Meanwhile in Maine collage hawk and schematic

Schematics and Settling In

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Drilling down the math and crafting the schematics.  This cocoon style sweater posed some schematic design decisions.  Do I show it open or closed.  With sleeves, with 1 sleeve, or as a vest?  And how to show that huge fold over collar?? A trend lately has been to use letters on the schematics and keep the numbers in a table.  I explored this method a few years back, but after some input from industry professionals, kept the standard numbers on the sketch method.  I’m not sure how I’ll place the numbers yet.  Which do you prefer? Meanwhile in Maine Update It is with great joy and excitement that I share this cross-post blog with you.  As 26th anniversary of the …

Farewell NC

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T-3 days and camera mom and I will head up to our new home in Maine, where camera dad awaits our arrival! Squee with me!!! And prayers are very much appreciated to. Business Effects – I’ll been offline until the computers are moved, which may not be until camera dad’s next uHaul haul, but I’m hoping it won’t be too long. I may (or may not) have cell service up there so may (or may not) be available via email. But that’s the best chance of catching me. Ya, a lot of the technology is still unknown, sorry about that. Remember to enjoy 25% off all my self-published patterns until March 20th on Payhip and Ravelry! Code: NC2ME Payhip – …

Meanwhile in Maine collage blocking sweater and kitchen cabinets installed

Blocking and Packing

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Check it out (!) – the Meanwhile in Maine sweater is on the blocking board!!!!!!  Of course, the design is staying hidden, but this is a major step after the completed sample literally lived on my desk for months while prototype 2 was underway and the pattern got an overhaul from cast on to bind off. In the end, I went for the “hard” math / grading in order to have the neckline finish below the underarm joins.  After weeks in excel working on each size individually for a superb fit, I frogged prototype 2 back to double check the pattern before proceeding. Though prototype 2 has a different slope on the short rows, here, too, I returned to the original …

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KNIT 2024 theme

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For those of you who’ve followed along for a while, you know the first blog of the year is the theme announcement.  Following alphabetically, I don’t think this year is too much of a shocker. Introducing the year of KNIT k: knitworthy n: ‘n i: intriguing t: techniques What to look forward to?  THE BIG PROJECTS! My next knitting book is in the works!  A book of shawls featuring my favorite “intriguing” technique, short rows.  Like Take the Plunge, this book will be available in both printed and ebook formats.  With beautiful designs, some familiar and some new shapes, behind the scene insights, and a few special bonuses, I hope you enjoy short row swinging your way through all the …

That’s a Wrap

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You know I can’t resist a good pun, especially a knitting one!  So, let’s review “Joy of Knitting” before the ending credits roll in 2023. Off the Set Kicking off the Joy of Knitting, Off the Set took the stitch pattern I fell in love with from last year’s collection (On the Set) and transformed it into a super cute cloche!  Joy was both in the familiar stitches as well as the mental puzzle of figuring out how to turn it into a hat. Diamond Discovery While stashing down for Maine, Diamond Discovery became!  Joyful satisfaction in transforming a old swatch that cameramom fell in love with into a cowl she loves to wear.  Reducing stash by a skein was …

Meanwhile in Maine trim collage

Fixing the Trim

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If you remember Sleeve Island and Interior Finishes, I had the wrong ratio on my pick up for the cocoon collar.  Christine Guest recommended I use the trim as a ruler.  How’d that work out? PERFECTLY!!!  Not only did it work out perfectly, but it also made for a much easier to write pick up ratio 😉.  Thanks, Christine! Now to the knitty gritty 😉.  The first trial used the already knit hem to see how much I was short by bunching up the excess. The second trial unraveled more from the body to see just how much I should be using. Both tests gave the same result of how much I was short. A lot of frogging and reknitting …

Meanwhile in Maine porch and Submerge

Downsizing Samples for Maine

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If you ever wanted a handknit from Knit Eco Chic, this is for you! Non-local recipients are responsible for covering shipping costs. My closet in Maine won’t hold all my samples, so I’m having a sample destash / giveaway. If you have any questions about a particular design, please email me. If anything catches your eye, please email me – knit eco chic at gmail (no spaces and add the .com)! These are on a first come basis. ~ Floral Chic, Plunge (crop), Sheer Illusion Tank & Lagoon Shallows claimed. Photos of available items remain. Meanwhile in Maine Today camera mom and camera dad celebrate their 49th anniversary! Camera dad is up in Maine overseeing the build, so it’s a …

collage of knitting and sketch

Pattern Placement and Siding

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I think it’s wonderful how God uses one thing to teach us how to do something completely different.  I was hoping to have more knitting completed on the sweater, but summer heat without A/C put it away until a cooler day.  So instead, I wanted to zoom in and talk about pattern placement… and in an unusual turn of events, how that helped the Meanwhile in Maine build project! There are 3 distinct pattern details on the Meanwhile in Maine design – I’ve talked about darts and shoulder detail in posts past, but what about the bottom of the center back detail.  This panel was worked in reverse as I wanted all sizes to end on a certain row so …

Meanwhile in Maine graphic with knitting and countertop

Sleeve Island and Interior Finishes

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My favorite of all sleeves is the short row top-down sleeve, so once again, it’s shown up here.  I promise I have knit others, but when one fits so beautifully and the construction makes you smile, why switch?  Not wanting a “boring” sleeve, this one has 3 feature elements.  To compliment the front shoulder detail, I added it to the sleeve cap as well.  The detail along the top of the arm also matches the detail on the body.  However, the detail under the arm is slightly different to prevent bulkiness and stiffness where it isn’t needed.  Can you spot the difference? I knit the collar on before the sleeves because I didn’t know how much yarn it would take.  …

Meanwhile in Maine split screen

Body, Collar, and a Roof!

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Exciting developments are afoot on both Meanwhile in Maine projects!  First up, the fiber: (insert trumpet sound) The mental block broke!!!  I’ve been knitting like crazy and am already finished the body, first stab at the collar (it’ll need just a touch of tweaking), and last night I started the first sleeve.  Check out Antionette’s live replay for a sneak peek.  Since she surprised me by putting me on camera yesterday (without any warning, mind you), I thought I’d share the WIP I had to work on during her live. https://www.youtube.com/live/iG1SmDIDTpw?feature=share (to skip to the preview, click here: https://www.youtube.com/live/iG1SmDIDTpw?feature=share&t=2044 ) As you can see in the video, I did add a little cable detail to the front, which originally was …