as a store sample i've started working on the felted Jackie bag from needful yarns. the pattern is great! i love it, it's so well written, and of course the bag is really gorgeous too! now that i've got the first 5 rounds done it'll make great movie theatre knitting.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
check this puppy out! likey the white witch from narnia movie art direction. seriously, this is beautiful, a work of art. it would look gorgeous on michelle. i wonder if norah gaughan will do a witch inspired series of knitwear? - wizard of oz/wicked witch of the east striped stockings. - harry potter/bellatrix l'estrange shawl - sabrina the teenage wtich bubble gum angora sweater - blair witch project toque - into the woods/Bernadette Peters as the witch bustier - snow wite/wicked witch-queen hooded cape
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
i've been fucking things up all day. can't get anything right.
i kept forgetting to put together gift kits for the DKC. i only remebered 20 minuted before Jacqui was due to fetch them. i think i did ok under pressure.
so here they are, 10 little gift bags with knitting goodies which will be added to the raffle at the Downtown Knit Collective at Jacqui's discretion (a few every month?)
last minute gift adjustments. i checked with my mom and she said Jen is still a sparly pink girl. i checked with my aunt and she said jen is a pink & purple girl. i check with jen's mom and apparently jen crossed over into adolescent style this school year. she started junior high, i guess that is a concrete social point for kids. anyway, jen's mom says jen is currently an orange/brown/ red/blue/black kind of person. sounds like she's still a warm palette person, she just shifted into more mature colours. so i swapped the yarn for something more dignified (no confetti, no sparkles), sans girly-swirly colours. it's a self striping yarn by Austermann called Murano, pretty fun: red, green, yellow, blue (well really, we can't get too adult on the girl1). And i swapped the needles for a larger pain or River Johns. They's the swing needle that are on sale, i just glued the stitch holder to the end.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
my aunt has me to put together a hanukah gift for my 11 year old cousin jen. she wanted a knitting bag, yarn & a needle gauge.
so here's the haul:
1 large Lantern Moon tote
1 needle gauge
1 Felt needle case from One World Buttons
1 pair of yellow pony pearl needles
3 balls Neeful Kristine (it's an 11 year old triple threat: it's pink, it's got confetti and it's got tinsel!)
i had to put a pair of needle inside (giving an empty needle case would be inauspicious, bad luck, like giving a wallet without any money).
i think she will like it. i hope she will like it. the only thing i could go wrong on is the yarn.
the guy on CBC says the Ansel Adams show at the AGO is amazing. a friend from NYC came back from visiting her parents and lamented that there just isn't high culture like NYC. I'll have to see if this exhibit makes me feel like i'm at the MET. ah, i love the MET ......
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
got this in a lionbrand spam ... i'm working late decorating the store & listeniing to the liberal convention speeches. if you'd told me 15 years ago that i'd be interested in the liberal leadership race i'd have told you that you're on crack. i'm really digging the pom-pom swags on the ceiling. they're inspired by my fave indian restaurant in NYC that is covered walls & ceiling in lights (it's on the lower east side) and an art installation i made in first year university on the ceiling of my dorm room with evian bottles suspended from the ceiling by wire coils university. now i want to make pom-pom garlands, but that will take too long to happen this year.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Hi Knitomatic - just wanted to let you know about this happening craft + DJ event coming up! We're hoping you can help us get the word out.You'll find the poster and more info below too. Please pass on and post freely!. It's called Spins & Needles Craft + DJ Night and we are coming all the way from Ottawa (where we are based) to Toronto for the first time. It takes place Sunday December 10th at the Gladstone Hotel's Art bar. Creative types will get together, share ideas and listen to funky music from some local area DJs. People can bring their own projects but we also provide materials and instructions for a project each month. At the Toronto event, featured projects include: felt monsters, tile drink coasters + hip holiday stockings. Check out www.spinsandneedles.com for more info on us. Hope to see you there! It's going to be a rockin' night. Cheers, Melanie