Well, this took a lot longer than I thought it would. Probably because I stopped to make a load of tiny sweaters and alpaca cowls for our pop-up sale last month. Anyway, it’s finally done and I think it turned out pretty well. I’m especially happy with the tubular bind off on the ribbed edging. Such a great technique–I highly recommend learning how to do it if you don’t already.
Knitty is doing this interesting thing. I’m so happy to be able to support such an excellent online knitting magazine. I got my start as a designer in Knitty, and still feel like Amy Singer is my knitting fairy godmother.
Can you support Knitty too? $2 an issue is quite a bargain.
I’m having a sale in my Ravelry Pattern store:
25% off all patterns until August 9th.
Just use the code “SUMMERLOVE” when you check out. Shop as often as you like. My latest pattern, the Queen Street reversible cardigan (coming on July 28th) is included in this special offer.
Need a gift for a summer baby? Here’s a sweet cotton garter stitch blanket with i-cord edging and a handy loop on one corner. This is a free pattern; get it here.
What kind of needles do you use? I have a whole collection of different types made of different materials. My current favourites are metal Addi turbos because they are so smooth and light. But I also have bamboo (Takumi) and resin sets (Denise interchangeables, sadly missing one 5mm tip) which I also use from time to time.
The only type of needles I never use are aluminium, because my yarn always slips off and they make a terrible sound when they rub together.
I noticed a subtle difference in the knitted fabric I got from various needles, but never really paid a lot of attention to it. Until now.
Alexis also wrote a post on circular vs. flat swatches, which is also very helpful. And super interesting. You should read it.
Need a last-minute gift for someone special? My friend Clarice made this Bad Math scarf for her boyfriend in just 2 days! She used 3 balls of Cascade Yarns Lana Grande on 12mm needles. Pretty nice work for someone who says she hasn’t knitted for a very long time.
What a great book launch / anniversary party at Urban Yarns last night! It was lovely to meet all the designers (many of whom I’d only met by email up til yesterday). We missed having our awesome editor Shelley join us, but it would have been a long trek from snowy Edmonton.