If you’ve been following this series, you’ll know that Adélaïde was the name of the historic botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté , and about whom I posted previously, and her story is that she grew up to be a painter in her own right, just as her father. When I finished the daughter variation of the pattern in the beginning of December, knowing I wanted my niece to model it, I put it in a drawer and it has been waiting to be properly photographed. Well amidst the Christmas flurry of plans, the moment arose with the timing of perfection; the moment when my niece was free, home on her winter break from university, and the moment where the steady forecast of rain cleared for the afternoon, so we got in our cars and shot from opposite ends of the Mayacamas range, toward the castle, the approximate halfway point between, and nailed a perfect photo shoot in a very short time. The sweater is quite small, knit and designed for a young girl of eleven, and barely able to be worn by my niece, who is now a seemingly tall woman of twenty . . . but as the art gods are always on our side it seems, with a little tugging adjustments on the sweater between shots, we managed to wonderfully stage Adélaïde, the Daughter of Redouté Roses for its unveiling. Very pleased am I to see the lovely botanical motifs captured with the stone of the castle, the best place ever to show off the knitted things, and I’m so grateful for the beautiful spontaneous moments shared with my niece!
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Sweater Success !
My beautiful younger niece met me at the castle today.
It was so spontaneous!
I am so lucky and grateful that she could do it, because she is leaving back to university in a few days . . .
. . . but even more so because it was such a cool morning
after an impossible record heat wave we’ve had.
She is at home in the castle walls,
having been here so many times to model the endless sweaters . . .
so gracefully, and so genuinely.
And she gave this new design much needed relevance and proportion
because of the super voluminous shaping.
Both looked so lovely when she wore them, but I gave her the grey one, as it is casual and played down, and she loved it the most! I think its everybody’s favorite actually.
Redouté Roses pattern was posted earlier today over here And so now I can put all the yarn away, clean up the loft for a clean slate, and go for a nice walk in the woods, because with the help of my niece’s spontaneous rush to Calistoga for an impromptu photo shoot at the castle, I am now done & dusted with the project. I do think I want to make another one day, cropped dramatically, that would be so fun! (See all posts in the series)
January at the Castle
Yesterday I was finally able to meet both of my nieces at the castle, to give my eldest niece her Fisher Vest and to take a few photos in the swiftly darkening light of the very late afternoon.
I haven’t seen my eldest niece for over a year, since the last time we met in the middle of the worst of the California covid surge, to shoot these photos , remember?
She has been so busy with life as it just flies by us at times, and the pandemic has not helped either. But I must report, she is doing excellently in spite of it all.
We only had minutes before the light was too low, so only time for a few shots. Her birthday was end of the year, and I made her some fingerless gloves, snipped the tips off of the prototype which I had hidden away in a drawer, and ripped back. Fingerless gloves? She loved them. She is also wearing Aria Stole, which sweetens up the vest just a bit more, don’t you think?
Youngest niece stood by as photo assist (we had photo shoot for her & new design last September) and I couldn’t help but take one or two of her, for today she returns to university, and it will be months again before I see either of them. I loved the short time we spent together, closing it with an early dinner on the patio of Villa Corona Taqueria in St. Helena, it was a perfect whirlwind visit!
Solo sweater success!
Youngest niece and I met at the castle today, we took some photos, and then had a picnic in the dappled shade of the oak trees. It was a lovely last summer visit before she leaves to college. The Sol Inca sweaters have been tucked away for over a year waiting for the day both my nieces could model, but today only my youngest was able to make it. I hope to get another duo photo shoot of them over next winter solstice, but these shall have to suffice for now . . . just a hodgepodge . . . Sol Inca, Calidez Vest, and also a sneak peek at a brand new design that is not quite ready for it’s debut, that is coming just around the corner. Ok, now click 1st image in mosaic and go see the slideshow!
Patterns: Sol Inca, Calidez Vest , Aria Stole, and Mystery Vest not yet identified.
