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Please excuse my delay in posting about Yehliu — I’ve been a very busy bee working on some designs for SWTC and the upcoming TNNA trade show next week.

Yehliu book2 thumbI my previous posts about Knitting in the Sun, I mentioned that designers were asked to submit names of sunny places for our garments to keep with the book’s theme.  My lacy cables-and-lace kimono cardigan design just begged to be named Yehliu (phonetically pronounced YAY-lou). The texture and patterning of the cardigan reminds me of the divets and textures in some of the rock formations in the geological wonders at Yehliu Park.

The sketch and original swatch that I submitted differedyehliu a little from the final garment, because my swatch used a DK yarn, and in the end, Kristi and I went with Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb, a worsted weight yarn. At the time, we really couldn’t find a nice DK yarn that really would give the garment the sheen and drape that we wanted. The garment is knit from cuff to center at the bodice, seamed, and then stitches are picked up for the lower portion of the cardigan.  The silky yarn gives is great drape, while the looser fit just screams luscious comfort.

Because of the difficultly in translating a character-based language with sounds not used by English-speakers, Yehliou is another variation of the romanized spelling. So, if you want to search for information in addition to the links I’ve provided, check the different spellings.yehliu swatch

Yehliu is one of the many famous and beautiful destination sites in Taiwan.  It is located north of Taipei, along the northern coast, and very close to Yangminshan National Park (where I once got a nasty “bite” from a caterpillar), and located withing the Guanyinshan National Scenic Area. (btw, “shan” is mountain).

Yehliu is geological phenomenon – there are many gorgeous and unusual rock formations created by Mother Nature.  One of the most famous formation is known as the Queen’s Head, with reference to it’s resemblance to Nefertiti.  My dad has photos of the Queen’s Head from the 70’s and her profile was much more pronounced and apparent.  Over the decades, wind has whittled down her silhouette.  It’s nature, but I wonder how many more years, the Queen’s Head will have before her neck snaps off.   I should try to find my dad’s photos for comparison.

If you want to see Nefertiti’s bust in person, do it soon! Geologists estimate that she many only survive for another 20 years. Even then, since Taiwan sits on a volcanic bed and on some fault lines, any earthquake coud also cause her neck to snap.  Some of the nearby attractions include Taipei, the hot springs at Yangminshan, Tamshui Fisherman’s Wharf, and many others!

Below are more fantastic photos of these natural wonders. Many of the formations have been dubbed with names like Tofu Rock, Candle Rock or Boob Rock,   I personally don’t have any good digital photos of Yehliu, since when I went 5 years ago, I had a really crappy camera, and the weather situation was not conducive to great photos. The photos below are from URLs that I grabbed from photos that I found. In all cases, I linked the photo to the photographer’s Flickr page so that due credit can be recognized.

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If you’re one of my more regular blog readers, you’ve probably already seen my various posts about my designs and the process of designing for Knitting In the Sun: 32 Projects For Warm Weather by Kristi Porter, knitting designer, teacher, tech editor and an all-around talent.  I still promise to reveal more details about my experiences later, but today in this blog tour stop, I want to talk about the other wonderful things in this book…

What’s that saying that we hear all the time? “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Well, judge, judge away! You definitely should judge this book by its cover.  You will not be disappointed. The content and photos inside the book are just as inspiring and beautiful as the cover photo, which is modeled by one of Kristi’s daughters. Knitting in the Sun is well-organized and the many layering pieces are not just for warm weather, they are also appropriate and suitable as transitional pieces for any climate and season.

Image Copyright of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Image Copyright of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

The book is organized into six chapters: Accessories, Sleeveless, Short Sleeves, Long Sleeves, Cardigans and Odds & Ends.  Many of the patterns have a simple, classic and relaxed style, with enough details to make them  interesting and unique, but not too much to make them overly fussy.  The photography is excellent and fresh, and the models look very natural and do not contort in weird poses. Furthermore, I love that the models are more like everyday women.  In fact, this past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing some of the models in person when I went to Kristi’s book party in La Jolla.  They were healthy-looking real people, unlike the rail-thin models typical of the fashion industry.

As if the patterns and photos are not drool-worthy enough, there’s also a bonus! What, you ask? You can print charts from the patterns in the book from the publisher’s website.  How convenient and sublime is that!? You won’t have to worry about dragging your book to your copy center, messing up the binding of your book, and you avoid getting any wonky or distorted copies (which always happen to me, especially near the spine).

Image Copyright of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

As I stated when Marnie MacLean, who designed Aviara, interviewed me, I’m trying to practice some good self-discipline and finish up my long list of knitting to-dos, but there are several patterns that are calling my name. It’s especially true now that I’ve seen them all in person.  Seriously, no matter how gorgeously photographed they are, photos still don’t do the garments the same justice as being able to see and touch them in person.  Namely, the 3 that I like most are, in no particular order,  Cinnamon Bay by Carol Feller, Coronado by Kristi, and Anacapa by Kendra Nitta.

