Archive for February 13th, 2015

I give up. The postal service lost my mail orders, so now I am only ordering priority mail so I can have a tracking number. I have given up on waiting for the Shalimar Yarns I won. Shalimar says they sent the yarns right out but I have not received them. I have no tracking number for the yarn. Lost. Gone. I need to get on with my knitting life.

So I finally broke down and ordered the Handmaiden Mini Maiden yarn that I originally envisioned for this current baby sweater. The Blue Faced Leicester is a great yarn, but not for the stitch patterns I want for this sweater. However, I did find a stitch pattern that really shows the BFL in all its glory and will design a light baby jacket or a baby blanket in it.

The knit Sweater of the Week is this beauty:

knit of the week

Intarsia, stranded, perhaps duplicate stitch, are just some of the techniques I’d use to recreate this beauty. I’d also have a lot of headache medicine on hand and a psychiatrist on standby 24/7. But it is lovely. Some of the knitwear fashions for 2015 were very involved like this, but most were geometric blocks of color like this one from Prabal Gurung.

prabal gurung

The knitting that accompanied the color blocks was often a p1, ktbl type of texture. The knit stitches making clearly defined lines like this from the Academy of Art runway:

academy of art

Lots of patterns relied on linear lines like this cowl from Brooklyn Tweed:

brooklyn tweed

But my favorite use of color block is this one:


No one did it better this year than Valentino in his menswear collection. I love the way this interacts with the human body form. For me, it recalls the geometrics of the 1920s fashions in a very 21st century way. Ah, Valentino.

Welts, cording, chunky yarns worked into deep textures were seen on almost every runway this year both in sweaters and scarves:

chunky knits

But my absolute favorite use of welts / cords is this sleeve. The pattern is by Cookie A for Brooklyn Tweed.

cookie a brooklyn tweed

Have a great weekend.

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