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Hi Everyone
Thank you so much for your interest in my blog lately. Views have gone threw the rough. I would love to share some more of my designs with you. Follow my craftsy shop and receive a coupon for a free pattern.
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Suzy

A Shopping Guide to Sheep and Wool Festivals

It’s that time of year again, sheep and wool festivals galore! Maryland sheep and wool and New Hampshire Sheep and wool have come and gone already. This weekend on Long Island, we will be hosting the Long Island Sheep and Wool festival in Riverhead, NY at the Hallockville Museum.

So what is a crocheter suppose to do? Shop till you drop of course!

The crocheter will be exposed to so many great new ideas, yarns and projects it is pure sensory overload.

So here are my tips:
1) Try to have a project in mind that you are shopping for.
– I sometimes even bring patterns to match the yarn

2) Bring a good camera to take pictures of inspiring items

3) Try to bring cash as many vendors are unable to process credit cards

4) Wear clothing appropriate to the weather

5) Don really comfy shoes to make all that walking more pleasurable!

6) Bring a yarn estimator with you so that when you find a yarn you fall in love with you can buy how much you think for a project.
– A crochet project takes approximately 30 percent more yarn on projects when compared to knitting!
– Yarn market has a great app for the IPhone!
7) Check the Websites and appropriate social media sites for your favorite vendors as they may be running show specials!
– Green Mountain Spinnery had various trivia contests at Maryland Sheep and wool! Great idea guys!

8) Always good to have a portable project with you that you can conveniently hook while you wait!

9) Bring some great snacks as shopping always makes me hungry and who really wants to stop for food when you can be hunting out the greatest yarn!

10) Water and hand sanitizer need I say more!

Enjoy and I would love to hear about your experiences! Comment and be entered for this weeks blog giveaway!

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Ice Wine Cowl for Purl by the Sea in Montauk

For all of you who are patiently waiting here is the pattern for the Ice Wine Cowl. Created and designed for me for Purl by the Sea.
Ice wine cowl
Yarn: Madeline Tosh dk light , 380 yards per skein only one skein needed
Measurements: 10 inches wide by 30 inches long
Gauge: 22 sts in st pattern 3 1/2 in
Co 67 sts
Row 1:
K9, {k3 * yo, k2, ssk, k 2 tog, k2, yo, k1 rep from * end k1 }, k9
Row 2:k 9, Purl 49, k9
Row 3: K9, {k2 *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2,yo,k1* end k2 },k9
Row 4: k9, purl 49, k9

Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 30 inches

Bind off

Seam cast on edge to bind of edge and enjoy!

Want a challenge? Use a provisional cast on and don’t bind off and use either a three needle bind off or Kitchener stitch to complete the circle to form the cowl!

Would love to see finished pictures and comments!

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Vacation, sick. life and taxes

Well… its almost midnight and I am finally done with my taxes. Boy do I dislike doing them especially when I have knitting and crochet deadlines…oh yeah and I owe money 😦 . But the good news is I should be back on the blog train soon. I have so much to tell you about. First my VT vacation yarn crawl, then a trip to the Martha Stewart Show and then a NYC yarn/craft walk. What have you all been up to? :Love to hear about it and whats on your needles?

Yoko Hatta’s- The Cardi Wrap

This piece seen live is absolutely amazing. The simple construction is hidden in the elegant lace detail of the collar and the sleeves. The piece is made in 5 pieces making it totally suitable for knitting on the go! Watching various people try it on at Purl by the Sea, I can attest to the fact that it looks good on various body types! Make this elegant Cardi wrap and it will be sure to please!

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On Vacation in VT

So I had lofty goals for blogging this week but I’m on vacation which has made it extremely difficult to blog. Especially with a two year old!!! So far I have had an amazing time. Stopped at Green Mountain Spinnery for my knitting pleasure and what did I find? Will have to read my blog next week. Then to basketville in Putney as wel! Gorgeous! And lots of crocheting in the car. Will post again soon! Prob tomorrow! – Suzy

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Ice Cowl for Purl by the Sea in Montauk

For all of you who are patiently waiting here is the pattern for the Ice Wine Cowl. Created and designed for me for Purl by the Sea.
Ice wine cowl
Yarn: Madeline Tosh dk light , 380 yards per skein only one skein needed
Measurements: 10 inches wide by 30 inches long
Gauge: 22 sts in st pattern 3 1/2 in
Co 67 sts
Row 1:
K9, {k3 * yo, k2, ssk, k 2 tog, k2, yo, k1 rep from * end k1 }, k9
Row 2:k 9, Purl 49, k9
Row 3: K9, {k2 *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2,yo,k1* end k2 },k9
Row 4: k9, purl 49, k9

Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 30 inches

Bind off

Seam cast on edge to bind of edge and enjoy!

Want a challenge? Use a provisional cast on and don’t bind off and use either a three needle bind off or Kitchener stitch to complete the circle to form the cowl!

Would love to see finished pictures and comments!

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Vogue Knitting Spring Collection in Person

A while back I had written about how happy it makes me when the spring knitting magazines arrive at the local yarn shops. Today, I got to experience Vogue Knitting’s spring line in person!

It’s even hard to put this experience into words! Purl by the Sea in Montauk, NY was celebrating their one year as well as the opening of the new shop! Nora had invited Vogue Knitting to come to the shop and they came! Executive editor of Knit Simple magazine and knitting editor of Vogue Knitting Rosemary Drysdale brought the issue to us. A slide show of the spring issue helped us to appreciate the details of the work. They also brought about 20 pieces from the magazine for us to see, try on and admire! Carla wore the cover sweater by Shiri Mor as she presented. Mari Lynn Patrick’s mohair silk sweater was amazing to see in person. There were so many and I will write about more tomorrow as I am nearing 10pm and have been up knitting every night until 2 this week preparing to go out to Nora’s.

