From the Desks of Jaqui & Alyce:
Has anyone else noticed that it’s always a case of feast or famine? In my non-knitting life, I work as an event planner with plenty of down time and then plenty of “I’m so busy I could die!” time. So, of course, when Chronicle recently asked us to write a blog entry in conjunction with our new release, it turned out to be at the busiest, craziest, most hectic time of the year for us. But what the heck, we’ll add it to our to-do list. (The list of things that should have been done yesterday!)
We are thrilled to celebrate the release of THE SOCK KNITTING KIT with a party at The Point Knitting Café in NYC. Just finished emailing an announcement yesterday and our evite goes out tonight. This is also the time of year when the demand for our handmade Mohawk hats gets high, so we are spending many evenings knitting, knitting, and yes, knitting. This week for me: four custom jobs, including a NY Rangers Mohawk hat (I wonder how many copy-cat fan requests that will lead to? Here’s to a great hockey season!!)
Like most knitters, I have quite a few partially completed projects floating around my house and it seems that they are all needing to be completed ASAP. A pair of socks for my sister’s birthday made of yummy cashmere and a cute pin-up palette of red with black hearts. It was inspired by our own sock kit, sort of a combo of the Pom-Pom Sock and the Pin-up Stocking. I kept the ankle length and added the contrast color heel & toe. Only one done, though!
Also making a very cool Mohawk hat for Joe Sumner of Fiction Plane. I’m a fan of the band, and he apparently is a fan of the Newcastle soccer team… so of course I couldn’t resist…
For myself I’ve been knitting up a chunky shawl/shrug. I’ve tried it in various yarns and finally found a beautiful Teal/Blue alpaca yarn I want to use.
The inspiration for that? I want to wear it to my 20th High School Reunion coming up in just two weeks!! And yes, of course I want people to ask if I knit it myself…
I’m happy to say that this season has been mad busy for us! Launching our baby hat line, knitting up two custom baby hats for Gwen Stefani, designing our line sheets and press kit while keeping up with orders, working full time and spending time with my husband, it seems every time I look at the clock it’s midnight! This week for me: update the website, knit up a Punk’s Not Dead Mohawk hat for Depeche Mode’s webmaster BRAT and send out The Sock Knitting Kit to various publications for review! I am trying to get around to making myself a pair of socks like the ones we made for Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore this past summer.
I also plan to knit myself the BOREALIS SWEATER from Twinkle’s Weekend Knits over the holidays. That gorgeous yarn has been sitting on my shelf for over 6 months and it is calling to me! Admittedly, this is my favorite time of year not only because I get to wear jackets (obsession #2) but also because I get to be a walking billboard for our knitwear! My #1 obsession is our Mohawk hat, of which I currently have four different designs/colors and I alternate them on a daily basis. People LOVE this hat and stop me constantly to inquire where I got it. Truly, there is nothing better than saying “My friend and I make them, here let me give you our card.”
For all of you New Yorkers, we’d love to see you at our sock party on 12/3! Please click here for more info.