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Skirts, Skirts, Skirts, Continued

Due to an error on my part (I forgot to make clear the closing date for the original promotion),  I’m extending my offer three of my skirt patterns (Lacy Pleats, Putting On The Pleats, and Take Two Skirt) for a combined discount of $12 (that’s more than 30% off the price of purchasing them separately) until midnight February 2.

I’ve unofficially declared 2017 the year of handknitted skirts. It’s a little-known fact that skirts are much easier to knit than a sweater (one piece, very little shaping, no seams, fewer fit issues) and takes about the same amount of yarn as three pairs of socks.

Each skirt design features an elastic waistband, increases along four “darts” for a fitted silhouette from the waist to the high hip, then “pleats” separated by wedge-shaped “gores” to the hem. Because the skirts are knitted from the top down, it’s easy to adjust the length to your personal preference. For the best fit, choose a size that’s one to two inches smaller than your actual high-hip circumference.

Putting On The Pleats is my first skirt design in which stockinette-stitch pleats are separated by reverse stockinette stitch gores. It’s worked with sock (fingering weight) yarn at a gauge of 7.5 stitches/inch.

Sizes: 33 1/2 (35 1/2, 37 1/4, 39 1/4)” high-hip circumference (allow for 1″ to 2″ of negative ease).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the name implies, Take-Two Skirt is my second skirt design in which I added a slip-stitch pattern in each of the pleats for a more elongated look. Like Putting On The Pleats, Take-Two is worked with sock (fingering weight) yarn at a gauge of 7.5 stitches/inch.

Sizes: 34 (36, 38, 40)” high-hip circumference (allow for 1″ to 2″ of negative ease).

 

 

 

 

 

Lacy Pleats features a simple lace design in each of the pleats, which are separated by reverse stockinette stitch gores.  This design is worked with Spirit Trails Fiberworks Brigantia at a gauge of 6 stitches/inch.

Sizes: 33 1/4 (36 3/4, 40, 43 1/4, 46 3/4)” high-hip circumference (allow for 1″ to 2″ of negative ease).

And for the adventurous knitter, I’m teaming up with Jeane DeCoster of Elemental Affects: A U.S. Yarn Company to teach a workshop on designing your own custom-fit skirt at Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, Colorado, February 18, 2017. The workshop fee includes yarn, personal style assessment, custom skirt pattern, an eight-week knit-a-long hosted by yours truly, and a finishing celebration at Shuttles, where you can show off your skirt.

Space is limited. Call Shuttles at 303-494-1071 to secure your spot.

Happy 2016

images-3At the dawning of 2016, I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude for all of you knitters who make my life of knitting possible. Through buying my books, patterns, and on-line Craftsy classes, you’ve allowed me to make a living out of teaching and designing. Through attending my workshops, you’ve allowed me to travel throughout the country and beyond.

To celebrate the new year, I’ve taken liberty with lyrics to Auld Lang Syne (my apologies to Robert Burns):

 

Should old UFOs be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Or should the scoundrels be ripped out,

And knitted one more time?

 

For every stitch’s sake, my dear,

For every stitch’s sake.

We’ll start another project yet,

For every stitch’s sake.

 

And surely as ye’ll drop a stitch,

So surely I’ll drop mine!

Let’s learn to fix our own mistakes

For every stitch’s sake.

 

For every stitch’s sake, my dear,

For every stitch’s sake.

We’ll start another project yet,

For every stitch’s sake.

 

At last I’ll have a nice warm hat,

And a pair of socks for ye.

We snuggle up in woolen wear,

To last the whole new year!

 

For every stitch’s sake, my dear,

For every stitch’s sake.

We’ll start another project yet,

For every stitch’s sake.

 

Here’s hoping that 2016 brings you comfort and joy in knitting as well as all other aspects of life. Like all new beginnings, a new year brings endless possibilities for growth and enlightenment. I’m looking forward to new knitting adventures—the places I’ll see, the people I’ll meet, and the new events and projects to come.

