March 15, 2016

New pattern: Custom Triyang!

The final pattern in the Triyang collection is the Custom Triyang pdf, only included with the full collection, for obvious reasons.  (On ravelry here.)

Custom Triyang mockup

Custom Triyang includes the original Triyang pattern rewritten in a way that allows the plain (garter stitch or stockinette stitch) sections to be combined with the sections from Twou, Vire, and Liy.  (Ravelry links: Triyang, Twou, Vire, Liy; blog posts: Triyang, Twou, Vire, Liy.)

Custom Triyang mockup

The three complex patterns are all designed with the same stitch/row counts for the parts that match up, so they can easily be mixed and matched.  These mockups are photoshopped examples using the different samples I knit of each separate pattern, to show approximately how it would look to combine the sections.  Check out the versions made by knitters on ravelry to see lots of different actual examples!

Custom Triyang mockup

You can combine different kinds of stitch patterns in one solid color throughout for a subtler mix-and-match look, like one single yarn with a lace section, a cabled section, and a garter stitch section.  I had fun with color for my sample!

Custom Triyang!

This is the custom sample I made, which starts with mixed-weight stockinette stripes for the bottom section 1 – bulky yarns (three different yarns: Patons Classic Wool Roving, Quince & Co Puffin, and Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky) striped with fingering weight (Knit Picks Palette).  Instructions for this option are included in the pattern:

Custom Triyang!

Then I switched to Universal Yarn Deluxe Chunky for the rest of the piece, working the middle section in the colorwork pattern from Liy, a 2-color slip-stitch pattern with big eyelet holes:

Custom Triyang!

I used the Vire pattern for the top section, for big, squishy, bulky cables:

Custom Triyang!

This shawl, in bulky weight, is HUGE, like wearing a blanket, so cozy!  Like the other collection patterns (besides the original Triyang pattern), the length is determined by the weight/gauge, if you’re using any of the Twou/Vire/Liy pattern sections for the top or bottom parts.  But, if you’re just mixing and matching garter stitch, stockinette, and/or a middle section from any of the patterns, then you can make any size with any weight.

Custom Triyang! Custom Triyang!

This is a tiny mini-sample, made with stockinette for the bottom section, the Vire cabled middle section, and garter stitch for the top section:

Custom Triyang!

So that concludes the Triyang collection!  The whole collection is modular, made with increases, decreases, and short rows, no picked up stitches, minimal yarn breaking (none at all if you’re using one single color throughout), designed so that the sections all fit together cleanly and lay flat even when different kinds of stitch patterns are mixed and matched.  It’s definitely recommended that you use yarns that will block out, helping everything to smooth out, but as long as you work it all as written there shouldn’t be any major bunching up, pulling in, etc, between the different sections.

Custom Triyang!

I’d LOVE to see your Custom Triyangs, so please post photos in your ravelry projects to share them, and you can post in the ravelry group as well!  Happy springtime!

Filed under: knitting,Triyang collection — Lee Meredith @ 11:55 am

March 4, 2016

Knitlandia by Clara Parkes, blog tour: Paris (complete with giveaway!)

If you are any kind of yarn lover, you probably know who Clara Parkes is.  She has been working in the industry, writing and reviewing yarn and other things, since the early internet days, the pre-ravelry (gasp!) days, and has been traveling around the world going to yarn-related events and festivals, visiting shops, shooting TV shows, you know, the usual knitter stuff, for all that time.  Her latest book, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World, is a series of stories about these adventures.  I started reading my copy on a plane a few weeks back, seemed the right setting to dip into it!

Started reading this on the plane; seemed fitting. Good stuff!

I’m so glad I got to see Clara at Powell’s on her Knitlandia book tour – if you ever have the chance to see her speak, do go!  It was a fun time indeed.  She read a chapter from the book – the aforementioned TV show filming story (about Knitting Daily), and she talked a bit about the industry and stuff.  She explained that part of why she wrote this book, a travel memoir that happens to have a knitting tie-in, was so that knitters who get weird reactions from friends and family, when they travel to a fiber festival, or want to stop in at a yarn shop abroad, can show them the book as a reference.  “I’m not weird!  This is normal, see?”  That wasn’t a Clara quote, just me quoting what you can say to your weird-look-giving friends when you show them her book.

Clara Parkes at Powells

The best part about seeing Clara speak at Powell’s?  She brought a small bag of her homemade Claramels (caramels made by Clara) and played a game of knitter trivia to give them away – I wanted one SO BADLY and I luckily got picked for the final question and won one!  The question was about something that happened in the first chapter of the book, and the answer was Julia Roberts; thankfully the answers were multiple choice and easy to guess, since I skipped around in the book and hadn’t yet read the first chapter!

