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Hira is Here

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on August 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

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I am pleased to announce the pattern release for  my original design,Hira.

It is now available on Ravelry and on Etsy.

I’m offering a 10% discount using the code: HIRA7 (on Ravelry and on Etsy).

The code is good from 8/9/14 – 8/16/14

When you make it, I’d love to see it, so please #tkhknits on Instagram!

Design: Hira, the process

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on July 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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I started designing Hira on July 1, 2014. Inspiration for the stitch pattern came from blanket square I donated to La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe, for which the final product would be donated to Warm Up America. This stitch pattern is called diagonal grain stitch. There was something wonderful about doing this stitch pattern and I decided to take it to another level.

Many ideas flooded my mind, but I decided on a cowl. Once that was decided on, the construction quickly came to me. I knew I wanted a hem, because previous experience told me that this stitch pattern curls like the dickens! I would have preferred to make this in the round, but making the calculations to do so did not come to me (Perhaps when you do it, you can tell me how), so I decided on a flat construction and obviously that means seaming is involved. I was up for that.

A yarn shop went out of business and I thought what better time to buy “good” yarn for this design. So I bought 4 skeins of a Lang Viviene, but in hindsight, I realize I should have purchased 5 or 6.

I’m not sure how other designers go through their drafting or pattern development process, but as I knit, I wrote out the pattern….VERY carefully. I took really good notes. As I mentioned in earlier posts though, I was knitting late at night and I was tired, so I often woke up to several mistakes; ripping back a few rows.  My process was also slowed by the heat and work obligations, but I pushed through with the a/c and leaving work early (read: on time).

As the design progressed, I became concerned at how wide it was. When I “tried it on” on the needles, I kinda liked that gathered neck look so I shifted gears to do some decreasing.  I decided that the decreasing should go in the stockinette portion of the top hem.  Why? Mainly because I’m not good at “decreasing in pattern” and I hate math and wasn’t trying to figure it out. That’s the absolute truth!

When I began using the 3rd skein, I became fearful, that there was not enough. The 4 skeins were used up rather quickly, and when it came to binding off, I barely made it. I had 4″ to spare! Obviously, there was not enough to tack down the top hem or seam period, so I improvised and used embroidery thread.  I absolutely loved seaming with the embroidery thread as there was barely any bulk.  I’ll definitely be using this more often.

I don’t normally bathe and block my pieces, but I decided it was best practice.  I used a capful of wash and a bucket of lukewarm/cool water.  I let the piece sit in that for about 20 minutes.  Here is when my heart jumped out my throat….I picked it up and this had become so humongous! I panicked.  I decided that it was going to work out and roll dried and pinned it for the blocking process.

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While pinning it down, I discovered, what I then thought would be the back, had a nice heart shaped detail. With all this heat, it surprisingly took 3 days to dry! It was so large, and I thought it could be an oversize cowl.  It works as an oversized cowl, but I thought I could do better.  So I played with my design and soon discovered that my heart shaped back was better as a front and the body shimmied nicely down over my shoulders; so a capelet Hira became.

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I was just so thankful that this design became a reality. I took about 3 hours taking photos and another 2 editing them. Just a few hours to type up the design…and this was done on one of the days Hira was drying .

I am content with my pattern and I hope you all enjoy it when it arrives!

Almost there

In designing, knitting, portfolio on July 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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Hira is my latest design; a cowl. There are only about 5″ left. There have been minor delays but more progression than not and I am pleased. I feel like a proud mama!

Proud mama will return to post upon successful completion of Hira.

Hurray!

Pause. Start. Repeat

In designing, knitting on July 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

If you recall, I was working on a design. I haven’t spoken much about it. I paused it early June to pursue the summer and absorb all the sun I possibly can. In short, it was taking a bit longer than anticipated and I wanted something that I could put out almost right away. I mean there’s photography, writing out the pattern; stylize the piece and the paper. This takes time.

After I completed a square for a blanket to be donated, I was inspired by the stitch pattern I used.

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My mind took this stitch pattern and the ideas came to me…this being the first. This I started on July 1, 2014. I’m just praying I have enough yarn right now.

