5.16.2015

A Lisette B6168

I've had a little bee in my bonnet to work on my hand made wardrobe and after making my coat I took a long break, but I think I am right back to it!

When I saw this Lisette dress release early this spring I knew I wanted to give it a try. I ended up choosing a linen rayon blend that was maybe a tiny bit too heavy, but was really easy to sew/work with. I knew it would be harder for me to get the tailored look I wanted if I chose a lighter fabric. I'm totally happy with my choice, and IT IS YELLOW... and I LOVE YELLOW DRESSES!
It isn't easy for me to find tailored off the rack clothes as my shoulders are short and puny. I played by the rules and made a bodice muslin of the smallest size, which fit in the shoulder, but not in the waist. I made another one keeping the shaping/size in the shoulder area but grading up to the next size for the waist/bust and that worked out better than expected! The more I sew the more the pattern drafting skills I learned in college are coming back to me.
I adore the fitted cap sleeves and that little tab at the front, and how this dress makes me look like I have girls without a hint of cleavage.
The other major change I made to this pattern (besides shortening it a few inches) was to take out 4 inches of width in the back.... it looked like I had a bustle, and there was just a little too much fabric enhancing my booty. That was easily taken out before putting in the zipper.
Unfortunately this dress doesn't quite go with the sweater I just finished for its photoshoot, BUT no worries, I've got another style already cut out and ready to sew. I have to have that ready for TNNA, in two weeks, but I can do it! (I hope... send coffee!)

5.11.2015

Many Hands Halli

I know I constantly gush about the amazing community that is my Ravelry group... but I'm about to do it again! Last spring a group got together and knitted for me... it was amazing, I was speechless.

A conversation that came out of that group knitting project was how fun it was to do a round-robin knit with friends from all over the world. So, a plan started hatching to create an opportunity for everyone to knit together again....

Fast forward a few months, Knockout Knits was releasing and it had THE PERFECT pattern to be knit round robin style: Halli Shawl! This beaded top down, semi circular shape was easy to break up into sections. I was SUPER busy in the fall and after helping come up with the plan for the KAL with Justine and Jennifer I sat on the sidelines and watched the yarn choosing and knitting commence!   Justine had the awesome idea that the person who would receive the final shawl would be the one to choose the yarn (and optional beads) so they would end up with a shawl in a color combination they would wear.
At the end of the swap there were 28 Halli's made by knitters all over the world; in China, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico, the UK, Canada and the US. Every Halli had four separate pairs of needles work on it! I heard tales of goodies traveling from house to house, as the Halli's were worked on. Some Halli's traveled thousands and thousands of miles, almost circumnavigating the globe... so cool! The chatter in the Ravelry group was fierce, and fun, and sometimes a little nerve wracking as we waited for the SLOW Mexican postal service to get it's act together and deliver Ana Cecilia her knitting!

The finished Halli's are STUNNING... you can see them all here, but let me show you a few to give you an idea of what an incredible KAL this was!
Lakshmi07's Halli
LKGervitz's Halli
PrayerKnitter's Halli
RachBall's Halli
There was even a whole crew who knit along as Solo Sisters.... just look at Crystal's Halli... STUNNING!
Knitter5319's Halli
HUGE thanks to all who organized and participated in Many Hands Halli! (with an extra hug for Jennifer and Justine, as it would not have come together without you!!!! xoxo)

4.22.2015

Back with a winner!

What a week!  I've landed back home after another whirlwind of fun and work!

I had a great 36 hour speed vacation with my dear friends, which you can peeks of on Instagram.... it included a Mini Cooper convertible, avocado toast, wine, Japanese fabric shopping, bento, walks on the beach, more food, and of course knitting!
Then I headed over to Pasadena to teach at Vogue Knitting Live.... once again I got so busy whilst teaching that I forgot to take many photos.... but my energetic cowl class on the first morning did take one of the best selfie's ever with me, so I guess that counts for something!
My students and I all learned a ton and had a wonderful time together! Vogue Knitting really does put on a fabulous show, and I highly suggest you attend one in the future... maybe in NYC in 2016?

I noticed last night that Christina from Ravelry featured Krystalline's Ribband on their community eye candy... and I've fallen in love with it!  Now I want to knit another with variegated yarn....  Have you seen it?
I've got a lot on my needles right now... the next two projects for the M Club are almost done, I've got new kits in the works for TNNA at the end of May AND 2 new sweater designs that I'm plugging away at in between everything else. I am really hoping to get some sewing done this weekend if I can get a few more things crossed off the list! (I'm actually kinda sorta hoping for a rainy weekend, cause if it's sunny I'll be out in the garden instead of at the sewing machine!)

Time for some winner's from last week's Meta Mystery KAL giveaway.  Congrats to Sandyluvsyorkies and LifesLover get in touch to claim your prize... there is just enough time to get it to you in time to cast on next Tuesday the 28th!!!

4.13.2015

An on the Road Again Meta MKAL GIVEAWAY!

Hello!

I'm heading out to California today... I've got two days planned of relaxation/creativity/shopping/hiking/eating/philosophizing with a dear friend and then I'm headed to Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena where I will be teaching a full schedule of some of my favorite classes.

Besides teaching I'll be signing Knockout Knits at the Yarnover Truck Booth (#323) on Saturday from 12:30-1:00. On Sunday I'll be on a panel about the Design Process with Susan Anderson, Barry Klein, Sally Melville and Amy Herzog from 12:15 - 1:00.

Y'all might have figured out by now that I love to run giveaway's on my blog while I am away... it makes me feel less guilty for going out of town!

This giveaway is a good one.... while working on color Meta Mystery KAL for The M Club, Melanie from Black Trillium sent me two colors to decide between. I chose Copper Roof (as it reminded me of the roofs we saw in Innsbruck last summer), and I was left with this gorgeous skein of Silken Lace in my stash.
I asked Melanie if I could use it for a giveaway for those of you hoping to knit a Meta Mystery Kal with Silken Lace, and she said yes! I even went bead stash diving and found the perfect matte black AB beads to go with it!

Alrighty time for the giveaway details... 
I've got TWO 100gram balls of Silken Lace to giveaway with beads to match for Meta Mystery KAL. The first clue comes out April 28th... the winners will get their yarn and beads in plenty of time to cast on.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below by 11am (EST) on April 20th (the morning I get home), don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you! I will randomly choose the winners later that day and announce them in my Ravelry group and on Facebook.

I'd love to hear what your favorite things about Mystery Knit-A-Long's are... and if you are a Mystery KAL virgin, that's great, just let me know why you are thinking of joining in!