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Slow Fashion

I designed this halter top in 1981. 41 years ago. I know because it was my first  year of  teaching  high school  in Moree, NSW. Some other dates in my life are not so  easy to identify.

I don’t have the photo of the models wearing it then, it was before the digital age. I reworked this design for A Summer Collection book published in 1998.summer collection biddy  24 years ago. The model in the 1st  photo here just had her 30th Birthday. Happy Birthday Biddy!

summer collection coversummer collections photo1summer collection photos Her Mum was on the front cover, My Mum was in there too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

summer collection GladThe Summer Collection book  could never have been done without the help of  Diane Bailie. Here are her daugher’s Azticia and Jacinta with my daughter Anthea modelling  in this design from 1998. ( middle photo) Azticia’s back view shows the interesting back and backpack & hat too.

5 years ago Jacqui modelled it in 2017. I remade in my new Stonewash( well it was new then). This design has just been  published in Simply Crochet magazine in 2021.

I think that there will always be pretty  girls wanting to wear something cool in Summer to highlight their lovely figures.   I renamed  this as the Jacqui Halter  now because Jacqui was so kind as to model it for me. Thank you for being  so Gorgeous!

And 40 years later it is an actually pattern you can make yourself. #slow fashion

Too funny right ?40 years really  is Slow Fashion.

Jacqui Halter Top – Jenny King Designs

fringed halter back

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First in , best dressed!

There are really no words needed for this Post. I went to see Biggan at her studio in Brisbane yesterday and we had the time of our lives selecting 10 wonderful  and  unique colour palettes for the Colour Explosion  Jacket workshop to be held next Saturday the 22nd January  at Studio 61 , 61 Clarendon Rd, Perigian Springs, Qld. The second  all day class for this Jacket will be held on the 13th February 2022. If one of these  colour combinations speaks to you then email me immediately so that I can put your name on it . Hit the link below to secure your place.

Colour Explosion Jacket Class and Kit – Jenny King Designs

In this  case it really  will be first in Best Dressed

If you are anything like me you will want to try them all.

I know I Do

1 has a base colour of Grey,

2 has a base colour of Lime,

3 has a base colour of Aubergine,

4 has a base colour of Aqua,

5 has a base colour of Hot Pink,

6  has a base colour of Light Periwinkle,

7  has a base colour of Deep Coral,

8 has a base colour of Red,

9 has a base colour of Aqua,

10 has a base colour of Deep Periwinkle.biggan 1 biggan 2 biggan 3 biggan 4 biggan 5 biggan 6 biggan 8 biggan 7 biggan 10 biggan 9

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Baby Snuggle wrap re-discovered

snuggle wrap noro backMany years ago I saw a knitted baby wrap in an Ashford magazine. It was perfect for little “wee” babies to keep their arms wrapped up and cozy warm. I used to sell my crocheted version of that pattern in my first yarn store near Buderim at least 12 years ago.

I finally had a chance to see if the design actually worked with our first little grandbaby who was conveniently born before winter this year, and it did. Since  I made the first couple of Snuggle Wraps I had made one in Noro Taiyo. It had been hiding in “THAT PILE” and it was just a waiting for the buttons to be sewn on. You may know “THAT PILE” ;the please finish me and don’t start something new yet, until I’m finished pile.

It is finished now and I went to add the new photos to update the old pattern onto my web site only to realise that the Baby Snuggle Wrap has never been an  online pattern and none of you would have ever seen it.Baby Snuggle Wrap – Jenny King Designs

Our first little darling is too big for this one in Noro now that the buttons are finally on, but there may be more coming later???? Fingers crossed.

So, if you have a little precious due in Winter then you may like to make one for them. Noro – Taiyo yarn – at KnittingFever.com

This discovery does make me wonder how many patterns have been hiding like this one and will reveal themselves to me over time. Perhaps we will discover this together. I promise I’ll show you.

Here is  our first  beautiful grandbaby sound asleep in her Snuggle Wrap. snuggle wrap Emma

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I Can’t Resist Making My Own

biggan 1 biggan 9colour explosion jacket Subrosa123 When I first saw these jackets made in Bosnia and Herzegovina I went bananas. I just love the colour combinations. They made my heart sing. Every single one I saw I wanted. I loved each one more than the last one. Please go buy one from this lady if you love them like I do.  I realised that I wanted a jacket for next winter that is as bright and gorgeous and as bold as these are. It will certainly chase off the winter chills. Being that I live in Tropical Queensland the need for a jacket is not that imperative so I think I just wanted to create in the colours.  Here is the link to purchase a jacket subrosa123 | Etsy

I grabbed out the Biggan 4 ply that I couldn’t resist buying at the conference and I’ve designed 2 squares. One in mesh and one using 8 shades. These are not the same as the ones from Bulgaria but they are bold, colourful, brave and exotic. So, I am over the moon excited. I WILL make a jacket.

