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Vogue Knitting Live 2015

I had the pleasure of going to Vogue Knitting Live as a “just for fun” sort of trip in January. A marketplace ticket was all I needed ($15 on sale) and I just enjoyed each day looking at yarn, hanging with my friends and having drinks in the hotel lounge with random yarnies. I went with my BFF Claudia who is the owner of Yarn Rhapsody in North Georgia, and a very good friend of hers. We made a happy threesome who enjoyed yarn, sushi and beer in the big apple.


Pushcart Coffee on 2nd Avenue near the south east side of the island. I wandered fairly far from times square on the subway and enjoyed people watching all the school buses and parents walking their kids home from school around 3pm. So many young kids went into the coffee place for hot chocolate. 

I’ve always enjoyed Mochimochi Land and her adorable tiny knits and the super cute kits she always sells at VKL. We share the same publisher (her books are fantastic) and I’ve always wanted to knit more of her little patterns. It was January so I picked out a snowman to knit for BG (Big Girl, 7yo) and a wee sweet owl for LG (Little Girl, 5yo) because well, I wanted to knit them something as it’s been a while sense I’ve knit them something just for fun from me.

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These little creatures traveled all over NYC with m. I spent two evenings knitting in the hotel bed, one night until 2am to get them finished. They are a very quick knit. I knit 3 total during the weekend I was in NYC.


Yummy sushi in on of those restaurants under the street. Not for the claustrophobic. Super yummy.


This picture was crazy hard to take because it was windy and they kept falling over! I had a split second and had to photoshop Claudia’s hand out of the corner of the photo as sh moved it away. Super fast shutter speed for the win!!! Times Square of course!


Yes I totally did that. They wanted to keep them! My kids just love this picture. Thank you Delta Airlines and to the very nice pilots who humored me and to the funny airline attendant who took the picture without giving the pilots any context “hold these real quick”, so funny.

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I took a fun little (free!) tutorial from the talented and wonderfully sweet Vickie Howell. Its always a pleasure to run into her at events. I’ve pre-ordered her very fun finger-knitting book and can’t wait to get it. BG and I will have a blast with it this summer.

I got to meet Arne and Carlos who are two very practical knitters with a really cool background. Sweet guys, with really beautiful designed knitwear. I highly recommend their books.

I’ve always enjoyed VKL. They have top tier teachers, and who can be unhappy in NYC? Until next year, I hope!

Knitters I love – Angela Tong


Angela Tong

Angela has been super busy the past 12+ months creating “The Structure of Shawls DVD and Creative Pin-Loom Designs Video” for interweave, a lovely pattern for Quince & Co. teaching classes at local shops near her stomping grounds (New Jersey) and even a Craftsy Mystery Knit-Along! She has a cool craftsy weaving class you may want to check out, its fantastic and quiet popular.


I first came to know Angela when she submitted to Petite Purls, she soon there-after became a Petite Purls regular. She began getting herself published in magazines, booklets and books.  You can find more of her patterns on Ravelry. One of her patterns was on the cover of Knit Simple magazine a couple of years ago, we had lots of fun running around Vogue Knitting Live that year, watching the magazine people hand out postcards featuring the photo of the cover of the magazine with her scarf.


She’s an amazing designer with a beautiful aesthetic, and she also makes very cute baby girls! My favorite pattern of hers is Princess because that photo and the shawl are pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Your local knitting store shop-girl

I had gone into a new knitting shop in town to knit over the holidays and I let them know I had a book and asked if they would be interested in carrying it at their store. Randomly sometime later the owner called and asked me if I would be interested in working in her shop a few days a week. This sounded delightful so I took her up on it, it’s only 3 hours at a time because of the kids schedule but its so nice to be around knitters more often. I also have begun teaching classes on Sundays which is delightful.

You gain an un-parraleleed amount of experience by helping others fix their knitting mistakes or by helping them read random patterns. In the last two weeks a lone I have learned a great deal about what gives knitters trouble. It’s an excellent education in how to improve pattern writing. If knitting-pattern-design was a college program, this would be a required course! I hope I am getting better at helping people, it’s a certain amount of pressure when you know how much time someone has taken to knit something.

This week we had a knitter come in who had been doing k2tog as well, not a k2tog and she was quiet delightful in that she very quickly wanted to rip the entire cowl she was almost done knitting. She was very happy to learn the right way and set right off to try again. I loved how she took it all in stride and was happy to get started again. EZ would be proud, I am sure. I’ll post updates about more fun adventures at the yarn shop! I also get to open boxes when new yarn comes in, and that is just about the best thing ever.

Knitting in progress

I’m currently working up Vitamin D in “Breathless” so that I’ll have my own shop sample to wear while I am at work. Gorgeous pattern with some downright crazy math, glad I didn’t have to write that pattern, mad kudos to the author!

La Leche

I knit this about a year ago and wrote the pattern shortly after but somehow never updated my blog with it. It was an idea I had in my head for quiet some time and when my very good friend Claudia was expecting a baby I finally had an excuse to knit it up and create the pattern.

It’s knit in Anzula Squishy (Colorway Maple) which I had picked up at TNNA that summer. A twisted stitch makes up the little brim and there are directions included for making a sweet little garter stitch flower. To purchase the pattern click here.


Isn’t he just about the cutest baby boy ever? Claudia had him in the best DIY bassinet ever, a laundry basket with a folded towel underneath and then a soft blanket on top. The baby was near a window with lovely soft filtered light and was sound asleep with his little hat on. It’s also very exciting to announce that Claudia now officially has her very own yarn shop, Yarn Rhapsody in Gainsville, GA. I am happy to say I have many knitting friends who shop there. Claudia was co-owner for about a year but took it over officially a few months ago. I know its been a dream of hers and its so fun to see her doing one of that many things she is good at. Drop on by if you are in the area.


Lovely new knitting books

I have two current favorite knitting books:

Green Gables Knits

“Inspired by the beloved children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables, this collection of eight patterns includes knits for ages 12 to adult and includes garments and accessories for teens, women, and men. Each pattern is accompanied by quotes from the novel alongside a selection of L. M. Montgomery’s personal photographs from Prince Edward Island. This work is published in collaboration with The Heirs of L. M. Montgomery, Inc.”

I love that Joanna Johnson went straight to the source and connected with the L. M. Montgomery family. I’ve been to Prince Edward Island to the lovely house that the book was inspired by, and walked through the haunted woods (which sadly don’t look so haunted in the summer of course!) you can even take a carriage ride along the property. They have an amazing gift shop there, and I  hope this book is sitting in stacks next to the many other books they have in the shop.

The Diana hat reminds me of Raspberry Cordial which is just kind of perfect, and Anne with an E has a very lovely cardigan. Joanna’s books introduced me to Brown Sheep yarn which is just really quiet lovely for knitted garments, and often used by her, its a very affordable yarn and has a lovely heather and natural texture. The “Patterns for kindred sports” is just perfect and the style of the book is spot on.


Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary 

“Stitch dictionaries are to knitters what Webster’s is to a writer. Within the pages of these inspiring reference books are the endless variations of knit and purl stitches that produce the fabrics of all knitting. But in the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, designer Wendy Bernard does something no other author has done before— she presents instructions for working 150 popular stitch patterns four different ways: top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round.”

This is basically a huge time-saver and something I’ve wanted for ages. A delightful book from the lovely Wendy Bernard, and I of course had to cast on for something straight away (with some lovely Bugga I acquired at Maryland Sheep & Wool last month). I am betting many knitting-authors are thinking “Why didn’t I think of this first!” so terribly clever and useful. There are also a few lovely patterns to accompany the book like a little extra treat or desert.