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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Slow, Slow, Knit, Knit, Slow.


Well, I'm knitting as fast as I can, however, things have gone very slowly over the Summer and I feel so behind in my orders for my knit cardigan jackets.

The cardi in the pic is one I designed last Fall and did so well with in Chicago at the One of a Kind Show there in December. I had nine orders and sold one of the two samples I took with me.

I then showed it in Toronto and Ottawa at the Spring shows this year and, of course, someone asked for it in Cotton.... I had only done it in wool... my favourite medium to knit with both hand and machine. If I didn't have to make a living and sell year round and have clients who couldn't wear Wool or just prefer cotton, I'd probably not do much with it.

I did the orders, I sent them out to the clients and as cotton knits up firmer than wool, without the lovely elasticity, some of them came back because of fit. As you cannot alter knitwear as you can sewn items of fabric this means starting from scratch and a redo for each one. This lovely little number has been the bane of my existance trying to work it in cotton and get the fit right. Tweaking the pattern in the Garment Designer software isn't enough, I have to fit and see that what's on paper actually works in the selected material.

Well, I think I'm getting there but I've a raft more orders in holding pattern in my studio... sometimes I think I here them each morning as I open up.....

......'pick me, pick me'!!!
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