Cinnamon Bay is a clever take on a pinwheel blanket.  It features a simple fan and feather lace edging and a drawstring that allows you to convert the blanket into a bag.  I think that Cinnamon Bay would make a nice gift for expecting parents, and I have a good friend that I think would totally appreciate it as a gift.

Coronado just screams comfy to me.  I think that the best feature of this wrap-style cardigan is its giant shawl collar.  The eyelet rib creates slimming vertical lines, and I think it would be a superb cardigan to wrap myself in without me looking preggars, especially since I am, ahem, rather buxom on top.  I have some Mission Falls and Karaoke in my stash that might work for Coronado, but it would look luscious in some Noblesse that I’ve been coveting, wouldn’t it?

As if the cover photo was not inspirational enough, I cannot express how much more beautiful and interesting Anacapa is in person. Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with textures and cables, and I may just have to engage in a tryst with Anacapa.

Maybe I could squeeze in an extra project afterall…

Next up on the Knitting in the Sun blog tour is Amy O’Neill Houck.  Please visit her blog in the next few days to see what she has in store for you.


left: With Kristi at her book party at her LYS, Knitting in La Jolla on 5/16/09; right: posing next to Yehliu at the book party.  (I would’ve taken more photos, but I was too distracted and having too much fun meeting new people. 🙂 )

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The book was released yesterday!  I gave y’all a sneak peak of my designs that are in the book a few months ago, when I couldn’t contain my glee at seeing postcards promoting the book with Kristi Porter wearing my garment, and when I saw my lace & cables cardigan at the Lorna’s Laces booth at the neeedlearts trade show.

The book has recevied really good reviews so far, and all of the contributing designers are quite talented, including several “known” designer names that you may recognize, such as Dawn Leeseman, Stefanie Japel, Marnie MacLean,  and me of course (::wink, wink::), just to name a few.

Alishan book2Btw, there will be a blog tour about the book later, of which I’ve volunteered to be a part.  🙂

If you look at the table of contents for the book, you will notice that the garment names have something in common.  We were asked to suggest names of some sunny places for the garments.  The names I came up with mostly were of places that held memories for me, whether I lived or traveled there. I didn’t know whether Kristi really cared or wanted a description of the places and/or why I selected them, but I did give her a verbose list.

Yehliu book2I’ve already posted both patterns and projects onto Ravelry.  Also, for those interested in the design to book process, over the next couple of weeks, I will post and document information about my experience, design process and working up Alishan and Yehliu.

1st Left: Alishan; 2nd Left: Yehliu. All images in this post are copyright of Wiley Publishing, Inc.

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My sister came down from San Francisco to visit me this past weekend in part so that I can hold some of her personal items while she spends the next few years at a special nursing program at Yale (and also to visit her “friend” in San Diego) .

In preparation for her visit, I finished a hat for her using the yarn that I painted at Denise’s at the dye party.  The hat only took me a short 2 hours or less, and I made it as she described: “chunky, squareish but kind of pointy at the ends like kitty ears.”

We spent a morning at a local Arboretum, where she posed with her “new favorite hat.”  Aww, I feel all warm and fuzzy!  I’m also working on a vest for her with the rest of the yarn, but it’s on hiatus for the time being, as I prepare five(!) soon-to-be-revealed designs to be sent off for tech editing.

The designs will be displayed at the TNNA trade show in Columbus in June.  The date is fast approaching, but I am still undecided whether I will be going. By all reasoning, I should go, especially since my garments will be showing at a couple of yarn booths, but the trip will be a rather expensive investment.

Speaking of designs, two of my designs, Alishan and Yehliu, are in the new book by Kristi Porter, Knitting in the Sun, which will be released on Monday, May 11! How exiciting is that!!  I will post more details about each designs and their process after the official release date next week.

Project: Bulky Kitty-Eared Hat (working title)

Pattern Source: Designed by Anne K. Lukito. It is of my design, based on an idea that my sister described. It”s not available as of yet. I will write it up eventually, and right now, I am leaning towards posting it as a freebie.

Yarn: Bulky Weight yarn that I hand-painted (70% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 10% Silk); I used about 55 yards.

Needles: US #13

Notes: It was a really quick and easy knit. I worked it in the round in one piece.  The “ears” were not an extra attachment or piece that was sewn on.

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First, I must apologize for the delayed posting.  The infected spider bite threw me off — I am so glad that I went to the clinic when I did, because the damn thing was still spreading after taking the antibiotics for 1-2 days. Although the main swelling had gone down, the redness and the perimeter of the infection grew almost to my ankle.  eek! I am fine now.  Thanks to everyone’s emails.

