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Entrelac madness

I just noticed that Twisted’s sale of the week is all about long color repeat yarns. These are my absolute favorite yarns for entrelac; it looks like you’ve changed colors a million times, but the yarn has done all the work for you!

My Infinity Entrelac Infinity scarf can be knit with any weight yarn, from fingering to Aran. The Mochi line is perfect for these, both Mini Mochi

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and Mochi Plus. Schoppel-Wolle’s Unisono and Gradient would work, too.

My Athena Entrelac Cowl is meant to be knit in a worsted weight yarn, but Aran is fine. This one is in Mochi Plus. Again, Schoppel-Wolle’s Unisono and Gradient would work, too.

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And my Entrelac Socks are meant to be knit in sport or DK. Zauberball’s Starke 6 (sport weight) would work (these are not Zauberball).

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To make the most of this opportunity, I’m offering 20% off any or all of my three entrelac patterns. Use the code entrelac on the Ravelry pattern page for Athena Cowl, Infinity Entrelac Infinity Scarf, and/or Entrelac socks, now through August 11.

Wool ‘N Wares

Last week I went to Wool ‘N Wares in West Linn to visit with owners Karen Schellinkhout and Vickee Cosentino. I needed to deliver a pattern order, and since I’d never been there, I thought it would more fun to deliver them in person. The shop is cute, brightly lit and well-stocked.

I discovered that Vickee and Karen have a great love for entrelac, as I do. Here they are with the Lady Eleanor wrap. I also saw an entrelac cowl, and further conversation revealed that it was Athena. Someone had given Karen the Athena pattern, and that’s how she learned entrelac! I’m so tickled to be an entrelac evangelist. I love cool techniques.

Speaking of cool techniques, I’ll be teaching The Thrill of the Thrum at Wool ‘N Wares on March 31. If this is your LYS, come on over and you too can be enthralled. You’ll want to register early so you can get your homework done. We want to spend less time casting on, and more time thrumming!

And for those of you who read to the bottom: The winner of the Interweave Knits winter issue and the sunny orange Malabrigo worsted yarn is Debbie, the 22nd commenter. Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you for your address. Thanks for playing along, everyone!

We have a winner!

May I have a drum roll, please?

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And the winner of this lovely Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in the colorway Pool Party is…

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Oh, I just had to show you the pretty yellow spring green on the other side of the ball. Anyway, the winner is Leslie, of More with Les! Leslie said,

I wish I lived closer to you — I would TOTALLY take your Entrelac class. That, and steeks, are two of the advanced techniques I still need to master…

I wish you could have taken the class, too! We had a great time, and everyone walked away with the basic building blocks of entrelac evident on their needles. Base triangles, side triangles, left and right leaning rectangles. And most learned to purl back backwards; that was an AHA moment. I hope you get a good start on entrelac with this pattern and the Chroma. We’ll see about steeking later this year; I want to learn, too. Be fearless in your knitting!

I’m glad I knit all my class samples before the weekend. It was busy here! D came down from Seattle to celebrate her birthday, and she and V and I had a spa day at Edgefield. It was nearly perfect; the soaking pool was not as hot as it was supposed to be (technical issues), so we didn’t spend that long in it. But the spa services were great, as expected. We had an overnight at V’s with a couple more friends, and I gave these to D for her birthday.

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I call them Relentlessly Cheery, and they really are. They’re knit with Malabrigo Worsted, so they’re extremely soft, and warm, too. I hardly ever block socks; I mainly use the blockers for display at trunk shows, but they really make the socks look great, don’t they?

V’s gift to Doreen? She’s knitting my Hugs and Kisses fingerless mitts, but only one is done, in deep purple. I had my Beaujolais pair there; S tried them on and I was afraid I wasn’t going to get them back!

My favorite moment of the weekend was after dinner, when all five of us pulled out our knitting as we sat around the fire. This isn’t a knitting group, but by coincidence we had all brought some with us. I know how to pick my friends!

Speaking of friends, have you signed up for Among Friends? It’s a yarn and pattern club offered by Knitted Wit and Sincere Sheep, and I’m the designer for April. I love my design and hope you will, too! I’m really pleased to be part of this group of friends, including Carrie Sullivan of IrishGirlieKnits and Michelle Miller of Fickleknitter. Michelle is the only friend in the group that I haven’t met in person, but we’ll remedy that later this year! It’s a privilege to work with this group of entrepreneurial women.

How was *your* weekend?

You are the boss of your knitting

I taught the second of a two class series at Twisted last night. It’s a simple hat, knit in the round on a circular and then double pointed needles. In the first class, we talk about reading a pattern, different cast ons, and getting that circular knitting going, “being careful not to twist.” Then they knit like crazy for a week, so that they’re ready for the decreasing at the crown of the hat. The second class is where the fun really happens. We do decreases, learn how stitch markers can be your friends, and eventually move to dpns, and everyone learns that you really only knit with two needles at a time, no matter how many are in your knitting. I love encouraging students to be fearless, and that they are the boss of their knitting. And I love the grins that happen when the knitting comes off the dpns and suddenly it’s a hat. A finished project with new techniques is such a confidence builder. And the camaraderie that develops with a group of knitters chatting as they knit is a wonderful thing.

