WIP Wednesday: Grellow

Grellow Chevron

I work at a yarn shop that is chockfull of yarns. Like literally to the ceiling. So sometimes I won't even notice a yarn until I have to do an inventory or a customer wants it.

This is Jasmine by Louisa Harding. A cotton, bamboo, silk blend with a bit of glitter to it. It was one of my "couldn't help" moments where I couldn't help but buy the grey and neon yellow. Throw in a little chevron action and we have ourselves a pretty spring cowl.

I must have done something good…

to deserve such an amazing friend.(Whom ever you are!)

Button Jar

I received this lovely birthday package in the mail yesterday addressed to Margaux "The Wonderful". You flatter me, my mystery giver! To be honest I had a moment where I thought I had ordered the yarn myself but then I realized I don't normally give myself such nicknames when filling out shipping labels!  I usually keep the nicknames to the home – Margaux "The Amazing", Margaux "The Conquistator", Margaux "The Dishwasher!"

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color of Button Jar. It's a perfect green with specks of yellows and blues.

To the wonderful person who gave this to me… Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot wait to knit with it.

I am off to Rhinebeck this weekend! I can only imagine how overwhelming it will be to see so much yarn and friends while I am there. I am going on Sunday – if you see me say hello! I will be wearing my Belfast Hoodie!


PS. TEAM NICK is off the CHARTS! I am over my goal at $516.00 today!! WOO!!!! You all have been so generous – I love my knitters!! The team is still far from it's 10k goal so KEEP IT COMING!  The 5th Ave Cowl will make a PERFECT gift this holiday season!  

Learn How to Knit

I realize that 99.9% of my readers are most likely knitters but for that 1% of you who pop by this ol' blog just for the sheer enjoyment of my knittyness I thought I'd at least encourage you to try to pick up some sticks!

Did you know knitting has been shown to help prevent stress, arthritis, heart attacks and dementia! Not to mention it's the perfect ice breaker for anyone who has to move to a new city, across the country, or around the world?

AND, I'd like to think if I was stuck on a deserted island I would be a hot commody with my skill. I know I could fashion a few sticks from some bushes or palm tree and some "yarn" from a leaf to knit from. Move over Professor from Guilligan's Island!

So where to begin? 

Find your Local Yarn Shop!
The easiest thing to do is to search for "yarn shops" near your town OR you can use this nifty little site Knitmap. Most yarn shops offer beginners knitting and you can meet other newbie knitters like yourself and create a whole crew of new and obessed knitters!

My personal favs: (as in I know the owners and they are all FABULOUS! Tell em' Margaux sent ya!)
Hoboken, NJ – Patricia's Yarns
Babylon, NY – The Village Knitter 
Philadelphia, PA – Loop
San Francisco, CA – Atelier Yarns 
Oakland, CA – A Verb for Keeping Warm 

Do an online course!

If you can't get to your LYS or you prefer to learn at home check out Craftsy.com! It's a new site that offers a great number of knitting courses. You can follow along at your own pace and you don't need worry that your fumbling fingers will embarrass you.

I also tell a lot of people I know who want to learn how to knit to use knittinghelp.com. I've even sent this site to my own beginner knit students to help them with their knitting homework.

Get a knitting handbook!
Even if you do a course at a LYS or online having your won knit handbook is a MUST in your knitting library. The one I learned out of (yes yours truly learned from a knitting book!): Stitch N Bitch. Debbie Stoller's personality shines through in this must have book. There are great sketches and no nonsense writing.  

For a more traditonal route, get Montroe Stanley's Knitter's Handbook. These two books are ones you will come back to again and again!

Find other knitters like yourself!
Once you get your knits and purls down you're going to want to meet other knit enthusists like yourself. Enter: Ravelry.

Ravelry - a knit and crochet community
The "Facebook" for knitters. I pretty much talk about Ravelry at least once a post. I primarily use it to research patterns I want to make or to pair a yarn I have in my stash with a pattern. The benefits are endless in being a member, plus it's FREE.

Knitty.com is also another fabulous place to find patterns and instructions. Techniques with Teresa is my favorite column! I've learned so much from her column.

My other knitters out there – how did you learn how to knit?

FO: Different Lines

Different Lines

Pattern: Different Lines by Veera 
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock & Alpha B yarn BBF
Needles: US 6

Have you ever timed your stitches? 

I don't consider myself a fast knitter. The reason why I make so many things is because I spend a lot of time working on them. I don't admit to people how much time I spend but it's A LOT. I may or may not forget to eat, shower or do laundry when I am in the zone with a knit I cannot wait to finish.

It didn't occur to me that I was anywhere near being a fast knitter until I was working different lines.

Different Lines

Well folks, apparently I am a fast knitter.

It's a funny thing to respond to when someone calls you out being so quick. I mean what do you say in response? "Thank you!" or "I try." or "Awe Shucks, you're just seeing things!"

Speed doesn't always mean quality. Sure you can knit like the wind but are those stitches even? Who wants a wonky sweater that's made fast? Quality takes time.

It's true knitting continental (picking your yarn) allows you to create the stitches in a much quicker way than knitting english (throwing your yarn) does. It's the nature of the mechanics. Does that mean it's better? I don't think so. I learned how to knit the english way and often times I'll switch back because it just "feels better". And don't even get me started on combination knitting! That's a whole other world.

Different Lines

My goal in knitting is to create something I will love and wear often. It's what gets me most excited about the craft. Not speed or structure or even technique, it's the end product that get me pumped. Do I learn how to make better stitches along the way? absolutely! But again, the end product must be something I can wear proudly.

I was walking with my husband yesterday wearing my different lines and he mentioned how he felt that this piece would get a lot of people asking, "Where did you buy that?"

It's one of my favorite questions. I love telling people, "Oh no, I made this!"

Different Lines 

Different Lines

Do I dare consider making Stripe Study now? 😉