Thursday, April 22, 2010

Teaser number 2

This is actually going to be a summer shell.  I began knitting this 3-color trim intending on using it for the bottom of the shell.  My initial idea was the have the 3-color trim be on the bottom of the shell and again on the rib cage area then changing colors for the bodice.  The trim was to separate the color changes.  Once I tried it on though, I was worried that since the trim pulls in a tad and doesn't have the elasticity, then the waistline/belly area would pouf out.  Not a good look. I already have issues in that area.  So - the best thing to do in this situation is to set it aside and work on another design.  A few weeks later, I picked it up again and decided to work the trim from both sides.  I knit down from the trim to the hips, finishing off the bottom with a fun fun ruffle then I picked up sts from the CO edge of the trim and am working up the bodice.  Ironically, the stitches I needed to pick up on the CO edge just happened to be a contrasting color which made for a super simple and perfect pick up.  I'm just now trying to decide which neckline to go with.  I am loving the new re-design and I am loving the colors.  

Frog Tree yarn was used in this project.  It's the Picoboo yarn which is a blend of cotton and bamboo.   

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A teaser as to what's coming this fall....

Can you believe it - I'm already working on my fall line.  This sweater is the first of my many fall sweaters to come (I'm in sweater mode, last year was hat mode).  The yarn is Zealana Tui - Aspire and it's a quick knit using only 5 skeins for a size M sweater- hence why it was the first to get finished.  It's in the blocking stage.  More photos to come  ----

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring/Summer Make and Take Collection

The spring designs are about to be launched - even though they have been done for quite some time.  I decided that the spring line should revolve around fingering weight yarn.  This line will be called the Make and Take Collection.

Starting with the Spring Gauntlets in fingering weight.  Shown in Cascade Heritage solids and Crown Mountain Aphrodite hand dyed yarns.  Gauntlets are ribbed through out with 2 simple cables running up the center.  Thumb gussets make these gauntlets fit like a glove.

The Shorty Tam is also knit in fingering weight yarn - only doubled through out and using a #4 needle for a quicker knit.  Shown in Cascade Heritage Paints and Crown Mountain Aris sock yarn.  The shorty tam takes all 400 yds and is intended to be worn far back on the head - ideal for spring/summer weather and for those with short hair. 

Lastly, the Holey Twists on Socks.  Shown in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi and Crown Mountain Sock Hop yarn.  These springy socks are very light weight and airy.  Super simple pattern to follow.  You'll love the Mini Mochi - however, it's not the best yarn for beginners or those who rip out their work alot.  The little fuzzy mohair fibers like to knot up.  The good news is that the socks will wear well!

All patterns should be available within the next few weeks as I get them out to my e-stores and local yarn shops. 

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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.