Tuesday, December 04, 2007
In the meantime, I saw this cute backpack in my ideal bite email to day and wanted to share.
They have some other cute knitted goods on the site too. Even better, they are hand-knit by a group of women who belong to a knit collective in Kenya.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Why you ask? Well, I've finally set a date for my wedding. It's been set for a little while now, but it's coming up fast - January 12th. And in typical last minute Melissa fashion, I have barely worked on my dress. This should be first on my list of priorities, but it's not because I have 2 deadline knitting projects that are due on December 17th and January 5th!
Oh and did I forget to also mention that I promised to knit my Aunt a shrug to wear with her dress to my wedding? It's knit on size 3s and the yarn was just ordered yesterday. Maybe I'll be able to throw it on my knitting machine..........
Am I insane? I'm usually able to handle what I throw my own way, but this time I'm really testing myself.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I wanted to take down all the details, but before I could, it went off to this appointment and that. Then it ended up in HK for customer development. I made it known that as soon as it comes back I NEED it!!! (For my line - of course) It came back a few weeks ago and all stitches, measurements and details have been recorded.
Then one Tuesday at LIC knit, I was flipping through the new Anthropologie catalog that Carolyn had brought to knit group and there it was again!
So I'm obsessed and must make it. I know exactly what yarn I'm going to use and everything. I'll even relearn how to crochet for the button placket detail. Anything, anything to have this sweater in my wardrobe this year.
My Rhinebeck purchase with this sweater in mind.
I love Anthropology. I really, really do. But I'm so torn about copying a sweater from there. I feel so.....cheap. If it was less known and harder to get a hold of the original, I feel I have an excuse, but Anthro is just a few subway stops away. I guess my excuse could be saving $100 off the cost of the sweater? But is that still justified - even if I would NEVER spend the $198 on it no matter how much I like it? The jury is still out.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Jumped the gun a bit on writing up this post on Tuesday! Unfortunately 3 days of turning my apartment upside down did not yield the precious passport. Everything else important was in it's place, but the passport had walked off apparently. Another designer went in my place this time, but luckily this will not be my last shot at the trip. Waaa!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Pattern: Grannie Smith Cardigan by moi
Yarn: Lanas Puras Melosa Fingering 3 skeins of Eggplant
Needles: Size 4
Started: June 2007
Finished: October 2007
Pattern Notes: This sweater is just a slight variation to the original Grannie in Kid silk. I changed up the yarn, made the sleeves a bit shorter, and added one more button. The wool gives the sweater a bit tighter fit than the kid silk, which I really like.
I have created a special version of Grannie Smith with all the details for working it up in the Lanas Puras yarn - which is up for sale at One Planet Yarn and Fiber. If you have purchased the pattern in the past from me and would like to have this version emailed to you, please drop me a line at: neoknits AT yahoo DOT com. Please include your paypal email address when writing.
And we have a busy day here at neoknits with another Secret Reveal long in the making! I made this sweater over a year ago for Hip Knits, but then it got pulled to be included in Kerrie's Yarn Forward Magazine. Sometimes patience brings better opportunities I suppose! :)
by Melissa Wehrle
Victoria is a 3/4 sleeve cardigan with a neckline that starts out as a crew and ends in a V. Mesh stitch lace panels running up each side seam add a touch of interest. Worked up in Aran weight cashmere, it's a quick satisfying knit for even the busiest knitter.
You can find this pattern in Issue #3 of Yarn Forward Magazine.
Monday, October 29, 2007
by Melissa Wehrle
A stylish go anywhere, do anything cardigan in a simple mesh stitch pattern.
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Chest at Underarm: 31.5 (34.5, 38.5, 42.5, 47.5, 51.5, 55.5)"/80 (87.5, 98, 108, 120.5, 131, 141)cm
Length: 21 (21.5, 22, 22.5, 23, 24, 25)"/53 (55, 56, 57, 58.5, 61, 63.5)cm
- Lanas Puras Clarissa (50% Merino Wool/50% Cotton, 1.75oz/100g, 250 yds/229m) 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins Granite
- 1 pair US size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size to obtain correct gauge
- 1 pair US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
- 1 US size 5 (3.75mm) circular needle any length
- 1 stitch holder
- Tapestry needle
- 6 x 1" buttons
16 stitches and 28 rows = 4"/10 cm in Mesh St with US size 7 (4.5mm) needles
22 sts and 30 rows = 4"/10 cm in K1, P1 rib with US size 5 (3.75mm) needles
Monday, October 22, 2007
I walked away pretty light this year. I purchased an alligator scarf kit from Morehouse and 5 skeins of natural colored wool from Maple Creek Farms.
