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camouflage-knitwear-joseph-ford-3 nina doddcamouflage-knitwear-joseph-ford-2 nina dodd

I call it urban knits but that is not it’s name. The designer is Nina Dodd. I think it is an interesting example that inspiration is all around us. Check out the rest of her knits at the link above.

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raven alice starmore from glamourie

This is Raven by Alice Starmore from her book Glamourie. This is what knitting can be in the hands of a talented designer. If I were only thinner I’d make this in a heartbeat and have fun wearing it.

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Running around the internet this morning and this caught my eye.

barbie

Yes, Barbie. Only this time the toy company is releasing more realistic versions of the icon. But what truly got my attention was not the announcement that the doll may have a more realistic figure, but the dress the red haired doll second from the right is wearing. Recognize those colors?

feelin groovy colors

The colors look great on a red head. Who’d have thought?

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I spent the weekend thinking about and working on the baby sweater Feelin’ Groovy. One of the changes I made was to rearrange the colors. A color is affected by the other colors around it, as evidenced in the picture below.

feelin groovy colors

Placing the lime green and hot pink next to each other sapped the life out of each color. Separating them with the dark turquoise gave them back their zip. This is the new edging / hem for the sweater. The knitting is a combination of slip stitch and stranding. I like the way each color is now distinct and vibrant. The checkered combination will go on the cuffs and around the neckline.

I am rethinking and redrawing the neckline, not sure which I will go with yet. First I need to get the duplicate stitch motif I plan to use charted and positioned on the body of the sweater to get a better idea of what will look best.

Because this sweater is influenced by the 1960s I did some research on which motif represented the 60s. I looked at fashion, design, and posters from the era. Three shapes seemed to most define the time: a flower, the peace symbol, and a dove sitting on the neck of a guitar. The latter was widely used in posters for Woodstock.

I immediately threw out knitting techniques such as stranding or intarsia for creating the motif opting for duplicate stitch instead. After much consideration, I decided on a flower as the representation of the era.

For now, the body of the sweater is being knit in Stockinette Stitch. My next decision is whether to use the yarn in duplicate stitch or use DMC Cotton Thread in a nice glossy color for the flowers.

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Baby Sweater Redux

At some point tomorrow we’re suppose to get snow. About 3 to 6″ (8 to 15 cm) with the bulk of the storm staying east of us. If we get 6″ (15) cm it will be a good time to test out the new car and see how it handles both in plowed and unplowed snow. My last one went in anything. It particularly did well in deep unplowed snow. We’ll see what the talking car does in a pittance of snow.

On the knitting front, the Rock Island Shawl has been a bad boy. As of today it is being put in a time out so it can think over its atrocities. I only have 24 rows of lace to knit over a little less than 300 stitches and it can’t seem to get its act together.

Instead I will work on the second version of Ming Blue which I now call Feelin’ Groovy.

girl's smock 001

This is how it looked before I took the scissors to it. Since then I rethought and will rework the color work borders. Colors are affected by the colors next to them. The lime green immediately next to the pink muddied the vibrancy of the pink color. Inserting a turquoise stitch between the two gives them back their individual vibrancy.

The patch pockets are gone. When was the last time anyone saw a baby walking around with its hands in its pockets? The knitted on facings at cuffs, hem and neck is also jettisoned. If a facing is needed it will be a satin trim.

The Nehru / mandarin collar is staying, though I may tweak the numbers. The sleeves will be reworked to make them tapered rather than lantern in shape.

I am undecided about the button placket and whether I should do away with it, substituting frog closures instead. Or keep it and just rework a different pattern placket. I am also undecided about the pattern for the body of the sweater. Do I keep it as is or make it simple st st? This is particularly thorny because the silhouette calls for steady decreases on each side from hem to chest. Since it seems a number of knitters do not understand how to decrease while keeping in pattern, I’d have to write it  out for them. This makes the pattern much longer than what it needs to be. There must be a compromise here that I haven’t figured out yet.

 

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marc jacobs

This is a design by Marc Jacobs 2016. The price is probably high. The sequined skirt adds to the over-the-top feeling. Have you ever sat in a sequined dress? Sequins don’t take to being sat on. So you never sit. Wearing something sequined is like being the sparkly center piece of an overly decorated table.

But the sweater is the best example of why a knitter with a migraine should not knit. Dropped stitches? Who cares? They’re a “design element”. The neckline is what happens when a knitter doesn’t think the design all the way through. Hmmm, what to do about the neck? Maybe a little one by one ribbing….No I want something that says holiday sweater! Now where did I put that sparkly yarn? Yes, a bow round the neck in sparkly yarn and the one by one ribbing should do it. Those dropped stitches will never be noticed now.

And I worry that my designs might be too much. Fact is, I’m just a migraine headache and a bad day away from creating something like this.

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I found myself humming a song from “The Wizard of Oz” (my all time favorite movie) as I collected images for this week. The song was sung by the Scarecrow, If I Only Had a Brain. However, I found myself substituting the word waist for brain. So these are the garments I would be interested in creating if I only had a waist. Click here to see them.

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