24 hours in NYC

For the first stop on the Rhinebeck 2013 tour, Dale and I flew to NYC and stayed in Brooklyn for a night – just enough time to see a few sights and eat a few delicious meals before catching the train upstate! We stayed at Hotel Indigo, which was lovely (it had hard flooring instead of carpet!). Here’s a few snaps!

Airport knitting

Travel knitting – a simple shawl out of gorgeous Fyberspates cashmere/silk.

bucatini all'Amatriciana

Bucatini all’Amatriciana at Eataly.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

A few shots from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building – it was quite crowded!

Palmer's

travel knitting

Palmer's

Palmer’s in Brooklyn, where we had a fantastic breakfast.

Shake Shack!

Shake Shack!

photo-2

Staying in downtown Brooklyn was different and nice. There’s always so much to see in NYC and so little time. More to come on the main event!

finish line

Hey, did you guys know that it’s really difficult to take a good photo of a whole quilt? It’s especially difficult with a) a fixed length lens and b) a Toronto apartment without a yard!

Relatedly, I finished quilting and binding my giant star quilt! I used Daiwabo Vintage Dry Goods from the workroom for this one, purchased in fat quarters. I think I originally cut the squares to be 15″. The finished quilt is 60″ x 70″.

Daiwabo star

When I finished the center star I decided that it needed to be a bit longer, so I put a border around all the sides and pieced together some short strips for the top and bottom. The purple binding is Painter’s Canvas by Laura Gunn, and the backing is some unlabeled chambray from the Textile Museum sale! Everything was sewn by hand with needle and thread – I really love Clover Black Gold needles. I use sharps for the piecing and binding, and quilting betweens for the hand quilting.

Daiwabo star

Daiwabo star

My Rhinebeck sweater is off the needles and in a bath as I type! This is my own pattern, which I hope to release in early November. If you see me in it this weekend, please say hello!

rhinebeck sweater 2013

Between (Canadian) Thanksgiving on Monday and leaving for a night in NYC on Thursday, it’s a short week! Hope to see lots of you at Rhinebeck!

Stoddard

A few months ago, Mari asked me to submit something for the Autumn 2013 Harrisville Designs collection. Here’s my original sketch and swatch, worked in Harrisville WATERshed, a lovely minimally processed woolen yarn. I wanted to show off the yarn in a simple design that was still fun to knit. I really love knitting side to side, and the exposed three needle bind off on the front and back of the sweater provide a little edginess. The herringbone stitch used for the cuffs is easy to knit and when you switch to stockinette, it produces a lovely little puff in the sleeve.

Stoddard

And here’s the finished sweater! All photos except that top one are courtesy of Harrisville Designs.

Stoddard

Stoddard

Stoddard is a cozy V-neck pullover with a fun, unusual construction. Three-quarter length sleeves feature a sturdy herringbone cuff and faux raglan seams for a casual, easy to wear look. It’s even reversible front to back! Harrisville’s WATERSHED knits up into a light, cohesive fabric with a wooly, comforting hand and beautiful flecks of subtle color.

Stoddard is constructed in two identical pieces. Each half of the sweater is knit from the cuff to the center of the body, then the two halves are joined with a visible three needle bind off. The collar is picked up and worked in the round.

Stoddard

Stoddard is available from Harrisville Designs. Queue and fave on Ravelry!

10/7 – Kickoff! On the Harrisville Designs blog
10/9 – Design Inspiration with Laura Chau
10/11 – Vintage Fashion Friday with Rohn Strong
10/14 – Design Inspiration with Mari Chiba on the Mari Knits Blog
10/16 – Tips & Tricks with Robin Melanson on the Harrisville Designs Blog
Check out the Lookbook for Autumn 2013!