To me it was obvious that the yarn needed to do this should be Biggan designs 4 ply. She is the only one that has the colours I crave. And I’ve used her yarn before and it washes and wears like a dream. I just did Lily the Pink in her 4 ply and I was reminded how much of a pleasure it was to have in my hands.

Now if any of you would like to join me, diving head first into colour, I will hold a 2-day workshop at Studio 61 (near Noosa) beginning this month. These will be 2 full day classes 3-4 weeks apart. The kits will be provided and I will visit Biggan next week to pack them for you. Each kit will be unique. No 2 will be the same.

If this sounds like something you can’t possibly resist then please book online. I called it the Colour Explosion Jacket

You will be working small squares and Studio 61 is airconditioned.

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Jeanette

It has been an Aunty Jan type of week. I named this scarf for her.  My Auntly Jan’s real name was Jeanette. She was the one that stockpiled knitted baby jackets and blankets to be given out whenever there was a new bub arriving and I mentioned her in my first post of the year. She was my Dad’s baby sister and had a zest for life, living, laughter and family that was uplifting. I would love a little dose of her right now.

Sorry, now back to my story; I thought I would write an E- book called Necks Generation using the wonderful Noro yarns with scarves, shawls and anything else you could wrap, tie or attach to your neck. And one simple book turned into turned into 36 patterns. So instead of one E-book I ended up doing 6 books with 6 designs in each. Some were old designs that were great. My definition of great is if people commented on them when I wore them, if they immediately wanted the pattern to make one themselves or if they were my first choice when I wanted to feel special. When they become a favourite then they are GREAT.

Also Noro’s colour ways get to me. They talk to me and I love what they have to say.

So, if I may, let me introduce you to Jeanette, in Necks Generation book 5 where I put all the designs that I called Quirky. It is a rectangle that is joined weirdly and is immediately transformed into a statement piece. And I love the colour of it.  It matches my eyes, he he.  Super simple stitching with an 8mm hook  gives instant flair. It uses 4 balls of Noro Silk Garden

P.S. about Aunty Jan

She actually dared to make a Canberra Raiders blanket in opposition to our football team when it was Mum who showed her how to do it. That was more than a bit cheeky we thought! And seemed to throw down the gauntlet.  So, I had to make one for the Broncos team. This  friendly duel initiated the self-publishing my first book The Footy Rug Book (translated as stadium blankets for those of you in USA) which was printed in 1997.

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Jenny Wren- Get Squared in all its new Glory

While on official Australian Crochet Guild business I saw a yarn so colourful and enticing that I just had to go and get  it. I bought 1  ball  in 6 colours  home with me and laid it on the table.  I was hoping that it would tell me what it wanted to be.

I  just couldn’t wait for it  to talk to me. The vibrancy of the hues were so inviting. I decided that all those colours look great on me so I chose to make it a  Get Squared /Baker’s Dozen sampler top.

I’ve only just worn it once but I felt FABULOUS, and that is every girls’ dream HUH?

I started with the original Get Squared stitch until the first ball ran out.  With each ball I changed  to another stitch from the Bakers Dozen e-book. Not in order as that is not how this brain works. Most  stitches were interchangeable. I used the 6mm (J) hook throughout.

The only problem I had was that the mock moss stitch was a bit firm on the bust, as it is the nature of the stitch, as it is a bit more dense, so I added 4 chains when joining the underarm.

I will post up later the colours I selected.

The Wren is 100% cotton is not  mercerized and has a stringy look.  “Stringy “may not be the best word to describe it. Perhaps natural, organic and  rustic would be better as it is really soft to work with. The yarn is Fiddlesticks Wren 100%cotton with 125m/50gm ball. I used 2 balls of most of the 6 colours as I needed it in Jenny size and long enough to reach my crotch.

I thought I would share my fun incase this makes you feel like experimenting with all the lovely colours in your stash and with both the magic and confidence of the fit that is Get Squared and  then add to that all the possibilities of the Bakers Dozen if you have them both. I had an absolute ball doing this and I hope you will too! If you are in the cold you know you could make it long sleeved in bright winter chasing wool either.

As a youngster I was called JennyWren so this seemed an  appropriate  name for this design. I hope you Love, Love, Love the concept as much as I do.

 Disclaimer : I purchased this yarn at full retail price and all opinions I have for it are my own. I liked it so much I used the last 2 extra balls for a Fairy Floss baby cardigan for  Little baby Emma and I  bought the Cement colour for another Get Squared  cardigan variation for Me. When it is done I’ll show you I promise.

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Simple Satisfaction

Little baby Emma needed a jacket in a hurry and  the first design that came into my head was “Fairy Floss”  from the Kids squared range from 2017. Fairy floss or cotton candy for those of you in USA is the junior version of a Get Squared garment. I got the  pattern out  to begin and I wished that I had Symbols to save me reading the words.I hate reading crochet patterns, even the ones I have written. So today I grabbed out Jasmin Jones “Crochet Cypher” and started to draw them. Now Lily Chin, and I’m names dropping here, told me that I could do this on the computer and  she is right, but please  don’t tell her I said so . For  me it was quicker to use the Cypher. So today I took out my trusty, well brand new pens that I bought  on New Years Eve , ready to start the new year drawing symbols. I did my first attempt  in the hope that next time I follow this pattern I will be able to SEE what I’m doing instead of Reading what I am supposed to do.It is not perfect, but it is pretty. I used  lots of colours.

