Mystery KAL aka “PLEASE MAKE SURE I FINISH MY HUSBAND’S SWEATER KAL”

I just wanted to see who would be interested in doing something like this.

So here’s my story: when we first adopted Bagel from Taiwan, he was just about 1 year old, and was making a lot of trouble at home with his chewing behavior. He chewed through Marty’s Havaianas, his own collar which was handmade jewelry from his foster mom, a PS3 controller, etc. One day I went to check on him because he was being really quiet, and I knew that he was up to no good! 

He was in his crate; but I also found Marty’s favorite sweater inside the crate. At first I thought, aw how cute, he wanted to smell his daddy~! Then when I lifted it up to fold it up, I saw a huge hole.

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The left shoulder was completely eaten. 100% wool fiber, inside Bagel’s stomach. 

 

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And apparently a part of the zipper too.

 

I can’t tell what brand it is, because the tag was irritating and Marty had cut it out before. But I can tell that it’s a decent quality wool yarn. Other tags like washing instructions are all written in English only, and the hand of the fabric is soft. Not soft like Merino, but definitely not harsh. 

 

 

 

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And guess what this knitter had said, to the disappointed then-boyfriend?

“OH DON’T WORRY; I WILL MAKE YOU ONE JUST LIKE IT!”

Fast forward almost 5 years. We had gotten married, and I finally found the yarn that looked similar to the original yarn. 

Still haven’t started it.

August 20 is our official 4th wedding anniversary. And I decided to finally sit down and write up the pattern. Sure, I could have made this a secret project, but I needed something to keep me on track, so I don’t finish it on our 10th anniversary or anything! (And trust me, I do have few 5+ year-old project somewhere in the house).

 

So I wrote the pattern and cast on but thought that I would make the pattern as a free pattern only until the day after our wedding anniversary, August 21, and share the pattern with people who are interested in men’s sweater pattern. This pattern involves a little bit of steeking and installing a zipper. I’m also thinking about attaching elbow patches, and give an option for a vest for those of you who would rather not knit the sleeves. (WHO DOES?). If steeking scares you, even with my instruction, I think I might include another option for the neckline.

 

ANOTHER OPTION: If you actually have another pattern design in mind for your significant other, male or female, you can still join our KAL! I will still send you the finalized pattern through Ravelry if you post it on your blog or Instagram and tag me (@candyandbagel on Instagram)

 

What’s in it for you? Again, the pattern, or rather a draft of the pattern, will be available for free only until August 21, 2014. After that date, it will be temporarily unavailable, and then will be for sale. And for people who complete the sweater with me by August 31, 2014, I will send you a copy of a complete, tech-edited, finalized pattern (value of $7).

And I will randomly pick 3 of you, and send each of you a small gift from my Candy & Bagel shop. This could be handdyed roving, handspun yarn, handmade items, or cute notions!

 

 IF you’re interested, either… 1) comment below this post; or 2) PM me on Ravelry (ID: JeanChungDesigns); or 3) Tweet me at candybagel or 4) email me at jean (at) jdknitter (dot) com by May 30, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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The yarn I chose was Colourmart DK weight cashmere/silk/viscose/merino blend yarn in MF Tweed colorway. Colourmart is great but I remember shipping was very slow via Royal Mail. I think for the finalized version of the pattern, I will have to test with more US-market friendly yarn. 

Again:

IF you’re interested, either… 1) comment below this post; or 2) PM me on Ravelry (ID: JeanChungDesigns); or 3) Tweet me at candybagel or 4) email me at jean (at) jdknitter (dot) com by May 30, 2014.

Good night!

#knitting #accountabilityKAL

Wellmade clothing

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This top was a gift from my aunt about 7 years ago. I wore this at least 200 times since then and I still wear it almost once every week. It’s lace, has ribbons and sparkles. And it is holding up. Still looks like I bought it last week.

Well-made clothing is hard to find these days. Even expensive labels, when you actually look closely, their seams and fit aren’t like they used to be.

Trust me, I just spent a lot of money on my new work clothes and shoes last week. At least I was satisfied with the quality of the things I bought.

But it’s true, when there are shops in every corner that advertise “blouse for $15! Denim $30!” it’s hard to resist deals like that.

I’ve been guilty of buying clothes from those type of shops too. Quantify over quality, eh?