Yugo spins & needles co-organizer Date: Sunday December 10th Time: 7 p.m. onwards Location: Gladstone Hotel : Art Bar (1214 Queen St. W.) Cover: $8 before 9 p.m. | $10 after 9 p.m. 19+, http://www.spinsandneedles.com Get crafty + creative while listening to funky beats when Ottawa's Spins & Needles Craft + DJ Night comes to Toronto for the first time. For all creative types, who want to work on projects, bounce ideas off one another, hear some funky music, and get their drink on. Dive into the craft bins, bring your own art/craft project, or using the materials provided work on featured projects: -DIY plush monsters -hip holiday stockings -tile drink coasters. Funky beats provided by: -Jason P. (Ottawa/spins & needles/stay house!/techcetera/ http://www.myspace.com/jasonskilz) -Kris Steeves (Toronto/ http://www.krissteeves.com) -Raul Vargas (Toronto/ http://www.dowhatchagotta.com) *About Spins & Needles* Created in 2005 and based in Ottawa, Canada, Spins & Needles is an independent, monthly craft night and music night bringing together creative types to work on projects, share ideas, have a few drinks and listen to some funky beats from local area DJs. It has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to the Craft + DJ Night, other spin-off events include the monthly Disco Bingo Night at Shanghai Restaurant (Ottawa), craft sales, various workshops, plus afterhours installments at the National Gallery and Canadian Museum of Civilization. For more info or to join the mailing list to find out about other spin -off events in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere, e-mail email@example.com or check out http://www.spinsandneedles.com .
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006
11am – 6pm183 Bathurst St. (Just North of Queen, on East side, down the stairs)
- 100 new items since the Nov. sale
- a good selection of things to wear for seasonal parties and get togethers
- several good labels – Pucci, Yves St.Laurent, Gaultier, Miyaki, BETSY!!!, etc.
- Sale section continues, $5, $10 and $20 racks of 2006 stock.
- Mink stoles and other furs $20 each- Fur hats and collars $10 each
- Vintage gift ideas*** - jewellery, signature scarves and other accessories
IMPORTANT…if you would like to make a shopping appointment anytime in December, call me at 416-703-6818 and I will accommodate you. Evenings are good, too!This email list is managed by an outside party, please do not respond to this email. Thank you.
Friday, November 24, 2006
i'm making a hat to go with my tube scarf. the scarf if going great, i knit it when i walk or in the movies. looks great, i will not rip it out. ever. the hat i settled on is the Paris Beret from Stitch Diva Studios with 2 strands of Fable Baby Alpaca held together. i actually wanted a tree of life aran on it anyway, serendipity that someone else has invented it. hee-hee! i started it last night. ripped it this morning. started it this afternoon. ripped it this afternoon. started it again and god willing thrid time's the charm. now, normally i would let sleeping dogs lie, but since i am a professional yarn & pattern pusher and because i am posting a picture of this pattern & talking about it in a publish sphere, i am sorta responsible for potentially encouraging you to make it. so here is the thing, the pattern is not the easiest to follow. here are some recommendations for following this pattern with the greatest of ease: 1. before you do anything, make a photocopy of the pattern!!! make an extra copy of the second page too. 2. you will need 3 different coloured highlighters (or 3 different light coloured markers, whatever floats your boat). you will also need a row counter if you don't want to check off rows with a pen and you ABSOLUTELY need the stitch markers listed in the materials. 3. Before you start, read ALL the instructions that come before the pattern actually starts. "Yarn-Design Notes" are very helpful. 4. With colour #1 highlight all the relevant numbers and pattern sequences, especially the pattern sequence for the brim and the increase sequence for the transition row after the brim. don't worry about Diagram 2, it is the same info as the instructions for the transition row. 5. On the big/main chart (diagram 1) and with colours 2 & 3 highlight & colour code the "Cross Left" and "Cross Right" symbols. Also write the row number from bottom to top.
6. Cut out the instructions for "Cross Left" & "Cross Right" on the second page and tape it next to the pattern chart on the first page.
7. Ok, cast on, do your stuff, go to town. As you knit the first round place stitch markers after each pattern repeat - you can leave them where they are for the rest of the hat, don't worry about having to move them.
