This week I've been busy with Aroha Knits' Initiate Knit Design Challenge. I'll be sharing my results from that on the blog after it's finished, but for now I want to show you something else I've been making recently: stitch markers!
I heard on Ravelry that some people will be doing a stitch marker swap at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival next weekend, and thought it would be fun to join in. I had never made stitch markers before, but after a bit of experimenting I came up with a little crocheted flower on a metal ring. I've made thirty so far...I have no idea how many I'll end up swapping at the festival!
This blog post is going to be a kind of unorganized collection of interesting knitting stuff I want to share ...hope you enjoy it!
The online knitting magazine Knotions was relaunched at the end of last year, and just came out with a new issue a couple weeks ago. The new issue contains 15 accessory patterns, with some great designs and designers in the mix! Shown here are the Taiao hat by Françoise Danoy of Aroha Knits and the Taraxacum Mitts by 13-year-old Abigail Grace Ryan of Scribbling A Yarn. Check out all the patterns at the Knotions website. Best of all, they're free! I'm eager to see more from this publication!
Aroha Knits is hosting a free 5-day challenge, April 25 - 29, to introduce you to knitting design! If you're a knitter interested in designing, or a budding designer looking to improve your skills or learn a new perspective, this challenge is for you. Read the details and sign up here! I've joined already and am excited to get started.
Designed by Melissa Ski, this hat pattern is named after Hannah Brasseur, a young Christian lady who has done beautiful modeling and photography for the knitting publication 6 Bits Storybooks. Hannah had brain surgery last month to have a portion of her brain removed, and the proceeds from the sale of Hannah's Courage go to offset the expenses of this surgery. If you have a few spare dollars, I encourage you to purchase the pattern and support Hannah! And if you are a Christian, I encourage you to pray for her as she recovers from this difficult experience.
Speaking of 6 Bits Storybooks, I've recently been enjoying listening to this publication's podcast. Melissa and Melody, the "Story Tellers" behind 6 Bits, share their knitting conversations, and Melissa also interviews other creatives such as knitting designer Hunter Hammersen and yarn dyer Stephanie from SpaceCadet yarns. I've found the episodes fun and informative. Topics I've listened to include photography, starting a project, linen yarns, and more! As a Hunter Hammersen fan, I've listened to episode 11 at least two or three times...it's really good! You can find the podcast at the 6 Bits website here, or on iTunes here.
In the way of other news, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is at the start of next month, and I'm planning to be there! It looks like a pretty big festival with lots of vendors, demonstrations, contests, and sheep (of course). This will be my first time attending, and I'll probably focus mostly on the venders, as I'll only be there Saturday morning. Hopefully I'll remember to bring the camera and get some photos!
Hey there! It's been quite a while since I talked about my current knitting projects. I haven't being doing a ton of knitting recently (at least, not that I can talk about. The life of a knitting designer is often one of secrecy). However, I do have a few works-in-progress, which are in various states of completeness.
I started knitting a pair of socks yesterday. The pattern I'm using is By Naughty Design, from Hunter Hammersen's beautiful book Fine Things for Plain Occasions (which I reviewed back in January). The yarn is Seven Sisters Arts Meridian, which I picked up at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival last month. I've knitted the leg of one sock, but I'm probably going to end up ripping it out because of gauge and sizing issues. Since I was unable to get the right gauge for the sock pattern, I tried going down a size in hopes the change in gauge would make it large enough to fit. I love the design, but I can hardly get the sock on over my heel. So I've restarted with the larger size. We'll see if it ends up working out or not...
Here you can see my first leg on the left, and my restart on the right:
These socks aren't my only WIP from Fine Things for Plain Occasions, though. I knit the Treacherous Winds scarf out of some colorful Berroco Boboli Lace in February, and it's still sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me to sew the buttons on. The scarf didn't block as well as I'd hoped, and lacey end parts, (which were supposed to be square) turned out rather oblong. This, combined with the fact that I don't know what I'm going to do for buttons, means that I'm not sure when this WIP will be finished.
So, you've heard about my new WIP and you've heard about my old WIP. But in the title for this post I also mentioned an ancient WIP. Maybe you can guess what I mean? Yes, The Sweater is still in progress. It's actually getting pretty close to being done now, though I haven't been working on it very consistently recently. I'm knitting the hood at the moment, I think I might go back and shorten the sleeves a little...and then on to the finishing! It's such a mess of curling stockinette and dangling yarn ends right now I won't bother trying to take a photo. But hopefully not too much longer and it will be done!
I'm Sarah Gomez, a 17-year-old Christian knitter, sewist, and aspiring historical costumer.
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