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I knit a hat, too. This is the one I started for knit nite last week. I saved the decreases for class, so we could do them together. This Madeline Tosh Worsted is so deliciously squishy; it was a pleasure to knit.

On Monday evening I’m teaching a class on entrelac knitting, also at Twisted. I love entrelac. It looks so complicated, but it’s simpler than you think, and you look so clever knitting it. My favorite part is purling back backwards without turning your work. I think there is still one spot left open in this class. If you’re interested, call Twisted!

I went on a big entrelac design jag a little while back.

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Entrelac Socks, knit in the round


Athena, knit in the round

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Infinity, knit flat

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Lacy Infinity, knit flat

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More Athena!

We won’t be doing any of these particular patterns in class, because it takes a while to get into them and it’s only a two hour class. Instead, we’ll learn the little bits of technique needed for entrelac, and start a sample that can end up as a scarf, or bag, or whatever. But while I was rooting around in my little yarn stash, I found a ball of fingering weight Chroma from KnitPicks in the Pool Party colorway. Doesn’t it look like spring is just around the corner?

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I’m not going to be using it, but it’s the perfect weight for the fingering weight version of my Infinity Entrelac Infinity scarf. Here’s mine, in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi.

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Do you want to knit one? I’d be happy to send this ball of yarn and a downloadable pattern to one of you. (Of course, you’re free to knit whatever you’d like with it.) Leave a comment on this post if you’d like a chance to win it. Have you ever tried entrelac? Do you like it? Are you afraid of it? I’ll let the random number generator pick a winner after Monday’s class. Ready? Go!

This Little Ziggy on KnitPicks

It’s up! This Little Ziggy has debuted on KnitPicks. It can be knit for sizes 2T and 4T. Do you have a cute little munchkin who needs a little Ziggy pizazz?

Also in the KnitPicks department, I’ve heard from some of you that my Lacy Entrelac Infinity Scarf is in the current KnitPicks catalog. I haven’t received mine yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing it!

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Go, me! And no, I haven’t forgotten the vacay photos. Just waiting for the Lantern Moon contest to close…

Podcast: Entrelac. Forecast: Sunny

I’m on the Knit Picks podcast, Entrelac-tastic! Stacey asked if I’d be a part of an entrelac episode, and I was happy to say yes. The episode begins with an interview with Rosemary Drysdale, author of Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting, which I reviewed here. The episode also has an interview with in-house designer Kerin, and a review of Gwen Bortner’s book, Entree to Entrelac.

It was fun to chat with Stacey in my current role as entrelac evangelist. She asked me how I started designing, and I gave a roundabout answer, but the real answer is this. Sometimes I want to knit something, and can’t find a pattern that’s exactly what I want. So I have to come up with a way to match the picture in my head. It’s that simple.

Knit Picks is giving away a copy of Rosemary Drysdale’s book. Leave a comment on their blog to enter!

The funny thing about this interview is that Stacey and I live in the same city, but I was a continent away when I spoke with her. Another college visit, this time to University of Central Florida in Orlando. This is a huge school, 46,000 undergrad. But the 1700 student Honors College appears to be stellar; we were quite won over by the director’s presentation.

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The teams are called the Knights; the school logo is Pegasus. There are a lot of constellation names on this campus (Gemini, Apollo, Orion), which makes sense because the school started out as Florida Technological University, a support system for the nearby Kennedy Space Center. The campus is laid out in concentric circles, with the student union at the center, classroom buildings on the next circle, housing at the outer edge. It feels a little theme-parkish (very Orlando!), but it makes perfect sense to keep traffic out of the main pedestrian campus.

Speaking of theme parks, we had an extra day in Orlando, so we went to Epcot. It was ok, but I’m not much of a theme park person.

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This fellow came to lunch.

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Here are a couple other birds; I made them in a needle-felting class last week. My friend Carole signed us up for this class at Collage as a Christmas present. It was great!

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I’m scheduled to teach at Twisted next Thursday evening; coincidentally, it’s entrelac! We’ll be doing my Infinity Entrelac Infinity Scarf, and the Lacy Entrelac Infinity Scarf will be a bonus option included in the pattern that comes with the class. If you want to learn a spiffy provisional cast on and the basics of entrelac, this class is for you! You can even learn to purl back backwards (without turning your work). Contact Twisted to register.

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Entrelac madness

Looking at next month, I hereby declare February to be entrelac month. I’m teaching two entrelac classes at Twisted. One is for Athena, which is entrelac in the round, on Saturday, February 5.

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And the other class is for Infinity, which is entrelac knit flat (so it has side triangles), with a bit of lace in the center rectangles.