May your gauge be true, your yarn have no knots, and your stitches behave.

Bon Voyage

In a couple days I’ll board a plane for Australia, where I’ll teach for Morris & Sons and Knitters’ Guild NSW, followed by a week of sightseeing. Then I’ll be home for a day before I leave to teach at the Salida Fiber Arts Festival in Salida, Colorado, come home for a day, then head to Portland, Maine, for a couple of weeks of private teaching and relaxing. I counted it up — in a 44-day period, I’ll be home only 2 days.

There won’t be time to do more than a couple of loads of laundry and repack when I’m home so I’ve spent the last few days trying to get organized. That means boxes of important things I don’t want to forget on my home office floor and stacks of necessary clothes on an empty bed.

Class materials

Clothes to pack

I’ll try to post some blogs while I’m away, but I won’t always have WiFi service. I will, however, post Instagram blurbs of my adventures– follow me at annbuddknits.

Instagram Winner

I can hardly believe that I’ve passed the 100-follower mark on Instagram. The lucky winner is teetwo56.

Please check out my Ravelry patterns (under Ann Budd) for your choices, then contact me at annbudd@annbuddknits.com to claim your prize.

Instead of waiting for special numbers, in the future, I’m just going to award prizes willy-nilly as I feel like it.

Take-Two Skirt Winner

The winner of the Take-Two Skirt pattern is Shing who wrote:

This skirt looks so wonderful on you that I am motivated to knit it! Hope you are recovering well and that your trip (did you already return?) went well.

beauty photo from Joe Coca, cropped and enlarged

Congratulations Shing. I returned late yesterday after 27 hours in transit. I’m still reeling.

For the rest of you, you can still purchase the pattern for hip sizes of 34, 36, 38, and 40″ (keep in mind that you want at least 1″ of negative ease for a flattering fit) on Ravelry for a mere $6.50. Help me out — I have twins in college.

PS: The yardage for the skirt is mislabeled on the Ravelry page and I haven’t figured out how to correct it. It should be three skeins at 574 yd for all sizes. The smallest size will use just a bit of the third skein while the largest size will use more.

A Beautiful Sight

Like a lot of the country, it’s been cold and snowy here (with another 8″ predicted tomorrow). But here in Colorado, the storms are usually interrupted by a sunny day or two. Even though the temps have maxed out at 20 degrees since the last storm, the sun has helped to keep the roads manageable (along with snowplows and sanders, of course).

And, it’s helped to melt the snow that’s already fallen. I wanted to share the beautiful sight outside my home office window.

Feb 27 icesikles 1

My husband claims that the ice sickles are an indication of leaky gutters. But I think they are just lovely and prefer to think that they’re a harbinger of brighter days to come.

Wishing your brighter days, too.

Enough Already

What’s with all the snow this year?!

I know I shouldn’t complain because Colorado isn’t nearly as bad as the East Coast. We got about 10″ on Sunday, but had a few sunny days since then and a lot melted. But our backyard went from this at 3pm yesterday:

Feb 25, 2015

To this when I got up this morning:

Feb 26, 2015_2

That’s another healthy 10″. And I have to drive through it to a physical therapy session in 20 minutes.

Still, I have the good sense to be thankful that I don’t live on the East Coast. One of my brothers lives in Boston, which has recorded a record 7 feet of snow in 3 weeks. It’s all he can do to keep a path to the front door.

My brother's house

His mother-in-law lives a few blocks away, and it looks even worse there.

Path from neighbor's garage to house

My friend Lori, who also lives in Boston sent the following photo proving that hell has frozen over:

Cemetary Snowmen

Wishing you lots of warm woolies wherever you are!

Every Day is Better

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and I have *always* made him a carrot cake. Because we didn’t have the necessary ingredients at home and I wanted to surprise him, I made sure to stop taking all narcotic pain meds on Monday so I’d be able to drive to the store yesterday to get what I needed.

