Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Chanson en Crochet

Finished the Chanson en Crochet. The pattern came out gorgeous daaaling just gorgeous. A little tricky from rows 13 through 18, but I made it. This cotton yarn was soft and a little squishy if I dare use a word like that to describe yarn, but I didn't want to put the project down it was so pleasant to touch.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stefanie Japel of Glampyre Knits

Cozy V-Neck Sweater
Recently I made myself a Stefanie Japel sweater from her book fitted knits, the Cozy V-Neck Sweater. I made it from very sheepy wool. Picture tomorrow and I love the design, it is so warm the pattern was perfect (easy to lengthen if you are tall) and it looks pretty good on. Her designs are simple and modern. Really good for a quick garment now and then. This design also looks great with a turtleneck under it if your wool is super itchy. Itchy wool is the Northwest's remedy to cold and damp, but it can make you batty.
Stefanie's website is called Glampyre Knits very interesting graphics.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Designer of the Day Michele Rose Orne

Composed Mitts KA's textured version
Michelle Rose Orne is one of my favorite designers. I have made several pairs of her Composed Mitts. They were so fabulous I even had one pair stolen right out from under my nose. I made another version using my own colors and textures: mohair, alpaca, lamb's wool, etc.
This Victorian Lace top is so beautiful in detail, I have attempted much lacework but this looks like it would take a lot of patience and a great body.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Day 3 Elizabeth Zimmerman

"Norwegian Mittens" is the only pattern I have made of Elizabeth Zimmerman's, although Baby Suprise Jacket has been on my list for a while. I have read her books and knit one of Jerad Flood's sweaters that was heavily influenced by her, but that's it.
Sketchin' and drawin'
Quick watercolorin' Has anyone made the cat mittens?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Knitting designer week - Mari Lynn Patrick

Chason En Crochet
Salon Capelet
It seems fitting that I continue on with the knitting and crocheting designer theme after starting off with Wenlan Chia.
Many patterns, in particular crochet designs, are plain unattractive and dated. Mari Lynn Patrick on the other hand has some lovely capelets that follow in the tradition of a doily, but I can tell from the look of them that they would work up into fabulous frocks.
I have made Mari Lynn Patrick's Flowered Belt Camisole and am currently working on my own Mason en Crochet (first picture). Her patterns are very intricate and very perfect. At one point there was a pile of pieces for the Camisole and I was wondering how they would manage to become a top and like a puzzle they all went together to make a beautiful image. I highly recommend her designs.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wenlan Chia

One of the things that I have loved about knitting and crocheting all of my life is the fact that a designer piece of clothing can be created by your hands exactly as a that designer intended it if you have the pattern
Vogue Knitting often has Twinkle's designs which are usually fast knits. Wenlan Chia also has published several books, all of which I find very interesting and fun to look through. Fat yarns are a little hard to pull off, I think a person needs to be pretty slim to wear a big sweater made of big yarn, but the right style just might work.
Check out her styles on Ravelry by clicking the title of this post!
If I can get my hands on the right yarn, I intend to make this skirt.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Rodarte Crochet Tops

Following a Rodarte fashion show is like looking into my own trunk of supplies, and seeing how a style could come out of it.
The fuzzy cuffs are intriguing, and the curtain leggings are perfect, I intend to whip up a pair tonight although mine will be of a vintage dotted swiss or some other sheer fabric.
I love the materials, knitting, crochet, fringe, and colors but I am not quite getting what I am seeing.
That crochet top really does look fun to wear and make.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rediculously Funny Knitting

You Knit What? Check out this blog for some sarcasm on all knitting types. Be forewarned it is rated R for language.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rag and Bone

When you are in love with the overall look of the first picture you have to ask yourself...was I a teenager in the 80's?
I was inspired by Rag and Bone to make a baby sweater similar to one they had featured in a Cookie magazine. My sweater turned out uniquely my own, but what I loved about theirs was the texture and color which I did match quite closely.
One can't go wrong with a knitted sweater dress. So fabulous.. if only I had more time and more yarn. (if you need more inspiration)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Louet Yarns

All of these fine yarns in this Mari Lyn Patrick pattern (5 total) are from Louet. Really beautiful fibers and the pattern was unbelievable.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Great Chunky Scarf

A great chunky scarf I designed this winter; the stitching is an old shetland lace pattern. But I tired of it quickly and remade it into part of the Montana Tote design. Isn't it fascinating that you can create a fabric and an item out of a piece of string. Within a week or so I may have the Montana Tote pattern available.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Brutus' Cap

The Brutus' Cap was adapted from a 1967 knitting pattern but the original inspiration came from the movie Popeye with Robin Williams. I've been meaning to make this for a long time and it just rather appeared.
Some Easter Eggs are just amazing.
Another Happy Harp Seal.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Old Brooch

I love an old brooch with a new soft puff capelet.