Pattern Release: Hearts & Flowers Shawl ~ First Love Collection ~

Hearts & Flowers..

Pattern Page on Ravelry

Last year, I planned a collection of knitwear garments with a theme revolving around The Fifty Shades of Grey. I read the trilogy with curiosity and I had mixed feelings about it. I didn’t do any research before reading, but I instantly felt like it was written like a fan fiction. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time reading fan fiction online based on the K-pop stars. So I was familiar with the type of writing. It didn’t matter what the language it was written in. Fan fiction in general are written more based on nostalgia and admiration for the characters so they just lack structure and other literary charms. But! I have to say, I loved the characters. A

nd the characters were the inspiration for this piece.

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The two main characters were both fragile and flawed, but together they became better people. In one scene, Anastasia and Christian are arguing about the kind of relationship they need and despite Christian’s hesitance, Anastasia declares that she needs everything that a normal relationship offers–all the “hearts and flowers.”

I thought this was an important turning point for them, especially Anastasia, since before then, her character was immature, naive, and had very little experience in romantic relationships. To declare what she needs and wants from Christian showed her growth as a person.

Her multi-dimensional character really inspired this shawl, that can be worn in multiple ways, with multiple effects.

 

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Name: Hearts & Flowers Shawl
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in “Elderberry” 5 skeins
Needle: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Pattern: Hearts and Flowers Shawl by Jean Chung

 

 

Back from TNNA

I think I can still say that I’m “back from” TNNA although it was just 30 minutes away from my home in Irvine.

Nevertheless, I’m back from TNNA and I had so much fun, I don’t even know where to begin.

I was only at the show on Saturday and Sunday, and just few hours at a time. The fact that I brought my camera AND my smartphone and still didn’t get any pictures of TNNA just shows how overwhelmed and excited I was the entire time.

I met with Anne (aka CraftyDiversions) outside and she showed me around briefly. I hung out with her and her friends, met Pam (aka PamPowers).. And then started walking around the floor.. Met and spoke with Erika Knight, saw Norah Gaughan, met with local AND domestic/international dyers and yarn manufacturers, retailers.. My brain was about to explode with excitement when I saw gorgeous silk rovings and yarn at Vijay Fibers’ booth. I was super excited about meeting and dining with Bonne Marie Burns from Chic Knits.  I made her Basic Pulli before and my version is actually shown on her pattern page!

On Sunday, I finally met Felicia Lo from SweetGeorgia–I took her Craftsy.com class and fell in love with spinning. She didn’t have any rovings at the booth but I did see her new colors…

Another bonus was that spinning wheel companies were there too–Louet, Ashford, and Schacht. And I’m so glad I got to see the wheels in person because I’ve been getting enticed with this idea that I wanted a smaller wheel for traveling so I was considering Louet Victoria and Ashford Joy and Schacht Sidekick. They looked SUPER tiny! Especially Victoria. Now that I have a better idea of what they look like in person, I might wait a bit more and actually try some of the wheels before making the decision. Perhaps I should call up that spinning/weaving shop and see if I could rent these for a month or so.  In the meantime, I started a savings account towards a Matchless. =P

Now that I’m back to work and to the normal routine again, I am super inspired. I might need to put out another call for test/sample knitters soon…

 

FO: Diminishing Rib Cardigan

Diminishing Rib Cardigan

2 out of 14 down!

Diminishing Rib Cardigan

So, this sweater has a story:

Summer of 2009, I had just graduated from law school and was studying for the California bar exam. I took advice from many people and made sure I had certain part of my day dedicated to my hobby.

I worked on this sweater and finished for the first time on July 20, 2009. Bar exam was July 27~29 or something.

This is a top-down sweater, so I did the sleeves the last; I worked on the sleeves at-the-same-time 1~2 weeks before the exam. And…. I guess I was really stressed out and it messed up my tension.

When it was “finished” and I tried it on in the library restroom, the sleeves looked stiff and tight… Kind of reminded me of the Middle Ages armor.

Sigh.

I frogged the sleeves back to where I picked up.. put it aside until after the bar exam; and after the exam, I wanted to move onto a different project.

2 years have passed.

I found this hibernating project in a plastic bag when I moved into my husband’s house. I put it in the closet so I can work on it soon. That was summer LAST year.

Finally, I picked this up again because of this little challenge I’m doing. Those of you who’s not following my blog: I had 14 hibernating UFOs, I promised that I’ll finish 2 projects before casting on 1 new project.

Front curls a bit, I hope blocking will help

Yarn:  Berroco Comfort Worsted (Spruce; 4 balls)

Needles:   US #8 (5.0mm)

Pattern:   Diminishing Rib Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 2009.

In the past 7 days, I finished one adult men’s sweater, and this cardigan. Which means I get to cast on for a NEW project. I think it’ll be Juneberry Triangle. Or something quicker.

Anyways, this time  the sleeves fit perfectly, and I love how relatively light this sweater is.

When I knitted this, I was vegan and did not use any animal fiber. This is a top quality acrylic yarn, as far as acrylic yarn is concerned. The only cons would be the splittiness of the yarn.

I wish I could make this again with a silk-blend or at least bamboo blend, something I can block into shape better and something that is more drapey.

As Featured in One Size Knits All

A couple of months ago (or maybe more…?) I got a PM on Ravelry from ShannonAnn. She asked me if she could feature my Valpuri on her blog that celebrates knits that look fabulous on all shapes and sizes. Hallelujah? I’m all for knits that look good on everybody. In fact, when I knit or look at a pattern, the first thing that comes to my mind is: Will my sister be able to borrow this from my closet and look good? Will my mom (and dad??) want one as well??

Today, I got another PM from Shannon that she finally put the blog post on her blog under “Is Name Woman“. I really like the idea of taking one design pattern, and showing the garment modeled on people in different shapes and sizes, with brief explanation of what kind of mods the knitter made, or could have made. Sure, Ravelry is already great at doing that, but this blog is going to be great if you’re into shortcuts, like me! :)

On the other hand, this brings me another issue. Now I want to make one in softer yarn, maybe Berroco Comfort? Pure Merino? I love how this looks on me still, and love the color… but I want to make it in darker, muted hues for more grown-up events and meetings.  And those of you know me on Ravelry can see how many projects I already have on my Queue….