Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sweaters for your Guy that he would really like!

But you might want to wear them too.

Boyfriend Sweaters by Bruce Weinstein. 19 Designs for him that you'll want to wear. Plus 19 techniques that help you knit almost anything.

This Random House knitting book is going on sale at Potter Craft December 18, 2012 and it's a great one to have in your own personal library. Check it out!

What I like about these sweaters are the good simple basic classic styles to most of them. Which I think is what men mostly like. No fussiness or wild style or colors for most of them. At least it's that way with my guy. He likes to keep things simple. Such at the Shaker Cardigan or the Textured Argyle Cardigan. But then I saw a couple that I would love for myself and not necessarily the style my guy would wear (to be honest, he says he's "Not a sweater kind of guy"). But I personally love the following; Honeycomb Pullover and the Seed Placket Pullover ...

In fact, the more I look at this sweater the more I want to knit that one for myself. Maybe my guy would like it better for himself if he saw it in another color? He's not a "green" guy and has a hard time envisioning something in other colors when he looks at it in a color he doesn't really like. Maybe THAT's why he doesn't want to learn to knit. Yah, must be it. Beside the fact that he's part color blind. Really he is; I can hang dark purple curtains and he thinks they're blue. But I digress. There are some more complex patterns and colors  to be knit in this book, such as a Fair Isle Cardigan and the Plaid Pullover. Frankly, I would love to see my guy wear the plaid pullover. Especially in the colors shown in the book. I just might convert him into a sweater guy yet if I just go ahead and knit one. Really. If he doesn't wear it then guess who will. That's right; the StitchingNut.
Well this book has more than just sweaters (as well an the sprinkling of tips & techniques throughout the book) as you see here ...

There's one hat in the book but I just fell in LOVE with the scarves.  The Reversible Herringbone Scarf above  would be a winner for any man I bet. And the one below might be more for my wild sensibilities in color and style. It's called the Double-Knit Double-Knot Scarf. And I really can see myself wearing this one ...

But my most favorite of all is one I think my guy and I would both like and would wear. One for each of us of course in different colors such is shown in the next picture.

The Linen Scarf or Wrap in blues would defiantly work for my guy and the color shown here for me would be perfect. Oh yes, this scarf is a winner!
So if you want to knit for a man and go with a style he would really like, this book is for you. Or if you're a Guy who loves to knit and have trouble finding something you would like to knit for yourself or a friend that suits your style ... well check out this book by Bruce Weinstein. I think you're going to like it!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Fabulous Fashion Hats from Fiber

Our local yarn store, Seed Stitch Fine Yarn  challenged us to come up with fabulous hats knit, crochet, felted, stitched together from recycled fibers, the sky's the limit fashion hats. A fabulous fashion show of these hats were presented this Friday (11/2/2012) to show them off. Also there was a local milliner Scout King, showing off her wares and available to discuss the process of hat creations as well as one of the curators of the PEM's hat exhibit, Madeleine Kropa.

Fun and refreshments and really nice people!

Presenting: Fabulous Fashion Hats from Fiber

And now I really want more hats ... one for every day of the week!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Exploring the circle ...

Knitting in Circles by Nicky Epstein offers us another crazy inspiring reference book. This time showcasing her distinctive design style using the simple circle. 

Knitting in Circles has instructions for knitting 100 patterns for circles and spiral shapes that can be used in 21 patterns for garments and accessories such as sweaters, dresses, bags, hats, afghans, and more. She encourages you to use your imagination. Each chapter focuses on a specific technique, from basics to ornate, colorwork to cables. From knitting from the center out, outside in and top to bottom. Everything you need to know about creating the basic shapes is detailed in the shaping chapter and knitting techniques explain as well as joining all the circles when you're done. She shows the knitter how to mix, match, while easily combining the patterns using cut-and-paste design templates, to create garments and accessories that are truly unique.

Not only is this book like many of her others, one that you would be proud to set out on the coffee table, but also wildly inspiring with Nicky Epstein's distinctive design style. All of her books have truly been an inspiration to me and have added to the progression of my knitting skills and style.  Needless to say I’ve gone over this book many times trying to decide what to make first. Although, I should be working up each and every circle pattern for a blanket, I’m excited to work up at least one quick project for some instant gratification first. That’s got to be a hat right?  Yes, a hat.

Here’s the one I’m talking about ….

And that poncho cover-up is on my list of “must knit” also. So simple yet stylish.
As it happens with Nicky’s designs, not all of them appeal to me BUT they certainly inspire me to think and perhaps encourage me to alter the design to fit my own tastes or inspire me to incorporate her’s style into something else I would wear or love to gift.

With this innovative book, you’ll never look at a circle the same way. Once again, Nicky Epstein has opened up a world of creative possibilities with a gorgeous knitting book that will have you knitting in circles over and over again.

In summary; when thinking about whether to purchase this book, think first about what you actually want it to give you. If you want a directory of knitted circular or spiral stitches and techniques for beginners through to advanced, with information on how to integrate it into a garment or blanket etc., then this book is for you. If you are looking for a book of patterns to work through without using your own imagination, then don't buy it. Although you may want to reconsider that and think about how much you'll want to reference her techniques in your future projects as taste and style changes.

Consider this … if you knit just one circle, you’ll be inspired to knit more.

It's just like eating potato chips!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

My views about a new book ...

About knitting, of course.

