Posts Tagged ‘Designers’

Always Surprising Knitty

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Did you catch the two new patterns up on Knitty?  Fluidity is a lace tank designed by Jennie Pakula (that’s a detail of the garment, left). The second “Surprise” is Susanna IC’s beauty of a shawl which is called Annis. I’ve finished my Cropped Cardi and really like it. Now I’ve started another Knitty sweater that caught my eye a while back— Amelia designed by Laura Chau. She’s a very talented designer who also blogs at Cosmicpluto Knits.

Cropped Cardi: Another Look

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I am coming down the home stretch on my Cropped Cardigan, a design by Stefanie Japel that is  available FREE on Knitty. The sweater, in Cascade Indulgence, is super soft and fits nicely through the shoulders and sleeves, but the neckline is way way too deep and rolling-edged to be flattering on me. I need adjustments. Luckily, I found Melanie (momalmighty on Rav), who had the same issues and solved the problem beautifully. That is her cardi, above. She knitted a stockinette and picot edging, very much like the hem treatment, to create a lovely and flattering variation. Notice how she also abandoned the leaf ties in favor of a button, and used KnitPicks Shine Worsted (a cotton blend). Beauty. Thanks Melanie for the inspiration! By the way, enjoy her adventures in motherhood on her blog, Mom Almighty. Love the way she charts her daily mood.

Veronik's St-Denis Yarn

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Classic Elite Yarns launched knitwear designer Véronik Avery’s yarn line, St-Denis,  last year with Nordique.  There is a second yarn in the works called Boreale. Pretty exciting stuff. No doubt it will be as refined and beautiful as everything this talented designer puts her name too. Her work is simply classic elegance. You can check out the progression of the St-Denis brand on the blog, where Avery posts about her efforts. (That’s her photo seen above.) Buy issue 1 of St-Denis Magazine here, or go for the Spring/Summer issue here. You’ll find patterns by Ysolda, Jared Flood, Kat Coyle, Robin Melanson, Carol Sulcoski, and, of course,  Avery herself.

Early Fall VK Preview

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

I know, I know, I haven’t even broken out the cotton yarn yet either! However, VogueKnitting has an Early Fall Preview up online. The issues goes on sale June 8th. The online preview has a cool new feature— click on the red circled star and it opens up a back view of the garment, like you see (above) for this pullover which is part of the “Make Me Blush” series. Very cool. Looks like some very lovely stuff, but honestly, all I’m thinking about is which tank top I’m going to make.

A Crochet Sun Hat

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

My friend Sidney seems to be getting her craft on these days. Last weekend she asked for info on a crochet sun hat. She was thinking raffia, but most patterns seem to specify cotton. Here are some FREE hat patterns that looked good to me: the Fast & Easy Summer Hat by PippaW on Cloudy Crochet, this one and this one from Drops, Craftination’s Crossed Bucket Hat, and the adorably wacky Crochet Can Hat designed by Jacqueline van Dillen for Knit.1 magazine (left). The addition of cans just says, “Summer,” don’t you think?

Knitted Rugs

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

In the last few weeks I’ve seen a bunch of new knitted rug patterns. I wonder about the practicality of these things, especially in a household like mine with dogs, but they certainly are attractive. I do love the idea of making just the right size to fit a particular space in a room because standard doesn’t always cut it, right? There is the nutty Knit Grass Rug (left) from Lion Brand and the lacy Rag Doily Rug designed by Julie Weisenberger of CocoKnits. Plus, if you missed it on the weekend, check out this New York Times story on artist/fashion designer Dana Barnes, who makes fantastic super thick felted rugs from roving. Wonderful slide show. Wow. If you want more info on knitted rugmaking, go to BellaOnline and browse articles by Christine Dux. You’ll find both inspiration and technique tips.

The Crochet Dude's New Tool

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Yes. Drew Emborsky, the Crochet Dude, has an all new branded line of crochet tools and accessories for Boye. They are testing the products out in select Michaels, including one here in Los Angeles. I stumbled upon the news while reading Laurie Perry’s great blog, Crazy Aunt Purl. Apparently she and Emborsky are pals. Perry went on a re-con mission to check out his stuff, and blogs about it here (that’s one of her photos, above). Check out Emborsky’s blog, and his site, The Crochet Dude, which has some good patterns, but not his tools.

Ysolda's Red Yarn

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I told you that the Los Angeles LYS owners have been extremely tempting lately. No, you don’t have to be an Angeleno to shop at them, they’ll do online sales— so you’ve all been warned! Here’s the latest: Unwind in Burbank is offering the charming knitwear designer Ysolda Teague’s new yarn for Lorna’s Laces. It’s a gorgeous semi-solid red, called, naturally, “Ysolda Red” and it is part of the Shepherd Sock line. Perfect for Ysolda’s Ishbel. Read all about creating this beautiful yarn on Ysolda’s blog (that’s her photo from the process, above). Buy Ysolda Red from Unwind online. Get her patterns there too. That’s trouble, huh? Told ya.

More Lovely Handspun Yarn

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The LYS owners here in Los Angeles are working hard to separate us from our money these days. Case in point: KnitCulture is having a Tanglewood Trunk Show this weekend. Trish Anderson visits on May 15th and 16th with her luscious Tanglewood Fiber Creations. These are all hand-dyed and hand-spun. The yarns incorporate top of the line fibers like Mongolian cashmere, silk and other lux goods. Plus they set the yarn with lavender oil. (Sigh.) Every skein is different and unique, even in the same dye lot, making for one-of-a-kind knitted pieces. Anderson blogs about her work and life in St. Helens, Oregon here, at Diary Of A Hand-Spinner. I guess Anderson came to Jennifer Knits in Brentwood (a very swanky LYS here in LA) earlier this month. So here’s  another chance to view the pretty stuff and make a purchase. To tempt us further, KnitCulture has a FREE one-skein Luxury Mitts pattern made from Tanglewood Cashmere here (scroll down the page).

Knitting With Bamboo

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Have you knit with bamboo yet? I have some, enough for a sweater, but I haven’t figured out  exactly which one to make yet. After buying it, I came to understand that bamboo yarn is beautiful but super stretchy when knit up, and you need to really factor that in to your choice of pattern. The new issue of Caron Connections features an interesting Summer top by Santa Monica-based Melissa Matthay. The Aspira One-Button Tunic (left) is light, textural, and designed to be made with Spa, Caron’s bamboo-acrylic blend. The pattern page also has an audio fashion show describing the garment that is worth a listen. It highlights the novel construction of the garment. Note that at the top left corner of the Aspira page you can sign up for the Caron newsletter yourself or go here. Also, see Matthay’s Exclusive Collection designs on her website. They are all commissioned custom-knit garments.