Weaving Adventures Inspired by Stephanie

One of the best "side effects" of traveling to Ohio this winter to tape for Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell was connecting with Stephanie Flynn Sokolov, co-author of Woven Scarves. Stephanie is an incredibly talented and inspiring weaver. She did a fabulous segment for KDTV, and the guests all had a great time "backstage" in the green room ooh-ing and aah-ing over her gorgeous scarves.

Stephanie in the green room at the tv studio. 
It was really cold that day.

As an experienced knitter and an extremely novice weaver, I was overwhelmed by the clear and detailed instructions in Woven Scarves. Everything I needed to know was covered, from setting up, to choosing yarns, warping, weaving, finishing, and washing. The detailed to-scale photos of yarn wraps to show the various weights, colors, and textures of the yarns used are fabulous. And I loved being able to learn about how washing, fulling, and agitating the woven cloth can really influence the final design. I came home to my studio, and suddenly all of those random skeins of yarn had an entirely new meaning and purpose. Incredible.

For my first new scarf, I used the 5-dent reed and worsted weight yarn. For the warp I used yarn from the Susquehanna Knitting Company (dark blue) and a few lines of Wave from Filatura Di Crosa (yellow). I wove in a random pattern of mostly Fibre Company Savannah with a little Wave. 

As I wove, it looked really open, messy, and uneven. I was skeptical. But I forged on. I removed the scarf from the loom and haphazardly tossed it in my washing machine on a gentle cycle, then threw it into the dryer for about 20 minutes. Lo and behold, my messy work had been transformed into something beautiful. I was smitten. It truly all comes out in the wash. 

I'm now furiously reorganizing my entire stash into future scarves. Thank you, Stephanie!


~Amanda Hat for Phoebe Mouse~

The lovely and talented Gina House recently shared her adorable Phoebe Mouse doll, with her very own teeny tiny Amanda Hat. Isn't she sweet?

The original Amanda Hat is published in Gina's collection, Dreamscape. She very kindly provided instructions on how to knit this mini version of her hat for us to use.

Click here to go to Gina's project page on Ravelry, where you will find the pattern for a little Amanda Hat for Phoebe.

Thank you, Gina!!


Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell... who, me?

by Joanna

This past week I traveled to Ohio to tape a segment for Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell. 
Can I just say, wow!?! 
This was such a neat experience for me. Vickie is an incredible host, and I met a wonderful group of guests. I cannot wait for season 13 to air!

There is a flat screen tv in the studio's Green Room so we can see what is going on live in the studio. I was really impressed by how talented and inspiring everyone was!

 Here is my prep area in the Green Room. I had my books, notes, swatches, and samples all ready and waiting to go.
(I also scored a Harry Potter-themed mug from the studio kitchen to use for the day: "I solemnly swear I am up to no good.")

The set was really lovely... I was especially taken by this great vintage Woolcraft poster. 
My segment is scheduled to air this July, stay tuned!

~Roxanne's "Red Riding Hood" Phoebe's Sweater Set~

I recently received a lovely email from Roxanne, sharing photos of the recently completed Phoebe's Sweater set she created for sweet little Mackenzie. This is just completely adorable in every way.

Roxanne knit the Phoebe's Sweater, the doll sweater, Phoebe Mouse, the dress, and even a second little top for Phoebe Mouse. AND… she sewed a "Red Riding Hood" themed dress to match. Did I say adorable?

I can't imagine a fabric that would be cuter or better suited for this project!

Mackenzie looks like a very happy girl! Apparently she does not want to take her sweater off. Who could blame her?

Thank you for sharing, Roxanne and Mackenzie.


Anne's Sweater, the Ravellenic Games, and Pantone Surprise!

 by Joanna

This year, for the first time, I have decided to try my hand at the Ravellenic Games. (For those of you who might not know the history... you can read about the Knitting Olympics here on the Yarn Harlot's blog, and about the origin of the name "Ravellenic Games" here on Gawker.) Although I have done my share of intense and busy deadline knitting over the years, this is my first "just for fun" knitting challenge. I decided that my project would be the Anne's Sweater pattern from Green Gables Knits:

Although I do have the book sample in my trunk show, I wanted to knit a version of this sweater "just for me"- to wear day in and day out. When I designed Anne's Sweater, I used 50 gram skeins of Brown Sheep Lanaloft Sport. I recently contacted Brown Sheep Company and discovered that this yarn is available on a one-pound cone. Knitting a top-down seamless sweater from a cone is amazing, hardly any ends to weave in at all! Behold, the cone:

This one-pound cone is enough yarn to knit the 30", 34" and 38" sweater, and it retails for just $32.00. Wow! I feel like I'm writing an infomercial here, but seriously, a sweater's worth of 100% US spun wool for $32? I am smitten. If your yarn shop does not stock this yarn in cones, they can order it for you from Brown Sheep directly. I am currently on the second sleeve and have yet to weave in an end.

The color I chose for my sweater is Rose Marquee, which is a lovely purple heathered with gray. It is a really pretty color. I chose this color back in January, and low and behold, it looks very close to the fall 2014 Pantone color Majestic Orchid. Not that I would have chose a color based on the fashion predictor, but it was a nice happy surprise for me!

Last but not least, I am having a wonderful time doing this crafting adventure alongside our daughter, who has chosen to crochet a mandala for her own Ravellenic Games Project. We are making great memories staying up late watching the Olympics and stitching together. Isn't her project turning out beautifully?


Little House Shawl, in Korean

I was recently contacted by a fellow Raveler named Okmin who asked for my permission to translate my "Little House Shawl" pattern into Korean. I was happy to oblige; it is my first knitting pattern now available in Korean!

Please visit Okmin's lovely blog, found here, to find instructions for the Little House Shawl in Korean. I hope you enjoy it!


Spindleberry, Free in February!

I have a brand new pattern out this week, it is called Spindleberry. This pattern uses two skeins of Malabrigo Finito, or, about 400 yards of fingering weight yarn. As a special offer, this pattern is free until the end of February. You don't need a coupon code, just put the pattern in your Ravelry cart, proceed as if to purchase it, and you won't be charged a thing. (Starting March 1 the pattern will cost $4.)

It is a fringed shawlette with a nifty button closure. The fringe is worked as you go, which makes it really fun to knit. You can trim the fringe as seen here, or, you can leave the loops whole for a more dramatic effect.

My favorite feature about this pattern is that the last page of the PDF includes a sweet illustration that my husband, Eric, made. It is a little bee. She is sitting on a spindleberry branch and spinning. A friend suggested that she is spinning spider silk, what a perfect idea!

So please accept this pattern as a little gift from me to you! Happy Knitting!