Friday, October 10, 2014

This Baby Quilt is Totes Adorbs

Jordynn here.

It turns out that somehow most of my friends are amazingly talented crafters. Want some evidence? Check out this adorable quilt for P. that my semi-regular crafting group put together.


Everyone in the craft group made a couple of squares. Notice the "Hey Diddle Diddle" theme? L., our crafting coordinator and guru, came up with that idea and machine pieced the quilt. Then, we had a couple of quilting bees to finish it. It finally came together right around P.'s 1st birthday and will be perfect for her transition to a toddler bed. 

The quilt also features a snake, since P. was born in the year of the snake or "Little Dragon."


Here she is checking out the cat and the fiddle.

Like I said, talented friends. And lucky baby!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OMG It Is SCARF WEATHER

Katie Rose here.

Finally!


Hello Madame Luscious Noro Mobius Scarf (free pattern!). I've knitted so many scarves over the years, but I keep coming back to this one—the one I knitted on my honeymoon in Tokyo back in 2007 for the love of egg salad.



Paired with some simple Cascade 220 Tweed handwarmers. (Pattern to come.) I only knit and wear handwarmers (well, unless it's snowing), mostly because I'm married to my smartphone. 

(Oh, and to that guy I went to Tokyo with. Don't forget about him. I'm still married to him, too.) View #2:


That cold morning sun felt so good on the wool that I was finally permitted to wear. I'm convinced that southerners make good knitters because we appreciate it more—less of a chore, less time of the year to do it during, and dang it if I didn't wear the scarf home that afternoon even when it was 68 outside.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Circular Needle Storage: A Mystery of the Universe

Katie Rose here.

As long-time readers of this blog already know, Jordynn and I rarely knit with straight needles. In fact, I don't think I even own them any more. I do, however, own three different sets of interchangeable needles (Denise still being my fav), and a bazatrillion (that's a real number) of regular circular needles. 

I also keep buying cases in which I try to store, in an organized fashion, my circular needles. And yet they always end up looking like this.


I've tried everything to keep them organized, and I always fail. 

And you can see all sorts of really nice needles in that picture: Addi Turbos, Addi Lace, some of those square bamboo ones that I can't remember the name of but feel really cool when you are knitting socks. 

Whatever. Organizing circular needles is like folding fitted sheets or figuring out what happens when something goes into a black hole. 

Point is, I give up. 

To the first person to solve this problem in the comments, I'll send a free pattern of mine of your choice. (If I've already tried your suggestion and/or already own the case—like my Della Q one that is gorgeous, way expensive, and didn't work either, then your entry doesn't count.) 

At her wit's end, but very excited to hear some suggestions,
Katie Rose

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Things to come!

Katie Rose here.

It's officially September, which means that, although it is 90 degrees here in North Carolina, it's time to start knitting again.

I have a number of patterns I'll be writing up for free to share on the blog here, so check back soon for that.

Here's some photographic evidence of my business this summer. School started last week. Momma has time again.


We're also thinking of moving over to Wordpress for our blogging needs. Blogger has been great for the past 6 years (or 7, or, man, whatever but that's a LONG TIME), but now we've outgrown this platform for real.

We'll give you lots of warning before that happens, though. The URL will be http://knittyprofessors.com, which we already own.

Also, I'm not sure if Jordynn and I ever mentioned this, but we're both pretty active on Twitter. I'm at @krgpryal and she's at @jordynnjack. Come check us out online. (She's very professional. I'm kind of a maniac.)

Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

FO: Baby Cowl

I'm finally getting around to posting some pictures of finished projects I knit for Pod.

First up is this baby cowl, which I whipped up last week during a final blast of winter weather.

I used some army green Plymouth Encore that was left over from Iva's Poodle Sweater.

Is it practical for a baby? Does a baby really need a cowl? Um, no.


Is it adorable? Um, yes.

See more details on my Ravelry project page.

 - Jordynn


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fairway on a Snow Day

We here in North Carolina were recently visited by winter storm Leon. (Seriously? First of all, we "named" two inches of snow. Second of all, "Leon"? That's like the name of a nightclub.)

So I decided to break out a warm sweater that I designed a few years ago, Fairway.

Snow-Day Sweater time.
Fairway is a top-down raglan cardigan knit in a worsted-weight yarn. It has cables and bobbles and ribs for lots of texture.

Bobbles bobbles everywhere.
I knit my Fairway with some yarn I kettle-dyed, so the color gives it an added dimension.

In honor of Leon, I've reduced the cost of Fairway from $6.00 to $4. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry by clicking the button below.

 

Bye, Leon. Thanks for the sweater day.
- Katie Rose

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Meet the Wrights

Katie Rose here.

For those of you just arriving, this is a blog about fiber arts: knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing, and anything else in between.

When I started this blog back in 2006, I swore I would never blog about my cat(s). There were lots of reasons for this.

The first reason is logical: cats have nothing to do with fiber arts. Why would you blog about cats on your fiber arts blog?

The second reason is philosophical: blogging about cats on my fiber arts blog seemed like a step down a slippery slope toward dowdy-hood. "There goes that crazy knitting cat-lady," they would say. (Who this mystery they is I have no idea.) It was the principle of knit-plus-cat-blogging that bothered me.

Then I encountered a problem. Her name is Richard.*

Richard Wright, the yarn thief

Richard reminded me of the reasons why knitbloggers blog about their cats.

CATS FREAKING LOVE YARN. It's an indescribable and immutable passion that transcends boundaries and perhaps even time and space.

My yarn is kept nowhere near the den. She goes down to the far-away reaches of the downstairs studio, pulls balls off the shelf, and brings them upstairs, where she stashes them under couches and cabinets to pull out and play with when the mood strikes.

She weighs all of four pounds.

This is her step-brother, Orville*:

Orville "helping" pack up the Xmas decorations

When we first brought Richard home, she weighed 1.5 pounds. Orville took one look at her and decided she was just too much for him to handle. He snuck away on a six-week sabbatical. Then he came back and rejoined the household with an almost unbearable smugness, as pictured above.

And just so you can have the complete picture of what a wretched cat-lady I've turned into in my old age, here's Wilbur, AKA, Wil-Bear, or just simply The Bear, since he weighs 20 pounds. For some perspective, Richard is about the size of Wilbur's head.

Wilbur is just sleeping. Don't be concerned--he's certainly not. Apex predator here.

Anyways, back to cats and yarn. Yarn seems to be part of cats' genetic makeup.

Either that or Cascade uses catnip in their dye.

Not the intended use of Cascade 220. Richard does not care.

*Yes, Richard is a girl. Get over it.
**Yes, all of our cats have the last name "Wright." We need a Frank Lloyd if anyone has a cat that needs a good, if chaotic, home. Must be spayed/neutered and able to deal with smug yet histrionic Orville.