8. When you get to the transition row you will want to do a Lifted Stitch increase
9. The first round of the main pattern (Diagram 1) is a bit hard going because you're changing needle sizes. go slow.
addenda Nov 30, 2006 ......
10. the insructions for "cross-left" don't seem to work. insert the right needle in the very back of the 2 sts on the left needle (180 degrees, total opposite side of the stitches). make sure that when you put them back on the left needle the knit stitch is on top and the purl stitch is on the bottom.
Toronto Craft Alert is taking part in RADIO OPERA: A Benefit Concert for CARE Canada hosted by former MuchMusic VJ Hannah Sung and featuring The Constantines, Jason Collett, comedian Sabrina Jalees and DJ Rory Them Finest. We have put together a fabulous little craft table to pump up the fundraising efforts for humanitarian aid organization CARE Canada and its newest youth initiative, YouthCARE.
Proceeds from crafty sales will go towards CARE-led youth peace-building projects in East Timor. The following generous & talented makers have donated their wares for the show:
RADIO OPERA, an all-ages show, will take place at Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West) on December 2nd at 2pm (doors 1:30). Advance tickets are currently on sale through Ticketmaster, Rotate This and Soundscapes for $16, or $20 at the door.
Come by to enjoy the show, score some hot goodies at the craft table & support a great cause!Some more info on CARE & their projects:
This past September, Hannah traveled with CARE Canada to Indonesia to document the recovery of tsunami and earthquake-affected regions, and to East Timor to speak to youth about what they are doing to move forward a country wrought by political instability and violence. As the voice of YouthCARE, she is currently touring the documentary project to schools across eastern Canada and will be presenting November 20 – 28 in the greater Toronto area.CARE is one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations fighting global poverty in more than 70 developing countries. CARE's projects include emergency relief, preparedness and rehabilitation, and longer-term projects in areas such as education, health, agriculture, HIV/AIDS and small-business development. YouthCARE is CARE Canada's youth inspired initiative.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
the greater of 2 messes. i have done a terrible job of switching the yarn. i haven't been pulling it tight enough. well, i did near the ned, but that doesn't help the rest. i'm concerned about changing the tension on that side, i don't want that button band to be shorter than the other. i'm ripping and knitting it again without the bands. i'll add the bands later. might as well knit in pieces then. maybe add some shaping too. throw everything in for the re knit. xox H P.S. found a Dr. Who on google! (Doctor Who - The Christmas Invasion) they deleted almost all of them from YouTube AS I WAS WATCHING THEM! bad luck. P.P.S. i wa thinking about taking part in the next secret pal but the more i tought about it the more impossible it'll be. i would be a great secret pal, but i'm an awful person to shop for, i'm extremely choosy. also, i have no anonymity, easy to google me and my address.
my cylindrical scarf hasn't worked out either. it's too thick to wear as much as i want. it was my mistake, i flouted the rules of design. it was just right in the fine alpaca, but moving up to the thicker stuff that has more body and less drape didn't work. i'm ripping, no biggie. i've decided to make it again using Lily Chin's Reversible Cables Shawl/Scarf published in Vogue Knitting Shawls. i copied it it from her own copy at the class a few weeks ago (don't have the book). i'll make by beret in a compliemntary cashmere blend (Lang Pashmina) and the universe will fall into place. xox H P.S. i'm addicted to the new BBC Doctor Who. I want the DVDs (first and second series) for hanukah. I haven't wanted anyting in particular for Hanukah since i was 11. although, i didn't ask for them but i got a really great set of knives a few years ago. liked those alot.
my ezmerald sweater. look close. i seem to have made an impromptu short row. consulted with Liane and Ramona yesterday on it, we decided it wouldn't add enough length to make a difference. so i kept knitting. i'm supposed to be knitting along with my students in the sweater class. alternating the strands of yarn because it's handpainted has been a bitch because i haven't been knitting the sweater in pieces, had to try and hide the cross-over behind the button band. but the row where i've been crossing the yarn is a mess. it looks like shit. i'm going to rip it out. the question now is do i knit the thing in pieces, switch the yarn at the edge so i can hide the potential mess in the seaming. i'll think about it for now. i'm not sure if the yardage will stretch either. thinking maybe of knitting in pieces and then if i run out i can do the edges in something else.
here is the back of the Huggy bear hat.
people have been staring at me in the subway. i think it would work better in a solid colour. also, my head is small and small heads need smaller hats. that said, it's way cool, i'll give it to rachel, it's very rachel.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Huggy Bear: Free knitting pattern for a BIG beret
By Haley Waxberg
Model shown in size small/medium, larger style.
