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Archive for July, 2009

I suppose I should let you know what it is that I have been doing all this time that I haven’t been blogging.

I am working on a new pattern line that is going to be distributed to yarn stores throughout the country. We (my mom and I) have been working on this line for a while now, and I am looking forward to it’s conclusion.  I am very pleased with how they turned out.

They  are sweaters and a hooded jacket/coat. The fibers are Merino wools, Mohair, silk blends, and Alpaca blends. When each one of them was finished my mom and I tried them on and I had to make her take them off because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have ever gotten them back for photographing. My particular favorite is the jacket made with Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca. It looks EXACTLY like my original sketch of it, and the yarn and drape are amazing. Everyone is rather crazy over it, and my grandmother is hoping to get one for Christmas.

They are all so simple, but not boring, and the lines are clean and elegant. I really wanted them all to be very wearable, comfortable, and classy. .. all of these qualities while still being young and fresh.

As a result of said designs, I have been, and still am, buried in yarn.  My mom and I did a lot of hunting around to find yarns to try out for these designs. I was getting boxes and boxes of yarn samples that we then had to swatch. There were (and still are, I presume) so many yarns that I hadn’t worked with before. One of the companies that my mom came across was Argosy yarns. Melissa’s yarns are so soft and luxurious and the colors are so pretty… The Haiku 4 Ply silk/cashmere blend has such fantastic drape;  it worked perfectly for a particular v-neck sweater.

Things are finally beginning to slow down now that the line is almost done and I can focus on some other things that have been floundering lately.

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I think you will enjoy listening to a new interview with me on Virtue Radio Network for a show called “Women Create.” In the interview I describe my design process, how I funded my business, and what it’s like to publish a book with Random House. My feature runs for the next two weeks, so be sure to take the time to check it out here

The show will be archived after that, so if you miss it, you can always catch it later. Please feel free to pass the link along to knitters, teens, aspiring designers, or anyone else who may enjoy hearing about my fashion design business.

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