February 21, 2013
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For the first of three posts about my designs for the Strata and Line Collection, I decided to start with Lamina.
I wanted Lamina to be one a simple, very wearable sweater . The original idea was do to an all-over stripe (below), but after some design tweaking, I went with a solid body and striped sleeves and collar.
The decision to keep the body solid makes for a slightly interesting, though not difficult construction.
At its most basic, Lamina is knit in the round from bottom up with saddle-shoulder shaping and some gentle waist shaping. The saddles themselves are knit back and forth and seamed from underarm to shoulder and then rejoined to work the cowl neck in the round. Because the stripes are contained to the arms, it’s also a relatively quick knit.
It was also a huge pleasure to work with the yarn on this pattern. The yarn is the Woolen Rabbit’s Grace in Myrtle and Straw. Grace is a beautiful merino yarn that comes in sizable 525 yard skeins. There are few yarns I think I’ve enjoyed knitting with more – it was just so pretty, lovely to work with, and the colors really make this design pop. Tea Leaves/Forever in Blue Jeans would be another fabulous color combo. I just picked up some more Woolen Rabbit yarn at a recent local fiber event so I can work more with her yarns.
Lamina is available for download as a solo pattern for $6.00 USD or can be purchased from my Ravelry store with my other two designs from the collection, Latitude and Longitude for a discounted $12 with the coupon code LINE.
If you want to queue it up on Ravelry, the collection can be found here.
February 12, 2013
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I’m pleased to announce the release of my first collaboration with Bristol Ivy:
Strata and Line
a collection of four sweaters and three accessories exploring stripes in all their varieties.
Click here to view a lookbook of the collection or you can download the lookbook PDF here.
The patterns are available for purchase individually on Ravelry for $6 USD/Sweater, $4 USD/Accessory or you can use the following codes to get the complete individual designer collections for $12:
For the four Bristol Ivy patterns: STRATA
For my three patterns: LINE
I hope you enjoy the collection and I’ll be posting more about the inspiration behind my patterns in the coming days!
February 11, 2013
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For those in the US, you might have heard that up here in Southern Maine, we got a bit of snow over the weekend.
How much is a bit?
About 30 inches (76 cm for the metric folks)
I’d like to say “oh just another Maine winter,” but this was actually record-breaking.
That said, aside from a lot of snow, it was a fairly uneventful storm. There were some strong wind gusts, but because the snow relatively dry and therefore lighter, we avoided any power outages, which meant that for someone like me who didn’t have to shovel, I just got to cuddle down inside for a couple days.
I got some knitting donw, and some sewing done. All in all, not a bad weekend.
But yeah, there was a lot of snow.
January 24, 2013
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The nesting instinct is strong in the Cleaver household these days.
Things are beginning to come together in bits and pieces. The nursery got painted this weekend, we’ve ordered new carpet to replace the mismatched (and smelly!) carpet in all the bedrooms, and have even purchased (or made!) a few things for the Wee Babe. Once the carpet is installed next week, we’ll be able to start setting up the nursery for reals, and not just on paper.
With about 9 weeks to go before my due date, it seems both like time is going by way too fast and not nearly fast enough. I’ve definitely hit the tired and uncomfy part of the third trimester, but there’s still so much to do! That said, one thing I’ve learned to appreciate about this pregnancy is that it’s forced me to just SLOW DOWN and rest when I need to, something I’ve never been terribly good at.
After all, my most important job these days is gestating, and I seem to be doing pretty well there.
January 1, 2013
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Back when I first started blogging, I made a promise to myself that I’d never apologize for my blogging, particularly for not blogging for a while. Because as we all know, life happens and sometimes that gets in the way of the best intentions of a twice-weekly posting schedule.
That said, every since this summer there seems to have been a lot of LIFE happening and this past month has been no exception.
