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November, 2011

The Last of the Group Knitting Classes, Advanced Embroidery Class, and our Holiday Party!

The year is winding down, which means there isn’t a whole lot of time left to finish up all of your holiday presents. There are five group and finishing school classes left on my schedule to help you get stuff done, so get up on it!

There is only one spot left in Katie Canavan’s Advanced Embroidery class on Monday, December 12th from 7-9pm!

And don’t forget to RSVP to The Sweatshop of Love Holiday Party on Friday, December 9th at 7pm at Green Eye Lounge. Bring your needles, a project to work on, and yarn to swap!

As always, email me at allyson [at] thesweatshopoflove [dot] com with questions or to sign up.


**ONE SPOT LEFT!** Advanced Embroidery with Katie Canavan – Fill ‘er Up!: In this sequel to the Beginner Embroidery Class, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to fill in large areas with embroidery, and walk away with a bubbly sampler. You should be comfortable with straight stitches and french knots. Monday December 12th from 7-9pm. $25, additional $6 for materials

Group Knitting and Crochet: Come get help starting a project, finishing a project, picking a project, picking materials, or learning something new! These classes are here for you to make up class time with, including missed Holiday Present Prep classes and any project classes you can’t make. 2 hours, $15

**3 SPOTS LEFT!** Tuesday December 6, 7-9pm

**3 SPOTS LEFT!** Thursday December 8, 7-9pm

Finishing School: Need help getting those presents finished? Of course you do! No matter how early we get started we are always scrambling in December. Use these classes to seam, zipper, stuff, button, duplicate stitch, or embroider your hand knit and crocheted presents to make sure they are done in time for your holiday parties. (Good for knitting time, too!) 2 hours, only $5 or FREE if you are in Holiday Present Prep!

Tuesday December 13, 7-9pm

Wednesday December 14, 7-9pm

**3 SPOTS LEFT!** Thursday December 15, 7-9pm

One on One Classes: Is there something you are interested in knitting that you don’t see listed here? Pick a project or a new skill and email me to set up a one on one class! I generally schedule classes weekday nights 7-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 10am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you. I will match our schedules, pick a time that works for both of us, and give you a class outline. One on one classes are $20 per hour; most classes are two hours long.

Thanksgiving Knitting

I headed up from Chicago to Michigan last Monday with nothing on my to do list but knitting, snuggling babies, watching football, and eating for a week, and that is exactly what I did.

Baby Ryenn

My new niece Baby Ryenn is getting cuter by the second. She was pretty damn cute when she was born in July, but LOOK AT THAT FACE!

Baby Nolan!

And speaking of faces you just want to kiss off, Baby Nolan is too cute for words, too. And he is all running around and feeding himself! And he finally has hair! It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!


Since those babies were born, knitting time in Michigan has severely diminished, but I did get a head start on my Snow Day projects! I saw this pattern in the Knit Picks catalog and just had to have it, so I ordered the entire kit. All NINE skeins of  Palette and the pattern. The Snow Day pattern is full of adorable tiny projects that need to be on my Christmas tree, and they could not be more fun to make. Six sweaters, a penguin, a sled, a felted gingerbread man, tree lights, and a string of popcorn. Three down, eight to go!

Short Row Sweater Progress... ?

And it’s hard to tell what the hell is going on with my Short Row Sweater, but progress is being made! I ran into problems with the stitch counts after separating for my sleeves, so if you are working this pattern just ignore them. The instructions for what you are doing is right despite the stitch counts being wrong. I wrote more specifically about what is wrong on my ravelry project page.

Oh! I almost forgot!


A huge thank you to everyone that entered my Wool and the Gang Snood Dogg knit kit giveaway last week! The lucky winner is Lily of The Owl and The Bee! This makes me even more jealous because now I’ll have to see it all the time! You lucky bitch!

I’m in and out of Chicago this week. I got back into town yesterday and I’m Megabus-ing to Minneapolis Thursday for No Coast Craft-o-Rama this weekend. It’s going to be a crazy couple of weeks over here!

KAL Week 6: Sleeves Two at a Time

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how we are going to work the sleeves because there are a lot of options! And, like with the whole sweater, you can work the Aidez sleeves in your favorite sleeve knitting method, but I’m going to be working my sleeves two at a time. For me this eliminates second sleeve syndrome and guarantees that I have two identical sleeves no matter what. This is awesome for a girl who hates to count!

