Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On Camera

Yesterday I had a film crew from Fuseworks Studios at my house, filming me as I demonstrated various knitting techniques. They were contracted by Wiley Publishing to make some knitting videos to correspond with "Knitting For Dummies."

Joyce, the production manager from Wiley came for the day. She was a great help and a fellow knitter.

Often we had to rewrite the script. This is one such moment ...

Meanwhile, James, the actual camera man, would have to standby and wait...

All in all it was a fun day. We watched the snow come down relentlessly as we worked. James popped out in the afternoon to get us all coffees at Starbucks and said it was a miracle he made it back without spilling the coffee.

It took ten hours to get through all of the material but we did it! Hooray! I'll post the link to the video when it is done.

Happy Knitting & stay warm!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Mini Mochi Striped Socks

I have a million other things I need to be knitting right now, but alas, I too got caught up in the "rage." And Lin "talked" me into it. (Come on Lin, you had better cast on a pair too!) =)

Striped Noro socks have been popping up on blogs in the last few weeks. They are outtakes on Jared Flood's striped Noro scarf.



We are conscientious knitters at Stitches & Scones and refuse to buy Noro because it is distributed by KFI -- a very, very disreputable distributor.

However, Crystal Palace saved the day with their new yarn, "Mini Mochi". It is beautiful and softer than Noro! We just got a big shipment of Mini Mochi at Stitches & Scones and all the colors are to die for.

The Details
I'm using a basic sock pattern
(I have mine memorized but you could used Ann Norling's basic Adult Sock Pattern)
I change colors every 4 rows
#1 DP
1 skein of Mini Mochi #105
1 skein of Mini Mochi #104

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A BIG Hat

As a treat to myself for getting all the holiday knitting done on time, I purchased Ysolda's Rose Red hat pattern.

I knew I wanted it bigger and slouchier than it was designed to be, so, I used Berroco's Ultra Alpaca and #8 needles for the main body and when down to a #5 for the last cable ridge.

I love it! I would highly recommend Ysolda's Rose Red pattern. She did a wonderful job and I loved knitting it!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christmas Knits

Some of the secret Christmas knitting can now be shown.

I gave my three sister in laws lace shawls for Christmas. Every girl needs a little something to go with their favorite black dress, right?

The third shawl is in Cyprus and therefore, not in the photo.


Mom Wall received a very warm Icelandic Shawl.
It looks beautiful over the back of her green leather couch.


JK received a very warm reversible Alpaca hat I made for him.
The pattern inspiration came from EZ -- of course. You can check out her book, "Knitting Around," for your inspiration.

I need to get pictures of my sisters' sweater I made them as well as my mother's sweater.
And there is a hilarious story to go with the pictures so stay tuned....