Friday, July 28, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
here is the blanket that supplanted the shawl. oh! i finished the green celebrity shawl! very satisfying crocheting (hence i'm making a second one!), i keep forgetting to bring it in for "photography". blanket is Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille and pattern will be available in store as a kit when it's done.
i meant to finish this Celebrity Shawl last night but i was waylaid. i visited a friend, dropped off the baby bolero i made for her and when i got home i started working again on the baby blanket i had started for her last december when i found out about the pregnancy. my attention span is limited, but i always go back to things. eventually.
Liane brought in a whole bunch of hats for Streetknit today! she used textured garter stitches to try and keep the warmth in the acrylic. she's a machine, she's the 'knit-o-matic'! and it's not like this is the only stuff she's knitting, she brought in a felted toe today and i know there's a baby blanket in the works too. amazing.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
less impressive but very gratifying, i made a plain hemp washcloth with the Hemp for Knitting "Allhemp6". i'm taking it home with me and the bird tonight to give it a test run over the weekend. i wrote a simple pattern, i'll get it together and post it on monday.
i have plans to make a lace facecloth next, will post as that goes.
i can't wait to replace the old scrub mit in my shower!!! :-)
Elizabeth finished the colonial socks Deborah commissioned from Hand Knit Holidays. They are so sexy!!!! koigu KPM. i see them worn over a lace pantyhose in the fall, very pink. initially i was thinking of making them longer, but now i wonder if they should be knee-high? whatever, it's all good.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
finished my first streetknit hat and wrote a pattern for it so you can make lots & lots of them too! it was all done quick & dirty, no frills but lots of thrills! :-)
Fast & Easy Hat By Haley Waxberg
Size • Small/Medium (Medium/Large) • 20 (22) inches circumference
Materials • 8mm double pointed needles • 50m of polar weight yarn (calls for 8mm to 10mm needle) • Darning needle
Gauge 11 sts & 16 rows = 4 inches in stocking stitch
Abbreviations K knit K2tog knit 2 stitches together P purl
• Cast on 52 (56) stitches and join in round (make sure not to twist the stitches).
• Work in
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
came across a fall fashion trend spread in Elle this morning while i was on the john and caught another glimpse of this hat from Burberry Prossum and decided maybe it needs to be made. so i'm gonna make it. it's slow at work today because it is soooo hot (although the store is amply air conditioned) and i've already started experimenting with yarns & gauge & figured out how many stitches. I've cast on with Lana Grossa Pashmina in cream and i'm working on the ribbing. i've studied the hat from as many angles as available and i think i understand how it works. the decreases will be the tricky part, but i don't have to worry about that till i get to it. i don't know what i'm going to call it. can't use the brand name. i'm going to ikea tomorrow with Meaghan, and she is good at making up names, maybe she'll have an idea. it kinda remiinds me of the hats Rhoda used to wear on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, maybe i'll just call it Rhoda. :-) claire just popped by to pick up the vintage rug hooking stuff that passed through my hands (i swear, i used to study redistribution centres and now i am one!). I didn't realize that Claire is Needlebook! i'm pretty clueless, my networking is totally ancillary. anyway, i love her stuff, i was happy i found a welcome home for the materials, but i'm thrilled that they are helping to support a local artist (she has an etsy shop). coolio. claire left with some Fable too, it's getting to be popular stuff, 3 people in as many days. I'm glad the vibe is getting out, It's mommy andrea is good people and it's good stuff. i finished the baby bolero, i'll take a pic on monday when i have the enrgy to deal with the technology and it's been blocked (still damp). It's really lovely, so sweet, very happy with it.
