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Archive for February, 2011

What’s New With Me

I have been knitting and crocheting, and teaching, and beading, and and and. busy busy busy !!!! As I plan my summer Large Size Crochet and Knit garments. I am also planning my FAb knit and crochet wardrobe for my trip to Australia, as I represent the USA as a designer and teacher of knit and crochet, I must be able to strut my Crochet and Knit Stuff.  I looked through my stash and found some great yarn choices for what I’m calling the Australia projects ! When i arrive in Australia ( Date to be announced), it will be going into the their cooler part of the Season, so I’m loving the mohair yarns I am currently knitting up. They are luscious and will make a great statement . Last week, as I  was walking from Grand Central Station to 8th Ave. ( Not planned, but due to train detour), I spotted a beautiful sweater in the window of  I think Banana Republic. LOVED IT and decided to be inspired by this lovely cardigan, with the wide horizantal 2X2 bands in the front. Can A Large Size person like myself carry this look. SURE CAN. Because the first requirement is choosing an appropriate COLOR, then STYLE, then display the” Stand Back Here I come “,  ATTITUDE.  

 I think I can handle all three of the above requirements. The Plush color of the mohair works, and the style will work, as long as I’m careful about what I wear the cardigan with ( stay tuned for photos later). The attitude part has to do with walking tall, and wearing  accessories that will enhance  the overall look.

See pictures  below for a mood board that shows the look I am going for in accessories . I am thinking about making some of those covered bangles, but to avoid a  look of being weighed down with textiles, I will crochet and knit some.I think the crochet ones will lighten the look, of course I will add a little bling in the mix.  But here is some pictures of the knitted one, I’ve made so far. ( see below).

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Dedicated To Mary Kay

 

  I am styling and would like to dedicate this look to my friend Mary Kay. I could not find just the right shade of lavender for you Mary, so I gave you a little sun tan.  Hope you like the look ! I’m working hard  with so so many things to do.

Til Later.

Plus Size Body Measurements

( Just a little tibit of information to share with you from my Knit Classes taught at FIT, NYC ) enjoy

 Sewing, the sister to knitting and crocheting, has taught those who sew a lot about how to measure the body before choosing the correct size and creating  the garment. Many  sewing patterns today give information for the built in ease of  a pattern using knit fabrics, and they are  identified as a  pattern designed especially for knits. In my world of Machine knitting, hand knitting and crochet.  Many, many of my students have said to me. “I got the gauge but my garment still doesn’t fit, its too too big or hug’s to much”. Consider the source I say” THE FABRIC”.

 As a Plus Size Knitter/crocheter , the knit fabric you create will determine the amount of ease  in the fabric, and that should ultimately determine the amount of  ease you add  on the  tape measure, as you measure your unique figure type.

BIG  HINT : A tape measure does not give you the full picture and does not represent the knit/crochet fabric. Make the amount of ease you will add based on what your fabric is doing.

And then there is the BODY ITself ?????  ( sorry that is classroom information only….. cliffhanger;-] 

Here is a great link of  Croquis figures for measurements from Taunton, you will love. 

til Next Time

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