Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Cascade Sierra & Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky

Christmas was quiet this year. 2 of our 6 children joined us, while the other 4 spent the holiday with other family members. Hubby's gift to me was a diamond necklace. One can never go wrong with diamonds!! Despite the quiet event, the day to day events were just hopping.

My brother in law is fixing his home up. He moved onto our property about a month ago. He's really good at remodeling and electrical. So a woman's opinion was always required. But what woman doesn't like putting her opinion in on a remodeling job!!

The little jackets above are for his two daughter's Christmas gifs. The pattern was in Knit Simple, but I didn't want to use that yarn and I needed one size larger. So I took the three-quarter sleeve, garter stitch trim idea into Knitware, changed the neckline and yarn. The yarn is Cascade Sierra. The green one was knit on my LK150 knitting machine. The red one was done by hand. The red one is the Chili Pepper color; 4 slightly different shades of red. If you like red, you'll love this one.

Patterns for littler people are so much more fun than for adults! I'm working on a super easy vest pattern for toddlers using Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky. I had the fronts and back done in one evening. Then decided I wanted larger sizes. So back to the drawing board for 3 more sizes and to my word document to start rewriting again.

The Cascade 220 Superwash is an established line of yarn with knitters and crocheters. It is 100% wool, and it is washable. I've been bringing more and more colors in. I finally had to move it out of one room and into another. Which meant some major relocation of other yarns, in order to make enough room for all the colors this line carries.

Finished moving and labeling the final bits today. As new colors arrive, they already have a spot to call their own!

AKD is really an impressive association. The Association of Knitwear Designer's newest board are fairly young, very technology oriented and really well experienced in working with groups whose members come from all areas and backgrounds. There are many committees which comprise of numerous members who are responsible for different areas of the association. Some areas work with marketing, some work with new members, some maintain the web site, and yours truly is the newsletter editor. It is alot of hard work, but I get a lot of enjoyment from the challenge of working with a group and progressing forward in such a successful manner. We've got a lot of plans and some many of those plans are plunging ahead forcefully! If you are a designer and would like to be accredited, or if you would like to be part of an organization to keep designers alive and prospering, you do want to be part of this organization.

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