Friday, August 28, 2009

Tui'ing away....


Look what showed up on my door - a whole bunch of Tui yarn! Zealana yarns (www.theyarnsisters.com) has come out with this chunky weight yarn and you won't believe the blend they came up with. 70% Merino, 15% Cashmere and 15% Possum. I grabbed some 10's and began knitting with the charcoal black (color T050). I'm designing a broken rib men's vest. It's absolutely wonderful to knit with and despite the simple 8 row repeat, I can't seem to put it down. As for the Azul Blue (color T06), I have some ideas but haven't begun sketching yet. I'm thinking women's cardigan. I think I'm becoming a yarn snob. The last few sweaters that I've knit with had cashmere in them and once you knit with cashmere or any divine fiber for that matter, it's really hard to knit with anything of lesser quality. Gotta go, Tui is calling for me....

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My first exclusive booklet is now available!




Wow - finally - my very first exclusive booklet is
now available through Leisure Arts! I have been waiting quite patiently for this day! I haven't received a copy yet - so haven't a clue what the inside looks like but guessing from the outside, it's probably pretty darned cute!
Green sweater was knit out of Cascade "Sierra" which is a nice cotton blend and the pink sweater was knit using 2 strands of yarn together - Klaus Koch "Clip" and Berroco "Cotton Twist".
I'm so excited...I'm not sure what to do with myself. I think it's the suspense of not knowing how they are going to photograph your creations, how they will portray your work and the graphics they use. I'm dying to see the inside!!!! I better give Leisure Arts a call tomorrow and get myself a few dozen copies! So this is what it feels like to be running on Adrenaline......

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Drum roll please....office is open for business!




I even have my blocking mats set up for emergency blocking!
I even have my needles hanging in baskets on the wall (right to the left of the bookshelf) - circulars in the top basket, straight and ugly metals in the bottom basket.



I am so excited....I finally have a working office! After years of piling up papers, throwing partial skeins of yarn in unmarked bins and garments hidden in closets, plastic bags and more bins...I have organized my passion! I even have labeled every bin, filed every pattern draft and organized my knitting by season. Boy - I hope I can keep this up!
The bins under the blocking table are yarns separated by weight. The 3 stacking bins to the far right are my current projects that I'm working on.

What you can't see are the numerous bins of trunk show models and submission garments that need to be shelved in the craft room. I haven't showered and I'm not drinking water - thus I don't get distracted when I have to "go". My kids are bored and I'm missing some good daytime TV but I've got a killer working room now.
Now I just need to get rid of the "Alaska fishing" photo (behind the dress forms) and the "Jazz" poster above my head forms...they soooo don't go with my knitting theme....







Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Who do you like to knit with?



Knitting at Stitch -n Pitch, Cheney Stadium



Knitting at Stewart Heights Pool
Well...on the same theme as my earlier blog...."Where do you like to knit?"...
Who do you like to knit with?
I'm telling you, I like to knit but I love to knit in good company!
Okay - so it doesn't look like we talk to eachother...but we really do! And by the way,
we all frog more of our projects when we are together because we are talking too much and not concentrating. I've been known to come with a half finished project and leave with only the cast on remaining in tact!

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I'm a mother of 2 girl's, 12 and 15, a wife of 21 years and an obsessed knitter. I'm an avid gardener and cook.