Knitscene Summer 2012, Michaela Tee

I was planning a blog post on buttons for today, but that will wait. There is lots of time to talk about buttons (which is good because, I have a lot of buttons). Instead, I have something new to show you. I didn’t think I’d get a pattern in March, this year. I’ve been very busy working on future projects for the past 6 weeks, so I had nothing planned for March. I had almost completely forgotten about my design for Knitscene Summer 2012! That’s what happens with publications though. You work on them with a lot of lead time and then you send them on their way. They are like a fun surprise (that you actually knew was coming, but couldn’t tell anyone)!

Anyways, onto the pattern! The sweater is called  the Michaela Tee. It is knit up in  Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK which is 50% Organic Cotton and 50% Organic wool. I really like this yarn and I have worked with it’s Aran weight partner in the past. It knits up into a gorgeous fabric and blocks wonderfully.

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The Michaela Tee is a sweater I would wear for myself. It’s fitted and simple, but it has it’s own uniqueness about it.

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The asymmetrical placket adds interest.  Also, this is the perfect sweater to use some fun vintage buttons. Speaking of which it took me forever to decide on buttons. I believe I snagged these white vintage buttons on etsy, but don’t hold me to that. I am known for my button stash. I will search goodwill, garage sales, the internet,  etc. all in the hopes of finding the perfect buttons.

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The edgings are my favorite part. I tend to like rolled edges, but sometimes there’s just too much roll. I like the combination of the ribbing and the rolled edge for that reason. It keeps the rolling from getting all carried away with its bad self. I also really enjoy how they styled this. The skirt looks great with the sweater. I also love the coloring of the backgrounds. Didn’t they do a great job of making it seem warm out. I remember some tweets when this was being shot, it was NOT warm out!

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Anyways, I really hope you like it. Please do check out the Knitscene Summer 2012 issue. It is packed with fantastic designs. There is also a designer showcase by Sarah Wilson (The Sexy Knitter). It’s fabulous! Check out the preview here.

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I Simply Must Blog…

Oh blog, I have really been ignoring you again. I’m not even going to finish this post before I have to run out and take care of something. I have been knitting away as usual, but it seems very difficult during the little work time I have to fit in a blog post! I am going to need to make more time for it. Maybe I should schedule it 🙂

Knitting! Yes, oh, yes, I’ve been knitting. Design knitting, fun knitting, you name it, I’ve been doing it. I took advantage of this being Malabrigo March at the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry, to try something new. I made a stuffed toy.  Now, I think they are cute and they look fun, but I’ve never been a fan of things I consider…fiddly. Well, I threw caution to the wind and cast on Jerry the Musical Monkey(pattern by Rebecca Danger). I picked out my favorite Malabrigo colorway  (Bobby Blue) and a near second (Cape Cod Grey) in Silky. I started out slow as I have TONS of design knitting to get done. This weekend, after finishing a design knit, I went at him full time. He didn’t take long to finish and he was lots of fun! He’s a bit wonky because I knit him while watching Doctor Who and I may have not been paying the best attention, but I sort of adore his wonkiness. Now, I knit this monkey for myself. I am very rarely the recipient of anything around here and I thought it high time I got a monkey. I had a name picked out and everything. However, when I was finished, my nearly 3 year old, stole him. He was mine for all of 10 seconds. I created this entry for the “Most Creative Picture,” Malabrigo March contest on the Junkies group.

I guess I will have to make another…