Thursday, January 19, 2017

Knit Picks' new collection Woodsmoke


Have you been looking for THE perfect cable project to knit? Me too.

Imagine yourself lakeside, snuggled up under a warm blanket as you sip a cup of tea and watch the sun set. Woodsmoke Cable Collection will transport you there with projects full of rich textures, deep colors, and a new twist on traditional cables. Be inspired to go on an exciting knitting adventures as you cast on sweaters, blankets, and wraps that elevate the art of the cable. ~ from Knit Picks.

Doesn't that just set the mood? <sigh>

When I saw Knit Picks’ Woodsmoke Cable Collection, with patterns from the collection all over Ravelry, I was instantly smitten by all the cable-y, textured goodness. It's been cold here in New England and it is definitely time for some cozy warm cables to keep toasty warm. So, yay! for perfect timing.

About the collection.

There are so many great designs in this collection. You will want to knit every single one of them. Don't say didn't warn you.

The Woodsmoke Cable Collection contain 16 patterns. There are 8 sweaters (pullovers, cardigans, and vest - worked bottom up, in the round, flat in pieces, etc., you name it, it's there), 2 shawls, 2 hats, 2 blankets/afghans, 1 poncho, and 1 pillow.

Like I’ve come to expect from Knit Picks over the years, the pattern instructions are clearly written with charts and schematics. The sweaters are available in a large range of sizes. The added construction details are fun and not-so typical. So there is some interesting techniques to look forward to.

The collection is chockfull of beautiful photography that are not only stylistic and visually appealing, yes, they are pretty, but they also clearly show off the design detail of each piece.
Side tangent: I hate when patterns have weird angles and even weirder poses by the models that distract from what I want to see. The knitting of course. This collection does none of that weird stuff, but all the things we love and want.

image by Knit Picks

image by Knit Picks

image by Knit Picks

The patterns range in difficulty. If you are a new to cables and just wanting to try out the technique on a small project, there are the Cabled Trellis Pillow and Kildlton Hat. But if you are ready to take things up a notch and you are ready for a challenge, there is the Morning Ramble Cardigan that has tons of cables and steeks. Yes, steeks! How cool is that?! <head blown>

The bottom line, you gotta go check out this collection.

Now for the fun bit. The team over at Knit Picks has been so generous. They have given me a digital copy of the collection to review (done) and to giveaway (you do your part below). How amazing are they, right?!

So, here's what you have to do.

Giveaway details:
The GIVEAWAY will run from Jan 19, 2017 to Jan 25, 2017 (midnight EST). I will do a random drawing and the winner will be announced on Jan 26, 2017.

Click her to enter the giveaway!

In order to win, you must be a subscriber to {The Weekly Yarn}. Not a subscriber? Scroll to the bottom of this post and join. Why wouldn't you? It's free!

I think that covers it.

I absolutely love this collection and can't wait to make the Kildlton Hat. What about you? What do you think of the collection? What pattern are you going to make first? Leave a comment below and let me know (I am nosey).




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Until next time... Stitch on

Tian
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* A review of Knit Picks' Woodsmoke Cable Collection and details to enter the giveaway for a digital copy of the collection.Quick giveaway recap
Click here to enter the giveaway, you must be a subscriber to {The Weekly Yarn} weekly newsletter, giveaway ends on Jan 25, drawing on Jan 26, and the prize is a copy of Woodsmoke Cable Collection (e-book/digital).



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

How to find focus for your year?


How do you find focus day-to-day? I mean, to really live in your truth and stay true to your values.

I haven't really figure it all out, but I'm jumping on the bandwagon and trying something.

What are your New Year's traditions? You know how all over the interwebs people are picking a word or phase that will embody their whole upcoming year? They choose a word that they will focus on for their lives and/or their business. I use to think that was silly. No, I still kinda think it's silly, but I am doing it anyway.


Unknowingly, I had a word for 2016. I didn't pick it intentionally. The truth is, I think it choose me rather than the other way around; seeing common recurring themes pop up in my life.

My word for 2016 was Empower. Like I said, I didn't choose it. It choose me. It was well into 2016, maybe around May or June when I kept getting hit with this word in everything I did. I saw it in either me empowering myself or helping others to find confidence.

