It’s been a while, friends!
I sincerely apologize for my lack of posting…and I assure you all that I have been clicking away in my absence, but some other things have come up in my life that have taken first string to maintaining my knitting blog. Before I get into that, I want to mention that in the beginning (somewhere in 2005), knitting and maintaining this blog was always something that put a smile on my face….it was something that I always looked forward to to release my stress and allow my outpouring of creative energy to actually be channeled into something constructive. It has seen many many iterations and may knitting projects and many knitting eras, everything from the Karalund craze and the Swallowtail Shawl obsession….strait through to the explosion of Brooklyn Tweed and and the unveiling of Shelter…From Eunny taking over Interweave….and then the introduction of Quince and it’s unbelievably amazing yarn line.
Then in 2010, I turned to pattern designing…and at first it was wonderful. I loved shopping for my materials and sketching out designs and swatching. But…I quickly burned myself out…tangling myself in all sorts of math that just didn’t make any sense to me as well as copyright issues and having a hard time actually parting with my work when it was all done. Additionally, what many new designers may not realize is that pattern support is absolutely crucial. I lost count of how many emails I’ve received regarding questions to my patterns that sometimes I can answer, and unfortunately, some that I can’t.
Anyway, getting to the point is that about 8 months ago when I wanted to really make my patterns pop with incredible photos, I bought myself a camera. In addition to arranging all my yarn and projects to photography them, I began taking pictures of anything that would sit still a minute…and I’d be lying if I said I’ve put that thing down since I bought it. It changed my life.
I have since established a little business for myself, and if all goes well this year I will be working along-side 3 amazing wedding photographers to build a portfolio. I have dreams of going professional eventually…but I need to keep reminding myself that it’s all baby steps until then : ) Visit eemithphotography to see more of my work, or check out project 365 for the photo-a-day project I began in January.
Knitting is an enormous part of my life, and really, it was what first inspired me to expand upon my photography and for that I am eternally grateful. Currently, I have 4 projects on the needles, and they will most definitely find their place in my 365, so keep checking in. I may not post to this blog nearly as often any more, if at all, but I’ll be around so don’t be a stranger. You can also still find me on Ravelry as EmilyElizabeth.
I extend a huge thank you to all the knitters, readers and commenters out there that have stopped on by over the past 6 years. It’s been awesome, but it’s time for something new : )
Ugh. Three weeks ago I think I mentioned something about wanting to have a set (or 2) of mittens finished to go in, uh….2 weeks. I will learn not to make any more promises, at least not until after October 31st (the big day for any one who’s counting!)
I’m quickly approaching the point of just saying that I won’t even enter a 10-foot radius of anything yarn related over the next 2 weeks…but a knitter knows not to make that promise, either : ).
However, truth be told, I think this will be the last post you see from me for 3 to 4 weeks, until the craziness dies down. That probably means I will have to wait until November to get the two mitten patterns moved, but that still leaves plenty of time to knit a pair or 2 before the big chill sets in. In the mean time, head over to Elli’s blog and check out her Sprig Mitts for another dose of leafy fall goodness. The foliage muses are working over-time this season….and aren’t her colors luscious?!
Before I sign off for a stretch, I want to mention a few exciting things in the knitting sphere that have really gotten my creative juices flowing:
- I received my copy of Mandy’s Red Collection last week! I am so completely inspired by Mandy’s ambition and upstart attitude (not to mention her crisp and classy design sense) and I absolutely can’t wait to cast on for a Ziggity Hat. What’s even more exciting is that I snagged this copy gratis for being lucky buyer #100. Go me! Even more so, go Mandy for being so successful!
- While I’m missing out on the fun of Rhinebeck and Stitches East this fall, the inaugural Fiber Festival of New England in West Springfield is coming up on the first weekend of November….and I wonder if the new hubby will agree to a romp out west during our tour-de-New England honeymoon.
- Last but most definitely not least is Jared’s new yarn line, Shelter. I’m really at a loss for words here. Lately it feels like I’m stuck in a continuous loop of no sooner being over the yarn crush of his latest design publication when he throws another curveball into the mix. But just look at how soft and down-right gorgeous this yarn is. It blows my mind, but then again, would anyone expect anything different from him? Of course, I already have two pairs of mittens and a hat pattern in mind for this yarn, but, I HAVE to finish what’s on my plate first. Sigh
Oh, almost forgot! Who’s the lucky duck who’s going to Harrisville for the “Discover the Possibilities” retreat in November? Oh yeah. I’ll refrain from gushing with excitement : )
See you all in a little bit…wish me luck!
