Archive for July, 2008

Fassett’s new yarn unveiled in Vogue Knitting Fall

I knitted (most) of this beauty!

I knitted (most) of this beauty!

Phew!  I knitted this beauty, with a tenuous deadline.  However, it got done, and here it is!  Bragging rights are mine!  My dear friend Dana H. helped me with it….she drove in from her hometown, 1 hr. away, picked up the yarns, knitted the sleeves, and drove back and brought them to me!  I think she even bought my lunch that day!  So, we both got to knit a Kaffe Fassett sweater!!!  It’s knitted with Kaffe’s Colourscape Chunky and Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran

I’ve added some new colours to the stock for Rowan Handknit Cotton.  It’s growing quite a bit!  Rowan Magazine 44 has arrived at my house (my own personal copy for being a club member!!!).  There are some LOVELY patterns!  Of course, there always are, and it’s a collector’s item.  Have you seen the Jo Sharp yarns on the website?  The Classic DK Wool repertoire is steadily growing!  Make sure you check out the kits on the Classic DK Wool page.  The patterns are timeless.

Took one more window out of the caravan yesterday.  THAT’S WHY it rained in Memphis last night!  We sure did need that rain!

Later taters!

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July 24, 2008 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

Did you know about the Vogue Knitting Kits?

I’ve had these kits on the website for a while, but I guess I haven’t told anyone about them!  I think I’ll revisit them anyway.  Here is a link.  This beautiful La Gran Coat is available, with free shipping!  Remember though…you have to have the magazine.  I can’t stock those because frankly, they wouldn’t move too well on the internet.  Like me, people usually pick those up at their LYS or local bookstore.  Here is a photo of the coat:

Vogue Knitting La Gran Coat by Vladimir Teriokhin

Vogue Knitting La Gran Coat by Vladimir Teriokhin

I’ve added the SUBLIME Books page.  I will, of course, expound upon that by adding kits for the yarns that I carry.  I see their ads in the magazines all the time, so surely you’ve seen them, too.  The designs are fairly conservative, and not so faddish.  Is that a word?  I’ve already started the Book 601 kits, and I’m personally knitting the Big Knotty Jacket out of Book 608.  Here’s a picture of it:

I’m using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino to knit it with.  THAT YARN IS GORGEOUS, TOO!  I’m knitting it in color #202, Lt. Blue.  Those knots are fun, and something I’ve never done before.

Now about that caravan……I have some new photos!  I’ve never seen so many dirtdobber nests in one place IN MY LIFE!  They seemed to be vacated, though.  Phew!

Peeled off South side of Caravan

Peeled off South side of Caravan

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s all for today.

July 17, 2008 at 3:17 am Leave a comment

Today is the release date for Rowan Colourscape Chunky by Kaffe Fassett!!!

Rowan Colourscape Chunky by Kaffe Fassett

Rowan Colourscape Chunky by Kaffe Fassett

Well, hello there!  It’s a good day.  It’s a very very good day.  Today is the release date for the new Rowan yarn, Colourscape Chunky, by Kaffe Fassett.  When I first saw it, no one had to tell me what it was!  It came in a box, with a very short deadline, to be knitted for Vogue Knitting Fall Issue, 2008.  I was sworn to secrecy, and being the good model/test knitter that I am, I kept my BIG MOUTH SHUT.  (Keep that comment to yourself readers!)  Now I have 3 more models to knit, and it’s public knowledge.  I’ve put it on the website for sale, but I don’t have any in stock yet.  I don’t see a problem getting it within the week if anyone wants to order it!  I can personally attest to the fact that IT IS SOFT.  Yes, it looks a bit (???) like that other yarn that changes color on its own, but these colours reek of Kaffe Fassett, that blue-eyed devil.  There is a book that has been released that compliments this yarn.  I’ll get it on the website as soon as I can, probably tomorrow, as my dear boss is on vacation.

Other than that large bit of news, I’ve updated the Sublime Yarn pages.  They look a LOT better than they did before!  I’ve added one kit so far, but plan to add many more girlie patterns first, then children’s and men’s patterns later.  (All before my dear boss gets back from vacation on Wednesday!)

Started working, in earnest, on the caravan.  I’ve spotted much rotten wood framing, and have begun to reproduce the parts so I can begin replacing the bad wood.  I’ve been swinging that mallet against that chisel a lot!

I’d like to apologize sincerely for the last 2 emails you received about a blog update.  They were false, and you are NOT supposed to be bombarded for no reason, for something that didn’t happen.  I’ve contacted GetResponse, and they’re working on the problem.  Thanks for understanding!  I’m off to the post office to ship an order to Belgium!

July 16, 2008 at 3:39 am 4 comments

SKIF Martha on mannequin

Hello all!
I finally have a photo of SKIF Martha now, as she stands; not sewn, no “waist” band, and no collar.  I’m still working on the collar.  (I wish I had a waist like that mannequin!)  As soon as I get this first Rowan project done (Kaffe Fassett Colourscapes), I’m going to knock it out.

