TTC Knitalong Redux

Saturday was the 3rd year in a row I participated in the TTC Knitalong, which was a blast. I was attempting to do more live tweeting, so I didn’t actually take any photos during the event that weren’t cell phone photos! But here is Team Purple at Americo (sorry for the grainy cell snap):

It was a very fun day indeed! I was pretty restrained, since my stash is already a huge storage problem to begin with, but I couldn’t resist taking home these goodies:


I was feeling salmon-y pinks that day, I think! And I also scored a Gleaner, which I was pretty excited about.

My take along knitting for this fun day was a very simple pattern made from this amazing, gorgeous handspun:

Tanis Handspun

The roving is from Pidgeonroof studios, and was spun and plied by Tanis . As soon as I saw it, I couldn’t wait to knit something up- it’s so deliciously soft and cozy. Not that I need that right now in July, but that’s how amazing this yarn is- I couldn’t wait for chilly weather. FO photos coming very soon!

To conclude today’s post, here is a photo of Gatsby hiding under the barbecue:


So fluffy. And he’s trying to stay out the sun to cool off, poor thing.

Modification Monday: Steampunk Wedding Veyla Mitts

Original Patterns: Veyla and Bo Peep Gloves

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID, Blog)

Mods:   Combined two patterns into one for a pair of beautiful, vintage-inspired gloves. Project page is here.

What Makes This Awesome: I think you all know how much I  love a good pattern mash up! I don’t think it would have ever occured to me to put these two patterns together, but I can’t believe how beautiful the results are- the combination of the bo peep glove texture and the perfect lace cuff  of Veyla just look meant to be together! And those pearl buttons underline the delicate vintage beauty of these mitts. I’m in awe- they look so stunning.

Modification Monday: Latvian Cowl

Original Pattern: Baby Blanket Latvian Garden

Knitter Extraordinaire: Raquel (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Transformed the stranded baby blanket into a beautiful cowl. Great details to follow her modifications can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m a huge fan of taking a great colourwork chart and using it for other items, and starting with something a bit smaller can make colourwork easier to tackle. This great  cowl looks beautiful and is no doubt super toasty warm, thanks to the stranded colour work. Look how cozy  Raquel looks in the photo above! Bonus- It looks very fetching on the canine set, too:

I couldn’t’ resist posting these adorable photos of her doggies  modelling. Dogs and knits, it’s just an awesome combo.

Pearl and The Beard Giveaway!

Lately I’ve been really digging Pearl and the Beard, a Brooklyn NY based trio that specializes in a soulful american sort of sounds that just seems perfect for summer. Plus Jocelyn is an expert knitter that designed the sweater that they are wearing in the promo shot above. She even did a video about making it:


Here is a link to their myspace page, where you can listen to their songs (I’m particularly fond of Lost in Singapore, Sweetness, and Reverend), and although I’m sort of lamenting that they don’t have more videos, here’s one that they did in the park:

To enter to win a CD, please leave me a comment and your email address. The contest will be open all weekend, and a winner will be chosen on Monday, July 4th at random. Good luck!!

** UPDATE:: Apparently the media company contacted a bunch of knitting blogs (including mine) but didn’t make an effort to schedule them, so I apologize if this looks shady in any way because a bunch of others are having the same giveaway. I do genuinely like the music, and am not getting paid to promote them- just a copy of the CD as well.