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Flipping out over Linear

As I mentioned in the last post, we have a really good time flipping garments upside down. People are often reluctant to believe that it can work. As one reader commented, “I just don’t see how that could work, with a shaped, anatomically correct (when right-side-up) sleeve cap. I’m all for versatility, but…”

She makes a good point, but see for yourself, Linear totally works upside down! This is the first variation, which I think looks a little grandpa-ish but in the best possible way. The exposed seams on the collar are neatly sewn and they sort of echo the dramatic ribbing, a variation of a cartridge rib. Norah added slipped stitches to up the dimensionality–it almost looks carved: 



Margery saw yet another way of styling the flipped Linear. I like that the wide band of ribbing sort of looks like an obi belt.


From the front the sleeves morph from a semi-fitted set-in silhouette to a cool hybrid of transversal raglan and relaxed drop shoulder . From behind you can see that there is a little extra fabric, but nothing too terrible. And hey, if you’re worried about it you can just slowly back out of every room! I think the front is so stunning no one will mind =)



Kathy has added a couple of pictures from the try-on trunk show to the Webs blog (scroll way down) and she promises video footage soon. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for it!



“You could live in a van!!”

That’s what Margery said when she saw me winding a skein of Ultra Alpaca from a little nook at my desk.

I’ve certainly settled in, populating every corner with knitting essentials: stitch dictionaries, shade cards and a bulletin board that holds inspiring images and a detailed calendar. I’m getting used to forgetting what day/month/season it is! It’s a little disorienting to plan summery photo shoots, arrange a palette of autumnal colors and squish skeins of wintry wool blends all in the span of a day.

In spite of that, it’s a very happy perch…

Yesterday Norah and I returned to Western Mass for an interactive trunk show at Webs. Norah introduced the sweaters from NG vol. 3 and Andra (the Northeast Berroco sales representative) and I walked the runway showing two sizes of many of the most popular sweaters. Andra was a natural and Kathy took quite a bit of video footage (I’ll link to it when she posts it). Usually people are pretty shy about trying on sample garments but this was pure sweater madness–it looked like Filene’s Basement!

As usual, unconventional shapes were surprisingly flattering on a wide range of bodies, and using the tried and true upside-down trick, options were multiplied. One attendee tried on Linear but didn’t feel comfortable with the flyaway shape. We turned it upside down and voila–no exposed belly and a lush shawl collar gave it a wholly different ‘grandpa chic’ look. Eastlake was a crowd favorite, but I was impressed by Cosmia–everyone on Ravelry says it’s super fast which sounds ideal as the mercury is plummeting here faster than I can knit!

Preparation Time

A while back, a curious reader left this comment:

I am loving this peek into your design process! And at the same time as I look at your sheets feeling ever do disorganized!
As I also watched your latest video slideshow for booklet 279 (keep doing these slide shows they are great) one question kept coming to mind. I was wondering how far ahead do you prepare these designs for the booklets? The way you both spoke of the designs in the slideshow they sounded like, well, old friends!

First, I have to say, that while we have to stay organized in order to produce so many new patterns each season, the rest of my office does not look so very organized. Here is the truth. My desk, right now:

My boss kinda understands that we designers need to be a bit messy, but I am forced to clean up periodically to clear my mind (or prep for an impending visitor). Right now we are finishing up the last minute designing for Spring ’09. Our sales reps are on the road with the photos in a few months, we show all at the TNNA trade show in January and all the info goes up on the web in January. Spring hits the stores, well, when ever they want it, starting in January or February. So really, we are not all that far ahead, 6 months, give or take. We are BUYING yarns for Fall 09 now though. As soon as this season is all wrapped up will be off and running with that one.

The sweaters DO feel like old friends by the time the books are in the yarn stores.  We know all of their names (as odd as they may be). We’ve talked about them and written about them ad nauseam and yet we still love them.


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