Monday, October 24, 2011

a couple other things...

Here's another piece using yarns from the BagSmith that I sent to Stitches East last week.

Big Stitch Bundle is made up of 6 different yarns (@88yds each) bundled together with most of them being hand dyed together so all 6 yarns match though the Big Stitch Bundle I used for the shoulders, collar & bottom section has the same tone throughout. Then for the open work in the body section I used the BagSmith's Blissa Bling an alpaca/merino with a metallic thread running through that I loved working with. It's the same fiber content as the Blissa so it's super soft!


Available as a PDF download. $6.50

It's Halloween time so in our house it's the constant trying on and adjusting of the Purple Princess costumes.
My girls love to layer! Whatever is purple and sparkly gets put on and while working the BagSmith's booth at Vogue Knitting Live I noticed this purple silk ribbon yarn with sparkly bows and knew I had to get it for them. It's from Pagewood Farms, is called Paparazzi and has the right yardage for a little capelet to wear over their purple capes.

this is how it looked before blocking

This little piece also gave me a chance to try out the "Block n Roll" another BagSmith item I picked up at Vogue Knitting Live. 

The Block n Roll is a padded 38"x50" teflon coated cotton blocking mat that rolls up to store away in your closet and weighs a mere pound! We pinned the piece down, put a wet press cloth to it then steamed it and when I was too impatient to wait for it to dry I took a hair dryer to it. It worked beautifully! I highly recommend getting one of these!

I really stretched this thing out as you can see in the post blocking pic. Blocking with an iron really flattened it as well.

But it's a perfect little layering piece for a Purple Princess.

Here it is on a test run.

Friday, October 21, 2011

a Luxe Cape

For those of you wondering whatever became of the rather large ball of yarn I showed in my last post I present a Luxe Cape.

I have such a weak spot for alpaca! I love the way it feels and would wear this cape constantly if I didn't live in a desert climate (although it does get chilly at night) and hadn't already shipped it to the BagSmith at Stitches East happening this weekend in Hartford Ct.

This alpaca is unbelievably soft and feels amazing against your skin. It was easy to work with and I don't think I need to tell you how fast it worked up with a gauge of .75sts per inch on #50 needles! That's right 5-0! And the BagSmith has both the yarn & the needles

                                                                               I used a 5/8" ribbon for the closure.

So if you happen to be in Hartford this weekend and are stopping by Stitches make sure you check out the BagSmith's booth to experience this amazing yarn in person. 

Available as a PDF download. $6.50

Here it is again!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Vogue Knitting LIve

I have to say in hindsight I didn't do that great of a job documenting my 3 days at VK Live held here in Los Angeles last weekend. I guess I was having too much fun the first 2 days working in the BagSmith booth to go and check things out. By the third day when I did finally go around I was a little disappointed with the photos I was getting from my camera so I didn't go too crazy.

from L to R: jean, Shelly, me, Becca & Vicki
The best thing about the show was meeting & working with Becca, her mom Jean and her sister Shelly. Becca and I have been internet friends for awhile but this was the first time meeting in person and we all hit it off. Our mutual friend Vicki Stiefel joined us and was signing copies of her book, 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters (a wonderful book for your knitting library but that's another post!).

Another great thing about the show was meeting Lisa who stopped me because she recognized the sweater I was wearing from following my blog! This was the first time that ever happened to me, so I of course was walking with a little extra spring in my step the rest of the day. Thanks Lisa!
with Lisa

I was planning on writing more about the show but I have so much knitting to catch up on I'll be brief.

RedFish Dye Works had a lovely booth with amazing colors! I don't even mind that this shot is blurry because the colors are so great... though I'm never going to a show again without my Nikon! 

I love this Namaste bag! Stylish & functional my favorite combination.

Jean refreshing my Tunisian crochet skills. 

Jean was probably the most photographed person at the show. You can't tell from the photo but Jean has a bit of purple in her bangs making her that much more adorable (and attractive to shutterbugs) and is just the sweetest person. For 3 days she showed countless people how to Tunisian crochet & to knit using the big needles and hooks that the BagSmith is known for.

At the end of the show Becca sent me home with a lot of yarn to work with. I really liked this yarn from Holland. It's a thick felted strand with a wire core. I made this bowl in a couple of hours. The red part is finger crocheted while the bottom is coiled and it's all joined with a mattress stitch.

Someone had other ideas for it!

Another yarn she sent home with me is called "Big Stitch Yarn Bumps". It's a alpaca/wool blend with a bit of nylon. All the animal fibers are from local Ohio breeders and I love it! 

 This is one big ball of yarn!
The girls had fun with it too! I'm working with a pair of #50's that Becca also sent home with me and it's working up just how I like it, fast! I'm still working on it though so back to work!

Oh one other thing that the BagSmith carries is a line called Sajou worth checking out for the packaging alone, beautiful!