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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New Manos Silk Blend designs

I'm so excited to share these photos. My fantastic knitter, Pixie, knitted all the gaments and did a fab job, as always. I can't remember how many weeks I gave her to knit them all but it wasn't long. I reckon she knits in her sleep. LOL.

Here's Alice which is a relaxed, cozy sweater featuring a textured eyelet diamond pattern and elbow length sleeves, big collar and deep ribs. The sweater is worked in two pieces. Front of body and sleeves is worked in one piece and back of body and sleeves is worked in one piece. I would love one of these for myself.
Here's Flora, a cropped jacket with elbow length sleeves and a round neckline. This jacket has an all over chevron lace pattern with garter stitch neckband. Perfect for wearing over smart clothes as well as casual jeans.

 Natasha is another cardigan featuring a celtic cable band around the hem of body and sleeves and along each front all the way up to the shoulder. The cable band around them is knitted first then stitch picked up for the body which is worked in one piece to the armhole. The front bands are knitted along with the body keeping finishing to a minimum.

 Sian is a sleeveless top which is worked in one piece with the shoulders joined using a 3 needle bind off. There is a cable panel that runs up the centre of the front and continues up each side of the deep v-neck.
 Charlotte is worked in the round with a circular yoke and has an 'ostrich' lace pattern around them with a smaller version of the stitch pattern around the neckline.
 Sue is a relaxed, comfy sweater with an interesting cable rib. It's loose fitting with long sleeves and a big collar. Perfect to snuggle up in over the wekeend with a good book or your knitting.
This is the first time I've done 6 garments for a single deadline and it was as struggle. I ended up finishing the patterns on holiday in Spain and the garments were all seamed and finished during the week before we went to spain (the week we had Bible Week at church).

Yesterday I was teaching a workshop at Hulu Crafts in Modbury, south Devon. At lunch time I was flicking through some Manos patterns and suddenly thought they looked familiar when I realised they were my designs. It took me longer than it should have done to realise they were mine. LOL. But I hadn't seen the photos yet and they look so different properly styled and photographed.

Hulu Crafts is a great place, btw. Vicky runs it mainly as an online shop but she dos have a show room in Modbury and she's happy for customers to pop in although at the moment she is closed on Saturday. The room is a big, light, airy room with a big table, perfect for knitting groups and workshops. Friday 15 Oct, she's hosting a 'Yarn Tasting' evening which sounds like great fun. I'm teaching some more workshops at Hulu Crafts in November: Professional finishing Techniques and Basic Sock Knitting.

I did buy something yesterday too but I'm so tired now and haven't taken photos yet so I'll share more next time.

1 comment:

Pixie said...

Aww don't they look great in the photos.. and I looked up on my database and it took me 6 weeks to knit them.. and so far not been tempted to take knitting to bed lol

Looking forward to see what goodies you bought yesterday xxx