Today we met at the castle for Autumn Sweaters 2020.
They are wearing my latest sweater design Sol Inca,
the “afterthought” pullover.
The sweaters were so long in the making . . .
and in the waiting even longer to get together . . .
then with so many tourists milling about the castle, we just made it quick.
Although fewer photos were taken, as usual my nieces were fabulous!
(click 1st image & see entire slideshow)
Sweater success at the castle!
Autumn pullovers appear in the interesting castle nooks . . .
We met in Calistoga at the roastery for coffee while talking about things going on in our lives, and lucky for us it was an absolutely beautiful sunny winter day, so we hopped over to the castle to take our long waited for photo shoot, which went beyond Autumn into winter . . .
We got loads of photos against the stone,
and they modeled their Hillwalker Pullovers
sampled with Icelandic flare this year.
Just beautiful! The two of them continue to captivate my interest in designing, and honestly, it is ultimately for the three of us to have something together that grows and improves over time, with dedication and encouragement interwoven. I feel so lucky to have these young women in my life.
After the photo shoot we went into the town of St Helena and enjoyed our traditional lunch at Villa Corona, and then parted ways. Every minute delightful, the few hours spent together was for me the absolute cherry on top of the whole holiday!
( All posts Autumn sweaters 2019 here. )
For those of you who have been following my nieces here, in their Autumn Sweaters over the last decade, I’ll have you know that my eldest niece will be twenty years old tomorrow, and these are the tenth (pair of) Autumn sweaters that I have knit for them. They having begun their sweater-camera modeling when I first began my blog with the first Autumn Sweaters of 2010, a similar yoke style which I repeated this year . . .
This post has really brought on the holiday spirit of celebration for me; about craft and nurturing relationships. Having a lovely time and I’m so glad to share with you!
((Please click first image in mosaic and see the whole photo shoot!))
On the eve of the vernal equinox . . .
It is the eve of the vernal equinox, and so tomorrow is officially Spring !
My niece, Miss Nineteen, is on break from college, and so we met at the Calistoga Roastery, then went of course, to the castle…
I brought something along, the prototype of Golden Fields, to have a little impromptu photo shoot, as we always love to do!
She pulled it off beautifully, as always!
Golden Fields stole is a very personal creation from my own over-dyed UnSpun, and of which I’m proud of the epic amount of work that went into it, and ….
the pattern is available here.
So happy Spring everybody!
(( you can see the entire photo slide show by clicking first image in mosaic ))
Aria at the Castle.
I met my niece . . . Miss Sixteen . . . at the castle yesterday,
so she could model my latest lace collection Aria With Variations.
She was absolutely spectacular. I think she has really has mastered what is essential in modeling, having developed her character that is genuine and honest . . .
So natural, with a hint of bashful, and a lot of charm.
Here she is wearing Aria stole, in rose UnSpun 1100, in size 1,
and Variation One stole, in light grey UnSpun 880, in size 2.
Really there needs to be nothing else said, because she in her lovely way, she says it all!
( just click first image in mosaic to see the whole slideshow)
All posts in series Veils & Variations.
Yesterday I met my nieces in Calistoga at the Roastery, we had a little catching up over coffee & tea, then they put on their new Hillwalker sweaters, and this time we headed straight down to the Castle in St Helena for the photo shoot. They absolutely shone against the old hand-cut stone in their Autumn sweaters!
A fabulous time, and the usual stellar results! Oh, and behind the scenes my nieces are now also my assistants as well as my models, doing a great job of stepping in to preen as needed… real professionals! Click and check out these fun unexpected sneak shots…
Hillwalker pattern is available HERE.
But before you go, click on the first image in the mosaic, and view a much more extensive slide show of the whole photo shoot…
Sweet Sixteen and a new pattern!
A little sooner than I expected,
but I am posting the first of a two-part pattern.
First part, the pullover…
and my younger niece who is now Sweet Sixteen!
