Since it is impossible to write about everything in one blog post, I will try to write about different yarns, books, or whatever, in each post. It is hard to decide what to pick first--beaded yarns, mohair with glitz, gorgeous tweeds?
Let's start with Maggi Knits.
Fashion designer Maggie Jackson has been around for a long time, but I never paid much attention to her designs. This year, for some reason, they really appealed to me. Perhaps it is because I am getting old enough not to care what other people think of what I wear. More likely, it is because the sales representative had some completed shawls from several of her kits and a very complete selection of her books. I was actually able to see completed projects and books, not just notional outlines or descriptions. I loved them! She actually includes designer button in the kits!
Maggie Jackson is a fashion designer with a degree from The College of Art and Design and a postgraduate diploma in Fashion Knitwear. She was awarded the highest marks in the history of the college. Since then she has won a string of design awards:
1989 the coveted title of Northern Ireland's young "Business and Professional Woman of the Year"
1994--The Guinness Special Award for Design Excellence
1996--Second place in the International Mohair Competition for the most innovative ladies garments
2003--a place in the Who's Who in Textiles
As a business woman, I am impressed! According to Maggie's Story in Maggiknits Irish MK Collection Book 16 her designs combine a "Sense of history with a touch of class." One of our customer's said "her designs are beautiful but they have a little bit of an out there look". That is probably an understatement-- BUT they are lovely and you can knit them yourself (or buy them already made up). I personally am for knitting them myself. We have 3 kits in the store, but I have fallen in love with one of the shawls in Book 16 and can hardly wait to make it. The only thing that has slowed me down is that I can't decide which beautiful color combination to use. These patterns are also a great way to use some of those beautiful one skein purchases or leftovers from a favorite project.