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Monday, September 26, 2011

Vogue Knitting Live

I just came back from Los Angeles where Vogue Knitting had a big show. There was a great variety of classes taught by celebrities like Nicky Epstein, ShirleyPaden, Carla Scott, Deborah Norville, Clara Parkes, Franklin Habit and many others. Free fashion shows were separated by yarn companies and professional models were dressed in the projects published by Soho publishing. Everywhere you turn you see people knitting or petting the yarn. The big Gala dinner was the most interesting for me. I was at the table with Catherine Lowe who I admire tremendously for her finishing techniques, Deborah Norville who is so friendly that you think she is your closest friend, Hal Ozbelli, the President of Premier Yarns where Deborah has her yarn collection, and some wonderful knitters who could not spend a minute without knitting. Our table was at the front, so we saw the runway show from a front row. Just perfect. The keynote speaker was the most inspirational Kaffe Fassett. He talked about his quilts, fabrics, paintings, and, of course, his knitting designs for Rowan. Kaffe has been living in England for 45 years, but to my great surprise he is a Northern California boy. Yay! CA!! I left this event with a deep sense of justification why I came all the way to LA for VKL.
On a personal note I was very pleased to see a few of my designs at the event. It is always a great  pleasure.

Are you surprised that I have no photos for this post? Yaah... I forgot my iphone and did not take my camera with me because iphone takes great pictures. How great is that! I was so lost without my phone. Thanks to Simon, my husband, who gave me his phone the last minute before I boarded the plane I actually had a chance to connect with my friends Marly Bird and Simona Merchant-Dest.  Oh well, it made it even more interesting.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Al Fresco Slouch

I wanted to use Anzula Oasis (DK / 8 ply; 70% Silk, 30% Camel; 375 yards) for some time now. I knew just looking at it that it will be a wonderful yarn for some textured stitch. I was right.

Reminiscent of a painting done on plaster this stitch pattern combines seed stitch squares and little columns of cables. At the crown seed stitch continues in the midst of tapering cables.

This pattern is sold on  and on PATTERNFISH

The green hat is made from Cascade 220 Superwash.

My thanks to Pam Brydon for knitting this hat using Oasis (orange)
and my beautiful model Anna Wannenmacher.

Star Pullover

This design is done for Bijou Basin Ranch Fall Collection 2011  using their beautiful yarn Lhasa Wilderness (75/25 Yak & Bamboo). All photos are copyright of Bijou Basin Ranch.

Worked entirely in the round from the bottom up the Star Pullover features sleeves that worked in the round and joined with the body at the yoke. The main stitch pattern, Open Star stitch, is harmonized with ridged rib and garter stitch. Four button tabs are decorative.   


One of my new designs is made for the Fall 2011 Fairmount Fibers brochure.

Here is Vienna which is knit in wonderful  Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. 

© Fairmount Fibers

© Fairmount Fibers

My thanks to Pam Morrell for a beautiful job on knitting this sample.


Marnie MacLean is one of the behind-the-scene people of Twist Collective online magazine. She has been designing since 2003. By day, Marnie works for a newspaper as a business analyst...
Marnie's designs appear in books and print magazines but primarily she self published until the launch of Twist Collective in the fall of 2008.  I love her fresh, youthful, feminine, and classic-chic designs. It was no big surprise that she became an official member of the Twist Collective team since the Spring 2010 edition... Read more here.