Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Knitting Classes!

It's spring, and big things are in the works! I am so happy to be offering classes again-- the Sweatshop of Love Studio is now open for workshops! Allyson, Laura and I are all offering new classes this spring in our new space, and we are pumped to share it all with you. 

Here are the classes I'm teaching:  

Short Rows: This intermediate-level technique class is for those who want to take their knitting in new directions! Learn how to create geometric shapes with short rows, a versatile technique used in garments, accessories, and knitting projects of all kinds. You will learn the "wrap and turn" as well as how to create your own little knitted art piece. Please bring US size 7 needles and several balls of worsted weight yarn. These can be odds and ends! The more colors you bring, the better. Graph paper and other notions will be provided.  
Saturdays May 9, 16, and 30, 2-4pm - $80.





Intro to Lace: Have you been eyeing all those gorgeous lace shawls, but are unsure how to tackle Lace Knitting? This class will teach you the basics of lace knitting, from simple eyelets to more complex stitch patterns. Learn the theories behind lace structures in the first two classes and take the optional third session to design your own stitch pattern! Please bring US size 7 needles and worsted weight yarn. Graph paper and all other notions will be provided. 

Sundays May 10 & 17, 2-4pm - $55. 
Add a 3rd class period (Design your own motif!) on Sunday May 31, 2-4pm - $80. 



One of the three of us will be on hand for the Expert Help series: 

Need a helping hand with that next challenging knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or cross stitch project? You've come to the right place! Take advantage of Allyson, Leah, and Laura’s many years of experience with teaching, designing, and fixing mistakes, with this guided class. Bring in your pattern and materials, and get instant, attentive help with each step. You'll be able to confidently finish that ambitious project and learn lots of new skills along the way! $20
Tuesday April 28, 7-9pm
Thursday May 28, 7-9pm
Sunday June 7, 10-12pm

To sign up for any of these classes, email allyson@thesweatshopoflove.com.


I hope to see you there! Let's celebrate Spring with some yarn, tea and nice company.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Seraphim Cardigan knitting pattern




Heavenly and light, with the softness of angora. Seraphim has three-quarter sleeves, elegant pleated details... it's the perfect layer for spring!











Seraphim is worked top-down with raglan shaping, with stitches picked up around neckline to work large, soft pleated collar. Collar is shaped with short rows and pleated at intervals for a lovely, increasingly rippled texture. Slightly fitted waist, long tunic length, cozy yet refined.

I am absolutely in love with this one. The yarn was pure joy to work with and I am wild about how the design came together!




Seraphim Cardigan knitting pattern PDF
$7

Friday, March 27, 2015

In the works

Got some fun fun fiber creations happening over here... can't wait to share these with you!



Friday, February 20, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Synergy shawlette in Creative Knitting Magazine

I am very pleased to tell you that my shawlette pattern Synergy is in the current issue of Creative Knitting Magazine! Spring 2015 is looking bright and lovely.



This is a variation on my Double Deco wrap, which is huge and long. Synergy is much smaller with different shaping and striping and is perfect for spring. A quick knit with simple details!

If you can knit, pick up stitches, and decrease, you can do this. Pick 4 colors and go for it!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rainbows and Unicorns time

Pure knitting joy. Rainbows and Unicorns!




Every color in Ewe Ewe's line (that's 20 colors!) in glorious rainbow alignment. You can also use 
 scrap yarn, there is a yardage breakdown on the Ravelry pattern page.





This was so much fun to create. If you like knitting garter stitch and working the occasional short row, this will be your jam.




There are so many color overlap possibilities. How you wrap it makes it look so different each time. I'd love to see this in a gradient yarn, color-changing like Noro or an ombre...








Rainbows and Unicorns wrap
knitting pattern pdf

$5.99

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This Winter will be Different

So. I have long underwear on, and mixed feelings. I love my long underwear, they're comfy and warm... but wearing them means that Winter Is Coming (or here), which is a little scary.




7 years in southern California made me realize I am not a Winter Person. I just don't like it in long stretches. A week or two? Awesome! Snow is fun! Warm clothes are nice! Four months? Kill me now!

And last winter was BRUTAL. If you live in a place with actual seasons, you know what I'm talking about. It was my first winter back in the midwest, and nearly made me turn right back around again. As a born Wisconsinite, I am ashamed to admit that, but there you go.




But. THIS WINTER IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT! It will, because I am going to make it way better. Seasonal Affective Disorder, bite me. Maybe you'll join me in some of these fall/winter activities to make the cold months more enjoyable!


1. Exercise
Warming up from the inside! So far I've instituted a "One Solo Dance Party Per Day" policy, which has been fun. Even when I don't make it to the gym, once a day, I drop what I'm doing and boogie by myself.



2. Weather-Appropriate Crafting
You know what's fun? Making something warm and then wearing it to be warm! Very satisfying.




3. Seeing Family and Friends
We're all in this together! Sharing the time with people you love is key to surviving the long cold dark months.



 4. Tea
Lots of hot drinks. Stay hydrated and happy.



5. Travel
Let's face it, sometimes you just have to get away for a hot minute. I'm planning my February escape to California as we speak.



Do you like the wintertime? How do you handle the cold months? Leave a comment and let me know your tricks!