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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Guess who's visiting at Chez Chinchio?

I'll give you a hint:

Yup, it's Ysolda! We've been having fun talking about knitting and designing. The girl is so hard working!

Friday, April 17, 2009

New summer/spring design

Previews for the spring/summer 09 Knit.1 issue are out and my tie back top appears on the Knit.1 website:

The yarn is Zitron Samoa, a DK/light worsted mercerized cotton in a yummy tangerine shade (and new to me yarn). The top is a dolman-type, cap sleeve shell in spider stitch (a nice, but easy combination lace). The bottom is stockinette and is topped by a ribbed waist that extends to ties that can be secured at the back.

I know I still owe you guys a post on decreasing in cocoon stitch in my Silk Cocoon cardigan in the latest issue of Interweave. I've been away for a cousin's wedding in CA and haven't had time to knit up swatches and write a tutorial. Thanks for your patience!

There have been some lovely finished versions of the Silk Cocoon on Ravelry already. It's so much fun to see what other people do with my designs. Thanks to those of you who post pics and projects on Ravelry. Ravelry is such a community driven site. I confess I haven't done my part in that. I have so much stash yarn and projects to upload. I've managed to keep up my design portfolio, but I feel it's a civic responsibility to engage in the other parts of Ravelry as well - adding to the yarn pages, the project pages, and participating in forums. I can't count the number of times I've looked up a yarn on Ravelry to see how other people have used it to decide if a yarn is appropriate for certain garments. This is so helpful when I can't have the yarn physically in front of me.