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Tilt Shift FO, fashionably ahead of the game

pdxknitterati tilt shift

Fall is in the air, and I’ve been wearing the heck out of my Tilt Shift Wrap. I knit this last spring during the Tilt Shift KAL. It’s just the right weight for a moderately cool/warm fall day. (Great for spring down under, too!) I finally had a chance to have DH take an FO pic, and I love it.

I was shopping at Macy’s recently, when I saw this display.

ponchos at macy's

Ponchos. Lots and lots of ponchos. I’ve never pretended to be remotely fashionable, but apparently I’m spot on and ahead of the curve. Remember last spring I was trying not to use the word “poncho” so I called my Tilt Shift a wrap instead? I’m pretty over that. And now I have two Tilt Shifts at my disposal.

pdxknitterati tilt shift wrap

Plus two Summertime Blues

pdxknitterati summertime blues

Summetime Blues pdxknitteratithis one with beads, and a little bird poop stain. A valuable blocking lesson!

There’s one more poncho in my collection, but I can’t show it to you until next spring. I think you’ll like it. I *love* it, but I can’t even wear it in public yet. :sigh:

So for now I’ll wear the ones I have. I love my shawls, but these ponchos stay on my shoulders really well, which is great when I’m teaching. How about you? Are you into the poncho?

Blocking: A cautionary tale

You know I’m a big believer in blocking hand knits. It makes such a difference in the finished piece.

Rosaria edge detail

I love blocking my knits outdoors in the summer. Last month, just before TNNA, I finished my second Summertime Blues and took advantage of the very fine weather to block it in the back yard. And for the first time ever, a bird pooped on my knitting. Crap! And I do mean crap. I spot cleaned it, but there was a definite stain. No time to wash and re-block, so I wore it anyway. It was clean, just spotty!

Summetime Blues pdxknitterati

Today I washed and re-blocked, but no luck. I think the sun baked it in. It’s small, not too noticeable (there are some darker dye spots in this semi-solid, but they’re blue, not greenish), and it’s on the back, at least the way I wear it.

pdxknitterati summertime blues

So there you have it. Did I block it outdoors today? You betcha! What are the odds that it would happen again? I think I just dodged a bullet there!

Speaking of blocking, I’m teaching Blocking, It’s Magic this summer and fall:
Twisted in Portland, Saturday July 11, 2:30 p.m.
Wool ‘n’ Wares in West Linn, Saturday August 1, 2 p.m.
Twisted in Portland, Monday August 31, 5:30 p.m.

And I’m doing a short presentation on blocking for the Tigard Knitting Guild on August 20, 7 p.m.

Clearly, I’m a blocking evangelist! Do you block your knits?

New: Summertime Blues Wrap

I’ve just released my Summertime Blues pattern. This wrap/poncho is a perfect summer accessory. Knit in fingering weight yarn, it is light and sleek and swingy, especially in a wool/plant fiber blend. It features two sets of lacy leaves, twining up the side.

pdxknitterati summertime blues

I knit this with Knitted Wit’s Shine, a 50/50 merino tencel blend. It’s a gorgeous, shimmery, drapey wonder.

The length and width of this wrap are easy to customize to your perfect size. The wrap shown is 21″ wide by 31″ long, modified from the instructions which are for a 19″ wide wrap.

pdxknitterati summertime blues

This pattern is available on Ravelry, page link here: Summertime Blues Use coupon code BLUESFEST for 20% off through June 7, 2015.

I just finished knitting a second one, same color, but with beads. A little shorter, because I’m shorter than my model! I’ll be wearing it at TNNA this weekend. What are your plans? More knitting?