Here are the pieces in my workshop at DarbaVieta (Riga, Latvia) before they were sent off to New York. Pardon the blurry pics - most of them are taken during late hours. It is my obligation to remind you that all pieces are crocheted not knitted :)
All pieces designed by Leila Shams made by Linda Skuja
If you've been wondering what have I been up to all December long... here it is - I made 7 crochet pieces for Leila Shams Fall/Winter 2014 collection that was shown during New York Fashion Week on 12th of February.
Leila's a great designer and I was really happy to work for her again. Her aesthetic is close to my avant-garde side of style - so applause to her for daring to make it real and wearable.
After sending her the first pieces I received a flattering review from her: "Linda from Eleven Handmade is amazing! I sent her this Fall 14
sketch and got this perfect sample unbelievably fast. I work with giant
factories in China that can't pull that off in months! We met on Etsy - I
hope this is the future of sourcing - designers working with designers".
Happy to see Torquay Jumper as #4 in Inside Crochet editors' favorite designs list!
Photo by Britt Spring
Here's what Claire Montgomerie says about it: "A hit with her first pattern for the magazine, Linda also has a lovely
top for summer in issue 44. This sweater is in the list because it is so
versatile - make it in cotton for summer and wool for winter. The
dropped stitch technique is really original and fun to work. This was
the first sun we ever had on a shoot, believe it or not! The sweater was
perfect wear for a balmy summers day."
Seeing that London Cardigan has been one of the most popular patterns since 2011, I've decided to update it with clearer instructions, different (more common) wording and some additional schemes. Nevertheless - I've also decided to reduce its' price. Yay!
As usual - Ravelers and Craftsy folks will receive a notice about the update. Etsians can send me a message with their order number, and I will be happy to send the updated pattern. This is relevant to all London Cardigan patterns bought before February 1st, 2014.
Find the new updated pattern HERE (Ravelry), HERE (Craftsy), HERE (Etsy).