Book Review – Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe

Full disclosure: This review will be completely biased. Kyle Kunnecke, the author of Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe (which was released just last week) is a good friend and a brilliant designer, and I have had the honor of being able to work with him on several occasions test knitting, spinning yarn, and making samples for several of his designs, including three of his designs in this book.

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Weaving progress

Good morning and happy Saturday! Our plan today is to go to the Altamont Fair and to go early before it gets too crowded and too hot. There will be fiber and spinning demos this morning and at noon in the wool nook and the sheep & goat ring. I bowed out of participating in any demos at the fair this year because I wasn’t entirely sure if or when I would be able to make it. As it turns out, I can. However, one of the reasons we are going early is because we are anticipating it getting really hot today, and that hot afternoon sun wipes me out.

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A little Saturday morning weaving

My sweet Halo

Good morning and happy Saturday! Looks like it’s going to be a wet one today, but that’s just fine with me. We still need the rain. It’s quiet here this morning. We are down one dog for the weekend. My pretty girl is in Harrisburg PA for a weekend of dog shows with her breeder. I wasn’t able to make it, so a friend who was also entering her dog in the same shows picked my girl up on Thursday afternoon and brought her down. I really wanted to be there, but I had too many other things going on this weekend, and couldn’t get the time off from work to be there yesterday. I miss her terribly, and I can’t wait for her to come home on Sunday. It makes no difference to me if she wins or not, because she’s always best in show to me.

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Tour de Fleece progress so far

Good morning and happy Saturday! I am so looking forward to both the rain and the lower temperatures this weekend. Especially the rain. Some of the recent storms that have come through seem to have missed my house entirely. Wolf Road got a good soaking on Thursday right as I was leaving work, but just two miles away at home everything was bone dry. Not a single drop. Yesterday’s storms, which I had hoped would provide some relief to my poor crunchy lawn, seemed to break up and move to the north and south of Albany and Colonie. My dear spouse keeps insisting we invest in a sprinkler system, but even though I dislike having a brown and crunchy lawn, I also dislike having to mow. It takes too much time away from knitting and spinning.

We are now one full week into the Tour de France and Ravelry’s Tour de Fleece! Today’s stage of the race takes riders on a 184 kilometer trek through southern France from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon. For the Tour de Fleece, I will be continuing the second bobbin of my BFL and silk in the Sea Nymph colorway. The first bobbin with roughly half of the fiber was completed a bit sooner than I had initially anticipated, mostly due to the fact that I am not spinning it as fine as I originally intended to. After doing a few self-plied samples in the first few yards of spinning, I decided I wasn’t very happy with how the ultra-thin two ply yarn looked and felt, so I decided to go with just a little heavier weight. Continue reading “Tour de Fleece progress so far”