Archive for March, 2010

Yarn Giveaway
03/28/2010

Well, I came home from an afternoon walk with Baby John and was just about to push the stroller in the house when I noticed this box on the front porch by my newly planted pansies.

It was yarn, donated by the wonderful people at Mission Falls, for you all! Yes! Mission Falls sent some yarn for our project! Hooray! They were very generous and sent 10 skeins of the wonderful 136 Merino Superwash! Some of you are using it for the Seamless Yoke sweater we are all currently working on.

The color is Basil – a lovely spring green. It is heavenly, in fact. I’m so eager to see this color on the trees. But … back to the giveaway: leave a comment on this post with your favorite type of project to knit, i.e. sweaters, hats, shawls, socks, etc. On Friday, April 2, I’ll get the random number generator to choose one person to send this lovely yarn to. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, April 3rd!

Meanwhile, I’m knitting away on the body of the Seamless Yoke. I can’t wait to get to the color part!

Good luck to all!

The Spring Collection
03/22/2010

Ah…it’s finally done. The Spring Collection that I’ve been working on (and getting behind on Knitting Zimmermann for) is finally available via Ravelry.

I have the sleeves to the seamless yoke cardigan done and am working on the body. I can’t wait to do the yoke — that is driving me on.

I did the phoney seam on the sleeves, just like EZ suggested and loved the result! It didn’t show up very well in pictures but I’ll post them nonetheless… perhaps tomorrow!

Brooklyn Tweed Interview
03/08/2010

I thought it would be fun to hear occasionally from famous designers or knitters who have been influenced and inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I just thought it might give us a bit of inspiration ourselves as we continue this journey of knitting through Knitting Around.

A few months back I asked Brooklyn Tweed (Jared Flood) if he wouldn’t mind doing an email interview about Elizabeth Zimmermann and the influence she has had on his knitting and designing. Graciously, he said, “Yes.”

So here we are with a few thoughts from Jared Flood:

Q: How did you first come across Elizabeth Zimmermann and her work?

Jared: A yarn shop owner actually introduced me to her through Knitter’s Almanac, which I must say I wasn’t prepared for.  Good things come in small packages, I guess!  I began reading before I even knit anything by her and was hooked before I knew it.

Q: What was your first Elizabeth Zimmermann knitting project?

Jared: I think the first project I ever knit by EZ was a big woolly Maltese Fisherman hat from Knitter’s Almanac.  It’s more like a wool helmet, but I love it.

Q: What is your favorite Elizabeth Zimmermann knitting project and why?

Jared: The Baby Surprise is probably the thing that I enjoy knitting the most — It’s a pattern you can always come back to from time to time when you need a nice break and some fun knitting.  The pattern that has gotten the most everyday use in my life, however, would probably be the garter stitch blanket from The Opinionated Knitter.  I knit a giant one and it is the go-to blanket during winter in our house.

Q: Which Elizabeth Zimmermann book most inspires you?

Jared: An impossible question — they are all indispensable!  I think as inspiration goes, I really love The Opinionated Knitter.  I love seeing the classic garments and projects with the updated photography and styling.  I also love the ‘tribute’ quality the book has and that it was a true family affair (all the models are EZ’s family members or friends)

Q: Describe Elizabeth Zimmermann’s current influence on your knitting/and or designing.

Jared: I continue to love designing garments seamlessly — I think it is the most knitterly way to construct a sweater.  That, and the general confidence and willingness to experiment she has inspired over the years are probably the things that stay constant in my knitting and designing.

So there you have it, my friends. And I couldn’t agree more with Jared’s last comments. A seamless sweater is the most knitterly way to construct a sweater. Are you having fun with the Seamless Yoke Sweater? I’ve just about finished a sleeve (I decided to start with the sleeves). I’ll update you with the progress later this week!

Meanwhile, Knit On!

Christina

Where are the Wearable Art Stockings?
03/05/2010

Ah, the elusive Wearable Art Stockings. Have you noticed? I’m behind on this project? It was scheduled to be finished in February, but alas… as of Sunday there is not even a stitch of it on the needles.

Here is a picture of the little bit I had accomplished before I ripped it out. I”m using Harrisville Shetland 2ply – the same yarn I’m using for the seamless yoke sweater. I love the character of this yarn. It appears a little stiff when you first finger it in a skein. But as you work with it, the fibers warm up and soften. Love it, love it, love it.

I went back to the drawing board on these Wearable Art Stockings and decided to change the color pattern. What Elizabeth Zimmermann has in Knitting Around just isn’t me. I think she would want me to make it my own, so I’m going with a very simple Swedish inspired color pattern. I can’t wait to show you.

I will also admit…. I’ve been a bit busy with some other knitting. I have  a spring collection scheduled to be released March 21 (we’ll see if we make that deadline) and have been knitting, writing & ripping away frantically. Most of the patterns are back from my wonderful editor Gina at Brownie Knits and the last pattern is now in the hands of two talented test knitters.

Will you  excuse a little slowness on my part if I deliver some lovely spring things for you all to enjoy? You can get a few sneak peaks here.

Happy Knitting to all! Have a lovely weekend!

Swatching
03/01/2010

Sunday afternoon, a bit under the weather with  a sore throat and a headache, Baby John slept while JK read to me and I swatched for the Seamless Yoke Sweater.

Elizabeth Zimmermann suggests casting on for a “swatch” hat or if you are in a big hurry she explains how to make a swatch “in the round” while knitting flat.

I cast on enough stitches to go around my #4, 16″ circular needle and off I went. The swatch piece is more than just a good idea to find out what your gauge it. It’s the perfect time to work out your color sequence.

This is my first color sequence. It’s okay, but not perfect for me.

This is my second sequence, and although still not “ah, the perfect one,” I think a combination of the two sequences will do quite nicely.

Swatching for this sweater has really gotten me excited about casting on for it. Later this afternoon I’m hoping to sit down with a cup of tea and while Baby John naps cast on. It seems like we’ve had to wade through quite a few pairs of socks to get to this point. But it has been worth it.

Speaking of socks, I must tell you the Art Stockings are stumping me. The yarn I purchased for them just doesn’t “feel” or look right. I’ll update you about them in the next post. But, I am quite behind on my Art Stockings. So, I’ll be knitting the Seamless Yoke Sweater and the Art Stockings at the same time. Oh, well, I suppose it’s not the end of the world.