For most of my life, organization has not been just a helper, it’s been a necessity. My careers in both theater and LYS management demanded first-rate organization techniques, and I’m grateful for the lifetime of practice. Now that I’m self-employed, if I didn’t have all the systems in place that I do I’m sure I’d be tearing my hair out at the roots trying to stay on top of it all. So I deeply appreciate when something makes organizing my life a bit easier, and that brings me to my deep love of Ravelry. When Rav hit the scene in 2007 it was a game-changer. I don’t have to tell most of you how amazing it’s been to have a readily accessible community of fiber enthusiasts to chat with, bounce ideas off, and project stalk. But the clever folks at Ravelry have never stopped working and improving the site and it gets better every year! Today I want to talk about some of my favorite features that make my knitting life just a little less tangled. (GET IT?!)
This month I was honored to be featured in the Vogue Knitting as one of the “Makers.” I wanted to create something really special so I designed the cable cardigan of my dreams. Later this month I’ll write about how I designed the cables, but for now it’s time to look at a special cast on. Meet the
Channel Island Cast On
Vogue Knitting LIVE San Francisco will be here in no time (Sept 21 – 23), and you could WIN a class package in the Vogue Knitting Live SF Raffle!
Join me in San Francisco! I’m giving away one Painted Ladies Package featuring 3 classes and a 3-day Marketplace ticket! Valued at $285!
and . . . EVERYONE who enters the raffle will be sent a promo code for 10% off my classes (or a class package), and a code for 50% off the market place just for entering the
Vogue Knitting Live San Francisco Raffle
Well, summer’s begun, and with it comes a flurry of activity! Here in Brooklyn kids are running around the neighborhood at all hours, and everyone is heading to the park in droves. It makes me thankful to have a quiet garden to retreat to, when I get the chance. Things are super busy for me as well; it feels like I just got back from Vogue Destinations only to fly out to Cleveland for TNNA this weekend. I’ve got several trips coming up over the next three months (check my classes page to see if I’ll be coming to your town), and the next KAL to design and film, whew! I’ve got a feeling this summer is going to fly by!
The love of German Short rows is strong in knitters! Last year we worked with the wrap and turn method in both the Tortola KAL and the Rising Spades KAL and for Costa Maya we uses German short-rows. In April we learned out to substitute German Short Rows for Wrap and Turn and when I would and wouldn’t substitute.
Although the work beautifully in the round, there is one trick to closing the gap
The Costa Maya KAL has wrapped up, and now I’m experiencing that same bittersweet feeling of pride and loss that comes with the end of a wonderful experience. Not unlike the wrapping of a show when I was working in theater. Even though it’s a little sad to say goodbye to Costa Maya, I’m once again humbled and blown away by all of you and how much you’ve learned and grown. Also there are still plenty of KALers continuing to work on their lovely sweaters and rest assured, I’m still here to answer questions. Keep at it, I know you’ll love your finished sweaters!! My favorite part of the KAL aftermath is scrolling through the Ravelry group and reading the comments by the wonderful KALers, so I thought I’d share some with you!
Another Video KAL comes to an end and I’ll tell the truth, this one was special. Over 650 knitters joined in and the results have been truly amazing, Costa Maya was one of the most challenging things I’ve designed and wow, did these knitter’s rise to the challenge! Last month, I provided a sneek peek behind the design and now The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!
If you are feeling inspired to try it, Costa Maya + pattern comes with over 4 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only will be $15.00!!
Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 2500 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone!
Now it’s time to discuss
Costa Maya KAL Final PRIZES
The deadline to get your Costa Maya projects finished (or started!)—for a chance to win prizes—has been extended to May 8!!!
Don’t miss out on the chance to get a free sweater class AND win one of the four grand prizes! (yes there is a prize for UFO – unfinished objects, so even casting on will make you eligible!)
I love short-rows. They are an amazing way to add super cool shapes to knitting. I use them a lot in my designs and I’ve enjoyed teaching them in my video knit-alongs. Last year we worked with the wrap and turn method in both the Tortola KAL and the Rising Spades KAL. The current video knit-along for Costa Maya uses German short-rows. Many knitters fell in love with this technique and now want to know…