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Sunniva

Sunniva - FINISHED

I am so excited to share this sweater and test knit with you! I just love how well this one turned out and how beautiful it is!

Sunniva - FINISHED

It took me just under a month (one day less than a month) from start to finish and I’m more than happy with the outcome! The Wollmeise in Granaptafel just sings color and I love the little lace collar (made in Malabrigo Lace)!

Sunniva - FINISHED

I love the fit of it too! I plan to wear it by itself during Fall/Spring and with a shirt under it in the Winter.

Sunniva - FINISHED

Sunniva - FINISHED

I can’t say enough good things about the sweater, the pattern (my first top-down sweater and it was very easy to follow!), and the yarn (of course!). My husband loves it, I love it and I can’t wait to be wearing this one all season long.

Sunniva - FINISHED

Pattern – Sunniva by Kristen Hanley Cardozo (project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle in Granaptafel (rav link | store I used) and Malabrigo Lace in Simply Taupe (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US2.5 (3.00mm) and US3 (3.25mm)
Cast on – October 8, 2010
Cast off – November 7, 2010
Modifications – Only for fit at waist and more decreases at sleeves to get a tighter fit on the forearm. If I were to do this over again I would make fewer hip increases as I didn’t need quite as many as I wound up with.

I totally recommend this pattern for everyone! Such a satisfying knit with gorgeous results! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweater in progress

Sunniva - WIP

I am so excited about knitting up this pattern that I’m currently test knitting for Kristen of Knitting Kninja Designs. I’ve test knit for Kristen before and have always loved her patterns (Clothilde was one of the first shawl patterns I knit) and I’ve been waiting and waiting for her to finish up her new pattern Sunniva (I’m making the pattern in 3/4 length sleeves, which is one of the options she gives) so I could test knit it for her! And then I promptly hurt my thumb and wasn’t able to cast on until October 8th. But as soon as it was on the needles, I fell in love with the pattern even more and couldn’t put it down for long. I haven’t worked on anything else since! It’s my first time knitting a sweater top down and I’m really enjoying it! Although I don’t think it’s quite converted me to top-down knitting ONLY, it’s definitely made me want to make some more sweaters top down as well!

Sunniva - WIP

That picture was taken the day after Rhinebeck (where I bought the buttons you see above for it!) and since then I’ve actually finished the body in its entirety. It looks SO awesome, especially in the Wollmeise, that I can’t wait to finish the sleeves! I hope that it will be very very soon so I can show it to you guys and to the world as I plan on wearing this one a ton! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunniva - WIP

Spring Fling 2010

Warning: The following post over-uses the words awesome, amazing and wonderful… there are also way too many exclamation points and happy faces scattered throughout. Just so you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How can I describe the awesome-ness that was Spring Fling? I’m not even sure how to start except to say that it was truly awesome-sauce! Or shall I say awesome-knit? ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved it so much! I met a ton of great people (I didn’t know a single person there before I went!) who I can now call friends, ate a lot of desserts after every meal (seriously, why can’t we have cake after lunch every day?) and knit a ton while chatting up a storm. The weekend started out amazing with this wonderful goodie bag:

Spring Fling 2010 Goodie bag

The bag (which is great and I think I will be using it quite a bit) came with a Little Loopy hugging a sample skein of Baby Boom, a stitch marker that says Spring Fling 2010, two patterns (one scarf and one sock), a mug (not pictured – it’s being washed!) and the piรจce de resistance, a gorgeous skein of one-of-a-kind-dyed-for-the-Spring-Fling-2010 Wollmeise!

Wollmeise 100%

I can’t wait to use this for something – most likely a shawl, as I’m sure you’ve guessed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The weekend already started off well with all these goodies, but it went from good to great very quickly with meeting all the amazing women attending and making friends with lots and lots of people! Everyone was so nice and there were so many gorgeous knits (mostly shawls!) that just inspired and made you feel like picking up your needles right away – which everyone was doing anyway, even when standing up!

Spring Fling 2010

At the front there is Julie (juliee on Rav) who was my swap partner. She’s holding a cake of yarn under her arm in order to knit while standing, LOL. That pretty much sums up how much knitting we all did while there. ๐Ÿ˜€

My class with Jared Flood was AWESOME! It was on seamless sweater construction and the goal of the class was to be able to walk away from it and know how to knit up a sweater without a pattern. And you know what? I totally think I can do it now! I can’t wait to start on my own seamless sweater. I just have to pick the yarn for it. Jared was a great teacher and made everything so clear and easy to follow. The trip was worth it for that reason alone, but it was even better that it wasn’t by far the only reason that made the trip worth it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Of course, I had to accost him after the class for him to sign my Made in Brooklyn book:

Jared Flood book - Made in Brooklyn

And I love what he wrote when he signed it!

