It's been a minute, but I'm back on the radar.
People! The pace at work is brisk, with this crazy production schedule. We're literally putting out a magazine every week and a half, which is cramping what I enjoy about the work itself–– speaking to fabulous people all over the world about what they're doing now, and next. But the worst is, I can't engage in my favorite pastime––checking out all of you fabulous folks on my sidebar. I miss y'all.
But, There's No Time Like The Present
Check it out. This in from Xenobia B.–– Hallelujah! Harlem Art Fair, is taking place now, until September 30th (click on icon of Hallelujah). Thank you, Savonna!…
New York knitters, the Knit Out & Crochet is early this year––September 17th. Why?
I'm going to ask Mary Colucci, executive director of the Craft Yarn Council of America, and get back to y'all. As you remember, last year it was in October. September can be a funny month, weather-wise. Sometimes it rains a lot. Or, the heat suddenly returns. In any event, finish up those UFOs, so you can show out! We, at Knitty City will be there to represent, and we're taking the hilariously irreverent Stephanie McPhee, the yarn harlot herself, back with us to hang out at the store and autograph copies of her head-nodding, jaw-hurting-with-laughter books, from 6 to 8 p.m. Be there, or be square!
Here She Is!
After interviewing a number of lackluster candidates, I picked Miss Nola to be my new fit assistant. It was time. When making simple knits, you can get away with a swatch and a bunch of math calculations. However, at a certain point I needed to check the fit and proportions in 3-D.
So this past Tuesday on my lunch hour, I walked down to
Panda International Trading Co. and plunked down $350US. And I gotta say––when she was delivered to me at work, the looks on my co-workers faces as I wheeled her through the aisle was, as the commercial goes, priceless.
$350US was not bad; among the companies I researched, that's the student price. Average prices for a half form, start at $475US and up. A full form (with legs), is about $700US and up. And no, they do not go on sale, and the days of buying a used one, are over. It's an investment.
There is no standard set of measurements, even between mannequin producers. Bring a tape measure with you, and buy a form according to the measurements you need to work with. The number '12' on Nola means nothing. She is 39-29-39.
Nola's First Fitting Session
Finally! My first pattern for Knitty City, the Herringbone Lace Shell, in Classic Elite's "Provance". I have not finished the neck and armholes yet, as I want to use the Reverse Crochet st. (Crab st.), much to the complaints of some knitters. Will y'all get over it? The crochet hook is your friend.
It's just a different hand movement, that's all. You can do it.
(1.) On the bottom, you can see how the front seems slightly longer, and slants to the back, pulled by the rib. When worn, balance will be achieved, as the bust will take up the front, straightening the side seams. (2.) The front armhole, which I am going to finish in Reverse crochet.
The back armhole treatment is from the Vogue Knitting Quick Reference (see sidebar). The ribbing and armhole curve are made simultaneously by increasing and decreasing. This produces a ribbed armhole that adheres nicely to the body curve. My rib is twisted, matching the bottom
Gosh, maybe one day I'll actually get to eat.