Friday, September 17, 2010
It started back in April at Sock Camp. My class from Anne Hanson on sock designing was filled with fabulous information and inspiration, but what I appreciated most was this.
From the tiny cute project bag emerged some of her swatches.
And more of her swatches. I think it was at this point, when she had so many out, each filled with different information about gauge, pattern, texture, fabric, that I thought, "Shit. I have no idea what I'm doing with this designing thing. I might need to step it up a bit." I feared she would forever remember me as the person who never swatched (I've swatched, just you know, never like this). Hearing her discuss her design process and the role of swatching inspired me to start doing it A LOT more.
So when I received my two gorgeous skeins of Creamy last week from Kollage, well, I got to work.
Here's just 3 of my blocked swatches. There were 5 total! Of course, the fact that the Creamy yarn has a shine and drape that I just love, made it a bit easier to start each new swatch until I got it just about right. And not only did I figure out my design, but about three other design ideas worked themselves out in the process. The first three didn't work out, but the last two did.
Now I'm working on this.
After dinner tonight here, I'm hoping to knit a lot more on this!
P.S. Ravelry has a new promotions features and I'm trying it out with offering 20% off my Dotty, Courage, Sweet Home, and Uncle Frank patterns here! Sale will run through Sunday night!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
1. Lil' Snowboarder and I have had lots of time for crafting! Check out the scarf she fingerknit in less than an hour.
And she is wearing the Dotty socks I knit for her. Be still my heart.
She also insisted on trying the needles! She's been insisting for awhile. I thought I'd just start her out on the good needles, Kollage's Square Needles!
Queen Alice sock pattern, originally designed for Woolgirl's Alice in Wonderland Sock Club, is now available to purchase. I'll do a proper post later this week, but wanted to give you a heads up if you've been waiting for this one.
5. I'm in New Orleans for another business trip. Shrimp Po' Boy. I only had half, I promise. Soooo good.
Happy Happy Knitting!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Kollage Yarns Creamy, colorway Purple Poem
And I'm taking Disco's advice...I'm starting a new book despite the fact that I haven't finished the one I'm reading), casting on something new (despite the fact that I have a gazillion projects on the needles), and rewatching Sunday's episode of Mad Men (because it was probably one of my favorite episodes yet and Jon Hamm is well, dreamy).
Happy almost Friday!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
A finished pair of socks. One good thing.
IrishDad's Father's Day socks are finally done. Uncle Frank socks in STR heavyweight were just what the doctor ordered! That and a little more college football with this great Boise St. vs. Virginia Tech game that is on.
At least I had the day off today and it is now a short work week ahead. So, two good things. Well, and you guys makes three :)
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Also shown in Kollage Yarns Sock-a-licious, colorway Blue Mist
Pattern: Sweet Baby Kate
Yarn: ~65 yards of fingering weight yarn for the socks and ~80 yards of fingering weight yarn for the hat; for a slightly smaller size, and using smaller needles, approximately the same yardage may be used for lighter fingering yarn (e.g., BMFA Socks that Rock lightweight, Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, The Plucky Knitter MCN)
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) for socks, US 6 (4.00 mm) for hat
Gauge: 32 sts=4" for socks; 24 sts=4" for hat
Finished Measurements: 2 1/4" foot circumference, 1 1/2" leg length for socks; 6" width, 6" length for hat
Size: 3-6 months
I'm offering the pattern at an introductory sale price of $4 for Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 3-6)!
Happy Baby Knitting!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
And just two more days til Notre Dame Football begins!! Can't wait!
I have lots of projects to share with you (can someone say cast-on-itis?!), but have not been home during daylight hours! And I'm finishing up the Sweet Baby Cate pattern, so I'm hoping to release that soon. Until then...let's talk yarn!
Yes, there were a few yarn purchases at Stitches Midwest. All for "designs" I tell myself. Stop laughing.
First up, this gorgeous skein of Luxe Merino Fine from Kitchen Sink Dyeworks. I fell in love with her pretty yarns at Sock Summit and this skein just screamed my name the whole weekend! When there was just one left on Saturday, I couldn't resist any longer! I admit my weakness for that hint of cashmere.
Speaking of cashmere, another pretty! This was my first time seeing Dragonfly Fibers in person, and soooooo pretty! This skein of Djinni, in Blue Spruce, had to come home with me!
Then there was Miss Babs. Why oh why can't I resist her yarns?! I love them! And she had quite a few new colors that I tried to resist! The red is a gorgeous, intense colorway, Vlads, in her Yummy sport yarn. The two Yummy socks below are A Day at Red Lettuce Farm and Field Mouse (love love love!!)!
And then there was this one lonely skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina from WEBS. Again, the cashmere. Weakness.
Now I must knit.