Learn-to-Knit with Katie

Empowering my knitters one stitch at a time.

My (knitting) goals for 2012!

1.  Knit MYSELF a sweater.  Believe it or not, this will be a first!  I think it will be the Sedum Sweater by Jane Richmond.  Go here for the pattern.
2. Knit the Owlet baby sweater by Kate Davies.  Go here for the pattern.
3. Knit a special gift for my brother and sister-in-law’s first baby who is due in April.
4. Write two more original patterns.
5. Complete Level I of the Master Knitting Program, something I started in 2010.  Go here to learn more about the program.

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Christmas Knits 2011


ASYMMETRICAL CABLE CAP

Made especially for my dad in Cascade Yarns’ Superwash 128 in Charcoal.  He can wear it for his walks this winter with the three consecutive cables in the front or in the back.  Whatever he likes best.

Lattice Lace Cowls
Made especially for Jack’s teachers, my dear friend Katy, and my sister-in-law Sarah.  Knitted up in (left to right) Cascade Yarns’ Magnum in Doeskin Heather, Blue Sky Alpacas’ Bulky in Seaweed, and Cascade Yarns’s Magnum in Rainier Heather.  Click here  for my pattern.

JADE SAPPHIRE CASHMERE SCARF

Made especially for my husband Ryan.

Ever since I saw these scarves hanging in Purl SOHO, I’ve wanted one of these kits.  It includes 4 hanks of 100% Indian cashmere and a pattern booklet with seven “manly” scarf patterns.  I chose the Zach motif.

ASYMMETRICAL CABLE CAP

Made especially for my dad in Cascade Yarns’ Superwash 128 in Charcoal.

He can wear it for his walks this winter with the three consecutive cables in the front or in the back.  Whatever he likes best.

LATTICE LACE COWLS

Made especially for Jack’s teachers, my dear friend Katy, and my sister-in-law Sarah.

Knitted up in (left to right) Cascade Yarns’ Magnum in Doeskin Heather, Blue Sky Alpacas’ Bulky in Seaweed, and Cascade Yarns’ Magnum in Rainier Heather.  Click for my pattern.

Kate’s Faves of 2011

With 2011 coming to a close, I wanted to share some of my favorite items I worked with (or on) throughout the year…

GREAT GIFT IDEAS!


No. 1:  Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger
If I could own only one knitting pattern book, this would be it.  (Mind you, if I could own only one technical book, it would be The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe, but that book is more like a textbook than a gift.)  Ms. Fierlinger presents twenty-five knits inspired by vintage garments from the ’30s and ’40s.  Some of my personal favorites are: Ruby Slippers (a.k.a. Baby Janes),  Wavy Cashmere Blanket, Modern Baby Bonnet, Wee Mittens, Cabled Booties, Apron Dress, and Petite Beret.  Click the ones in red to see my interpretation of Ms. Fierlinger’s patterns.  $19.99

No. 2: More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Written by the owner of my beloved PURL SOHO, this one runs the gamut.  Knits for adults, children, babies and the home.  The pattern writing is impeccable, as is the photography.  Some of my favorites are:  Nesting Squares Baby Blanket, Cabled Fingerless Gloves, Easy Baby Cardigan, Spiral Seat Cushion, and Big Lace Scarf.  Click the ones in red to see my interpretation of Ms. Hoverson’s patterns.  I also love that it is a hardcopy!  $27.50

No. 3: Kate’s Lattice Lace Cowl
It happens every year.  I have grand plans to knit a gift for many of the special people in my life and no where near enough time.  So designed this one to knit-up quickly – and to keep some necks toasty this winter.  At just 3 hours each, I made a few of these over the weekend to gift-away.  Yay!  I love the yarn (See No. 7 below), and the 4-row lace pattern repeat keeps me interested.  I am also proud to announce that this cowl was featured on Craftgawker.com on November 30th!  See more about it here.