The alligator was cast on immediately after walking in the door on Saturday night. It's been a really fun knit so far. So simple, yet so clever!
I did manage to finish my slip stitch jacket (well, it just needs hooks), but it was a bit too warm to wear so it stayed home. Grannie #2 filled in instead. And speaking of the slip stitch jacket, can you believe I had to make one more emergency trip to Knitty City on Thursday to finish it up! So the grand total was 4 extra skeins! How could this be considering I was right on gauge? I'm not quite sure. Maybe the company might be able to help me out on that one.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Teva Durham Slip Stitch Jacket is almost finished and when I saw the Black and White Mini Dress above from the new Rebecca, I had to have it. I received my package super quick from One Planet and I was off. The gauge swatch is drying as we speak.
I also got some Yarn Botanika Radiance in Bloom for another secret project, but til then "me" projects are the order of the day!
Grannie #2 is all finished and I wanted to post a final pic after the weekend, but I left my camera on the couch in NYC. Boo! I hope to get a shot this weekend. I'm really happy how it turned out in the Lanas Puras.
Now I just have to finish up the Slip Stitch Jacket, hopefully by Saturday for my trip to Rhinebeck. It can get a bit chilly up there, so this will be a nice warm choice. I would love to wear Grannie #2, but I get cold so easily!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The only thing that probably slowed my pace was this:
That was the yarn that I had left after making the back and 2 fronts. Considering I still had 2 sleeves and a collar to go, it was a little disturbing. How did that happen????
Luckily, I called up Knitty City today and they had the same dye lot in stock. Yay! So I ran up there after work to pick up 3 more balls. Hopefully that will be enough to complete the jacket.
Lots of finishing going on around here too. Grannie #2 is almost there! And the cashmere secret project just needs some buttons and a neck finish. Maybe, just maybe they'll all be complete by the end of the week.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Chest: 33.5 (36, 38.5, 43.5, 48.5, 54, 59)"/85 (91, 98, 110.5, 123, 137, 150)cm
Length: 29 (29.5, 30, 30.5, 31, 31.5, 32)"/74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81)cm
- Fable Handknit Pure Baby Alpaca (100% Baby Alpaca, 50g, 145yds/132m, 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11,12) skeins Chocolate
-1 pair US size 5 (3.75mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- 1 US size 5 (3.75mm) x 40" circular needle
- 1 stitch holder
- Tapestry needle
22 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10cm in Flame Stitch with US size 5 (3.75mm) needle
- decreasing/increasing in pattern
- casting on extra stitches
- picking up stitches
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
In a moment of weakness, I started my Slip Stitch Jacket even though the secret project was not finished. It kept my hands from getting too tired by switching between the two projects, so I guess that doesn't make it too bad! My goal is to finish before Rhinebeck, but we'll see how it goes.
I also need to finish up Grannie #2. The weather is almost right for this little number. Bought some pretty buttons today and just need to finish up the button placket and the neck trim. My goal is to finish by the end of the week.
Still need to take some professional pictures for my next pattern offering too. It's so hard to pin down some time on the weekend for this! I hope it cools down a little and doesn't rain this Saturday!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
In the spirit of Knitters Against Global Warming, here's an interesting thing I heard about today:
Tomorrow, September 21st, is Park(ing) Day, a day to call attention to the lack of green space in our cities. There are about 20 spaces to be set up in NYC, but there are others around the nation too if you don't happen to live in the Big Apple. If you happen to be nearby one of them, go take a stroll!
via No Impact Man
More info on Park(ing) Day here
And google map of all NYC park(ing) spots here
Monday, September 17, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I'm just impatient to see how it turned out! Waiting is so hard!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
One Planet has created a KAL especially for projects that originate from their site. Not only for patterns, but for yarns too. It's a place where I can help anyone working on my patterns, watch the progress and see the finished results. It's just beginning, but one knitter is already working on my Sunshine Tank and I'm so excited!
