Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Classic Cabled Aran Sweater

Rosie is one spoiled pup! Soon I think she'll have a better wardrobe than me! Here is a new dog sweater, based on my Basic Dog Sweater pattern and spruced up with a classic cabled aran design:




Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash (100% wool)
Started: Feb 21, 2014
Finished: July 13, 2014

Clearly she's not too happy modeling the sweater. Could be that it was 90+ degrees (F) when I took the photos. Come December and January she will love the sweater!

I love the fact that it actually fits her! The basic dog sweater "pattern" is really excellent and now I'm realizing all the potential designs I could make from this basic design.


So it might not be in an classic aran weight wool (as it's in plain and simple Cascade 220 superwash wool) and it might not have any sort of significant meaning to the pattern... but it's a classic Ireland Aran Island sweater in this half-asian's eyes! :)

The top has a typical cris-cross diamond motif with alternating moss/seed stitch and reverse stockinette stitch interiors. This is bordered by a simple cable (with twists to the outside on both sides).

And the under panel has a what I call a lobster (lobstah) claw or a faux-cable.



A fun knit really. I will be teaching a class on how to create this cute sweater later in the fall. More details soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ekks - I'm going to try to STEEK!

This coming Sunday (9/21/2014) I'm going to take a class on steeking! I'm excited and frightened to cut into some knitting. If you are near the DMV-area register now at WoolWinders yarn shop to learn and master this technique from Terry!


I'll let you know how it goes! Stay tuned....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Another Class: Basic Dog Sweater 101

My last Basic Dog Sweater class was such a hit we are doing it again!






Join me at Woolwinders Yarn Shop on Saturday, September 27th and October 11th from 9-11am to learn how to knit a dog sweater that will fit your little (or big!) pup!

This class is perfect for learning about gauge and how to design your project to fit. Yes there is some math involved but the outcome is well worth it! And really, I'm right there with you so it's not scary at all! This is class one of a series (!!!) so it can be thought of as Dog Sweater 101. You learn the basics and how to get a really classic looking dog sweater. Class 201 will start in November and will kick up the techniques and skills a bit. Be on the lookout for the that class description and registration information!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Choose Your Own Adventure: Boot Cuff

I have an upcoming class at Woolwinders: Choose Your Own Adventure: Boot Cuff edition! It's a Choose Your Own Adventure class because students will get a chance to learn or hone skills while knitting in the round. The skills this time around include: cables, lace and/or joggless stripes!

On Saturday, September 6th students will choose between (or all) three patterns:

UGG Hug Boot Toppers by Alexandra Davidoff

 



Feather Lace Boot Toppers by Paula McKeever




Or a Joggless Stripe Boot Topper



I'm pretty excited about this class because it's a little different as a number of students could be knitting different boot toppers at the same time! Actually it would be GREAT if we had a lot of students in the class and different people were working on different techniques at the same time and we could have cable, lace and stripe "stations" going on. Fingers crossed for a good turn out!

Ahhh boot season. I'm so ready for Autumn!