The final chapter of my TNNA adventures…

SUNDAY, January 18, 2009
The first event I participated in this morning was a wonderful sweater sizing and design class with Ms. Glampyre Knits, Stefanie Japel.  Stefanie was well-organized, very approachable, and a great teacher. The one downside was that her class was a short 2 hours, when the spectrum of material she was covering could easily span 4-6 hours.

After the class, my friends, aka the Handicraft Café “entourage,” and I walked the market floors and stood in line for Stefanie to autograph her first book, Fitted Knits, and her new book, Glam Knits. I absolutely love the photography and stylings in Glam Knits.

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Aside from shopping for the shop, three of my must-see stops were the booths of Stitch Cooperative, Frog Tree Yarns and Southwest Trading Company.

Stitch Cooperative

I had to stop by this booth for 2 reasons: (1) we needed to get more info for our shop and (2) I was there to pick up postcards for Knitting in the Sun and to meet Kristi Porter, author of the book personally.  I have 2 designs titled “Yehliu” and “Alishan” that will be included in the book.

Postcards front and back.  The red top that Kristi is wearing is my Alishan pattern!

Postcards front and back. The red top that Kristi is wearing is my "Alishan" pattern!

Check out Kristi’s fabulous sweater (wink, wink) in the postcard! It’s mine! It was really hard to contain my giddy squeeeee in the middle of the market floor after finding out that Kristi was wearing my garment in the promo photos (and it would have been embarrassing because there were other people nearby, including other well-known designers in the Stitch Cooperative booth, and vendors).

It was a good thing that knitting Alishan didn’t kill me.  Alishan was knit with KidLin by Louet, which is a fantastic yarn, but not so fantastic when your allergies decide to go haywire, as mine had when I was trying to get the project out.  Fortunately for me, Kristi was very kind and understanding.  🙂

What was equally exhilarating was to find out that my other garment, Yehliu, was hanging in the Lorna’s Laces booth:

Beth Casey must have thought that I was a huge dork when I bounced into the booth and asked if I could take a picture with my garment.

If I remember correctly, I think I was kind of like a Mexican jumping bean when I asked.  Too bad the lighting at the trade show was crappy because it does not show off the beautiful color and sheen of the garment.  The yarn used was the super luscious Lion and Lamb.

Right now, the shop is not carrying Lorna’s Laces yet, but we hope to be able to add that to our shop very soon.  (stupid economy has delayed our plans to have the physical shop a little more. )

Frog Tree Yarns

Our second must-visit stop was the fabulous not-for-profit and fair trade company of Frog Tree Yarns.  Their yarns are selling very well for Handicraft Café, so we had to do lots of restocking of the Alpaca Sport. My other motive for stopping by was to talk to Frog Tree about doing some design work for them.  They liked my stuff and presentation enough that they wanted me to formally submit something, which to date, I have done, and things are looking pretty well.

Southwest Trading Company

We then stopped by the SWTC to do some shopping, where we purchased more yarns, including the new

Aubrey and me with Joe Raffino of SWTC.

Aubrey and me with Joe Raffino of SWTC.

Therapi line made with Jade! (All the yarns are still trickling in and we haven’t listed all the ones that have arrived, but you can usually get updates on our blog and on our Ravelry group.)

Again, I had another motive for visiting SWTC, because I was pitching some design ideas to Jonelle Raffino, president of SWTC, and author of a new sock knitting book.  Within about 2 weeks after TNNA and my conversations with Jonelle, I formally submitted several design ideas to her, and like with Frog Tree, things are looking very well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and will reveal more information fairly soon.

I also owe Jonelle a big thank you, because a hour or two after talking to her, she called me back to her booth to tell me that she had just personally recommended me to the editor of a magazine that was looking for a jacket pattern for their November issue.  I submitted a couple of sketches to the editor, and because it was last minute (literally – no joke), I didn’t even get a chance to do swatches.  Luckily, the editor liked what she saw and we’ve hammered out a deal for the magazine.  I really don’t want to say more at this point since we don’t have a formally signed contract yet, but I’m sure I will reveal more when I am able.

Last but Not Least…

As we walked through the Interweave booth, my good friend Kristie, who does some sample and test knitting for some known designers and me, spotted “Rick,” the sample she knitted for Cookie A.’s (blog) upcoming sock book. I can’t be more happy for Kristie! We also were able to flip through a  galley copy of Cookie’s book, and it looks like it will be a sure-fire winner. The layout, photos, style and text are all very pleasing to the eye, seemingly easy to use and 100% drool-worthy, even for non-sock knitters.

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