Archive for October, 2009

Tricoter Is A Treat

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

curlypurlypumpkinI went bargain shopping yesterday and found, for $4.99, the book Handknit Style by Linden Ward and Beryl Hiatt. They are the owners of a Seattle LYS called Tricoter (pronounced “tree-ko-tay,” French for “to knit”). You’ve got to love a pattern book where the errata is one dropped word on page 50. That’s it. The designs have that attention to detail as well— simple shapes knit up in some pretty jazzy yarns that are probably discontinued. Some good ideas. Check out their Handknit Style II.

Hey, I almost forgot: Happy Halloween. Hope you have lots of fun Trick Or Treating tonight. (Here’s a knitted treat: the Curly Purly Pumpkin, left.)

Project Runway Sweaters

Friday, October 30th, 2009

recycledsweaterchallenge-muodinhuipulleLast night I caught Project Runway, which featured a couple of big plush sweaters from two of the designers. Both were over-sized and layered on top of rather fitted garments. The effect was chic. Of course, I can’t find photos online yet to show you. However, my search lead me to Muodin Huipulle (Project Runway Finland), not sure if Heidi Klum has anything to do with this show, but they did a recycled sweater challenge (above), The results are pretty interesting, as you can see at Outsapop. By the way, love this blog created by Outi. She looks at all kinds of DIY fashion projects, especially: “recycled materials + fashion = trashion.” Cool stuff.

Malabrigo Sock Yum

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

malabrigosock-yarnsproutLast night Gail gave me with a luscious skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn in the color #825 called Persia. It is my first Malabrigo! What a gorgeous yarn. Gail did a consult with Julie of The Little Knittery and decided that this what the gift for me. Aren’t I the lucky one? Now I need to decide the perfect thing to make with this amazing stuff. That beautiful photo (above) is from Chrissy’s blog, Yarn Sprout Knits & Spins. She’s really captured the depth of color in this yarn (my yarn is the blue one). By the way, Chrissy does a podcast at: The Manic Purl. Check it out here.

Le Collectif France Tricot: Les Tricopathes

Monday, October 26th, 2009

cftDid you read in yesterday’s New York Times about going to a meet up of the Parisian knitting collective called Les Tricopathes? The group takes its name from the French “tricot” for knitting and “psychopath,” and is the brainchild of Emmanuelle Esther, Céline Lacome-Hulin and Solene Couturier. The group seems to be part Stitch’N Bitch, part yarnbombers. Under the name Le Collectif France Tricot (CFT), Esther, Lacome-Hulin and Couturier have just published a book, CFT, (see above) about what the Times calls “their poetic vandalism.” Wish I read French!

(Thanks to Cassandra for pointing me to this story… international yarnbombing, how great!)

Knitting For The Holidays

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

ikholiday-frogpurseMaybe by now you’ve already taken a peak at the Interweave Knits Holiday 2009 special edition? If not, you can go here for a preview. I’m still thinking about a pair of slippers from last year’s IK Holiday. (I am so behind, people.) OK, what am I considering making out of this year’s Holiday edition? I like those First Time Tube Socks designed by Ann Budd, Building Block Scarves by Sarah Hoadley, and the Little Entrelac Bags by Susan Pierce Lawrence. And of course, who can resist Laura Rintala’s  You Kiss A Hundred Frogs Purse (above) made from Lamb’s Pride Worsted?

Free Knitting Classic Style

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

saintdeniscardiganI have designer Véronik Avery’s wonderful book, Knitting Classic Style. It is one of those collections of knitwear that will stand the test of time. They are stylish knits that you can feel confident about knitting, and then being able to wear for years. Avery’s Ski Jacket (see Knitting The Blues’ version)  is on my Winter 2010 To-Do List for sure. If you don’t own the book, at least you can download FREE one of the nicest patterns, the Saint Denis Cardigan (left) from our friends at Classic Elite Yarns.  If you are not getting CEY’s newsletter, you are missing out on some good stuff!

The Crochet Kingpin

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

dwaynelawson-brown-washingtonpostWho is this person? It’s Dwayne Lawson-Brown, a Washington D.C. based break dancer and spoken word performer who is also an HIV educator and avid crocheter. Lawson-Brown works with teens to help them understand and prevent HIV / AIDS. It is a serious problem in D.C. which has some of the highest rates of infection in the country. Lawson-Brown uses Hip Hop and poetry to help get through to kids. When he wanted a hobby, he turned to yarn. He calls his crochet scarf business, Crochet Kingpin, his “side hustle.” John Kelly of the Washington Post blogs about Lawson-Brown and interviews him about his work here.

Close Knit And Troubled

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

closeknitdetail-shepardfaireyShepard Fairey of OBEY GIANT fame, has been up to his neck in hot water lately. Just this week he finally came clean and admitted that he did indeed appropriate an AP photo of Barack Obama for his highly visible and influential presidential election posters. Fair Use, an aspect of U.S. copyright law, is what the case revolves around. When is it OK to take someone’s work and riff off of it to create something entirely new? Turns out, that is a complex question in a digital age. Is this a knitting story? Well, in terms of Fairey, only if his Close Knit poster for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (detail above) is also a derivative work of an image he has no permission to use. In terms of knitting patterns, it certainly seems to be an ongoing and troubling concern.

Knit A Cloud

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

cloudsberet-inkyarnbeerLooking for the perfect slouchy lace beret for yourself or for someone special this holiday season? Look no further. My friend Naomi (on Rav: Matataki), of the blog Ink Yarn & Beer, has designed the beautiful Clouds Beret (above). Her patterns are meticulously written, and  include helpful charts of the lace pattern. Knit Clouds up in a sport weight or worsted yarn for a stylish head warmer that can be made as a slouchy beret or a more fitted beanie. Instructions are included for both versions. You can buy the pattern here, along with her elegant Old Vines Scarf, which is really a beautiful pattern as well. Again, a great holiday gift. Naomi has more patterns, including FREE ones like Trout Season Socks and EAT: A Hat, which you can download from Ravelry or from her blog. It’s so exciting to see Naomi Drew’s work available to all knitters!

Yarn Ruffle Overload

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

kingstonjacket-kimrutledgeI’m sorry Caron and designer Kim Rutledge, but what were you thinking with this Kingston Jacket (left)? That is one hot mess of crochet ruffle madness. I just don’t know who could wear it and look good in it. It’s not that Rutledge is a bad designer at all. Check out some of her other patterns for Caron, like the Sydney His & Her Hats, and the cute Charleston Fingerless Slouch Gloves. Then again, there’s this design. I think the ruffles are leading her astray. It wouldn’t be the first time a designer made that mistake, as all you Project Runway fans, like College Candy can verify.