The Right Tools for the Right Job
Foundation Single Crochet (Fsc)
What is it?
This technique simultaneously creates a row of "chain" stitches AND a row of single crochet stitches (abbreviated sc) without making two passes. Basically, it takes the place of two rows of stitches: the "chain" row that makes up the beginning base and the next row of single crochet that is worked into that row of chains.
The most common question we are asked is about what inspires me as a designer. Sometimes the answer is difficult to articulate and I shrug my shoulders and say "Everything!"
By answering that way, I'm not trying to be flippant…
The truth of the matter is, I can't help but be inspired by the people and places I'm surrounded by every day. The music we play in our studios; the colors, shapes, and structures I encounter on a daily basis; the textures and shapes we see on our meandering around this amazing area we live in… all of these influence me.
Rather than trying to put it into words, we have paired up some of the images Jason captures on our journeyings with our designs. Look for more of these in the coming months. We will post more sets as the mood… or the inspiration… strikes. Enjoy.
On the Blog
We're not going to beat around the bush about this because we're just to dang excited. Let's get right to the Big Announcement:
From the Martha Stewart American Made website:
Each year Martha Stewart Living honors a group of makers, craftspeople, small-business owners, and innovators from across the country in four key categories, crafts, design, food, and style. They are recognized for their dedication to creative entrepreneurship and to building successful businesses and communities. These individuals earn the title of American Made Award Winner.
So your project is finished but it didn’t turn out exactly like you thought it was going to. In fact, this object you are holding in your hands is a little lumpy (in all the wrong places), the fabric is tight and might feel like it could stand up on its own, and it really doesn’t look anything like the sample in the picture on the pattern. If your FO (finished object) is a garment, it might be a bit misshapen and, hey, why is this sleeve a different length than the other one? And what person in their right mind would call THIS a size large?? GAH!!
WHAT DID I DO WRONG???
Frustrating, right? We know…
So this is a kick! See that little button up there? Yup… it's true! Shibaguyz Designz can now proudly display the badge of honor reading "As Seen On Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell." WOOHOO!
Back in January of this year, we received an email from the show's host and co-executive producer, Vickie Howell, telling us about this FAB new segment for Knitting Daily TV. The segment was called Space to Space and features Vickie sitting down in her studio and chatting with folks in their own studios via a virtual web cam visit… and she wanted to do a Space to Space visit with me! The topic: designing crochet and knitwear to fit men and women in a wide range of sizes. This being one of the areas we are most passionate about with our designs, y'all KNOW we didn't pass up that opportunity!
The catch… we couldn't say a WORD about it! GAH!! Y'all also know how tough it is for me to keep a secret… especially when it comes to such FAB news. But, the secret was kept until now! FINALLY, we can break the news: The new season of Knitting Daily TV is out and begins airing on PBS in different areas sometime around the end of July 2014. WOOHOO!! The episode number our Space to Space segment will be on is Episode #1310: If It Knits, It Fits.
You can check when the show will be airing in your area directly from the Interweave website by CLICKING HERE. We put in our zip code and found the new season starts here on the 26th of July… just a few days! You can search your area listings by putting in your zip code or search by city and state.
Can't wait that long? You can also order the entire season on DVD or as a digital download right from the Interweave website! How cool is that?!? There is always so much information on these shows you'll want to play them over and over again to pick up the techniques and tips. You can order your copy or download by clicking on the photo of the DVD cover above.
We've been fans of Knitting Daily TV for a while now and Vickie is a FAB hostess and content creator for the show. Our interview time was fun and she was SO good at keeping my excited energy focused… that's a nice way of saying she didn't let me go on and on too long. HA!
Please check out the show and give us a shout out on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, and right here on our blog when you see the episode. Remember it is Episode #1310: If It Knits, It Fits and I will be chatting with Vickie right from the Shibaguyz Designz studio in the Space to Space segment. Just tag your Twitter tweets with #kdtv and tag us with @Shibaguyz.
As we get closer to the episode air date, we will be posting a little more about the interview including some of our thoughts on the topic we discussed with Vickie on air.
We hope you enjoy our segment as much as we enjoyed recording it! See ya on the TV!
In our chat with Vickie we talk about our passion for designing patterns that fit a wide range of sizes. Our philosophy: People should look and feel FAB in their clothes no matter their shape or size. To check out some of our designs, hop on over to our online store by CLICKING HERE or clicking one of the pattern cover photos below.
Designing Menswear men will wear
Other than giving you your ear worm for the day (thank you, ZZ Top)… we're going to chat today about creating crochet and knit patterns for men. Specifically, the factors we take into consideration when we are putting together a mens garment.