Jared Flood book - Made in Brooklyn

I even got up the courage to ask him to take a picture with me and he was so nice and agreed! OMG total fan-girl moment! ๐Ÿ˜€

Spring Fling 2010

He was so sweet and talked with me on the way to lunch afterward. I told him I’m starting my business and we talked about photography for a little while. It was wonderful being able to meet one of my knit heroes and to have him turn out to be so nice to boot. ๐Ÿ™‚

The weekend was made up literally of knitting and talking to people, both of which I LOVE doing. It was so great to go to a knit event and actually MEET people and sit and talk. I feel like all the knitting events I’ve been to – namely Rhinebeck and Stitches West – were mostly about the classes or the shopping (or both) and not really about meeting anyone else. With the Fling I felt like I was there to make friends and I totally did! I loved having fun with all these ladies – all of you rock!!!

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

We also found out that Little Loopy was actually quite a scandalous character, getting drunk and falling into socks, peeing into people’s beers and clicking his own love button! What a little rascal!

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Of course, the weekend wasn’t all about knitting, talking, classes and meeting awesome knitters… it was also about going out to Loopy Central for some shopping! I think I look quite happy to be there, don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

I love this wall!

Spring Fling 2010

And what did I walk away with? A beautiful bag full of goodies!

Loopy Purchases

Loopy Purchases

I think that was a pretty nice haul! Two sweater quantities! One is for a summer sweater – the softest cotton you’ve ever felt… it doesn’t even feel like cotton! – and the other for a Liesl out of an alpaca/merino blend. The rest include Skinny Bugga, Sweet Georgia, Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden. There was also a cute bag from 3AM:

3AM bag

Sadly the time to leave came way too soon, though we all clapped for Sheri and the Elves for doing such an AMAZING job with the whole thing!

Spring Fling 2010

I cannot recommend the Spring Fling enough to every knitter out there. It was one of the best knitting-related things I’ve ever done and I’d go back in a heart beat! I’m totally putting my name in the hat for it next year and really really hope I get picked to go – I wouldn’t miss it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, there are lots of blog posts out in blog-land talking about it if you want to look around and see who went. I’m pretty sure that everyone is raving about it, so check it out and see if you want to try for next year (lottery sign ups begin in December)! Sheri, the owner of The Loopy Ewe, posted about Spring Fling in her blog and I’m in some of the pictures – I’m knitting on a shawl in one of them! I’m also dead center in the main group picture – see if you can spot me!

To all my Spring Fling buddies, I had a great time meeting you all!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Off to Spring Fling!

I’m heading off for Spring Fling tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to get there! For those of you who are unaware, Spring Fling is an annual knitting get together that Sheri from The Loopy Ewe started a few years ago. It’s very popular and when I entered the lottery to go I totally didn’t expect to make it, but I did, and I’m beyond excited. Jared Flood, as I mentioned before, will be there – and I’m taking a class with him! – as well Anne Hanson, Gryphon Perkins and Wendy Johnson! The infamous Claudia of Wollmeise was going to be there as well (I would have LOVED to be able to meet her!) but because of the stupid volcano ash from Iceland her flight was cancelled and she can’t come anymore. I’m sad that I won’t meet her – and for everyone else who is stranded and can’t go home right now! – but maybe I’ll get in next year as well and meet her then! Maybe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For now, I’ll leave you guys to your own devices for the weekend!

Make sure to do some fun things like eat some yummy food;

Wild bird conservatory

Stop and smell the flowers;

Melbourne

Find something awe-inspiring;

Remarkable Rocks

While trying not to get stuck in it!;

Remarkable Rocks

Visit with friends and family;

Australian Sea Lions

– But don’t get into fights!;

Near Admiral's Arch

Go outside and enjoy the day;

Melbourne

And when you get too tired;

Australian Sea Lions

Find a nice spot to rest;

Remarkable Rocks

Before heading home for the day;

Little Penguins coming home for the night

And doing something to unwind…

Fingerless Gloves - In progress

All the pictures above (with the exception of the knitting one) were taken in my trip to Kangaroo Island and Melbourne in Australia back in November 2009. I still haven’t done a blog post on this part of the trip, so I wanted to share the pictures with you now. I might do a blog post dedicated to these a little better, but until then, enjoy them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wollmeise Giveaway Winner

After doing the random number generator thing, I came up with a winner! Congratulations Anthony (AntBee on Ravelry)! Not only was this his first time finding my blog, it’s also his first skein of Wollmeise ever. I’m so excited to give the skein to a Wollmeise virgin! When I told him he won, he was SO excited… that made me really happy to make someone else happy. So YAY Anthony for winning! ๐Ÿ˜€

In other news, I got a new very expensive toy piece of equipment! A lens that I’m in love with! I’ve been playing around with it today and though it’s just with regular everyday shots – nothing special at all, I’m already amazed with what this lens can do. It has the most amazing Bokeh (click here if you don’t know what bokeh is!) of any lens that I own currently – LOVE! I think the dogs need to be groomed instead of me playing with the lens, though, LOL!

Playing with new lens

Playing with new lens

It also works really well for close-ups! It can focus at very close distances, which is awesome.

Playing with new lens

Now to actually brush the dogs… they really need it, as you can tell! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Congrats again, Anthony!!!

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