NaKniSweMo and so much going on!
How goes it, NaKniSweMo knitters? Reading the discussions over on Ravelry, it looks like a LOT of people are making great progress. Yay! I almost feel caught up from my MONTH OF MADNESS, aka October. Almost. You can see a lot of pictures from my month on the road over at Instagram — when I have some extra time, I’ll pull out and post a few.
“Caught up,” and yet now the holidays are upon us — I’ve finally gotten my fondest wish, which is having all the parents to our house instead of running around to multiple houses. This also means no fake butter in the potatoes (sorry, mother in law dearest, eating an insane quantity of mashed potatoes with stuffing on top of them is the highlight of my day, and fake butter will not cut it), an unlimited supply of Cranberry Sauce As It Should Be Made and an heirloom turkey from our CSA instead of some grocery store icebomb. Gosh. I’m getting hungry already just thinking about it.
Ok! Knitterly stuff to share. I promised Jill Draper this picture, and here it finally is. I got a sweater-sized skein of her spectacular Empire yarn at Vogue Knitting Live in January, knit the fastest sweater ever and then promptly forgot to take a photo for many months.
I’m pulling it down in the picture because I haven’t put buttons on it yet and long story short, it flies open when I’m wearing it now if I don’t clip it closed (see: hair clip at the top). Design flaw on my part, but the yarn is dreeeeeamy to knit with and knits up super-fast. I love it. LOVE. This color she’s got now is super more gorgeous in person, I was petting it at VKL Chicago…and I kinda want to combine it with this one, since I’m on an Ann Weaver grellowy kick right now.
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL i mean angel i love you ann SHE HAS A NEW BOOK! And The Line, from said book, is enough to convert you to all things grellow if you are not already a fan.
Other cool stuff… I wanted to point out some online classes at Craftsy by my friends that I think are great:
- Edie Eckman’s Pattern Writing for Knitters
- Carol Feller’s Short Rows Knitting and Celtic Cables
- a FREE Know Your Wool class with the one and only Deb Robson!
- Marly Bird’s Curvy Knits class
- Miriam Felton’s Lace Shawl Design class
- Ragga EirÃksdÃ³ttir’s Top Down Icelandic Sweater class
- Felicia Lo’s Spinning Dyed Fiber class
- Angela Tong’s Rigid Heddle Weaving class
and for not only the knitters, but also the crafters/people who sell on Etsy/etc, our beloved Caro Sheridan’s Online Product Photography class.
Hmm, what else? I’ll be at Indie Knit and Spin in Pittsburgh this weekend selling stuff, so if you’re nearby, c’mon down!
I am so with you on the fake stuff. I refuse to use cooking oil thinly disguised as butter; and where fake potatoes come from I have no clue. I love the sweater design. Just have to add it to my looooong list of things I want to make.