May 5, 2008

How to Knit in the Woods finally in stock!

How to Knit in the Woods is finally in stock on Amazon. Thanks, Stariel, for pointing that out! (She has a vested interest, after all — there are two socks by the almighty sock knitting power that is Stariel in HTKITW).

Recently added to my must-go-to list the next time I’m in California after one of the owners commented on the AlterNation blog: Pintucks, in Los Angeles.

They’ve got vintage fashion and accessories, plus a fabric studio with both vintage and new fabrics, buttons, laces, trims and sewing patterns. They offer sewing classes and studio space like my shop Stitch Cleveland does. Very, very cool. It’s like a cross between AlterNation and Stitch Cleveland!

This weekend I finally started plotting out my Purely Insane sweater project on a huge piece of teensy graph paper. I’d take a photo for you, but my camera battery’s dead. Bah. Suffice it to say that I’ve got to test-knit a LOT of motifs before I commit to getting the whole shebang on the needles.

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  • Petunia

    Bah! on graph paper. Try using Excel. When you get the motif(s) correct, cut and paste, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V all the way up to the top. I’m doing a Gansey with lots of stitch patterns. While designing, I could move whole patterns over there next to that seed stitch. (and then back again if it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped!) Zoom in to create, zoom out to see the overall appearance.

    Now that I’m knitting, I expanded it out over 6 sheets, 2 wide by 3 tall!! Print the first 2, tape them together and cast on. When the body is two sheets wide its SOOO much easier on your eyes. And if the paper gets “ratty” from carrying it about, print another copy!

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  • Post authorShannon

    Agreed with the “bah” on graph paper in general, Petunia, but for what I was doing (drawing sketches of, shall we say, rather non-standard motifs like the tattoo Angel has in Buffy and converting them to stitchy versions), it was the best way.

    Well, unless there’s some way to draw on top of Excel with a Wacom, and that wouldn’t have worked either, as his Boyfriendness was drawing with his Wacom on something else. Also, the motifs were too big to sketch out in Photoshop or Illustrator and render digitally first… hence the oldfashionedy way. I’ll throw it in KnitVisualizer once I knit up some of the samples and make sure they look the way I want.

    I love using Photoshop to convert multicolor motifs to colorwork charts, by the way. That’s fun.

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  • Julie

    Congratulations on the new book. Can’t wait to see it in person! If I bundle up my Okey books and send them to you will you sign ’em for me? Julie

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  • Post authorShannon

    But of course, Julie!

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  • Debbie

    I purchased your new book this weekend and there are many patterns that I would love to knit. However, there is also a beautiful red scarf pictured on page 36. I could not find the pattern for this. Am I missing it? Is the pattern available someplace else?

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  • Post authorShannon

    Hi Debbie (and everyone else) — I’m writing this from the Chicago airport, so don’t quote me, but going by memory’s sake alone, I believe that was the model’s own scarf. I will doublecheck that and, if possible, find out if there’s a pattern available! It’s not my pattern, in any event.

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  • Peg

    Is the chart on page 99 correct? (camp towel pattern). The symbols used don’t look like the ones in the legend. Am I looked at it wrong?

  • Betsy

    I cannot find the Welt Chart for the Snake in the Woods cardigan. Was it supposed to go on p.28? The page layout has a large area of blank space.

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  • Post authorShannon

    Hi Peg, hi Betsy! (and everyone else wondering about this)

    We’re going to upload the charts here and on the Mountaineers website. There wasn’t enough room in the book for all the charts.

    For anyone else reading this before they’re posted (and I’m terribly sorry they’re not up yet), please do leave a comment or email me and I’ll help you out.

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  • Renee

    I too, liked the red scarf that does not have a pattern in the book. Oh well, I am trying to make the snake sweater. I am terribly confused on how to start the back of the sweater or the first piece. I have made many sweaters before, so I am not sure what I am missing other than the charts. Will the charts explain how to start? Or do I just cast on 2 stitches. Please help.

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  • alex

    I’m sorry, but I don’t understand where the charts are. The lack of charts is the only thing that keeps me from knitting anything in this book. The only charted thing in my copy was the camp stool.

    Could you like to it on Ravelry maybe?


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  • alex

    I meant to say link to it on Ravelry.

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