No. 4: Bella Baby Shrug
I found this pattern by Stefanie Japel randomly on Raverly.com.  (She calls it the Whirligig Shrug.)
It is my favorite item I knitted this year.  See more about it here.

No. 5: Clover’s Soft Stitch Ring Markers
I love these markers because they are so thin, so they won’t add any bulk between the stitches.  About $6.

No. 6: Fancy needles!
I love my metal Addi Click Interchangable Set from Germany, but I also love to knit on regular ole straight needles.  And when I do, I want the fancy ones – like Lantern Moon Ebony and Knitter’s Pride Dreamz.   About $9-$30 per set.

No. 7: Cascade Yarns’ Magnum
When I need bulky yarn, Magnum is my go-to.  It comes in a ton of colors, looks more expensive than it is, and nothing knits up quicker.  100% peruvian wool.  About $22 for 123 yards.

No. 8: Anzula’s For Better or Worsted
(First of all, I love the play-on-words.)  For Better or Worsted is hand-dyed.  I can’t get enough of how the color saturation changes yard-by-yard.  Composed of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon, it is practical – and posh – and the hint of nylon gives it a perfect subtle sheen.  It’s officially my favorite yarn of 2011.   About $33 for 200 yards.

No. 9: Manos de Urguay’s Silk Blend DK
My go-to for DK-weight yarn, Silk Blend is perfect when you want something sweet and soft.  The blended (variegated) line contains a few great masculine colors which are sometimes tough to find.   About $15 for 150 yards.

No. 10: Shameless Self-Promotion!  (for my gift certificates)
Need a unique last-minute gift?  Give a Learn-to-Knit gift certificate, and shop locally!
Classes meet Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings – or by special appointment.
Starting at $25 (1 class) up to $100 (5 classes).

What’s your favorite knitting item of 2011?  Share your comment below.

Thanks, and happy holiday crafting!!
xo -k.

Kate’s Lattice Cowl

Cowls are all-the-rage right now, and this spectacular one can be worked-up in just 3 hours.
Everyone loves a luxurious accessory that won’t break the bank.  Create the look shown here – or knit a longer, extra squishy cowl that can loop twice around the neck – or a shorter one that is a bit more snug like a turtleneck. 


Not a knitter?  Coax that aunt who knits to work one up for you – after all, it’s only 3 hours!


I get a TON of compliments each time I wear this cowl, and I bet you will too!


Visit my Etsy shop to purchase a pretty PDF version of my pattern for just $4.  Be sure to enter coupon code LOVEIT to receive the discount.  Click here.


Knit one up tonight (and send me a photo of yours in the morning)!
I would LOVE to hear how you do.
xo -k.

*Visit Purl SOHO; rep from * three times per year.



(The hand-knit owl and me.  See more of him here.)





Surya’s One-Hour Cowl

My dear friend Surya is visiting from Colorado, and on Friday, we made her first pilgrimage to Purl SOHO.  She knitted her gorgeous cowl in ONE HOUR last night. 
 If only the yarn wasn’t $37 per (35-yard) skein…
For instructions to knit your own, go here!

STUDENT WORK: Rita’s Shrug

Look at this gorgeous shrug Rita knitted over the summer.  Everything about it is perfect – from her seed stitch border to her yarn choice.  Which, by the way, is Cascade’s Eco Duo – a blend of undyed baby alpaca and merino wool fibers.  Rita began taking classes earlier this year and has been knitting cowls, hats and hand warmers.

With the cool weather arriving, I bet the shrug will be one of her favorite accessories.  Thank you Rita for allowing me to share your beautiful work!  -k. 


INTRODUCING THE 12×12 MONTHLY MOTIF!


















(November’s motif, Cabled Eyelets, is pictured above.)

