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Rolling in the Waves

Strauss_RollingWavesShawlA very dear friend of mine, Beth Strauss, is very passionate about crochet. It’s how she keeps connected to her cherished great aunt who was very involved in her family’s history. When Beth came to work at Knitche in Downers Grove, she only knew how to crochet, but was soon broken down and she learned to knit. She is now well versed in both crafts, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about.

This past summer, Chicago held its annual Yarn Crawl. Knitche was about to only feature a knit pattern for the event until our beloved Beth insisted on designing a crochet pattern. Featuring one of our new favorite yarns, Quince & Co. Osprey, Beth created the Rolling Waves shawl. Rolling Waves is decked to the nines with modern striping play and a trendy handkerchief fit.

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When it came to sharing Rolling Waves with the World, Beth came to me for a clean and clear layout. Using a breakdown of the visual pattern and hand lettering, we made her pattern sing. I was so happy to help Beth release her first pattern and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Make sure to download the Rolling Waves pattern on Ravelry! ravelry

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WIP into shape

These last two weeks have been incredibly busy with freelancing and knitting. I’ve had many ideas of what to share, but I’m going to curb some of that to let you all into some of the crazy!

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My first Work-in-Progress (WIP), is my Summer KnitAlong with Knitche in Downers Grove.

stitchI’m leading this KAL with the Castle Pullover. It’s a Quince & Co pattern that I’m knitting with Shibui’s Heichi. I was inspired by another image this Spring. It was a gradient tank top with the lightest color held all the way through the gradient. I chose to re-create this effect by holding Shibui Linen in the sidewalk color through the blue and green stripe. You can see this effect more clearly in the image to the left. Below you can see me try it on as I switch to a larger needle for A-line shaping.

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I’ve been wanting to knit this cardigan since it came out in Rowan’s magazine 3 years ago!

photo1I had Habu Bamboo in my stash and I always envisioned using it for this cardigan. My other inspiration to finally launch me into this project was the arrival of the Quince & Co yarns at Knitche. Quince’s Sparrow fed my need for summery plant fibers. These two yarns work together very interestingly. The bamboo blooms a bit wider than the Sparrow. However, the Sparrow competes with it’s stiffness and keeps the same height for row gauge and 99% of the stitch gauge while still creating a more open fabric. I’ve so enjoyed powering through this cardigan somewhat obsessively!
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While I have many other WIPs laying around, I thought instead I would share

A Glitch from Freelancing

I’m working with a local choir to refresh their branding and help them theme an event to come this Fall. My first attempt at a Save the Date for their Roaring 20’s event was quickly turned down. I went through putting the first stab together on a whim and didn’t think it completely through. Living in the great city of Chicago and being inspired by the Art Deco travel posters of the time, I decided to create a travel poster with Chicago’s iconic Sears Tower (if you’re smart and respectful, you dare not refer to it with it’s “new” name).

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The client came back pointing out that while a beautiful image … Sears Tower is a Modern building and doesn’t exactly speak to the theme of the 1920’s. This was one of the moments I smacked my palm to my forehead and thought … duh. Though this didn’t work for them, I took the opportunity to keep the imagery and turn it into something fun which I keep in a new folder I call “Failures Turned Fun”. Enjoy!

 

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