As many of you know, we switched manufacturers last year, which caused a delay with some of our Berroco Comfort yarns. It was tough because – as much as we knew we wanted to take the time to make sure our new Comfort yarn was as good or better than our old Comfort yarn – we HATE backorders! I’m sure you can relate.
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CR: What’s next for Cecily and Melissa?
We plan on working together again. That’s all we’re saying!
June has been exactly like a summer storm. A bit scary, very unpredictable, fast-moving, and at times refreshing and beautiful. It has been an exhausting but inspiring month…
Norah and I spent the first half of the month consumed by TNNA! If you weren’t following our updates on Twitter you can see a wonderful recap thanks to the Hello TNNA wonder team (aka Team Rav!). This was a really cool addition to the show, and an excellent way for knitters at home to get a sense of what will be hot in the upcoming year. This was definitely the most busy, exciting TNNA I’ve attended, and I think it is thanks to all the NEW! We were of course very happy to unveil our Fall/Winter 2010 collection but it was also really fun to participate in new programs like the TIPS [Trends, Ideas and Products] info sessions and to see some first time exhibitors, especially Ysolda who set up a booth that made it feel like you had fallen into her Flickr stream! So fun! Norah and I visited often (see if you can find us…).
The minute we got back we had a photo shoot to think about! It was pure madness for a couple of days there. Deliriously tired, we knit the last few items frantically. This is me, on “vacation” (NOTE SUN PRECAUTIONS! WEAR SPF, EVERYBODY!!):
Even after several crippling beach knitting marathons, I still didn’t manage to finish before the day of the shoot! You can read the whole story here, I participated in the 2 Week Sweater Challenge that Kate at Twist Collective, who was also on deadline, dreamt up. For all the crazy stress, we ending up having a fantastic and easy photo shoot at one of our favorite Providence boutiques, Heir Antiques, which shares a space with Calico. We simply love owner/curator/raconteur Tyler’s aesthetic and he couldn’t be sweeter, which helps to make it a fun day rather than a draining one. Here is a sneak peek at Aidez, the sweater that was nearly in peril!
Have you made it this far?! This long post should give you some sense of how insane this month has been, and if you’re still reading, it is probably safe to say you’re genuinely curious about the goings-on of a design team! If SO, I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of Shannon Okey’s amazing new book The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design. It includes all the stuff I have learned along the way, a lot of new things I want to work on. Honestly, just reading it reminded me how very complex this (admittedly super fun) job can be! Inspiring in so many ways.
Okay! Over and out, see you in July!
Pretty much the best vest pun I could come up with…sorry, my mind is totally flooded these days! We’re deep into the design process and it doesn’t leave much time for wordplay. My desk is the messiest it has ever been but I’m feeling better about my sketching skills (practice makes perfect…) and the yarns for fall are totally speaking to me!
Besides the swatching and sketching fun, I’m pretty excited about Vest-uary! It’s a February knit-along started by Prairie Poppins from Canada. She picked a Berroco pattern, and a great one at that! Ticuna is free from the pattern archive and calls for my favorite favorite, Ultra Alpaca. So many colors to choose from!!
Jenny and Nicole from the Stash and Burn podcast mentioned cap-sleeved Kaino in their vest-themed episode (Ampersandgirl rocks Kaino here on Ravelry). I am SO glad they’re back from their break–where else would I get friendly reminders like this gem: chose a neutral-ish, versatile color when knitting vests so it can be layered over many things in your wardrobe! I recommend deep heather-y shades found in ranges like Pure Merino Heathers, Peruvia and of course Ultra Alpaca. I love that vests can be so professorial and yet so sexy. Extreme v-neck knit in a tweedy yarn, anyone?
A vest can be so many things–a simple warming layer or a chance to show off your skills or a beautiful yarn. Hope you’re all as inspired as I am for a weekend full of knitting!