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March, 2016

YarnCon in THIS WEEKEND!

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YarnCon kicks off on Saturday so I just wanted to make sure you had all the information you need to join in the fun!

Bring an entry for the Dam Fine YarnCon-Test! Here is all the information you need for the contest. Here are your judges! Including ME! Here are all the prizes you could win!

Go to the YarnCon site for a list of vendors, food options, and directions.

I’ll be around all weekend! I’m helping Leah with the contest and I’ll be helping Lynn in the help booth in the balcony, so if you need help with your knitting we’ll be there! We’ll also be talking up the 1 Knit 1 Chicago kit club and offering people who sign up for the full year of kits free shipping!

Come to YarnCon! Enter the contest! Preorder the 1 Knit 1 Chicago kit club! Come knit with us! It’s going to be super fun. See you there!

Try Something New Every Month: A Little Quilting!

I’m joining Stephanie of Swoodson Says to try something new every month. January was a MONSTER success with bra making, in February I got over my fear of using my serger, and here it is March already!

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Recap:

January – Bra Making!
Prep Post ~ Results Post ~ AND MORE!

February – Serging!
Prep Post ~ Results Post

Stephanie’s prompt this month is painting, which I’m not super interested in. But clearly I’m not great at jumping on her prompts so I’m going to go back to January’s prompt of quilting and try that!

Quilting Dreams

Quilting Dreams

My friend Paula was working on this super cute quilting project at our last sewing day and I WANT! I just don’t have the space or patience for a project like that so I’m starting small.

Purl Bee Quilted Zipper Pouch

Purl Bee Quilted Zipper Pouch

The Spring Sling

The Spring Sling

Valencia - Seamwork

Valencia – Seamwork

I’m taking inspiration from a few places – the Purl Bee Quilted Zipper Pouches, this cute Spring Sling quilted bag, and the Valencia bag from Seamwork – and I’m going to whip something up really cool. I hope. We’ll see!

I’ve done a tiny bit of machine quilting back when I made tea cozies for a few friends and family for Christmas presents. So of course I have the confidence to create my own pattern based on a bunch of completely different things. Normal? Right?

Wish me luck!

The Sweatshop of Love at YarnCon!

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YarnCon, Chicago’s indie fiber fair, is next weekend! YarnCon is a great place to come and check out local and country wide dyers, spinners, and yarn artists, as well as take classes and check out what is going on around the Chicago knitting scene.

I’ll be there ALL weekend long! I was honored to be asked to be one of the judges in the Damn Fine YarnCon-Test, new this year and shaping up to be SO so fun!

From YarnCon:

Ready to dig out your best work, or whip up a little something new, and win prizes for it? In partnership with Great Northern, the upcoming release of knit patterns inspired by the evergreen Twin Peaks TV series, we invite you to enter a Damn Fine YarnContest.

We have five categories to enter, with outstanding judges in each category:

  • Best Twin Peaks prop, judged by Great Northern author Leah Coccari-Swift
  • Best Accessory, judged by Midwestern Knits author Allyson Dykhuizen (WHOO HOO!)
  • Best Toy, judged by Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochiland
  • Best Use of Handspun Yarn, judged by Vera Videnovich, spinning instructor and proprietor of Atelier Videnovich
  • Best Garment, judged by Yarnbox creative director Lisa Whiting

One winner will be declared in each category, with all five judges conferring on one Best in Show grand prize to rule supreme (and get a extra-special prize package).

Fun right? Keep your eye on the YarnCon site for more info, but start thinking about all the ways you can win!

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I’ve also got something else fun up my sleeve with Knit 1 – the 1 Knit 1 Chicago kit club! I’ll be rolling this out very soon, but we’ll be pre selling and sharing yarn, sneak peeks, and projects in the lounge at YarnCon all weekend so be sure to stop by and say hi!

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New Classes at Knit 1!

I’ve got a bunch of classes schedule for this fall at Knit 1 here in Chicago and as of right now there are spaces in all of them!

Sweater Club!

Sweater Club!

Sweater Club!

Intimidated by sweater knitting? Scared of knitting patterns? Want to knit a sweater in the company of some super fun people?! Then this class is perfect for you. We’ll break the sweater pattern of your choice down into sections, get you on a sweater knitting schedule, and help you every step of the way; from picking out materials to seaming your sleeves. Sweater Club will help you knit a sweater! We’ll also be taking techniques from Amy Herzog’s CustomFit and helping you modify your sweater pattern with your exact measurements to get you a sweater you’re sure to wear again and again. Signing up for this class gets you 4 or 8 class periods of your choice over the course of 10 weeks. The goal is to finish your sweater by the end of the class. Winter session of Sweater Club starts Thursday, March 31st and continues every Thursday evening 6:30 – 8:30pm for 10 weeks. Sign up for either 4 class periods over those 8 weeks for $80 or 8 class periods for $140. Sign up today!