The Fairy Floss cardigan can be made with 1 ball of Scheepjes Organicon for a 12 month old.  This ticks all the new Mum boxes; soft , natural, organic and ever so cute.

For me it is going to be my no brainer & perfect  carry along project because it fits  neatly in my handbag and I can get it done in no time.  Sometimes I just need to feel the satisfaction and sense of control I get with rhythmic crochet that is not too boring and not too overwhelming. and the quick results are wonderful.  I think I will stockpile these like my Aunty Jan did for whenever a baby gift is needed.

I wonder will this make me a fairy floss machine?

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Lily the Pink

Do you remember that old song” Lily the Pink, the Pink, the pink” she invented a drink.  This  drink was some amazing compound that made everything better, Or am I showing my age?( the song can be found on  hey Google called Lily the Pink from 1998. Just listening it to will make you smile)

Well I think I discovered what  that amazing compound is for me. lily colour

For me it is Colour !  I realised that  it actually makes my heart sing. And there is evidence that working in bright colours actually lifts your spirits. So I’m introducing you to my Lily the Pink class. Lily will be available in other colours, she will be available in Noro, she will be avaible in Cotton or Wool and kits can be dropped shipped to you in Australia, USA and Canada with the help of some of my friends in the industry.

If you need chase some shadows  away the you can join me in  a series of 5 classes online  via zoom to make a Lily of your choice.

Lily’s sizing is up to 3XL too.

I’m setting up my studio so please check back in August for class times. You wont need to travel but we can get together and hang out. 5 classes for $50 plus kit.lily tiger

 

 

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Lucky 13 is a Bakers Dozen

When we shifted from cold Canberra to sunny Queensland 25 years ago we moved house on the 13th year of our marriage into a house numbered 13, and it turned out that in the street grid for power of that street was number 13 too. Our baby was born on the 13 th day of the month. So it seems only fitting that I should launch a Baker’s dozen on Friday the 13th  March 2020 while it is a full moon. We figured that all those thirteens had to be a lucky combination. So it is with great fanfare that I announce the Get Squared Baker’s Dozen E-book  of 13 patterns is now available. Now if you don’t feel as lucky with both a full moon and a number 13 celebration you can buy it tomorrow. Enjoy

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An Epiphany

You’ve heard me mention my neighbour who is new to crochet, I call her Neighbour Jenny, not Jenny from the Block or Crochet Jenny to which I’m often referred. She loves my designs but she doesn’t love my patterns. But I still like her.

IMG_1527 What she does love is Lyndall’s pattern writing.  My dear friend Lyndall gave her a simple sheet with instructions, no photos, and “neighbour Jenny” has made blanket after blanket using this stitch. She Loves it! I call it the  Lyndall’s stitch.  The stitch may have been around for a while, but not the way Lyndall has written it.  Neighbour Jenny asked me why can’t I write patterns like Lyndall. It got to thinking ………………. This is me thinking.

I had and epiphany this morning when looking at the amazing Wool and the Gang and looked at their instructions.  They are not in a traditional format and I liked it, really, really liked it. Coincidently their yarns have just recently appeared in Murwillumbah, of all places, and this is also where Lyndall lives. Coincidence, there is no such thing as a coincidence I’ve been told. So really this seems to be all about Lyndall, and it is. Lyndall is a teacher, but she was a student first and when she teaches she notices better than me where students may need extra help. So she offers advice about stitch markers and such to ease their pain. When I looked at Wool and the gang’s pattern and was as if Lyndall had been there to make it easier to read.

This makes sense if I tell you that I really dislike writing patterns and I really dislike reading patterns but  I love, love, love to teach. I realised that I don’t say in my patterns what I say when I’m teaching, that is the epiphany part. I have always written my patterns in a traditional way. I have been published internationally and I format my patterns the way that is traditionally recognised for each particular publisher. I did do it my way at the beginning, back in 1998. I had commas everywhere, and Jenny isms but as soon as you are paying for the printing the writing gets smaller and it all gets condensed.

Now I want to go back to the drawing board and I will take a leaf out of both Lyndall’s and Wool and the Gang’s book and try writing my instructions in steps explaining how I would if I was teaching you in class. And we are working on simple videos to help.  We being my new film crew( my husband whose previous work was  seen in “Shawlsational the video”) They won’t be high tech at all but hopefully they will be more like me in class.DSC04194z

I’m all buoyed up after receiving my class evaluations from Crochet Guild of America in July and I’m floating on a cloud, floating because my head is swollen perhaps. Thank you to those students who spoke their minds.

I’m going to see if I can use what I know to share my love of crochet taking everything Neighbour Jenny says on board and rethinking my instructions .Watch this space!!!