In Episode 11 we meet London-based designer Jimenez Joseph a.k.a. JimiKnits, whose designs hint at her background as an accomplished sportswoman.
Knitters of the World features not one but two special guests. Sarah and Rob give us a little glimpse into their most beautiful surroundings in northern Maine. This is a treat.
And we have a chat about finished projects, continuing projects and some new projects. We would love you to join us.
Interview – Jimenez Joseph – JimiKnits
Our interview guest for this episode is Jimenez Joseph – or JimiKnits. Jimi is a London based designer, and with a background as a track and field athlete, her designs are modern, fashionable and easy to knit. You can find Jimi and her designs at:
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Amaryllis by Marie Wallin
Andrea’s Amaryllis by Marie Wallin is complete and every bit as beautiful as it was promising to be. The approach of Fair Isle in the flat, which meant some purled Fair Isle, together with the mix of Fair Isle and Intarsia turned out to be ideal for this project. The pattern uses Fair Isle as a feature, on the front of the cardigan and on the cuffs of the sleeves, so it is significantly less than the full garment. It also only uses the two colors. This means it is a great project to try Fair Isle or purled Fair Isle for the first time.
I have completed my second pair of socks. The pattern was based on Susan B Anderson’s simple sock pattern. The wool was Rowan’s Fine Art, a beautiful mix of merino, mohair and mulberry silk produced in South Africa, now being discontinued by Rowan. This is a lovely yarn, so if you’re interested, we suggest you keep your eyes open for end lots or de-stashes.
As my third project overall, knitting the socks was a reasonable challenge. I did a lot of the work with both socks on circular needles. The big attraction of this approach is that the socks are automatically the same length – without any counting. I do, however, find it a little more awkward than using double pointed needles. After doing the heel flaps I think I completed each sock separately, using the circular needles for the simple foot section, and going back to DPNs for the toes. The most challenging part was probably picking up stitches in the heel.
The Rowan Fine Art wool was easy to work with. It seems to be very forgiving, producing a beautiful fabric without me giving any real though to tension. The needles generally went where they were meant to – no split yarn, etc.
Blossom by Marie Wallin
Blossom is another pattern from Marie Wallin’s Springtime collection. It uses eleven colours in total, including the two colours from the Amaryllis, so I can use up the rests from that project. I may add waist shaping and make it a bit longer. The charts in the book are very small to work from, so I went to a copy shop and got enlarged copies made. There are ten little rose intarsia motifs around the hem, with each rose using five colours in addition to the avocado background. That means 50 little bobbins hanging off the work for the first section. I’m planning to wind little bobbins with a slip knot. Some of the threads will be so short that they won’t need winding at all.
I’m using the Rowan Felted Tweed which is the yarn recommended in the pattern.
Andrew’s Hiking Jacket
I have actually made some progress on my hiking jacket. We mentioned in the last episode that we were planning to do a “peek-a-boo” contrast color in the hem, cuffs and collar. Diane, KnotJustHats on Ravelry, gave us some very helpful tips here:
- Use a provisional cast-on, and remove the cast-on when joining the edge to the main work. This is less bulky than if you use a normal cast-on and do a three-needle bind-off to join the edge to the main work.
- Start the edge with a few rows of the main color before switching to the contrast color. This avoids the contrast color “shadowing” through the main color at the join.
- For the fold, include an extra row of purl to make the fabric fold cleanly. For me that meant that I purled three rows together, instead of purl, knit, purl.
We took on all three suggestions and the results were great. Andrea did the knitting for the first two – that was too complex for me, and I don’t need to master everything at once!!
Firebirds by Jade Starmore
Jade Starmore, daughter of Alice Starmore, is a designer and fashion photographer and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. Jade has a collection of really modern Fair Isle designs which you can find at VirtualYarns.
The pattern is inspired by the Slavic legend of the Firebird, a large bird with majestic plumage. The feathers of the Firebird glow brightly, even when removed from the bird, and a single feather can light an entire room. The legend involves the hero finding a glowing feather, then undertaking a difficult quest to find and capture the bird. In Jade’s pattern the bird is turning to admire it’s own fine tail.
This pattern was originally designed as a child’s garment but then, in response to requests, Jade released the design as a woman’s cardigan. I’m changing it to a gentleman’s (?) jumper. Not sure whether I will do set-in sleeves.
The colours Clover, Wild Orchid, Sundew and Corncrake all have a fiery feeling to them. The other colours are like a garden of rich foliage – Machair, Bogbean, Lapwing and Calluna.
I need to do a swatch to test my gauge and will then plan the measurements for Andrew.
Knitters of the World – FiberTrek
Our guests on Knitters of the World are Sarah and Rob, from northern Maine. Sarah hosts the beautiful and informative FiberTrek podcast, where she shares her passion for and knowledge of all things fiber, particularly place-based and breed-specific yarns. Her show has featured island visits for sheep shearing, and a close-up tour of the spinning process. Her podcast is definitely worth a visit, and both she and Rob share their beautiful environment on the Instagram feeds.
Our KALs are continuing, and Andrew is very pleased to have started on his own contribution!
As mentioned in Episode 10 and in the Ravelry threads, we would love to have your little video contributions for our “interim review” for each of the KALs. See the Ravelry threads for details of what we are after and how to submit your contributions. We have only had one submission so far. This may be because of the current holiday period, but if you have any concerns or queries, please let us know. We can provide some help on technical issues, and will try to address any other concerns. And if you just don’t want to do it – that is of course fine! We are really happy to have you all involved.
You can find the Ravelry threads for the two KALs here:
We mentioned that Madeleine is off with a couple of friends doing volunteer work on an organic farm. The organisation which supports this is called “WWOOF” – Willing Workers on Organic Farms, and they are indeed all around the world.