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Knitting at Cafe Slow-Beat

My husband and I like to drive around and eat at the local cafes we come across. This week we stopped at Cafe Slow-Beat, a small cafe with a rustic edge to it. And of course, I had to take my knitting projects and he had to take his camera.


Test Knitters Needed!

Calling out to all knitters! So you may have noticed that I have been rather slow on releasing my patterns. Well, my poor excuses are that I've been busy knitting updated versions of my older designs and making sure the patterns have been edited for mistakes (which is quite difficult). So I thought, why not ask for some help? If you have some extra yarn in your stash, have some free time and want a new project to work on, I do have some patterns for you! When you sign up for a project, you will be getting the pattern for free as all of these will be going on Raverly and Etsy for purchase.

I just need one person per pattern to knit and point out any problematic areas but the patterns are:

Sakura Shawl

Sakura Shawl

Sakura Shawl:
Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of short rows, working lace and picking up stitches.

Kikyou Shawl

Kikyou Shawl

Kikyou Shawl

Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of short rows, working intricate lace, picking up stitches and picot bind-off.

Kyokuro Boushi

Kyokuro Boushi

Kyokuro Boushi

Difficulty level: Advanced Beginner

Requires knowledge of knitting in the round, working cables.

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Lovely Leaves Shawl

Difficulty level: Medium

Requires knowledge of working lace

If you are interested, contact me on my FB page or email me at fdanoy [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Commission - Smocked Pullover

I am proud to say that I have finished knitting my first ever Pullover! I was commissioned to knit this pullover as a birthday present. The pattern comes from Vogue's Knitting magazines. I was really nervous about this project as 1) it was my first commissioned piece, 2) it wasn't my pattern, and 3) it was a pullover. However, after I took some time to really study the pattern and learn to understand the instructions I felt more comfortable about tackling this pattern.

The Smocked Pullover as featured on the magazine.

The Smocked Pullover as featured on the magazine.

The yarn used in this pattern is Classic Elite Yarns: Vista, in dye lot #6016 (Alabaster). It is a alpaca and wool blend, and after blocking it is so soft and warm to the touch. Such easy and good quality wool to work with, I'll be sure to use it again!

The pullover is made of four main pieces, front, back and the two sleeves. Knitting the front and back parts each took two days to do and the sleeves could be easily finished in less than a day. 

I had to learn how to seam sides (neatly!) and how to smock for this commission as well. So many new techniques learnt in just one project... A word of warning to those who are learning to smock: when having to undo a smocking, please be wary of where your scissors go. I had to learn this the hard way when I accidentally cut the yarn in back piece and had to redo the entire piece. Not fun.

While I have a ways to go before I would call myself a "professional" knitter (I took the time to measure gauge though!), I am really proud of the progress I've made to this point. I was really impressed at the speed at which I was able to complete this, despite having to essentially knit another big piece and having to wait on the extra yarn to ship: two weeks!

And here is my rendition of this pullover!

And here is my rendition of this pullover!

Even though this was a commissioned piece, I still really liked it myself! Maybe I'll knit one for myself one day?