If you are a follower of VKL (Vogue Knitting Live), you may be aware that this event in NYC is historically held in January. After travel debacle of December, I was fully aware January could prove the same. JetBlue, however served its travelers well, weather cooperated, and I found myself at VKL NYC 2018 in good form.
Last year, The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo brought in designer, Heather Lodinsky, to teach a skill on one of her designs. The pattern was her two-tone slip stitch cable pullover and the skill was using slip stitches in cable work. In my experience in knitting, I had not encountered slip stitches to be used for the design of a garment, only to be done along the edges of knitted pieces. So, I was quick to take on the pullover with the Guild and it led me to do a self-investigation of slip stitches, in general.
One of my goals as I entered into retirement was to knit from my stash. The stash I am talking about includes patterns I have loved and collected over time and/or the bundles of yarn that were purchased at a time when I thought I could knit a particular project. I suppose enthusiasm outweighs time, at least that is my case, so in my new state of retirement, I am addressing this. This project is an example of that. I don’t even know where I first saw this pattern as I do not subscribe to Interweave Knits but I have been following Teva Durham, the creative designer since being aware of her work through Vogue Knitting. The pattern is called Renaissance Tunic, as you will see, for obvious reasons. And, I am thrilled to finally be adding this to my wardrobe.
If you were to read the notes of knitters who have tackled this project, Fretwork designed by Shiri Mor, you would be struck by a few common strands of thinking. The first common thread is one of curiosity over the sweater’s construction. I was no different. In viewing the pattern, you can see how initially it looks like a cabled sweater but then looking more closely you see detached cords that are woven so of course, curiosity sets in as you wonder how in the world does one knit that? … Fretwork but Fret Not (1 of 2)
As a soon-to-be retiree, I am beginning to open my ears and eyes to life after employment. When I spotted this opportunity with Deborah Newton, I just had to write about it. I am so in love with her as a knitter due to her pristine attention to detail, especially in the finishing touches of a garment. And, you see these touches written up in her patterns. So, when following her advice, your finished garment has an air of professionalism that you do not see in every design and you notice in the fit and wearing. Following her over the years, both with knitting patterns and as an author, I highly recommend this destination experience, above. … Two Shout Outs
I am not sure if this post ought to be called A Guide on Gauge or Gauge Guiding. In either case, I have become a huge fan of knitting up gauges! To the uninformed, the process of taking time to work up a gauge might seem like an unnecessary and/or optional step in working up a hand knit.
Here’s the thing. Time is sacred. Yarn is expensive. I need to get the biggest bang for my buck. There is an ever increasing list of criteria my pattern choice has to have. I have talked about them before. High on the list is its uniqueness, followed by excitement and originality, followed by wearability on my body shape, followed by eye catching, and the list goes on. Lately, I am noticing an ever increased thought process on the pattern’s versatility. So, I now adding that to the list. In being versatile I am suggesting in ways that the sweaters can be worn with multiple tops and bottoms that already exist in my wardrobe (I do not want a new knitting project to send me off shopping) AND versatile in that they transcend into the different seasons. Never have I thought about the seasonal criteria more than now as weather patterns are changing and seem to be getting more intense. I live in a region that experiences (and enjoys) four seasons with a history of those seasons in a fairly predictable cycle. Lately, however one needs to be prepared for the change of seasons…. and on an ever increasing level…within ONE day! Now, I hate to go on about the weather, but I am noticing that this single criteria is almost topping my list of pattern choice!
Funny, when I receive a new Vogue Knitting magazine, I tend to have two emotions. The first is, of course, excitement as anyone who follows my knitting knows that I believe VK stands well above any other publication for outstanding knitting fashion, photography, and inspiration. The other emotion I notice is fear. I hear myself saying, “Oh, No!! How many of these projects am I going to fall in love with?” With an already extended stash and plans for far too many projects in the future, it is frustrating feasting my eyes on more. The projects in this particular issue, Vogue Knitting, Collector’s Issue Holiday 2011 were posted with an alphabetical theme.