Follow up

I promised you photos of Central Park today but guess who forgot their camera when she rush-rushed out the door this morning?

Sigh...Lately, I have been so busy that I forget things. Not good, methinks I need to slow down a bit. See, this city is chock full of so many exciting things that one can easily take on too much. 

Although I cannot provide you with pictures, I can assure you that my walk through Central Park on my way to the Upper East Side was a marvelous one. I got myself a cup of coffee, strolled alongside the trees that are all turning color and enjoyed some sax tunes in the far distance. I felt like I was in a romantic movie set... But I digress, let's get down to knitting business!

Questions and Answers


Knitter Sharon was wondering what my thoughts were on using Burly Spun for the Zara Cowl. This was my answer:

Burly Spun is a super bulky and sturdy yarn which doesn't have a soft feel. Quite the contrary, it has a 'ropey' feel to it. Since a cowl is worn close to the neck and face, softness is what you want. 

Also, since Burly Spun has a very firm and sturdy character, it will yield an even sturdier and firmer fabric when knitted in the Large Basket stitch. 

For our Zara cowl, I would not use Burly Spun. But if I were to design a bag or a mat, I would definitely use Burly Spun and knit it up in the Large Basket stitch!

Let me stress here that this is just my opinion. Don't take my word for it, explore for yourself what you would do because there is no right or wrong. Having this said, look what beautiful cowl pattern Sally at Close Knit's is sharing:

Sally's Cowl 2

And guess what? It is made out of Burly Spun.

Next question is about the many Seattle Gloves I made in the past. A knitter is very curious which yarns I've used to make my gloves in the picture below.


My answer:

All the yarns in the basket are either heavy sock, DK weight or a very light worsted weight and I worked them on a needle size US#3. I don't have the color information anymore but here is a list of yarns that I've used: Colinette Cadenza, Rowan Silk Wool DK, and a bunch of other yarns I purchased way back in 2008. I wrote a post about these yarns. Click here to get to it! 

Early Spring Design Line

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I've gotten great tips on the Early Spring Design Line from some of you. Let's see what we've got here:

- Embellishment ideas for hats (good one, Charly)

- A beautiful lace stole

- Beaded Clutch with short tassels

- A cloche with a starched knitted flower on the brim

- A lace cardigan with Pearl buttons (thanks for this design tip, Susan)

Thanks "anonymous knitters" for your input! Let me know who you are by stating your name while you leave a comment. In the next coming weeks I will determine what pieces are going to be designed and then we can start sketching...yay! Fun!

As for life in NYC


I am very busy lately with all things knitting and designing related. It is time for me to seriously step up my game with regard to designing and I should approach what I do on a more professional level.

New York City is a place of a thousand opportunities. All you have to do is just reach out and grab them. 

I have lots of hopes and dreams that I want to fulfill. I can take these hopes and dreams down many avenues but I have to be smart about it. 


When I finished my very first knitted item as a newbie knitter, I felt so empowered. And when I designed my very first cardigan, I felt not only empowered but I realized that I can create anything I want. 

This realization of creating anything I want, does not only pertain to my knitting. If I set my mind to it, and if I work hard and make the right connections, I can make my hopes tangible and fulfill my dreams.

It's all in my own hands. With these hands, I have created and designed knitwear. With these very same hands, I can shape my life how I want it to be. 

I am happy to share this shaping and creating with you, my dear reader. Thank you for being with me as I walk my creative path.


Thank you for reading and until the next entry!


Burly Spun

Hi Nanci, I was at Close Knit on Tuesday.  The cowl done by Sally is very pretty to see in person.  It had nice drape and would not necessarily end up close to your neck, but instead probably layered with something else. Sharon

Drapey fabric

Hi Sharon, 

Wish I could scoot over to Close Knit's too!

See how a different stitch pattern will make the yarn drapey? Good example what different stitch patterns will do to the same yarn. All over cables will make Burly Spun stiff, yet a seed stitch with big needles with make a drapey fabric.


The three comments about

The three comments about making a "beautiful lace stole" were all from me.  I was having difficulty getting a comment to post (I thought!) so would wait and try again. Sorry for the repetition.  I do so love your telling and photos of NYC. It is one of my favorite cities and you just confirm my feeling that it would be a wonderful place to live!  Your photos today are beautiful.   Judi :-)

Hello Judi!

Well, hello there, Judi :)

Thank you for your input! No worries about the repetition in comments. The way it works around here, is that I have to approve your comment. Reason for this is that I get a lot of spam...

If you sign up for an account with me, your comments will be published without me having to approve them first :)  

I am so happy you are visiting my website and that you enjoy my writings about NYC! As for the photos of today, I have to credit my husband. He did a great job, didn't he?

You make NYC sound so

You make NYC sound so romantic. It's the perfect place for you!

Romantic at heart...

Susan, yes, you are right, I guess am a romantic at heart. As a kid in high school, I was always drawn to "Romanticism" in art and literature. I believe you can also see that in my work. At least, I hope so.

the cloche and beaded clutch

the cloche and beaded clutch were my ideas, Nancy!  I can't wait to see if you use one of them!  -Jenna

A-ha, it's Jen-na!

Aha, it's you, Jenna! I've always wanted to make a clutch and I am so into tassels these days. And the starched flower, brilliant!Thanks for your input, it's more fun doing this together :) 

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