Preview Sally Hat

February 23, 2009

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I just couldn’t hold back any longer… I just had to spill the beans and show you my Sally Hat!

Doesn’t it look so cute? Granted, I am terribly biased. But hey, I am very very content with this little hat.

And of course… it helps when the model looks cute too!

Some specifics

The Sally Hat is kind of a beret. However, one with not so much slouch, just a tiny little bit.

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Notice how the top has a puckering crown. This is the result of decreasing every row at the top. For this particular design, I do like the puckering.

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Was not supposed to show it to you yet…

I was not supposed to show this to you yet but I just cannot keep a secret. I am so terrible at keeping secrets! I would make such a terrible magazine editor… My great plan was to show it to you when the pattern would be available for sale. 

There are several steps to be done before the pattern is ready. Let me show you the whole design project/putting out pattern steps:

1. Initial design, prototype 1 (hopefully, it stays with prototype 1. Often not the case!)

2. Once design is approved by me, I determine what sizes I am going to offer and then I have to knit them all. This takes up a lot of time! And yarn!

3. Writing out the pattern.

4. Send pattern to test knitter.

5. Arrange photoshoot: model and stylist.

6. Determine which picture is going to be used for pattern and blog.

7. Send pattern with photos to Graphic Designers and wait for them to come back to me.

8. Once final graphic design is approved, it is send off to printer.

9. Pattern up for sale at CloseKnit!

Choosing the right picture 

Today was the photoshoot so right now I am determining what photo will be used for the pattern. Will you help me choose what picture would work best?

Photo 1:

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Photo 2:

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Photo 3:

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Oofff… they are all so cute. Which one will it be? Help me out here, will ya?

Thanks for reading and until the next entry!


You’ve gotta see this…

February 17, 2009

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I am speechless…I so want to see this movie now!


Several Things…

February 10, 2009

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There are several things I want to talk about in this blogpost. I have been working on several projects at the same time and I am very excited about them all. Let’s go!

Designing the “Sally Hat”

My Sally Glove pattern has been incredibly succesfull at the store. I am so thankful for all those great and generous knitters who all bought my pattern. I am still a bit baffled by it… thanks so much all for your support!

Several knitters have been asking me about a hat. “Design a Sally Hat to go with the Sally Gloves!”, was a request I frequently have been hearing. 

Dear knitters, your wish is my command. Yesterday and today I have been working on a design and I just finished prototype 1. I will not give you full pictures yet, just a teaser:

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To stay true to the Sally Glove design, I am using again a 1×1 ribbing with half twist (meaning you knit into the back of loops), and I am using a textured stitch for the main body of the hat.

My initial design was going to be a hat where I apply a swirl decrease for the crown but alas, it didn’t work out with the main stitch pattern. It just wouldn’t line up and my sequences were therefore totally off. It looked like a mess but I quickly adapted my idea and choose a decrease crown which perfectly matched up with the stitch pattern.

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I need to work on the second prototype and hopefully I won’t have to start a third prototype. The sooner I can finalize this, the better.

Karabella Breeze

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Lately, I have been very drawn to the brand Karabella. They make such beautiful and classy yarns, I am just so very smitten by their products. 

During the Sale last weekend, I picked up a whole bag of Karabella’s Breeze, a Cashmere/Merino blend. It knits up so wonderfully and I made a big swatch to see how the yarn behaves and to see whether it is really talking to me.

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It is talking to me allright… it has a very soft touch and a nice drape. I am thinking a nightie, a short kimono robe, but I am also eyeballing this beautiful design from Stefanie Japel’s latest book GlamKnits. It’s the Romantic Bell Sleeved Cardi. 

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I haven’t made up my mind yet. I am still sleeping on it, but this much is true: I am going to knit something fantastic with this gorgeous yarn!

Karabella Margrite Bulky

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Sally is killing me. Killing me, I tell ya. How in the world am I supposed to bring a paycheck home if my boss is constantly buying in GORGEOUS yarns???

She has such a great eye for delicious yarns and it is as if she exactly knows what will tickle my fancy. So… she got some Margrite Bulky, by Karabella… a wonderful wonderful Cashmere/Merino blend…in the color black. Oi. How could I resist??? I bought a whole box…

This is going to become a sweater! I am so excited!!!!

