Category: Classes

Gift Baby Sweater

I just finished this cute baby sweater as an example for an upcoming class at Nitro Knitters. The pattern is free on Ravelry, called “My Gift to You” because it is the designer’s 300th pattern.  300 patterns!  Holy cow! And it is a pretty fun knit!  The only real flaw is that when knit as written, the…

Snow Daze

Well.  Here we are on our third day of being more-or-less housebound in the PDX area, due to roughly a foot of snowfall.  (I know, a foot of snow doesn't stop most of the country in its tracks, but it is a rarity for us.)  DH is going stir-crazy, although the Olympics have helped a…

“Teach someone to knit.”

A long, long time ago — we're talking at least a couple of decades — I started one of those lists that are now often called "bucket" lists — you know, things you want to do before you "kick the bucket".  (Only at the time I did mine, the list was titled "50 Things to…

Finally, Sweater Pix!

You know that stupid cutesy saying, "If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done." OK, OK, I bow to reality. Tomorrow we are getting on a plane to attend my niece's wedding in Chicago.  I promised myself I'd get the pictures of the sweater knitters posted before the trip.  I'd have had…

Knitting Resolutions (2009 Redux Edition)

On about.com's knitting section, I found a poll for "What are Your Knitting Resolutions for 2009?" OK, so it's a year out of date, but I figure things can't have changed all that much in a year. Here are the results:  two of the more recurrent themes in my own knitting top the list —…

New Year’s Knitting Resolutions

Ho Ho Ho, a belated Merry Christmas to you both and especially, a Happy New Year! I took an inadvertent holiday break last week, because the post I had slaved over all day Tuesday turned out to have — issues. It was going to be a doozy, too, with a video and everything.  But for…

Short-Row Bust Darts

For about half of the “Magnificent 7 Guinea Pigs” group, one of the big fit issues was how to fit a sweater for a generous bust without it becoming a gunny sack. OK, I have basically no background in the generous bust department.  But we’ve all been giving it our best shot, and successfully, too! …

More Great Guinea Pigs

OK, I admit it’s been a couple of weeks, and I still have not fixed the collar on my top-down V-neck raglan from the Friday group class knit-along.  Part of that is due to a whole lot of teaching going on, and part of that is due to another sock pattern I am designing for…

One TWO Successful Guinea Pigs!

The top-down rust raglan that I knit for the Friday Group Class knit-along was finished last Friday (or so I thought). I picked up around the neckline and knit simple K2, P2 for a polo style collar.  (Turns out that isn’t going to work so well — but more about that in a minute.) The…

This Is Why It’s Gonna Snow in Portland

It fits! Wow, does it fit! These may be the very least baggy armholes I have ever knit for myself.  And — lest you think this is some kind of freak accident that was bound to happen someday if I just kept knitting long enough — looky, it pretty much matches the sweater I was…

The Friday Guinea Pigs!

As anyone who has been reading lately knows, the Friday Group class regulars decided that they wanted to do a top-down raglan sweater, knit-along style. Only thing is, they are all different shapes and sizes — being that they are human beings and all. And yet, they still all wanted ones that fit properly. Picky,…