I’m working on the second bobbin now. This will be a 2-ply yarn so should be fairly quick.
This is such a dream to spin. It’s a shame that Yarn chef has closed her shop this year. if you have any Yarn Chef fiber you don’t plan to use send them my way hehehehe
Loving the colors and the bamboo makes it slightly shiny. This is going to a gorgeous shawl.
Posted in In Progress, Knitting
Tagged bamboo, design, fiber, handdyed, handknit, handspun, JDKnitter, jeanchungdesigns, knitmoregirls, Knitting, merino, shawl, spakal, spinning, yarnchef
I’m commuting to LA everyday for work these days. It’s about an hour on the Metrolink train, and since my work lets me come in whenever I want, I choose to take the earliest train possible and work 8 hours, and leave work by 3pm. I get on the M601 train to LA and M602 back to Irvine so HOLLA if you see a young knitter on the train, usually working on a sock since I’ve found that working with a pair of metal Addi circular needles in size 8 can seem a bit threatening in a very crowded train…. Size 1 or 2 magic loop on a sock is a much less imposing project..
I love my job! There’s a guy (single, if you’re interested) who sits next me and 2 other married women, and according to him, our conversations sound like something straight out of Joy Luck Club. Isn’t that awesome? Perhaps we are all sharing too much…?
Anyhow! I’ve been working really hard since Day 1 of the new year, and am planning several designs. One big collection I’m working on right now is a collection based on Fifty Shades Trilogy.
They are badly written (even the names were pretty… bad) books, with lovable characters with so much potentials.. I love the characters in the books, and quite honestly, I was thinking about what they would be wearing the whole time, if the books were to be made into a movie.
I’m also planning some kidswear, some shawls… and of course more sweaters. I love knitting sweaters.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Posted in In Progress, Knitting
Tagged amytan, asianamerican, california, children, collection, commute, design, dresses, fashion, fifty, fiftyshades, irvine, joyluckclub, kids, Knitting, knitwear, losangeles, metrolink, movies, shawls, socks, sweaters
I love fall..
And I love knit fabrics that fall flat. So for Twist Collective’s Fall 2012 issue, I designed a cardigan/jacket that embodies my love for the tailored look, easy knitting, in broken rib.
Andover jacket by Jean Chung
As you can see here, I’m almost done with the body, and will be starting the sleeves soon. The broken rib pattern is very easy to remember, and the body knits up very quickly. The only thing you have to watch out once you start the decreases for the armholes and neckline, is really the stitch count. The default stitch pattern is given in the Note section of the pattern, but once you start the decreases, the default stitch guide won’t work.
The same advice applies to the sleeves too. For this tailored look, I chose to work the sleeves in the round and shape the sleeves with short-rows. While working on the short-row shaping, maintain the ribbing pattern. It’s really easy and once you figure it out, it’ll go very very fast.
Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96)
I’m working my Andover with Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96). This will be my very first Malabrigo sweater! I am so excited. Yes, this yarn has its flaws, with all the pilling and fragility. But really, I still love this yarn that much more because of its fragility. It’s like butter and smells great. Whenever I see this yarn in the LYSes, I just have to get at least one skein. I just can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to make an entire sweater out of my favorite yarn until now.
So, hopefully everyone’s doing okay with their KALs. Shoot me an email or PM on Ravelry if you have any question at all.
Posted in In Progress, Knitting, Original Patterns
Tagged 2012, andover, cardigan, fall, Jacket, Knitting, malabrigo, twistcollective, worsted, yarn
Those of you who are following Wendy Bernard a.k.a. Knit and Tonic, the author of Custom Knits and Custom Knits 2, her Ravelry group is doing a KAL.
I own signed copies of both Custom Knits and Custom Knits 2. Because Custom Knits was the very first knitting book I have ever purchased in my life, somehow it makes both the book and the author very special in my life.
Anyways, I don’t normally do KALs (it’s too much commitment for me) but all I’m doing now is knitting for my designs, I need something more fun to do. Like top-down sweaters and such. So why not?
I haven’t decided which one to cast on but narrowed down to: Zigzag Pullover or Eyelet Cardigan.
I feel like I’ll have more use for Eyelet Cardigan this summer, but I just love knitting in the round and endless Stockinette stitch.
I’ll have to go see what kind of yarn I have in my stash and which project would better for the yarn.
Anyone joining us??