After visiting with several customers this week and hearing what they were liking on Ravelry, it seems right to make sure the intel gets out there. Kate and Christine both have some wonderful favorite designers which got lost in the multitude of patterns that come through Ravelry each day. There are also a couple that I noticed along the way. Here’s hoping something inspires you. Very popular: short knit socks. I found one called Pinky but had trouble downloading it — let me know if you find it! xx M.E. and Summit Yarn
June 8, 2013
June 2, 2013
Will enlarge the Ravelry photos for you below. Went to see the new Fast & Furious AND the new Will Smith movie (Alien Earth). I don’t care what the reviewers say, I enjoyed them both. The stunts and effects were awesome and it was an afternoon meant to just escape the heat and reality. I did manage to spill soda on my shirt and while cleaning that off spill a whole serving of hot cheese goo on my white shorts. Went to bathroom to wash goo off shorts where some woman just had to say: if it feels so bad on your leg just think how bad it is for the inside of your body. Really, want to kick me while I’m down? I should have swirlyed her into submission but I was too busy. This is why you always wear clean underpants. Anyway, I digress. Have a great day!
March 14, 2013
Awhile ago, and by that I mean about a year, I designed and knit a shawl using bulky weight yarn and US13 needles. This shawl is knit side to side and the edging is knit as you go. So when you get the body of the shawl done — it’s all over — no going back, just bury the ends and you are done. This is my favorite kind of knit. Some people have second sock syndrome; I have: can’t get that edging done-itis.
Jamie bought the yarn right away. Problem: I wrote my notes in pencil and they were too light to copy. Yes, I kept promising, I will get them typed up. They are next on my to-do list.
Charlotte has also decided she would like to knit the shawl. And, it is just the kind of knit Jan loves because it can be done on straight needles.
Today, it got typed, proofed, edited, and published in my online Ravelry store (you can search Mary Ellen Langieri or TheHumanLoom to find me). The name of the pattern is: THE CABLE BRANNIGAN SHAWL.
The specific yarn is at the store, and if you buy the yarn from the Studio, I will be happy to gift you the pattern!
Here is a photo:
I look forward to seeing you soon at Summit Yarn Studio!
January 19, 2013
Here is a photo of one repeat of Part Four:
Rnd 93: (yo, ssk) rep ( to ) around
Rnds 94, 95, 96, 97: knit
Rnd 98: [k1, (yo, ssk) x 7, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 99, 100: knit
Rnd 101: [k1, yo, k2t, k10, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 102, 103: knit
Rnd 104: [k1, yo, k2t, k2, (yo, k2t) x3, k2, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 105, 106: knit
Rnd 107: (k1, yo, k2t, k1) rep ( to ) around
Rnd 108, 109: knit
Rnd 110: [k1, yo, k2t, k2, (yo, k2t) x3, k2, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 111, 112: knit
Rnd113: [k1, yo, k2t, k10, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 114,115: knit
Rnd 116: [k1, (yo, ssk) x 7, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnds 117, 118, 119, 120: knit
Rnd 121: (yo, ssk) rep ( to ) around
Rnds 122-129: knit
Rnd 130: (yo x 4, k2t x 4) rep ( to ) around
Rnd 131: (in the quadruple yo do k1 in the first loop, p1 in the 2nd loop, K1 in the third loop, and p1 in the fourth loop, k4) rep ( to ) around
Rnd 132-139: (8 rounds): knit
November 8, 2012
Does anyone have a good sweater recommendation? One of my knitters is looking and looking and uninspired. She looks great in anything with an empire waist or with torso shaping. She dislikes purling and bulky knits are generally not her thing. Please put your suggestions in the comments below and thanks!
Keep your eyes peeled on Pinkhairgirl’s Ravelry store. She has the cutest EVER baby hat coming out soon. I like it so much I may just knit an adult version of it for myself. That said, I finished the brim on the Woolly Wormhead Hat KAL today (photos below) and found the perfect button for it at the studio. I also thought today was the next installment so I kept checking my email…and nothing. Turns out, tomorrow is the day. I was SO ready! I also checked out some of this designers other hat patterns and she is to hats what Romi Hill is to Small Shawls. Defo go look at her online Ravelry store (photo below).
Thanks to DH (dear hubby) and his help last weekend, the scarf knitters room at the studio is now so organized I could weep. Everything has a place…not in bags on the floor. There is something for every taste and reasonable price points and markdowns to move inventory this holiday season. Please come soon and have a look for yourself!
For those of you doing the building blocks blanket KAL with me, I got ZERO done today because we were so busy with customers. Be sure to watch the 6pm news! Our own Trish Hartman will be anchor tonight and for awhile! (She just finished her first lace shawl–Live Oak by Romi Hill in Findley lace weight.)
Movie watchers: Bond, James Bond THIS WEEKEND! Need I say more? I think not.
October 17, 2012
August 10, 2012
Since I put in the map and flag counters, it has been amazing to see where this little blog is read. Canada has always been on the list, but at first, just Ontario. Slowly, other provinces of Canada added their flags, until August 7th when all 13 provinces and their flags made the list. BIG SMILE!!! Thank you Canada — !
On Ravelry, Anna Dalvi is giving Rosemary Hill a run for her money, with some amazing shawls. In fact there are a dozen in an ebook collection for $16.95. Every single shawl is beautiful and interesting. MARTHA: you will love these, I am sure. My favorite so far is “Fields of Malachite” and if you go look you will see why. Also on Ravelry: a free download of an old McCall’s pattern from the 1970′s — Aran Baby Set. See http://www.box.com for more great downloads.
