Pollen

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I have been working like crazy to get ready for the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD—I’m lucky to have a table again this year and I need to be on top of my game. I’ll be selling copies of my comic “Honey”, as well as hopefully one or two zines, buttons, and even some screen printed totebags. If you’ve never been to SPX and are in the area September 13 and 14, it’s worth coming for at least an hour. There is truly something for everyone there!

That being said, my boyfriend Erik and I realized we had not been to the beach once this summer, so I am pausing my preparations to take a two-day vacation to Ocean City tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will be as advertised!

I’m nearly done the front of my Rocky Pond top, but I’ve decided to put it into hibernation until the spring. What I need to focus on now, knitting wise, is cold-weather garments.  If you ever want to spend $200 and have a giant shipping crate full of yarn arrive at your door, I highly recommend the Craftsy Black Friday sale. I have enough yarn to keep me knitting for the next several years! This sunny yellow worsted-weight wool yarn was from last year’s sale, and I knew what sort of project I wanted to use it for—something fitted, with an all over seed-stitch pattern. Sadly for me, yellow is SO not my color (something about not wearing a color that is the same value as both your skin and hair) so I need to be able to wear it with a deep blue scarf to keep it from making my face look sallow. I came close with Harrison by Amy Miller, but that cowl neck presents a problem for wearing a scarf. Not to mention the fit and length aren’t ideal, and the seed stitch is only on the front.

I’ve already re-designed one vintage sweater, my Koi-colored victory sweater from this post. I changed the gauge from fingering to sport weight, and was happy with the result (I’ll do a post tackling this simple alteration soon).

So last night I picked a suitable fair-isle 1940s sweater, wrote out the instructions, whipped up a gauge swatch, rewrote the pattern, and thus “Pollen” was born. It’s worked flat and seamed, and has a five button closure at the back. If the sweater is a success I’ll look into grading it so others can try it out. The yarn I’m using, Cascade 220, is delightfully stiff and springy, perfect for a nubbly textured pattern. In yellow it’s cheerful and eccentric, but I could see “Pollen” becoming sophisticated and a little mysterious in cool greys and blacks.

Maybe I’ll see you at SPX next month, but if not have a wonderful end to your summer!

 

Victory + Rocky Pond

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Above: my completed Victory Sweater, modeled at the opening party of my LYS in their new location. I can’t wait until the weather cools down so I can wear it with all my nice wool skirts.

Below: progress on my “Rocky Pond” top. The pyramid pattern is so beautiful but it was tough to get comfortable with. I still have to have my ipad open with the chart on the screen when I’m working on it.

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Looking forward to fall

I know, it’s been months. Blogging used to come really easy to me, back when it was just an LJ and no one besides my friends read it. Keeping up a fashion/crafting blog is so much harder! What topics should I write about? What is there to say that hasn’t already been said? Who honestly cares what I think about anything? Is what I have to say relevant anymore?

Since my last post I have:

  • Finished the Knit for Victory sweater I was knitting (it is slowly drying on the blocking rack)
  • Sewn a muslin for the Advance 5911 top in the last post; I can’t really tell if it fits me around the shoulders/upper bust area
  • Found my Spoonflower swatch book, so I can start thinking about designing custom fabric again.
  • Resumed knitting my Rocky Pond silk/rayon summer top after finally untangling a massive snarl in the very snaggy yarn (feels like a silk stocking and snags just as bad)

That doesn’t seem like a whole lot :/ Part of it is due to the fact that I’ve been working late and then I only have the energy to knit in front of the TV, and I’ve been busy with various obligations on the weekends. Illustration is a really demanding life! But I *think* about fashion pretty much every moment of the day. So I’m going to commit to doing at least one post a week to start, even if I have nothing to show when it comes to my own projects. There’s still plenty to talk about!

Fall : sweater piles, scarves, and hot drinks

Today I want to talk about how this is the first year of my life I’ve truly looked forward to Fall returning. Everyone can admit things tend to slow down in the knitting world over the summer; my local yarn store feels the lack of traffic and the ravelry forums go quiet. Since I’ve started knitting I’ve begun to enjoy the thought of cold weather again; it doesn’t seem like an unbearable stretch of the year to suffer through anymore. Nothing can compare to the warmth of wool garments! Baltimore usually has a long summer; things don’t really cool down until late October. But until the weather changes, at least I can enjoy the fall releases of my favorite designers!

If you knit, you probably know about Rowan. They produce luxury yarns and put out collections each season. They’re known for the quality of their product and the beauty of their pattern books. My favorite designer at Rowan is Marie Wallin. She consistently puts out designs that speak to me, and it doesn’t hurt that they are photographed so exquisitely.

Her latest lookbook is called “Lakeland: Collection Two”, and she doesn’t disappoint. I love any photoshoot that allows me to fantasize about being an Irish shepherdess! The yarn used looks incredible, I wish I could touch each piece. I’m not crazy about the crochet details, but fortunately they are very optional. My queue is full enough that I won’t be buying yarn for a very long time, but lookbooks like these inspire me to work through the projects on my plate so I can get to these sooner!

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What projects and designers make you excited for the coming Fall?