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Ruminations about knitting at 3 a.m.

Glen Etive – Short Film

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Hi y’all. In addition to my knitting and writing, I’ve started directing short films, and I wanted to share my most recent work with you! It’s a cute little short I shot entirely on my iPhone while on a family vacation in Scotland. I hope you enjoy it!

Glen Etive – Short Film from Laura Birek on Vimeo.

Frogging on NPR’s All Things Considered

I only have time for a quick post because I’m jumping on a transatlantic flight soon, but here’s the link to my interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s All Things Considered that aired today!

I’m at the tail end of an absolutely breathtaking visit to Scotland. Here’s a picture of me knitting my Take Cahuenga Shawl in front of Ben Nevis, the largest mountain in the UK:

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So what do you think? Did I explain frogging properly?

New Patterns: Band Camp + Take Cahuenga

New Knitting Patterns

New Knitting Patterns

Don’t you love publication day? I woke up yesterday to find my two new patterns, the Band Camp Pullover and Take Cahuenga Shawl live on the Knit Picks site.

What’s even cooler is my Band Camp Pullover not only made the cover of the Cotlin Collection book (available as a physical book or ebook) but it was featured on the Knit Picks homepage:

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What a pleasant surprise!

I hope you like the patterns! And if you’ve bought the Band Camp Pullover and are confused about the “Woven Lace Pattern” or “Woven Lace Stitch” check out the video below. I go through it a few times so you can get a visual — there’s no audio so you can watch it any time :)

My First Handspun Skein

My first skein

My first skein

Look at that! It’s my very first handmade skein of yarn! It’s far from perfect, but I’m kinda in love with it, guys.

I started learning how to spin through this Craftsy class, and then got some first-hand instruction from a local arts teacher.

Closeup of skein

I was working with some sample superwash I got as a bonus in another order from Sheep Shed Studio, and this skein ended up being approximately 1.5oz/42g and 99yds/90m. According to this chart, that would make my yarn a dk weight, but according to wraps per inch it’s more like a fingering weight. I think the disparity is because the yarn is so uneven.

All balled up

But I don’t even care, because I feel so accomplished for creating this! In case you’re curious, I used an Ashford Classic Drop Spindle to spin this thing.

Now I have to figure out something to make with it! What do you think I should knit with this? I need suggestions!

Skein on pegboard

Cabled Giganto-Blanket – Instructions Included!

Cabled Giganto-Blanket Throw

Hi all! Just a quick note to let you know that my Giganto-Blanket Pattern available on Ravelry and Etsy now includes the chart and written instructions for the cabled version seen above.

Get your copy on Ravelry for $4.99

Or get your copy on Etsy for $5.20

If you’ve already purchased the pattern on Ravelry, you should be able to go into your library and download the new version for free. Here’s how to check for an update on Ravelry. If you’ve purchased the pattern from Etsy since July 2013, you should be able to download the new version on your Downloads page. Here’s how to do it.

If you’ve tried all the steps in the links above and STILL can’t find your updated pattern, send me a message and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

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