Joy Luck Club.. Fifty Shades…

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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..

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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…? :P

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!

 

Errata: Tweedy

I found an error in the Tweedy pattern published in Petite Purls:

When you begin the Front, the instructions for Row 1 should be fixed:

Row 1 (RS): With CC, work Row 1 of Tweed pattern across first 16 [18, 20, 22, 24] sts, with MC, k 26 [28, 28, 30, 30], with CC, work Row 1 of Tweed pattern across last 16 [18, 20, 22, 24] sts.

Essentially, the center panel should be KNIT across, not purl across, since this is the Right Side.

 

Giveaway Winner!

So the yarn giveaway winner has been selected. Thanks for all the sweet, and encouraging comments.

I used Random.org to select a #, but several of the commenters forgot to leave me their contact information per the game rules.

So! The winner is finally selected and…..

Joyce! of  Joyce Makes Art has been selected as the winner!!

Congratulations, Joyce. I will be contacting her through her blog this weekend and the prize will be mailed out some time next week.

Again, thank you so much for all your comments!

Yarn Giveaway!

So my pattern was published through Petite Purls yesterday.

In celebration, I am giving away 1 skein of Cascade 220 Wool in Van Dyke Brown and 1 skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Agua. These are the exact yarn I used in the sample.

Rules:

1. By 9/30, 11:59 p.m. PST, leave a comment on this post. Tell me who you’re going to make Tweedy for; or any words of suggestions, concern, or encouragement.

2. Be sure to either leave your blog address, Ravelry ID, or E-mail address, so that I have some way of contacting you if you get selected!

3. A winner will be selected on October 1, and will be announced here on my blog.


Pattern Release: Tweedy

Petite Purls Fall 2011 issue went live today. And in it was my pattern, “Tweedy.”

@ Jean Chung

When I saw the Petite Purls submission call, by accident, I wondered if I could do it. I have no children on my own, but have few friends who do and I’ve been really wanting to make something really cute for them.

With colorwork in trend this season, I wanted to create a garment that has some colors but very simple stitch pattern so that I can knit without looking at the pattern all the time.

I experimented with this Tweed stitch with solid yarns first, and liked the look… But something was missing. More colors? Texture? I wanted to see how it would look in variegated yarn.

While shopping for an appropriate yarn, I fell in love with Ultra Alpaca Tonal yarn I saw at my LYS, and instantly knew this yarn would be in my project. It adds the soft halo because of the alpaca content, and the light-to-dark tonal quality of this yarn adds subtle but interesting tweed look.

@ Jean Chung

Then I created a silhouette that looks really grown up. This meant waist shaping and choosing grown up colors. Instead of casual-looking ribbed hem, I opted for i-cord hem. Really, this garment was more or less inspired by the boring navy-colored school uniforms at clothing stores during the Back-to-School season.

@ Jean Chung

@ Jean Chung

If you know how to do i-cord cast on, you can certainly start with i-cord cast on, instead of the provisional cast on and then doing i-cord bind off. My i-cord cast on is a little bit sloppy looking so I chose to do the i-cord bind off.

And one word of caution, taking gauge swatch for both St st and the Tweed stitch is really important, especially the row gauge. The first version I made turned out really droopy in the middle and the tight at the color change.

@ Jean Chung

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