We want to thank all our customers for their great support!
Your incredible patience when it comes to signing up and taking previous time to attend our previews.
And most importantly, your persistence in mastering the craft and creating lovely thoughtful pieces.
For those of you wanting to join us, we'll see you at the preview this Sunday.
Otherwise, we will see you in 2013! (Due to capacity reasons, our earliest preview next year will be sometime mid Feb.)
Anyway, Chai Bee kindly shared the photo of this wide neck top.
The shape is very simple yet flattering. I just love how the piece shows the arms but yet provides some coverage around the shoulders.
This tunic blouse is knitted from a ladder yarn and thus has a very cushy textured feel. It was a pretty straight forward piece but we bet you wouldn't have thought it would look this gorgeous when you looked at the WIP photos!
And if you are wondering, there are still tons of FOs that is yet to be published!
Until the next time....
PS. My friends suggested that I should have cameras set up in 2-3 corners of the room with remote features so that I don't have to fiddle with the cameras while I am teaching. I really should consider that! LOL
PPS. There has been several inquiries from customers who are keen to sign up with us. Please note that we are fully lined up for the month of July (we run on very limited capacities) and we will open up registrations when our August previews are setup -- do look out for the dates!
We noticed that some visitors routinely come upon our websites when they are looking for knitting or crochet wedding ideas.
Since we have created several items surrounding the wedding theme, we figured it's time to pull and collate everything we have in a post so that visitors can find them easily.
Our most recent contribution in this area was the wedding bouquet that many of you saw.
Recent is probably not the right word since it was last featured in the Mar-Jun issue of Style Weddings last year. You can read more about the project here in this post.
These could also be very well translated to hairbands for the flower girls.
Speaking of which, when I had my wedding banquet 2 years ago, some ambitious crafty elements had been planned but I just never got around to it. I figured I would have to get around to making that gorgeous lace crocheted dress that I had in mind; never mind if it'll be several years late.
Perhaps I can aim for 2014?
My only personal contribution of a crafty element to my wedding are the knitted teddy bear and superboy doll that my hubby and I posed with during our bridal studio shoot. [I suppose that is better than having none...]
Other things I can think about more drawstring bags, and hand knitted or crocheted flower girl dresses. the list goes on and on.
Hopefully these would be useful inspirations for those crafty souls intending to add their love for knit and crochet in their weddings!
In case anyone's wondering about the lack of postings lately, we've been away in April for a 2 week trip. Following our return, it was a flurry of lessons non-stop for 2 weeks -- this often happens pre- and post- holiday trips for us.
Other than that, the joining of new customers have kept us very busy. We'll try to get around to posting some new faces when we have some breather.
Upon casting on and knitting for several inches, Jasmine was surprised to find the baby cardigan way larger than she preferred. She likened it to be more of a one-year-old sized top - it was 10 inches across. (Actually I have already narrowed it from the 12 inches indicated in the pattern.)
She argued that a newborn baby tee was just barely 6 inches wide -- she measured some baby clothes she had bought.
Unfortunately, that's the stock standard sizing that is widely used across most knitting magazines.
Well, they say the customer's always right.
Although I tried to explain to her that most moms would prefer a bigger and looser cardi for the ease of dressing the baby (given their limbs aren't as coordinated) and also for the baby to grow into subsequently to ensure longer wearability, she told me that she preferred it to be on size.
So it was a trip to the frog pond.
The snuggly worsted weight yarn worked up really quickly.
This should easily size up for toddlers and I think the pattern works well for little baby girls too!
Sorry it's been a while since we blogged. The new year got all swamped with new customers sign ups. Hope you had been able to grab a seat to attend our previews! Let us know how you like our blog by checking us out on Facebook!
When Katherine decided to join us, she did it with trepidation.
It's not due to fear of the unknown, as she has been knitting for 2 years. But rather, she felt uncomfortable doing a transition from her ex-knitting instructor to us. So she's requested not to be photographed in person.
The Singapore knitting market is so small that almost all the instructors do know of each others' presence. While some do get territorial with their customers; here at The Handiworks, we embrace an open attitude.
Teaching style is never a one size fits all.
