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2012 July

I thought I would have another give-away before the Olga’s Vest KAL just for fun! When I was at TNNA in June in the great Columbus, Ohio I attended the annual designer dinner.  At this dinner there is always a swag bag at the end with tons of goodies that I usually end up giving away on my blog or donating to charitable knitting causes.  I thought this little Skinny Mini, in red from Namaste would be a perfect give-away prize!!!

 

 

To enter yourself to win this prize all you have to do is “Like” my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter, or both to increase your chances.  Make sure you “enter” yourself by Friday August 3rd by 11:59pm PT – I will choose one winner from only one social network.  Good luck to all!

 

Don’t forget the  Olga’s Vest KAL start on Saturday!!! I hope you all can join me on this journey of a convertible garment!

 

I have all these wonderful ideas for yarn choices for Olga’s Vest and I thought to whom better to share these ideas than with my KAL participants… I hope these swatches inspire you as much as they did me.  I had a ton of fun experimenting with different yarns, colors, and textures for this project.  Here is what I have to share:

 

In the pictures below I swatched up the new ShiBui Linen – a wonderful 100% Linen yarn with a clean and crisp finish.  This yarn will definitely hold up well to the structure and shape of Olga’s Vest.

- It’s about time someone else come up with a beautiful linen yarn!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next is one of my all time favorite yarn companies, Pagewood Farm.  I love everything about their hand-dyed yarns.  Today I have swatched up for you the Alyeska - this is a gorgeous blend of 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.  The drape and color selection of this yarn will work well for Olga’s Vest.

 

 

I have been curious to see if this stitch pattern can hold up to a variegated yarn.  Here I have swatched up another one of my favorite yarns Koigu KPPPM (KPM will work too).  This is a very classic yarn with a classic fiber content, 100% merino wool, that’s it!  Love this stuff!!!

 

 

Last time I made an Olga’s Vest I used Habu Cotton Gima doubled up…. it came out so beautiful.  I’ll be sharing photos of the finished garment later in the KAL.  Here is what the Gima looks like knitted up in pattern- its very special.

 

 

After swatching all these great yarns I wanted to to have one more swatch suggestion…. but it couldn’t be just another yarn.  It had to be something special…. I wanted Oooooos and Aaaaaaas!  So I searched far and wide (within my stash) and came up with SweetGeorgia Silk Crush (50% silk, 50% merino wool) and Habu Silk Mohair (60% mohair, 40% silk) in my favorite color combo- Grellow!.  Wow what a combo! I think it is gorgeous, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

 

 

Another Fun combination of yarn is the Habu Tokken Silk (100% silk) held with the Habu Kakishibu Tokkenshi (100% silk).  Even though these are both 100% silk yarns their textures are very different and compliment each other well.  I would love to see an Olga’s Vest knit up in this combo!

 

 

I have already chosen my yarn for the KAL, have you? If you need help choosing yarns just let me know.  You can email me your questions to Me@GraceAkhrem.com or you can post it on Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry, or on the blog.  Have fun choosing yarn- we start next week!

So I’ve been talking about doing a KAL for some time now.  I think I mentioned in my last post that I introduced it at TNNA, so naturally I have to follow through with my word.  I will be going out of the country August 8 – September 20 to visit family, so I will have lots of time to be able to keep up with the KAL.

So here is the KAL schedule. The KAL will start on Saturday August 4th and run through Saturday, September 22nd. Every Saturday throughout the KAL I will write up a detailed and photo full blog post of the Olga’s Vest in progress.

I will be available for questions and answers to KAL participants on my blog as well as email, Facebook, Twitter, & on my Ravelry Group. This will guide you through some of the tricky parts of this pattern as well as give you several forums to ask your questions during off hours and share photos as well.

Tell your LYS about the KAL and have them join in. The pattern can be purchased wholesale from Deep South Fibers – the pattern minimum is only three patterns!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions about the KAL or need help with yarn selection.  I can be reached at any of the above forums.

Olga's Vest
Wear this garment 12 ways!

Sat – 08.04.12
Lets get started! We will discuss swatching as well as blocking, fiber, drape taking a correct measurement.

Sat – 08.11.12
Today we will discuss how to choose the right size and how to adjust the length of this garment as well as the provisional cast-on and life lines!

Sat – 08.18.12
Lets put in an armhole and discuss further modifications at this point.

Sat – 08.25.12
Here we will talk about W&T and how to work this stitch in your linen lace stitch, also more modification options will be given on this day.

Sat – 09.01.12
On this day we will work back on the 2nd 1/2 of the cowl and discuss how to pick up the W&T from the first 1/2 of the cowl.

Sat – 09.08.12
Here we will continue the second 1/2 of the front and discuss life lines again.

Sat – 09.15.12
On this day we will discuss the second armhole as well as one last modification and the 2 second 1/2 of the back.

Sat – 09.22.12
This will be the last instructional post. We will talk about picking up live sts and how to work button bands.

TNNA was June 23-25 in Columbus, Ohio.  This was my first TNNA with a full booth all to myself.  I prepared for this show for months… not sure if it’s even obvious from the photos I took, but I made and designed all the elements to my booth very carefully.  I’ll be sharing some pictures of my booth, but keep in mind I removed all color from the photos because I still haven’t published or released the seven new patterns that debuted at TNNA and am not quite ready to share them just yet.

Here are some of the photos.

 

Everything from the garments to the drapes (not that much thought was put into the drapes) was designed by yours truly.

 

 

Here is a small photo of my side wall with my wreaths, rack and scarves hanging on a dowel that I decoupaged (but you can’t tell from this photo)

 

 

A close up of my sheet music wreaths- this was a lot of work.  This image is in actual color (there isn’t much of it).  It took weeks to dye all the sheet music.  In the center of each wreath is a photo of one of my patterns.  It’s hard to tell bu the one on the left is the Greenleaf Ascot.  Then I trimmed them with ruffle ribbon.  I actually had help in the hotel room from Heather Dixon (brilliant mind behind Army of Knitters) to roll and glue down all this sheet music.  Thanks Heather- you’re such a good roller!

 

 

Another thing I introduced was the Olga’s Vest Knit-A-Long that we will be starting in August.  Make sure to “Like” me on Facebook, Follow my on Twitter and Join my Ravelry group for all the information and updates on this KAL.  Also you can email me and ask to join my mailing list and you will get updates right in your inbox.

All in all it was a good show and had lots of fun.  My favorite part is always meeting all the shop owners and chatting it up…. like I always do.  And of course I love seeing all my friends from all over the world, I don’t get to see them very often but I love them dearly!  Ladies, it’s always a pleasure to be in your company.  I hope to see you all again soon- hopefully January TNNA.

 

 

Congratulations to Twitter follower @garthave winner of four hanks of the Fibre Co Terra, one set of Size Lantern Moon 7 U.S. needles, and the Staggered Ladders Scarf pattern. Wow! What a prize!!! I will be hosting a few more give-away prizes before the end of the year- so make sure you subscribe to my blog, follow me on Twitter and like me on Facebook to get all the updates and details!

 

 

TNNA June 2012 review coming soon!