5.28.2010

Playful Stripes In Grey




I always enjoy seeing my patterns done up in different yarns and colorways.
A while back an Icelandic magazine published my Playful Stripes pattern and photographed it in this combination of colors.
I would have never thought that grey would ever work with peach or green... but it totally does! I loved this combination so much that I asked my wonderful Ravelry friend, Yaena, to knit up another Playful Stripes sample for me using these colors together.


Aren't these colors surprisingly beautiful?

If you'd like to knit up a sweater just like this you will need
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in these following colors.

[MC] Medium Grey #9
[CC1] Baby Green #3
[CC2] Soft Peach #5
[CC3] Off White #101
[CC4] Lilac #10

The pattern will specify how many you need of each skein for the size you want to make. The pattern can be found here.

I will be using this sample for a second trunk show display.
My first trunk show of samples is booked so far in advance now that I'm having another
set of samples knit up so that I can have 2 trunk shows traveling simultaneously.
This is a fun excuse for me to have my patterns knit up in different colorways to show some variety.

I think that one of the most fun things about this Playful Stripes pattern is picking out the colors.
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino has such a great variety of beautiful colors to choose from. The possibilities are endless!

Another color combination that recently caught my attention was found on ravelry.com.
Click here to see. When I knit this sweater again, Id like to try these colors next. So cute!

You know what else is cute?


After the photo shoot, I caught Playful Stripes cuddling with Elijah the knitted elephant.
I quick snapped a picture while they weren't looking. :)



5.25.2010

New and Improved Playful Stripes



The sweater I accidentally made too big for my daughter at the time? Yea.. that one.

The Playful Stripes cardigan.


Well, I tried the sweater on my daughter again during this past winter
and it actually fits quite well this year!

She, at 4 years old, can finally now wear a size 3!

Now that the sweater fits well, I decided to rephotograph this piece and add the new and improved pictures to the pattern.
While I was at it I also decided to get the pattern layout redesigned...
then I figured that as long as I was having the entire pattern redone, a few numbers should be reworked as well.
One thing just led to another. :)



I'm happy to present to you the new and improved Playful Stripes pattern. The pattern is now beautifully redesigned (by a professional graphic designer) with original artwork and illustrations. There is a full sizing schematic now included which should prove very helpful, and there has also been some refinements made to the fit of the garment.

Here is the pattern information to those of you who are interested in knitting this design:


SIZE
3 months [6mos, 9mos, 12mos, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] (shown in size 3)


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 18 [19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28] inches ( 2 inches of positive ease)
Length: approx 9 [9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 14.5, 15.5, 16.5] inches after blocking


MATERIALS
[MC] Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino [55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere; 137 yd/125m per 50g skein]; color: Off White #101; 2 [2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6] skeins
[CC1] color: Light Pink #601; 1 skein
[CC2] color: Chocolate #011; 1 skein
[CC3] color: Baby Blue #202; 1 skein
[CC4] color: Pea Green #503; 1 skein
1# 32-inch US #4/3.50mm circular needle
1# 24-inch US #4/3.50mm circular needle
1# 32-inch US #3/3.25mm circular needle
4 pieces of scrap yarn to hold underarm stitches, safety pin markers, and stitch holders
5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7) Small buttons
Tapestry needle


GAUGE
24 sts/36 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch on size 4 needles


This really is a fun little sweater to make. It's knit from the bottom up in one piece and the striped yoke is so addicting! That part went so fast for me. I just wanted to keep adding one more color to see what it would look like.. it went by in a flash!

I certainly hope that you enjoy it too!








5.19.2010

New Design Sneek Peak

As some of you already know, I've recently been working on an adult sized version of my Spring Garden Tee pattern! It's coming out very soon.. so I thought Id provide you with a little sneak peek now.


Look for the completed pattern around June 1!

5.16.2010

Amy Butler Drawing Giveaway




This copy of Amy Butler's new book Midwest Modern Knits (provided by Dancing Ewe Yarns) as well as these 2 skeins of
Amy Butler Belle Organic dk and aran (provided by Westminster Fibers) could be yours!

To enter to win, please leave a comment (with contact information) under this blogpost!

Winner will be announced June 1, 2010! Check back then to see if you are the winner!

Remember, only one comment per person please. :)

Winner is Lisa! Congratulations! Drawing Now Closed!

5.15.2010

NeverNotKnitting Podcast : Episode 36 : Embracing The Bump



Episode 36






Shownotes:










The Winner of Episode 35's drawing giveaway is Penelope10! Congratulations!

*Check back in a few days to enter a special "Amy Butler drawing" for episode 36!

Receive 15% off of the new Amy Butler Belle Organic yarn at Dancing Ewe Yarns
until June 15,2010! Just enter special code "NNK1" in the checkout process!
This offer is exclusive to the Never Not Knitting listeners and blog readers!

5.07.2010

Still Knitting...


Life has recently thrown us some unexpected surprises as sometimes life does. One change that has caused some stress recently is our moving houses, and figuring out exactly where all of that yarn of mine is going to fit. :)


But I'm still here working and knitting.

Here is my latest design project.. almost done! Well.. On my end anyways...
there is still the business of test knitting, tech editing, and pattern layout.
It takes a team to get a pattern published!

This is my first adult garment and I'm awfully excited about it!
Expect to see it around the first of June.

Also.. check out this wonderfully cheery new yarn I got in the mail yesterday..

There's nothing like brightly colored yarn to cheer a person up, right?
I have a little design project in mind for this one as well and I can't wait to get going on it.

This yarn is part of an exciting new line that I know a lot of knitters have been talking about.
I'll be sharing a review of it in my next podcast episode!