Unravel KAL, talks and much more!

Happy February everyone! It's hard to believe that we are already into the second month of the year, and the next show is barreling down like a runaway train. In other words, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger, but I'm not sure that's because I'm making progress!

My first stop on the February train journey is Bath, where I'll be teaching "How to Knit a Sexy Sweater" at A Yarn Story this coming Sunday. It's a two part class - the morning session will cover swatching: choosing a needle size, how to swatch properly so that your swatch doesn't lie to you, fibre content considerations, and the always important blocking of your swatch. The afternoon will dig deep into how to get your swatch, gauge and chosen sweater pattern to play nicely together, and will tap in to my deep and abiding love of spreadsheets (apologies in advance). There are still some slots available, so head over to A Yarn Story's website to sign up if you'd like to join us - we'd love to have you!

Maltings from Inspiration Knits

Maltings from Inspiration Knits

Multiple Maltings...

Multiple Maltings...

Next up on the list of February events is the Unravel Festival of Knitting, taking place at Farnham Maltings from 19th - 21st February. There's a lot of stuff swirling around for Unravel this year. Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits has a new cowl pattern that she's released (and that I tech edited) for an Unravel KAL called Maltings (on Ravelry)- it's free until the show ends on 21st February, so go grab your copy now! Like many of Louise's patterns, Maltings inlcudes all sorts of tips on how to adjust the pattern to different yarns and different degrees of complexity, so you can truly make it your own! 

I'm really looking forward to Unravel for several reasons: Porpoise Fur will be there with a booth, sharing space with Yarn in the City (where Alli and I will have our new book available to purchase, along with yarn for the patterns in the book!), but I'm also tremendously honoured to be giving a talk on Friday afternoon from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. The talk is titled "Dyeing Science: From Inspiration to Colourway", and I'll be talking about the origin of some of Porpoise Fur’s science-inspired colourways, from the laboratory bench to finished dyed fibre. I'm really looking forward to sharing the process I go through from the starting images to fibre or finished yarn. The talks are free, and I'd love to have you all join me! Only please don't bring any rotten tomatoes with you...;-)

 

New gig

A few months ago, I was asked to join a fantastic group of knitters as part of their tech editing team. Now that the new issue has gone live, I can share my excitement at being part of the team at Knitty! I am thrilled to join Kate and Ashley as part of the Knitty TE group, and was even happier to have patterns from two of my pre-existing clients in my first round of edits!

Elkko by  Ren    é  e Callahan
Vintage Memories by  Ela Torrente

Vintage Memories by Ela Torrente

Small world, isn't it? Congratulations to Renée and Ela, and go check out the new edition of Knitty!

The Klee Collection

It's always fun to see patterns that I've tech edited released into the wild. The most recent of these is The Klee Collection by Renée Callahan of East London Knit. I tech edited two of the patterns in the collection - the Angelus Novus cardigan and the Twilight Flowers pullover.

Angelus Novus, which starts as a garter tab cast on

Angelus Novus, which starts as a garter tab cast on

Editing Renee's patterns is always fun because she uses very interesting and unexpected constructions. I'm very impressed with the way her brain works, and while her patterns can be challenging to edit because she creates shapes in such interesting ways, they are never boring! I imagine the same is true for knitting them...

Twilight Flowers

Twilight Flowers

In addition to the three sweaters in the collection, there are three accessories, each picking up on a motif from one of the sweaters. I am particularly enamoured of the Twilight Flowers Mitts, which uses the same eyelet pattern from the pullover to form a panel down the back of the hand. So gorgeous.

Twilight Flowers Mitts

Twilight Flowers Mitts

Many, many congratulations to Renée for a fantastic collection - I'm going to dig up some yarn and cast on ASAP!

One benefit of tech editing

I started tech editing for real in May of this year, after an online class and a bunch of practice in an apprenticeship. And I love it - it appeals to the analytical side of my brain, and to the "this isn't perfect here's what you should do" voice inside my head that I try very hard to keep internal instead of external most of the time.

While I was pretty sure that I was going to enjoy tech editing by the time I started, there has been an unforeseen benefit: namely that I get to see a whole bunch of really, really cool patterns before they're generally available. Sometimes I can't help myself, and I have to ask the designer if I can cast on right away because I just can't help myself.

Two recent patterns I haven't been able to resist: Tabetha Hedrick's Fée Shawlette

Nautilus shawl...

Nautilus shawl...

I edited this pattern just about the time I started thinking about a present for Boo's Year 2 teacher. This was knit out of less then a skein of Kettle Yarn Co's discontinued Falkland/Tencel blend, so it's got fantastic drape and a lovely sheen from the Tencel.

Boo was a most enthusiastic model (my little hambone)...

My latest tech editing project is the Santa Maria Scarf from NorthbrooKnits

The pattern isn't up on Ravelry yet (although I know it's been released), so I won't give too many details. I'm using my precious one and only skein of A Verb for Keeping Warm yarn. It's their Annapurna base in "Root" (dyed with madder) and was part of the Knit Love Club in 2010. I figured that any yarn with cashmere belonged on my neck, not my feet, but hadn't found the right project until now. 

Pattern is addictive, yarn is luscious, Porpoise is happy. The end.