First Tuesday of Every Month beginning November 1st at 7:30pm
  • Knit a beautiful 12″x12″ square with a different stitch motif each month. 
  • After you complete 12 squares, join them all together to create a gorgeous blanket you will be so proud of. 
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THE 12×12 MONTHLY MOTIF GROUP:
  • Empower yourself as a knitter; you will no longer be intimidated by tough knitting patterns.
  • Learn every knitting pattern abbreviation I can find and the needle techniques to complete it.
  • Learn to knit cables, lace, bobbles, special ribbing, various increases and decreases, to read difficult knitting charts, advanced patterns and much more!
  • Use the stitch patterns you learn to create other special knitted items like scarves, baby blankets, cowls, etc. 
  • If you have a busy schedule, the 12×12 monthly group is perfect.  Just once a month – it is enough knitting to keep it fresh, and you will still learn a ton.
  • I took a class like this.  You will become a great knitter.  It works – I promise!  🙂
All you need to know to join the 12×12 group are the knit and purl stitches. 
Make-up classes available if you need to miss a class.
$25 per month or 5 for $100 (+ supplies)  Includes extra-help when you need it.

SUPPLIES
Needles: One set of size US 8 straight needles will be reused each month.  
Yarn: Approximately 175 yards of worsted-weight yarn per month, plus 300 yards for finishing.  Yarn must be 100% wool.  Suggestions are Cascade 220 (That’s what I’m using. Available at The Knitting Store  – 2 Poole Street in Oceanside 516.442.0722) – OR – Paton’s Classic Wool (available at Michael’s).   Keep dye lots in mind when making your purchases.

Upcoming dates: 11/1, 12/6, 1/3…
**Please call 516.477.4719 or email  katie@learntoknitwithkatie.com  to register.**

Thank you, and please join me on November 1st!
-Katie 



















On My Needles:  Month 1 – Cabled Eyelets

Win a $50 Gift Certificate! (good for 2 classes)

*****Congratulations Debbie G. of Rockville Centre. Two-year-old Henry pulled your name as the winner of  Facebook/Blog $50 gift certificate! Looking forward to knitting with you.   10/7/11*****

There are 2 ways to enter:
1.  Click below and leave a comment with your name here.
-OR-
2. Visit my Facebook fan page and leave a comment with your name there.

Don’t delay!  One lucky winner will be selected at random on Friday, October 7.
And, of course, my current students are encouraged to enter to win too!

Fall is here; it’s time to knit!

(Click “comments” below.  Leave one with your name, and hopefully you’ll be the winner!)

Update: Child’s Hooded Cardigan Sweater

I worked this one in Berroco’s Peruvia Quick – 100% Peruvian Highland Wool in color Olive.
Sizes 2T, 4T and 5-6T.

On My Needles: Child’s Hooded Cardigan Sweater

One-by-one Cowl

One skein.
One-by-one rib.
One hour!

With one skein of Knit Collage’s Pixie Dust in color Antique Garnet and size US35 needles,
CO 8 sts.
Work in 1×1 rib  *k1,p1, rep from * to end.
Rep previous row until the yarn is almost finished.  BO in patt.
Lay work flat and then give one end one twist.  Using tails, sew the ends together.

NYC Yarn Crawl (and a Yarn Sprint)

The 3rd Annual NYC Yarn Crawl is approaching – September 30, October 1 and 2nd.

It is FREE, and no purchases are necessary in the dozen-or-so shops that are participating.  Every crawler receives a free raffle ticket, and prize baskets of gorgeous yarn are valued at $350 or more! You can read more about it here:  http://www.nycyarncrawl.com/home

Rather than crawl, yesterday my mom and I sprinted to SOHO for a quick trip to our beloved yarn and fabric shop, Purl.  She handed the garage attendant the key and said, “We’ll be back in an hour!”  I picked up one skein of Knit Collage’s Pixie Dust in Antique Garnet for a cowl.  Pixie Dust is handspun of wool, mohair and camel fibers.  I also took home two skeins of Anzula’s For Better or Worsted.  FBoWorsted is a superwash wool, cashmere blend with a touch of nylon for a beautiful sheen.  I picked hand-dyed color Terra Cotta for a baby sweater.  LOVE.

