Friday, November 30, 2012

New home

Looking for the Angry Birds color charts?  Or the newborn Rasta hat?

I've moved all my patterns to my website Material Sciknits.

You can find my new blog, The Lab Notebook, here.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Interweave Knitting Lab

My mom and I attended the Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo, CA last weekend.  We both took a Continental Knitting class with Biggan Dups on Thursday; on Friday, I took War and Peace socks with Kate Atherley and Mom took Socks at Any Gauge with Ann Budd.  Mom really liked Ann's class.  Biggan's was OK and Kate's was a little piece of hell.  No insult to Kate at all - War and Peace socks are just more war than peace and I didn't enjoy what I learned.  A bit of a bummer, but at least I know how to do it now (and know to never do it again).

Stitches West is the only other knitting event I've been to, so it was hard for me to not compare the two - and that said, Stitches is a far superior event.  From the venue to the market to the variety of both classes and teachers, I felt a bit disappointed all weekend with the Interweave event.  One thing I did appreciate was that the market wasn't a zoo.  More often than not, we were the only two people in the booth and we were able to have really quality conversations with the dyers/designers.  That was a very nice thing to experience.

I found some fantastic yarn at Monarch Knitting's booth and bought a sweater's worth.  Stitch Diva Studio's Jennifer Hansen was an inspirational delight to visit with and - what do you know - I'm learning how to crochet.  I had a nice conversation with Knitwhits' Tina and learned how she got into dying those incredible little balls of yarn.

So, it was a nice weekend overall, but I'm really REALLY looking forward to Stitches.

Here's a shot from the end of our weekend.  We drove out to Half Moon Bay State Park and watched the surf over our picnic lunch.  Lovely!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nola Cloche by Hilary Callis Smith

I did a test knit for Hilary Callis Smith's newest design, Nola.  It's a super quick and easy project (especially in bulky yarn) and its vintage style is very chic.

Check it out here at Hilary's Ravelry store.

My knitting BFF Dolly is modeling it below.

This is the first test knit I've done and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  It was fun to walk through the pattern almost like a puzzle, taking notes and figuring my way through the challenging parts.  It was also very rewarding that my feedback was helpful for the designer and to see a few of my notes make it to the finished pattern.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Busy Knitter

I've been such a busy knitter working up other people's patterns that I've had little time for designing.  Here are some of my recent finished projects and WIP's:

Mirry Dancers
by Gudrun Johnston

Knitted Clogs
by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Radiance Shawlette
by Tina Whitmore

Ombre Cardigan
by Tanis Lavallee

by Cookie A.

I signed up for Stitches West 2013 classes this week and I'm really excited about taking Cookie A's all-day sock design class.  I hope to have some sock patterns up next year!