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New Year, New Site

Happy New Years everyone! You might have noticed that I haven’t blogged on here in a while. The last few months, I’ve been working with Gerry to build my very own site: www.carylstyle.com. Please come over and give the new site a visit.

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Black Friday Sale

To celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas shopping season, I’m offering 20% off on all of my patterns for the next 3 days. Sale starts at midnight tonight (Thurs, Nov 24, 2010 – Eastern time) and ends at 11:59pm on Saturday, Nov 27, 2010. No coupon code necessary. Here’s a link to my patterns.

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New Collection Release – Purple Rain

Tonight I finalized the Purple Rain patterns, a collection inspired by my love of Prince, and released them on ravelry. As mentioned before, the collection consists of 4 pieces: mitts, cowl, hat and neckwarmer. I’m offering the possibility of either purchasing each pattern individually or as an ebook for a much lower price.

The Collection
(all 4 patterns)
US$10.00


Purple Rain Mitts

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US$4.00

Purple Rain Neckwarmer
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US$4.00


Purple Rain Hat

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US$4.00

Purple Rain Cowl
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US$4.00

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New Collection – an homage to Prince

October to now I’ve been working on a new collection which I plan to release both individually and as an E-book next week. I’m pretty excited to launch my first E-book and I’m quite proud of these designs. I think they’re funky and feminine and to me, they feel very original.

During the late Spring, VH1 aired the movie “Purple Rain” countless times and while the acting was mediocre, I kept watching Prince and Apollonia and really fell in love with Prince’s sense of style. I wanted to pay homage to his wonderful music and wonderfully original style and so I had in my head this Purple Rain collection. Purple Rain along with When Doves Cry are probably two of my fave Prince songs.

In thinking of this collection, purple was a forgone conclusion. I also thought of his album, Diamonds and Pearls and knew that these accessories required bling. Knitting bling pretty much means the addition of beads. I’m not sure that this collection can live up to the phenomenon that is Prince but this is my homage to the artist.


Purple Rain Collection

1) Purple Rain Neckwarmer
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2) Purple Rain Mitts
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3) Purple Rain Hat

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4) Purple Rain Cowl
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Brrr… Chilly…

I would choose the first really cold day to photograph my latest FOs. I’ve been doing a bit of test knitting for my knitter friends and attempted a new design.

1. Quinault fingerless mitts
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This is a test knit for Marjorie (Raintownknitter on ravelry). The mitts are really lovely and with the weather turning cold will keep my fingers nice and warm as I knit on the subway. The mitts are knit using Malabrigo Yarn Sock in the Impressionist Sky colorway.

For fun, the pics went ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”:
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2. Hestia cardigan
This test knit is for Jacqui (Jacqui722 on ravelry). The cardigan is knit using Malabrigo Yarn Sock in the Terracotta colorway.

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3. Reprieve
I’ve really not been having a great time lately. Everything I’ve attempted to design has been a big fail. I see something in my head and then I’d start knitting it and just not liking it. So it was a surprise when this shawl came to mind. I actually wrote out the pattern, made up my charts and then started knitting it. I called it Reprieve because everything seemed to be coming together and it was nice after all the failures. However, I’m not too happy with the final result so I don’t think I’ll be publishing it. The shawl is knit using Malabrigo Yarn Sock in the Ochre colorway.

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Gluttony by any other name…

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I arrived back in the US very late Saturday night (Aug 15). And besides starting the soul destroying job hunt, I had already booked my place on the Manhattan Knitting Guild’s bus trip to WEBS. On Saturday I trekked out to E 61st and 3rd Ave to catch the bus that would take me to WEBS. First I must give a shout out to Victoria, my awesome bus buddy. She sat next to me and said something like, someone wearing such a lovely shawl must be interesting to talk to. She was super interesting to talk to and despite hella traffic that made us over an hour late for our estimated time of arrival, we kept up some happy chatter and worked on our knitting projects.

On the bus, I mentioned to Victoria that I was going to be abstemious and only get very little yarn. She then mentioned that since the bus trip cost upwards of $50, buying very little didn’t make sense. “An expensive bus trip to buy nothing??? Really?” thought I. And so maybe thinking that gave me leeway to spend over three times what I’d actually planned on spending.

We arrived at WEBS and after acquiring our mini goody bags and 25% off coupons, I went in and quickly met up with Nina and Mary, two ravelry friends. Sadly I didn’t get to spend too much time with Mary as I arrived an hour late and she had to go. But I got to hang with Nina and she gave me the WEBS tour. I went a bit crazy, especially in the Beads store.

So what did I acquire?

Not photographed: Swift and ball winder (finally, I’m so tired of having to hand wind yarn) and Knitgrrl’s new book – the Guide to Professional Design. I also got a skein of Mal Worsted in Purple Mystery that’s also not photographed because I immediately started knitting with it. It’s for a neckwarmer that I plan to release this Fall.

Additionally, Mal Twist in Lettuce (2 skeins)
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1 skein MadTosh in Tart
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1 skein MadTosh in Glazed Peach
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1 skein Misti Alpaca
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1 skein Berroco Lustra in Black
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9 skeins Ella Rae in this cream color. The plan is to eventually knit a colorwork garment of my own design playing around with these colors.
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2 skeins Ella Rae in teal
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2 skeins Ella Rae in this Magenta color
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2 skeins Ella Rae in yellow
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2 skeins Ella Rae in green
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Yeah, I went crazy…

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Photographing toddlers/babies is hard to do

Pamela’s blanket test knitting process is nearly complete but I’ve been having issues getting good photographs with my model, Pamela, and the blanket. An 18 month old just isn’t into posing and waiting patiently for me to take just the right photograph. On three occasions photo shoots were attempted and only on the 3rd attempt were the pictures decent. I’m a bit mad at myself because I kept thinking the pictures looked a bit blurry but never took the time to check my camera settings. Finally after a successful photo shoot, I had the shots but still this blurriness and so checked my camera. It turned out that I had it on MF rather than AF. I have no idea what MF or AF means but I do know that AF gives you a sharper picture. Some of the pictures came out OK though. Sadly my favorite ones came out blurry so I probably won’t be able to use them and I don’t think I could subject Pamela to yet another shoot. That might just be child abuse.

Here are what I consider the best of the batch. Feel free to comment on which you think would make the best cover photo for the pattern. I plan to include some shots of Pamela plus blanket plus some shots of the blanket alone so that more detail of the blanket can be shown.

1. I quite like this shot though it looks like I’m advertising chapstick in addition to the blanket :-).
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2. I quite like this one as well though I wish she were looking at the camera and the photo was a bit sharper.
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3. I really like this photo. I’m not quite sure why but it just seems to be a great shot of a baby and her blanket.
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4. Great shot of Pamela but blanket comes out quite blurry.
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5. Another excellent Pamela shot but not so great blanket shot.
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6. This picture is just sweet.
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7. Pamela was then put down for a nap and while the shoot was easy, the lighting wasn’t ideal.
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8. Detail picture 1.
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9. Detail picture 2.
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10. Previously posted but I thought I’d include this one as well. I like the warm tones here and maybe could crop the photo a bit.
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11. Just a shot of full blanket.
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I’d love to hear some critique on these photos: which are best, should photos be cropped, are all these crap and I should try another photo session…

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