Since Thanksgiving, the Cleaver household has experienced a total of the following:
- 1 holiday dinner hosted;
- 2 full days of holiday baking and a pair of second-degree burns;
- 2 1/2 hours in a semi-frozen field shooting photos for an upcoming design collaboration;
- 3 knitted items finished being finished at 11:30pm the evening prior to said photo shoot;
- 3 weeks of contractors installing, among other things, insulation in our attic and a new ceiling in our living room;
- 4 colds (2 for me and 2 for the mister, and maybe even one for the dog!);
- Watched Skyfall, The Hobbit, Les Mis, and a handful of Harry Potter films; and
- 17 boxes of stuff from my mother’s house in California arrived and were sorted and stored.
Mr. Cleaver and I had both agreed that we would just get through all of this and enjoy our Christmas to the fullest extent possible. We had a great time with Mr. Cleaver’s family on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Now that we’ve had a few days to breathe (and a grateful snow day home from work for me) – we at the Cleaver camp are turning our attentions to that next most important of projects: preparing for the Wee Baby Cleaver!
December 4, 2012
According to my big brother, I haven’t posted anything since November 8th, and I’d be the first to admit that ever since this pregnancy began, I’m lost my blogging rhythm, which I suppose can only be expected. But worry not – things have been carrying on here at the Cleaver household, in perhaps a more chaotic fashion than usual.
Work has been keeping me very busy, we’re having new insulation put in the house, I’m trying to finish up a number of deadline projects, and I’ve been building up a cache of knit and sewn baby things I hope to share with you soon. In the midst of all of this, we took off Thanksgiving week to visit my extended family in Southern California.
With three other shutterbugs snapping photos of all the family gatherings, I neglected to pull out the camera for any of the family events, but I did take my camera with us on our Tuesday trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland, thanks to the generosity of my aunt and uncle. Because everyone else was still working that day, it was just Mr. Cleaver and I, but I was pleased to accompany the Mr. on his first trip to Disney.
We gamely avoided any of the non-pregnancy-friendly rides, but still found more than plenty to fill our day. Mr. Cleaver declared Pirates of the Caribbean to be the best ride, while my favorite of the day was the new-to-me Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Between all the standing in queues and walking, I think it took my legs 3 days to recover!
But it was a fabulous fun day and a great transition into the holiday season!
November 8, 2012
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Sot it’s been several weeks since Rhinebeck but I’ve finally got my act together to put pen to paper (as it were). The trip as a whole was a bit of mixed bag because of some hotel troubles, but the Festival itself, along with the excellent company, made it an overall win in my book.
We headed out early Friday morning to take a detour to Northampton and WEBS, and everyone managed to pick up copious amounts of yarn – even me! I got enough yarn to make myself a Wispy Cardigan, a Porom Hat, and a bag of worsted weight tweed for a Mr. Cleaver sweater. At Rhinebeck itself, I limited myself to two skeins of FoxFire Cormo/Alpaca which will likely end up as these. When I will have time to knit all these things I don’t know, but a girl can dream right?
In our hotel room we entertained ourselves by reading the “naughty bits” of romance novels out loud and chowing down on snacks.
On the first day of the festival, we all got a good laugh when Bristol got recognized as the Winnowing designer about five seconds after we got into the long line at the front gate. After that there was more shopping (I got a Jennie the Potter bowl and a sheepskin), some apple cider doughnuts, and chatting with friends and fellow designers we saw along the way. After we tuckered out at the Festival, we headed to Poughkeepsie and saw the Walkway over the Hudson. While just three of us walked the whole length and back (which admittedly was probably more walking than I should have done after walking all day), the views were definitely worth.
On the second day of the Festival I took a “drafting methods” spinning class, along with Maggie and Bristol from Beth Smith, It was my first spinning class and I found it highly enjoyable and educational and would recommend Beth as a teacher. After our class, the whole gang got together to photograph our matching sheep heids, before hitting up a few more booths and heading home, suitcases full of yarn.