The process has been brutal. Though this is a simple stitch pattern, I have pulled this back several times and several rows back due to mistakes… Mistakes caused by knitting when I’m sleepy, only to wake up to a mess.

What is it? Ahh, you still gotta wait! (not as long as the first one I have paused momentarily.) Guesses?

This is the introduction of Hira.

Designing without fear

In designing, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on January 31, 2014 at 9:03 pm

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It’s been a mystery as to what I’m in the process of designing. I will say this … it is multi- textural and has a lot of color work. About the construction, it’s made in the round and will require grafting. This is the part of the design I’m not looking forward to… If anyone knows how to graft two ends of a tube together, please let me know.

Yes, I know you want to know exactly what it is…sooooooon!

So far I’m loving the grey and off-white combo.

I’ve had some setbacks with designing but I’m bouncing back.

Stay tuned!

Maybe it’s me

In designing, stash busting on January 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I took a snow day, but it should have been a sick day. I’ve been sneezing all day, with bouts of hot flashes and pounding headaches. I tried to knit but that was a futile attempt. My mind could not focus on anything and mistakes riddled the tea cozy and my design. TINK TINK TINK. It was quitting time as soon as I started… Nothing seemed to make sense. Is that I’m dense and not getting it? Or is it that I’m sick? I think the former. Tomorrow is a new day and will be better.

Stay tuned.

Color chosen

In designing, knitting, stash busting on January 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

I had some grand ideas for color schemes….and of course nothing in my stash was right. So I decided on something basic but beautiful; grey and off-white. I chose Caron Simply Soft, it’s inexpensive, but maybe as time goes on, I’ll be able to design on better.

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I’m not sure I’ll get started on this today, but I might. I just may cake up these puppies though. I’ll also consider color placement.

I’m really happy!

Productive indeed

In designing, knitting, stash busting on January 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Today I did not do all I intended, not bad, just not what I envisioned. What I did though, was unlock my creativity; I was able to complete a design. It is the first in almost 2 years since I have done this. I would have preferred to knit draft it, but writing it seemed simple enough.

Again, I was on Pinterest, and I found these printables a couple days ago and it.is.awesome. It has made things easier for me…even though I have the knitting journal, Knit Notes, this design just poured out of me.

I needed help with stitch patterns and in converting the flat patterns into the round so I looked here, here, and here. Great resources.

My design is inspired by a manufactured piece, so I’m not going to take 100% credit, but I have written this pattern myself. My next step in this is selecting yarn (probably from my stash) and testing it before its release; I have some ideas floating around; I’ll show you the final product and then I’d like your feedback before I release the pattern.

Thanks so much and stay tuned!

Inspired

In knitting on October 16, 2013 at 4:56 am

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Photos courtesy of Fiber Factor 2013, Challenge 5 Judging video (my screenshots). “Nacht” by Jodie Gordan Lucas

At 4 am or thereabouts, I was up. Awakened by a throbbing thumb, sooner, rather than later, the pain was dulled by some ibuprofen. I had fallen asleep with my Knitting Pattern Essentials book beside me and when I awoke, design was on my mind. I had nothing to do so I went to YouTube and watched Fiber Factor. I am truly inspired by these folks, they push creativities boundaries…to places I would not have ever imagined.

When I saw Jodie’s piece, I was immediately drawn to it and compelled to sketch my own idea based of hers. Because I cannot do any better, I do not like to criticize other people’s work nor am I going to. With that being said, the front is not flattering for my shape or my style, so I’m still brainstorming a more conducive closure.

I love the color combination. I love the ombre effect. I love the texture. I love the stripes. I love the oversized couture hood. I love the swirly design. To me, this is fabulous! It’s unique and I would totally wear this (minus what I’ve described that’s not complimentary for me)!

I’m not sure if and when my idea will come to fruition, only time will tell. I guess I’ll have to start somewhere. I guess my real hold up (besides my thumb issue) is yarn…the expense, that is. But I imagine I could use various scrap yarn to practice certain elements and then write out a pattern, no?