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As some of you know, I am a bit obsessed with Paris. In particular, the patisseries of Paris. Due to the fact that I have a wonderful friend who rents her apartment to me for a song, my family who are both European and American tend to meet there as a halfway point once a year. If I am lucky, when I get off the plane, I go directly to Laduree Tearoom on the Champs Elysees to have lunch before my family starts our Paris adventures. Patisseries in Paris are palaces of beautiful confectionery. Once the doors close around me,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
I am deeply enamored of this yarn. Rowan’s new Cashmere Tweed may be my soul mate. Over the years, I have knitted many garments using Rowan’s Felted Tweed. It is an amazingly durable yarn, with a great color selection, and is perfect for knitting cardigans and jackets. It is also pleasant to the touch and easy on the hands, which cannot be said of many tweed yarns. I believe it is the merino (50%), alpaca (25%) and rayon blend. (25%) Touch, knitted in Rowan felted tweed Wisdom, knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed I love my felted tweed cardigans, but there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
The marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live in New York was a swirl of color as hundreds of makers rubbed shoulders, modeling their hand knits. Throngs of brightly-colored hand-dyed skeins shone everywhere, and yarn-based sculptures ringed the outer tier. The Marketplace was filled with knitters wearing Swonchos and Sunset Highway sweaters and now I want to knit a Swoncho for myself. Caitlin Hunter's Swoncho I love this kind of scene, because a knitting convention tell you in one glance which patterns are hot and what yarns people want to buy NOW! By far the most popular stand was Stephen West’s Steve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Crochet Piece from Rowan Magazine 63, Spring/Summer 2018 This year, I attended Vogue Knitting Live in New York City with my friend Stephanie, owner of my local yarn store, Uncommon Threads Yarns. One of the huge advantages of attending this knitting convention was the opportunity to see Rowan's fashion show previewing designs from Rowan Magazine 63, Spring/Summer 2018, which will be released later this month. I photographed my favorite pieces, including several striped cotton tops: You may notice that I took photos of the backs of all the knitwear. The unique opportunity that a fashion show provides is the ability... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Confessions of a Mad Hattknitter Ready for the mad hat confessions? READ ON: As a newbie knitter, I thought hat-making, in my innocence, was a lighthearted adventure. A junior in college, I'd moved in with my first serious boyfriend in Spain--he was half Spanish--and I eagerly knitted hats to keep us warm. There was no central heating in our stone home in chilly Galicia, and I got used to cooking and even sleeping in multiple layers of woolens. Unfortunately, the building was not the only chill factor in Spain, as my ex unceremoniously dumped me. He cast off the hats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Fashion: Yarn Style
When I was a little girl, I visited my grandmother for one happy week every summer. Back at home, life was hard and food and other resources were limited, so I enjoyed trips to the beauty parlor with Grandmom and late night card playing over coffee ice cream and as if I were living in another world. Grandmom always sent me home with a few pretty dresses, and ever since that time, beautiful clothes have symbolized more important things—safety, feeling treasured, and being able to afford to pursue beauty as a goal in itself. I sometimes wonder if the reason... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
What you say makes a lot of sense, Betty! I had never thought about that but I am sure you are right. Especially with a heavy tunic it is probably important to ensure as much stability as possible in the neckline. Thank you so much for sharing your insight!
I am looking forward to seeing your shawl when it's finished! Yes, I still don't really understand how to wear triangular shawls without looking like one is choking in fabric or in granny mode. There's probably a shawl master out there somewhere who knows how to drape one properly but so far I am sticking with rectangular, wrap styles...
Yes, I find I am wearing it a lot!
Haha! Yes, it was a mournful moment. Over $200 down the drain! I don't know if you have ever knitted with Cocoon, but it does NOT unravel well. In fact, some of the yarn just sort of dissolved after the jacket was unravelled. You are right, Kim Hargreaves designs patterns that look smashing on older women as well as really young ones. How does she do it?
Thank you very much! I was inspired by a master stranded knitter you may know, named Maxi.
Ah yes, the tent sweater! All that time and yarn lost is always such a disappointment. I am glad I am not alone in paying more attention to shaping of garments as time passes on.....
Oh, wow, I had no idea Violet is a hot color right now. What fun! I seem to be on a purple kick at the moment, so that is lucky!
Thank you! Yes, when the owner of Webs was at Stitches West last year, he told me they had contracted with the mill Rowan used to keep producing the yarn for WEBS, under a new name. I'm so glad the yarn has survived, it is wonderful!
Every now and then, you encounter a pattern that is so fresh that it captivates you immediately. I tried on the Truss Tunic by Shellie Anderson during the Shibui Trunk show at my LYS, and it was love at first sight! In spite of the horrible name—isn’t a truss a kind of roof framework?—the tunic is very flattering. Based on what I saw at the trunk show, it suits all body types. My tall, skinny friends looked as great in it as did my shorter, curvier ones. In fact, no sooner had my friend Lexie and I tried on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Shawl designs have been captivating me lately. In the past, I had viewed shawls as antiquated garments, especially when they featured lace, but there is a whole new generation of knitters who have reinvented the shawl as a super modern garment. Ambah O’Brien is really inventive with colors and patterns, and in Torquata, she created the perfect showcase for gradient yarns and lace that still manages to look sophisticated. Shawls are such recent ventures for me that my file folder to hold photos of my projects was created five months ago. But as I knit more of them, I realize... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Greenwood by Galina Carroll A few years ago, I had the great honor to spend a day with Rowan designer Martin Storey, and Kristenlynne, the author of the amazing Knitionary blog. Martin was not only a delightful person, but he loved to talk about his design process and Kristen and I drank in all the details about how he became inspired to design patterns. We also had a lovely time showing him the highlights of San Francisco. Martin wanted to know what Kristen and I, longtime Rowan fans, were looking for in patterns. I explained that what I really wanted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Fashion: Yarn Style
It was a bit of an adventure, wasn't t? Thank you so much for your comments and support, they mean so much!!
I really appreciate you accompanying me on this journey! Thank you so much for being a part of it!!
Thank YOU so much for reading and cheering me on! It has been great fun hearing your thoughts along the way!
I think you nailed it, Karen! You are right! It must be the garter stitch which is flaring out the edge. Next time I will use fewer stitches or a smaller needle. Thank you SO much for pointing that out!
It creates a kind of peace, doesn't it, knowing you have as much time as you need to refine a garment since there is no desperate "need" to crank out pieces every month. :-)
Thank you very much, Kerrie! Your version of Lily is so beautiful too, I would never have thought of choosing those darker colors but they are so harmonious together. :-)
How fabulous that you are going to London! I hope you have a wonderful trip, and that you were able to get into Loisivethé!
It has been wonderful to have you with me on this journey! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, it means so much!