Forever In Vogue

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I have here a review copy of the soon-to-be-released Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine.

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This is a “best of” collection that celebrates the 30 year history of the “new” Vogue Knitting magazine, which was launched in 1982. The book contains at my count 76 patterns from the past 30 years.

Vogue Knitting was originally started in the 1930s, and ceased publication in 1969. It started up again in 1982, and I have subscribed from the very first issue.

This book gives you a brief history of VK from its very beginnings to the present, with lots of great photos of those early covers. There’s lots of fascinating information about the designers, editors, and photographers who have worked with VK over the years.

And of course the patterns.Many of them I remember well, and a number of them I have knit.

The patterns are all from the 1980s through the present. Looking through the book was definitely a trip down memory lane. I made this design from the Spring/Summer 1983 issue:

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Here’s a lovely pattern from the 1990s I made, from the Spring/Summer 1996 issue:

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I’ve not made this Shirley Paden design from the Winter 2000/2001 issue, but isn’t it gorgeous?

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As I said, I counted 76 patterns total, all with complete instructions. While this would make a lovely coffee table book, it is much more than that.

The publisher, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. generously offered to send a copy of this gorgeous book to one of my readers. (I’m keeping my copy!)

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. At that time I’ll draw a name at random to win the book.

Progress

I ma knitting along on Filey and still enjoying the process. The pattern is written specifically for denim yarn that shrinks in length, so all pieces of the sweater are knitted longer to accommodate for this shrinkage.

I’ve finished the second giant sock of the pair I was knitting and am about to cast on a new pair of giant socks.

And I blocked my Thin Ice!

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This Week

I have some special guests arriving on Thursday . . . The Knitgirllls! They are coming to visit and accompany me on my annual knitting retreat with friends to the wilds of Virginia. But before we head out for that, we will be at fibre space in Alexandria Virginia on Thursday, November 3, from around 4:00pm to 7:00pm. If you are in the area, stop by to sit and knit with us!

Lucy Sez:

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“I’m resting up for when Leslie and Laura get here!”

 


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Stormy

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Yesterday was a strange day. Rain in October? Yes. Snow in October? Freaky! WE did not get enough snow to accumulate on the ground, but it was fun to see it snowing. Most of the day it looked like this:

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Wet, windy, and cold. A perfect day to stay inside and knit. So I did.

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This is the start of Alice Starmore’s “Filey,” from Fishermen’s Knits. As you can see, I made good my threat to start it. So far so good. The pattern is a 12-row repeat that is easily memorizable. I am using Rowan Denim in the “Tennessee” colorway. A bonus of using one of the lighter Denim shades? Not as much dye rubs off on your hands as the darker shades.

Knitting with DK-weight cotton is not the most enjoyable of pastimes, but this is not too bad. It is fairly comfortable to knit and I find I can work with it for fairly long stretches of time without tiring. The results look a little sloppy, but once the sweater is washed and shrunk, the stitches will tighten up and smooth out nicely.

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Giveaway Results

Congratulations to Joan in Wisconsin who has won the drawing for my copy of the Knit Simple Knitting Workshops book. Come back on Tuesday for another great book giveaway.

ETA: Joan in Wisconsin, my email to you bounced back — please use the “Contact Me” tab to send me your snail mail addy. Thanks!

Behold!

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“The Keeper of the Works in Progress.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Thin Ice shawl to block!


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The Skin of My Teeth

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I bound off my Thin Ice Shawl last night. I ended up knitting only 230 rows instead of the 270 total in the pattern  as I was running short of yarn. As I was coming down the homestretch I kept weighing my remaining yarn so I could try to estimate how many more rows I could knit. Here is how much yarn I had left:

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I either am terribly clever or very lucky. And I think I know which one. icon wink The Skin of My Teeth

Here is the unblocked shawl:

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It looks plenty big to me, so I am happy with it the way it is. I plan to block this weekend.

I’m not sure why my yarn ran short. I had 800 yards of Tempted Good Grrl yarn which is what the original was knit from, and I was knitting to gauge. Go figure. It’s one of those knitting mysteries.

