Monthly Archive: April 2016

Swatching The Day Away

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 I’ll admit that I don’t love swatching for gauge…but I do love to swatch when playing with new yarn, stitch patterns, or color combinations. Especially when I get to work with really delicious yarn! This past week I have been doing some swatching with the vibrant colors of Candy Skein yarns. I worked with two of her yarns – Sweet Fingering (50% Merino Superwash / 50% Silk) and Yummy Fingering (75% Merino Superwash / 25% Nylon). The rainbow of vibrant colors was really hard to choose from! So many amazing color combinations! I love the shine that silk gives, but I also really enjoy working with just about any merino blend! The way that merino takes dye is just brilliant! When I am testing out new ideas, I don’t really have much of a plan in place. I hold balls of yarn up next to each other and see how I like them and sometimes I start to swatch with them and I just don’t like the way they look together, so I rip out and try a different combination. I also don’t really have an idea of what stitch patterns I want to use. Sometimes I refer to a stitch guide (my favorites are the Harmony Guides), but they are generally just used to get the creative juices flowing. Once I…
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FIDM Costume Exhibit was Inspiring!

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Today I went and checked out the FIDM Costume Exhibit in downtown LA. It was really inspiring to see such amazing and intricate work by so many super talented costume designers. So many of the costumes had fine details and tiny stitches that made each piece really exciting to see up close. There are days when I feel like I can barely dress myself! I don’t know how costume designers dress so many people and yet still take the time to be sure every single stitch is in place! There was writing on the walls throughout the exhibit that talked about what goes into being a costume designer – some interesting tidbits I didn’t even consider! One quote talked about how a tiny spot on a dress might not seem like a very big deal, but once it is put onto a 300-foot screen, that tiny dot is now 3-feet tall! Talk about paying attention to every single detail! There was also quotes about how the costume designers have to know everything about the set, time period, scenery, weather, and camera lenses while they are creating their designs. Definitely all aspects of a movie that can affect (positively or negatively) the scene. It made me think about the movie The Garden State with Zach Braff and there was a scene where he was…
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