Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
i started making the 'moorish wrap' from this summer's Rowan Cotton Rope Collection. I'm boycotting Rowan so i'm using Lana Gatto Summer, same gauge & fibre content, less than 1/2 the price. speaking of patterns that are wanting, found another problem in the Vogue Knitting Baby Blankets 2 book. the felted blanket on pg 25 should be knit on 6.5mm needles, not 4mm needles - confirmed with VK. ............................ addenda July12.05 the rowan instructions were correct for the moorish wrap, my mind is addled by the heat. :-)
Thursday, June 23, 2005
"I just had a family of raccoons in my mudroom. I managed to chase them out, but they stole a box of Kraft Dinner. Buggers – now they know I have food in there I’ll have to clear it out. At least they only got the KD." - from an animal lover who prefers to remain anonymous
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
I'm also really into making crochet market bags in mercerized cotton. Both are gifts for my bro's main squeeze. The one on the left is made from some Scheepjes Isis Print (2 balls, colour# 824) i had kicking around and the one on the right is Butterfly Super 10 in the multis (1 skein, colour#494). So far the butterfly is my favorite to work with. .................... addenda June 25.05 oops! sorry, to leave everyone in the dark, the pattern was derived from Erika Knight's Simple Crochet, although I strayed from the patt.
for a more complete sensory experience i recommend humming Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles, Abbey Road) while you gaze. it was 10 years ago this June i babysat a certain toddler for a month before leaving to study in Italy. Kids grow up fast these days and just in case you're inclined to ignore it Jewish boys get a big celebration to remind you they're not so little anymore. hence, another project on the go ... a gift for my barmitzvah boy. unfortunately i didn't figure out what to make until after the festivities, but he won't mind, he never has. pattern: 'Child's Rainbow Scarf' from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson adjustments: cast on 43 stitches to make it man sized yarn: Noro Kureyon in equal amounts of colour #40 (lighter colour) & #147 (darker colour). I estimate it'll take 3 skeins of each colour to make it a big man sized scarf that my kiddo can grow into.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Did a bit of plastic surgery on this little filly. Without much fear or comprehension I committed my first steek and cut the sweater open like a chicken! picked up a lot of stitches and replaced all the trim with a wide Ivory rib in the same yarn and added some bone buttons, also ivory coloured.
the work was low on the enjoyment level (except for the steek, that was fun, love the crunchy feel of cutting crisp yarn) but it was high on satisfacunanticipated bonus, the pattern in the sweater looks a little bit like a chanel sweater/jacket.
- do the steek on a sewing machine or learn how to do the crochet method properly.
- steek in mathcing colour so it will not show through afterwards and you can wear the sweater open without having an ungodly looking scar on the inside of the garment
- cover steek scar with gross grain ribbon?
- plan to have garment finished at least a week before the event it is being worn for. otherwise, go to 'Ends' and pick up something else to wear.
Filtes King Skipper - a classy DK weight cotton. Chiara was lovely, doing a great job in the store window, but I had a Barmitzvah to attend and she never really fit me properly.