In different situations I found myself just giving a lot of tough love advise, pulling from my own experiences to help propel others to their own destinies, even in small ways. One instance is when I helped a knitter friend with a project that she had been sitting on for years because she didn't understand the instructions and was dreading picking back up he project. You know that feeling when you have a project that is just sucking the energy and joy out of your hobby. It was a finished project she wanted, her first sock project, that she just couldn't figure out. After a coffee chat one day and looking over the project, we figured it out and a couple hours later she was ready to give it another try. How empowering is that, a long time knitter achieving such a monumental goal? Then, I had another knitter (now friend), who went through my Pattern Writing course wrote me with a question. That question turned into a mentor session with many conversations of me pushing her beyond her comfort zone. That has led her to have the confidence to do something she had wanted to do but feared - to submit her design ideas to a magazine. She did it and had the design accepted for publication. We will be seeing her name in print in 2017. How amazing is that?! I couldn't be more proud of these inspiring women.

Lately, I feel like I've been on this feminist kick where I am just sick of us women getting the short end of everything. We have to work twice as hard only to get a small percentage of the pie with no real means of breaking the glass ceiling.

We can't wait around for approval or permission from external source, because we'll never get it. We have to be our own voice. We have to make things happen.

Okay, stepping off the soapbox. That was a mouthful.

Now, for 2017, my word is Grace. This mean that I will give myself the grace to try new things, to mess up, to fall down and stay down for a while if I want, to get too big for my breeches, to be vulnerable, to change my mind often, to be happy, to be sad, to try to be a good person and fail sometime, to be a human being. I hope this resonate with you and that will find inspiration.

What will be your word for 2017? Please share. You know I'm nosey!


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Thanks for reading and helping to spread the word.

Until next time... Stitch on

Tian
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I share my word for 2017 and how I got there.

The charity The Weekly Yarn is supporting for January is Pencils of Promise, helping to build a school and provide education.


Next week I review Knit Picks' new cable collection Woodsmoke with a giveaway for a copy of the e-book. Have you seen these patterns? If you haven't, you gotta check it out. It is so good. I can't wait to share with you. Click here to see the collection.









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Thursday, January 5, 2017

New year, new project.


What did you do for New Year?

Did you knit or crochet?

All week (last week) I racked my brain trying to figure out what to cast-on for New Year’s Eve. In my mind, I wanted to start the year off with family and knitting close.

Mentzelia Shawlette
So, a few days ago, a couple days after Christmas, I decided to make a Mentzelia Shawlette using Caron Cakes using colorway 17003 in Buttercream.


Have you heard of this yarn? If not, you have to go check it out. I’m not affiliated with this yarn and company in anyway. I truly love this yarn.



Caron Cakes

This yarn is so fun to work with. Even though the yarn is mostly acrylic (I hear you yarn purists out there yelling at me, but trust me? It's a lovely yarn and feels great with 20% wool. There is so many color shifting yarns out there right now, mostly light weight yarns. While that is fine for many project, sometimes I just want to whip out the larger needles and get a project done, quick-ish. So, needless to say, when I heard that Michael’s Craft Store had a worsted weight color shifting yarn on Nadiratani’s Quirky Monday Craftcast on YouTube. Even though I hadn't been to a Michael’s in like forever, I made the effort to seek out this yarn and walked away with 3 cakes, on sale for $5 each (regular price of $7.99) just before Christmas. You can't beat that price for 383 yards of worsted yarn beautifully dyed, right?!

The best thing about this yarn, besides the color shifting on this heavy weight yarn is that it's already caked up. Bonus. I don't have to whip out my swift and ball winder. I can just start knitting.

This was part of the problem. This perfectly lovely cake is sitting there on my desk in my office mocking me. Every time I walk into my office during the holiday break it sat there daring me to just start knitting. I am so weak. I took the bait (don’t judge me) and while watching my own Criminal Minds marathon on Netflix on Friday afternoon December 30th, I cast on. I couldn't help it.

So,  instead of casting on for New Year’s Eve, I was binding off. Like I said, this yarn works up fast, especially using needles that are two sizes larger than that recommended on the ball band. I really like how the pattern turned out with this yarn.












That’s it, my first project for 2017. Was it helpful? I really hope it was. 

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Until next time, stitch on.

Tian Connaughton

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