Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Leaving for CA! Yes!

I am leaving tomorrow morning for California. 4 days of work, followed by 5 days of play.

The stress of getting ready is intense. Especially deciding what knitting project(s) to bring. Bear in mind that we have shipped many, many yarn samples already, and that I'll have access to all that yarn should I run out... One never knows. Best be prepared than risk the chance to go into major withdrawal. Know what I mean? Yes, I knew you would.

In my last post, I showed you the front of a sweater with a pretty motif in the center. As promised (to myself) I used that motif in another design ('cause it IS so purty :), and here is what it looks like (the pink one):

It will be a sophisticated 20-inch wide stole. The off white background is a finished scarf. Love it.

Cria Lace is the yarn used. It is not yet available (it is a new yarn for fall), but we will have our stock (so we can ship to yarn stores) around the end of February. I will make a BIG effort to have these patterns ready to go around that time too, so that I may satisfy the "sweet knitting" tooth of all.

The yarn comes in 18 beautiful colors making it extra difficult (at least for me) to decide which to use next. Let the drooling begin...


Back to packing. I may need a 2nd suitcase...just for yarn and assorted knitting paraphernalia.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

My weekend knitting project

And...I...am..back.

What did you miss since I last posted in October? Well, I registered the domain name "mydailyknit" so that you can now access this blog directly by typing "mydailyknit.com".

And mostly lots of knitting. What else, right? At least that is the only important thing I remember anyway. :)

This coming Thursday I am leaving for TNNA, a national needle arts trade show (not open to the public). We exhibit at 2 shows per year, and this one, is in California. Living in Maine, I am looking forward to a bit of warmth. Especially with the sub-zero temperatures we just had this week. Brrrrr. Good knitting weather, though. Hey, the silver lining, people!

I am bringing my iPad to stay connected (sad state of affair that I can't leave home untethered to the internet...). Last time I tried to post via Safari on the Ipad, it wouldn't let me scroll past one screen's worth. So that didn't work. Don't really want to type below the screen and not see what I wrote. So I just downloaded the Blogger app and am hoping that will fix that problem. The ratings on this app, however, are not so good. Keeping fingers crossed. I'll try to share photos with you. Maybe even of knitting celebrities. I've got connections.

Ok, about knitting...here is what I am working on this weekend.

A raglan sleeve pullover with a center motif, worked in Brae Tweed. I chose color Caramel. It's a light color clay. Yummy, and so is the yarn. Brae Tweed is a softly spun blend of 60% merino wool/20% baby llama/10% bamboo/10% donegal. And it feel very nice on the fingers, and on the body when worn :)

See, told ya. Yummy :)

And here is a close up in black & white 'cause sometimes texture pops like that.


This is the front of a pullover. I have the first sleeve almost done. What happened to the back, you ask? I like to do things out of sequence (and really, most often there is no sequence of consequence...humm). Actually, in order to preserve my arm (yes, it is still hurting. I got a cortisone shot back in December, plus some therapy, and there is a residual pain inside the arm above the elbow...), I am enlisting the help of my friend TJ, who is a great knitter and knits at the same gauge as me. I send her body parts,,, I mean sweater parts, and she makes and adds the missing parts, so that we have a completed sweater in the end. I call those my Frankenstein sweaters.

The pattern will be available in late March. And we've started to make patterns available through Ravelry - for both knitters, and for shop owners who want to order for their in-store customers.

I like this pattern stitch so much that I am planning to design a feminine stole using our upcoming new yarn to make it (Cria Lace, fine alpaca and tencel). Imagine wrapping yourself in those flowers (or x's and o's, whatever your eyes see) in a delicate yarn. Ahhhh...

Ok, enough dreaming in color, now I have to get back to finishing that first sleeve!

Happy knitting,

Helene