I recently bought a pair of these Chiaogoo fixed circular needles to try out. I loved them so much I bought another pair. The points are nice and sharp, the joins are smooth and the cable is... an actual cable. Very strong and as I am using them on my current project I find I am knitting faster with them because I'm not worried about them coming unscrewed, or the tips breaking free of their casing. I have been knitting effortlessly with them. I would like you to try these needles out as well! All you need to do is comment on this post saying why you could use a good set of needles and what project you would try them out on. You will win a pair of Chiaogoo fixed circular needles in any size and cable length and I will also be throwing in 3 mini skeins of my handspun yarn. This giveaway will close on Sunday March 17th at 10:00 pm Sask time and I will randomly pick a winner. Good Luck!
I have been asked to help out fashion designer Riley Lawson, create some unique handknit items for the upcoming Saskatchewan Fashion Week May 9 - 11!! Riley has a passion for her work that is truly unique, she's knows what she wants and she works hard to get it. Riley is the fashion manager for Stella & Sway, she writes a monthly column in Pink magazine is seen on Global TV has done advertising work for the Cornwall Centre, Midtown Plaza, Rockbridge Reality, just to name a few and she is an image consultant on top of it all. She has a very exciting collection to showcase this year you won't want to miss it. This is a very big opportunity for me and I am very grateful to be a part of it.
About a month ago, I was knitting with some friends at Wok Box on south Albert St and we were discussing neat ideas in knitting. My friend Sara had showed me this clock that knits a complete round on a circular knitting machine as the time ticks by. At the end of the year you have a scarf!
"A unique concept shows the passage of time using an accessory that is knitted 24
hours a day for 365 days."
This idea is from designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen.
I think I need a circular knitting machine......
I found this pretty cool idea on Ravelry near the beginning of the year. The designer has separated up temperatures in 5 degree increments and she suggested colours to represent these temperatures. So what you do is knit a row depending on the high of the day. I am making this for my great uncle and he lives in Weyburn so I have been checking the high's everyday and knitting his scarf. I am using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn in 15 colours. I have to say that so far the pattern has been surprising me because we have been having really weird weather. As you can see in my uncles scarf it was from +1 to -19 in one day! The months are separated with white and I think at the end I will add the year. I am knitting this in garter stitch so each ridge counts as one day. Even if my uncle never wears this scarf, he will like the history and that I will have worked on it everyday for a year. This scarf tells a story and if I make one next year it will look different. You can customize this scarf in so many ways if you are planning on starting one. You can use any yarn, any needle size and any stitch pattern, you can even crochet it if you want. I'll be interested in seeing how it comes along, its like a mystery and it writes history one row at a time.
I decided a while ago that I love handspun more than commercial yarn. I love the process, the uniqueness, the surprise and the finished product. I love how the yarn when spun can/will look a lof different from the fibre sometimes and other times it looks pretty much the same. I love the handmade look of handspun items and I especially love how much better the item feels on. I even told Jeremy that if he was choosing between fibre and yarn for me, always choose the fibre.
I have made a new years resolution to spin at least 4 oz of fibre a month.... on a spindle and try to make a pair of socks a month. I have been doing well so far in this first week of the year. I am going through one of my Phat Fiber boxes and I am going to spin every sample with my little sweetheart golding
I also received this gorgeous "Sheep to Shoe" kit from my friend Hilary and I spun it up into 2 ply yarn and I am making plain socks. I love them. It is so rewarding to finally make handspun socks. I specifically learned toe up socks for this, and only this. Thanks Hilary <3 such a thoughtful gift
So this is all I worked on today