Miss Sixteen’s birthday pullover in the new pattern Hillwalker.
We photographed in Calistoga yesterday …
(( I love Miss Sixteen’s new hair cut! Don’t you? ))
Oh, and look who is now driving!
A stellar time with my niece and her mom at the Roastery on Sunday, with a quick photo shoot. I am needing a little extra time to get the cardigan ready , so that will be part two, very soon. But for now, please go check out the new Hillwalker pattern live on Ravelry…
Sweater Success !
I didn’t make it all the way to Calistoga for the actual Lincoln Street locale, but we improvised in St Helena instead. After meeting at St Helena Roastery, for coffee (please tell me you don’t notice the drop of chocolate syrup from Miss Fifteen’s mocha, spilled on her Lincoln Street before the photo shoot… lol!), we then took the photos against the stone of the St Helena Catholic Church, then went to Lolo’s Consignment Shop. Lastly we had lunch at Villa Corona, and walked around the Main Street a while too. Absolutely colossally wonderful summer day spent together with my nieces!
Now you can make your own Lincoln Street sleeveless …
and the pattern is available !
Details are HERE.
Sweater Success !
I met my nieces at the Roastery in Calistoga this morning, then we hit the four corners … It was a stellar success! It has been a couple of months since the Autumnal Equinox … I worried I’d never finish … Continue reading
Spring tees photoshoot in Calistoga…. at the four corners.
In front of Brannon’s…
At the corner of the old bank…
Over outside of Hydro Grill…
Next to the red geraniums outside of All Seasons Bistro….
Then my nieces Miss Seventeen & Miss Fourteen, were keen on visiting the old mural, although it seems to have faded somewhat in the bleaching hot Calistoga sun…
Just walking up Lincoln Street having fun…
Then we disappeared into thrift shop…
And we didn’t buy a thing!
Then we called it a day, and that about wraps it up for Spring Tees 2017!
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Pattern: Calidez with short sleeves and summer/spring hybrid neckline
Yarn: Knit Picks CotLin in colors “Raindrop” and “Pomegranate”
Spring Tee details on Ravelry here & here.
All Sweater Success posts of past and including this one here.
In Calistoga today….
It was pouring down rain most of the day, but fortunately late this morning it settled a bit and we got in some great shots of Miss Sixteen & Miss Fourteen modeling Calidez Vest.
At the wall outside of Brannan’s on Lincoln and Washington…
I burst with pride at how talented my nieces have become in front of the camera … as I strive to capture the ‘happy accident’ of the moment.
(Oh, but they have had a bit of practice you know… )
We also finally got Autumn’s Calidez Cardigan photographed !
Don’t ask me why it didn’t occur to me to get a couple of shots with the garments buttoned up all the way…
( I become so distracted!)
A lucky morning ( good hair day, good skin day ), and a good day of expressions wonderfully sincere, honest, and artful poses.
My favorite past-time most definitely, bar none, is hanging out with these smart & beautiful young women!
Sweater Success !
Another sweater success! However we rather fell out of tradition this time not photographing in Calistoga , but yet again at the castle which is my niece’s favorite photo place. Few words this post , but I promise to be more talkative of details about the cardigan when pattern is ready, and it is forthcoming shortly!
All Sweater Successes Past & Present
Highway 29 & Pattern !
My latest design “Highway 29” is named after the main road running through Napa Valley from Napa to Calistoga. This old highway is dotted with wineries and famous restaurants enough to make you dizzy, plus some added hot-spots where we locals trek to frequently, beginning in the north end of the town of Napa getting sweet around Yountville, then Oakville, Rutherford, St Helena, and continuing clear on up to Calistoga. As a local, coming down off the mountain from Oakville Grade when I am going upvalley, I often stop at the very unique Oakville Grocery , founded in 1881, just an old rural ‘backroads’ grocers of a bygone era, is now a highly trafficked stop-off for locals & tourists alike, with an exceptional coffee bar & deli for drinks, gifts & goodies-to-go. Until recently it doubled as the local post office, now it offers…. um…. wine tasting…
I believe my nieces and I were talking about Oakville Grocery & Post being the inspiration of forthcoming Autumn design, and second in the Napa Valley Collection.
