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7 days – 7 tings IIX

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Tales of Suspense

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Welcome to my new Mystery Knit-a-Long.

The inspiration for this shawl is the comic book character Captain America. Tales of Suspense was a comic boom titel by Marvel Comics and its forerunner and featured sci-fi stories. After introducing Iron Man and heavily featuring Capatain America, the titel changed to Captain America with it’s number 100.
I even made a little Captain America shield for our photo shooting and the spoiler pic.

Tales of Suspense MKAL

The MKAL will begin with the first clue on April the 2nd, and the last clue will be published on the 23th of April. There will 4 clues in total and the last clue will be published just in time for the start of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
The shawl will include textured stitches, lace, garter and slip stitches. There is one not too commen stitch in the third clue, but fear not, I already have a tutorial for it.

Maybe you have your shawl finished just in time to see the movie in the cinema.

I hope you all will have fun knitting and chatting! I can’t wait to see the first pictures and yarn combinations.

7 Things – 7 Days, the third

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I’m kind of amazed I manage to blog regularly, usually I’m already distracted by the next shiney thing after around a week.

But this collecting things over a week really helps. I write things after/while crafting and then have one shiney new post once a week.

7 Days - 7 Things, part 3

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7 days – 7 things

This is an idea I nicked from a friends blog, look here for the german blog. It is about making all those creativ things you do in a week stand up proud for all to see, may it big or small.

So hopefully there now will be a regual installment about my crafts over the last 7 days.

I always was very creativ and crafted all the time. Even in Kindergarten I much more prefered to paint and draw then to play outdoors or listen to books being read.
Later I took up cooking, baking, crafting stars from straw and paper (yes my mom has lot’s of decorations for christmas), and now I’m deep into knitting, crochet and spinning.

So here the first overview over the last 7 days.





I finshed the little doll of the 11th Doctor. I started this last august for a friend. But a mix of no-motivation-what-so-ever, some bad news about my other dolls, and just uhhh-shiny-distraction made him a UFO for a long time.






The next FO! Socks this time. These “only” took about 2 month. Yes not my favourite project either to work. Not even sure why, there were neither complicated to knit nor too boring, and even for me. But they fit and look pretty much like I wanted them to look, always a good thing with designing.





I sketched, charted the main part and swatched a new design for a shawl. To early to post a picture of the design, but looks like there will be a Doctor Strange shawl in my comic book collection.
The picture is of all the comic book characters I have pattern ideas so far, from the already published once to just sketches.
The socks from above are the first point in “generic”.






This year I started my gardening slightly earlier then last year. Hopeful the seeds will grow.
I use egg shells as planters; easy to use, free and they come with their own holding facility.







Thanks to a rather funny thread on Ravelry about brioche, I made lots of that this week. Well the bread kind, I can’t stand the knit stitch! The latest version has Nutella-filling.





After finishing some longterm WIPs I started clue 2 of Follow Your Arrow 2. My coinflip choose version A. I use a lace weight in a just gorgeous green and guess the shawl will end up more like a shawlette.







And last but not least, I finished this blouse. Sewing on buttons is not my favourite part of any craft, I just can’t be trusted to be around sharp needles I’m way to accident prone.



So until next week with some more and some already seen crafty things.

Meet BristolIvy

As part of the indie designer Gift-a-Long on Raverly, I interviewed BristolIvy.
The GAL is a group of indie designers on Raverly, it’s a way to kick start the holiday knitting, be it a gift for someone els or for you. As a bonus we discount our patterns until the 21.11.2014.

Bold are my questions and comments, and Texknitters answers are in regular font.

What is your design process and what influences your design?

Designs often start for me by seeing a ready-to-wear piece, and then figuring out how I would knit it through my own style.  I’m a big fan of non-traditional constructions, so often inspirations that might be straightforward in their original form end up following a completely unexpected direction! I also love designing based on technique: building a piece around a new concept or a specific way of shaping.  A lot of my work has grown organically from “what if?” moments.  I tend to sketch these, chart the shapes on graph paper, or plain old stare out a window and think them through before starting; I rarely swatch more than once for a shape or idea because I’ve spent a lot of time figuring it out mentally beforehand.  From there, I write out the pattern, and get knitting! A lot of the time I’ll make edits as I go, changing the pattern as the fabric and shape develops.

What do you love most about designing?

I love that knitting is a visual representation of conceptual logic and geometry.  Designing for me is an endless manipulation of those things: if I do this, then that; if I use this angle based on these increases, those angles result.  Then I love taking those concepts and making them wearable!

What is your favorite item you designed so far, and why?

Oooh, that’s a hard one.  I can only narrow it down to four: Hrim, Devlan, Winnowing, and Thorn.  The shawls are all explorations of technique and an idea, and I love that it worked out better than I could’ve planned.  Devlan has some interesting construction techniques to it, but it’s also probably the item in my design catalog that’s closest to my own personal style.

And Devlan is really cool!

Does anything intimidate you in knitting or crochet?