Knitch's SKIF Martha whereabouts

In the meanwhile, here is another kit below that I added to the website yesterday.   I can’t WAIT to make this one!  I even have the yarn in stock – Noro Iro.  It’s called the “Out of the Box Sweater” and it looks like a very quick knit!  It’s from Imagine Knit Designs.

It’s been raining for 2 days in Memphis, on and off, so I haven’t been able to work on the caravan.  I am, however, formulating the finishes, and am about to refurbish the insect screens.  One of them was completely torn off.  When DB and I tore off the “new” carpet we found remnants of old sheet vinyl underneath, in the old pebble pattern, like granny used to have in the kitchen.  I think I may put some of that back in.

I’m off work tomorrow, taking my gorgeous boxer, Cassie to the vet, cleaning the guest bedroom for my adorable sister, and generally cleaning house.  I’ll somehow squeeze in some knitting time, of course!

July 11, 2008 at 4:17 am 1 comment

New kits at yarnstudio.com!

Good morning!

I’m feeling very productive today….I’ve added a couple of kits for a really cool new pattern from Cindy Taylor and Heirloom Stitches that I picked up from TNNA market in Columbus in June.  Here is a photo of the Cindy Taylor pattern, “hood top”!


Here is a linkee to the kit:  http://www.yarnstudio.com/hoodtoppatternandkits-CindyTaylor.html

Don’t forget to pick your Misti Alpaca Chunky color in the “Notes” section on the payment page!

I’m going to try to add some others to the site today.  I have a couple more great patterns for Misti Alpaca Chunky.  One is a stroller blanket (30″ X 30″) called Gold Fish Tails, and the other is a 30″ X 40″ baby blanket called Princess & the Pea (it’s got a pea sewn on it!)  I’ll kit these, for your convenience and value.  How about you get the pattern for free if you order the kit from me?

Many more neat things to come!  Check back here often.  Don’t forget about the caravan!  I’ll also post some new photos of SKIF Martha soon.  All I’ve got left on that are the neck and waist bands!  I’m still waiting for photos from the Turkey trip from my siblings.

July 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm Leave a comment

I’m Just Hein Park Trailer Trash

Peeled off side facing evil neighbor

Peeled off side facing evil neighbor

I’ve picked it up….my new country home.  Compare the photo above to the one below, where the exterior panels are still intact.  There is a lot of rotten wood, as was indicated by the water stains on the inside of the new home.  Since I paid only $1000 for it, this is what I expected.  Also, the air-conditioner that supposedly “blows cold” doesn’t.  I peeled off this side first as to irritate my “not so nice” neighbor.  The “wonderful” neighbors on the other side came over immediately to check out the new toy.

My brother-in-law has affectionately named the caravan “Chuck Norris,” as it was made my Norris.  It’s an old company in Northeast Tennessee that now just makes mobile homes.  Eeeeeek!  (No offense to those of you who live in one….)  They no longer make caravans.

Someone at work asked me why I wanted one.  There was an old issue of Rowan magazine that had a layout in it using caravans in the background.  I thought it would be fun to have one.  Cuckoo!  I’ll look up the Rowan and post it another day.  Those Brits like to take “holidays” and “mini-holidays” in caravans, a la Bridget Jones’ Diary.  I fancy myself as one of those Brits. 

I’ll try to keep you guys posted on my progress.

Rowan International Memberships have gone up to $48.00!  Here is the link.

July 8, 2008 at 4:09 am 1 comment

Now I can start living!

When I told you guys that after I sold the shop I was going to have fun?  (The shop was fun, but of a different variety, you know…)  Well, here is proof.  My new purchase:

My new country house

I do have rubber gloves, and I WILL use them!  I know what you’re thinking….she must have flipped her lid!  Actually, I haven’t.  I’ve been thinking about this for a long time; since I saw the Rowan issue with all the caravans in it!  I thought, “what a great idea!”  DB (dear boyfriend) and I have 150 acres in the country here in TN.  We have been putting off building a cabin out there for 10 years.  Now we don’t have to!  This thing has air-conditioning, a stove, AND a refrigerator.  All we have to do is keep the dang (country word) generator running, and all those other things will work!  We don’t have to worry about a toilet, because the whole 150 acres is our toilet!  It takes a little bit of skillful hiding at times…  Here is a picture of the interior:

My new kitchen/dining room

I need to knit the three sweaters I just got from Rowan to pay for the birch veneer I need to replace the water-stained veneer in my new country home.  When I got back from Istanbul there was a box on my desk with threeeee new Rowan projects, due August 15.  How’s that for a deadline?  That gives me 2 weeks/sweater, minus shipping.  UGH!  They’re knitted using the new Rowan yarn, using the colour genius of Kaffe Fassett, called Rowan Colourscape Chunky.  I’ll post some pics later if it’s legal.

Oh, and back to the caravan….I’m thinking some old-timey boomerang laminate would be great on the kitchen counter?  What do you think?

Aqua Boomerang Laminate

That’s all for now!  Pictures from Turkey coming as soon as my sibs get me some.

July 3, 2008 at 10:04 pm 4 comments


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