{Among Friends} All American Club

We are full swing into a kidding season here at the farm which means long, long hours, helping the mamas birth, but more importantly feeding the babies and making sure they grow to be as healthy as possible. Needless to say my knitting time has shrunk, as sleeping hours are precious (and vital), but I’m chiming in here last minute to let you know what is going on over at {Among Friends}.

For those of you who don’t know {Among Friends} is a yarn and fiber club that grew out of a friendship between Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit and Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep. Brooke and Lorajean first met at a fiber festival in Oregon when Lorajean’s eldest son was just a baby and Brooke was pregnant. Sensing that they were kindred spirits from their first interaction, the ladies struck up a friendship that has only grown deeper over time. Strong believers in the concept that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” Brooke and Lorajean created {Among Friends} as a way to work with and support the businesses of all the wonderful designers, dyers, and creative people they’ve met over the years.

AA2-BannerThey host different clubs (and lately dye classes) throughout the year, each with a different theme, and I wanted to let you know about their All American Club (for which the signups finish TODAY!!). As you know I’m a HUGE fan of domestic fiber and every month I feel like I find a new source of fiber that is grown and spun in America. It’s exciting times! You can imagine how I jumped at the chance to be involved in a club that will send you domestic fiber, dyed by some fabulous indie dyers, straight to your doorstep, and to support a great group of friends.

As I’m letting you know very last minute I thought I’d copy all the info over from Among Friends site and the link you need to grab yourself a spot!!


 All American: Take 2 | An Every-Other-Month Club!

AA2Join Among Friends as we continue to explore the wonderful yarns the US has to offer.

Take 2 of our All-American club features dyers Alpenglow, Elemental Affects, Knitted Wit, Sincere Sheep, and Pigeonroof Studios, along with 2 custom patterns by Annie Claire and Hillary Smith Callais.

Included in each shipment will be pattern suggestions plus some background on each yarn. This 5-shipment club with ship on the 15th of every other month (September 2014 – May 2015).

The first shipment will be sent out on 9/15 and sign-ups will be open until 8/15 or when the club sells out.  We look forward to you joining us on this exciting adventure knitting the best of the US wool yarns!

Sign up today to enjoy five shipments of the All-American club for $180 + shipping ($15 within the US and $45 to Canada). The first shipment will go out September 15, 2014.

 SIGN UP HERE!

 

New Pattern – The Curve

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It’s crazy exciting and totally petrifying all at once, but here is my first adult sized pattern! The Curve is my first garment pattern (written before the Sunny Lou Dress) and it was exactly that – one giant learning curve.  I’m so grateful for how the knitting community is just like one big family and many helped me to get this pattern into your hands. Although I’m a frantic mess some (ok, a lot) of the time, certain things I am a total perfectionist about, and definitely so when it comes to my knitting. Bless my testers and my awesome tech editor who dealt with all my nit picking, and certainly gave it me back. I’m so happy to finally have this pattern complete!

And again, my photographer, Krista, she is just the best, need I say more….?!

The Curve is my ultimate cardigan. It celebrates everything I love about drapey open fronts, long sleeves with cushy hems, a relaxed but not too oversized fit, and in worsted weight – a quick and satisfying knit! The broken rib curve adds an element of interest when worn fastened, and accentuates the rustic look of the yarn.

Yarn : 8 (8, 9, 9)[10, 10, 11, 12]{12, 13, 13, 14} skeins Pioneer by A Verb for Keeping Warm (rav); 100% Organic Merino, 160yds, 50gms; photographed in ‘Horse’s Mane’.
Or, 1165 (1260, 1314, 1410)[1485, 1590, 1664, 1766]{1831, 1930, 2004, 2103} yds/1065(1152, 1201, 1289)[1357, 1454, 1522, 1615]{1674, 1765, 1832, 1923}meters worsted weight yarn.
Needles : US 8 [5mm] needles, or size needed to obtain gauge, 40” [100cm] and 24” [60cm] circular, set of DPNs.
Gauge : 18 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st.
Notions : Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn, tape measure, two buttons.


