Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

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I'm on The Sweet Georgia Show!

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Last month, I received a very exciting email from the Sweet Georgia Show, inviting me on to the show for an episode. Felicia of the Sweet Georgia Yarns supported yarns for several of my designs in the past, and we've briefly met in person at TNNA before but never really had a chance to sit down and get to know each other.

Listen to the interview and read about the giveaway here

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The giveaway ends on November 14, so be sure to submit your information for a chance to win a free pattern and a free ballet skirt!

We talked a lot about my day job, my passion for creating, and balancing and juggling everything. I am one of those people, "multipotentialite" (See TedTalk by Elimie Wapnick), and I have so many interests. Even before becoming a mom, I always pursued several interests at the same time, totally devoting myself to those passions. In high school, it was writing, journalism, and dancing; in college, it was dancing, political science, and Korean traditional drums. Finally, in law school, I was pursuing knitting, law, and yoga. 

So the idea of juggling many different passions is not new to me, although now that I'm older and not a student anymore, the expectations have grown. But this pressure is what keeps me sane and interested in life. When I tried to cut one aspect of my life, in hopes of simplifying my life a bit, it became boring and uninspiring. I was in a creative rut for several months!

Understanding how I work, and knowing when to let go were really important part of the lesson. I embraced my need to fill my life up with multiple passions, and when I reach certain point in the pursuit of that passion, I know that I need to take a break, and explore other options too. 

That's where I am at with Candy & Bagel as a brand. For many years, Candy & Bagel was the place where I did my knitting and designing. Now I have a need to pursue something beyond knitting and designing. More importantly, I have a need to grow Candy & Bagel into something that help me and people like me. 

Don't let your history or investment limit your growth. Sometimes, you need to analyze whether to let go and pursue something else, and let yourself have a little break. It's not the end, it's just part of your growth and expansion into the world. 

 

New Pattern: Winter Forest pullover Holla Knits Winter 2016

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{Winter Forest}   Holla Knits Winter 2016

{Winter Forest} Holla Knits Winter 2016

After a long hiatus, I return to you with a new pattern released in the Winter 2016 issue of Holla Knits: Winter Forest.

This is my second pattern published through Holla Knits. The magazine has been around for 5 years now! They usually publish very fun, bold, exciting pieces and I am always so honored to be able to work with the editor, Allyson, and be featured along with other talented designers.

Pattern: Winter Forest
Pattern Store: Holla Knits Winter 2016
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarns Trinity Worsted in "Willow"
 

The pullover features "high low" hemline, and I purposefully left the side seam open. I love how it shows off playfulness and casual mood of the design. The cable pattern is simple and easy to memorize, which in my book, is the only way to cable. The sleeves are extra long, just the way I like it.

Everything about this sweater is very me, it captures just what I like in all my favorite sweaters.

Felicia at Sweet Georgia Yarns graciously provided yarn support for this design and Trinity Worsted is the perfect yarn for this sweater. It drapes, but it's strong and the stitch definition is phenomenal. The silk content definitely makes it feel so luxurious. 

The pattern is now available at Holla Knits, as well as Ravelry. I am hoping to put the patterns on Craftsy and LoveKnitting this weekend. 

 

Other Obsessions: Sweet Georgia SW Merino and Plying Squoosh Fiberarts SW BLS

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Sweet Georgia Superwash Merino 100% Superwash Merino Spinning Fibre, 100g, in "Spring Garden"

Sweet Georgia Superwash Merino 100% Superwash Merino Spinning Fibre, 100g, in "Spring Garden"

This week, I am spinning on the 100% Superwash Merino wool that the nice people at Sweet Georgia gave me for my spin-to-knit design project. 

Direction: Z, Ratio 14:1.  

Direction: Z, Ratio 14:1.  

I divided the roving into two 50-gram bumps lengthwise, and then further divided them into 8 bumps, all lengthwise. I'll be spinning 4 bumps on one bobbin, and then the remaining 4 on the other bobbin, then ply them into 2-ply light fingering sock yarn, for my next sock design.

Squoosh Fiberarts SW BFL single. Spun in Z direction, at 16:1 ratio.

Squoosh Fiberarts SW BFL single. Spun in Z direction, at 16:1 ratio.

I'm also finished with spinning SW BFL from Squoosh Fiberarts into single. I didn't get any extra bobbins when I ordered my Ladybug from Schacht earlier this year, so I just ordered one extra bobbin from The Woolery during their Black Friday sale. When that arrives, I'll Navajo ply this single! :)

I'm happy that my Ladybug is getting a lot of love these days. Over the summer, I couldn't bring myself to hold the roving for a long time in the 90 degree weather. I've heard that some spinners having a hard time sitting at their spinning wheel for a long time during their pregnancy, but so far I have not had any trouble, fortunately.

I hope I can show you my finished SW BFL next week!