Being a designer has it's downfalls too, like deadline knitting that keeps the personal projects away. One Planet just released 2 more patterns recently and I am dying to make Analise. I have my Camouflage Lanas all ready, but sadly no time to start. Off to the Ravelry queue you go Analise!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Yarn Botanika Radiance in "Beach" for my own "Sunshine Tank"
Be Sweet Bamboo
Artesano Inca Mist book and yarn
There are so many cute patterns in the Artesano book I want to knit now, but they will have to wait! I'm loving the 2 yarns Lis sent along too. One is 100% Alpaca and the other is 100% Baby Alpaca. Both are DK weight so switching yarn for each pattern is a snap.
Secret knitting is coming along well. Just finished up my second and final project for Pure Knits and cast on for my next cashmere design. I'm just knitting along and dying to get started on my Slip Stitch Jacket!
What could be better to brighten up a dreary Monday than yarn? Not much.
Last week, I fell in love with Teva Durham's new pattern book from Tahki Stacy Charles. It just so happened that I had a gift certifcate from kpixie left over from Christmas too. Christmas? Yes, Christmas. Keep in mind, I haven't been doing much "me" knitting lately!
So my package arrived today (with an autographed copy of the pattern book, none the less). I ordered a kit for the Slip Stitch Jacket, it's rated "experienced". That makes me so happy, you have no idea! Now if I could just get these secret projects out of the way, I could start! If deadlines make for some purposeful knitting, adding a project that is actually for me is like dangling a tasty carrot at the finish line.
I am also dying to make the Rib Leaf Cardigan, but one at a time, one at a time.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Last night I met up with the Spiders for a night of knitting and baseball at Shea Stadium. It was so hot, but the night was still enjoyable - and the Mets won! I heard that there were about 800 knitters there. That's pretty impressive.
A long line of spiders, you can't even see them all!
Even though there were 800 knitters there and 2 of my fellow LIC knit girls bought their tickets weeks after me, we had luck on our side last night. Dana and Colette just happened to be sitting in the row directly behind us. What are the chances of that?
Colette and Dana
Have to admit I'm not much of a baseball fan, in fact, this was the first game I have ever been to. I'm just more of a hockey kinda girl. With that said, it was much more interesting than watching it on TV and if I did have a free night, I would probably consider going again. Maybe even before a Stitch n' Pitch 08? We'll see!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I was so pleased to see a return to the old days with beautiful sweaters! I wish I didn't have so many deadlines, I would cast on right away! Just when I thought I had kicked my Rowan addiction........off to Ravelry to put them all in my queue! Maybe it's time to renew the subscription too........hmmm.
Updated to add link for a peek!
Secret knitting is going well. At the moment I'm working on a project for Yahaira (Pure Knits 2nd book). I had 2 projects picked up (yay!) and the first one is off the needles and in the publishers hand already. I think the release date isn't until 2009 though, so it will be awhile before you can take a peek. Sorry!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
by Melissa Wehrle
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Chest: 24.5 (27.5, 30, 36, 38.5, 44, 46.5)"/62 (70, 76, 91.5, 98, 112, 118)cm
Length: 18 (18.75, 18.75, 20, 20.25, 21, 22)"/46 (47.5, 47.5, 51, 51.5, 53, 56)cm
- Yarn Botanika Radiance, Fingering Weight (50% Merino/50% Tencel, 100g/3.5oz, 400 yds/366m) 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins Snapdragon
- 1 pair US size 4 (3.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- 1 pair US size 3 (3.25mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- 2 US size 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles
- Tapestry needle
- Clear elastic thread (optional)
28 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10cm in St st on larger needles
32 sts and 36 rows = 4"/10cm in Wave st on smaller needles
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Far from being sworn off knitting since finishing my long languishing fair isle pullover, I've been swamped in secret knitting for the past few weeks - and will be for the next 2 - 3 months. I would list it all out, but making a list will only further my anxiety. It's best to just think about one project at a time!
