Thank you for your beautiful comments on my blog and in Ravelry. I was even more excited with Sylvi than I was about GreenGable. This one is little more different, a little more something I have thought about for a long time, and something I wanted to do someday. And now it is here. The story began from this drawing and one cardigan, which I had knit. The Twist team asked me about a men's sweater, but this popped out from my head instead: not very manly.
Kate asked me to tell her more about it and to send details, photos, and a swatch. Meh. At this point, I was already bored with the design element of back cables. Mostly I wanted to throw it away.
I made the cardigan, at least, finished it almost, but knew that it wouldn't work with that yarn: it's a cotton blend. It was really heavy and stretched like chewing gum. But at least I could see what to do to the back of the cardigan. And after Kate's suggestion of the yarn, color and that I try it as a coat, I really saw in my mind what to do. I drew the sketch and began plans.
The Yarn was supposed to come over the summer, but because the packet did not come as expected, I decided I to test the floral designs on another hoodie. I ripped out the finished cotton cardigan and knitted this summer hoodie. But the final form for the back remained a mystery.
Eventually I got the yarn for Sylvi and began to work. DL was tight so I had made some preparations, well, more than ever, I did not have a time to reknit the garment many times. I even made the paper pattern (I'd never before done that) drew the cables for it and add the flowers too. I began from the sleeves as always, and there the coat became to form.
I sent the coat off in the mail the same week as Twist's first issue popped out. And just because life needs excitement, the packet traveled for two weeks without any sign of it. It was toooo exciting to wait when and where the coat would show up. At least it came out of Canada's customs, finally. At least it hadn't sunk to the bottom of the sea.
The last adjustmets of the pattern were completed last week. By then it had been edited and read by Twist's experienced pattern makers and editors, and every time they asked me what to do. I loved this kind of co-operation. One reason is my english is not perfect, and another is that I'm not a professional designer, so writing the pattern and committing the design to paper is quite difficult. I can knit, but making the pattern easy to follow, with sizes, instructions, notes... everything is new for me. I'm just a newbie and Twist Collective Team has helped so much and make this all happen. THANK YOU!
Mari and Tea, big thanks to you also for the support and help. Without you I would have rip my hair out (and i'm not beautiful with a bald head) or just thrown the things out of the window.
SYLVI is the name of my Grandma. She loves flowers and has a green thumb. Her garden is a big fairy land and feeds my imagination every visit. She has had a big influence on my career choice of handicrafts and in other parts of my life too.
With only a few days to go before the arrival of the winter issue, I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the first one. There are so many lovely versions of patterns that I had every intention of sharing, but the time? She is a fleeting.
Daniel, for example, which has been embraced by men and women alike. I got to see Margene's version at Rhinebeck, but do I have a photo? oh please, don't ask. It was THAT kind of weekend. I'm lucky I got out of there with my sanity. But I do have permission from zeneedle herself to show you her photo.
Jan ter Heide (aka DutchJan to his Ravelry friends) also whipped one up (and is working at least one more in red tweed). It looks fantastic on him, even if he is a little shy.
Another delicious pattern from the first issue, and in the queue but swiftly moving up as more and more versions are showing up on blogs, is Miriam Felton's Cleite which I want to make in some of my own handspun. I think I've mentioned it before, but it bears repeating, that Cleite is a lace pattern that tolerates a cast off in mid-repeat, so every last yard of precious handspun can be put to beauteous use.
Here's one of my favorites so far, knit by Jeanne. In addition to the lace, it's the colour, Moroccan Spice by Woolen Rabbit that really gets me.
I'm still waiting for my Shibui to arrive, due to errant key stroke when I ordered from Webs, but they figured it out for me, and my yarn should be here any day now. I don't think at this late date I'm going to manage to finish Victoria (speaking of favorites from Fall) for NaKniSweMo, but at least I should be able to get started.
Shannon Okey is doing the NaKniSweMo thing again. Cool. Shannon is prolific in the cool ideas department.
That's a particularly provocative kind of cool idea. I am suddenly seized by it. Yeah. I remember thinking I wanted to do that last year. And boy, do I have list of things I want to knit this year. I wonder why that is . . . ?