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Want to sign up? Contact Twisted. Hope to see you soon!

Books!

Just home from knit nite. I brought five new books with me. One was Lorna Miser’s The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn that I told you about here. Another was The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting by Margaret Hubert that I told you about here. The third was a Christmas present that I haven’t taken a picture of, so I’ll tell you about it later. And the last two were from TNNA. Let’s pretend that you went to knit nite with me; you can see the two new books (and go back to the other two linked books, if you’d like).

At TNNA, there were book signings every hour, and the books were free. Two came home with me. This is Rosemary Drysdale’s Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting. As you know, I’m completely entranced with entrelac lately, so I was thrilled to get this book. Actually, Lorajean (Knitted Wit) picked it up for me, because I was already on my way home during this book signing. Thanks, LJ!

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This is a gorgeous book. Drysdale constructs her entrelac a little differently than I do; she starts her base triangles on the purl side, and has right side and wrong side rectangles. I work everything from the right side, and so I call mine left and right leaning rectangles. I don’t think it matters. If you don’t already do entrelac, it’s a good place to start. If you already do entrelac, the rest of the book is a treat. She goes through several different things you can do to spice up your entrelac,

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including texture, lace, cables, colorwork, beads, embroidery…all lovely. And the photography in this book is gorgeous. Here’s a little embellishment.

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I saw these fruit caps at TNNA; they are really cute!

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There are several patterns in the book too, incuding a felted bag, scarves, a poncho, a cardigan, the fruit caps. I love this book.

The other book is Nicky Epstein’s Knitting Block By Block.

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She accidentally signed the book in the back, upside down, so she signed it again in the front. It was worth a giggle!

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You can use these blocks for anything: a blanket, sweaters, scarves, hats. There are blocks of cables

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colorwork

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other embellishments. The i-cord here is sewn on to a plain block. There are so many ways to use this technique.

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I love this blanket.

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And there are patterns, too. Another beautiful, inspirational book by Nicky Epstein.

What else am I reading? Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua! This book has gotten a lot of attention recently since an excerpt appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

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My in-laws sent this to me. Are they trying to tell me something? I actually think it’s rather tongue in cheek; some of the things she says are so over the top that I can’t imagine saying them for real. (“Why not A+?” has been a joke for many years in our house.) I had theTeen read the chapter on Suzuki piano, and he just smiled. We did Suzuki piano for nine years, and it was pretty wonderful.

Oh, at knit nite I was knitting with this. I’ll show you what, when I’m further along.

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It’s unseasonably warm here (about 55 degrees fahrenheit), and the tulips think it’s spring. (I like they way they’ve pierced the dead leaves that I never got around to raking. That’s violent growth!)

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The hostas think it’s spring, too.

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I think they’re all going to have a rude awakening.

What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

Infinity winners: Winfinity?

Midnight! Time to consult random.org for the winning numbers:

Commenter #4 is the first winner, and Alexandra (bloepper) would like to knit the Mini Mochi version. Congratulations! Check out Alexandra’s yarn bombing activities at her blog, Strickbombe. She’s in Germany!

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The second winner is Commenter #11, Courtney. Courtney said yes to either, so she gets the Noro Silk Garden Lite. Congratulations! I’ve met Courtney in real life; she took my Christmas stocking class last year. Courtney, this scarf is even easier than the stocking. The yarn does all the colorwork for you.

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Thanks to all for your nice comments. I’m glad you like Infinity!

Knit on…

Infinity, revealed

We were away for Thanksgiving weekend, and I had some time to knit. There was even a little snow.

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It was cold enough that a tiny snowman might need a scarf.

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The snowman is wearing the fingering weight version of my new Infinity infinity scarf, in progress. No, I’m not repeating myself. It’s named Infinity for the infinity symbols on the center rectangles, and it’s an infinity, or loop scarf. Here’s the first version, in DK weight Noro Silk Garden Lite.

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It’s really long!

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It doubles up to make a wonderfully cozy, drapey cowl.

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I finished the fingering weight version; it’s knit in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi. I knit it shorter than the Noro version, and I love the length. It doubles to make an airy, light as a cloud cowl.

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I’ve been dying to show these to you, ever since I finished the first one! The pattern is available through the Infinity pattern page.

To celebrate my new design, I’m giving away two copies of the pattern, along with yarn to make your own Infinity. One will come with 2 balls of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi (in the green and purple colorway shown) and the other will have 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite (as shown above). The Mini Mochi is enough to make the scarf as shown, and the Noro will make a shorter (but still plenty long) scarf (I used 4 balls for the sample, but I think it’s longer than it needs to be). Do you want one? Leave me a comment and let me know which one!

Don’t wait to buy the pattern if you want it now. If you’re a winner, you can choose a different pattern from my collection, and I’ll send it when I send the yarn for Infinity. Of course, you can knit anything you want with the yarn; I won’t send the knitting police after you if you choose to knit something else!

Contest closes next Tuesday, December 7, at midnight. Go!