Friday, February 15, 2008

Weardowney Knit Couture

I have heard mixed reviews about this book. Some think it it's good and some think it's not quite what they were looking for. It's not your ordinary pattern book. It contains essays and biographies of innovative fashion designers and how they shaped knitwear and a general history of the craft.

Personally, I like this book. But compared to their RTW collections, the patterns in the book don't have the same spark, however, I really like a couple of designs which I will be making as soon as I can.

Number One : The Skating Skirt

Skating Skirt

Katia Perla

I already have the yarn! Some Katia Perla Has been sitting in my stash for a while just waiting for something right. It is perfect for it.

Number Two: Chevron Waffle Cardigan

Chevron Waffle Cardigan

I will splurge and buy some cashmere for this one in an amber/mustard colour.

I have also swatched for a scarf. I am 'drawing inspiration' from the Frill scarf by Madeleine Press . I will be knitting it in a natural brown colour. This swatch is using Cleckheaton Country 8ply/DK but it seems that it is quite a lot thicker than other 8 plys so will be using a worsted/10ply yarn instead. I hope it works!

Swatch for Madeleline press scarf.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Tilted Duster

Tilted Duster - Completed

Tilted Duster by Norah Gaughan from Interweave Fall 07
3 balls Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 12ply in Delta

Tilted Duster - Completed

This was a gift for my Mum for Christmas last year. Overall, It turned out to be a very nice fitting cardigan. Things went relatively smoothly until I nearly ran out of yarn. I realised that I would need to lengthen everything and forgot to buy enough to compensate. I was able to make the sleeves 5 cm longer but was forced I made the length according to the pattern becasue I had barely had enough to sew everything together. I just managed to get away with three balls of yarn. A wee bit shorter than I imagined, but it looks pretty good. Mum is pretty chuffed with it so I am happy too.

Tilted Duster - Completed