Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What in the world? Part 2

I have a few more little things to add to the ones I posted last week. These ones are knitted!! Yay! You can all breathe easy now. I haven't fully defected to the crochet camp...yet. :) These pieces were also made with Cascade Ultra Pima. I seriously love this yarn. If you are allergic to wool and want me to knit you something with cotton, I can almost assure you that your item will be made with Cascade Ultra Pima. See the lovelies below and enjoy the rest of your week!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What in the world??...or I'm crocheting now

Whew! I almost missed today's post! It seems I'm so busy and yet I don't have much to show for it, knitting-wise. It's because I have those top-secret projects, and I can't talk about them until a certain time. So, even though I'm knitting my fingers off, you all can't see any proof of that. Just be patient with me. The proof will be in the pudding, come Christmas time. :)

I know I promised some Malabrigo fun for this week's post, but I haven't been able to photograph them yet. I will do that for the next post, hopefully (unless something more exciting comes along. But I don't know what could top Malabrigo!)

For today's post, I'm going to share something different I've been working on for months now. It's crochet. I'm sure you are thinking "What in the world? But this is a knitting blog". I know, I know. The two crafts though can be complimentary, and a friend needed these for a project she's working on, so I thought I'd give it a try. I went on YouTube to learn how to crochet properly, learned how to read crochet patterns and diagrams, and read the patterns to make these samples. It was hard!! But I think the end product is beautiful. Plus, I got to work with Cascade Ultra Pima, which is absolutely fantastic! The sheen of that yarn is indescribable. Anyway, enjoy this new installment, and I'll see you all next week.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wham Bam Thank you Ma'am

This a quickie blog post, because I do not want to leave any of you lovely people hanging for more than a week. So here is the weekly update from NiseyKnits Studios!! Yay!

I've been super busy finishing up on some secret projects, and also starting some other fun projects. First up is one of the giveaway shawls, the Snow Drops and Snap Peas for Anjali. She wanted the shawl in the exact color as the one from the pattern, so I got the yarn from Quince & Co, and got to work. Below is a picture of my work in progress (WIP). I'm on the second repeat of the pattern. The pattern is very intuitive and easy to follow, so I'm always excited when I pick up this project. I can't wait to be done with it and take some beautiful photos of it.

Snow Drops and Snap Peas by Kirsten Kapur
Next up is ANOTHER grey wisp shawl, in KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud, for one of my colleagues at work. She loved the one I made for Marienell so much that she asked me to knit one for her. As the Wisp pattern is one of my favorites, I definitely said yes. It's my "travelling" project i.e. I take it everywhere with me so I can sneak in a few rows while waiting for one thing or another.

I just received more yarn packages containing yarn for the other giveaway shawls. Below is the KnitPicks Palette shipment. This first one here has three colorways that I'll use to make the Moody Kerchief for Veronica. I'll mix the yarns so they give me the same color effects as seen in the Sunset Multidirectional Scarf.

Sunset Multidirectional Scarf
Moody Kerchief by Kirsten Kapur
These lovely green Palette yarns, also from KnitPicks, are for Megan's Roma Shawl. I am quite excited to start this project as I think the combination of these two shades of green in that particular pattern will be just stunning.

Roma Shawl by Kirsten Kapur
Now the next two pictures are yarns for a project that I haven't solidified yet. I'm thinking of a super easy scarf or shawl that shows some color migration as it goes along. Once I figure it out, I'll let you all know. The last three are for some cowls I'm hoping to make and put up in my Etsy shop, just in time for winter! In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of these yarns. They are just too beautiful.

Have a wonderful rest of the week, and see you next week for some Malabrigo love!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wool People Vol. 1 - A collaborative design project

Since early July I have been working on some secret projects that I can't blog about, and will be doing so until mid-September. As such I thought I would share with you something new and beautiful from one of my absolute favorite designers, Jared Flood of He just put together a collection of designs based on his yarn line, Shelter.

First off, Jared is an amazing photographer and his knitted items and patterns are always drool-worthy because of the photos. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent reading his blog posts and looking at his pictures and wondering how I could come up with patterns like him. In this pattern collection, Wool People Vol. 1, Jared has curated patterns from various knitwear designers and put them together in a book that will make you want to knit even if you aren't a knitter. The Look Book for the whole collection can be found here, but I wanted to highlight a few items that I would love to knit if I ever get some free time. :)

Allegheny by Thea Colman
This pattern is the one that grabbed me by the horns the moment I saw it in the lookbook. Now I've only successfully knitted 1 sweater and 2 blouses, and so I'm not sure if I'll ever get to this dress, but if there was a dress I was sure to knit, it would be this one. The simplicity of the design, coupled with that cable panel running along the side of the body, gives this dress some undefinable wow. ( I know, I'm almost waxing poetic over a knitted item. But JUST LOOK AT THE DRESS)! The ribbing at the waist that gives it a fitted silhouette, and the little belt with button detail at the waist all come together to make this the perfect sweater dress in my humble opinion.

Now, what color should I knit this in? Or what color would YOU want to wear this dress in? Let me know. :)

Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston
Levenwick snuck up on me when I wasn't looking. The lovely, lovely golden curry color, and the femininity of the feather and fan edging, just pulled me into the cardigan's loveliness. If I had to knit this I would do so in the same exact color as the designer did. The shape, the fit, the profile it creates for the wearer, all make this cardi a fall wardrobe favorite. If I could knit it in time, that is. :)

What color would you want this cardigan in? And how would you wear it? Paired with jeans? Dressed up with a skirt for work? Please share! :)

Holl by Kirsten Johnstone
I have never owned a sweater with the dolman shape, but for some reason I want this one. I really want this one. The simple garter stitch striping effect going on is just driving me crazy. It's so simple it's stunning. I love it. I don't know how I would wear it, or whether the shape would look good on me, but I want it. I think it's beautiful. And that charcoal grey color just calls out to me.

You could definitely wear this sweater in a casual look paired with jeans, or with a nice pencil skirt and some sexy boots for work. Or a party. :) Please tell me how you would wear this. I'm trying to improve my fashion style. :)

I hope you've enjoyed all this knitting eye candy. Next week I'll have a bit more to report on the progress of the giveaway shawls. Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fall Breeze Shawl Custom Order

My friend Elfriede ordered a Fall Breeze Shawl from me. She came to visit last weekend and I got her to model her own shawl. :) This version of the shawl was knit with Berroco Vintage in the Buttercream Colorway. Yum yum! I got this yarn during my last order from WEBS. You can see this post for more on the delicious yarn I got from WEBS.

I originally designed this shawl using worsted weight yarn, but after knitting two of them, I'm thinking a sport/dk weight yarn or even fingering weight yarn might do better justice to this one. The lacy edging is just three repeats of a lace chart but most of the shawl is just straight stockinette stitch. Anyone out there interested in some mindless stockinette knitting? Just get the yarn of your choice and start knitting. The pattern is free! :)