After Oakville you pass a bunch of wineries, and then of course, St Helena where I often knit-in-public or meet friends at Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company, as its the coffee shops I seem to be most familiar with, loving to knit and visit with friends. After that it’s a stretch of countryside to Calistoga with places such as Bale Grist Mill, founded in 1846…
a working renovated grain mill which is popular for historic reenactment parties and has old-time live music often (one of the bands is my brother & sister-in-law, my nieces dad & mom) , offers tours & grinds corn to sell. It is in front of the entrance to the Bale Grist Mill where these photos were taken for Highway Halter, on the old wooden fence,
The favorite photo spot in recent couple of years for my nieces is Castello Di Amorosa, a medieval Tuscan castle transplanted stone-by-stone in recent decades…
Ah, but it is here at ‘ The Castle ‘ where you’ll recognize the stone from merely the carriage house where we actually have many of our photo shoots…
Right off of Hwy 29, this carriage house is at the entrance to the castle gate, erected more recently I think to use some left over stone & brick perhaps, and it houses the ground-keepers tools & provides a place for the chauffeurs to park, and I think some offices devoted to castle business. Here some shots from this spot…
Passing more breathtaking scenery, one finally lands in Calistoga as if by accident.
This is the town from which you may recognize many backdrops to my nieces & my photo shoots. For example, the left on above photo is Brannans Restaurant, and right across Lincoln Street is the mint-green bank building we have included many times…
But there are many photo memories of Calistoga and not enough room to post. Anyway, enough of all of this Highway 29 – turned to- Memory Lane, and all the treasures found along the way… and now it is time for Highway 29 Halter which I’ve just written a pattern for, and which my nieces do real justice to ! In previous post I talk about the significance of naming the latest design “Highway 29” , which really is a possibility to start a collection…. I mean, if I’m going to really go through with it… anyway, my nieces seem to think we should. If not the name-sake for the design will stand on its own. We will just have to see what comes.
You can find the pattern for this design on Ravelry HERE .
… or click the Hwy 29 road sign to arrive at the pattern page.
Sweater Success !
Spring sweater success!
We decided to photograph not in the town of Calistoga this time, but again at the castle.
Late morning brought very bright sun and was very warm after weeks of cool rainy days.
Oh, and great news is that my knitted tees seem to fit my nieces with absolute perfection!
This year’s Spring Tee was not a new design, but a fun redesign for ‘four seasons of necklines’ option for my Calidez pullover pattern. Both made in size 32 with short sleeve option, alternate style of yoke decrease, 2×2 rib, and knit with worsted-weight ( Malabrigo Rios) , using the gauge substitution chart included in the pattern. I must say, I rather impressed myself once I saw the short-row low swooping necks become three dimensional!
Miss Thirteen has gained inches in height still again, and now there’s no denying she is taller than Miss Sixteen.
All in all, a perfect day for ‘capturing of photographical images’ with some really nice knitwear, made with custom favorite colors for my two wonderful nieces…
Time goes swiftly, and I’ll enjoy a short rest before coming up with plans for the next equinox sweater~~ but folks, this is just as good as it gets!
To see all equinox sweaters over the last six years, click HERE
Project details on Ravelry HERE and HERE
Sweater Success !
A very bright but chilly November morning, in the usual places we photographed, the ‘four corners’ of Lincoln & Washington Streets in Calistoga. This year, things are quite different all around.
First of all, what normally would have been the actual time of equinox, the infamous and devastating wildfire of Lake County held things off for two months. But here we are, back to our familiar places. . .
Other things about this year, as predicted, Miss Twelve is now Miss Thirteen, and has grown so tall that she is now beginning to tower over everybody, including her ‘big sister’, Miss Fifteen (but very soon-to-be-sixteen!).
