Posts from the ‘designing’ Category
Summer has just begun... But in the design office, we’re solidly in the habit of working far into the future:
Norah and Warren will be traveling to Italy soon to start planning yarns for Fall/Winter 2012.
Norah and I are actively designing for Spring/Summer 2012.
Berroco just introduced the exciting new yarns and pattern booklets for Fall/Winter 2011.
As you may have noticed from my iPAd sketching entry a while back, I am a bit of a gadget girl. The excitement of learning something new propels me through work, and almost invariably opens up new avenues of thought and inspiration. When it comes to discovering the newest tools and destinations on the web, I rely on Cirilia to keep me up to date. So, it went with Pinterst – as the site defines itself: Pin· terest (pĭn’trĭst): n. a social catalog to collect and share things you love …
Participants add links to thinks they love and organize them into themed boards. I find the organization easy and pretty intuitive. While we can’t figure out how it’s possible, Pinterest is so very beautiful, and so, so nice. Cirilia and I are keeping board on things we love , some tangentaly affect our work and some more directly, like Cirilia’s “color” board and my “geeky nice” board. I am finding it very inspiring and uplifting. Time will tell how it affects my work, but I am sure it will.
I thought the boatneck and side shaping gave my Aran a bit of a Jean Seberg-in-the-french-sailor-tee kinda vibe , so I named it Beatnik. Our model had fun with this one:
I’m dreaming of making one for myself with an oversized body and slim fitting sleeves – one of my favorite combinations. I’ll make a body 4-6″ bigger than my bust measurement, eliminate the side shaping and follow the sleeves and armhole for my size. I will definitely use the Remix, now, what color?
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!
Find more information and an entry form in KnitBits #300! Dig into your stash or head to your LYS for these eligible yarns: Berroco Sox, Berroco Sox Metallic, Comfort Sock and Ultra Alpaca Fine and start sketching, swatching, SCHEMING!
I’m busily preparing to head to Sock Summit 2009 where you can visit the Berroco booth (#418) to learn more about our sock yarn offerings or get inspired for your own sock yarn designs. I’m not much of a sock knitter but I am over the moon for sock YARNS for a lot of reasons. It’s affordable (so much yardage for so little money!), it’s not overly delicate, the colors and the cool striping effects are right up my alley and the finer weight makes a really wearable fabric. It’s also highly stashable!
Why do you love sock yarn? Let me know in the comments!