Customers are free to choose to pursue other options and decide which instructor's teaching methodology best works for them.
There is no awkwardness when our customers decide to part ways and choose not to renew and then re-join or drop in for purchases subsequently.
Anyway, Katherine felt she was reaching a bottleneck under her previous knitting instructor. She was frustrated that the several garment projects she knitted ended up fairly shapeless even though she has requested for fitted silhouettes at the start of the project cast-ons.
Most of her visits to her earlier learning place was also limited as the knitting sessions are often large groups of varying skill levels -- there was inadequate instructor attention despite spending time waiting and was often left to her devices.
She wanted a breakthrough.
She was pretty excited when she surfed the web and found us -- she didn't think that she would be able to find another instructor offered individual knitting classes. What appealed to her was that:
Our one-to-one private knitting lessons allows her to accelerate or slow down the teaching pace as per her comfort level to maximize her learning. (Everyone hates to be in a group class and end up being either the one waiting for others, or trying to catch up with the rest of the class!)
Of course, the flexibility of arranging lessons at her own timings (aka on appointment basis) was a great plus point for her[No need to rush and dash or miss lessons unnecessarily!]
Finally, our customized shaping knitting methodology to fit her personally!
This is the first project she started when she signed up.
Initially I was a little apprehensive as she wanted to work this project in the round as the key to proper fitting is ensuring consistent even tension.
Turns out her tension is a little tighter than I would have liked but some swatching practice made her more aware of her knitting techniques and how that impacts the finished fabric.
This is especially important when it comes to cotton, linen or silk as they have less elasticity compared to wool.
This project is coming along nicely, especially the bold scallops motifs at the bottom band. I simply adore the shade -- it's a pale jade green. (it's a lot more green hued in actual.)
the project is modest for office wear, yet has some interesting details
it has large sections of rib for coverage but with slimming effect
and the project is knitted in the round
And so the quest started. Esther also joined in at the starting line. (I just kept forgetting to take photos of hers!)
All of them decided on choosing the yarn from the same cotton collection which makes this piece easy to wear in our Singapore tropical humid climate but in different colors.
It helps when all of them are commencing the project around the same time as the instructions were dispensed as scribbled notes -- cryptic to most but effective for my advanced customers.
It also helps that the ladies have been with us for a few years now and are very familiar with deciphering instructions that requires them to calculate and measure as the pattern grows so that they can custom fit to their own body shapes. No spoon feeding required -- we empower and entrust.
It took them a relatively short time to get their garments completed. Perhaps 2 lessons in between?
Here is a close up shot of Jenny's piece.
And Chai Bee's.
And so this sums up another classic piece that would be known as our "uniform" to those in our group.
Now I really wished I would have the energy to re-knit a second piece for myself but I just much rather not do that!
Dear customers, please note there are limited weekend slots this month.
However, weekday daytime and evening sessions are still available so this notice is really meant for those customers with weekend lesson preference to plan and book ahead.
The following weekend dates are currently available:
Jan 14 (Sat ): 10am - 12pm
Jan 15 (Sun): 1 - 6pm<Edited to add: only 4-6pm slot left>
Jan 21 (Sat): 10am - 12pm
Jan 28 / 29 (Sat/Sun): 10am - 6pm
During the CNY festivities, we will be closed from 21 Jan (Sat) 12pm onwards and we'll be available for lesson bookings on 27 Jan (Fri).
For those of you who have previously attended our preview sessions and would like to book your first lesson, please do kindly ensure that you book a slot with a 3hr minimum (so that you can factor in time for your project pattern and yarn selection during the session itself!) As mentioned, selected weekday daytime slots are still mostly available.
I would strongly suggest that you consider booking prior to CNY as it's likely you have time to work on your project during the festive period.
[I do that all the time whenever I house visit -- my relatives have gotten used to seeing me knit even as we chit chat or sit around and watch TV. The only *complaint* I have got was when my grandma was still alive -- she chides me for "purportedly doing work" (how can knitting be considered "work"; I have no idea...)
But anyways, my rebuttal? "Grandma, I am wishing for your absolute longevity as I knit/crochet miles and miles of "good wishes for your health!" (*big smile*) [Just don't brandish the scissors!]