It’s Reveal Day!!! I’m beyond thrilled to finally show you the photos for Air Bender. The only problem? Cameramom did such an amazing job shooting the 3 different pattern options, I have too many to share! The first cull was what ones deserve photo editing? After a week I got the hundreds down to 60s. Then I forced myself to collage one image collection for each of the three patterns… with a few surprises mixed in.
Escape to the mountains; escape to the beach; let the wind lift your stitches to a place of windswept texture and peace. As the wind whispers through your Air Bender shawl the unique abstract motifs reflect your chosen drop sequence. As the seasons change the textures do too from airy summer full drops to blustery winter no drops.
Fiber Focus: The Good, The Bad, & The Eco… Bamboo
With the shine and shimmer of silk, but with a different touch, Bamboo is the new kid in fiber. First developed as a yarn (mixed with wool) patented in 1881 (1), bamboo stayed quiet in the fiber industry until it was “rediscovered” at Beijing University in the early 2000s (2). Since then, bamboo yarns began to pop up in indie dyers and commercial ventures alike. A recent trend towards the name Bamboo Viscose (or Viscose from Bamboo) reveals much about this fiber. Let’s dig deeper into bamboo to discover the good, the bad, and the eco!
Wow… and not in a good way. I saw the news on the desolation Hurricane Dorian caused in the Bahamas – the devastation is absolutely indescribable!
Join Puddles and I for this video demonstration of how to incorporate the drop stitches and yox3 into your Air Bender shawl’s I-cord bind off. Still working on your Air Bender MKAL… don’t worry, we don’t show the entire shawl
As we knit towards release 100, I’m excited to announce it will be a sweater! This sweater is my class project from Jill Wolcott’s “A System of Grading” course (from two years ago). As we knit towards the milestone, I’m thrilled to share some of the things I learned in Jill’s class. Cultivation is a perfect example of when math and design cross wires! Cultivation went through an interesting design development and makes me thankful for the 3rd party people involved in the design process – both tech editors (TE) and review knitters.
Planting is over, and the sun is sure to be shining! Cultivation lets the Vitamin D kiss your shoulders as you weed to keep your garden looking beautiful. Whether outside with a garden hose or tucked inside in your knitting corner while you watch God water for you, this halter seamlessly transitions from outside to in. Designed with the summertime heat in mind, this fun, no-finishing-required, top down tank design features a modest lace detail on the halter, faux side seam details, and simple waist shaping.
Preamble: in a slightly atypical post style, today’s blog contains both the backstory to Cultivation as well as some video how-to tricks and tips for crafting your own Cultivation!
What are the chances two people living States apart in the US would meet in the upstairs knitting attic of a (non-closed) yarn shop along historical Mainstreet in Unionville, Ontario, Canada? That’s just how I met Janette, wife of The Whispering Woodturner! When it came to finding a prize for Air Bender MKAL, she popped to mind as Whispering was one of the potential name ideas ?. Let’s get to know our generous prize donor a little better. Please welcome Janette and hubby, Steve, to our event!
Twisting, turning, ever flowing, River Bend knits up a water and stone inspired summer design. Listen to the rhythm of the needles to hear the soothing sounds of water bubbling down the stony riverbed as you knit these simple stitches into your quick warm weather scarf.