Every so often, Vogue magazine does a profile on some new fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I read it and sigh, and then forget about it because really, who can afford to fly from Los Angeles to New York on a regular basis just to see a museum exhibition? Usually when they do these exhibitions, they also do a beautifully curated book to go with it, which I’m sure at the time gets sold in the museum gift shop for a good sum. Eventually these books are no longer in print, and that’s the end of it.
You can imagine my excitement this morning when one of the pages I follow on Facebook posted this link. The museum has posted for (free!!) download 400+ books, many of which are out of print. You can thank me for sharing a month from now when you’re done browsing and downloading. Enjoy!
I’ve been doing alot of knitting lately – the relaxing, garter and St st kind that goes well with bingeing on Netflix. I also realized when I was cleaning house that I had more than just a few, ahem, unfinished projects that were so close to completion it’s ridiculous they’re sitting around 5 rows away from being wearable.
Here is the first FO off the needles, done and ready to wear. I really love the shape of this one, as it is long and easy to wrap around almost like a scarf.
It was knit in Silk Mohair print doubled with a strand of sparkly silver tencel. Unfortunately, the pattern was designed by my former boss and not published anywhere, but here is a similar version which would also be beautiful in mohair and sparkles if you’re so inclined.
I have been contemplating updating my site and the blog for some time. Before I change it up too much though, I wanted to solicit input from all of you. I want my posts to be worth your time to read and the site to be worthy of your follows.
As many of you other bloggers probably have found, it can be very difficult coming up with new content. There are lots of things that don’t get posted, since as a designer, I spend lots of time knitting or crocheting things that end up getting frogged because my experiments didn’t quite pan out. I was thinking of organizing my posts into more series and redoing the categories to make it easier to find certain subjects.
But first, please leave me comments, let me know the types of posts you’ve enjoyed most in the past, anything you’d like to see in the future, what you find most helpful, what’s entertaining, or anything else you’d like to share with me. And as always, thank you for reading and thank you for your support!
I bought this kit a very long time ago from Knitpicks – maybe even before I started working at the yarn shop. I was a very inexperienced knitter at the time and did not realize that the bag is entirely intarsia. You have to divide the Chroma balls into multiple little balls, and once you start, you basically end up with about 20 separate balls attached to your knitting.
As you can imagine, that was a little too much for someone new to knitting, and so I stashed the kit in my yarn closet. But as proof of my theory that projects and people do eventually match up with each other, I realized during the summer that this was the perfect birthday gift for a dear friend and that I was more than ready to handle an intarsia project.
My learning curve with this project was to learn how to line a handbag. I was going to post a how-to on lining a bag, except that the truth is I followed other people’s how-to’s, and there are many other crafters out there much more proficient at it than I am. Here are a few that I found particularly helpful: Craftsy and Stitch Diva. Have to admit that lining a bag was not particularly fun, but in the end, I’m glad I did because it really does make for a much better, and more finished, handbag.
My best tips for a project like this is to accept that with intarsia, you do just have to keep all the balls of yarn straight. At the end of each row, you will need to stop the knitting and untwist them from each other to avoid a big tangled mess. It is the nature of intarsia.
In regard to the lining, the only thing I would add to what is already in the tutorials I listed is that it really helps to iron your fabric. If you leave the fabric folded and don’t iron out the wrinkles, it makes it harder to pin and sew it straight. It’s a small thing, and very tempting to just not bother, but ironing truly does make life easier!
I debated on going to this TNNA because I had not signed up for classes and had no meetings scheduled. It is the first TNNA event I’ve gone to, and despite just getting my feet wet, I am very happy I went. I’m very grateful to all the yarn companies who took the time to talk to me, and also grateful to mingle with fellow designers. Every time I attend an industry event, I’m amazed at all the talent we’ve collected in one place, and also at how generous and willing we are to share with each other. I’m so proud and happy to be a part of it, and I always walk away feeling a new jolt of energy and inspiration.
A few inspiration boards at the entrance. I am very happy to say I got to meet the crochet designer of that gorgeous blue dress, and am happy she is around the LA area and we can keep in touch. I enjoy being with other people farther along in their careers, as it inspires me to keep working and getting better.
Many thanks to Fairmount Fibers/Manos del Uruguay for letting me snap this photo. I have always known fair trade is a good thing, but never understood what it meant, specifically. This list of qualifications spells it out. (Apologies for the glass glare!)
A shot of the tradeshow floor. That display with the gorgeous maroon knit tee toward the left was the ArtYarns booth. I hope to work with them one day, as their yarns are truly gorgeous and top of the line.
Pantone has spoken, and apparently colorwise, 2016 is going to be soft and soothing. I love these two colors by themselves as well as paired together. However, if you like a little more punch to harden up a soft pastel, they offer great ideas in their spring fashion report. I always enjoy seeing what they come up with and why they chose certain colors, so I hope you enjoy browsing too!
I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season and that 2016 is going to be a great year for all of us! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, due to all the flurry of activity and finishing a huge project which I will share with you in a separate post. But before that, I wanted to share some of the highlights from our holidays and wish you all a great new year!