For the past couple of nights I’ve not knit on Trillian because I was enthusiastic about finishing Thin Ice. But I have been working on the second giant sock. I am in mid-heel-turn:

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My multi-project experiment is a success, I think. I have been managing to juggle three projects without making myself nuts. So I think I will add a new third project to the rotation:

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This is Rowan Denim in the “Tennessee” colorway. And I am planning to knit something I’ve loved forever: Alice Starmore’s Filey.

Years ago I knit a Filey-like sweater in 5-ply guernsey yarn and gave it away as a gift (and mildly regretted it). No regrets anymore — I’m always too warm to wear wool. A cotton Filey will be much more useful.

And when I get sick of knitting with cotton, I can switch over to one of my smaller wool projects.

That’s the plan, anyhow.

Lucy sez:

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“Whatever.”

 


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More Socks

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Been holding out on you, have I. (Talking like Yoda, am I.) For I have a completed pair of DK-weight socks that I’ve not shown you.

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This pair of socks is made from Austermann Step 6-ply 75% wool and 25% nylon, with the aloe and jojoba oil treatment like the fingering weight has. I knit this pair for the KOARC’s birthday, which happens to be today. Happy birthday, KOARC!

This is yet another yarn I’ve tried in my quest for the elusive 75/25 composition 6-ply sock yarn. This one was quite worthy — very nice to knit and makes a nice-looking sock.

Winner!

I have used the Random Number Generator to select the winner of my review copy of Knit Local. The winner is MJ. MJ has been emailed. icon smile More Socks

And hey, guess what? I’ve got another book to giveaway.

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This is Knit Simple Knitting Workshops, from the editors of Knit Simple magazine. It came out in August, so I’ve actually had it for a little while.

The book consists of workshops that will guide the knitter through different knitting techniques. Everything is presented step-by-step with a lot of nice clear pictures.

There are how-to sections for basic knitting.

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Also for some basic crochet as well.

There are also a lot of patterns, many for nice basic items, like hats.

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And socks.

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There also plenty of cute, very creative items. I love this bouquet of crocheted flowers.

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And check out these photos for a mitered square afghan.

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This is a great book for a beginner, or for someone who knows the basic techniques and wants to learn more knitting techniques.

Who’d like it? icon smile More Socks

To be entered in the drawing to win this book, leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, October 30, 2011. I’ll draw a winner at random from the comments shortly thereafter.

Progress

I’m knitting the second giant sock for a giant foot.

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And I’m still knitting along on both Trillian and Thin Ice. I’ve got 8 more rows to do on Thin Ice, but as each row is over 500 stitches, that will take me a fair amount of time!

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And Lucy is just relaxing.

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She has a rough life.

 

 


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Multiple Project Report

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It’s time I stopped by with a report on my uncharacteristic multiple project state.

Exhibit One:

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This is a huge sock, knit for someone who wears a size 14 shoe. First sock done, second sock to be started for my commute on Monday. I am using Trekking 6-ply is color 1806 — shades of grey. That’s a DK weight sock yarn that is 75% wool, 25% nylon. It has 427 yards per 150-gram ball, so there is enough to make a decent-sized sock. Before I started the first sock, I divided the skein into 2 equal balls, and knit the first sock until I ran out of yarn for maximum length on the leg.

To equally divide a skein, I wind it into a ball in my ball winder and then weight the resulting ball. If it weighs 150 grams, I know I want to end up with 2 75-gram balls (even math-impaired me can figure that one out).

I put the ball on my little scale (I use a digital kitchen scale), pull out the end, and start winding a second ball from it. When the ball on the scale weighs 75 grams, I know I’ve wound off half the yarn and stop there and cut the yarn.

Exhibit Two:

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This is my Thin Ice shawl. I have two skeins of Tempted Good Grrl yarn and can tell that I will not have enough to finish the shawl as written. There are 270 rows in the shawl, the last 25 of which are double the stitches of the previous rows. When I had gotten to Row 202, I had about 50 grams of yarn left. So I doubled my stitches shortly after that row and dropped down to Row 245 in the instructions and will knit until I run out of yarn, making sure to switch to the edging pattern when it looks like I’ll have just about enough yarn left to make a decent-sized edging. I think it’s going to look just fine.

