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Friday, September 12, 2014
So I've been trying for ages to get another blog post together; I've had most of it written for weeks but I'm missing an updated photo of one of the projects I want to talk about. And can I find said project to take the required photograph? Nope. Which is terrible, because I'm fairly sure I've looked everywhere and I'd really like to not have actually LOST 12 balls of a merino/cashmere blend.
At any rate, while I'm looking for that, the opportunity to catch you up on other projects I've been doing over the past few seasons has arisen.
The Winter 2014 issue of the special magazine "knit.purl" (formerly known as knit.wear; they've just changed it and the front cover design for extra fun and appeal) from Interweave Press has just been made available, and now I can talk about the fact that I'm in it!
These are "Minaret" mittens, a pattern I designed two winters ago as a holiday gift for our daycare provider. It's inspired by stonework motifs on the the Kalayan Minaret, in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, which is a stunningly beautiful piece of architecture. Legend has it that its beauty was so inspiring that it was the only structure spared by Genghis Khan when he razed the city in the thirteenth century.
I was super proud of this particular design. At the risk of sounding (extremely) conceited, I think it's gorgeous, and have been practically bursting at the seams for almost two years wanting to share it with everybody...and now I CAN! :)
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Some of the knitting I did this spring was feverish, obsessive design work. Do you know how it is when you get an idea, and you work it out, and write up the pattern and charts, and then suddenly, you've somehow managed to knit prototypes in three different sizes?
Yeah. Meet "Wuv":
It's cute, it's squishy, it's a quick knit, it's unisex in style and construction (i.e. if you want/need to cut the buttons off one side and re-sew them to the other, you can do that), it's a great layering piece if a little one needs some extra warmth...just a lot of good things in one small package, really.
It comes in five different sizes, from 12 months to 6 years. Here's another size that I did for my cousin's baby's first birthday a few months ago:
And as previously mentioned, I did a third one, also in emerald green, in the 2-year size. I haven't finished it up or taken photos of it yet, though. I may frog it for the yarn, since it's too small for DD3 (who will be turning three later this month).
Oh, and did I mention that it's easy to play in?
If you like it too, you can go ahead and...
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Monday, August 04, 2014
You may remember that back in February, Knit Now published a baby layette set that I'd designed. It contained a bonnet, scratch mittens, and booties, and was called "Darling". I was very pleased with how it turned out:
(Seriously, that baby is so cute; I feel so happy every time I see that shot because of her sweet little face!)
Well, the rights for these designs recently reverted back to me, so I wanted to package them up into a single (virtual) booklet to sell. Of course, at the time, the magazine still had my photography samples (although right at this moment, those samples are actually in the post winging their way back to me), so I needed to knit up new ones. This was not exactly a hardship since they are cute, fun, and fast. And I had just enough of some lovely bamboo yarn to do everything in the smaller size. So, knit 'em up I did:
Where the mittens were concerned, I did change the pattern somewhat from how it appeared in the magazine originally: I rewrote the instructions so that the mittens would be shorter. This is because in hindsight, I felt the original directions created mittens that might be too long. However, you can of course lengthen or shorten the mittens to taste; the instructions tell you how.
One of my favourite things about this set is the detail on both the instep and heel flap of the booties:
If you like the set too, you can go right ahead and...
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