Not up for a crawl or sprint?  You can get yours online here.

$90,000??!!



Bloomberg Businessweek, August 15-28, 2011


HANDICRAFT WEBSITE ETSY
Etsy.com, the online market for all things handmade, has 10 million items for sale.  Among them: a hand-knit coffee mug cozy ($13); a vintage Underwood typewriter modified to work as a computer keyboard ($799); a set of pickle forks ($60).  The oddball mix spawned Regretsy, a blog that commnets on eccentric Etsy finds.  The tagline: “Where DIY meets WTF,” Regretsy may be an indicator of Etsy’s success.  Since its founding in 2005, the site has helped turn the artisanal, locally source, bespoke-authentic movement into a viable business, at least for itself and a handful of its 800,000 vendors.  Sales hit $314 million in 2010, the first year Etsy was profitable.  Etsy freely acknowledges most of its vendors won’t make a living on the site.  Yokoo Gibraan, who knits scarves for Etsy ($50-$150) in her Atlanta living room, is one who does.  “I work around the clock” to make about $90,000 in annual sales, she says, “but knitting isn’t stressful – it’s the best job I ever had.” 
-Susan Berfield, Bloomberg Businessweek


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On My Needles while on vacation…

Aaaaahhh…a week on Fire Island with my family.  I was even able to sneak in some knitting on the beach and knitted this cowl – start to finish.  I’m not lying when I say it’s a quick knit!

I could have worked on one of my other projects, but this one’s perfect for the beach.  I have the pattern memorized, and it’s easy to put down and pick up when I need to refill a sand pail with water or rescue a sand crab.  🙂

Class resumes next week.  Hope to see you ladies!


Tuesday, August 16th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, August 17th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Please RSVP a day or two prior if you would like to join me.  Thanks!

On My Needles: Rosette Lace Scarf














I’m calling this one the “Ultimate Lace Challenge” for my knitters.  
So, which of you ladies will be first?!

Welcome *new* knitters!

A warm welcome to my *new* knitters from Spring and Summer 2011:
Jane
Joanne
Katherine
Lynn
Margaret
Maureen B.
Maureen Q.
Mary
Meghan

A couple of them came to me already knowing the basic stitches.  A few had never held a set of needles.  Nonetheless, they are all doing fabulous with their projects.

At Tuesday evening’s class, three were working hats in-the-round and on double pointed needles for the first time, one was working the Lattice Stitch Cowl, one was working the One-piece Baby Cardigan for her first grandchild-to-be, and one was learning the purl stitch.   I am so proud of these women and their dedication to their craft!

Thank you, and welcome to the club!  -k.

On My Needles: Cabled Baby Booties




Straight needles and mock cables make these little guys so much easier than they may appear!

On My Needles: Organic Cotton Market Tote

In a few weeks, I hope to fill this one with some goodies from Rockville Centre’s farmers market.

PS – I love to knit lace!

On My Needles: Cabled Drop-stitch Mobius Scarf

After spending four sessions in July teaching my knitters to fix their knitting mistakes, they may think I’m completely nuts when they work this project.  Just before binding-off, we’ll drop a few stitches all the way down to the cast-on edge.  Yikes!

When it’s finished, it can be worn as a mobius scarf (think: long, twisted loop),  as a cowl when looped twice around the neck, as a scarf, or around the shoulders as a shawl.  Talk about a multi-purpose accessory!  

Welcome Baby Isabelle!

Meet sweet baby Isabelle who was welcomed by my friend (and knitter) in June!

Here she is modeling a beanie with earflaps and I-cords knitted in seed stitch.
I worked this one in Cascade Yarns’ Cash Vero DK – extra fine merino and cashmere, as soft as a newborn baby’s skin.