Knitting the Perfect Fit by Melissa Leapman is a guide for anyone interested in learning and perfecting shaping details and incorporating them into their knitting. Melissa shows the knitter how designer details and shaping actually work. From a variety of necklines and arm details to different shaping techniques that offer a more slimming and flattering look to any garment. She examines mastered techniques that knitters can use to adapt and customize any project. Each technique is thoroughly explained with tips and exercises, and then featured in a project to allow knitters to practice their new skills.

The book has four chapters: Basics, Step Away from the Edge, Designer Details and Figure Flatterers. Each chapter has several designs which illustrate Melissa’s styling points. Nineteen (19) patterns are included in this book. The patterns are labeled with codes to help you choose the styles that are best suited for your body type. I’ve had a few weeks with this book, now and have browsed through it quite a few times. I will admit that for many years, I’ve tried to keep away from close-fitting sweaters because I thought they would magnify unwanted or rather unsightly curves that I don't want to have attention brought to. But what I discovered was that women of any size can find some ideas in this book that will help them choose design styles that flatter their body type. I really think this is a valuable addition to any serious knitter’s library.

I liked the designs in this book quite a bit also since they are stylish without being too over the top or weird. They look wearable and comfortable. I’ve liked Melissa Leapman’s designs before and she hasn’t disappointed me this time either. The one thing I’m really disappointed about though is that the book is not spiral bound. I wish all instructional books like this would be spiral bound so that it could be laid out open and flat in front of me without the pages turning while I try out new techniques or patterns. Publishers please make a note of this. Knitters everywhere would be so grateful. 

All in all, this looks like a great book for anyone who is interested in creating better fitting knits.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Creating Street Art ...

The yarn bombing project at the Peabody Essex Museum went off without a hitch!

Let me tell the story in pictures ...

Needless to say; I had a wonderful time helping to dress up PEM for this event!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Graffiti Art with Yarn

Seed Stitch Fine Yarn

 Collaboration with PEM - Yarn Graffiti

We are sooo thrilled to be collaborating with the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)  for a very special event Thursday July 19th from 6:30-9:30pm.

And low and behold, the StitchingNut has tagged the front door at Seed Stitch.

As a matter of fact, I am having a lot of fun with this. I've already gotten together some swatches done in the past or still sitting unfinished and delivered them to Seed Stitch to use for this event. I'm sure there's more hiding away somewhere if I look hard enough. I'm looking. Or I could knit up some more!
I then knit up a frame for a special display they're planning to put on at the event also. Loved knitting the frame!

Do I have time to knit one more??

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I tried to keep the promise to myself ...

And work on WIPs instead of casting on for something new.

Did I do it? Well, not really. BUT ... I did get one WIP completed. 
Well just socks but I've been working on them for awhile.


And then I still had 2 more days before the next pattern came out for the Mystic Fire Shawl KAL so alas I CAST ON ...

For more than one Coffee Mug Cozy ... many cozies in fact. Even a Tea Mug Cozy.


IMG_7859 And I even gave them a little charming touch ... IMG_7857 IMG_7876

All the cups and cozies are going into a "Gift Closet" so when I need a gift for either a Gal or a Guy ... coffee or tea drinker ... a gift is all ready to wrap & give. And hey, I got these cups at bargain prices as well and I can get at least 4 cozies out of each skein of Cascade 220 Superwash. The button can cost as much as the yarn used but still a bargain. I can even add something to put inside the cup for an additional gift depending on the occasion. Tea spoon & tea bags; Coffee pack & chocolate bits.

For once I'm thinking ahead!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'm well on my way ...

to finishing some WIPs like I said I would.

Can you believe it?

Yes to the Little Pink Cardigan


I used almost 3 skeins of Filatura Di Crosa Zara yarn in pink and Vintage buttons purchased at my LYS Seed Stitch Fine Yarn in Salem, MA. It's now ready for the next shower gift if it's going to be for a girl of course.

I also made booties and a drool catcher bib to match the sweater and the hat. Oh remember the hat I finished some time ago?


So here are Mary Jane Booties ...


And with only one vintage button left, I used it on a little Drooly Bib using more of the yarn from the hat and booties ...

IMG_7844 drooly bib and booties

The bib had a tie but I but the last button on and made a couple of button holes instead so it can be adjusted as the baby gets bigger.

I also finished a project I had started and finished knitting a week ago but just needed to sew on the button to complete it for use.  It's for me and I can tell ya it really does keep the coffee hot longer.

IMG_7822 coffee mug cozy

Finishing these many knits in just a few days has truely ...

Put me in the Pink!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Knitting continues ...

And somehow ...
those little cotton shawls keep falling off the needles!

Especially these two quick little freebie pattern numbers from Cascade Yarns ...

First there was the
Miami Beach Shawl by Vera Sanon using almost 2 skeins (left over from other projects so it was closer to 1.5 skeins) of  Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima
Miami Beach IMG_7762 Miami Beach IMG_7743

I just made the adjustments needed to finish with less yarn. Still a nice size though!
And the second one to fall off my needles was the...
Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon using two skeins of Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima of which I did have in my stash. I love this yarn!
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Another light cotton shawl to wear during Summer cool evenings or in one of the over AC restaurants.
But then I couldn't resist signing up for a KAL called Mystic Fire could I? I have even already completed the first clue which came out this past Wednesday. There'll be 3 clues in all so I've made a promise to myself to only knit on WIPs until the next Mystic Fire clue comes out next Wednesday. So you'll be seeing some finished items from long-ago cast-ons ... right? 
Such as this one?

But there are over 2 dozen other projects on needles so ...
Now the real question is; "Which one do I finish first?"