Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I have not posted for a while and have no new pictures to show. But I'm still knitting and crocheting and spinning too. It's kinda hard to get back to blogging again.

I am so disappointed in how Artyarns has bundled my patterns. They are my work of art and each one took a lot of hours to work up. For them to be sold as 3-in-1 patterns is very disappointing. But, we live and learn. It won't happen again. If they want to sell any of my patterns in the future, I will do my own pattern fulfillment. I will move on and design some more. Instead of making this experience a setback, I will use it to motivate me and get the designing juices to flow. One thing I can say is that they truly have beautiful yarns.

I am currently knitting an Elsebeth Lavold sweater out of her latest book called the Take Five Collection (Book 6). It's the Margery sweater with exquisite cables, not overpowering, but just plain classy. I promise to take some pictures. I admire Lavold and Kathy Zimmerman for their classy designs.

I might have abandoned the Master Knitting Level 1 program offered by TKGA. I don't know if I want to pursue it. They've increased their pricing for all 3 levels which makes it financially difficult for me. We'll see.

In the meantime, I have been studying Janet Szabo's books and practicing on knitting Aran designs. I have also ordered the Stitch and Motif maker software from Knitpicks (theirs is the cheapest price) and might eventually go into designing sweaters. Again, we'll see how it goes.

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Modular Knitting

I bought the "Modular Knits" book recently from a local Barnes and Noble bookstore and here's one of the scarves I've knitted:

It's called the Sequined Sash. I didn't use any sequins in mine but I added some beads to the tassel by crocheting them in with the chains.

The pattern was easy to follow and I used only one skein of Gems Merino Pearl that I handpainted. There's only 175 yards in this skein.

There are several projects in this book that I want to do. The "Holes Scarf" took several tries and frogging before it finally clicked. I was able to do it in the end.

More pics of some Mitered designs I've done in the past (in review):

Mitered cardigan for my daughter Emily. My own design but not written down. I am re-knitting this one so I can write down the pattern. The sleeves are crocheted. Yarn used was the discontinued Mexican Wave yarn.

Mitered vest that I bought as a kit from some online store. The pattern was poorly written and had to be tweaked. This one used 2 skeins of Opal sock yarn (yes! only 2). Inspite of swatching, the vest came out too big for my frame.