Thanks to Isabelle’s mommy for sharing her photo.  🙂 

Update: Lattice Stitch Cowl

You’re sure to be a master of cables and knitting in-the-round after completing this beautiful pattern.

1 1/2 skeins of Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo, a baby alpaca and merino wool blend
Size US 10 or 10.5  circular needle, 16″ length. Any longer will not work!
1 or 2 classes, dependent upon experience = $25 or $50 (+supplies)

Blocking Basics

The bottom band of this sweater has been bothering me; it was always creeping up.  (See above) So I finally blocked it.

There are several methods for blocking.  Since this yarn is 100% baby merino wool, I went for my favorite – the wet blocking method.

Soak the item in a bowl of room-temperature water for  a few seconds while squeezing the sweater.  Do not wring or twist.  Do not use hot water.  A few seconds is enough – just enough time to snap this photo.  Squeeze excess water from the work, RESHAPE and lay flat to dry.  A few rust-proof pins may be necessary, but my sweater behaved just fine without being stuck.

For more blocking basics, visit Interweave’s tutorial here.


Learn-to-Fix your knitting mistakes



Empower yourself and join me for a special session!  
All my knitters are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, July 5 at 7:30pm 
or
Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30pm 
or
Saturday, July 9 at 10:00am 
or
Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30pm 
$25 + your supplies
Some techniques you will learn-to-fix are dropped stitches, running stitches, to turn a knit stitch into a purl stitch and vice versa, to un-knit, and when all else fails, how to frog! 

You will need to knit a small swatch* before class that will be used in the lesson. 



Please reserve your seat asap!  (Class size: limit 5)

*Swatch instructions:  
CO 12 sts.   Work in 2×2 rib (*k2, p2; rep from *) for 8 rows.  Switch to St st (Stockinette stitch) and work for 8 rows.   Please bring a crochet hook if you have one.  The bigger the better.   If you purchase one, metal is preferred.  To make the lesson easiest on yourself, I suggest knitting the swatch with chunky yarn and large needles (size 11, 13 or 15).  If you need some chunky yarn to work this swatch, please let me know.  I have some extra. 

    

Another Bella Shrug

Since the Baby Janes don’t require a ton of yarn, I knitted this shrug with the remainder of the Manos de Uruguay silk blend yarn.  My brother and sister-in-law picked it out for me while they were in Marfa, a wonderfully quirky town in Texas.  If you love the silk/merino blend as much as I do, I bet you can find some at a LYS (local yarn shop) or order some here from PURL in NYC.

The pattern is sized for 3 months all the way up to child size 12(!) and is one of the most well-written patterns I have worked.  I get a ton of compliments on this shrug.  I bet you will too.  The pattern is available here on Ravelry and is WELL WORTH the $5 bucks for the download.

Let me know how it goes!  (Not a knitter, coax that aunt who knits to work one up for you!)























And here is baby Bella herself modeling the original Bella Shrug.  She’s just the cutest thing!!  Thanks to her mommy for sharing this photo.


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On My Needles: Lattice Stitch Cowl

This one is knitted with a 16″ circular needle and a cable needle.  It’s my first time knitting with Cascade Yarns’ Eco Duo, a baby alpaca and merino wool blend – SUPER soft.  Both fibers are undyed, so the colors come straight from the animals!

I have about 6 of the suggested 27 inches complete.  I’ll be sure to show you when it’s finished.

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Color Block Blanket

Knitted with love for my cousin Erin who is expecting her first baby in August.
Before shopping for the yarn, I took a peak at her gift registry to coordinate the colors with her Pottery Barn Kids’ Madras Bedding.

This is a great project for beginners to really perfect their knit and purl stitches.  There are a few tricks along the way, including the Provisional Cast-on, to keep things interesting.

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Meet the Mariner

The Mariner Pullover from Interweave Knits magazine, Weekend 2010 issue.
Sizes 6-12 months…all the way up to women’s extra-large!