My Camino training continues. Wednesday was my best 10 mile time ever: 3 hours and 25 minutes — and I only had to minimally climb the stairs to get to bed that night. All through my training I have read travelogues and followed my mileage with a travel guide as though I was walking the Camino Itself. Wednesday was also the day I made my destination (virtual destination) of Santiago de Compostela. As I looked at my map, I could see scribbles and fingernail marks as I made certain landmarks along the way. It seems like once I crossed from triple digit mileage down to double digit miles left to go the rest of the walk just flew by. Now, I am maintaining and avoiding injury at all cost with less than a month to go until departure.
FACT OR CRAP OF THE DAY: OMG was invented and first used by Winston Churchill.
August 9, 2012
I had a very different blog planned for today. Then a customer came in with a project, a blanket, that she is now ready to begin. She came in for my best, most professional advice…not really. She came in wanting me to say what she wanted to hear…and every time I said the word SWATCH, she screwed up her face like she was being forced to swallow the foulest of all medicines. This swatch will take all of ten minutes and really decide for her what to do to make the blanket look the way SHE WANTS. I could make sh@t up and say it, but the customer would then blame me and be unsatisfied. So, I remain honest and stick to my guns. I have lost customers over this. It makes me sad, but I would rather you walked out with the best answer, than one that is half-assed and wrong. EVERY PROJECT STARTS WITH A SWATCH. WHEN YOU ARE DONE YOU CAN RIP IT OUT TO CONSERVE YARN AND MONEY — BUT PLEASE — DO THE SWATCH IN THE STITCH PATTERN THAT MATTERS MOST. Got it? Good. Other than THE SWATCH, all knitting and fiber-crafting is your artwork. EVEN SPINNERS DO SWATCHES. Can you tell, I care about this subject?
Spending some time on Ravelry yesterday yielded some great results. I found a blog:
http://shneckenstrick.blogspot.com/ (you may have to click on the translate key in the upper right hand corner for the language you need) — this designer focuses on children’s clothes and has great patterns both for free and for sale. Make sure to check out her latest: The Bluebell Cardigan, a free download.
Chris: There is a beautiful hat and since I know you love leaves, it is called “Shoots and Leaves Hat” by Jen Barley. It is beautiful. Clearly, however, I have been watching too much NCIS because that name could be read quite differently depending on your point of view.
Suzy has been knitting a sweater and wanting to make bust darts. We have had several discussions, until I found a new pattern by Melissa Leapman and sent Suzy a photo of the boob dart. The book is called: Knitting the Perfect Fit and has more than one sweater I would want to wear. In fact, Donna A. — this book must have been written for you because it has all the shaping you LOVE.
Go to the blog for Kelbourne Woolens and you will find directions for a small scarf based on a previous pattern called the “Springtime Bandito” — requires about 100 yards of fingering weight yarn. Follow the Set-up and Body Charts of the original pattern and then finish off with Rows 1-22 of the edge chart. Bind off knit-wise. It is adorable. I would however, budget enough yarn for a few garter ridges because that edge looks like it will roll sooner than later to me.
The Classic Elite Blog is also a great place for error-free patterns by great designers. Currently there is the Stripie Scarf by Amy Loberg of FiberWild! If you go to her site, check out the Sugared Violet Shawlette — quite lovely.
I also downloaded a free hat pattern based on Old Shale lace — The Sea Waves Hat. I love it. Now I have to find just the perfect yarn to play with. Wherever shall I find it?
LIVE LONG AND SWATCH,
Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn Studio
July 28, 2012
What a 24 hours this has been! Yesterday Martha told me there was an ad in the Fall Interweave Knits featuring one of my patterns. Well, I am just enough of a newbie designer that I was THRILLED!
I posted the details of the pattern on Ravelry and how it could be purchased, last evening. At eleven p.m. the sweater had made the bottom of the Top Twenty List on Ravelry.
This morning…it is in the number three position. I am beside myself with pleasure. It will be fun to watch this story unfold.
The sweater is a complete Half Circle with raglan sleeves knit in Stockinette Stitch with a Seed stitch border. It is meant to be easy knitting and approachable even for new knitters. Because of its drape it is flattering to any figure and has a natural movement that feels so feminine!
Here are some photos:
May 25, 2012
The yarn has been on special all week here at Summit Yarn Studio, regularly $8.50 a ball, it has been $6.50 a ball and will remain so through end of business day tomorrow at 2pm. Ewetopia has received Cat Bordhi’s recommendations and after having worked with it in every color, I love this wonderful, lofty, sproingy yarn. Another good name for this yarn would have been — Bounce — because it has so much life, bloom and drape. The yarn is composed of two plies, one of extrafine merino (at the finest micrometer) and one of superwash extrafine merino — for the purpose that the two plies would take the dye color differently and create a marled yarn. Some of the marls are more obvious than others and some of the colors have a resplendent mutable quality to them — they are different colors in different light — like the stone Alexandrite.
Everyone who has “met” this yarn has immediately wanted to do at least one sweater with it. Robin has completed two out of three sweaters, Chris is nearly done with her first, Suzy purchased by Pink for a Pullover (ala Simple Summer Tweed by Heidi Kirrmaier — free on Ravelry), Barbara and Charlotte are both waiting for “The Angel”, my newest design and have their yarn tucked away. Here are some photos:
There are many other new designs available for EWETOPIA, all of which will be available at this June’s Columbus TNNA at the booth for Frog Tree Yarns. The is the most popular new yarn here at Summit Yarn Studio. If your LYS does not yet carry Frog Tree Yarns, a minimum order is just one bag of any of their wonderful yarns. Bear in mind, this is a not-for-profit company, so purchasing their yarns does good on both your needles and in this world.
over and out for today, Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn