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…? :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!
This is the 6TH of the WIPs Challenge List!
It’s quite satisfying to work on all these old WIPs and finishing them.
Pattern: The Orchid Thief Shawl by Ysolda Teague.
Yarn: a random yarn on the cone from Newton’s Yarn Country.
Needles: US 3
Things were all good until Chart 3. There is errata available on Ysolda Teague’s website: Errata
And also the first row of Chart 4 is a little off. See here: Chart 4 Help
Other than that, I am completely happy with the finished product. I love the way the leaves open up.
I love the drape of the fabric, and the warmth. I think I’m going to keep this one, but make many more for gifts.
I can’t believe this is already the 4th FO in my UFO/WIP pile.
Pattern: Lingonberry Shawl (Rav Link)
Yarn: Giovanna Imperia Yarns 5 strands “River” and 1 strand “Cocco” held together.
Needle: US Size 3
This was a sample knitting commissioned by Giovanna Imperia Yarns (website). Per request by the company, I chose few free patterns of shawlettes.
First two shawls were done within few weeks. This one however, took MONTHS.
From knitting the second shawl which uses the same line of yarn, but less strands held together and in a different color, I knew that I would have easier time if I held more strands together. The yarn on the cone as is is thinner than cobweb, and kind of “sticky” because of mohair mixed in it. The yarn is very inelastic due to linen and silk. Multiple strands and a little bit of twist gave a bit of elasticity and allowed me to use bigger needles.
Shawl on a white couch
Linen/mohair/wool/silk blend yarn made a very lightweight but summer appropriate shawl. I loved the texture of the fabric after blocking. It was crisp but not rough. It was hairy but not itchy. And the pink. It was divine.
I don’t know if the yarn will be commercially available for knitters.. I’m not sure. I do know that the company goes to tradeshows like TNNA and Stitches. In fact, the first two shawls I made were for the Stitches West earlier this year (2011).
This one will also be at another trade show soon.
4th project done! I am now working on a summer tee that I designed, and Auburn Sweater. Updates soon!
This is the third project I’ve worked with designer Rose Beck, aka RosyPosy. With my traveling and the yarn almost running out, the sample knitting took longer than expected. The knitting time actually wasn’t that long. I knit mostly on the plane, and few rows everyday while I was traveling. If I just sat down and knit, probably within a week time?
Pattern: Sugar is Sweet (Rav Link) (Designer’s Blog)
Photos: All of the photos with the model are done by Catrina (Rav ID: CatReading)
Needles: US 3
Yarns: Madelinetosh Pashimina in “Rose” and “Posy.”
The yarn is absolutely pleasant to work with and the pattern is simple enough for it to be more mobile knitting (taking on your commute, etc). But the overall effect of the knit-and-purl pattern repeat at the end and the garter body, as well as clever YO border is very beautiful. I would love to make this again. :)
(closeup before blocking)