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I know I am a bit late, but I was out of town yesterday.
The sample was knit my Jenny of Spinning Jenny. If you would like to see how the sample fits with different amounts of ease you can check out her wearing it here. This was the first pattern that I worked with a sample knitter on directly, and it went so well. It’s funny when you start doing your hobby professionally – I never thought I would outsource my knitting, but there you go.
I may have made this confession before here, as it is something I dwell on, but it still kind of astonishes me — I have never knit a pair of socks.
I have approached it, but never actually crossed that line in the yarn to knitting a pair of honest to goodness socks. I knit a pair of slipper-socks once —Padded Footlets by Mary Snyder from Interweave Knits summer 2005 (no back issues available from Interweave) and Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave.
I gave the finished socks to my mother, so they are not available to photograph, but here is the picture from Interweave/Ravelry:
Mine are similar in colour, but I knit them using Sisu. This is a lovely pattern, though I didn’t enjoy knitting the padded sole, I can see that it is an inherently good idea. Sometimes when I visit my Mum lets me borrow them, and I kind of wish I had kept them.
But a real pair of socks never.
I guess I haven’t really understood the logic in knitting something that will get hidden in shoes. I also am not in general a cold footed person. I do however, really want to knit hosiery on my knitting machine. That will almost be the most exciting thing ever (well, the most exciting knitting related thing), if I can ever get the thing to consistently work for me. I like really short socks and socks at least long enough to come up to my knees — sock patterns are predominantly designed to come to mid calf. This of course is a stupid observation because I design knitting patterns and could make whatever socks I want, whatever length I want, but I always come back to sweaters.
There are other things I have never knit — shrugs, blankets, pants, skirts, bags, pillows. I guess I just like knitting sweaters and gloves.
Would really be worth cracking out the needles for. They are by Mari Muinonen and published in the current issue of Vogue Knitting (spring/summer 2009), Ravelry link here. I think I would make them a little longer and substitute a lace wieght yarn in a dark colour, like this.
A parting picture to muse on:
I have been a little preoccupied lately, so I will probably continue to be a bit sporadic in posting for some time longer, but I am trying to pull myself together. Nothing so very bad is happening, but it feels bad now — in the grand scheme of things it will all be fine.
And, today I came home to a very exciting surprise:
This would not be such a great surprise, though I do really like getting knitting magazines and reading material in general in the mail, but look at what is on page 28:
This is my first design published in a real live print magazine. I am so happy with the way in turned out.
As you can see Kristi has a taste for more tasteful colours than me. This one was in knit in Berroco Bonsai in Raku Brown (Ravelry link) and my original sample was knit in Phildar Phil’Bambou in red (Ravelry link), which is a lovely yarn, but it doesn’t have as much memory as the Bonsai.
I am very excited to get this sweater back in a year.
Image copyright: St Range Photography
It is strange to see my pattern modeled by someone else. I remember Stefanie Japel mentioning feeling that way on her blog, and it is true — the first time it is definately odd, especially as I didn’t knit the sample.
Pictures of my personal version coming soon. . .
The previews for the spring and summer issue of Vogue Knitting are out here. I am completely smitten with some of the patterns.
I especially like the new neutrals story. there really is something I can’t define but find irresistable about an asymmetrical sweater.
I am so excited because I got a subscription to Vogue Knitting for Valentine’s Day this year and this will be my first issue for a while that will be delivered right to my door.
The Interweave knits previews are out (here). I am always so happy when the new issue of IK is released — it just means a new chance to fantasize about everything.
I am most smitten with the Diminishing Rib Cardigan by Andrea Pomerantz, the Soap Bubble Wrap by Connie Chang Chinchio, and the Zickzack Tunic by Melissa Wehrle. One of the most wonderful things about Ravelry (though I suppose Google would also work, if you want to point out the reasonably obvious) is that I can turn around the find the websites for the designers.
Connie Change Chinchio blogs at Physicsknits. She appears to have lovely discussions about her design process. I better add it to my reading list — there, done.
Melissa Wehrle blogs at neoknits — also getting added to my list. If I had time at all to knit all the patterns I own that I want to knit and all the things I have in my list of my own ideas of what I want to knit, I would knit Melissa’s Granny Smith Cardigan in a flash — there really is something special in my mind about a mohair cardi.
I can’t find a website for Andrea Pomerantz, but if anyone can send me the info I would be happy to post it.
On my own design front, I have completely written the pattern for my next submission to Knitty, and the deadline is weeks away. This must mean that I have turned a new leaf and will no longer live with procrastination but do everything in advance and live in a calm _____ (the only word that comes to mind is miasma, but that is bad).
Oh well, it was not likely to happen anyway.
I seem to be incapable of fixing the row count for this pattern myself, and I have outsourced the solution.
Here is the new and improved tech edited Russian Princess in Exile pattern.
I would like to apologize for the confusion the previous version caused.