I also designed two patterns for the event. Which I will probably post for all my loyal blog readers. I also presented a healthy knitting lecture which was fun as well.

Overall an amazing day and I also won a Della Q messenger bag! Yeah! Will definitely write more tomorrow when I have my issue in front of me and give details about the garments I saw first hand! I heart Vogue Knitting!

Comments appreciated! If you were there double bonus!!!

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Montauk Knitting Shop Reborn- Purl By the Sea turns 1!

It must be the week of exciting yarn news here on Long Island. Not only did Rumplestilskin open their kiosk in the Smith Haven Mall but Montauk’s own Purl by the Sea is turning one! Nora Franzetti, owner of the shop had closed approximately 2 years ago when her husband had died after a long illness. Nora took some time for herself to heal from the loss of her husband but longed for her little knitting shop to come alive again. Nora decided a year ago to reopen Purl by the Sea. She was gloriously backed by a community of knitters both locally and not so locally ( I live 2 hours away…I will travel for a great yarn shop!) I found out about their closure shortly before planning my 30th birthday celebration in May with friends! I was having a relaxing day at Guerney’s Inn and Spa when I noticed a girl knitting in the gift shop. I had mentioned to her how sad I was that the shop had closed and was wondering if she had any information and she looked at me with a puzzled delight… “You didn’t know Nora is back !” I could hardly contained my excitement and dragged all my friends into town to check out this little knitting store that could !

Since that day, I have been to Nora’s shop a bunch of times. I have taken classes with the great Rosemary Drysdale, attended their many trunk shows and even participated in one of their yarn crawls. It is with great delight that I will travel out there this weekend to celebrate with Nora and the crew at the shop Leslie, Jane and Ellie. I will be giving a mini lecture on keeping your body healthy as you knit (don’t worry I will blog about it as well) as well as be offering an East End Home Arts exclusive pattern especially for Purl by the Sea. (I may post it on the blog if there are enough comments) So come join me , Rosemary Drysdale and Carla Scott from Vogue Knitting as they reveal the new Crochet magazine. I cant wait !!!!!!!!!!!!! See you there ! 

You are so knit-worthy/crochet-worthy!!!

Crochet/Knit Worthy: (noun)
A term used by stitchers alike that describe someone that is worthy of spending countless hours knitting or crocheting an item, toy, accessory or if really special a garment for.

The term itself may seem simple to you but as a stitcher this is a very precious term not used very often because it takes a lot for a stitcher to give this special honor to. As we leave the holiday season, many people check their Christmas card list to see who sent them one and who didn’t… well us stitchers we have our own list of who is worthy of handmade stitched items and who is not. A lot of times people graciously accept your handmade items with a polite smile or gentle thank you, other times people tell you it doesn’t fit or its not their style. Then there is that person that laughs with joy, gasps at your handiwork, immediately dons the item and proudly parades it for everyone to see, I have even made some people cry. Now those people are knit/crochet/stitch worthy. These are the people you long to knit for. As a new knitter, you think they are a dime a dozen because really who doesn’t like a scarf. As your skills grow and you start cabling, lace or even if they are really special entrelac, you realize there are less and less people that appreciate your new skills and you never see the items again. (People, to a handmade artist this is like when your favorite Aunt goes out and buys you the most exquisite bridal shower gift and you hide it in your closet! To you you don’t want to ruin it but to your Aunt she wants it to be used because she uniquely picked out for you!) Then (enter the deep drum music) when you can take your skills and put them on garments, the list gets even smaller. (yes, even husbands sometimes are not worthy of this honor!)

So who is knit/crochet/stitch worthy…….(It is different to every person but for me here is my top 5)
1) My darling little Caitlyn Joy-
Yup my two year old is the most knit-worthy person in my life currently! I know hard to believe and many will disagree but come on she asks to go to the yarn shop and picks out the yarn she wants for her hat. (yes it is true she asked me to make her a hat and she picked the most beautiful wool roving called Crea at our local yarn shop in Stony Brook, NY Rumplestiltskin)
2) My sister in law Jonelle Wuttke! She is great… she knows I am going to knit her something so she finds a style she likes or a picture of what she wants so I know exactly what to make her. Some may say thats picky I say she is a smart cookie for telling me what her style is. If you don’t tell me how do I know!

3)Emma Katherine- my baby niece! She is 6 weeks old and yup knit worthy…. Ok i know i have an obsession with stitching for little ones but my thought is teach them young and who knows! She has a whole year of hats to wear.. yup you read that right a whole year!

4) Shana Cassidy Carroll- My dear friend for a while. I designed for her new baby boy Quinn a gorgeous ( if I do say so myself) Log Cabin-esque baby blanket. Not only have I seen it in public many times, she even texted me for specific washing instructions because she wanted to treat the organic cotton the right way. You warm my heart Sha!

5) Sarah Steiner! Just facebooked me to tell me that her little Elsie snuggles with the cabled blanket I made her!

6) My co worker who I have not yet knit for but responded to a frustrated holiday post asking the fb community who they thought was knit/crochet/stitch worthy and why…hmmm I wonder what Bob wants me to stitch him.

So thats my list ! There are more but those are the ones that have encouraged me this week ! Maybe there will be a follow up to this blog…only tiime will tell!

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