Regular or Absurdly Big (Huggy Bear Big)
• 6mm/16” Circular Needles
• 6mm/7.5” Double Pointed Needles
• 1 Skein Noro Iro 100g/120m, Colour 43
• 1 stitch marker
14 sts & 20 rows = 4”/10cm in st st.
K . . . . . . . . . . knit
K2tog . . . . . . knit 2 stitches together
M1 pwise. . . . . . . . .Make 1 purlwise, insert Left needle into front of loop between stitches, purl into the back of the loop.
P . . . . . . . . . . Purl
P2tog . . . . . . Purl 2 stitches together
R . . . . . . . . . . Round or row
Rep . . . . . . . .Repeat
St st . . . . . . . Stocking Stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row)
• Cast on 70 sts & join in round making sure not to twist sts.
• Work in K1, P1 rib for 5 rounds. R6: *k1, p3, M1 pwise, p3, M1 pwise, k2tog, M1 pwise, p2, M1pwise, p3, M1 pwise; rep from * to end of round. (90sts)
R7 to 12: *k1, p8; rep from * to end.
R13: *k1, p7, m1 pwise, p1; rep from * to end of round.
R14 to 20: *k1, p9; rep from * to end.
R21: *k1, p8, m1 pwise, p1; rep from * to end of round.
R14 to 20: *k1, p9; rep from * to end.
Regular Style Only
R21 to 29: *k1, p9; rep from * to end of round.
R30: *k1, p7, p2tog; rep from * to end of round.
R31 to 35: *k1, p8; rep from * to end of round.
R36: *k1, p5, p3tog; rep from * to end of round.
R37 to 41: *k1, p6; rep from * to end of round.
R42: *k1, p3, p3tog; rep from * to end of round.
R43: *k1, p4; rep from * to end of round.
R44: *k1, p1, p3tog; rep from * to end of round. Change to double pointed needles.
R45: *k1, p2; rep from * to end of round.
R46: *k3tog; rep from * to end of round. Break off yarn, thread through darning needle and pull through remaining sts. Fasten off.
Absurdly Big Style Only
R21: *k1, p8, m1pwise, p1; rep from * to end of round.
R22 to 29: *k1, p10; rep from * to end of round.
R30: *k1, p8, p2tog; rep from * to end of round.
R31 to 35: *k1, p9; rep from * to end of round.
R36: *k1, p6, p3tog; rep from * to end of round.
R37 to 41: *k1, p7; rep from * to end of round.
R42: *k1, p4, p3tog; rep from * to end of round.
R43: *k1, p5; rep from * to end of round.
R44: *k1, p2, p3tog; rep from * to end of round. Change to double pointed needles.
R45: *k1, p3; rep from * to end of round.
R46: *k1, p3tog; rep from * to end of round.
R47: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
R48: *k2tog; rep from * to end of round. Break off yarn, thread through darning needle and pull through remaining sts. Fasten off.
• Weave in ends.
• Wash in Eucalan.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
- Rossnyev Cardigan ... excellent use of Koigu KPPPM for a great knitting experience
- Starlight Gloves .... mmmm, love long lace gloves
- Cherry Pie & Blueberry Pie ... one of these days i'm going to start making a full buffet for the store
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
How many stitches should I cast on?
Sts Req: 6"
Yarn Req: 6"
Sts Req: 4"
Yarn Req: 4"
5.5mm to 6.5mm
6.5mm to 7mm
9mm to 10mm
12mm to 15mm
Absolute Beginner Scarf
Beginner Rib Scarf
Two by Two (2x2) Rib Scarf
Mistake Rib Scarf
Easy Fancy Scarf