Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Work of all stripes

It's been a bit busy 'round these parts. We've had a lovely fall, and work (all the works) have been busy, with a variety of projects in various stages of completion.

Photography, Nicholas Kupiak
Copyright Marian Rae Publications

One awesome little project that just wrapped up is JOURNEY, a knitting pattern book by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. I was the project copy editor on this book and it was an absolute pleasure to work with these two creative ladies. We met through blogging a couple of years back, and although they live clear across the country and we've never met in person (yet!), I'm happy to know them both. (In addition, Shannon was the mastermind behind my website and I've had the pleasure to knit several patterns of Jane's devising.)

I hope that you'll go out and snap up a copy of JOURNEY as soon as you can. The photographs are lovely, the sentiment behind the collection will touch your heart, and good luck deciding which pattern to knit first! Head on over to watch the video or read more about the book.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, my own knitting continued unabated.

This is my version of Daybreak, in two colours of Noro Silk Garden Sock, one neutral, one not. The self-striping yarn meant I got great graduated colours without having to sew in dozens of ends.

This is not a pattern I'd have chosen on my own – I did it as part of a knitalong – I prefer more traditional constructions, and lace rather than colourwork for shawls. But it turned out well. Just goes to show you that it's good to break out of your comfort zone now and again.

(The endless, endless rows of purling toward the end did get to be a bit much, though. When one row of shawl equals ten rounds of sock, I begin to get a bit weary of the whole endeavour.)

In the small-and-cute department: a baby layette. That's a Baby Sophisticate, Bernat Baby Booties and an out-of-my-head tuque that may or may not fit...how big are baby heads, anyway? It's all in Spud & Chloe Sweater, a wool-cotton blend that I really enjoyed working with.

And get out your sunglasses, because, wow, SOCKS! That's TurtlePurl Turtletoes self-striping yarn in a colourway I can't remember, but not for lack of brightness. The pattern is also out of my head, although let's face it, once you've made a pair or two, it's not hard to figure out the schtick. 

And with that, I've got a handful of socks-, shawls- and sweaters-in-progress calling my name, so I'll be going...

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