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Archive for January 2013

January 30, 2013

So Happy Together

Het Verzameld Breiwerk van Loes Veenstra from Christien Meindertsma on Vimeo.

Well, in fifty-seven years, Loes Veenstra has knit and designed 500 sweaters! That is between eight and nine sweaters every.single.year! I love that the community put together this amazing flash mob so the world could finally see Loes’s sweaters.

How many sweaters do you make per year? Two? One? None?

January 25, 2013

History Lesson

Photo © Nelson Knitting Company

We’ve all seen them. Maybe we own one. Perhaps a few of us have even made one. The classic, iconic sock monkey. How many of us know the story, though?

John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant and the founder of Nelson’s Knitting Company in Rockford, Illinois made very popular work socks which were unique at the time because the heel was seamless! They were so popular they simply became known as “Rockfords.” American crafters began using worn-out Rockfords during the Great Depression to craft Sock Monkeys, a great way to repurpose a worn out utilitarian item into a lovable, huggable children’s toy.

Photo © Petite Purls

Today sock monkeys remain popular with people of all ages. Jessica M. Anderson was inspired by her four little monkeys to create Go Bananas! Jessica used three Spud & Chloë Sweater colors to match the iconic Nelson Knitting Company colors, then gave them special details that she knew each child would like, such as bows for her tiniest gal!

Photo © Petite Purls (Three of Jessica’s monkeys!)

The Details

Pattern: Go Bananas!
Designer: Jessica M. Anderson
Size: 18 months (2, 4, 6)
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) 24″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Chocolate Milk #7524, Ice Cream #7500, Barn #7518
Pattern can be found in Petite Purls, Issue 14

January 16, 2013

A Cozy Room

Photo © Page Thirty Three

Page Thirty Three in Sydney, Australia turns household objects into functional art pieces. Their Knitted Yoga Balls combine a functional yoga ball core with upcycled, beautiful throws. Don’t they become so much more with the colorful cover? In your living room, is it still just an exercise tool? Perhaps it is a sculpture? Maybe a chair? How about an ottoman?  Or, perhaps it is a simple statement that proudly declares, “A yarn lover lives here!”

January 11, 2013

The Surprise Plan…

Big Bad Baby Blanket with ombre influence.

Step 1: Hear the delightful news that friends are expecting!

Step 2: Plot, plan, and scheme… but don’t let anyone in on the secret.

Step 3: Knit, knit, knit…

Step 4: Admire the ombre effect in the finished Big Bad Baby Blanket.

Step 5: Pop that Big Bad in the mail.

Step 6: Sit back, and wait for the call bearing squeals of excitement.

Step 7: When little man arrives, beam every.single.time you see him wrapped up in the blanket you knit.

Step 8: Success!

The Details

Pattern: Big Bad Baby Blanket
Designer: Lisa Shobhana Mason
Size: 28″ x 28″
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) needles
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Calypso #7806 (A), Anemone #7805 (B), Snorkel #7809 (C), and Hippo #7823 (D)
This pattern is in Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook
Special Note: The ombre effect is very simple to work. The Big Bad Baby Blanket is worked with two strands of Spud & Chloë Fine held together throughout. For the first section hold color A with Color A. Section 2 is color A held with B, section 3 is color B held with color B. Section 4 is color B with color C, and section 5 is color C held with color C. Section 6 is color C held with color D, and lastly you work section 7, color D held with color D. This is an interesting technique that can be used with as few or as many colors as you would like for the ombre look.

January 9, 2013

The Bee’s Knees!

Photo © Knitscene

Evocative of the roaring twenties, the Grenadine Tunic is the berries! (Isn’t that fun 1920′s slang?) The short silhouette and beadwork say “flapper” in an understated and modern way, without being costumey. The Jazz Age was such a beautiful era, it’s no wonder Michaela Moores was inspired to create this simple-but-playful tunic.

The Details

Pattern: Grenadine Tunic
Designer: Michaela Moores
Size: 32 (36¼, 40¼, 43¾, 48, 52¼)” bust circumference
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 32″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 2 (2.75mm) 32″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Wildberries #7820
Pattern can be found in Knitscene Spring 2013