Monday, January 5, 2015

Double Knit Knit-A-Long!

I've been obsessed with the idea of double knitting for a while now. Last year I attempted the technique but the pattern and I were not getting along. I figured out the technique no problem but the pattern  was not written well and it just became a huge mess. This year I decided I was not only going to master the technique, but also teach it AND have it as a fun month-long knit-a-long (KAL)! Luckily Amy, the owner of WoolWinders, lets me try out crazy ideas and we have it scheduled for the whole month of January. So starting in January (the 10th if you will) I'll be teaching a class where people can choose their OWN double knit pattern and join along for a month of knitting fun!

Yarns: Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Fathom and Antler (75% merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere)
Started: October 11, 2014
Finished: November 29, 2014

The pattern I chose for the store sample is actually for a fair-isle blanket that is worked in the round and then steeked (!!). Actually I'm totally intrigued and want to try knitting and steeking the blanket. But for now I just used the pattern for inspiration for my scarf.

I really love my snowflake scarf. It's so warm and soft! The two layers of cashmere blend yarn are heavenly. If you ever want a luxurious feeling scarf draped around your neck go for the Madelinetosh Pashmina. Actually Rosie loved sitting on my lap while I knit this because the warm and soft cashmere would just drape around her. What a spoiled little pup!

I'm hoping that people will try different patterns for the January KAL. I'll be knitting the There and Back Again, Hobbit story scarf for the hubs in a brown and cream combination (request by the hubs himself).
By FrivoliteByHand
The other cool thing I'm attempting this class will be a virtual "hangout" twice during the month-long KAL. Two in-person sessions and two virtual sessions. These virtual knitting hangouts will either be a complete awesome success or huge awesome failure. Fingers crossed for fun and success but either way, I'm excited to try it out!

Lastly - I have to plug it one more time. Are you tempted to join me in the KAL? There are still a couple more slots available! Go to the WoolWinders website to learn more and register! How to double knit and a month of fun... sounds awesome to me!
Till next time!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Reflections

As I've mentioned before, I'm not one to make resolutions for the new year but I always like to take time to think about what has happened in the past year, reflect on lessons learned, the good and tough moments and think about how to make the next year even better in all areas of life.

But of course for the purposes of this blog I always have to list out my fiber-related accomplishments:
Screen shot of finished projects in 2014 (from Ravelry)
New DrChopSuey Knit logo!
Of course knitting is not all I do (believe it or not). A couple additional fun accomplishments to note: 
  • #1 item - still cancer free! Let's keep this one going! 
  • Read 34 books (12 more than last year!)
  • Walked/ran 4,161,997 steps and  9,612 flights of stairs (that's 186,002 more steps and 2,446 more stairs in 2014!)
  • Traveled to Europe for the first time (I had only traveled to Asia previously), not just once but twice
  • Completed a year (pretty successfully) at work (they haven't sent me packing yet, ha!). 
  • Met a lot of amazing people from all walks of life
Screenshot of book covers from 2014 books read (from GoodReads)

Clearly 2014 was a great year for my fiber life as my knitting teaching career really took off. I never thought I'd be teaching but I have to say in absolutely loving it. I am learning to become a better knitter and communicator by teaching others.  It's an added bonus that I've made a little money and amazing friends along the way.

So what does 2015 have in store?  Obviously we have no idea yet.  What I do know is that my career (that actual work thing I do with clinical terminologies, not my fiber hobby) is also starting to take off so I'll be busy with that part of my life.  And the hubs is getting involved me with his profession too. So this family may have a very busy professional year in 2015. But whatever happens - it should be fun.  Looking forward to spending time with you and sharing my adventures for another year!