Every time I wear this top, or other things I bought over the years that I came to treasure, I am reminded of how, as a person who loves fashion, I should be more mindful of shopping habits. And be an advocate of fine clothing. :)

I’m not trying to sound snobbish or look down on those shops. If anything, I think most of their practices are unethical. But aside from their business practices, just looking at fashion alone, if you truly love fashion (and not just trends), you have to see that that $10 top with stitch ends still hanging out and off-grain tshirts (not on purpose) don’t have any “fashion value.”

I think fashion walks a fine line between art and function. That’s why when I design my knitwear, I don’t automatically turn to the most expensive yarn available or sacrifice wearability over interesting fashion details. You have to find that balance. I could make a really interesting pullover with 3 headholes and 4 armholes, but who’s gonna put in the time to KNIT it and then WEAR it in public? I could also make a really well-fitted sweater with all over St st but who’s gonna be able to finish that piece without getting bored?

In preparation for the TNNA this weekend, I am inspired and also have many thoughts on my designs…

[GIVEAWAY!] Gentle Teresa & Andover KAL ended!

Hello all~

Finally, the Gentle Teresa & Andover KAL is over! If you’re still finishing up, post pictures on Ravelry or your blog and send me the links. If you don’t have Ravelry or a blog, then send stories and photos to me jdknitter (at) gmail (dot) com. 

 

I got only a few so far so the competition is very very low. SEND YOURS IN TODAY by 3PM PST!

 

I’ll pick the winners today and contact them individually! :)

Lost Garden Tee – Knitscene Spring 2013 issue

Last week, Interweave Knitscene put out the Spring preview on their website. All the patterns are available for instant download right now and the magazine is scheduled to hit the newsstand on Januaury 22.

My new pattern in this issue is Lost Garden tee.

Lost Garden Tee by Jean Chung — Interweave Knitscene Spring 2013

 

Lost Garden tee by Jean Chung –
Interweave Knitscene

 

When I submitted the pattern proposal to Knitscene, I titled it Secret Garden. I wanted to capture and convey the shy freshness of spring garden, kind of like something that I imagined in my head when I first read the novel The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The shaping of this tee is done entirely by fiddling with the gauge so the project is super easy, until you get to the Lace stitch pattern. In my proposal, I also called this the Garden stitch pattern.
The Lace pattern is not particularly difficult, but with the cotton yarn with very little elasticity, your hands might hurt a bit. Just remember to use nice pointy needles, and loosen up the grip on your hand that holds the yarn. Change into even bigger needle if that helps.

I’ll be posting about tips on knitting this pattern as I think of more to say.. Again, the pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry as well as Knitscene website and the magazine will be available on January 22, 2013!

My first (failed) attempt at KAL & Prize Giveaway

So last year in the beginning of the fall season, I announced that I would like to do a knitalong with either Gentle Teresa or Andover. I also had some prizes and said that the deadline was in December (my first mistake; so many of you were trying to finish up holiday knitting!)

I didn’t really have that many participants so I think I would like to just giveaway my prizes. Today, I looked over the project page under Gentle Teresa, which had 36!!! projects already. Nothing under Andover yet but I know people purchased the patterns so they’re maybe just not posting about their projects or the projects are hibernating… (I know my 3rd Andover is still sitting somewhere behind our bed)

So! This is how it’s going to work (for both Andover and Gentle Teresa):

If you have a Ravelry account or a blog: Post pictures and blog about it if you haven’t done so! Then email me the links at jdknitter (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you don’t have Ravelry or a blog, then Email me at jdknitter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Deadline? I’ll have to give those of you who are still finishing up projects so I’d say February 28, 2013!

Prizes: Those yarns from that post  but I’ll be adding NEW prizes for every 10 new posts/emails I get.

How to increase your chance of winning the giveaway? SHARE YOUR STORIES. I know I do this too, but sometimes we just post pictures and that’s it. But I’d love to hear about your experiences with the projects, the good and the bad. :)

 

 

Happy new year & a new design!

Happy new year!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.. now that craziness is over, what better way to begin the new year than sharing a new design with you!

The new Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Knitscene preview is up now and in it, you’ll find my new design, Lost Garden tee.

Lost Garden Tee

Made with Knit Picks Comfy yarn, the change of gauge does the shaping for you so that even the very beginner knitter can make this sweater! Check it out when the magazine comes out on Jan 22. The Ravelry page is already up!