I knitted this one in Kraemer’s Perfection Worsted yarn in color Fauna, a pale grayish-pink.  It’s adorned it with mother-of-pearl buttons.  Perfection is a superwash merino and acrylic blend.  Machine wash, tumble dry.  That’s perfection in my book!

The stitch pattern running down the front is Half Linen Stitch and requires a technique called “short rows” – something that is common is when knitting socks.  The sleeves are worked as cast-on extensions of the body, so when you bind-off, there’s very little sewing to be done.  For those of you who have knitted the One-piece Baby Cardigan, this will sound very familiar.

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Welcome Samantha!




























After waiting for her for six years, Samantha Nicole joined my dear friends Jodi and Josh on March 25th.  

I was thrilled when her beautiful birth announcement arrived yesterday and delighted to see her pictured with her blanket I knitted.  It’s based on Lion Brand’s Garter Stitch Baby Throw pattern – a great one for beginners.  

Welcome Samantha!


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Tree Warmer

Each winter, one of Baltimore’s LYS (little yarn shop) owners invites her students to knit a warmer for the tree outside the shop. Look at all the beautiful yarns and stitch patterns. The tree hugger is my adorable niece Olive. And thanks to my sister-in-law Sarah for sharing this one.

Reminds me of the Wall Street bull-cozy crocheted by Olek, a New York-based artist in December 2010.  

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More Baby Janes

I can’t resist.  I love these Baby Janes for their instant, adorable satisfaction.
This pair, my favorite to-date, are knitted in Manos del Uruguay’s silk and merino wool blend, kettle dyed in color #3113.

At about three hours, they are my go-to knitted gift for a friend’s baby shower or that special new baby down the block.

The pattern can be found in one of my favorite knitting books – Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger.  There are some intermediate techniques necessary to knit these booties, so it keeps things interesting.  Ms. Fierlinger has a similar pattern available for FREE download on her blog.  You can grab it here.

Also adorable in Rowan’s Pure Wool DK.  These were knitted with love for baby Emma B.

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Bella Baby Shrug

Knitted in Anzula Luxury Fiber’s For Better or Worsted. 
Hand-dyed in color Mulberry.
Made with love for baby girl Kaplan, due in April 2011.

Want to learn-to-knit this shrug?  Baby and child sizes
2 or 3 classes, dependent upon experience = $50 or $75 + supplies

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Combat Knitters: Weapons of Self-preservation

Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Almy, a Navy physician who started a group called Combat Knitters, knits during a flight from Kuwait to Kandahar, Afghanistan. ( )

A story by Dan Zak from The Washington Post – March 9 2011
Kandahar’s Combat Knitters use yarn and needles as weapons of self-preservation
(Click here for the full story)

My favorite part:
“Troops joke that life on the base is like the movie “Groundhog Day.” Enduring 18-hour workdays, grappling with an endless parade of patients, traveling the half-mile of unchanging terrain on the base’s main thoroughfare – every day is like yesterday, which is like tomorrow.
Which makes knitting crucial. Knitting shows progress. It proves that time moves forward, loop by loop. It demonstrates that a mission, however miniature, can be completed.”

(Thank you Howard for sharing this very moving story with me.)

Caper Cable Cap

Photo credit: Jack Preston.  Yes, 5-year-old Jack. 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!





I Heart You Mini-Sweaters:  Each insanely cute Mini-sweater fits in the palm of your hand. I knitted this set as a gift for my mom to hang at Valentine’s Day. They’re also adorable when adorned with your loved ones’ first initials or snowflakes and hung separately as ornaments for the chilly winter holidays!  


Welcome *new* knitters!

It has been a very busy month, and
I would like to welcome my *new* knitters.

Carol                          
Carlina                        
Clare                          
Jillian
Joordan                        
Katie                          
Kim                            
Lynda
Meredith
Pat
Pam
Peggy
Rachel
Rita
I am thrilled to have to have you!

