March 31, 2015

Episode Ten

Introduction

Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

Thank you to everyone who checked out my new free sock pattern Flying North and helped it reach #17 in Ravelry's Top 20 "Hot Right Now" on Thursday March 26th! Thank you Kym, for letting me know :)

Swedish Spring Shawl will be available sometime this week or next!

This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 

  • Thank you to Deb of Fondant Fibre for the amazing package of wooly goodness. Check out her recently updated shop for gorgeous spinning fibers as well as beautiful yarns and cute project bags. Watch episode 10 for a coupon code to Deb's shop!
  • Sweet package from Kemper of the Junkyarn Podcast.  
  • Flying North socks by me are now available as a free Ravelry download! 
  • School News!
  • Visit to a new to me shop in Stockholm's Old Town. Makeri 14 sells a careful selection of paper supplies including knitting-specific items such as knitter's graph paper, as well as Jamieson's and Smith yarn and Holst Supersoft yarn. 
  • Stockholm Night Knitters knit night on Thursday. Knitting in Public. 
  • Craftsy class-- Drafting from Worsted to Woolen with Jacey Boggs Falkner. Click on the link in the sidebar to check out the awesome classes Craftsy has to offer. 
    • I am a craftsy affiliate. If you register or sign up for a class, I will receive a small commission from them. I only advertise for them because I personally find their classes very informative and worth the cost. 

    Works in Progress


      Finished Projects

      • Flying North socks by me! Free pattern on Ravelry.  
      • Bento Bags sewn by me :) Want one? Send me a private message on Ravelry. 

      Upcoming


      Q&A

      Thank you to those of you who posted on the Episode thread or in the Youtube comments :) I love hearing from you!! I am convinced that I must try knitting with shetland now and I plan to swatch with the yarn I got this week. 

      My Question to you this week is: What is your most used knitting tool?

      Some of you have asked to see a video of where I live. I tried to take a few clips this week while I was out and about, but they didn't turn out so great but I will keep trying and work on putting something together very soon!

      Have a question? Ask! I'm happy to answer questions in the show.

      Other

      Technique tip-- If you find that your ssk's are not as neat as your k2tog, try working them as follows: slip one stitch knit wise, slip the second stitch purl wise, then knit these two stitches together through the back loop. Works for me!



      See you next week!

      March 24, 2015

      Episode Nine

      Introduction

      Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

      This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions) 


      Works in Progress


      Finished Projects

      • Swedish Spring Shawl by me! Knit in Knit Picks Stroll Dove Heather. Pattern release in early April :) 

      Upcoming

      Shawl Designs

      Q&A

      Thank you to those of you who posted on the Episode thread or in the Youtube comments :) I love hearing from you!! 

      My Question to you this week is: Have you ever used shetland wool? How did you find it? Soft? Itchy? What is your favorite brand of shetlalnd yarn?

      Several of you have written in to ask what hair products I use for my curly hair. I switch my shampoo and conditioner often but right now I'm using Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner. I use Catwalk Curls Rock.

      Other


      See you next week!

      March 17, 2015

      Episode Eight


      Introduction

      Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

      Södermalm and Södermalm-Light are now available on Ravelry. Remember until March 31st, put both patterns in your cart and receive a $4 discount instantly!

      Works in Progress

      Finished Projects

      • Clara Dress on Ravelry by Karin Vestergaard Mathiensen offered only as a kit but it is actually a traditional Norwegian pattern which can be found here. This is a somewhat controversial pattern on Ravelry… Who owns the pattern? 
        • Additional link to extra sizes of this pattern!
      • Doris Mittens by Clara Falk in Tusindfryds EngleUld from Majas Manufaktur in Curry and Off-White. I'm knitting these on my new Karbonz fixed-circular 3mm needles. I-cord cast-on

      Upcoming

      Shawl Design and lace tops :)

      Q&A

      Thank you to those of you who posted on the Episode thread or in the Youtube comments :) I love hearing from you!!

      My Question to you this week is : What are your favorite needles to use for knitting hats? Have you ever been to Ireland? What must-see yarnie/sheepie things can you recommend?

      Nicky from New Zealand asks: Would you mind telling us a bit more about how it is that you are in Sweden ? What do you do for a job, or are you a stay at home knitter? Do you plan to move back to the US? Do you keep a knitting journal?

      Susie from Oregon asks for tips on improving finishing. Check out the Purl Bee's post on weaving in ends! I like using their Knitting Tutorials for other things too. This will be something I continue to address on my podcast :)

      Kira from Oregon asks: Do you impose a limit on the size of your stash? 

      Other

      Swedish Finull information from the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook.

      Tink = Knit spelled backwards. Who knew?!?

      See you next week!

      March 10, 2015

      Episode Seven

      Introduction:

      Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

      I am excited to announce my two patterns that were released on Saturday! Södermalm and Södermalm-Light are now available on Ravelry. From now until March 31st, put both patterns in your cart and receive a $4 discount instantly.

      This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions)

      • Kampes 2-trådigt ullgarn in light gray from Litet Nystan 
      • Karbonz 
      • Visit with the new baby and the Little Hearts cardigan fits :) 

      Works in Progress

      • Clara Dress on Ravelry by Karin Vestergaard Mathiensen offered only as a kit but it is actually a traditional Norwegian pattern which can be found here. This is a somewhat controversial pattern on Ravelry… Who owns the pattern? 
        • Additional link to extra sizes of this pattern!
      • Doris Mittens by Clara Falk in Tusindfryds EngleUld from Majas Manufaktur in Curry and Off-White. I'm knitting these on my new Karbonz fixed-circular 3mm needles. I-cord cast-on

      Finished Projects

      Q&A

      My Question to you this week is : What is your most worn/used finished object?

      • Kaitlin asks: Are you a process knitter or a product knitter?

      Upcoming

      Other

      See you next week!

      March 3, 2015

      Episode Six

      Introduction:

      Find me on Ravelry and Instagram as mmontzka!

      Hello and welcome to everyone who has subscribed on Youtube, joined the Ravelry Group or added me on Instagram.

      Huge thank you to all of you who have bought, sent me a message, or commented on my new pattern Little Hearts. I am so excited to see what you make!

      Thank you to Kemper from the Junkyarn Podcast for mentioning me on her show. Check it out! She is on episode 3 and has a lot of interesting things to share :)

      Just to clarify, I do not have a shop currently opened. I am trying to determine what taxes I need to charge for selling goods here in Sweden. My baby cardigan pattern Little Hearts is now available on Ravelry, and my Södermalm hat pattern will be released on March 7th!

      What I'm Wearing

      This week in Stockholm (and acquisitions)




      Works in Progress

      • Vanilla Socks for me in Fondant Fibre's superwash merino & nylon in Riff Raff colorway. Using the Fish Lips Kiss heel pattern by the Sox Therapist.
      • Clara Dress on Ravelry by Karin Vestergaard Mathiensen offered only as a kit but it is actually a traditional Norwegian pattern which can be found here. This is a somewhat controversial pattern on Ravelry… Who owns the pattern? 

      Finished Projects

      • Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
        • Malabrigo sock in Impressionist Sky colorway, held double, stuffed with fluff and lavender.

      Upcoming

      Other




      See you next week!