Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wave, by Kim Hargreaves

I first mentioned "Wave" back in this blog post...."Coffee Table Update". I was intrigued with using two different size needles to make a light, yet substantial, Kidsilk Haze fabric. 

You have to take care not to miss a strand when knitting two strands of any yarn together, and doubly attentive when it is Kidsilk Haze! A couple of times I didn't notice until I was quite a few rows above one of these mistakes! I had to drop down to the offending stitch and then carefully knit the stitch back up...alternating needle sizes...worth the effort, but honestly, it's easier if you catch a dropped thread when it is only a row or two back!

To do this, I learned to stop every right side row, hold my knitting up to the light, and have a scan of the last couple of rows. If you have missed a strand, trust me, you'll see it and it will be easy to fix. If you knit too far past a dropped stitch, it is doable, just a whole lot more fiddly.

I had to really think of how I wanted to present this sweater here on the blog. In Kim's book "Echoes", the lovely model shows a lot of skin. Ok for when you are in your twenties, but this almost official senior citizen never showed that much skin back in the day either, so wasn't about to start now!

The style you see everywhere these days is a long top over leggings...and I found these leggings at the Joe Fresh boutique in my local Loblaws store. I added this cute sun dress that I picked up at The Gap, and then covered up with Wave! Add a statement necklace and bracelet, and you're good to go!

The dress might need shortened to be more of a long top....we'll see. I have a crazy notion to tie dye it! ????

Although white isn't my colour; in the summer you can wear white and pop on some colour - like here with my cardigan and turquoise jewellery, and you'll be ready for a shopping trip, coffee with a friend, or just a smart casual day around the house!

(This was taken shortly after I sprained not one, but both feet! Not ankles - feet! Goes to show that you MUST NEVER rush when it is raining, it's dark, you're fighting attack lilies that are covering a path at a friend's house! You must always watch what you are the dark and the rain :) . I missed the one very shallow step in the path! Luckily, I seemed to crumple and went down, not forward. OMG! Things could have been worse, I could have broken something, a wrist even! My left foot seemed the worse and is visibly swollen's been 3 weeks and things are MUCH better...but I hope I have learned my lesson!)

Happy Knitting everyone!

(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Martin Storey - Easy Aran Knits!

Yes, MORE ARAN designs coming your way, this time from Martin Storey in his 

"Easy Aran Knits"

This design collection uses two Aran weight yarns....

Rowan's Fine Art Aran - now with 6 tonal shades added to the 8 hand painted original shades;

and the new Super Fine Merino Aran - in a range of 12 sophisticated solids!

The designs in this collection are classed as "easy", but that doesn't mean they are plain or heaven forbid, boring!

"Clayton" teams the casual sweatshirt style
 (neckline detail, raglan sleeves...
and a hand warmer pocket),
 with the new "Super Fine Merino Aran" (Dusk 013)
to reach a whole new level of casual sophistication!
"Woolley" is another "easy" raglan design, 
with a knit/purl textured allover check pattern.
It is shown here in Fine Art Aran (Squirrel 002)
"Saltaire" is a long "Coatigan" with side slit 
deep bottom rib and handy front body pockets! 
It's shown here in Super Fine Merino Aran (Sage 011)
I think Martin does fabulous designs for men...
"Clifton" is a fine example!

Take the luxurious Fine Art Aran (Vole 006) 
and knit it up into a hooded pullover style
that is great worn on it's own, and perfect layered under a jacket!
Here Martin takes a double breasted cardigan and
with the oversized collar and slip stitch rib detail,
becomes a stylish statement piece.
Shown here in Fine Art Aran (Dormouse 005) 
"Eske" shows just how challenging it can be to model for Rowan!
This cropped cardigan has wide square set in sleeves
and a single button closure!
Shown here in Super Fine Merino Aran (Bilberry 012) 

I could go on and on about this collection. These are just my personal favourites!

Have a good look at all of the designs, because as I said, simple doesn't have to mean plain or boring....sometimes simple is simply perfect!

Do you like to watch the designs as shown in a video format? Well....

or, check them out on the KnitRowan web site here....Easy Aran Knits!

Don't you sometimes look at these photos and wonder if the models are cold...or just how do they get into those positions (like the middle of a creek?); well, you'll love this "behind the scenes" video of the photo shoot for "Easy Aran Knits! You'll see Lisa Richardson wearing her "Art Direction and Stylist" hat!

So don't forget, ALL of these designs can be knit in either the NEW Super Fine Merino Aran, the luxurious Fine Art Aran, OR, wait for it.....Hemp Tweed! 

Yes, Rowan has included a yarn conversion chart in the Easy Aran Knits collection detailing just how many balls of these yarns you'd need to knit any of these designs!

How COOL is that!

I think these conversion charts are wonderful! Imagine being able to pick your design, your favourite yarn, or maybe you'll pick by shade from the range of shades available in these 3 yarns! 

You are truly in charge of your knitting!

Happy Knitting everyone!

(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet)