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!

xox,
M

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!  

WIP Wednesday: Grey Cowl

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A shop pattern from Atelier Yarns, San Francisco. Yarn is Di.ve Autmnno.

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And the winner of the shared birthday present is Ms. Willie Shultz! YEA! Thank you for all your kind words 🙂 This birthday girl has a perma grin!

OH and P.S. I am the guest blogger over at A Friend To Knit With spreading the word about Team Nick! Check it out. So much thanks to Leslie for joining me in this fight!

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!

Craftsy
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.  

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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?

Stitch N Pitch SF

I had the opportunity to go with my knit group to the Giants Stitch N Pitch game in SF on AUGUST 1st.

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Please note the puffy vest, knitted sweater (Aidez's first public appearence) and my friend Erin with her lovely knitted hat. It's downright COLD at AT&T Park at night. The first game my husband and I went to was in May, I wore a fleece and my kakhi capris. We had to leave by the end of the 4th inning because I couldn't feel my feet.

Fast forward to this game, I was completely prepared for the cold night ahead with my sweater, scarf and even a hat tucked away if necessary. I guess it's not a surprise that so many knitters came out for the game. With the temps as they are SF it is truly a knitters paradise.

I had always wanted to go to a game in NYC but it always fell on a bad day or was terrible weather (read: hot and rainy!). 

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Here's Linda, Jinxie, and Zack with their fabulous knits.

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And yes that is knitter extrodinare Linda naturally giving Jacquie and I the bunny ears. She truly is the Queen of Lace.

I'm lucky to have met such a great group of knitters out here. They're all as obsessed (some more) with knitting as I am – reminds me of my Jersey peeps!

Can't wait until next year's game!

I got a knitting fever

Green + Grey + Yellow

… and the only thing that's gonna fix it IS MORE KNITTING!

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Dudes, I gotta problem. There is a wonderful ebb and flow to the knit mojo and right now mine is running on all cylinders!!

I've been keeping busy with a good amount of "work knitting", samples being made for upcoming books and projects (eee! and no not my OWN book, maybe one day – a girl can dream!) but I am also trying to keep my knit psyche happy by allowing myself a little "for me" knitting at knit group and on weekends.

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I really love the grey and chartreuse combo and you can't go wrong with garter stitch. The perfect mindless knitting stitch.

Yarn is Madeline Tosh Sock and Alpha B.

How are you all fixing your Knit Fever?

FO: Aidez

Aidez

Pattern: Aidez by Cirilla Rose
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, 2 balls
Needles: US 10.5
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I totally have a crush on this sweater. Its pretty, extremely wearable and a very quick knit. I still cannot get over that it was free. I fighting my desire to cast on because I didn't want to be a part of the bandwagon but I after seeing so many beautiful versions I could not deny myself any longer!

I made no modifications to the pattern. I usually roll that way. In the case of full disclosure mine came out ever so snug around the sleeves and armholes. Upon looking it up in Ravelry it seems I wasn't alone in this. If I decided to make it again I would go up a size for the sleeves for a looser "oversized" fit – which is what I think was the intended design.

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Aidez

I love nothing more than a sweater that will be worn to pieces. I have no doubts Aidez will get just as much rotation as my Belfast Hoodie (another HOT crush). It's the perfect layering sweater. 

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The sweater I am crushing on next: Amy Christoffer's Larch Cardigan 

(And yes, I apprently hae an undying crush on my striped tank, too.)

Knit Love

Wallaby

I'm off to TNNA tomorrow with Patricia from Patricia's Yarns in Hoboken, NJ. I cannot wait to see some familiar faces as well as meet some new! I'll be walking the floor with Trish and will have my nametag and "tentenknits" Ravelry button prominant. Please stop me because I will SO be stopping you! 😉

Will share all the knitting fun when I return!

xoxo,

PS. How much do you love the Striped Wallaby! A perfect pattern with a bit of an upgrade. Thanks for inspiring me, Erin (Blondie!).

Not everything is smooth.

Wurm Fail.

This is my June Project Spectrum knit – Wurm.  FAIL.

I have no idea what happened. It must have been my calculations. My gauge swatch returned a slightly bigger gauge than normal. Fine, but then I measured my head and looked up how big the hat should be.

My head is a good 22 inches around (it's the curly hair, I swear!). The largest size CO is 110 – divided by 5.5sts to the inch is 20inches. Right? So my mind says, "Two inches of negative ease… good right?".  NOT. 

Just when I think I've figured out design I am thrown for a loop. (pun not intended) How much negative ease do you give for a hat?

Rrrriiiip! 

Making Aidez

Beginnings of Aidez

Hello! I am back home after a few wonderful days in my home state of NJ! It was the first time back since we moved to SF. Jersey still looks good albet a bit HOT. Amongst my fun times there was a workout at the Local Barre (thanks for getting my butt there Dane!), a knit night at Patricia's Yarns, a wedding and of course quality family time. I didn't get much knitting done but can you blame me?

Before I left, I actually started a new cardigan – Aidez. I remember when it first came out thinking what a gorgeous pattern it was and I was shocked it was free. Since then so many gorgeous versions started popping up and well I couldn't deny myself any longer. Thank you to Cirilia and Berroco for being so generous with this great design.

I finished the back which lies half done in the above picture and am almost done with the fronts. In a moment of full disclosure, it took me a few tries to get things going. I had all sorts of trouble keeping track of all the different cable patterns. Yes me, the one who doesn't write things down and didn't start here either. I blame the wine.

May simply came and went and I suspect June has plans to do the same. I'm going to try to take things slow and enjoy the next color of Project Spectrum – Green. Stash Dive!!

(Oh and I'll also be at TNNA with Patricia of Patricia's Yarns in two weeks! Cannot wait to share some of what inspires me there with you! And see some of you too!!! :-))