Lions, Tigers, and Bears, OH MY!

Now that I’ve got your attention, I wanted to share some updates. (I couldn’t think of a succinct subject line so my pre-coffee brains went a different route.)

I have space available in three classes this weekend in Westport Yarns. I am also available for private lessons on Monday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 4. Email me to reserve a time pam.grushkin.gmail.com.

In this class you will learn all the techniques involved in brioche knitting including reading brioche patterns and tips for keeping your knitting on track.

The class meets this Saturday, February 1 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.
Click here for more information and to register.
Per the designer, “Two colors of fingering weight yarn create a collage of graphic shapes for this top-down shawl. Garter stitch parallelograms with i-cord edges establish the star shape followed by stripes, brioche*, short rows, eyelets and a striped i-cord bind off”.

*Not ready for brioche? No problem, there is also a garter stitch option to knit instead .

Class starts this Sunday, February 2 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. We have the lovely Anzula Squishy in stock just for this purpose! Click here for more information and to register.
This incredibly striking sampler afghan is the perfect way to learn different stitches and techniques that make up the mystical world of colorwork! Over the course of the class, you will gain confidence managing several colors at a time while knitting ten different panels.

The class meets the first Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Click here for more information and to register.
My first pattern release of 2020. Aptly named, “My Precious”, this lovely shawlette is knit with Artyarns Silk Day Dream. It is light, shimmery, and has a lovely drape. Silk Day Dream is a sport-weight yarn with 400 yards. You can also use a heavy fingering weight yarn.
Click here to view the pattern on Ravelry.
Don’t miss out on this fun excursion to Knit City Montreal, a modern fiber festival.
Click here to view the details. Email me with any questions, pam.grushkin@gmail.com.

Just Keep Knitting!

I’d love to see your Pam Grushkin Knits projects! Remember to tag me so I see them: @pamgrushkin and #pamgrushkindesigns

*Knit, Eat, Shop*, rep from * to *.

Save the date for an awesome adventure up north.

March 27 -29, 2020

Take part in the inaugural KNIT CITY MONTREAL 2020!

Knit City has been organizing knitting events in Vancouver, BC for 8 years. In 2020, they will host their first show in Montreal. The four-day Knit City Montreal will have the same fun events, workshops, and marketplace that knitters have come to love from Knit City Vancouver.

Join us for a relaxing coach bus ride up to Montreal. Why drive when you can knit your way North?

  • Take classes and enjoy the marketplace and energy at Knit City Montreal.
  • Discover Canadian dyers.
  • Walk around Old Montreal (there may be yarn stores involved).

Don’t miss out on the fun…just say YES!!

The package rate includes round trip transfer on a coach bus, hotel accommodations, access to our private knitting room (knitting help available), dinner for 2 nights, breakfast for both mornings, and access to the 24-hour fitness facility (during knitting breaks).

We are still working on a few other details, so expect even more fun activities, It’s going to be a fantastic fiber filled weekend!

We will be staying at the Renaissance Marriott Montreal*.

Double room, $550 per person. If you want a double room, please sign up with a friend.
Single room, $750

  • Guarantee your spot with a $100 deposit – due upon commitment.
  • Second payment of $175 for a double room ($275 for single room) due by January 10, 2020.
  • Balance of $275 for a double room ($375 for single room) due by February 10, 2020.
  • Payment in full always welcome.
  • Checks, cash or VEMNO (@Randy-Ellis-9) accepted for payment.  

Space is limited – Sign up today to hold your spot!

Contact Randy Ellis, Luxury Travel Advisor, to sign up. Randy is an advisor for Elite Travel International, powered by Cadence: a VIRTUOSO agency IATA#: 05515171

Email: randy@elitetravelinternational.com
Phone: 203.434.0714

The Main Event

Details from Knit City:

Workshops and other events available Friday March 27 through Sunday March 29.

Knit Social gratefully acknowledges that the event takes place on unceded Indigenous land.

MARKETPLACE

The world-class Marketplace will feature indie yarn dyers, local yarn stores, fiber farmers, knitwear designers, notions makers and more.

The Marketplace will be open to the public Saturday March 28 from 9am-5pm and Sunday March 29 from 9am-4pm.

Marketplace admission will be $12/day. Saturday and Sunday Marketplace admission is complimentary with the purchase of any workshop.

WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Workshops in advanced hand knitting and fiber arts will be offered by some of the industry’s top instructors. Workshops will run from Friday March 27 until Sunday March 29. Full workshop schedule will be available December 2019 (date tbd).

Itinerary

Friday, March 27

7:00AM Coach bus departs from Fairfield, CT.

Hop on the bus for a relaxing ride up to Montreal. Sleep, knit and chat to your hearts content.

2:00PM Possible activity TBD.

4:00PM Check-in to the hotel.

6:00PM Meet in the bar for pre-dinner cocktails.

7:00PM Dinner.

Saturday, March 28

7:00AM Buffet breakfast.

The day is yours to enjoy Knit City at Le Center Sheraton; a very short walk from our hotel.

1:00PM Optional: Join a group for a walk and shopping around Old Montreal.

6:00PM Meet in the bar for pre-dinner cocktails.

7:00PM Dinner.

