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Twinkle’s Weekend Knits

Posted by 2ton Inspired on February 12, 2008

twinkleweekend.jpgI can’t get enough of Wenlan Chia’s designs. Her first book Twinkles Big City Knits was ah-ma-zing. Chunky yarn with big ol’ needles made quick projects. Also despite what most would think, some of the knits looked equally amazing on ‘real’ people (ie. not models size negative 0!). For the longest time I browsed through the book whenever I was at the bookstore.

I was on the waiting list at the library for this book for at least a month before I finally made my first Twinkle Hoodie. The Hoodie is the front runner in receiving complements. Most don’t even know that I made it! And I often get wide eyed stares when I reveal that it wasn’t store bought.

When a friend and I found out there was a second book coming out we decided to order both, split the cost and share the books. The designs are just as great, maybe even better since there seems to be more creative ways of shaping to make the chunky knits flatter the body. Also, this book is for the “fun getaway” so they lean more towards casual then some of the stylish looks of the first book.

nimbus.gifI have already started on one of the sweaters, the Nimbus Sweater, in a cream color using 4 strands of Lion Brand Pound of Love. The shaping on this is different then what I’ve done before. There are YO’s in the shaping on the sides of the back which make an interesting detail (the husband asked why there are so many holes!)

I really like that there is little seaming. The sleeves are made first (flat) then body is worked in the round and the sleeves are worked in to make the yolk. Tonight I’ll be starting the neck. I hope I have enough yarn. I’m thinking of only double stranding so that it won’t be too floufy (is that a word? not quite fluffy but flou-fy!) and weighed down.

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2 Responses to “Twinkle’s Weekend Knits”

  1. Lisa said

    I love the outcome of this sweater. Especially since you used yarn that is less expensive and easier to find. It looks tailored yet comfortable. This makes me want to get her new book.

  2. Margaret said

    Hi, I work for http://www.shopyarn.com. Part of my job is to search blogs to find the latest books and shops throughout the U.S.

    On shopyarn.com we are going to add patterns and other knitting related books and would like reviews about them. I saw your blog and would like to ask permission to feature the following quote on our site.

    “I can’t get enough of Wenlan Chia’s designs. Her first book Twinkles Big City Knits was ah-ma-zing. Chunky yarn with big ol’ needles made quick projects. Also despite what most would think, some of the knits looked equally amazing on ‘real’ people (ie. not models).”

    Thank You,
    Margaret
    Shopyarn.com
    Margaret@directionpress.com

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