Exhibit Three:

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This is my Trillian. I have about 110 stitches on the needles right now, so figure it to be about half done. I have more than half of my ball of Wollmeise left, so I’m on target.

Exhibit Four:

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“To nap or not to nap?”


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Knit Local

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I have right here a review copy of Knit Local by Tanis Gray.

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As it states in the press release for the book, “Knit Local celebrates American yarn companies and showcases their efforts to produce yarns sustainably.”

The Table of Contents is divided into geographical regions.

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In each region there are pieces on local yarn producers, with a pattern accompanying each piece.

I love this little cardi:

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That is the pattern that accompanies the piece of Kollage Yarns.

I also love this scarf:

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That pattern is in the Buffalo Gold piece.

Throughout the book there are handy tips and tricks and how-tos, accompanied by illustrations. One of the nice features in the resource section is a list of fiber festivals in the U.S.

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All told there are over 30 patterns for adults, children, and items for the home: hats, scarves, gloves and mittens, sweaters, wraps, and an afghan and pillows. A very nice assortment of projects, from a number if designers whose names you will recognize.

I’m going to give my review copy away because even though there are quite a few patterns I really like in this book, I know I won’t get to knitting any of them in the foreseeable future.

To be entered in the drawing for this review copy, please leave a comment on this post by noon, eastern time, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. At that time I’ll use the Random Number Generator to select the lucky recipient from the comments.

Okay, time for me to go knit. And Lucy is about to hunker down for a nap.

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WIP-lash

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My list of works-in-progress has undergone some changes since last we spoke.

The black lace tunic has been relegated to UFO status. I can’t force myself to knit on it, so it has been put away to marinate for a while.

I am happily knitting along on both the Thin Ice and Trillian shawls.

I stopped work on the sock I was knitting from Supersocke 8, the worsted weight sock yarn. I knit it up to the gusset increases, but the voice in my head that started out by whispering “it’s not good” was by this point screaming in a loud (and unnecessarily shrill) tone “It’s wrong! It’s wrong!” The yarn was just too heavy and it did not feel soft enough for a comfy sock.

So I cast it aside and went into the stash room. There I found a skein of Trekking 6-ply and started a sock with that. Much, much better. It is nice and soft and knits up to the same gauge as Opal 6-ply. It’s the same composition: 75% wool and 25% nylon.

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I’m using colorway # 1806 which is listed as greys, but they do have a bluish cast to them. I’m about an inch away from the gusset increases in this photo.

Note the book on which I have my sock-in-progress propped.

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It is Clara Parkes’ The Knitter’s Book of Socks. Or, as I like to think of it, “Everything you always wanted to know about socks but were afraid to ask.”

Flipping through this book got me to thinking: I can’t imagine a book like this coming out, say, 30 years ago. In 1981 we just knit what you gave us. If you wanted to knit socks, you took some Patons Kroy and a pattern for a top-down sock with heel flap and had at it.

Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but today there are so many more choices for yarns. Handpaints!  Indie-dyed! Self-striping! Bamboo! Sea silk! Et cetera.

And there are approximately eleventy billion sock patterns available today and so many different ways to construct a sock.

With all these choices for yarns and patterns, this is a book whose time has come.

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There is a lot of great information on what properties you need in a yarn for socks and a discussion of all the different fibers you can think of and their usefulness as sock yarn. Finally, information on yarn construction — what characteristics you need for a good sock yarn.

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Another important element for socks is the stitch pattern — what makes it stretchy, what makes it strong, etc.

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Oh, and there are patterns too. icon smile WIP lash Twenty (I think) lovely patterns from Clara and other well-known sock designers.

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In the back there is an extremely useful resource section that includes, among other things, foot-length tables for men, women, and children’s shoe sizes.

So, if you are into socks and want all the information you’ll ever need about sock yarns and construction, as well as 20 great patterns, you’ll want this book!

Lucy is clearly contemplating the properties of a good sock here.

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