Miss Thirteen is now in Middle School, and on the volleyball team (they smashed all the other teams and came in first for the season!) and Miss Fifteen is excelling in cross-country running 3rd year in a row, and about to go to the post-season competitions ~~ and about to get her drivers license too!
Since all is going well with them, I’ll get back to the business of the sweaters . . .
These two being modeled are samples of Calidez.
I knit these Autumn Sweaters as I did the prototype, in Cascade 120 superwash ~~ extremely lofty and poofy yarn~~ and these pullovers knit up at lightening speed being bulky-weight yarn, and the instant impression from my nieces was ‘oh they’re soooo soft ‘. So I recommend this yarn if one wants a ridiculously soft but still pure wool experience.
And then . . .
after the photo shoot we went on a book-buying spree for Miss Thirteen’s birthday !
I think this Autumn Sweater design for my nieces is up to par and is deserving of the usual title of ‘Sweater Success!’ Now, those of you who are new to this blog, you must see Sweater Successes past, go HERE and be sure to scroll all the way down~~ to 2010!
Tartan & Tweed Tam: The Pattern
Well folks, the pattern has been submitted,
and I am happy to finally show you the bunch of lovely photographs taken last month at our castle, modeling the design.
This tam design is a little different, looking a little like a tweed cloth cap but also like a conventional tam. Personally I think I’ve finally found my best-yet tam shape, and am excited to run with it.
Oh, and there are options in yarn weights, and well,
how could I not include a straight-sided toque option?
I really think this tam is my best yet, and I hope you knit it !
Available for download w/ details on pattern page HERE & on Ravelry HERE
(matching Mitts pattern HERE)
Penny Candy Winter !
It’s here, finally, after redesign & re-knit of the yokes, and this morning re-photographing of…
my Penny Candy Winter !
My nieces, their mom, and I met at the Calistoga Roastery as we usually do for these occasions, and then the girls and I skipped on over to the wall outside of Brannon’s for just a few some up-to-date shots.
My nieces and I were full of giggles this morning, and the sun was bright, and the November air cool. Perfect conditions for Autumn photo shoot.
Look at the photo closely below, you’ll see Miss Fourteen’s shadow on the wall next to Miss Twelve.. a mysteriously goofy shot as we were trying really hard to be seriously artful, and in the end it was just quite hilarious. I love those unpredictable photos which tumble into the camera lens by accident.
You can find this pattern available on Yarnings right HERE,
or on Ravelry over HERE.
I haven’t even shown you the photos from Miss Twelve’s birthday yet, modelling Penny Candy Hat along with her sweater over HERE ! But that was before the sweaters were reworked (compare these photos with those from a month ago back on this post , when after posting I decided the yokes were a little too long, by about 2 inches.
Continue on and enjoy the rest of the photos in a slideshow …
Sweater Success !
The skies were perfect blue & sunny, and we had a terrific time for photographing Spring Tees 2014 ! This year, the design Penny Candy Tee has made it all the way to a published design, and I managed to get it all up and available in time to post the pattern ~~ right over HERE. What a crescendo, happy beautiful faces, and stellar lighting, with charm that just blew my socks off. I couldn’t believe my eyes, how much these girls have learned in the skills of modelling knitwear for their auntie. I am even getting a little teary just thinking about it. But on with the show !
The first always to be photographed is the mint green bank building of Old Town Calistoga . . Then we cross Lincoln and shoot against the terra cotta wall outside of Brannon’s Restaurant for our usual series of slightly goofy shots . . . .
Then we go to the corner outside of Hydro Grill.
People were having breakfast inside
watching us through the window seemed intrigued at what was going on just outside…
Last year’s addition , the ‘tree hugging’ shot outside of All Seasons Bistro,
now completes Four Corners, at the intersection of Washington & Lincoln Streets.
