In March and April I managed to carve out some time to visit a few New England yarn shops. Andra, the area’s sales rep, and I traveled with a trunk show of sweaters in a variety of sizes and encouraged knitters to try them all on. It’s a fun, party-like atmosphere with sweaters and compliments flying freely from knitter to knitter. We’ve done this a bit in the past, and there are always surprises. Inevitably knitters find they look good in a style they previously had thought wasn’t for them. I learned a lot on this tour too:
– I learned that the larger size of Pause (size 42” bust) magically looks good on everyone. (The moral of the story is – It doesn’t matter what size something is – try it on).
– I learned that I should have named Gewgaw something much more pronounceable or at least less embarrassing to say. It has turned out to be quite popular and even I struggle to utter it’s name. Some say Goo gaw and I say Gee gaw, but neither is all that pretty. My apologies.
– I learned from one inventive shopper that Kaver from my vol 10 can look great backwards. Mimi suspected, from experience, that a deep V in front wasn’t for her, so she tried the piece on backwards. The low V in back suited her really well, but if it’s not your style, you can make both the front and back with a high neck.
– I learned, begrudgingly, that Andra is right. I should put on my lipstick before photo ops like these. The proof is here, see how lovely…
Nidden and Snowflake Blanket
I learned that there are an awful lot of nice knitters out there, and I feel at home with them – they are my tribe.
Niche, Enter , Pause & a modified Cassia on me
In celebration of a long awaited, and now much enjoyed Spring I’ve put together a little photo essay combining snippets of what’s happening in my New Hampshire yard co-ordinated with Some spring /summer accessories from our collections. Click on the image for pattern name and more info. Read more
It feels like ages since I wrote Knitting Nature, but the process of writing it left an indelible influence on my work. Spirals, fractals and other shapes in nature provided great fodder for designs in my book and still rattle around in my head, but it’s polygons, especially hexagons, that have become a permanent part of my design vocabulary. Read more
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been stumped by this simple question – “What is your favorite color? My favorite color for what? Do you mean my favorite color to wear, or my favorite room color, my favorite color from nature, favorite accent color, favorite car color? Read more
When it comes to wearing stripes, people often have strong opinions. I’ve ventured into this territory before and been met with mixed results. Still, I believe in Rayures, the horizontal striped piece I designed in Ultra Alpaca a few years back. Perhaps it was a bold move to photograph it on a bust size 14 model, but that was the point. I wanted to design a striped sweater that I could wear too. Read more
I love the simple, modern, almost stark lace I have been seeing in fashion lately. Simple and bold openwork patterns not only suit my sensibilities, they are much easier to knit than more ornate lace knitting stitches. Read more
Perusing the Berroco pattern library, I see that we tend to favor 5 different ways of knitting a sleeve. Here is an illustrated guide with a few thoughts on each: Read more
Deciding what size sweater to make for yourself can be more than confusing. Some sweaters look good tight, some loose, some looser in places and tighter in others. The best looking fit depends on a combination of your personal style, current sweater fashion and your height and shape. Read more
Wheew…the five grueling days of photo shoot are finally over. The shoots can be fun. It’s so great to see our designs styled and photographed, but that all takes a lot of work and many decisions made on the fly. It always feels like performance art. Read more
Our five days of photography starts today! Last week I steamed a lot of garments and I’ve gotten to know all 90 something of them inside and out. Of course, I was already pretty familiar with the ones I designed, after making up new cable patterns writing instructions for my knitters. Still, there were a few surprises.