Knitlandia book with Claramel

Moving on to the actual book… for the blog tour, I was assigned the Paris chapter, which is great since I have fond memories of my brief trip to Paris way back in 2002, when I was studying abroad in England for the summer.  I was only in France for 4 days, but I packed in a lot of sights and had a great, memorable time; here is one of my favorite photos I took there:

Notre-Dame

Unfortunately, I was not yet a knitter at the time of my Paris trip, so I have no yarny stories for you.  But Clara does!  An excerpt from Knitlandia:

CLOUDBURST OVER PARIS

I’D PROMISED THEM no yarn stores, no fiber festivals, no chasing down that elusive sheep farm someone said might be in the next town. No endless waiting while I fondled, took notes and pictures, and transformed a perfectly fine family vacation into yet another business trip.

My nieces grew up having to share me with yarn. They learned early on that any time with Aunt Clara would likely mean a festival, or a mill visit, or at least one lengthy stop at a yarn store. And, always, some form of work deadline.

In 2013, Hannah had just turned seventeen and Emma was about to turn fifteen. My brother—feeling flush, or perhaps finally realizing how quickly they were growing up—had announced plans for a grand European tour that summer. Together with my mother they would visit Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Denmark. And their first stop would be Paris.

knitlandia_paris

That’s all you get here, but I assure you, there will be yarn, eventually.  The photos above and below were taken by Clara on her Paris adventures – the shop below is L’Oisive Thé and Clara mentions their instagram in the book, which can be found here.  The chapter, like the book, is kind of more about travel and life than actually about yarn, and it deals with things like nostalgia, growing up, memory, connection between the past and the present, comfort and discomfort (and finding comfort in yarn)… I really enjoyed reading it.  And if I’m ever in Paris again, I will definitely seek out this lovely sounding shop!

knitlandia_paris2

I was excited to read the chapters of Knitlandia that I have a personal connection to – the Portland chapter about Sock Summit, and the Columbus chapter about TNNA.  I’d almost forgotten just how huge Sock Summit was!  I’m so glad to have a record of it in this book, as foggy memories came rushing back while I read it.  And the Columbus chapter was fun, since I’ve been a part of those experiences a couple of times, ice cream and all.  The chapter is more about North Market and Jeni’s than about the conference, so here’s a photo I took to give you a visual for when you read it:

north market

I think if you’re a hardcore knitter, you’ll like this book, and if you’re a reader of travel memoir type books, you’ll like this book, even if you’re not a knitter.  Her writing style is so fun and friendly, pulling me in so I want to hear all about her experiences with yarn, and with life in general.

York

And hey, there’s a giveaway!!  Comment here and tell us about a knitting related trip, or a yarn shop you visited while on vacation, or any other knitting + travel experience you’ve had!  Pictured above is a yarn shop I visited while on vacation in York, UK – I always try to stop in local yarn shops when I travel!  One lucky winner will be chosen at random a week from today (Friday, March 11th) around noon west coast time to receive a copy of the book; be sure you get comment replies in your inbox, or check back here to see if you’ve won!

Check out the other Knitlandia blog tour stops!

Feb 22: Knit and Tonic

Feb 24: My Sister’s Knitter

Feb 26: Mary Jane Muckelstone

Feb 29: Knit Circus

March 2: Yarniacs

March 7: Tin Can Knits

March 17: Marly Bird

Filed under: books,contest/giveaway,knitting — Lee Meredith @ 8:00 am

March 1, 2016

New pattern: Liy!

The final normal pattern in the Triyang collection (ravelry link) is Liy, a slip-stitch colorwork design.  (The other patterns in the collection were blogged about: Triyang, Twou, Vire.)  The colorwork in Liy is all made with stripes, slipped stitches, and twists; you’ll never need to carry the 2 colors at a time.

Liy!

It’s designed in worsted weight, making a nice size for cozily wrapping around your neck, as you can see, but you can easily make a different size by using a different weight/gauge.  The pattern gives details about length estimates for different gauges.

Liy! Liy!

The three sections are all really different from each other, keeping the project interesting for the knitter, and making the finished piece very interesting to wear and look at.  The bottom starts with a kind of chevron pattern, the lines twisting out from the center, until the section reaches its point and the lines bend in and up.  The middle part is made with big eyelet holes, for a more lacy colorwork pattern.  And the top section is garter stitch stripes with a zig-zagging top slip-stitch edge, and striped triangles popping up across as it gets bigger.

Liy!

Remember, if you get the whole collection you can custom make a piece with just one or two of these sections, paired with plain garter stitch or other patterning, if you think these three sections together are a bit too crazy!  I know, there’s a lot going on!

Liy!

The slip-stitch patterns make this piece so squishy and warm to wear!  Like Vire, it doesn’t need to be huge since it’s so thick for warmth.

Liy! Liy!

The sample is in Black Trillium Pebble Worsted yarn, Phoenix Rising and Saltwater colorways.  I love this yarn so much!  So soft!  And the colorways are so beautifully, subtly hand-dyed – they are solid enough for the colorwork patterning to pop, but are far some true solids:

yarn being used in Triyang collection pattern sample

Nothing else to say about Liy, really.  So I’ll let some more photos speak for it!

Liy!

 

Liy!

 

Liy!

Find the whole collection on ravelry here; if you’re a leethal VIP club member, you automatically get 20% off Liy / the collection!

Filed under: knitting,Triyang collection — Lee Meredith @ 10:48 am
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