Sunday, March 29

7:00AM Buffet breakfast.

The morning is yours.

12:00PM Coach bus departs for trip home.

We hope you’ll join us for our inaugural knitting trip. Randy has great ideas in mind for future knitting related adventures.

Spellbound

The combination of hand-dyed yarns in two color brioche is, to me, spellbinding. I love looking at the contrast of the two colors as they play off each-other.

From the moment I saw these two colors from 7th Floor Yarns, I knew that they had to play together. The colors are named Egyptian Princess and We’re in the Navy. There is so much depth to these colors, I love looking at them.

Spellbound is an infinity scarf that incorporates increases and decreases to create the wavy lines. The lines alternate leaning left and right.

The scarf is knit flat, beginning with a provisional cast on, then grafted together with the Kitchener stitch.

My friend Xoli took beautiful pictures for me. She does great work considering I am an awkward subject. I think I was trying to look aloof here. Good thing the scarf is the focal point.

Thank you to Anne, Keri, and Robbie who have tested the pattern.

For more details on Spellbound, click here.

Marrakesh Express

I was thrilled when Iris, of Artyarns, asked me to design for her November Inspirations Club. Every other month, limited edition colors are introduced in Merino Cloud and Beaded Silk & Sequins Light.

Each bi-monthly installment comes with exclusive patterns designed to bring out the yarn colors. Once a color sells out it’s retired and will never be repeated. This month’s color-way is called Earth Tones. This month my pattern would be one of the exclusive patterns!

From the moment I opened the package of yarn, I was captivated. The colors just leap out of the skeins. I poured over stitch dictionaries for stitch patterns that would bring out the best of the colors.

Marrakesh Express is bright, bold, and drenched in color. The scarf is knit in blocks of different stitch patterns that alternate using both the variegated/solid, solid only, or variegated only. The pattern blocks are divided by garter sections of the Beaded Silk & Sequins Light.

The pattern is great for adventurous advanced beginners and up. The stitch patterns are easy to follow and yield beautiful results. I’ve cast on for another scarf for myself. Follow me on Instagram to see! It’s in a different color-way and sheds a completely different light on the pattern.

Just Keep Knitting!

Wild and Woolly

The Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival is one of my favorite things to do and it’s not just the abundance of yarn and all things wild and woolly, although that is wonderful (if not overwhelming).

This year I went with my friend Robbie. I love the pageantry of knitwear. Everyone wears their knitted finest. I was wearing a (soon to be published) brioche infinity scarf knit with 7th Floor Yarns DK. Robbie was wearing (my) Read Between the Lines scarf in Farmer’s Daughter Foxy Lady.

It’s a great opportunity for me as a designer/teacher to see what people are trending towards. So what was trending, you ask? Color work (fair isle and mosaic), cables, and brioche.

I love how “yarny” people just start chatting with strangers about what each other are wearing and connect. They are friendly and helpful to one another.

I love the tapestry of fall foliage – it is my favorite time of year.

I have my food faves. Must haves on my list are an apple crisp accompanied by a Chai Tea Latte. This was my mid-morning snack – a much needed sugar/caffeine infusion. For lunch I like a Gyro – this year they had eggplant fries with a garlic aioli mayo (need I say more?).

Usually I have a list of yarn that needs a pattern or patterns that need yarn. This year I have been consumed by our move south (Jupiter, FL) and some designs in progress. I went unprepared into the fray. Neither Robbie or I had a real plan. Except she was looking for the perfect plum (color, not fruit).

I am proud to say that we were relatively circumspect in our purchases. She took on the role usually played by my sister, Nancy, in not letting me buy anything I already had which included my usual colorways (anything with purple), hand cream, lip balm, or bags. She was just as tough. I had to satisfy myself with pictures.

Here is what I bought. I got 3 skeins of Timaru from Lisa Souza Yarns to knit the Ochre Cardigan by Ambah O’Brien. I am looking for lighter weight yarns for Florida. This yarn is 65% Merino and 35% Bamboo. The denim color will be a perfect neutral.

I love Into the Whirled yarns and found this skein which is the perfect embodiment of fall. It gives me great joy.

As Dragonfly Fibers is changing hands, I wanted a memento from their Farewell Tour. This color is called Aurora Borealis and also made me very happy. I joked that (for now) it is the next best thing to seeing them. Think of it as art imitating life.

My plan is to knit Artesian by Rosemary Hill (Romi). Maybe I’ll knit it up and wear it while I go in search of the Aurora Borealis.

It wouldn’t be the Sheep & Wool festival without the sheep! For that matter, we wouldn’t have the wonderful yarns we crave!

If I could talk to the animals 😏.

At one point in the sheep barn there was a cacophony of “baas“. Definitely a conversation in progress.

This face!
Those curly locks!

Here are links to patterns we liked:

Bonjour Hi by Espace Tricot.

Seascape Stole by Kieran Foley.

Acanthus by Brenda Patipa

Barnstable by Lisa Hannes

Intermission Wrap by Veronica Parsons

The Girl from the Grocery Store by Joji Locatelli. Robbie is making this for her cousin.

Impervious by Kim McBrien Evans

This sheep reminded me of Harry.

If you went to the festival, I’d love to know what you bought and your observations.