Do you remember a little peek of these mittens from way back in June?? Well, I do…and they’ve been burning a hole in the back of my brain.
It’s been a while since I finished these, but I can remember sitting there, knitting away at a summer cook-out, burger in one hand, mittens in the other, all the while dodging the disapproving glances from a particular friend of mine who continues to have a hard time wrapping her head around the concept of “welcoming fall”, even despite being a (newbie) knitter herself. She has much to learn : ) (e.g., bring mittens to a barbeque, not an aghan!).
Me, I would be content to dwell in the fall year round, in some magical place somewhere where crisp mornings melt into warm afternoons by the autumn sun, and cool nights dew the fallen leaves that sweetly perfume the day’s air. Where twigs crackle beneath your feet and there is always the scent of something warm and spicy in the oven, and something soft and woolen on the needles.
Ah : )
But, now to the real world where there are only about 3 more weeks to go until the trees are bare, daylight is but a mere memory and I will have to pile on the hand knits in horrendous combinations to stay warm. Heh! So, I’m going to savor these moments of autumn and enjoy my fall knitting before it turns to winter. On that note…now that I’ve finally had a chance to revisit this pattern, I’ve realized I forgot to chart the thumbs as I went along. So, I’m going to work-up another pair to refresh my memory. While I was knitting the first pair, I kept thinking to myself how lovely they’d look in berry colors, so I’m using a juicy and vibrant palette for this second pair, which offers a nice contrast to the neutral shades in the first pair. Don’t you just love knits that look equally well in all sorts of color combinations!
Of course since I first began version 2.0, I’ve been interrupted 2 dozen times (and I still have Douglas, which I promised to deliver shortly), but my hope is to have these finished and available within the next 2 weeks. Hmm. Though, lately my ability to perform by deadline has been laughable, but we’ll see.
In the hub-bub of last minute gift knitting, planning a 50th surprise party, typing up the loose ends of a long over-due knit pattern and organizing the last leg of a wedding (did I mention I was getting married?) the one year blogoversary of my second go at it came and went without as much as a tip of the hat!
So, here’s to one year full of knitting, designing, and dreaming. I look forward to many more : )
And now that several of the major projects in my life have been tackled, I get to share a little of what’s been going on behind the scenes. Here is a little sneak peek of a pattern of mine that was just [reluctantly] dropped off at my LYS.
Lately, I’ve developed this horrible separation anxiety with the products of my knitting, which I can foresee being a hindrance in the designing process. Like a momma bird anxiously sending her babies out into the world I sit…chewing my nails down knowing that my precious knitted item is floating around somewhere being folded by whomever. Yeah, I’m a bit melodramatic, but I really liked those mittens : (. I’ll just keep reminding myself that I can always knit another pair.
I’ll post about it officially when they are all set and published, so stay tuned!
Oooh…and look at what I found in the mail box the other day. It’s quite enough to make one just squeal with delight…and you know I did : ).
And now I’ve got all those glorious colors dancing around in my head…and I see many many mittens in my future, and maybe the future of some of my relatives, haha. I’m still swatching away with the Osprey that I bought a bit ago, and haven’t committed to anything quite yet. It’s so soft and squishy that I’m tempted to just knit a basic infinity cowl in stockinette. Sometimes a yarn is just beautiful in it’s own right and doesn’t need to be fussy. We’ll see. For now, go over and check out Mandy at the Zig Zag Stitch. I am in love with her self-published set of patterns in The Red Collection. I share her obsession with gratuitous bobbles and really want this hat. Don’t those bobbles look juicy enough to eat?!
So what stitches tickle your fancy?
Enter: my love affair with the 2-color long-tail cast-on.
Nothing is more exciting that discovering fun new techniques to incorporate into my knitting, and this one just about takes the cake. It’s remarkable simplicity also means that I’m kicking myself for not figuring it out sooner! This 2-color method leaves behind a perfectly roped cast-on edge that gives the hem an exciting punch of color. I am so tickled by this tiny detail that you can be sure to find this technique popping up in some of my own designs soon enough : ) In addition, I’m knitting these bitty sweaters with the no-muss/no-fuss Cascade Superwash and am in love with how deliciously Crayola the palette is. Perfect for a pair of adventurous 1-year olds, wouldn’t you say!
