Heavens imbrace the horizon. No matter how jaggad the profile, The sky faithfully conforms. Deng Ming~Dao
I mentioned a little while back that I attended Amy Herzog's retreat, "Wear.Make.Love" in which she taught how to make a sweater that really fits. At the end of the class, she made her new software, CustomFit, available to the class members to try. (It is now open to everyone...go take a look)
The software is still in it's early process and there have been some minor glitches, but the concept of being able to plug in your personal measurements, plug in your swatch size and have the program spit out a custom designed sweater exactly just for you is nothing short of amazing.
Amy created a sweater using my Frolic yarn, as I mention before and I decided that my first CustomFit sweater would be the same sweater, Birch Bark. So far it's been easy to follow the pattern and the part that I love the most is that in addition to giving measurements just for my size, is the continuous row counts throughout the entire pattern which has been a tremendous help to me.
Now to the title of my post. As you look at the picture of the lovely cable on the cuff of my bell shaped sleeve there is an imperfection. I am pretty good at reading charts, but for some reason I could not understand some portions of this particular chart and my cable is not exactly the way it should be. Instead of the cable being surrounded by a rectangle of garter stitch, that garter should have rounded around the cable, but at the end of the day, it will not bother me. I will just have to remember to make the exact same way so they will match.
I will be working on my sweater this weekend and enjoying the late fall weather. What will you be doing?
Now that title should get some interesting hits, right? LOL! I have finally found my quilting mojo again, whew! It's been a while for sure, but I'm happy it's back. Last year I saw this quilt and just fell in love with it. I loved the bright cheery fabric and the geometric look to it, so after reading through Andy's tutorial, I bought the same jelly roll fabric and purchased a strip ruler, for no other reason than I knew that someday I wanted to make one just like it.
I also watched this video which showed how user friendly this ruler is in making blocks for this quilt. Love it!
So....I knew that someday the right occasion would present itself for this cheerful fabric and sure enough it has. We have a new little boy who will be making his appearance very soon, and what better way to help welcome him than with a warm, happy quilt. :)
It's no secret that Autumn is my favorite time of year. The humidity of the dog days of summer have all but disappeared, the biting bugs have stopped biting and the days are almost always warm and sunny with the nights turning cool and crisp....so wonderful! I wait all year long for the short 2 months that we get to enjoy the amazing display of color that Mother Nature blesses us with up here in the North Country.
Ken and I took a ride last Sunday around Lake Winnepesaukee winding through the small towns of Moultonborough, Melvin Village and Tuftonboro to take in the beautiful scenery. I love the reflection of the trees in the water here reminding boat owners that it's almost time to dock the boats for the winter.
As a child I used to love walking through the piles of leaves that accumulated as they fall off the trees. Even still when I hear those leaves crunch under my feet and smell the leaves as they are getting ready to crumble, I remember those days of raking huge piles of leaves to jump in with my friends. Smells of warm apple crisp and hot spiced cider.....and Halloween! So many wonderful things to love about Autumn in New England.
Many of the colors that I create in the dye-pot are inspired from the colors that surround me come this time of year. The deep reds that are never a true red, but a combination of reds, greens or reds and orange or purply reds tinged with brown. Truly beautiful colors, don't you think?
...and the colors on my knitting needles are some of the colors that Autumn inspires.
Believe it or not I have actually been knitting this year. This was the second sweater I have finished and another one only needs the neck edging to be knit on. That makes 3 sweaters in one year which is pretty darn good for this very slow knitting Woolen Rabbit. The 4th and 5th sweaters have already been swatched for and I am anxious to get started on them once I finish the socks that I promised to Courtney.
Cecily's pattern was a pure delight to knit. The instructions were very good and as you know I am a huge fan of simple stockinette stitching. It's always so soothing and moves along quickly. Knit in Sporty Kashmir, I was very pleased with how this fabric turned out. Incredibly soft but not so soft that the garment lost it's structure. The best part of this pattern for me was the knit in short row sleeve caps and then knitting the sleeve down. As a rule of thumb, I do not enjoy w&t short rows and but using them to knit in a sleeve cap instead of sewing it in....LOVE it! So much neater than my less than perfect seaming.
I know that this is a sweater that I will wear alot and isnt this the very best reward for knitting! Right?
A while back Amy Herzog invited me to vend at a knitting retreat she was hosting. The retreat was called make.wear.love and was held in beautiful Sebasco Maine. What a treat it was to spend time in this lovely place! I had never been to the beaches of northern Maine and truly this spot was just breath taking.
Amy's retreat was an in depth class on her book Fit 2 Flatter, and also included classes with Clara Parkes on different yarns and the fabric they produce and Mary Jane Mucklestone on Color Theory. As a vendor I was invited to attend the classes, and I was thrilled. I learned SO much about sweater construction and how to get a better fit with a few changes within the pattern. (the math part though....ey yi yi...not my strongest subject)
One of the fun things for me as a vendor was sitting back and just watching the excitement as the women tried the various sweaters from Amy's book. Finding sweaters that really fit them well...sweaters that they couldn't imagine wearing, looking great on them. So much fun!!
There were 2 other vendors at the retreat, Indigodragonfly and String Theory. We all gave Amy a sweater's worth of yarn that she used to make 3 different sweaters for the retreat and this was the sweater that she knit with my Frolic yarn. I love it enough that as soon as I finish Courtney's socks, this will go on my needles.
Amy and her husband have also been working on a software program called CustomFit which will allow you to plug in your carefully measured measurements and a knitted swatch for a sweater that is custom fit just for you. VERY exciting! The beta test knitters have been working with the software designers over the past year and on this weekend, a very excited Amy opened up the software to the retreat members, and over the week has slowly been opening it up more.
I left the retreat full of new ideas and new tools for knitting sweaters. Once home I immediately cast on and knit 2 swatches. I can't wait to get started!!