I finished off the sweatshirt from last week, attaching the new sleeves using the overlocker. I started work on another sleeve but when I tried to set up the G-carriage for the cuff of the second sleeve, the power plug in the carriage somehow fell into the carriage. We tried with dismay to get it out and to open the carriage up.
Friday, I worked from home. I was looking into London Fashion Week and the knitwear that was on show. I used Vogue.com to look through the catwalk shows, which took a long time. i noted down collections with knit garments and picked a few of the most notable ones. I wrote a short post about the knitwear and collected a image from each label. I’ve emailed this to be posted later
I continued with the blanket from last week, knitting two more panels for it . The pieces were all linked together. I also started knitting some sleeves. We have a lot of plain sweatshirts, which Katie suggested we could knit some patterned sleeves for. Had a trickier time figuring out the pattern as the amount rows to increase on didn’t work out to being a round numbers. I asked Valpuri for some help with that . While knitting, I ended up changing the amounts of decreases, which I have noted down. I managed to knit and sew one new sleeve to the sweatshirt .
I spent Thursday working form home doing some research. I looked into some trend forecasting, Bauhaus and knit homeware. I used WGSN to look into some trends for Spring Summer 2015, making note of any that are relevant to the style of the company. I looked into some colour forecasting, which will inform the next yarn purchase for the company. We’ve been looking into knitting some homeware, such as cushions and blankets, so I looked into this as well. I used a different site to look for interiors trends for next year.
On Friday, I finished off the hood snood which I started a few weeks ago. I knit a trim and linked it together. Valpuri gave me a new project to knit a blanket, either to wear or as a homeware piece. I managed to knit a panel using the whole needle bed. Judging by its size, I’ll need to knit two more and link them together. I picked a punchcard with short floats so that lining isn’t necessary.
Admin day! We did a stock take to prepare for setting up the online shop. Mostly typing things up into a excel spreadsheet and seeing which products had images. Other fun things on Thursday were the fun trip the the furniture graveyard to pick up two new chairs and we picked up some white paper for product photography.
We set up the paper to us as a background for the garments and accessories. I used the SLR to take some product photos, arranging them accordingly. Also took some measurements for the garments to use in the product descriptions.