Maybe I should kick in for it myself. Sweater? Eeenie meenie miney . . . Victoria from the fall issue.
And because it's so drop dead gorgeous in the original ShiBui Merino Kid, I'm splurging on a fresh yarn purchase in this colour. Honey.
I hope it will get here quickly. I have a few days to catch up on, and the Ravelry group to read through. Thanks for the inspiration, Shannon!
A Fiber Tour of My Home Town: Edgewood, New Mexico
Tour Location: Edgewood, New Mexico (20 minutes east of Albuquerque) Transportation: Car Potential Wallet Hit: Low to Medium By Margaret Briggs Designer, kNotes for knitters
I feel so lucky to live on the “green side” of the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, about 20 minutes east – and 2,000 feet UP – from New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque. Our rolling hills and steep mountain slopes are thickly carpeted with fragrant piñon and juniper, we average 362 days of sunshine a year, and thanks to our cool, clean air, we have little need of air conditioning. And even though my rural community of Edgewood numbers fewer than 2,000 residents, you’d be amazed at how many of us are fiber-centric souls!
I’d start any fiber tour of my home town with a stop at our cozy LYS, Good Fibrations. Owner Bethe Orrell fondly describes her shop as “a living room for knitters and weavers”, and stocks a great selection of local fiber and yarns, patterns and tools. I learned to knit by attending her easy-going Saturday morning classes; her ever-expanding curriculum includes beginner to advanced instruction in knitting, felting, weaving and more “crafty” pursuits. Best of all, Good Fibrations is open seven days a week!
While you’re in the neighborhood, call ahead to schedule a tour of Robin Pascal’s Fiber Arts and Perfect Button studio. Here you’ll find Robin’s rainbow of hand-painted roving and yarns, offered individually or assembled into project kits, hand-stitched art clothing, and the glorious dichroic glass buttons that Robin fuses in her own kiln.
In keeping with the rural character of our ranching and farming community, you’ll find a number of friendly “fiber farmers” that welcome visitors. Explore a dozen different farms during our annual East Mountain Fiber Farm Tour, held the first or second week of June, or visit two of my personal favorites anytime by appointment:
Bob and Sharry Bone raise Corriedale, Lincoln and Shetland sheep, and angora goats at their Westfarthing Farm --“Home of Happy Sheep!”-- and walk away with many of the top fleece prizes at our annual New Mexico State Fair. Their secret? Their lucky sheep are covered from 4 weeks of age on, for unbelievably soft, clean fleeces. You may purchase any of their fleeces, roving or finished yarns you covet, made right there at Westfarthing.
Next stop: Shooting Star Farm, a pocket-sized fiber farm owned by Connie and Fred Dyba. The Dybas raise Navajo churro sheep, angora goats, alpacas and llamas, kept safe by their equally-wooly Great Pyrenees dogs. Call ahead to schedule a fascinating farm tour, available Wednesdays through Sundays. If you’re traveling with children, they’ll love Itty Bitty, the miniature donkey, and the informative, kid-friendly materials Connie hands out; you’ll love the selection of fleeces, roving and yarns to choose from, plus fragrant, homegrown lavender products.
Last but not least, don’t miss the nearby Tijeras Open-Air Arts Market, open every weekend from May to October. This is a juried arts and crafts fair nestled into a woodsy outdoor site in nearby Tijeras Canyon. Browse hand-woven shawls, knitted scarves and caps (not to mention barbed wire jewelry, ancient fossils and glossy strands of turquoise beads), crafted by local Sandia Mountain artists, all the while enjoying the sunshine, cool mountain air, live music and gourmet coffees.
More New Mexico Fiber Arts Destinations And should you wish to explore New Mexico’s fiber world farther afield than Edgewood, I highly recommend The New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail: A Guide to Rural Fiber Arts Destinations compiled and published by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. You can download a free copy of this state-wide guidebook instantly at their website, New Mexico Fiber Arts.
Note: As a courtesy to the working artists and farmers on my list, please remember to call ahead to schedule your visit. For all contact information and addresses, please see the google map.