FO — Echo Flower Shawl

My latest FO, an Echo Flower shawl for my sister Hannah!

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It’s finished, it’s finished!  My latest Finished Object, and perhaps the most gorgeous thing I’ve EVER knit, is this Echo Flower shawl knit in celebration of my little sister’s engagement!  Congratulations, Hannah and Nick!  I was lucky enough to gift it to her in person last week, and am so thrilled that she loves it.

Now, the knitterly details:  Echo Flowers is a beautiful, easy-to-follow pattern, and I can’t say enough good things about it!  Clear charts and a good overview make it accessible to most knitters.  The nupps are a little more advanced, simply because you need to be careful working 7-9 stitches together, but a determined newbie can certainly be successful.  I followed the beading placement recommended by wriggle on Ravelry — check out the neat little pyramids of beads, and the single bead at each point along the edging!  All credit goes to her!  If you’ve never…

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FO Friday: Baby Jack!

All about Jack’s beautiful blanket, and thoughts on gift knitting!

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Jack & Rams Jack O. with Rams & Yowes blanket, designed by Kate Davies. Knit by Jennifer Heinlein using Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering.

Okay, so he’s really more of a WIP, but Baby Jack arrived safe and sound on January 22 — just one day ahead of his due date.  He’s sweet and cheerful, sleeps while the dogs are yodeling, and even lets me knit occasionally!  John and I are positively smitten with our little boy!

The second most amazing thing to happen to me this year has been the outpouring of fiber love for Jack.  My friends, students, and customers are truly amazing — case in point is the Rams & Yowes blanket knit by Jen!  Ready for a story?  We’d intended to have our own knitalong for this project during our 2012 TKGA Grand Retreat trip, and planned far in advance how we’d modify the original neutral palette with shades…

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FO – Mystery Shawl 2013

My latest finished object, a lacy shawl designed by Jen Lucas!

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 NovemberKALShawlI love lacy sock yarn shawls!  And for so many reasons. . . the yarn is just a bit heavier than lace weight, making it a more substantial knit without being too warm and heavy to wear indoors this time of year.  I can buy just one of that super-special one-of-a-kind skein and have a fabulous statement piece to wear from it.  Sock yarn is often washable, making it safe to give a sock yarn shawl as a gift to a non-knitter friend or family member.  Finally, shawls and shawlettes are just so much fun to make!  This lovely example was knit from a mystery pattern over the last month.  Jen Lucas of Knitting Like Crazy released the pattern in 4 stages, one each week for the month of November.  It was so much fun to knit without knowing exactly what the finished result would be — a knitting…

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Trunk Show & Workshop Weekend Reflections

My latest post for Sage Yarn!

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Knits of a Feather Trunk ShowA smooth drive and perfect fall weather helped start the Knits of a Feather workshop weekend right!  Friday night’s trunk show and book signing was a pleasant, low-key affair with good snacks, great people, and (of course) knitting!  Samples from the book were available to touch and try on, including the Lovebird Mittens, Cardinal Cap, and Feathered Nest Cowl workshop subjects.

Feathered Nest Cowl WorkshopSaturday was filled with class time, featuring the Feathered Nest Cowl workshop in the morning, a quick break for lunch at the fabulous Parkside Market, then the Lovebird Mittens workshop in the afternoon.  As a knitting instructor, I really love having that big chunk of knitting time afforded by longer, workshop-style classes like these!  It’s so crucial to give people time to work on new techniques so that they can discover the challenges and questions they’ll have.  The cowl, for example, features a provisional cast on, requires chart…

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