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Sunday, August 21, 2016

I’m Raffling off my Amazing Yarn Stash!

Image swiped right off the site cited below
First of all, what I am most excited about right now is our planned hike to McAffee Knob in the Jefferson National Forest, just outside of Roanoke, VA.  More than merely stepping onto the Appalachian Trail (as I once did, years ago on a trip to and around upstate NY) hiking a bit of the AT has been on my list for a very long time.  In fact, I had a long map of the entire trail up on my kitchen wall when we lived in Atlanta.

Also coming up is a trip to check out the Richmond area.  It’s time to move, again - and the proximity of a city is a must - along with a Trader Joe’s, better cell and internet coverage, and some other things that one should never discuss.  
We've also visited Winston-Salem NC and Charlottesville... both lovely.

In preparation for that move, I am going to raffle off one hell of a yarn stash.  Mine.  When we left Atlanta, I sold, donated and shared a ton of beautiful yarn, but somehow still have a ton of beautiful yarn.  I have also acquired a large amount of beautiful yarn in the meanwhile.  How does that even happen?

My proposal is this:  Send me $30 (  I will send you 5 coupon codes each good for one NellKnits pattern via Ravelry.  The codes will be good for as long as Ravelry allows them to be, (December 2017) and, therefore, can be used even on yet to be published work.  And they can be given as gifts…  
I will cap the entries at 75.  And hope for at least 50, which will give me a little extra cash to cover some of the crazy moving expenses.  
So, thank you all for the $30 pre-payment loan + love.
The week before we move - which is just 4 weeks away, I will ask a very random person or number generator to draw a name/number.
That person will receive my stash. I cannot ship outside the US, unless - the expense is completely covered by the winner.  
Please share this with your friends, I’ll ask how all participants heard of the raffle and if your name comes up enough, well, you will get an extra ticket in the draw.

I’ve published a great pair of mitts, Happy Hands, that I knit with amazing 
SilverSpun® Sock yarn spun with cotton, a little elasticness (nylon + lycra) and pure shimmering silver.  Read all about this wonder fiber here.

and this great new hat, Hawkeye - for which I bought Brooklyn Tweed fabulous New Shelter Marl, in Newsprint, just to do.  

Please follow my IG account to see what the heck I’m up to.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Time Just Flies.

I'm looking through what I've done this year as we pack up to leave this little sublet.
One new thing has been some simple sewing.
I chose the Esme Tunic from Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style, as a first top :

When the bobbin mysteriously changes to a new color.

The top went together so smoothly and easily.  
I've added side vests at the hem.
And used some of the yards of bias binding that I cut way too much of.  

Since I planned to Indigo dye it, I thought it would be a perfect match.

It was.  I did some hand sewn finishing -

And now have a new favorite top.

  I also revived one of my very favorite washcloths in the vat,
 this is a mini of the Peeko pattern.

One good tunic deserved another, here I've repositioned the dart from 
-a bit too high on the side- 
to the shoulder, which is better for my shape.

Another project has been a few jersey skirts.  The pattern is from 
Here I'm using some cast off extra large tees for the fabric.

I highly recommend both books (all of the Alabama Studio books, in fact).
Add a little stitching to your life.  

As always, my Instagram account is a nearly daily mini blog of what 
inspires and delights me, follow along! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Last Weekend, This Weekend and Next Weekend

We were in Washington last weekend for TNNA.  It was a whirlwind, and I took very few indoor photos.
(In fact, this one was taken in my dining room)

Kate, of the beautiful Dragonfly Fibers gave me a choice of colors of their new base, Valkyrie, an Aran weight superwash Merino.  Yum.
This duo is now ready to go, wound, sketched and rows of math...

The colors are Dragonberry and Cheshire Cat.

In love with Washington.
We forewent the icons of DC in favor of the charming neighborhood around the convention center.  
Beautiful architecture everywhere.

This weekend is Father's Day.  
I won't see this guy till next week, but there will be cake.

And finally, I will be in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, June 25th for a Trunk Show at 
Baa Baa Sheep   from 1pm-3pm.  

Do stop in to say hello!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I want to talk a bit about Burg, the wrap I designed for the 
Virginia Knits Virginia Yarn Crawl -

The stitch repeat is the same as my Infinitely Alice Cowl
Except knit flat.  
Oh, and with picots.  And as a triangle...

The yarn was beautifully dyed for the shop by Aimee of Little Fox Yarn 
in her lovely wool and silk base, Vixen, which is a favorite of mine.  
You may recall this and these.

Now, I'm knitting a larger, picot-less version out of a warm and haloed 
Sulka Nina, a wool, alpaca and silk single ply chosen from a beautiful heathered palette.

I did not swatch.

Because of the shape of the pattern - cast on a handful and begin to increase, I just used the needle that I thought would give me a moderate fabric. 
I wanted stitch definition and stability with a bit of the looseness needed for some drape.
I'm estimating that I will want to use 3 skeins, but I do have a 4th (and 5th) on standby.
The gauge is not considerably larger than the fingering weight, nor is it as airy.

Haley has just begun the picot version out of a secret wool and silk single ply.
The top image is freshly knit.
The bottom is the same piece carefully steamed.

Although the pattern uses a fingering weight, 
it will be super to have versions made with lighter and heavier yarns.

Friday, April 29, 2016

SW Va.

 Something that I love about this new area is the amazing outbuildings, 

abandoned and in use.

There have been some wonderful hikes, 

and so many beautiful skies.

And just off my needles -  

The Sidestep Poncho, which should be published next week.  
There's a pattern giveaway on my Instagram page...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another Second Time.

My Empire Barn Raiser jacket has been unwound, steamed and rewound.  
The light on this is just poor, it's not from the tears I shed.
There just wasn't enough yardage for sleeves, the deep bands at the front, and the collar.

To become a smaller, yet to be named pullover.
I am seriously excited about this.

I met Jill this month at VKLive.  
She is most wonderful, and her yarns!  
I'm delighted to say that we now stock Hudson and Esopus at the shop.  

I have a little cowl going on in one skein of the Hudson base, 
look at that blue light reflected from the snow!

Happy Knitting to you all.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What a New Year!

I could go on and on about the trials of moving, helping to relocate the shop and going to VKLive all in the first 2 weeks of January - but,  I will not.  Here are a few photos :

Christmas in Atlanta
Happy New Year!  20 feet of belongings,  and the car!
the car... as full as the truck.
and now the little house is full 
all of the long skinny things on the porch.
It was a gloriously beautiful day to be in and out of the house.
Oliver likes the stacks of boxes... I love all the light.
Now, to work!

New River Fiber Company
And then, to
 Vogue Knitting Live.
11th hour sample knitting - Stilla 
Hotel finishing.... 
Setting up with Diana (the most excellent Navigator).
It was so wonderfully busy that I had no time to venture upstairs or even take pictures, 
but, I met some lovely new friends, and managed to accomplish my 3 goals.

I met Ann + Kay!
I found one amazing book, and bought only one perfect skein of yarn:

And.  Ann Shayne mentioned my new pattern Hortensia on the blog today.

It has been a very good year.