eyelets as shown in the photo below weaving in and out up one side of eyelets towards the thumb and back down the other so that both tails are on the same end when it's finished.Then cinch up your gauntlets to the desired fit and tie a bow to secure them. Wear while drinking tea out of fancy cups with your pinkey finger in the air!

How to lace up your gauntlet...

For those of you who knit two at a time, this is the end of the KAL for you! Now you can kick back, relax and enjoy the rest of the Downton season! The rest of us will be starting on our second gauntlets!

Beginning of Gauntlet #2:

**This part is the same as gauntlet #1**

-Using a Crochet Provisional Cast-on and your waste yarn, cast on 52 sts (or however many stitches you cast on for your first gauntlet.)
-Knit one row with project yarn (all stitches on the needles should now be in your "real" yarn, not your scrap yarn) 
-Divide on to 3 DPNs or (or for whichever method you are using) and join for knitting in the round.
-Knit 4 rounds.

Alright folks! This should keep you busy today as you watch Downton and maybe even the super bowl or whatever else you have planned! For those of you continuing on to knit your second gauntlet, I'll see you all back here next week.

Also, just an FYI, I'll be at the TNNA conference in Long Beach this weekend and won't be online for most of the day Sunday. I'll try and check in here Sunday evening, but Terry will be keeping an eye on the forum and the blog comments in my absence and helping as much as possible. If you don't see me here on Sunday, I have not abandoned ship, I swear! I'll be back on Monday! :)

Happy knitting and I hope you have a great week!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Truckee Shawlette KAL and Red for Heart Health Month!

So are we ready?   Today is the day to start (or resume) knitting your Truckee Shawlette!!!  If you're not yet ready, no worries! I'm not quite ready to start today either!  I've gotten a little behind in my Downton MKAL knitting and haven't yet wound my yarn for my shawlette into balls.  That will be my homework for tonight!

In case you've missed the pertinent information, we will be starting this KAL today, February 1st and it will continue until March 8th, so you have plenty of time!  This a great project for working on when you need a break from your other projects because you can just cruise. If you aren't familiar with this pattern it is the Truckee Shawlette, our free pattern from December 2012 and it features Malabrigo Lace Superwash. We are the only ones selling this yarn and when it's gone we won't be getting more in the foreseeable future. We will operate this KAL in the same manner as the Downton Abbey MKAL, with all of the support and discussion in our Ravelry group.

It's not required to use the Malabrigo Lace Superwash, you may use any yarn you wish.  The shawlette can be knit as written with the lace held double for an approximate DK weight look. Alternatively, you can knit it as Rachel did and I plan to do; one strand of each color on smaller needles, US 4.  Do you like the look of the yarns held double but don't want to deal with two strands?  You can chose a DK weight yarn and knit with the US 7 needles instead.

You don't have to signup for this KAL either but it is nice to hear a chime in from those of you who are knitting along!  You can do so in the comments here or in the Ravelry Truckee Shawlette thread.

Do you know that today February 1st is National Wear Red Day to support women's heart disease awareness?  I thought that some of you may want to support the cause by knitting your Truckee Shawlette in red so I put together a few combinations of the Malabrigo Lace Superwash red family with some coordinating colors.

Going clockwise starting top left: Laguna Negra 861 & Stonechat 173, Pagoda 23 & Pearl 36, Sealing Wax 102 & Plomo 43, Amaroso 157 & English Rose 57, and Jupiter 49 and Damask Rose 130.
 Have fun, check out my last two Friday's blog posts for help with the M1R, M1L and using lifelines.  As always if you have questions I'll be happy to help.  Ask in the Ravelry group or send an email to askTerry (at) (be sure to remove the spaces, parenthesis and the word "at" and replace with @).

Happy Knitting!