Friday, August 27, 2010

Freebie - Cable Bobble Socks!

New Freebie!  Cable Bobble Socks from the Vogue Knitting Fall 2010 issue!

Silk Garden Pillow

My third Noro Pillow is coming along nicely, I've been slotting in some knitting in between flower sessions for the Bike).  This one has been a little challenging  because the Silk Garden is not knitting in the same way or to the same gauge as the Blossom. I'm not sure if it will fit the intended 19" x 19" pillow, I'll have to block it and see how much give it has.  Otherwise, it is lovely knitting. The Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted makes a nice contrast yarn since it is also a single ply and has a slight halo to it. The colours are working out too, and I've finally accepted that the opening in the middle is the best way to go (it's kinda cute & sweatery anyway). This one will probably be the prototype for a pattern. The previous two versions, both knit in Noro Blossom, which is discontinued, behaved quite differently and the closures aren't really as cute as this one. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Progress on the Knitted (crocheted) Bicycle

It Grows! It Grows! Look at me, I am making progress on my Knitted (crocheted actually) Bicycle! I have been catching glimpses of people petting it - love that!  A guy stopped while passing by to talk about it. I asked him if he liked it and he said he wouldn't choose these particular colours, but yes, he enjoyed it. people are so funny! :-)

Friday, August 20, 2010

More Bicycle

Just popping in to show you the progress on the Knitted Bicycle! It doesn't look like much has been accomplished this week, but the flowers are spreading. Today I pieced together the flowers for the seat tube and attached them. Scintillating, I know.  I also made some structural adjustments to the saddle while a creepy guy skulked around and stared at my butt.

I wish I had more of the bright, neon pink acrylic, I really like that particular colour. I'm also enjoying the chartreuse, lilac, aqua, and royal purple. I also wish I had a bright orange - it's not a common colour.

I'm constantly catching people petting the bike, it's great!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Free Movie Tickets!

We have 20 tickets for the preview of the movie "Flipped" by director Rob Reiner! It's a coming of age story based on the novel  novel "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Thursday August 26th, 7pm (but go early, the theatre fills up fast), AMC Yonge & Dundas (10 Dundas St East).

First come,  first served (contact us to reserve, info "at" max 2 per person (unless we have leftovers), pick up at Knit-O-Matic, 1378 Bathurst St.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another Freebie! Aslan Trends Children's Dress

I found another freebie!  A Girl's Cabled Jumper (dress) from Aslan Trends, by Amy Polcyn. Very cute!

Freebie! Noro Hat & Scarf

I found a nice little freebie today! The Cowslip Hat & Scarf for Noro Silk Garden, from Jane Ellison's book Naturally Noro.

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Alive! (knitted bike)

It's finally started!  I worked all day on the seat and finished it just before Stitch 'n Bitch tonight. It's a pile of work, but I lurv the effect - the bike will look so good when it is finished! 

BTW, the things in the picture are flowers, even thought they don't really look like it. My flowers tend to look like sea anemones. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tailor Made Bouquet (the knitted bicycle)

I've worked up a pile of flowers and am starting to join them and start dressing the bike. it is dressing, this is an exercise in tailoring as well as Art. I've started with the seat, which seems to be one of the toughest parts to fit. the human bum makes a very strange negative shape. anyway, the covering over the seat is going to have to be fitted directly to it. it reminds me of story about Marilyn Monroe and the dress she wore when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy; apparently it was so tight she had to be sew into it (she only *looked* like she's been poured into it).  Anyway, it's turning out to be bespoke clothing for machinery.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Randomly Striped Noro Pillow

Hidey-Ho Knitterinos!

I have been working hard, trying to make things in the sofa region (sofaville? the village of chesterfield? love seat land?).  I have completed my second Noro Striped Pillow, this one is 19" x 19" and the width of the stripes was random.  I've almost got the hang of pillow design, fit is a big consideration and I've been playing with ease because they stretch quite a bit and fit best that way.

Here's the latest pillow all alone. 

Monday, August 09, 2010

Playing with Noro

I'm sorry I've been very lazy the last two weeks and didn't make time for you. I guess it is a summer thing, what with all the heat here, but it also took a little time to recover from organizing Stitch 'n Pitch (which seems to have gone very nicely). Regardless, I apologize for being lax. 

I have actually been knitting away, in the interim, it takes a lot to stop these hands.  Above is a most recent FO, a Noro Striped Pillow for the store. I`ve never made a pillow before, despite the fact that I have always admired them and wanted to make one. Sometimes I just need to try something new and see how it feels - keeps things interesting.  Also, we got a new table and chairs and home decor ( or homey retail decor) went to the top of my priorities.  Also, I had some Noro Blossom in my stash that needed to be used. Yes, yarn store owners have stashes. It became an exercise in creativity. The above pillow is the first, and granted, the regular striping isn`t very creative. I`m working on logistics, size and fit, and the next one that is already on the needles is a little more interesting. BTW, the contrast yarn is Lana Grossa Baby Kid (held double), a very soft mohair-microfiber blend, made in Italy. The yarn was chosen to compliment the texture of the Noro Blossom, and also because it was sitting on the sale shelf.