The doctor had warned me to continue to wear my sling when in public to protect myself and let others know to give me a wide berth. Have you ever tried to push a shopping cart with one hand? I ended up pulling the cart behind me and nearly ran into someone at the end of every aisle. But I did manage to get everything I needed (plus some). The hardest part was putting it all away one piece at a time because I can’t lift more than 2 lbs with my left hand.

The cake came out fine. The hardest parts were stirring the thick batter while trying not to exert my left arm and pouring the batter into the cake pans.

David's birthday cake

I’m not ashamed to say that the process wore me out and I took a nap for nearly two hours when I was done. Fortunately, I didn’t have to cook dinner because a group of friends from Texas (some of whom I’ve never met) set up an account for me at a place in town (the organicdish.com) that prepares organic meals to people who need a little help, such as those of us who have had accidents, deaths or births in the family, or just have trouble eating healthy meals. Last night we had Moroccan Chickpea and Chicken Chli with Couscous. It was delicious!

The Organic Dish

I sure hope that there are similar companies throughout the states, because I am certainly going do something similar next time one of my friends has a crisis. I can’t tell you how comforting it’s been to know that we didn’t have to think about meals when it was a struggle to jet through each day.

And on an even happier note, my incision is healing well. Here’s a selfie I took today — just 3 days after the staples were removed and 14 days after surgery.

scar Feb 20 (2 weeks)

If I keep rubbing the area around the incision, I should be able to break up the scar tissue and end up with only a faint line. Still, I don’t think I’ll be entering any beauty pageants.

Nearing The End of The Saga

This morning I got the staples removed from my arm (12 days after surgery). The nurse practitioner who removed the staples happened to have helped in surgery so she was quite familiar with my case. Under normal circumstances, this type of surgery is performed along the back of the arm where the eventual scar is a little less visible. But in my case, she explained that the break was too high and they had to attack it from the front. Good thing I prefer 3/4-length sleeves to sleeveless shirts, because this promises to leave a fairly noticeable scar.

Now I’m going to show three images of the process. If you’re queezy, you might not want to scroll down. But keep in mind that it’s my arm, not yours, and I am making great progress.

The first photo shows my arm after the last layer of bandages was removed. The yellow strip is some type of antiseptic pad they put on top of staples.

last bandage covering staples

The discoloration is a combination of bruising and the solution used to wash my arm before they made the initial slit.

The next photo reveals the staples used to hold the slit together.

staples close up

I counted — there are 28 of them!

The last photo shows the staples removed (less painful than having stitches removed), resulting in an arm that can finally take a shower.

no staples close up

I start physical therapy on my elbow and shoulder next week, then I have another x-ray in four weeks. If all goes well (and why shouldn’t it?), I’ll then start physical therapy on the muscles between my elbow and shoulder, which have become extremely weak.

And as soon as I stop taking narcotic pain meds, I can drive again (and drink a toast to celebrate my progress)! That’s plenty of incentive for me to put up with a little discomfort.

It’s Still All About Me

Thank you for all of your good wishes for a successful surgery last week. The surgeon said everything went fine and that the plate and screws he inserted will be mine for life. He even showed me a couple of photos of his handiwork.

The first is a side view (I think) showing all ten (10!) screws holding the plate in place on the left. My husband said it looked like something our boys would have done if given a piece of wood and 10 nails. But I guess the surgeon wasn’t trying for symmetry.

10 pins

The second image is straight on, showing the plate on top of the bone. Unfortunately, the bone isn’t perfectly aligned because there was so much scar tissue that had to be scraped away and calcium had begun to deposit on the tips of the displaced bones. (Hmm, I bet that wouldn’t have been the case if they didn’t make we wait 6 weeks for the surgery.)

Plate showing offset

The one screw that’s at an angle is supposedly holding the two pieces together as best as possible.

Anyway, I’ve learned to manage the pain (again) these last 6 days and I think that I’ll have the courage to start knitting again in a few days.