Knitting Party with the Rockville Centre Newcomers Club

Thank you to my wonderful family and friends (Mom, Barbara, Brie and Isabel!) who pitched-in to help me teach the Newcomers.  The Newcomers did a great job learning to knit, and $150 was raised for their charity.  http://www.rvcnewcomersclub.com/ 

One-piece Baby Cardigan

Knitting a sweater in one piece means that once you bind-off your last stitch, it’s just about ready to wear.

Baby sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months.
2 or 3 classes, dependent upon experience = $50 or $75 + supplies

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The Christmas Cowls (my last-minute gifts!)

Knitted on Size 35(!) needles, or as I like to call them,
dinosaur bones. Chunky yarn and huge needles. The only
way to knit a few last-minute gifts, although the blue one
is for me. 🙂 About 4 hours each. Made with love (bottom to top) for me,
Melanie, Meghan, Sarah and Beth.

On my needles: Stitchy Beanie

The Stitchy Beanie knitted-in-the-round for my little boy Henry.

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Tessa’s Baby Janes


They fit, but do they stay ON?!

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For our troops

In October, I taught Baldwin Public Library’s knitting group to knit these helmet liners for our US troops serving overseas. (Cozy neckwarmers with an attached hood)
I am pictured with my youngest brother, Sgt. Ryan O’Leary of the US Marine Corps’ 6th Communications Batallion of Brooklyn, New York. He returned safely from Afghanistan in October, so I am pleased that he will NOT be needing one of the helmet liners!

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Lately…


The Chirp Baby Sweater, 
Circles and Stripes Slip Scarf

On My Needles: The Chirp Baby Sweater

The Chirp Baby Sweater
Knitted in Kraemer Perfection, a merino wool and acrylic blend in chirp color. This is a great yarn. It is soft and washable – perfect for a baby, or pretty much any project. It comes in a ton of beautiful colors that you can view at kraemeryarns.com

The Chirp is worked on long circular needles. The body is one piece, and then sleeves and a hood will be added. The bottom edge is called garter stitch, the main part is called stockinette stitch, then you can see it goes back to garter stitch for a few rows, and now I’m beginning the upper portion that’s done in a bumpy pattern called seed stitch.

If you have an interest in learning this project, just let me know, and I’ll do a class. All you need to know to start are the knit and purl stitches!

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Fall Schedule

Saturday Mornings – Learn-to-Knit Beginner Sessions
Early Fall
5 sessions*
Saturday mornings: Sept 25, Oct 2, 16, 30, Nov 6.
All sessions 10:00 – 11:30AM in Rockville Centre NY
$100 (+ supplies, starting at $35 total for all 5 sessions)
Invite a friend and receive a $25 discount.
*Make-up session available if you miss a class.
Class size: maximum 5

Tuesday Evenings – Learn-to-Knit Beginner Sessions
5 sessions*
Tuesday evenings: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23.
All sessions 7:30 – 9:00PM in Rockville Centre NY
$100 (+ supplies, starting at $35 total for all 5 sessions)
Invite a friend and receive a $25 discount.
*Make-up session available if you miss a class.
Class size: maximum 5

Wednesday Evenings – Learn-to-Knit Beginner Sessions
5 sessions*
Wednesday evenings: Starting September 22
(These sessions are closed for a private group.)

Learn-to-Knit…Beginner Mittens and Hats
3 sessions*
Saturday mornings: Oct 16, 30, Nov 6
10:00am to 11:30pm in Rockville Centre NY
$75 + supplies. Supplies list distributed at registration.
Invite a friend and receive a $25 discount.
*Make-up session available if you miss a class.

Saturday Mornings – Learn-to-Knit Beginner Sessions
Late Fall
5 sessions*
Saturday mornings: Nov 20, 28(Sun), Dec 4, 11, 18.
All sessions 10:00 – 11:30AM in Rockville Centre NY
$100 (+ supplies, starting at $35 total for all 5 sessions)
Invite a friend and receive a $25 discount.
*Make-up session available if you miss a class.
Class size: maximum 5

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You will learn-to-knit these accessories – 3 different style scarves, and mittens or a hat!