( all pattern still 26% off until the end of the month!!! no coupon needed)

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Sweater talk

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I loved working on the Sunny Lou Dress in the spring KAL that I’ve decided to work on a new design again – this time with Quince and Co‘s super squishy Osprey. Big and quick, and a colourway that brings together everything that I love about blue and grey, this one should work up quick. I’m excited to swatch over the weekend, do a bit of prep, and start knitting away!
If I have the time I also plan on a sweater for myself – Arc-en-Ciel Pullover by Maria Leigh. I rarely buy knitting magazines unless I fall in love with one of the patterns, and having found this amazing neutral Noro at my LYS, I couldn’t resist the Spring issue of Knitscene last year. I apparently have already swatched (and even took note of the needles I used, bonus!!) so I’m ready to go. The miles of stockinette might be just what I need in between other projects. I love the fit and style of this jumper, its exactly what I’d love to wear this fall – which is just what this KAL is all about!
Oh, and, one more very, very exciting thing – my FIRST ADULT SWEATER PATTERN is ready to share next week!
Lets knit all of the sweaters!!!!
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Happy birthday from me to YOU!

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July is a big birthday month in my family, and to today it is MINE!! To celebrate I’m offering you guys 26% off all patterns in my ravelry store for the rest of the month (no coupon needed). Whats more, I will have a brand spanking new pattern up before then… my first adult garment! Exciting and petrifying all at the same time, keep checking back for its release.

Happy birthday from me to yooooouu!

New Pattern : Sunny Lou Dress

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I’m very excited to share with you a my first kiddo pattern! Released in celebration of my daughter’s 1st birthday a few days ago (sniff!), the Sunny Lou Dress is designed to be a layer of warmth on top of a summer’s dress in cool evenings. I wanted something that was easy to put on her, had room for her party dress underneath, and wasn’t too fancy but had a delicate touch. The larger gauge, forgiving yarn and slight positive ease gives this dress an incredibly comfortable fit, and it will grow with her to be next year’s summer top! On the flip side, it can easily lengthened – just work a few more inches of the skirt before beginning the trim.

Yarn : 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins Natural Colors Merino Silk Sport by Swans Island; 50% Organic Fine Merino/50% Tussah Silk, 175yds/160m, 50gms; photographed in ‘Sand Dollar’, or 250 (300, 350, 400, 450) yds/230 (275, 320, 365, 412)m sport weight yarn.
Needles : US 7 (4.5mm) and US 6 (4mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge, 16” (40cm) circular.
Gauge : 22 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st on US 7 (4.5mm) needles.
Notions : Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn, tape measure, three buttons.

Our baby is ONE! A little gift to you – pattern only $3 until July 5th 10pm PST

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Sunny Lou Dress

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I finished my Top, Tanks and Tees KAL project! With the extension I was able to finish a day before the deadline – that has pretty much never happened for me with previous KALs. Classic leave it to the last minute kinda girl over here :).

I’m really happy with how it came out – a little fancy, but not too much – all that ripping back was worth it! I managed some quick iPhone post-bath photos, but I will have better pictures to show you soon as I’m working on the pattern right now – hopefully available next month.
Looking forward to Shannon’s next KAL – Summer Sweaters!!!

Thirds time’s a charm

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Right? Because let me tell you -

I swung into the skirt with this amazingly yarnover-heavy stitch pattern… but I didn’t like how it was flowing (or not flowing) into stockinette stitch. So I ripped it back.

Next up was a more simple idea with a central increase and a cross over back, which made a clumsy twirl on my needles. When I tried it on Lou, it just looked horrendous. Shes pretty podgy, and it was all stretched out and weird. So she helped me rip that back.

Any now I’m onto something WAY more simple, hopefully with a little something at the end.

Needless to say, I did not finish within the deadline for the Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL… although there is talk about an extension?.. And hopefully third time IS a charm.

 

(this was a hasty cast on, but of course I’m learning the same old lesson once more – swatch, girl! Swatch heavily.