Amy's Aidez

If you’ve never knit both sleeves at the same time before, I can’t recommend it highly enough, and it’s super easy! I created a video you can take a peek at here, otherwise I’m going to walk you through it!

Stacie's Aidez

The Aidez instructions have you start your sleeves by casting on 33 sts. Cast these stitches on just like normal, then slide these stitches down your needle and, with a second skein of yarn, cast on these stitches again. You now have two skeins of yarn attached to your needle on two sets of 33 sts.

Rachel's Aidez

You will then continue working the pattern just like it’s written, only on both sets of stitches. Rib across the first 33 sts, slide that sleeve down the needle, slide your second sleeve into place and rib across the second 33 sts. It’s just that easy!

Emily's Aidez

HOT TIP: Don’t stop in between your sleeves! When you start a row, finish that row on both the sleeves! It’s really hard to figure out which sleeve you should be working if you stop between them.

This Week’s Make Up Your Mind Goal: Get 9” of both sleeves knit up. That is 3” of rib and 6” of sleeves in pattern. Good thing I love that Seed Wishbone pattern so much!

And keep track of your increases! You’ll be hitting a couple of these as you work this week, depending on the size you are making: “Inc 1 st each side every 4½(3½-2¼-2-1½-1¼)” 3(4-6-7-9-10) times – 40(42-46-48-52-54) sts.”

There are a few reviews on Ravelry about the sleeves being too tight, so if you are planning on wearing this sweater over a few layers, bump up your sleeve size to compensate.

Aidez Update! The Body is DONE

I hope you are sitting at home enjoying some delicious leftover pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes. In that order. Over and over and over. I know I am!

Aidez! Fronts Finished!

I just wanted to pop in really quick to show off my finished Aidez body! We took last week off of our knit along so it took me a minute to get back into the swing of the sweater pattern, but once I did I was off to the races. It was great to have this back on my needles!

I Can't Wait to Wear it!

And the best part? Now I get to stop carrying this GIGANTIC sweater body around with me when I want to work on the sweater.

As you were! Hopefully pants unbuttoned, in front of some football, and knitting.

WIP Wednesday (for once!)

(Hey! It’s a thing! I never publish my work in progress posts on Wednesdays. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!)

I know you are probably having a slow day in the office, just ticking down the minutes until you get to leave work and enjoy your long weekend of giving thanks. I’m in Michigan right now snuggling puppies and babies, but I couldn’t leave you hanging. My needles are going to look pretty bare, compared to what they have been looking like lately, but here’s what I’ve got cooking.

Glittery Short Row Sweater

And I might as well start with my most guiltiest knit. If you follow me on twitter you probably saw me start freakishly obsessing over Purl Bee‘s new sweater pattern, the Short Row Sweater. I got in my head that I needed it in Knit Picks new yarn Stroll Glitter, and before I knew it the yarn was on it’s way. I cast the sweater on (all, like, 380 stitches!) a couple weeks ago and haven’t been working on it too much because I feel guilty every time! I’m saving it for when I’m home for Thanksgiving and can’t work on anyone’s Christmas presents.

Vauge Striped Stockinette Stitch? YES!

I’m making progress with my unnamed stockinette stitch something or other.


And does this look familiar? I knit two of these Baby Sheep Hats already, and they turned out so cute that since I’ve got three pregnant ladies in my life right now I might as well knit three more. I’m knitting all the hat parts first, then knitting all the faces and tails and ears. Baby Sheep Hat assembly line might be the cutest assembly line in the history of assembly lines. And being from Michigan I KNOW my assembly lines!

Ruffle Rose Pillow #2!

I might as well sneak an FO in here at the end! I finally finished my second Ruffle Rose Pillow! It’s a mirror image of the first one I crocheted – one pound of Caron Pound of Love, one 16″ circular pillow form. And it turned out just as amazing as the first one.

See? Despite these selfish projects I keep managing to pick up, I’m getting my holiday knitting done! And I didn’t even tell you about my new obsession! … shit.

Have a great Thanksgiving, Americans! Don’t eat so much that you can’t knit!