There’s a cool thing going around Instagram, with lots of knitters answering A Verb for Keeping Warm’s question, “How do you knit?” The hashtag is #loop2loop. It’s interesting to see so many different styles of getting it done! Here’s mine:
Sorry for the lack of manicure; I’d never get the video done if I waited for that. Click the hashtag #loop2loop while you’re over there, and see many other knitters knitting along.
While I’m on the subject of Instagram, this lovely picture keeps showing up in my feed.
I always think, “Oh, cool knits!” and then realize it’s a dating service ad. Oops. I wonder why it keeps showing up in *my* feed? Not looking to date!
How do you knit? English? Continental? Throw? Pick? Other? Have you tried the other way, too? I learned continental for two-handed colorwork, but I find that it’s usually just as easy for me to carry both colors in the right hand and throw.
Let me know if you put your knitting style on Instagram!
We had a great vacation in December, and coming back to rain was tough! Missing this:
But we brought a little aloha home with us.
It seems like looking back on 2015 is the thing to do this week, so here’s mine.
I published 12 designs in 2015 (up from 9 in 2014). I began the year playing with a fun stitch pattern, and designed 4 accessories with them: The Criss Cross hat, beret, mitts, and cowl. It was also the year of the poncho, and I had two, Tilt Shift and Summertime Blues. Snowy Woods came back as a hat, and there’s more Snowy Woods in my future. I ended the year going down the gradient rabbit hole with Lobelia (Knit Circus yarns) and the Twin Leaf Crescent for Black Trillium Fibres.
There’s more in the pipeline, and lots of ideas rolling around in my head!
Are you on Instagram? You can find me there under the name pdxknitterati. There’s a cool end of year thing going on over there, #2015bestnine where you can see your nine most liked pictures. And everyone else’s, too. Here are mine:
All knitting related except for a lone camellia, seen on a walk. The Rose City Yarn Crawl is represented twice, and my lovely Edin Cardigan (design by Bonne Marie Burns) is also there twice.
I hope your 2015 was good to you, and that 2016 is even sweeter! Cheers!
I just got home from teaching a new class at Twisted. It’s Photographing and Editing Your Knits (and more!) with iPad and iPhone. I use my iPad to edit photos from my camera, iPhone, and iPad for all my pattern pictures. People have asked me how I do this, and that’s how this class was born. The class is not just for knitters; it’s perfect for anyone taking or editing pictures with an iDevice.
We talked about how to use your phone (and there are always new tricks that you didn’t know), and basic rules of photography. Then we practiced editing with Snapseed and Instagram. It was really fun and I’m looking forward to teaching this class again soon!
Speaking of which: I’m scheduled to teach at Stash in Corvallis next Saturday. One of the classes is this photography class, and the other is Athena, my entrelac-in-the-round cowl.
Sign up for one or both! I’m also bringing a trunk show so you can see my newest designs. We need a few more people to sign up for classes, especially for Athena, to make this road trip happen. I’m really hoping it works!
If you’re local to Portland, I’m also teaching Athena this coming Monday evening at Twisted. Contact them to register there.
And now for your amusement, Athena! This statue of Athena is at the Parthenon in Nashville, TN. Who knew there was a Parthenon in Nashville? Who knew it was right by our hotel?! We saw it when we were there over Labor Day weekend. It’s a full size replica of the Parthenon in Athens. I had to take a picture knowing that it would be used with an Athena class post.
The statue is 42 feet tall.
The statue of Nike (Victory) in her hand is 6 feet tall.
But I digress. I’m teaching a lot this fall, and hope to see you in one of my classes. Come say howdy!