In doing so, you will learn the knit stitch and the purl stitch. You will also learn how to cast-on, bind-off, increase stitches, decrease stitches, rib, knit-in-the round, finish the work, read a pattern, decipher a yarn label, select the correct yarn for a project, and fix mistakes.

Invite a friend to learn-to-knit with you – it’s even more fun to learn with a buddy, and you earn a $25 discount for each friend you refer to me!

Mondays, October 4 and October 18 2010
Knit a Helmet Liner for a US Soldier
7:00 – 9:00PM at Baldwin Public Library
2385 Grand Avenue – Baldwin NY
Call or email for specific supplies list.
Registration required, free.
Instructor: Katie Preston, sister of Cpl. Ryan O’Leary, US Marine who is stationed in Afghanistan.

Made with love for Tessa


For my new baby niece Tessa Bean O’Leary born to Michael and Sarah on August 6 2010.

The Squash Hat and Baby Janes in Blue Sky Yarns 50% alpaca 50% silk in Wisteria. Wooden buttons from the Rockville Centre button store.

On My Needles: Circles and Stripes Slip Scarf

One of three projects I’m working on…

THE CIRCLE AND STRIPE CRAVAT
in Malabrigo Yarn, Worsted-weight, 100% Merino in Damask Rose

The pattern specifies size US 10 needles and includes a chart to work-up the circles. I love size 10. I love charts. And I LOVE this yarn. So I bet this one will be finished first.

cra·vat  [kruh-VAT]
–noun
1. necktie.
2. a cloth, often made of or trimmed with lace, worn about the neck by men esp. in the 17th century.

Knit a Helmet Liner to be donated to a US Soldier

Baldwin Public Library
2385 Grand Avenue
Baldwin NY 11510
516.223.6228

October 4th 7-9pm AND
October 18th 7-9pm

Attendees must know how to knit. Please attend both sessions if possible.

Bring supplies:

* 100% wool yarn (Paton’s Classic Wool, Cascade 220, or similar) approx. 200 yards. Only 100% wool yarn acceptable; in case of an accident, synthetics may melt to the skin.
* Acceptable colors: browns, dark olives, dark tans, charcoals and blacks.
* 1 stitch marker
* 16″ circular needles in sizes US 6 and US 8 or sizes to obtain gauge.

Call Baldwin Library to register 516.223.6228. FREE.

Instructor: Katie Preston, sister of Cpl. Ryan O’Leary, a US Marine who is stationed in Afghanistan.

On My Needles: Mittens for Beginners

(**If you are a complete beginner…never held a set of needles before in your life…there are just THREE classes (and some practice on your own) between where you are now and being ready to knit this project! Seriously.**)

I am referencing a bunch of books and patterns and am writing my first real knitting pattern. I am really loving how it is coming together!

Mittens for beginners knitted on straight needles.

Anyone who has knitted mittens understands that they are normally done on double-pointed needles. Well, this pattern allows them to be knitted on straight needles (easier for beginners) and then sewn up the side when they’re finished. So, they will have a seam, but how proud will my beginners be when they learn-to-knit a pair of mittens? In their fourth-ever knitting session no less! They will learn to read and follow a more detailed pattern, and how to increase and decrease stitches. All great skills they will apply countless times in the future.

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Yarn Heaven…

If there were such a thing, this would be it!

PURL in NYC’s SOHO neighborhood. In April, they moved from a beautiful but tiny space. This new location also houses PURL Patchwork, the sister store for sewing and quilting.

I’ve had the treat of visiting the new location twice – once with my mom for Mother’s Day and once with my girlfriend Jenelle. PURL’s blog is very *inspiring*. Check it out, and add it to your Favorites.

http://www.purlbee.com/


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