Sunday, January 24, 2010

Spring Fever

We're changing gears and turning our minds to spring. Across the states and Europe, the spring warm-up will soon begin. Some places won't see it for a little bit longer than others, but here in New York, we have Spring Fever. To keep us busy while we ride out the last of the winter, we're getting our projects on the warm-weather track.
We're brainstorming for new ideas, and revamping old ones. Spring is a time for growth and new beginnings, and we look forward to it. We're working on a few new patterns, sales, and themed-stocking concepts. We're on the look-out for fabrics and yarns that will bring some spring to the blustery winter that will linger for another month or two.

We stocked WAHM Nation on Wednesday, January 20th with Valentine's Day in mind. Twirly skirts are fun and versatile to wear, and fun to make! My 3-year-old daughter enjoyed helping me pick out the fabrics. I know she's hoping for another twirly skirt of her own!
One new item on KumfyKozies is the Twirly Dress. We've been doing them for our own little sweeties for months now, and a few custom orders as well, but now we're shortening the sleeves, and bringing them out for stockings. We gave it a jazzy little sleeve, and are focusing on bright, happy colors and prints for fabrics. Pair with a cardigan or on its own, the Twirly Dress is perfect for the sunshine in your life.
Some may call it premature, but we're excited for Spring. We stocked our first pair of shorties in our last stocking on Wednesday. Another pair in a size larger is on the needles, hopefully to be finished for this Wednesday's stocking. We're doing things a little longer than normal shorts, but not quite longies. Depending on the inseam, they'll fit as board shorts that hit at or just below the knee, for a wide-legged fit like board shorts or capris. Because of it's hardy nature and resistance to pilling, we're using Peace Fleece for the larger sizes. We love the colors and flecks of variation that is signature of Peace Fleece, and are adding fun cuffs and cables to spice up the beutiful simplicity.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Catching Up

We've had some family issues to deal with as of late, including the death of my beloved grandpa, so I have been scarce. I have been staying busy, though!
I finished the sleeveless tunic for my niece's birthday(December 31st), and only just had a chance to give it to her this weekend. I look forward to getting some action shots of the entire ensemble. My niece is such a petite, fair-skinned sweetie, with a bald head and pale skin like a porcelain doll, I couldn't possibly knit something to outshine her cuteness, but I tried to make something simple and functional for a learning-to-walk one-year-old.
I also finished a pair of capris for a collaboration on the congo I am a member of on HyenaCart, called WAHM Nation. Another WAHM made a long-sleeved tee embellished with the purple-themed Ooga-Booga fabric by MOM, llc, and a third WAHM made a dozen cloth wipes with the same Ooga Booga fabric, and hand-dyed purple organic cotton velour. Everything is on its way to me, and I am excited to get it all photographed and listed. The capris are mediums I knit from my own Kumfy Pants pattern, with a ruffled cuff. I use 3-ply PureWool in the Salinas colorway. I'm really pleased with the result, and excited to get the fundraising collaboration auction listed.
Another project recently completed, was a sleeveless tunic for my 3-year-old daughter, identical to (but bigger than) the tunic I knit for my niece. I initially wrote the pattern as a jumper for her when she was about 18-months-old, but decided to modify it to be a tunic she could wear through the rest of the winter, and into the spring and early summer. This project was meant to be simple enough to knit in the dark start to finish, during the 24-hour round trip to and from North Carolina this weekend for my grandpa's memorial service. I consider the project a success, it's basic, beautiful, and my daughter has not taken it off since we arrived home. She even wore it to bed last night. Therefore, I only have photos of her in it.

Another new undertaking: The Twisty Trouser pattern by Lynne at Cabbages and Kings. This first pair will be teeny-tiny, and a gift for the chef at the restaurant where I am employed. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in early March, and I'm excited to surprise them with a pair of Twisty Trousers. If they are as easy as they seem so far, I plan to knit a pair for each of the new babies I know that are coming in the next six months. That includes 5 between now and April 30th. I better get knitting.