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[13 May 2011 | 8 Comments | 6,034 views]

Last spring, I joined up with two quilting bees. One, a bee with my KBC gals. The other, a whack of Twitter pals who all wanted to Bee it up.
Basically the way an online quilting bee works is that each person is assigned a month. When it’s your month, you pick a quilting block that everyone will make and then you mail each person in the group a bundle of your chosen fabrics to work up a couple blocks. (usually two, KBeeC does three.) Each person then has a month …

FOs, Headline, knitting, Knitting It Old School »

[26 Apr 2011 | 9 Comments | 46,833 views]
in a post-apocalyptic future, I’ll look fabulous

Amy Herzog is genius, did you know that? When Stitchy and I  were planning the sci-fiber chapter of Knitting it Old School, we ganged up on Amy and told her that she needed to design our Barberella / Planet of the Apes / Matrix-y sweater in the style of the future past. She resisted at first, but it’s almost impossible to say no to us. (We’re so charming!) Plus it was mostly just math, and Amy loves math. Thus was born the Apocalypta sweater.

The yarn is Berroco Seduce, which is …

Featured, Headline, shop update »

[22 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 23,266 views]
making good friday better since 2011

Or something like that.
The shop is updated! Heaps of Biggie Boxbags this go ’round too. Woo!

Enjoy your weekend!

Headline, knitting, sewing, tutorials »

[27 Mar 2011 | 66 Comments | 357,317 views]
easiest knitted sweater zipper install ever

One of the more dreaded knitting finishing techniques is installing a zipper. I admit it, I’ve never been a fan either. There are multiple helpful zipper tutorials out there, and I’ve used a few of them. I always came back with the same issue though; you lay out the sweater, you center the zipper underneath and try to baste in the zipper. The problem is as soon as you pick up a piece of knitted fabric, it does what knitted fabric does. It stretches and drapes and wiggles out of …

Featured, Headline, Knitting It Old School, shop update »

[25 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | 6,311 views]
come ON, spring

I have so many things in the works behind the scenes. I still have 5 knitting FOs to blog. I upgraded my camera. I bought a knitting machine. I changed the way I’m approaching sewing for the shop. I’m waiting on a giant shipment of zippers. I have tutorials half written. I just seem to be spinning my wheels a little. I’m pretty sure I’m lagging behind because it’s March and it’s Spring. AND IT EFFING SNOWED YESTERDAY. Seriously. I’m over Winter, officially.

Let’s see if we can’t shove off the …

FOs, Headline, husband sweaters, knitting, Knitting It Old School »

[21 Mar 2011 | 11 Comments | 8,122 views]
gas station jacket, anyone?

The husband celebrated a milestone birthday this year near the beginning of February. One of those birthdays that couldn’t be acknowledged by a simple Amazon gift card or a new tie. (Does anyone still give ties? Such a lame gift) I wondered for months what to get him, and of course he kept saying he didn’t need or want anything special. I stewed for ages on what the gift would be. Dude is a tough man to buy for.

FOs, Headline, knitting, Knitting It Old School »

[16 Mar 2011 | 7 Comments | 10,646 views]
a rude girl of my own

I have waxed poetic about my love of Valley Yarns Northampton before, and you’ll hear me do it again. There’s a reason I chose it for my two sweaters in Knitting It Old School. For $4.99 a ball, at 247 yds, you can knit up a good sized sweater pretty inexpensively. My version of Rude Girl used 5 balls in the burgundy colour and a couple yards each of the black and white. Total cost if you don’t get it on sale? $25. How rad is that?

FOs, Headline, knitting, Knitting It Old School »

[1 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | 7,456 views]
the Rudies!

Probably time that I officially introduced the sweaters I knit for Knitting it Old School, right?

When we first figured out the different chapter themes and names, I knew I wanted to fit in a his and hers set in the Shake a Tail Feather chapter. I’ve always had a love of dance and ska, and since the two-tone movement started in the 70’s, what better way to sneak in my own influences! In case you don’t know what ska or rudies are, I found youtube vid to explain some of …

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[7 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 27,924 views]
drive by posting

For reals, it’s so bananapants busy around here! Between shop stuff, book stuff and photography stuff, I swear I haven’t had five minutes to finish any of the 10 million blog posts that are sitting in the draft folder. So how about a random Monday list? I like it!

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, Stitchy and I are taking the Knitting It Old School trunk show on the road! We’ll be signing books at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar on Saturday, February 12th from 2pm onward. Come on by and say hello! …

FOs, Headline, knitting, scarves »

[4 Feb 2011 | 9 Comments | 3,918 views]
sereknity, now!

After giving shawls the ol’ college try last year and still feeling lobster-bibby about them, I decided to try again but with a pattern more scarf like. I wanted something that would still be lacy and pretty, but that wouldn’t make me feel like asking for more butter and a shrimp fork.