If you are plugged into the knitting world then you may know that Vickie Howell is the new host of KDTV. This came about in relation to Interweave Knits magazine having a new editor (the lovely Lisa Shroyer pictured below). Lots of exciting changes at Interweave, and I had the delight of hanging with them for a short bit on the new season of Knitting Daily TV, which will begin airing in January.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the smaller the knitted item, the more likely I am to finish it. I’ve always had start-itis, and its hard to have gratification in a timely manner with many knitting projects that can take weeks, months, if not years. I enjoyed the project size ranges in my book Just Like Me Knits (socks, hats, sweaters to jacket), but wanted to go in a slightly different direction for my next projects. I’m focusing on smaller items, and smaller stitches! I love a sock weight yarn knit on size 6 needles, or size 1 needles. I love to explore the various drape and fabric created by simply changing the needle size.
The last month of my life is one gigantic blur, actually the last two months. My husband traveled out of town a lot, I had a car accident which resulted in my waiting a month to get a new car, and I had to do a heck of a lot of work on the latest Petite Purls to get the new design and issue up (with my partner in crime Allegra).
I had a wonderful time at TNNA, I don’t remember half of it but the parts where I didn’t spend it on my computer coding (hrmm maybe 40% I was not coding?) I really enjoyed.
I am so excited to share my latest pattern with you, the “School Colors” hoodie, which is simple and fun to knit, with a fitted modern silhouette in that wonderfully bold Spud & Chloe pallet. I used a simple crochet stitch to border the fronts and hood (applied i-cord is another option but takes longer!) and then popped in a zipper (the green one features a fun brass zipper which I loved, but it’s too small to see in the photo).
I had a wonderful time knitting them, and I love them both so much. It looks like they added some really cute and funky zipper pulls to them for the photos and I just love that! It’s sized from 25 to 44, so you can knit it for the young tween in your life, or knit one for yourself! They are both knit top down in one piece, with the red one there is a very simple trick to twisting the yarn on each row, so that you can knit with two colors. It’s like a very simple form of intarsia (and I don’t generally like intarsia, this is so much easier but technically the same thing, stripped down). So no seaming in pesky sleeves later, very little finishing!
I can’t wait to see my samples again in person at TNNA, and get to see the lovely crew from Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloe again!
TNNA was just as much fun as I imagined it to be, maybe even more! I had to take little LG with me, which is not exactly something I would advise (brining a baby to TNNA) however it is allowed, and I can tell you I am extremely happy I went, and at this juncture I simply could not have gone without her. Next year however, margarita’s on me, because I’ll be coming alone! Everyone was so kind about having the baby along, I am going to attempt to thank a few of the people who helped me with her, allthough I am sure I’ll miss a few. Continue reading