Wednesday, February 27, 2013

One of my designs in Knitter's Magazine!

It doesn't matter how many years I've been doing this (30+) and how many times I've had designs in print, it's always exciting to see! Kind of like handing over one of your babies and seeing it again after being pampered, powdered and dressed for the camera.

When you work with publications, you turn in your finished design months ahead of it reappearing in print, and sometimes by then you forget how it looks. So I was pleasantly surprised to receive these beautiful photos. They do showcase well the stitch pattern, worked in Cozette, a buttery soft yarn new to Knit One, Crochet Too for spring.

The Seafoam Shells shawl pattern can be found in Knitter's Magazine issue K110, on pages 72-73, and is available now. You can see more in this issue here.

I worked the shell edging first, side to side. I then picked up stitches along the straight edge and worked a few rows on all the stitches. To begin filling in the upper section, I started working short rows, adding more and more working stitches each side until all stitches are worked across each row. The trick to make the upper edge curve in a little, and help the shawl stay better on your shoulders, is to bind off the stitches firmly at the top edge.

The main pattern stitch was originally a solid stitch without any yarn overs. I tweaked it to include the yarn overs and give it a more openwork lacy feel. Both lace patterns, for the edging and the main section, are given in chart format.

Although I have not been good about posting regularly, just know that it is all the KNITTING I am doing that is keeping me away from the keyboard. My deadline to finish the fall/winter collection is fast approaching, and all shall be revealed soon :)

Hélène

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Back From California...to 3 feet of snow...NOOOO!!!

Darn those ipad apps. They promise you everything, and some fail miserably. That is the case of the Blogger app I installed before I left. Yes, it allowed me to write a post while I was away. And no, it didn't work at all when it came to adding photos. And what is a blog without photos. Do you really just want to read my ramblings without a colorful pause here and there? Nope. Didn't think so.

Like this beautiful sunset that played out for us in late afternoon.
Postcard perfect! And here is the pier right across the street from where we stayed...
And this is what it looked like back home in Maine while we were sticking our toes in the warm sand...
This cute couple got married in all the whiteness snow affords (30+ inches of it). Such a pretty photo, I had to share. The lighthouse in the background is located on the campus of Southern Maine Community College. It is a beautiful setting (even in winter!), right on the ocean on the shores of Casco Bay, in South Portland, Maine.

I did a photoshoot there last year. Here is the very same lighthouse, minus the white stuff.
Yes, I promise, spring and summer are on the way, and this tank will tempt your needles. I call it the "Sea Lavender Tank" (pat #1908) and it is worked in Nautika, a silky (but very affordable) microfiber blend that knits up quickly on size 8 (5mm) needles. It would be cute too worn over a tee :).

We've been uploading patterns in the Ravelry store for immediate download (don't we just LOVE instant gratification!) You can download it yourself, or you can ask your favorite store owner to do it for you through the Ravelry "in-store sales" program.

You can click to download the pattern.

Since my knitting world is always topsy-turvy, I am currently working on our fall/winter designs. I have a few ready to go...and will post some previews here as soon as the patterns are done :)