I got my refill skein of Lanas Puras for grannie #2 a few weeks ago, but had to set it aside for my latest secret knitting. I just need to pick up some buttons and finish the band. I made an exciting discovery this week just in time. A cheap button place in NYC! The store is called Pacific Trimming and it's on 218 W 38th street. I bought 6 buttons and it only cost me $3. I love M&J to death and all, but I would have paid at least $3 per button instead of 50 cents. Oh and Pacific has so much more than just buttons! They have ribbon, elastic, purse handles, buckles, too much to even list. My mind was just spinning with all of the possibilities.
And finally, I should be revealing one of my latest projects sometime next week, so stay tuned!
Friday, July 06, 2007
If you don't, well it's been hanging around for about 2 years or so. It's been bugging the heck out me and challenging me, mocking me almost - at least when it wasn't buried under books, yarn, patterns, etc.
So I finally decided to do something about it.
Meet FairIsle Pullover (#30)
Fair Isle Pullover (#30) from Vogue Knitting Holiday 2004/05
Needles: US 6 & 7
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca (colors as pictured in magazine)
Finished: July 4, 2007
This was my first ever fair isle project, although my second fair isle project was finished way before this one ever was. It was quite enjoyable, although I could have done a little better job with my tension. My biggest problem was figuring out how to anchor the yarn at the end of the row when the design no longer went close enough to the edge.
One reason this project languished so long was the fact I had done my decreases differently on each sleeve cap, so one of them needed to be undone. I ripped it and reknit it only to realize I had made myself a note that I only had 62 sts at the muscle instead of the called for 68. So it sat for another year. The ends were also a factor. Ugh! The weaving in of all those ends! Luckily I seemed to have done it in stages over the last 2 years. When I picked it up for finishing last Wednesday, I only had the ends from one sleeve left to weave in.
Overall, I'm very happy with the final result. It fits well (modeled pic to come soon) and it will be all ready to face the chilly weather in the fall!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
It's not the best picture in the world, but you get the idea. Here's a details shot:
And now we can compare the sketch to the final product. How did I do?
I decided to leave the pockets off after all. Part of it was laziness, part of it was not wanting to add any bulkiness to the sweater. I also didn't want to mess up the pretty lines of the lace pattern.
I'm in the process of writing the pattern now, so once it's finished I will be putting it up for sale here on the site. (For anyone who was wondering!)
Monday, July 02, 2007
I hoped to have a finished pic of the design inspiration project today, but the photographer was in a cranky mood this weekend. And just to tease, I have to say it looks super cute and I think it may be my favorite design so far. Maybe I'll snap a quick pic tonight......
Grannie Smith #2 is in the finishing stage and the much needed emergency yarn to finish the buttonbands is on the way! Yay!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
And now we enter into one of our last installments on the making of the garment. My next topics will briefly touch on the pattern writing process. I say briefly because a lot of it is the same as making up the first sample, just repeating it how ever many times for the total amount of sizes. Since this project has been put on hold for a few months, I'm so thankful that I wrote down everything I did here! It will make it much quicker to piece all of my info together. Anywho, let's get to it!
When I put up my survey for neoknits a few months back, it was interesting to see that a lot of your "perfect patterns" would have more detailed finishing instructions. Finishing a sweater seems to be the other boogyman of the knitting world, right behind math. Yet, it's the most important part of any project. You can knit the most beautiful thing in the world, ripping back for every mistake, but if you don't take the time and care to seam it up properly, disaster can strike even the most unsuspecting garment! With the right tools, reference books, and a little bit of patience you'll be on your way to finishing your sweaters without tears in no time.
When getting ready to seam up a project, after everything is blocked properly of course, I line up the two seams and secure them every 2" or so with removable stitch holders. You could probably even use knitters safety pins. This makes it easier to handle the pieces and insures you won't have 2" extra on one of the seams.
From there I carefully mattress stitch the two seams together between the edge stitch and the next stitch. This is where edge stitches come in handy on garments with a special stitch design. Lace can be very hard to seam if you don't leave 1 or more plain stitches at each edge. You'll be cursing much less if you follow that simple rule when knitting up each section.
