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Stage fright, brioche knitting, and a trip out west

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I hinted a bit a couple days back about a project I’m working on, that involves a bit ‘ol stack of brioche knit samples and swatches. It’s exciting, overwhelming, fascinating, and a little bit scary!

After Sock Summit next week, I’ll be headed out to Colorado to film a how-to DVD with Interweave Press all about brioche knitting!!!!

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How crazy amazing is that? I am really excited, and preparing like mad, but at the same time, I’m more than a little scared of the notion of being on camera. And worrying about hair and makeup and other things I don’t usually stress too hard about (like closeups of my manicure, eek!). So I’m just trying to prepare and practice and focus on the subject, which I love so much.

Brioche knitting is one of my absolute favorite techniques, especially 2-color brioche ribbing, which allows for such fun combinations of color and texture. Ever since I bought Nancy Marchant’s book, Knitting Brioche (http://briochestitch.com/brioche/), I’ve been designing and working with lots of brioche stitch patterning. My first cover ever on Interweave Knits was a two color brioche ribbed sweater, called Thandie.

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I’ve knit lots of carefully labelled swatches and step-outs (partially worked swatches to show things step-by-step), and am trying to organize all of my jumbled-feeling thoughts into cohesive notes. And while diving so deep into the possibilities of brioche knitting, I’m having LOTS of new design ideas! So I’m taking a deep breathe and focusing on the fun of it.

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July Films – Craft Film Club

It’s July, and we have two new films, full of visual and creative inspiration, handpicked and presented by Felicity of Crafty Modern. Head on over to her blog to read more about this month’s films, and leave her some comment love!

We’ll be discussing the films on twitter later this month, using the hashtag #craftfilmclub.

 

Too much to do, too much to share

And so I have gotten completely overwhelmed at the idea of blogging it, and went into writing shutdown mode, other than my usual 140 character blips on twitter.

I told myself to get over it, so to break the ice, here is a fast and dirty rundown of some of what I’ve been working on lately!

Last month, . . . → Read More: Too much to do, too much to share

June Craft Film Club Chat

Howdy Film Club Folk! Join us for our tweetchat this Saturday, 6/25, at 3pm Eastern, noon Pacific, to discuss this month’s films, hosted by the delightful David Castillo!

Haven’t watched June’s films yet? Check them . . . → Read More: June Craft Film Club Chat

Sweet Hexagon Cowl

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I have a new pattern, the Sweet Hexagon Cowl,  available in a special Interweave Press publication, called EntreKnits, an eMag issue exploring entrelac, mitered, and modular knitting through interactive links, video, zoomable (Ok, not a real word, but you know what I mean) photos, and six unusually constructed patterns.

The Sweet Hexagon Cowl was inspired by paper-pieced hexagons, . . . → Read More: Sweet Hexagon Cowl

A tale of two patterns

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I have two one-skein patterns to share with you today; these would make great travel projects for summer knitting!

 

Haven is a simple variation on a Baktus-style shawlette or scarf (shown here in Luxe Merino Fine in the Valencia colorway). Knit end-to-end, it’s a fast one-skein knit that uses a simple cable and eyelet edging to add . . . → Read More: A tale of two patterns

Craft Film Club — June edition

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It’s almost JUNE?! How the heck did that happen?

But as scary as that may be for my summer show to-do list, it also means that it’s time for our June film club picks! This month, David Castillo of GoGoDavitron is our host, bringing us two quirky, creative films from director Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep . . . → Read More: Craft Film Club — June edition

Just keep knitting…new patterns

I’ve been quiet over here, as I’m between spring events, hustling to dye mountain of yarn and finish up a few new patterns. There has been some mad marathon knitting going on! I just finished the project shown above, and am getting it ready to release at Stitches South next week (eek!), and am revamping the . . . → Read More: Just keep knitting…new patterns

April Film Club

Happy April, y’all!

Our two films this month are presented by our lovely hostess, Rebekah of Seamless Knits; The Cats of Mirikitani, and Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Head on over to Rebekah’s blog to read more about the films, and share some comment love while you’re there, ‘kay?

Where to find the films:

The Cats of . . . → Read More: April Film Club