Jun 19, 2014


Today, I'm proud to share with you another pattern I've worked on, Leticia by Reiko Kuwamura.
Leticia is an airy summer shawl that Reiko designed for Serena of Manos del Uruguay, carried on an online Japanese yarn store. The shawl is named after the artisan's name she fonund on the tag attached to the skeins she got.

©Reiko Kuwamura

The shawl is worked in a rather unusual way for a shawl, from the bottom up. You first knit the lacy border and pick up stitches along one edge, and the body is shaped with short rows. Its lacy aspect is created with no yo!

©Reiko Kuwamura

Hope you enjoy!

Jun 8, 2014


Technical editing has recently become one of my professional activities.
I love this job because I can take part in "pattern making", think with designers about ways to get instructions clear and easy to follow. And of course, for the privilege of previewing upcoming patterns;)

Today, I'm very happy and proud to introduce you Alla by Hélène Magnússon that I worked on this week!

Alla is a little lacy circular yoke cardigan, light as a feather. It's worked from the top down, with a lace weight yarn and different size needles to accentuate this flared shape. Hélène was inspired by the work of Aðalbjörg Jónsdóttir, an old Icelandic woman who had created beautiful lace dresses, when she was working on a book about her.

The cardigan is very versatile, it can be worn dressed up or down. You can see many examples on Hélène's blog where you can participate to Pinterest giveaway.

The pattern is available on Ravlery or on Hélène's website, The Icelandic Knitter.

Now, I'm going to translate it into Japanese for my e-store ;)

Jun 5, 2014

Tension or Spikes?

In parallel with Shellseeker, I'm knitting Hari, designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.
I must say it's the most creative pattern I've ever knit!

Here it is.

The pattern is simple, just with increase and decrease, and a simple alternation of their direction creates these spikes. Olga is amazingly clever!

The name of the pattern, Hari, actually means needle or spike in Japanese, as it's explained on Ravelry. But Japanese language has many homonyms, hari also means tension, a word that suits well to the design, doesn't it?

The yarn used for this scarf is Madelinetosh Sock, Smokestack.

The colorway had first seemed a little bit dark, metallicly cold and hard - was my impression influenced by the name? -, I'd for a long time hesitated to use it for a scarf project for fear of having a grey complexion ;).
It looks quite better knitted, I love the changing shades of light grey, Amy is really talented!

I'm in the final stretch, I hope I can post photos of the finished scarf shortly ;)
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