Catching Up

Hello friends and knitters. I have been on a very long break. So much has happened in the last few months. I will just give you the highlights. We are in the process of purchasing a home. It has been a relatively all-consuming process, and I hope that we are nearing the end, and that I will be able to show it to all of you very soon. If we do move forward, it is going to need a lot of work, but I will share that process with you, as well.

Candice Galek of Bikini Luxe in Ferragamo. Styled by Joseph DeAcetis Photograopher Jamel Toppin

In late November, I had the opportunity to assist the kind and talented Joseph DeAcetis on a photo shoot. Joseph is the Creative Style Director at Forbes, and also a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where I met him. He is quite an expert on men’s fashion, and I was over the moon when he invited me to assist him with the Forbes 30 Under 30 campaign. The shoot was two very intense days of fittings and photography. We styled 7 young CEO Entrepreneurs. The clothes were beautiful, and it was so interesting to talk to these young, successful and engaging executives. I have included one excerpt from the magazine. Jamel Toppin is the photographer. You can see the entire class of winners here Forbes 30 Under 30

Last but not least, Vogue Knitting. Vogue Knitting is by far one of my favorite weekends out of the year. I always do the Broadway Baby package, which allows me to take 3 classes. This year, I took two classes with Veera Valimaki. She has long been one of my favorite shawl designers. I signed up for both her Shawl Shapes class, and her Stripes Beyond Basics class. I am happy to say that she did not disappoint. Her passion for knitting and for shawls is infectious. We went over techniques and design principles, and we spent quite a bit of time working on various techniques. She also gave each class a download code for one of her patterns. In a Word, and Stripe Study. Several persons in the class were wearing her color affection shawl, which is my all time favorite, and which has been in my ravelry queue for as long as I can remember.

Color  Afffection by Veera Valimaki

My other class was No Fear Isle with John Brinegar. I loved that class so much, I may devote an entire blog post to what we learned and accomplished in that class. The short version is that I made a Fair Isle hat, and I had never done any sort of color work in knitting before. The pattern is called Orange Crush, and it is available on Ravelry. I was so excited to continue with color knitting, that I immediately requested all of the books on the subject that I could from my local library. My favorite was, by far, Simple Color Knitting by Erika Knight. It is a beautifully designed book that goes through the design process, color theory, various techniques and corresponding projects to go with them. I highly recommend giving it a try. I am looking forward to making the Fair Isle Snood. It was the lovely ink drawings that really grabbed my attention. It was written in 2015, but I did not find any of the patterns on Ravelry.

Works in progress:

Basic Socks. By Ann Budd. I am determined to finish these this week! Knit on 2.25 mm dpns in Blue Moon Fibers Socks That Rock Colorway Byron Lee Tipsy. I am on the foot of the second sock. My knitting group meets tonight, so I should be able to make a lot of progress.

Basic Sock by Ann Budd, Byron Lee Tipsy

Corrina Sweater by Ann McCauley knit on 4 mm circular needles in Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere 2 ply. I have started the shoulder decrease on the back. I should finish the back this week. My goal is to finish it in February. I would like to get it off the needles and give it to mom before the weather warms up again.

Corrina Sweater

Doctor Who the Angels Have the Blue Box dishcloth. Knit on size 6 straight needles in Knit Picks Dishie Solids, colorway blue. Sunday is dishcloth day. This is a fun and quick knit. I seem to be playing yarn chicken. We shall see how it goes.

Dr. Who The Angels Have the Blue Box

Woodland Ruana Wrap by Lorna Miser. Knit in Bernat Roving. I will be using several colors and making large, bold stripes. I really needed a break from working with tiny yarn and tiny needles after my weekend at Vogue knitting, and this was the response. Not sure if I will like it when it is knit up, but it will certainly be warm.

Woodland Ruana Wrap

Stone Croft Shawl by Judy Marples. Knit in Dragonfly Fibers Damsel in Starry Night. I have not been working on this lately, but I would like to finish it before spring. I think the colors make it a perfect accessory for jeans and a tee shirt. Particularly the dark denim I like to wear.

Stone Croft Shawl

Alethea by Amy Christoffers. Knit in Berroco Mykonos in color 8560 Apollo. I love this scarf. The yarn is really drapey, and it has the most beautiful sheen. This, too, has been on hold for a while, but it is a linen yarn, so it will be okay if I do not get to it before spring.