Then we make our way to the big mural of Old Town Calistoga ! The same poses are great because one can really see how the girls have grown in the years that I’ve been knitting for them (and blogging about it).
At the end of this post is a big long slideshow, I hope you watch it !
However, as this post is also a pattern debut, I must say, some lovely detail photos were taken.
Just look how lovely the neckline , with the scalloped neckline & mitered corners looks in these details . . .
And just how the bottom icord edge with scalloped lace pattern works . . .
Last not least , the back shoulder, and short rows.
The neck is just low enough in both the front and back. . .
Friends & Knitters, you can find the pattern over on it’s own page Penny Candy Tee Pattern page , here on Yarnings. or on Ravelry HERE Plenty to peruse, but, before you click off this page, the best is waiting next in this little slideshow !!!
Thank you girls, you’re the one’s who made me into the knitter I am, and if it weren’t for you, there’d be no Yarnings. Here on this bench outside of Calistoga Roastery, we closed for the day, and I want you to see the first photo taken of them, on this same bench wearing the first cardigans I knit for them!
All posts of the Penny Candy Tee in progress HERE
Edit In : I have rounded up most of the photos of my nieces here in Yarnings over the last four years. From present retrospect back to the first sweaters I knit for them in March 2010 . Simply click : Sweater Success !
Sweater Success !
Last Sunday we met in Calistoga to photograph the latest Autumn Cardigans ! It threatened to rain, but we got lucky and made it to our favorite sweater-modelling nooks in the town, with only a few drizzly drops to freshen things up. Above, on the corner of Lincoln & Washington Streets, outside of Bella Tootsie Shoes , this historical mint-green building is the back-drop for nearly every cover photo of Autumn & Spring Sweaters, for four years running.
This time, we added a tree to our usual spots . . .
Among several places, our favorite & final destination for photos is always the big mural across from Calistoga Coffee Roastery, so fun and theatrical, with two enormous walls lining both sides of a narrow alley, depicting Historical Calistoga. The mural has become our number one sweater photo shoot of all time.
There are a few other must-shoot spots , which you can see in the slideshow below, but it all starts outside of the Calistoga Coffee Roastery, where we meet for a coffee & chai, I give them their sweaters (always a surprise) , then we go out and start shooting photos. One can see my two nieces grow up over the years, on this very bench.
Compare with three years ago ~ Autumn Sweaters 2010 .
Demonstrated is the inside of the simple color stranding…
. . . showing the elasticity of stranding , which I achieved by weaving floats more often than what is considered ‘traditional’.
All in all, I was delighted to see how well the cardigans fit. This time I designed with a lower relaxed neck-line, but the blue one especially flirts with the shoulder a bit much and likes to fall off in a charmingly casual way, and because ( ahem ) the cuffs are too big, the result is that the sleeves are swallowing my niece’s hands! I did the whole photo shoot without even noticing my niece’s hands missing in many of the poses… LOL ! I was confident because the actual sweaters measured to specifications (yes, the sleeves too) and so I did not expect it. I am getting one of those blushing light-bulb moments where I understand better the relationship between neck-lines and sleeves.
Next visit, in a couple of weeks I will simply ‘take in’ the cuffs of blue cardigan with applied i-cord at the edge of the sleeves, and I think that will do the trick as there’ll still be some growing room in the length, but they’ll not slip over her hands. No problem with my younger niece’s fit, she’s growing like a weed right now anyway !
So folks, here’s the rest of the shots in a slideshow !
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In case you might be interested, you may have some fun looking through posts of past years nieces’ sweater shoots around the same spots in the town of Calistoga HERE
All posts of this project HERE
General details of this project on Ravelry HERE
Sweater Success !
This Spring’s sweater tees are once again a success and my nieces made them into a photo sensation !!! Chasing the bright morning light around the town of Calistoga, we sought out our favorite spots. The corner of Lincoln and Washington streets, with the intriguing minty blue-green building which is Bella Tootsie Shoe Shop, and our ‘cover photo’ signature most every time.
