Thursday, April 17, 2014

Drops of Honey

This shawl has been a year long in the making. It started out as a gift to my dear friend, Elena Nodel (aka Anadiomena behind the Colour Adventures patterns and yarns). I wanted to create a reversible shawl that reflects modern elegance but also uses traditional elements. Hence, Drops of Honey!

It features traditional Honeycomb stitch (or Blinov as it's called in several stitch dictionaries), dropped stitches, top down construction and short rows. I didn't use any pattern when working on the short row wedges making this shawl freeform as well!

Originally released as an MKAL in March, and finally yesterday released as a final version with my photos which I don't think do it justice!

The shawl has been mailed to Elena making its journey complete.

Friday, March 21, 2014

I am featured on CanaryKnits!

Teresa from CanaryKnits is featuring me on her Indie Designer Friday and I can't be more thrilled!

I have admired Teresa's designs for awhile now; her use of cables especially is innovative and quite unique - check out her designs here!

Coincidentally, today the new issue of Knitscene is out and Teresa's pattern, Indio Cowl is in it!

Photo Courtesy of Knitscene

For a chance to win one of Teresa's self-published patterns, join my MKAL - it's not too late!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I am a published designer!

My first collaboration with Shibui Knits, Mix No. 29 was out this Monday. It's a zigzag infinity loop - there are lots of elements at play here to keep you interested - different zigzag sizes and many colors.

Since I shipped the sample back to Shibui, I now need one for myself!

photos courtesy of Shibui Knits

Friday, February 28, 2014

NEWS!!!!

When it rains, it pours!

I have had a busy year in terms of knitting and designing - which culminated in 2 more patterns being released this upcoming Monday. Woohoo! Can you tell I am excited?

First one is from Shibui, I have had lots of fun designing this and of course knitting it: the two yarns used together are a joy to work with and the design is quite unique since it combines various depth of chevrons. I am really excited to present no. 29!

And secondly, I am running my first MKAL ever! Come and join us for this adventure.

A bit about the shawl: it's a free-form, dainty, asymmetrical large shawl knit from top down. It uses an old Orenburg stitch and some modern design elements. I think it perfectly captures today's world of knitting, being an old craft which has evolved tonnes in the last 10 years! So many innovative patterns and concepts out there, it makes my head spin for one thing.

We have amazing prizes, the grand prize being any skein of yarn from Colour Adventures shop.

Here is taste of Colour Adventures

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

First KAL!

I am so excited to be running my first KAL! I saw other designers run these and have always wanted to join in the fun but never had the guts or time. Well, here is my chance!
The patterns eligible are the Zigzag Infinity loops - lucky no 7 and no 10 - both feature patterns reminiscent of Missoni.

Join it here"! We have prizes!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

no 10 released!

Last night I released my no 10 infinity loop! It's been a work in progress, I tell ya! I have included two versions of the stripe arrangement in it.

This is the first one
and the second one
I would love to hear what you think! Just think of all the color combos! I chickened out and made one in grey-black palette, but if you're bold, then sky is the limit! The pattern is also available as part of the Zigzag Infinity ebook, which also includes lucky no 7 infinity loop.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

How to hide color changes when knitting stripes or chevron tutorial

Time sure flies! It's already almost fall which means fall knitting, evenings by the fireplace and cold mornings. Just in time for this, I have prepared this tutorial to showcase the little trick I use to hide color changes when knitting chevrons in the round. You could also use this for knitting stripes in the round, but it works better for chevrons.

This possibly exists elsewhere (nothing new under the sun!) but since I use this in my chevron tube scarf patterns, it's nice to have it handy here.

I have called it "lift the stitch just knit, knit it together with the next stitch", since this is basically what you will end up doing literally.

Step 1
This is the starting point. Say you got to the spot where you need to do this trick
Step 2
Lift the stitch you just knit and place it on the left needle as shown below
Step 3
Insert your right needle into the stitch just lifted and the next stitch on the left needle
Step 4
Knit them together
Step 5
And move to the right needle as you normally would. And voila! you're done!
Hope you have enjoyed this and found it helpful!