Friday, January 25, 2008


This week I achieved one of my personal goals when Brenda Dayne invited me to be a guest on Cast On! YAY!

So I'll be chatting pretty much non-stop this week on the podcast, Brenda could hardly get a word in sideways, and you're free to listen in.

Of course, actually GETTING the interview done was a bit of a hurdle. We're having a section of our basement floor opened up for a new drain (remember the roots-in-the-sewer-line problem this summer?) and during one of our interview periods THIS was the sound throughout the house...

While you're listening, if you're so inclined, take a moment and consider donating to Brenda's cast. She does a professional quality podcast that many folks enjoy, and that takes a lot of time and not a little money (bandwidth, etc.) Even just a tiny bit makes a big difference - think of it as the knitter's community rent party! And you'll get a sock pattern...

Creative Knitting

It was also a HUGE treat to get my copy of Creative Knitting and see the very kind profile Bobbie Matela wrote. We had a lovely lunch at TNNA back in June (when I was practically bald... I swear, everyone thought I was getting chemo, not Gerry...)

Bobbie is such a warm and easy-to-talk-to person. I'm sorry she's gone from CK, but glad that she's at Coats & Clark (and working with Nancy Thomas - lucky women - I think they'll make a pretty dynamic duo!)

The Sideways Spencer Redux group is moving along well - excellent questions are coming in from the participants, and I'm working right alongside them!

Yesterday I cast on while waiting for Gerry's Physical Therapy, then I took a few hours later in the day to luxuriate in the Malabrigo Merino Worsted Peach Tree that I'm using.

I'm making my size (famous last words - I'll probably just end up felting the darn thing down to Hannah's size during a midnight laundry session...)

Speaking of felt - I've been playing around with different felting techniques - stretching fabric before felting, after felting, shaping the felted fabric, etc. This hat is nowhere near where I'd like it to be, but it was a good experiment for the brim - and Hannah looks adorable.

Bag Swag Hag
At TNNA I visited the Namaste booth - I really like the beauty of their needles and used them in some of the shots for Twist & Loop. I'm SO THRILLED that they have delicious bags now!

We chatted for a bit - they're such lovely folks - and surprise! I just got a gorgeous bag in the mail last night!!

If there were one bag I'd like to have, well - I just got it! (and I'm not usually a purse or bag nut - I like them, I use them, but I don't run to them like a lot of folks do...)

That was so kind - and this bag is amazing - I feel like I'm set for life! I'm totally blown away - Thank you, Kelly! I feel positively guilty for getting it. But not guilty enough to send it back...

Surplice Siesta
I took the day off from the surplice (have I mentioned lately how much I love this yarn - oh, yeah, I have...)

I had finished one sleeve and just wasn't happy with the drape of it (the cap looked skimpy) so I ripped the last 5" out last night and I'll rework it today.

Multi Tasking
I really LOVE having several exciting projects to dance between, it keeps my mind nimble and keeps me from getting bogged down. Right now I have the Spencer sample, the surplice, a hat I'm going to work up in Shaeffer and a facemask I'm fiddling with... It's COLD here...

I find that when I move from one project to another, I have to reacquaint myself with the pattern. This is a good thing, because it allows me to be as close as possible to the mindset of someone approaching the pattern fresh.

I find odd mistakes or unclear instructions that might not have leaped out at me if I just kept my head down and barreled through one project at a time.

I don't always have this luxury - sometimes there's a deadline and I have to be single minded - but this is a nice little episode of creativity I'm experiencing now, so I'm basking!
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OpenID lyeng said...

Hi Annie. I can't wait to listen to your interview. I enjoyed your article in the latest Creative Knitting. And I always enjoy your blog and books. You have such amazing talent. By the way... I was admiring the photos in today's entry and thought the girl in the felted hat was a stunning model. Then I read closer and realized it was your daughter. She is beautiful. Oh my gosh, how she has grown. Time sure flies... :-)

January 25, 2008 2:47 PM  
Anonymous anne marie in philly said...

I second the above...

hannah is becoming a striking young woman. I see both you and gerry in her features. she will be breaking hearts soon enough with her beauty.

and she makes a wonderful model for your creations.

stay warm!

January 25, 2008 3:04 PM  
Blogger sjmercure said...

I'm glad to see you excited about your projects. Just a few months ago you were in the dumps and wondering if you would ever get back to this point again. I can't wait to see how they turn out!

January 25, 2008 5:22 PM  
Blogger no-blog-rachel said...

Annie, I often knit samples for The Yarn Place - so when I read your repeated compliments regarding their Bel Canto yarn, I was sure to let them know how much you like it. They are so happy you're enjoying it (and pointing it out to everyone else)!

January 25, 2008 6:45 PM  
Blogger no-blog-rachel said...

Oh yeah - and I totally agree with Anne Marie - Hannah is beautiful!

January 25, 2008 6:46 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

I was cruising my old Interweave Knits the last few days (addicted to Ravelry queueing!) and saw a few very young shots of the kids modeling your designs. I agree - Hannah is really growing up.

And I agree with sjmercure, it is a joy to see you vibrating with design energy!

January 25, 2008 9:47 PM  
Blogger cathyannhenry said...

Do you have any idea how comforting it is to know that you have doubts about being able to make something fit you? But I bet your Spencer will fit you perfect (and Hannah will have to wait for one of her own that isn't an "accident").

January 26, 2008 7:20 AM  
Blogger Milly said...

I am a bag nut and I have to have one of those bags. I am going to check out the web site today.
I love your ability to multi task with your knitting. I can't seem to do that. I fall in love with a project and get addicted to it and can't think about anything else.

January 26, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger befuddled knitter and crocheter said...

Hi Annie, just wanted to say thanks for sending me the crochet pattern for mittens, that I had lost from the pattern a day crochet 2007 calendar. I couldn't believe how fast you sent it to me. It was either the same day or the next day. Thanks again, Joanne

January 26, 2008 10:26 AM  
Blogger FUZZARELLY said...


When I first saw the sideways spencer in IK, I fell in love with it. I'm a costume tech from way back, and so I was tickled - and know that this silhouette looks good on just about everybody.

I dyed yarn for it and had a delightful time knitting, and was sorry for it to be done. Then, I realized I was in denial about my bust size - it was too small. Good news is that an adorable young woman came in to my store, saw it and had to have it and "daddy, please buy?" He did, she was happy and so was I.

I need to knit it again and measure this time.

Hope you allow IK to put it in the running.


January 27, 2008 9:17 AM  
Blogger FUZZARELLY said...

Opps. Just read further.

My bad.

January 27, 2008 9:22 AM  
Blogger tercumenette said...


January 28, 2008 1:59 AM  
Anonymous walkaboutknitter said...

Hey Annie,

I sent you a message over on Ravelry about your horizontal icord and a technique I've been "worrying" for a bit now. Don't know how often you check in but perhaps knowing there's a message will inspire you to peek.

Check in there or give me a ping back directly. Cheers!

February 01, 2008 1:51 PM  

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