A close-up of one of the sweater tee detail, lighting just right so that you can see the single-row pin-striping of two colors alternating, and the raglan decreases through the ribbed neck band, with cord bind-off …
Such fine pin-stripes of light green & light blue, and light purple & smokey grey aren’t even visible unless one is up-close. Even just a couple of feet away, the colors melt into one another, creating a perfect blend , as these two sisters do . . .
The mural off of Lincoln Street is our essential destination in every photo shoot !
We enjoyed just hanging about in town too, always bustling with folk from the whole Napa Valley and beyond . . .
There was the mandatory ice-cream ~ raspberry sorbet & strawberry cheesecake ~ which is always the last shot I get before the camera protests with no memory left !
A few more photos tucked away into a little slide show of the best shots.
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More, still-life photos of these tees HERE
Detailed on Ravelry HERE
Autumn Sweater Success !!!
( Autumn Sweaters 2011 in same location click here )
My nieces in their new Autumn Sweaters. We photographed in the same colorful Calistoga nooks we seek out each time we do the Equinox Sweaters. In front of Calistoga Coffee Roastery, in front of the mint-green building on the corner of Lincoln and Washington streets, against the terra-cotta painted wall outside Brannon’s restaurant, and the best, the most amazing painted mural in the alley across Lincoln from the coffee roastery ! These places just never get old, and they will be the back drop every time we photograph the Equinox Sweaters.
” Happiness is a new sweater knit especially for me ! “
Luckily they fit, and luckily the yarn which I over-dyed became colors they both approved of ! Oh, and can you believe we were having a major heat wave of the Indian Summer? I wanted to get the pictures taken before it got too hot, and the unrelenting sun was bleaching bright, and nipping at our heels the whole way. . .
Autumn Sweaters 2012
(( Compare with two years ago ~ click for Autumn Sweaters 2010 ))
And now, for a slideshow of the fun sweater frolick we had in Calistoga . . .
You may see all posts on the progress of the Autumn 2012 sweaters by clicking here
Knitting details about sweaters are posted over on Ravelry here.
Sweater Success !
Sunday I met my nieces in Calistoga , beneath the snow-capped Mt.St Helena. Weather permitted, but just. I photographed them modelling their new sweaters in and about the interesting nooks in Calistoga ~ our favorite being the mural of Old Town Calistoga ~ and among some colorful walls of the buildings.
Then afterward, as is our tradition,
because modelling is hard work !
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Detailed in Ravelry here.
“Mostly Green” & “Mostly Blue” Pullovers
We met in Calistoga for Our Little Tradition of sweater gifting & photo shoot. This time a seriously awesome feature ~ right next to the Calistoga Coffee Roastery where we usually meet was this amazing alley way, with newly painted murals on each side ! Here my adorable, clever, and theatrical nieces seemed to step into a netherworld of characters and places of long ago. We then always always always get icecream, our tradition for four equinoxes running ! I hope you enjoy the little slideshow of them posing in front of the murals while wearing their sweaters for the first time, each very delighted.
Fare thee well sweaters, I’m happy to give you to your new happy homes. You were fun to knit, we thought…
Spring Vests 2011
Spring Vests detailed on Ravelry
Sweaters of my Own Design
I have been improvising sweaters with seamless yokes, and learning about Elizabeth Zimmerman’s countless points of design, including her “percentage system” . I think it’s beginning to all make sense, so that I hardly even have to consult the instructions anymore, but employ some simple math. I am so in love with the simplicity of the ‘seamless yoke’ type of sweater that I just can’t see myself stopping. I am going to try a new spin, upcoming. But first, let me post the sweaters I’ve knit which pre-date this blog…
~The sweaters I designed from 2010 ~
Nieces’ Autum 2010 cardigans (of my own design)
These sweaters are the very first sweaters I knit for my nieces, for Spring 2010, modeled by Miss Ten and Miss Seven in the playground in Calistoga.