Moving this Blog

13 11 2011

Hi all! I’m sorry about this, but I’ve moved the blog over to a slightly different address for now. I wanted to make it on the same account as my personal blog so that I could edit them all together. It took awhile to move all the posts and then find them and put them in order, but I finally did. It still needs tweaking, but for now, it’s readable.

I hope you will make the move with me. I’ll still be posting about the book, about the patterns, and about vampires, but I’ll also post about future endeavors.

 

The new site is http://genevieveknits.wordpress.com  and is still called Vampire Knits for now.

 

Thank you so much for following along! I hope to see you there!!

 

~Genevieve

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Meet Designer Sara Delaney

4 09 2011

First off, please let me apologize for my absence. Now that the kids are back in school, I hope to be a more regular blogger here! Let’s meet the lovely Sara Delaney!

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?
I learned to knit when I was 9, two years after learning to crochet. My Memaire taught me, one needle under my right arm and it was a disaster. She was a Continental knitter trying to teach me English style. After a few failed attempts she sat me down in front of her and said, “Do what I do.” So I did and now I’m a Backwards, Right-handed, Continental Knitter. It’s kinda crazy but it works.

How did you start designing?
There wasn’t a yarn shop where I grew up, only a K-Mart and the knitting resources there were lackluster at the best of times. In high school I took 3 years of Clothing Construction and Design classes. Once I understood how clothes were put together I was excited at the prospect of making the fabric to fit into those shapes. Of course I was a teenager and easily distracted so it took me a few years to really get around to doing it.

What was your first design?
A striped sleeping cap that was 7 feet long.
I started making crazy hats for a family member when I was a kid because they swore they’d wear anything I made. I pushed to see just how crazy I could get the hats before they wouldn’t be worn but they always were.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What inspired you?
I designed the Shapeshifter Shrug. I loved the idea of versatile piece based more on the wolf/shape-shifter side of the Vampire legends.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?
I have to go back to the original piece of modern vampire fiction here. I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula in high school and fell in love with the characters. To then see the Count portrayed by Gary Oldman on screen was pure enjoyment. He was the consummate shapeshifter, perfect for every encounter.

Shapeshifter Shrug





Doll-Sized Werewolf Hat

2 08 2011

My two girls have dolls they like to dress up. They have one American Girl doll and 3 Our Generation dolls (the Target/Battat version of AG). These are 18″ dolls and their clothes are interchangeable.

The girls and I thought it might be fun to alter some of the patterns in Vampire Knits to be doll-sized. The first one we tried was the Werewolf Hat.

Directions:

Using the same yarn as the Werewolf Hat (Knitpicks Suri Dream in Fedora)

**Note – this yarn is discontinued. If you don’t have any, you can use another yarn that’s similar. I also made a few in Cascade Bollicine.**

With size 9 or 10 dpns , cast on 39 sts (13 on each dpn)

Join yarn, careful not to twist.

Rounds 1 and 3: knit

Rounds 2 and 4: purl

Round 5 and on: knit.

Knit til it measures 2.5 inches. Begin decreases.

Round 1: k 11, k2tog, repeat twice (36 sts)

Round 2: k1, ssk, knit across dpn, repeat twice (33 sts)

Repeat these two rounds til there are 3 sts left on each dpn. Cut a long tail and using a tapestry needle, pull yarn through all stitches (like a drawstring). Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2)

c/o 1

kfb

purl

kfb (twice)

purl

kfb, k2, kfb

purl

kfb, k4, kfb

purl

knit

bind off knitwise. weave in ends, sew ears onto top of hat.

 

Maybe next I’ll make a doll sized Tourniquet. 🙂

 





Meet the Designers

4 08 2010

Vampires are what inspired me to design knits for the very first time, and led me to write this book. In the process of writing the book, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some wonderful designers who contributed to Vampire Knits.  Some are veterans who’ve had published designs for years, others have tried designing for the first time, and some in between.  All of them designed beautiful patterns for the book, and I’m proud to have worked with them.

Over the next several months, I’ll be spotlighting each designer.  We’ll get to know them a bit better, and possibly share some of their other vampy designs (not in the book) with you.

For now, just a quick intro.  These are the amazing ladies who you’ll be meeting over the next several weeks and months.

Toni Carr

Teri Christensen

Sara Delaney

Kimberly Dijkstra

Ashley Fay

Nancy Fry

Bethe Galantino

Tanis Gray

Abigail Horsfall

Nikol Lohr

Marilee Norris

Kathie Pendry

Rilana Riley-Munson

Cirilia Rose

Stephanie Spiers

Julie Turjoman

Tonya Wagner

Stay tuned – the first spotlight will be coming in the next few days!