Archive for September, 2010

Last night was the much anticipated premiere of HBO’s new series, Boardwalk Empire. The two-hour episode played like an epic film, artfully acted (I’m so thrilled that Steve Buscemi finally has a vehicle to call his own, and that the Dawson Creek kid–aka Michael Pitt– has another meaty role to add to the mix!), masterfully directed (of course, it’s Scorsese), and beautifully styled. The costumes were an essential of the latter including, a couple pieces of knitwear.

Kelly MacDonald as “Margaret” in a Basket Weave, Belted Cardigan
Aleska Palladino as “Angela” in a Eyelet, Triangle Shawl

Recommended Stitching:
Caron’s Crochet Summer Shawl (Try substituting with Spa yarn!)
Choose Your Own Ending Shawl, by SugarCube Original Designs
NaturallyCaron.com’s Napa Belted Jacket, bu Susan Shildmyer

Happy viewing; happy stitching!

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Marilyn Losee's Mock Cable Throw

Jerry Rigdon's Cables-and-Colors Afghan

Margret Willson's Octagon Afghan

Marilyn Losee’s Octagon Baby Blanket

If you haven’t seen Crochet World’s new Afghans special issue, here are a few samplings of Caron projects featured in it, all made in everyone’s favorite:  Simply Soft – of course!

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Shelby Allaho's Kyoto Coat, Grand Prize Winner!

Not only do the best things come in small packages, but big winners do too!  And, while the Chain Link 2010 Design Compeition has been over since early July, the press release about the competition was just sent out to the general media – and was picked up by the Oregonlive.com and The Oregonian newspaper.  You can read the entire article here: 

You can also read about Shelby’s other winner, Jewels of the Sea necklace.

Shelby's Jewels of the Sea Necklace, a first prize winner

But the cool part is that the article was at the top of Google Alerts for crochet.

Congratulations, Shelby – again!

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Ultimate Sweater Machine

Well, after a lot of frustration, I got it figured out! Check out what I did! If you are having trouble learning how to use the knitting machine, you will get there! Really! Once you get it, you will wonder why you had so much trouble. I made a lot of attempts and just kept dropping stitches! FRUSTRATING! As I was learning to use the machine, I found the following to be CRITICAL. If you don’t follow these tips, you will end up with dropped stitches.

  1. The most important thing is making sure when you set the weight in place that the hooks are all open and the elastic is on every hook.
  2. The weight has to hang FREELY – My table has a rounded edge and the weight did not hang freely, causing stitches to drop.
  3. Make sure to hold the yarn somewhat tightly until the carriage starts picking up stitches.

If you are careful to follow these tips, you will save yourself a lot of trouble and frustration.

One thing is for sure– after so many attempts, I feel like I am an expert at getting the machine set up for knitting! 🙂 🙂

Now that I can get through basic knitting, my next step is binding off. Stay tuned!

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The patterns for my latest designs for Caron and their Simply Soft ad, are now available on their website! Get ’em for free, by clicking on the text links below.

The Whirlwind Wrap is perfect for the gal-on-the-go. It’s crocheted using the Bullion Stitch (see how-to video below) and has a buckle embellishment that adds both a little funk, and practicality. Nab the yarn for this project here!

The Tuxita tunic is a versatile layering piece for baby, that’s sized for 6 mos-6 years. It’s adorable worn as a tank with sandals, over jeans and boots, or with tights and an undershirt. Nab the yarn for this project here!

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