Complicated stuff! I tend not to have the attention span at this point for intricate stitch patterns, so I’m always so impressed by people who do them effortlessly.  Most of what I do has very basic stitch patterns to better show off the construction, but some days I wish I could let rip with something really crazy!

When you want to learn something new (or need to refresh it) in knitting/crochet, where do you look it up and why?

That’s a great question! It depends–if it’s a stitch pattern or technique, I’ll google it, or refer to the TECHKnitting blog.  If it’s construction-based, I’ll check out my bookshelf: Elizabeth Zimmermann, Maggie Righetti, Shirley Paden, and Catherine Lowe books all live there and they’re all invaluable for discussing the bigger picture.

Do you have a favorite LYS?

Yes! KnitWit, in my hometown here of Portland, Maine.  They’re wonderful!

Do you collect WIPs/FOs or do you work only on one project at a time?

I am completely monogamous! I actually get anxious if I have more than one project going, so I just try to zip through a single one at a time.

Are you a selfish knitter or do you knit mainly for other people?

Most of what I do right now is for publication, but I miss civilian knitting! When I was doing more of that, let’s be honest, I was pretty selfish. My family is super knitworthy, though, so I try to knit for them when I can.  I’ll be knitting my dad a long-overdue sweater as part of the GAL!

Is knitting a seasonal activity for you?

Nope! I’m year-round, and actually often busiest in the hottest months of the year.  There’s something a bit wrong with that. . .

What makes you buy a pattern?

Something that makes me sit up and say “WOW”.  There are so many amazingly talented designers out there, and it’s so great to see how they all approach the knitting world differently.  I love it when someone comes along and publishes something that I’d never even conceived of!

What do you most enjoy about knitting or crochet?

The way it feels in my hands after a long day at work.  Even when I’m working on it towards the goal of publishing the pattern, it’s such a centering, calming activity.  I love it!

Meet Texknitter

As part of the indie designer Gift-a-Long on Raverly, I interviewed Texknitter.

Bold are my questions and comments, and Texknitters answers are in regular font.

What is your design process and what influences your design?
Most of the time my designs are driven by techniques that I want to play with, but I am also very influenced by the visual world around me. There are times when I will notice a pattern in nature or in architecture, and see the whole knitting project in my mind.

What do you love most about designing?
I love seeing how a design comes together, from the inspiration to the techniques I choose. I like making it fun for the knitter.

What is your favorite item you designed so far, and why?
That’s like choosing your favorite child, but my favorite is generally whatever I am currently working on. Right now it’s the Mercado Shawl, because I love the drape of the bias shaping.

Does anything intimidate you in knitting or crochet?
Nothing in knitting intimidates me any more. What is the worst that can happen if I mess up? I rip back and fix it, or start over. No one gets hurt.

When you want to learn something new (or need to refresh it) in knitting/crochet, where do you look it up and why?
I have (cough, cough) a lot of knitting reference books. Of course the Internet has made it easy to learn all sorts of new techniques, through Ravelry, You Tube, and just searching.

Do you have a favorite LYS?
I am fortunate to live in an area with lots of yarn options. Most of my time and yarn dollars go to Hill Country Weavers in Austin, and The Happy Ewe in Jonestown.

Do you collect WIPs/UFOs or do you work only on one project at a time?
I always have a simple project in my purse, and I try to have a few projects at different stages on the needles. That way if one needs thinking about, I still have something else to be working on.

I may have to add Strawberry Fields to my never ending collections of travel knitting, just looke at it:

Are you a selfish knitter or do you knit mainly for other people?
Several years ago I looked back over a year of knitting and realized that I had nothing of my own to show for it; it had all been given away. Now I mostly knit for myself, although I will knit anything that my children ask for.

Is knitting a seasonal activity for you?
Knitting has no season! Living in a warm climate, I do knit smaller projects during the summer months, but I knit every day, all year.

What makes you buy a pattern?
Cool techniques keep me interested, and I am a sucker for pretty shawls.

Did someone say pretty shawls? I may as well have an addiction there as well. I personally like her Mercado Shawl

What do you most enjoy about knitting or crochet?
I love that knitting can be as simple or as complex as I want it to be. I get to spend time doing something I love, and I get something cool at the end.

Comic books and knitting

*dusting a bit* Gosh I haven’t blogged in a long time.

Live got in the way of social media, but never in the way of knitting and designing.

My newest obsession with designing are with comic book inspired knits. Well, superhero comic books to be precise, as my fairy tale knits were inspired by the comic series Fables.

Thanks to brain storming with a friend on twitter I have more then enough ideas for two collections, with everything from cowls and shawls, to garments.

And I already finished three prototypes!

The first one is for a Spider-Man inspired shawl, this is a matching piece to my Itsy Bitsy Spider and A Big One knee highs.

The next one is Captain America inspired and will be a Mystery KAL, so psssst no pics 🙂
But there will be texture, lace, colourwork (well stripes and slipped stitches, and only if you want it), and fun.

And the third are fresh from the needles, some fingerless gloves matching the armor from Lady Sif.
I developed an obession with that vertical braid you can see on the mittens. They are a really cool feature and easiert to work then you may think, I even made a ilittle tutorial for the mittens.