6 Dishcloths!

6 Dishcloths!

APRIL BOOTCAMP: DISH CLOTHS!

We called it Bootcamp but it’s really more like a destination health resort (think Canyon Ranch) without the low fat food and the hefty price tag. A month long knitting intensive designed to boost your skills! Each month we’ll pick a different knitted item and at least 2 patterns to choose from. Never knit it before? Choose the beginner pattern. Want to push yourself? Choose the advanced pattern! Knitting Boot Camp will help you get better. This class will be taught by knitwear designer and teacher Allyson Dykhuizen.

6 different dishcloths to let you practice your knitting skills on a smaller scale. In this class you’ll pick your favorite dishcloth patterns to practice a wide range of techniques like increasing, decreasing, reading a stitch pattern chart, changing colors for stripes, crocheted plaid colorwork, applied icord and regular icord! You’ll have access to all 6 of these cute dishcloths so over the course of the class knit as many as you want to practice as many different techniques as you can.

April 19, 26, and May 3 – $90 – Sign up today!

Baby Sweater Buffet!

Baby Sweater Buffet!

MAY BOOTCAMP: BABY SWEATER BUFFET!

We called it Bootcamp but it’s really more like a destination health resort (think Canyon Ranch) without the low fat food and the hefty price tag. A month long knitting intensive designed to boost your skills! Each month we’ll pick a different knitted item and at least 2 patterns to choose from. Never knit it before? Choose the beginner pattern. Want to push yourself? Choose the advanced pattern! Knitting Boot Camp will help you get better. This class will be taught by knitwear designer and teacher Allyson Dykhuizen.

One sweater – a TON of possibilities! This choose your own adventure style sweater pattern uses a standard top down raglan cardigan as the canvas for a huge variety of customizable add ons like stripes, solid, or contrasting color accents, crew or shawl collar, pockets, elbow patches, and even a hood! You’ll also be able to turn your sweater into a pig, bear, cat, or zebra by strategic color placement and accessories like ears or a tail and mane, or some duplicate stitching.

In this workshop we’ll be working on a top down raglan cardigan. We’ll be able to separate the sleeves, work on a sleeve, pick up stitches for a hood and front pockets. We’ll work through your plan for finishing the sweater, covering the finishing details like ears and practice duplicate stitch if you need it! The best part? This pattern walks you through how to get a completely different sweater every time you dig back into the pattern, and after the class you’ll have the confidence to be the hit of every baby shower!

May 10, 17, and 24 – $90 – Sign up today!

Dreaming Little Drummer Boy Color Combos!

On Monday I released Little Drummer Boy, a baby sweater that uses a mini skein color set from Lorna’s Laces called String Quintet and one of their semi solids in Shepherd Sock.

A Lovely Stranded Colorwork Fabric!

A Lovely Stranded Colorwork Fabric!

There are LOTS of color combinations, and I think a lot of people have a hard time matching 2 colors, much less matching a set of 5 different colors with a color. So I thought I’d take a look at some options!

I went shopping at Jimmy Beans Wool for these options but they are available in lots of shops so take a look around and see what’s out there! Here are some that jumped out to me.

Shopping on your own? Pick a String Quintet set first and match it to a solid or semi solid. You’ll go crazy trying to do it the other way around!

Snare Drum - Washington

Snare Drum + Washington

For my sample I combined the String Quintet set Snare Drum with one of my all time favorite Lorna’s colors – Washington! That’s also where we got the name Little Drummer Boy. Cute right? It’s a great color combo with a modern, masculine feel.

Clarinet + La Regina / Lilac

Clarinet + La Regina / Lilac

Clarinet is the String Quintet set with the easiest parable color combinations – greys! Pick bold, bright colors to make those non baby gradients pop. I like La Regina for a baby boy and Lilac for a baby girl. Either of these sweaters would have a lovely, modern feel!

Oboe + Buffalo Grove

Oboe + Buffalo Grove

For another gender neutral combo with a real baby feel I love the Oboe set with a soft yellow Buffalo Grove. This combo is blue heavy, I LOVE the pop of orange, and is still soft enough for a baby girl. This is the combo I’m going with for my next baby gift!

Trumpet + Sage

Trumpet + Sage

I’m headed into a real Sage heavy period in my knitting and I just love this Sage from Lorna’s! Pared with the Trumpet set it is just SO modern and elegant.

Marimba + Violet

Marimba + Violet

For a very rich, girly combo I love the Marimba set with the bold Violet semi solid. Any baby girl will look so girly and royal in this combo!

I hope these combinations have inspired you! Grab your pattern, place your order, and get ready to have a lot of fun with color stranding very soon!