I’m currently still in a hat obsession phase. I’ve made a bunch of slouch hats. They are amusing to knit and fun to wear. However, it’s turning warmer here in Los Angeles (after a hail storm last weekend!) and I’m starting to think Spring. I should be thinking of finishing my pink cotton Amelia cardi, but of course, I’m thinking “NEW.” What’s got me all worked up? The Vogue Knitting Spring Preview. That’s a few of their “Postcards from Rio” patterns (left). However, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: do not knit your dang bathing suit. (Come on VK!)
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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.
The Spring/Summer 2010 preview of VogueKnitting is up online. Looks like some very pretty stuff. I’m especially into the “Global Fusion” collection and those light mohair sweaters in the “Soft and Sensual” series. I like the sheer yet warm thing— works well for the temperature of LA nights, and my inner vamp. I’ve got some dove grey silk mohair that needs to be frogged and knit up into something cool. By the way, you can win a kit to make Tanis Gray’s lace capelet pictured on the cover (above). What a beautiful pattern (but what strange eyeshadow on that model). Check out Gray’s work, she has designed a lot of accessories for various magazines. I think you’ll recognize her stuff. Also, this is the issue features Project Runway’s Gordana.
I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but wow, this thing is strange. I figure, if the yarn companies are nice enough to give us inventive interesting patterns, and I don’t like them, I should just move along, and find a freebie I do like. However, this one called Superior & Zara Sheer Sophistication One-Piece Ensemble (left) is just so odd— from the sheer bat-winged top portion to the inevitably baggie ribbed sweater bottom, accented by the wide gold leather belt accessory— that I’ve got to mention it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess? This pattern was designed by Margery Winter, the creative director of Filatura Di Crosa, who is a former creative director at Berroco, as well as a former editor of VogueKnitting. She is a top knitting talent. Oh well. I must say I do love the light and colorful Drawstring Raglan she designed for Interweave Knits last year. Check out Midori5’s blue version here. Looks really nice.
A few months ago I posted about Bravo TV’s Project Runway designer Gordana and her knitwear. There’s a bit of a follow up: Project Rungay’s Tom and Lorenzo report on Gordana in VogueKnitting. I like Gordana and think she’s immensely talented. (Some of the VogueKnitting behind the scenes photos, above.) Not sure I’d ever knit that blue dress, it looks really complicated and I suck at lace, but oh well. I’m sure we’ll see more of her designs. Meanwhile, a new season of Project Runway starts this Thursday night, January 14th, here in the U.S. Read some gossip here and go here for the official show site.
Let’s hope it’s a great year for all of us. It’s also a brand new decade. To start the new year off, I got a new calendar— the VogueKnitting Stitch-A-Day. Very pretty. Last year I had the Knitting Pattern-A-Day Calendar. Not so pretty. Truthfully, I buy whatever is left at the bookstore for 50% off. Luckily, two years in a row I found a knitting-related calendar. I don’t know about your city, but here in Los Angeles, maybe by the end of the year, there may not be any bookstores left standing. I hope not. Anyways, best wishes for a very Happy New Year to you and yours.
You can take a look at the Winter issue of the venerable U.S. knitting magazine, Vogue Knitting. Here’s the at-a-glance pattern index. What is really great, if you can steal a bit of time from your holiday rush, is to look at these garments on VK360. I highly recommend these little videos that show the FOs on a slowly rotating human model. Very very helpful in actually understanding what to expect. Glam shots of patterns can be so misleading, right? VK360 is great stuff, a little slow to load, but worth waiting for. By the way, I’m into the series of Gray sweaters (left).
(Sweaters by: Mari Lynn Patrick, Rosemary Drysdale, Karen Garlinghouse & Lori Steinberg)
Yes, it’s true. I love Project Runway. This season designer Gordana Gehlhausen has been such a highlight on the show. Turns out, she is a huge knitwear enthusiast. This week she joined Ravelry (Gordana6945) at the suggestion of Tom & Lorenzo (or “T Lo” as they sometimes refer to themselves) the bloggers of Project Rungay.com. You’ve got to check out their interview with Gordana. In it she discusses how knits impacts her fashion sensibilities. She also reveals that two of her knitted dress designs will be featured in an upcoming Vogue Knitting. By the way, get the T Lo recap of last night’s episode of Project Runway here. You can see Tim Gunn in an apron.
Vogue Knitting’s sister publication, Knit Simple, is previewing their Holiday issue. There are glitterly silver garments for the ladies, 2 men’s sweaters that convert to vests (above), some adorable togs for tots, and a bunch of mini Christmas tree ornaments. Those teeny weeny little ornaments remind me of Althea Crome’s work for the movie Coraline. Bugknits (Crome’s site) is full of charming miniature knit objects. Enjoy looking through her various Galleries. When I look at her work, I wonder how she has the patience to do that. I really do. If you missed the earlier sknitter post on the amazing Althea Crome, go here.
Vogue Knitting has really intensified their online presence and amped up the salesmanship of their designs. I’ve posted before about VK360 which allows you to really see their patterns from all angles. VK is previewing the Fall issue’s pattern on VK360. It is really amazing. Whether or not you like the designs (a matter or personal taste), and whether or not the patterns are properly tech edited (a common and persistent complaint about VK) are another mater. The fact that you can really see the patterns on a rotating human model is an incredible resource for selecting the right pattern to knit. Also check out the static preview of the hats (a few above) and sweaters featured in this issue. Maybe download some FREE patterns too.