Finishing encompasses so much more than just seaming though. It really includes cast on edges, bound off edge, button bands, pockets - anything that is added onto the garment after the main pieces are finished. Most of areas I covered in other previous installments. There is much more I can cover, but that would take hours! If you want to know more, you can pick up a good finishing book to help in your time of need.
I know there are several finishing books out now, but my personal favorite is The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman. It has very clear pictures and it also gives Pros and Cons for using each technique. If you struggle with finishing your sweaters and don't like the results you are getting I would highly suggest buying a finishing book for your library. It just might be a sweater saver!
Now the sweater just needs some buttons and it will be all ready to go! Sorry to make you wait for finished pics, but we need to develop that patience for finishing your projects somehow! Every little bit helps ;)
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I swear the sleeves are the same length, really! It's been very enjoyable knowing that there is no deadline to be seen for this project. Trust me, there is enough on the horizon right now - all due about the same time that will keep me in check for the next couple of months. Again I will stress what a welcome break this is!
There's just one problem:
This is the only yarn that is left. For some reason, my knitting does this to me all the time. I always just keep knitting along, hoping for the best. I only have the neckband and buttonbands to go, but it's going to be really really close. Stay tuned and wish me luck!
Monday, June 18, 2007
I'm remaking Grannie Smith in Lanas Puras Melosa and it's flying off the needles. I love KSH, I really, really do! Sometimes a girl just needs a yarn that goes on the needles, comes off the needles and behaves when you want it to. This fingering weight yarn is a bit thicker than the KSH, but it gives the sweater a completely new look - and did I mention it knits up at the same gauge?
Also, our company is doing a little construction to our showroom for the month of June and July. Take a look at my new view from the 24th floor!
It's a far cry from my dark dingy cubicle on the 7th floor! There are 8 of us crammed in this conference room (including our boss!), but honestly I don't want to have to move back! I have a river view for goodness sake!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
This said, I enjoyed the exhibit immensely. In fact, my fiance enjoyed it too (it's so nice to have someone to share all this knit stuff with!) The knit pieces were very nice, but I have to say that the works using other mediums to create lace like structures were what really caught my attention. I really wanted to take home the fabric with the hand cut lace pattern - and the car parts with a lace pattern cut out with a lace pattern in the dirt around it! Loved it! I wish I had pictures, but I wasn't sure if cameras were allowed and I forgot to bring it anyway :(
If you live in the NYC area and haven't seen it yet - go! You won't be disappointed!
Corrections for Lucky Clover Wrap from Stitch n Bitch Nation
Pattern reads: Inc 1 st at waist edge of next row, then every following 7th row 6 times more – 94(107, 120, 133, 146) sts
Pattern should say: Inc 1 st at waist edge of next row, then every following 7th row 6 times more – 64(73, 86, 98, 112) sts
Pattern should say:
With smaller needles, CO 86(88, 89, 93, 97) sts.
Work 6 rows 1x1 rib.
Change to larger needles and working in clover lace patt, dec 1 st at each edge of every 25th(25th, 32nd, 32nd, 32nd) row 2( 2, 4, 4, 4) times, then every 26th( 26th, 0, 0, 0) row 3( 3, 0, 0, 0) times – 76( 78, 81, 85, 89) sts.
Work even in pattern until piece measures 17 ½” from beg.
Shape raglan cap:
BO 7 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each edge of every 4th row 9(10, 14, 9, 9) times, then every 6th( 6th, 0, 6th, 6th) row 2( 2, 0, 4, 6) times. BO remaining sts.
New final measurements for sleeve cuff opening: 13 ¼(13 ½, 13 ¾, 14, 15)
New final measurements for muscle: 11 ½(12, 12 ½, 13, 13 ¾)
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Deadlines and secret projects are a bore....for this blog at least! Just thought I'd check in with a little sneak peek of my next secret project for One Planet. It uses Yarn Botanika Radiance, which is a pleasure to work with and has such a nice shine! Stay tuned for the finished product, it's blocking as I write.