Introducting Maneisha – First Design for Kaleido Accessory 2011
A yarn called ‘tern’ May 18, 2011
‘tern’ is a fine weight yarn from Quinco & Co. that consists of 75% American Wool and 25% Silk, and ‘tern’ is my favorite fine weight yarn for the moment. ‘tern’ comes in 12 colors and I love the subtleness of the each color… and to me the best part of this yarn is how easy it is to work with and the way it showcases different stitches.
So what projects will I be using these swatches? Gloves? Socks? Cowl? Hat? I would love to keep it a secret for now.
A big ‘Thank You’ to Suzanne from SP Photoart for taking the pictures.
Easy Breezy Shores May 16, 2011
Just like the title said, an easy breezy cardigan that is perfect for the warm climate. This is my cardigan design that is currently published in the July 2011 issue of Creative Knitting.
This lightweight cardigan is worked in fine sock yarn with size 4 needles…. it is also mostly seamless.. I said mostly because there are 2 seams to join the shoulder together. The entire cardigan is work in one piece from bottom up till the arm shaping; then the back piece and 2 front pieces are worked separately. The 3rd quarter sleeves are worked from top down and sleeves caps are shaped using short-row after the shoulder seams are joined. The lace border is worked in such a way that is joined to the front side while knitting it. Hence, there is no sewing the border to the cardigan afterward. Of course, it’s up to personal preference to how to work the lace border.
I love minimal design; clean, classic and very practical; so this cardigan in a way is very me. As always, if you have question of the design, feel free to leave me a message.
Introducing Hourglass Lace Socks May 3, 2011
Summer is almost here… time to knit some SOCKS! Well.. you can basically knit socks all year long but a pair of lace socks in the summer would be a fun project. Summer issue of Interweave Knits will be on sales soon and I am excited to be one of the contributor. Let me introduce my Hourglass Lace Socks… for those of you have seen my ‘Bonnie’ fingerless mittens in my previous post or at Ravelry might find this socks design familiar.
The truth is, I have designed both mittens and socks at the same time – around fall last year to be exact. Since the design is inspired by my sister ‘Bonnie’, I wanted to make a pair for her for the holiday and I wanted to showcase the design and the story behind the design in my blog. After finished the fingerless mittens, I have decided to modify the design to work into a pair of lace socks.. and this socks design resulting in the summer publication of Interweave… it’s a honor to be part of the issue.
So here come the details:
Finished Size: 7½” circumference and 8½” long from back of heel to tip of toe; to fit women’s U.S. shoe sizes 8–9. Foot length is adjustable.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Quatro (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 437 yd [400 m]/100 g): #5668 purple, 1 skein.
Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm): 29″ circular (cir) or longer for magic-loop method. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge (see Notes).
Notions: Marker (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
Gauge: 32 sts and 42 rnds = 4″ in patt st.
As always, if you have any question with any of my patterns, feel free to contact me… I try to response as quick as possible.
A Close Call… April 23, 2011
Like I said in my previous post that I have not knitted anything for the past couple of months… so last week, I have decided that I should start looking at submitting design again and back to my knitting self… what I am not sure at this moment is to whether I should concentrate on publish pattern on the online magazine or on actual Magazine or just published my design as idie pattern for my own site….
Anyhow, last week, I decided to start with something small… so I naturally decided on a pair of fingerless mittens.. as for yarn.. looking through my stash… I have a few skeins of tern by Quince and Co. already winded in varies color… so I chose one of the more subtle color and cast on… as for the design, I decided to choose a combination of eyelet cable and texture stitch.. the eyelet cable stitch will be featured in the arm and wrist area, eyelet rib as the divider, and the hand potion will feature a simple texture stitch…. After I finished the first fingerless mitten, I am loving the outcome of the design so much that I went ahead and work on the second mitten.. It might sound strange that I said ‘I went ahead and work on the second mitten’.. often time when I work on a submission, I will only work on a sample, so it is not unusual for me not to actually finish a pair of mittens or socks… in fact I have quite a few single mitten or sock laying around… Anyhow, as I was working on my second mitten, I suddenly realized that I might run out of yarn. For a designer, you should always calculate the amount of yarn needed for a project before starting to knit… so what happened to me then? That idea of running out of yarn did not even come across my mind… what a shame…
As I go further along with my second mitten, I saw the ball of yarn kept getting smaller and smaller.. it alarmed me. I just prayed that I would have enough yarn to finish it. I have a few idea in my head of course just in case if I ran out of yarn.. such as potentially work in a alternate color to create a stripe pattern for the upper potion etc… fortunately, I made it through… I finished my second mitten with less than a yard of yarn to spare… that’s a close call…..
Now my new fingerless mittens design has finished.. I just need to think a nice name for it.
I am not sure at this point in what I am going to do with this design.. so for now, I will not be posting any picture at this moment. All I can say is that I am extremely delighted with the result and loving the color and the yarn. Now I just need to create a matching cowl to go along with the mittens… it will be a nice set for the upcoming fall and winter season…
Behind the Scene action… March 31, 2011
As I was checking out Creative Knitting website late last night, I found an interesting article talking about the preparation for the upcoming July Issue… When the editor talked about how important the photo shoot session is.. I suddently realized that it was a photo shoot for my Lace Trim cardigan design that the photographer was shooting… it made me smile… here is what the article said about the photo shoot…
“When it comes to working on the magazine, the photo shoot is the most dynamic part of the process because it’s during this time that the magazine comes to life. I’m constantly inspired when I observe our photographers setting up the shot so carefully, making sure that the composition and lighting are just right. Our freelance photographer Matt Bowen started working with Creative Knitting magazine a few months ago, and his eye for design and composition is impeccable. In the shot below, you may wonder why Matt is on the floor. In his quirky way, he may tell you he’s multitasking by trying to fit in a little nap between shots, but in reality, he’s a true artist at work. In the shot below, Matt found a way to create the illusion that the glass behind the model appears like sheets of blue water, all without a sign of an outside streetlight or a car in sight!”
so here is the picture that is featured in the article… and now I am anxiously waiting for the magazine to go live in May, 2011 and see the final version of the design.
Summer Knits March 30, 2011
I know that I have been disappeared for awhile.. so what’s going on with me??? The truth is that I am extremely busy at work; hence, I am unwillingly put my knitting needles down for the last 2 months.. Looks like my work schedule is gonna be crazy through the summer.. but I told myself to start designing and knitting again soon.
It’s spring.. so it’s time to work on some warm weather knit. I would like to introduce my Color Block Tank Dress for Creative Knitting special kids Issue… I am excited to see that my design has made it to the cover of the issue.. what a surprised since I normally get a notice before the issue went live if my design has made it to the cover. With this design, it is my 3rd cover.. so I am very excited.
I am going to start working on a series of indie pattern that will features in my blog.. so stay tune!
It’s spring break everywhere.. for those of you are traveling… be safe and have a wonderful spring break! As for me, I am taking sometime off from work to spend time with my family and may be finally catch up with my knitting!