What sweater you might wonder? Well, my favoritestestest sweater which I wear a whole lot is this one, the Textured Tunic by Stefanie Japel:

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And now I want to make one in black. Woooohooo!!!

Flared Lace Smoke Ring #3

Yup, started another one! This time with my precious Qiviut yarn of $82.– per ball. But oh…let me tell you… it is WORTH every dollar. This fiber is so incredibly light, warm and so deliciously soft. It also has beautiful depth in color and a fantastic halo.

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I am not as obsessed like I was with the first two Smoke Rings, though. I am taking my time with this one!

Last but not least: Double Knitting technique

I signed up for this Double Knitted Glove pattern class and last night was the very first workshop. I was very excited about this class because I was getting kind of bored and was ready to learn some new techniques.

In this class, taught by Judy Taylor, I learned how to “double knit”. This entails knitting in the round on two straight needles.

Dear reader, will you believe me I was blown away by this nifty and beautifully elegant technique? You see, I simply cannot stand working with double pointed needles and therefore avoid them as much as I can. I never knit gloves with fingers just because of it. Imagine all of those needles just for a teeny tiny circumference? Not my cup of tea…

But I need not to worry any longer… Look it, just look at this skinny piece I knitted. There are 12 stitches on one needle:

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One might assume this is a flat piece… but in fact, it is hollow…it’s a tube! When I divide those 12 stitches over two needles, 6 on needle 1 and 6 on needle 2, I am able to open up my little tube…! Look it:

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It is my very first finger  I knitted on two straight needles! I am so baffled and happy at the same time. What a beautiful, beautiful technique!

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I just cannot wait to finish my glove. People, this is a wonderful class. If you are an advanced knitter and want to learn how to do this, I recommend you to take this class.

Judy is going to offer this class again in the Fall and I am telling you. You do not want to miss this one. For reals…

Okay, that’s it for now…Thanks for reading and until the nexy entry!


Black Lace

February 4, 2009

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Pattern: Flared Lace Smoke Ring by 
Yarn: less than one ball of Karabella Lace
Needles: Lace Addi’s circ 24″ US 6 and Addi’s circ 16″ US 6
Cast on date: February 2, 2009
Cast off date: February 3, 2009

You know me… I just have to knit multiple projects of the same pattern… I just needed to see how this pattern looks in black yarn. And I am loving it!

Of course I had to make modifications again. Instead of 168 stitches, I casted on 140 and then followed the charts in the order it is given in the pattern. By casting on less stitches, it fits snugger around my neck. I did not make it very long, it’s just a little black cowl!

Black yarn and lace patterns

Black yarn is not that populair. Seldom do I see knitters working with black yarn and very seldom do I see black lace weight being sold in yarnshops.

I can see why. Really, who wants to look at the color black for weeks and weeks on end? Besides that, when one works with intricate lace patterns one wants the pattern to show and black is hardly chosen in that regard.

However, sometimes, just sometimes, black yarn can be dramatically beautiful in certain lace patterns. Especially when the pattern has a very open character:

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I cannot tell you how much I love the outcome of this project with black yarn. I simply adore it and find it looks very classy…

A little black dress with low neckline, high heels and a black lace weight smoke ring draped around my neck? Oh yes… I can totally see myself wearing that.

Other pattern stitches that might work well for black yarn

In the past, I have played around a bit with black yarn and some stitch patterns. A year ago I started to think about a design for a black classy scarf for my mother in law and knitted up 3 swatches:

Swatch #1: Vine Lace. A very elegant lace stitch with only 4 row repeat.
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Swatch #2: Double Wing, open work version. Almost make me think of Art Noveau/Art Deco Style.
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Swatch #3: Scroll Pattern. Makes me think of wings of birds. Has a Japanese feel to it, in my opinion. Both front and back look very pretty.
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Come to think of it, these stitch patterns aren’t that open but still look pretty in black.

My alltime favorite for black yarn, however, is the Flared Lace Smoke Ring pattern!

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Thanks for reading and until the next enry…