Lycaena virgaureae Knit Along

I’ll be having knit alongs for each of the pattern pairs in The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II.  This month we’re starting the two patterns inspired by the Lycaena virgaureae print (you can click on the print to see it bigger, it really is quite lovely).

That’s these delicate orange socks.

And this delicious orange shawl.

If you’d like to join in, swing on by the ravelry thread and get knitting.  This is pretty laid back for a knit along (too many rules make my head hurt).  The general idea is cast on any time now…knit…post a picture showing your finished project by the end of August (each installment of the KAL runs for two months, so you’ve got plenty of time).  And, if you want to chat (pick yarns, ask questions, show off progress pics, whatever), I’d love it.  We’re a friendly bunch!

We’ll be doing a new installment of the knit along every month (and each one will run for two months), and we’ll work our way through the book in order.  The knit along for the Vanessa antiopa patterns is still going strong, and you’re welcome to join that still.

As each pair of patterns comes up for the knit along, the individual patterns will become available to purchase (so if you love one of the patterns but don’t want the whole book, there’s a way for you to get it).  Look for these two patterns later this week.  I hope you’ll join us!

Double-Sided Buttons

It’s not often you get to take out your pliers for your knitting.  That’s a shame.  I like my pliers, and I want to use them more often.  I found a way to sneak them into Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II as part of the Vanessa antiopa Cowl.  (That pattern is part of the knit along that’s going on now, so if you want to get your pliers out too, feel free to join us.)

I used my pliers to make double-sided buttons.  You can see here how I used three of them to hold the cowl together.

This is actually a really nifty technique to have up your sleeve.  You know how some bits of knitting (especially shawls and cowls) sometimes cry out for a way to hold them in place?  But maybe you don’t want to commit to anything so permanent as a sewn on button?  Well this is a great way to handle it.  Double-sided buttons let you hold your fabric together wherever you’d like with no commitment (and no sewing on of buttons…a task I always find unreasonably daunting).

The instructions are in the book and in in the individual pattern, but it’s handy enough that I wanted to share it here too.  I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

Supplies.

Grab your ring.

Twist it open.

Load your buttons.

Twist it closed.

All done!

Try making a set of these to hold together your favorite bit of knitting.  It works with a series of small buttons like these, or you could try it with one larger button as a statement piece.  If the backside of your knitting won’t show, you could even do one large, flashy button for the outside, and a smaller one (remember, at least one of the buttons has to be able to fit through the fabric) on the inside.

If you find yourself making double-sided buttons, I’d love to see them in the knit along thread for this project!

Vanessa antiopa Knit Along

I’ll be having knit alongs for each of the pattern pairs in The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II.  We’re starting this month with the two patterns inspired by the Vanessa antiopa print (you can click on the print to see it bigger, it really is quite lovely).

That’s these charming yellow socks:

And this amazingly versatile purple cowl.

If you’d like to join in, swing on by the ravelry thread and get knitting.  This is pretty laid back for a knit along (too many rules make my head hurt).  The general idea is cast on any time now…knit…post a picture showing your finished project by the end of July (each installment of the KAL runs for two months, so you’ve got plenty of time).  And, if you want to chat (pick yarns, ask questions, show off progress pics, whatever), I’d love it.  We’re a friendly bunch!

Best of all, the charming folks at Lorna’s Laces are sponsoring this installment.  I used their yarns for these projects (Solemate for the socks and Lion & Lamb for the cowl) and couldn’t love it more.  They’re providing a prize for the winner (randomly drawn from among the finishers).  I can’t tell you just what yet, because I get to visit with them at TNNA and pick something out (which should be great fun).  I’m confident it will be amazing though!

We’ll be doing a new installment of the knit along every month (and each one will run for two months), and we’ll work our way through the book in order.  As each pair of patterns comes up for the knit along, the individual patterns will become available to purchase (so if you love one of the patterns but don’t want the whole book, there’s a way for you to get it).  I hope you’ll join us!

Meet

So I’m off at TNNA.  I’m writing this ahead of time, but with any luck at all by the time you’re reading this, the booth set up is done, it went smoothly, and I’m relaxing in a comfy chair and consuming some sort of refreshing beverage right now.  Now the reality likely has more swearing, an emergency trip to target or home depot, and at least one broken nail.  I’ll report back later and let you know.

One of the things I’m looking forward to doing while I’m here is meeting people I’ve only worked with online.  One of these people is the amazing Laura Nelkin.  I’ve known her for a while now, but we’ve never actually met face to face.  I have a feeling we’ll get along fine though!  To help keep me in blog posts while I’m away (I’ll try folks, but no guarantees), Laura has graciously put up a little review and give away of The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet over on her site.

And just in case anyone was wondering where to start, I’m getting a knit along up and running over on ravelry.  We’re starting with the Crocus vernus patterns (socks or mitts).  All the details are on the kal thread, but if you’d like to participate, I’d love to have you!