26 Oct 2011

Colour Changer - Jacquards!

I ordered myself another new gadget - a Brother KRC- 900 colour changer, a beast of a machine! This is used to knit double jersey fabrics with patterns on and no floats at the back - in other words jacquard fabrics. It is also a great time saver for knitting stripes and comes with a tension unit for four yarns (ok I may be a little over excited about it). It took a while for me to understand it - having to consult all my books and swear and pout a little, but I finally got it to work on stripes and jacquard - I could not be happier with the results! This means I can make so many things now with a pattern on - scarfs, mittens, socks, booties now will all be float-less in the back of the fabric!
Check out below for a video and images. I didn't do a tutorial video as I'm not sure anyone wants one but if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask.

video
Looks like I am trying to contact the mother ship - but this is my colour changer in action. You can't really see what's happening but that's the magic of it- at the end you get something like the below.


Look no floats in the back - a total reversible fabric! 
One of my best purchase's from Ebay ever! 



24 Oct 2011

This week...

This week I was listening to -
Very fun and different listening. 

I was working on a round yoke fair isle cardigan, which is getting the better of me. The idea for the pattern came from one of Mary Weaver's book - I tweaked it for my own needs and decided to use the Forsell Superwash Yarn with the contrast as a high sheen acrylic. As my tension was so tight and the stitch's so small I couldn't fit the whole back on my machine so had to separate it out. The pattern consisted of less sewing up (which I hate) and more casting off on waste yarn and picking up again. All was going ok and I got the back and both sleeves knitted up - attached one sleeve and back together fine and then attached the other sleeve on the wrong side! Arghhhhh - Having to unravel all the fair isle I had been working on was torture! And then trying to get it back on the machine - I am ashamed to say I gave up. I will try again but I think I need to move on to something easier to help get things going. (Pictures will follow)
So I started to design and make socks - I got the clever comfort and elastic yarns from Yeoman to try out with the Space dyed yarn. So I am Sockward bound now.........

17 Oct 2011

Autumn Colours


  1. collage studies
  2. color forms
  3. parka city
  4. psychedelic furs
  5. sixties minutes
  6. spotty service
  7. tux love





COLOR FORMS
chloé

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3.1 phillip lim
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antonio berardi
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balenciaga
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bcbg max azria
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bottega veneta
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celine
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commuun
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costume national
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daryl k
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derek lam
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dkny
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giambattista valli
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jil sander
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jonathan saunders
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narciso rodriguez
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pedro lourenço
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prada
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proenza schouler
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7 Oct 2011

Folk inspiration


This blog is just not that easy to use - if anyone can help me with adding images please let me know.

Miu Miu Spring 2012 Ready-to-WearMiu Miu Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Mui Mui - loving the boots but fining the eyes a bit scary

A little Folk inspiration -





Some of the things I love -








6 Oct 2011

A little bit more fashion

Gareth Pugh Spring 2012 Ready-to-WearMaison Martin Margiela Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Gareth Pugh                                                              Maison Martin Margiela

A bit more of the crazy fashion! Gareth Pugh's collection is completely unwareable but also reminds me of a project I did a billion years ago in college -
At least in MMM's collection you would be waterproof and clean the floor just by walking along. The hair is a good look for those who don't want to be recognised but still want people to stare and point on the street - ultimate mystery.

5 Oct 2011

Fashion Roll - Paris Spring 12

Issy Miyake - I'm so cool I don't even need to look where I'm going.Issey Miyake Spring 2012 Ready-to-WearIssey Miyake Spring 2012 Ready-to-WearIssey Miyake Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear







































Kenzo- like the shapes here, and it seems fun and grown up at the same time.
Kenzo Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear




Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Alexander McQueen's amazing fashion! An under the sea theme with beautiful, detailed fabric's. Frills everywhere with a classic empire shape. The raised waist here was an exaggerated Empire line of ruffles, which undulated as the models walked, "like a jellyfish moves in the sea," said the designer. I even love the elfin goddess veils, if you ask me any outfit that makes me look like a jellyfish moving in the sea is amazing!


Sonia Rykiel's special touch of chic and unusual - beautifully optimistic yellow as well.       

Chanel's amazing looks - another under water theme. Just beautiful and just give me one
 

                               





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