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Year: 2019

I am in Danger of Becoming a Mad Knitter…


….and I’m delighted by the prospect! I have been working away on my first project, the Basic Triangle Shawl, and I’m nearing the end. There are holes from dropped stitches and a couple of spots where I knit two garter stitch rows instead of one, but I am really happy with it.

I used Rowan All Seasons Cotton from my stash and it’s just butter soft and cozy! Like fabric, I really like quality yarns; I have found that they really impact your knitting experience. Needles also make a big difference, as I started on thrifted aluminum ones before Miss H. lent me her wood circular set. Heaven!

I was frankly amazed that I was able to knit stockinette stitch at all. I’ll chalk that one up to excellent instructions in the pattern and a handy little knitting pamphlet by Patons that I found.

This knitting? It’s awesome.…

Shaun the Sheep is My Home Boy

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Me and Shaun? Yah, we’re *like this*. Since I’ve finished my shawl, I thought I should channel my inner Shaun by practicing and perhaps challenging myself a bit. What’s on my needles now? Why this lovely scarf from One Skein Wonders:

I’m stash-busting by using some beautiful Debbie Bliss Cotton DK to make this scarf. Using quality yarn makes such a difference, and I’m not quite sure I would enjoy knitting with anything else! I decided to use this yarn, even though the pattern calls for aran weight, as I wanted to knit a lighter scarf. I am also using smaller needles (4.5 mm), as I find it easier to keep my tension nice and even using those. Does this mean I am a loose knitter?
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I borrowed a lot of books from the library based on everyone’s advice and one of the very best I’ve found is The Needlecraft Book. It’s perfect for a visual learner like myself, as it’s choc-a-block with full-colour photos. It makes short work of explaining knitting (and other needlearts) and has really fired my enthusiasm for my newest hobby. I’ve added this book to my wish list.

I’m really pleased with how the scarf is looking so far. I like the basket weave pattern and I hope to improve on knitting 1×1 ribbing by the end.

The lovely Kristen and I are planning a knit-a-long, suitable for both novice (me) and experienced (Kristen) knitters. All the details will be posted shortly and we hope you’ll join us! I already bought some scrumptious bamboo cotton yarn to use. Heavenly!

Tess Designs at Austin Fashion Week


Attention all you fashion lovers! Get your shimmy on and sashay down to Austin Fashion Week (AFW), where Tess and her amazing team are one of the official event sponsors!! From the Austin Fashion Week website:

“Austin Fashion Week is set up as a series of events hosted primarily at participating retail and salon locations dotted throughout the city. Curated fashion designers from the state of Texas will set up showcases within each participating retail and salon location…. In 2010, approximately 125 events occurred during Austin Fashion Week inside the participating retail and salon locations.”

August 20th is the day to attend, as Tess Designs takes to the catwalk! Showcasing gorgeous dresses and separates, including exclusive sneak peeks at their upcoming collection, the beautiful Tess models are going to knock the sight right out of your eyes!! Snap up your ticket today!

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Theresa and her team have joined forces with talented folks in the fashion industry as part of AFW’s Mash Up Teams. These teams are comprised of a hair stylish, makeup artist, fashion designer, jeweler, photographer, and model. You can see the results of the Divine & Conquer team above and can cast your vote here.

*All images are used with permission and are courtesy of Tess Designs…

On My Wishlist

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Have you heard the amazing news?? Sarai and the Colette Patterns team have written a book: The Colette Sewing Handbook! The book is filled with tips and tricks and everything in between for everyone; beginner to advanced stitchers.

The big bonus? Five amazing patterns are included! Knowing Colette Patterns’ eye for detail, they will flattering and enjoyable to sew. The sweetheart neck sheath dress and the flutter sleeve blouse have really peaked my interest.

Colette Patterns’ Violet

Wowza, I am so excited!! I’ve got inspiration coming out of my ears and full-on sewing fever happening here! In case you hadn’t noticed, I really love Colette Patterns. Sarai and her team design sewing patterns for sewers, something which I find lacking in modern patterns.

The book will be published in November (Christmas gift – hint, hint!) and is available for pre-order on Amazon right now! Be sure to keep up with all the creative exploits at Colette Patterns by following them on Twitter and on their blog, the Coletterie.…

The Newbie & The Knitter: A Knitalong

Holy Hannah Banana, kids, am I ever excited!! As you may know, I have recently started knitting and I am in heaven! There is something so relaxing about the click of the needles, the swish of the yarn, and the instant gratification of seeing your work unfold before your eyes. I am really enjoying having a portable hobby, as I was able to knit on the beach last weekend.

I have long admired hand-knitted garments and my spectacular Knitting Queens have knit me several. After almost a year of drooling over Kim Hargreaves, Stephanie Japel, and Jordana Paige, I decided to take the proverbial bull by the horns and dive in!

Cadence Pullover / (c) Jordana Paige

Imagine my delight to receive so much helpful advice from knitters around the globe, especially Kristen who emailed me a wonderful idea: a knitalong! I had been wanting to work up to knitting a jumper and the lovely Kristen told me she thought I was already ready to take the plunge! (Talk about a confidence booster!)

We wanted to have as many people join as possible, which is one of the reasons why we chose this beautiful pattern: Cadence by Jordana Paige.

Cadence Pullover / (c) Jordana Paige

Isn’t it just gorgeous?! I love the wide neckline and the beautiful details. It’s knitted from the top down in one piece in lovely aran weight yarn – perfect for the upcoming cool weather. It’s also available FREE from Knitty.

While Cadence isn’t precisely a beginner pattern, I am confident that with Kristen’s expert help I can definitely knit this. I do have yarn already chosen, but I’m not going to share it quite yet. Kristen will be discussing everything from choosing yarn, to knitting a gauge swatch, sizing, finishing and the like, plus addressing …