Friday, July 14, 2006
the bolero has arms! bu-ah-ah-ah (evil laugh)! it looks good, it's a hell of a lot of finishing for a little thing, next time i'm making that little top from last minute knitted gifts that's knit in the round. this baby isn't going to wear this long enough to deserve this much finishing. i still need to pick up the stitches for the border. actually ..... i could have made the arms by picking up stitches and working down, but i didn't think of that. this nubblg yarn is hard to seam with. i'm cranky & need a nap.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
and lets face it, you just can't go wrong with a classic styled cardigan in your closet. its the garment you wera over and over for years and years. i like the marled colours, very subtle. i'm hooking Maureen up with this ensemble, hopefully she'll dig it. that's what happens when you get a handle on people's style, you can shop for them. i should be a professional shopper, but i would have to move to LA. :-)berroco yarns
Monday, July 10, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
ah, flowers! this soooo makes me want to yodel! by Louisa Pucci at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Friday, July 07, 2006
www.knitscene.com one of my fave things about knitscene is their very thorough website. they have a pile of freebie patterns, as well as alternate shots so you can get an idea for what the garment looks like. i don't know if i'll make this one now, but i'll file this under easy wearing. i hate the TSC Donegal, it's itchy and all wrong, will have to find a nice substitute first. maybe something from cascade ... i'll have to check the schematic too, not sure if this one actaully closes. if it doesn't it might need some modifications for the canadian climate! anyway, it's an idea!
i'm working on the baskets at the store and the bag at home. i'm THRILLED with the results but it's slow going ... not the kind of crochet i ususally enjoy (i'm not into single crochet, i prefer openwork). i can't do the hard knitting all the time, but when i put in the effort I find it SOOO satisfying! this is going to be a satisfying product, sensational end result.
the textile looks great, the hemp is PERFECT, it has just the very vintage florida-chic aesthetic i was trying to achieve. i think i'll just use some large bamboo handles and it will be my bocca bag (bocca rattan, like where old people retire).
i finally got to the decreases last night. it works by making increases, then working straight, then corresponding decreases. i keep carrying around the handles in the vain hope that i get to it RIGHT NOW! :-) the handle flaps come next. i'm so excited i'm counting down the rows.
the pattern was very simple. i didn't really understand how it worked spatially (where the top is, where the bottom is, etc) but once i got the stitch down (there's only one!) and it started to grow i was able to conceptualize it. i also ghanged the gauge & the dimensions (a real bocca bag's gotta be big! my bubbies always had big, bottomless bags with candy for me) .
summary: i'm happy, this will be a garment that i won't get bored of when i'm finished the work!
it' summer and i'm summarily into ceramics. this specimen will someday soon (hopefully) be a large bowl/small basket. i'm kinda into the idea of making felted bowls that resemble traditional ceramics. i'll have to tale a field trip down to the Gardiner museum for research.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
- Twinkle by Wenlan Chia ... 'kay, you gotta keep an eye on this chic, Vogue Knitting loves her, keeps making her designs into patterns, and she's got a knitting pattern book coming out in the new year (!!!!!)
- Alexander McQueen ... check out the cool aran knee socks! i've been itching to make a pair for a year or so, there was a cool pattern in the cornelia tuttle araucania naturewool book
- Dolce & Gabanna ... knits everywhere
- Marc Jacobs ... how to wear your layers (or go to Marni from 2005 or 2005)
- you know what, just go straight to Marni right NOW! do not pass GO.
my fave bowl/basket, but the worst pic. that's always the way, isn't it? i hasd a bit of a mango juice leak in my purse and now my camera is sticking. it's not a good month for electronics. i think i have to floss the camera. should really make a camera-case for it!
anyway, very pleased with the solid coloured bowl. i'm going to make more of them for the store, all kinds of blue. i'll be all caught up on my laundry by the end. :-)
SNB was very fun this week. didn't take any pics due to the attendance of new people, but it was raucus, a real menagerie. a good time was had by all, including me.
my felted baskets ... the big basket. it worked well, but i think i'd like to give it another run through the washer. the freedom wool felts real goood! all of the pieces came out well in shape, this one i blocked with a towel, the tall needle version i bloced with a glass container, the small one didn't really need blocking at all. i prefer the solid colours over the variegated, but i think a hand dyed yarn might work nice too, even if it's just kool-aid at home.