(Try it! To execute the cast-on, knot together the tails of two different color yarns using a slip stitch, then slide only the loop of the main color onto your needles, pull taut. Wrap the MC around your index finger and the CC around your thumb. Continue casting-on in regular long tail fashion—easy as pie!)
These Budgies have practically knit themselves, and with all the long-term projects I have in the mix, it’s been a treat to have something just fly off the needles. Woosh! I’d definitely file this one under “I’m hanging out and eating Chinese and need something simple that won’t require counting.”
Being fond of stripes, babies in wool, and now incredibly fun cast-ons, I’m sure I’ll be knitting another before long. In the meanwhile, these two are in the queue for a set of zipper panels, sleeve seams, and a good soak block before being wrapped and sent out west. I haven’t yet purchased the zippers…and on that note….I’ve been hemming and hawing about whether I want to follow the pattern as written and sew in the zippers, or rather, knit a button panel like this one.
What do you think?
I am pleased to share with you Green Tea Beret & Mitts, a hat and mitt pattern set that I designed and knit in Ivy Brambles 4-ply cashmere especially for my local yarn store, The Yarn and Fiber Company.
Materials | Approx. 350 yds of DK weight yarn. Shown in Ivy Brambles 4-ply Cashmere, Spring Green. For beret: US #1 (2.25mm) 16 in. circular, US #2 (2.75mm) 16 in. circular. For mitts: US #2 DPNs. 14 stitch markers. Tapestry needle.
*As always, regard needle size as a gentle suggestion, and swatch thoroughly as you may need to adjust needle size according to your own personal tension.
Gauge | 30 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch (after light blocking)
I’ve been waiting for so long to share this pattern, and I am very pleased to announce that it has been published and made available as a PDF download at the Yarn and Fiber Company’s website, or in print through mail and in-store. The stitch pattern is a fun and simple combination of yarn-overs, slipped, and pass-over stitches with a bit of give to fit a range of sizes. If you have larger hands or prefer an even slouchier beret, swatch with a needle a size-or-two larger in order to increase the gauge and achieve your perfect fit!
I have a few deadlines that are slowly sneaking, but once they are met, I look forward to knitting a set for myself in anticipation of fall, perhaps in a steel grey : )
“I may have said the same thing before…but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different.”
— Oscar Wilde
In my case, I may have knit/crocheted the same thing before, but my execution will always be different! My inspiration to craft has waxed and waned over the past two years, and while I haven’t committed anything to my blog or Ravelry in that time, I have started 6 blankets, finished 3 of them, and frogged one entirely. Blankets and afghans have always been a comfort zone for me, particularly when feeling the drain of a long day and not being able to muster up the desire to pick apart a tedious knit pattern. The long rows of the same stitch pattern ease my tension and excite me greatly, even if I do crochet the same pattern over and over again. But hey, I love messing around with different colors and row widths…everyone’s got a thing, right?!
These two were made for my two week old nephews using Vana’s Choice Yarn in Kelly Green, Sweat Pea, Ducky and Goldfish.
This one here is my Happy Halloween afghan that I started a few weeks ago and hope to complete it before the holiday. I’m kind of a “huge” Halloween fan and already have all my décor out in the living room. The only thing missing is this here finished blanket : ).
My end-year resolution is to keep up with this blog, and from now on I hope to update at least once a week. In which case…I had better get cracking!
Some time back in the winter of 2006, the idea for this blog was incepted while falling in love with many of the other knit-blogs out there in cyberspace, some of which I still read faithfully to this day. I loved watching other knitters muse about their projects, share their ideas and struggles, and then proudly post about their finished projects, successes and the ‘not-so-much’.
During these past 4-years, this little space has been through many transitions: the most notable was moving from my own private domain to a blogger account. And while I was always passionate about my blog, for the longest time it felt to me that I was more concerned about the actual ‘blog’ itself–with designing and redesigning it–more so than the knitting content. Lately, though, I’ve become even more passionate about my knitting and designing and in lieu of this, I plan to clean out the attic and start fresh on a new slate, a slate that will be full of my own knitting muses, ideas, struggles and successes…and of course some ‘not-so-much’es : ).
Most importantly, this blog has been a part of me for many years now, and I hope it continues to be.
With that said. Welcome to the new EmilyElizabethKnits. Knit on, and Enjoy!