Saturday, August 23, 2008

Amber Beaded Cardigan .

Amber Beaded Cardigan, FYI: limited time free download, only avail until Aug 29th!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Amy Singer from & Ace

Haley & Ace & Amy: Ace wears his new hat!

Haley & Amy & a really big hat

Amy throws out the first pitch

TD Canada Trust special seats at field level are occupied by knitters

Cindy & Hubby: Studioloo
Stitch 'n Pics
my photos from stitch n pitch are paltry. i was so busy running around doing things for the event that i wasn't able to get many shots. if you have some nice ones from the even please send them to me!

down on the field, getting ready to present the mascot, Ace, with the big toque. i think this guy's name was oliver, he works for the jays and was escorting some pre-teens from YTV's reality show The Next Star to sing the national anthem. but they didn't actually sing and they weren't real kids. they were all professionally groomed, makeup, clothes, hair, the works.

shelna & laura after the game

people milling around after the game

Me & Laura: it was pretty hot in rogers centre, we were glistening by the end of the game

Making the Freebie Bags

The making-up of 1000 freebie bags for Stitch 'N Pitch was a big undertaking! On a warm Sunday morning volunteers gathered for 3 and 1/2 hours to try and make sense of 20 big cardboard boxes of bags, yarn, patterns and wool soap.

Thanks to Liane, Wendy, Shelna , Lynne, Rosie, Paul , Naomi and Sophie for helping!

Lynne (left) & Shelna (right) are making up packets of pattern leaflets to go in the bags. Paul (centre) opens a box of tote bags.

Wendy, the mistress of the yarn. Yarn in it's natural habitat (the plastic bag), eagerly anticipates it's new home. The piles you see aren't even 10% of the total number of bags.

Rosie packs away the finished bags, ready to be handed out at the game.

Friday, August 08, 2008

another brick in the pole ....

someone tried to steal one of my pole cardies. as ramona says, thievery is the sincerest form of flattery! anyway, they are fastened down.

Speaking of ramona, go check out her Hibiscus of Hope Pattern, she is raising funds for Breast Cancer research.

and here is the noro kureyon sock yarn i-cord chainette experiment: it's becoming a rug! you are looking at 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon Sock yarn knitted up into an i-cord on my Prym Knitting Mill/Corker and then crocheted with a 15mm hook. it is currently 16" in diameter.
it's a very good way to use up extraneous sock yarn but not an efficient use of time or energy. i am getting better at using the machine and have figured out how get the stitches back on when they've slipped off .... my great grandmother's tiny little crochet hooks are finally back in action!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Twist Collective

I got a spool knitting machine on tuesday. i figured it might be a fun little gadget to play around with, see how they work, if they are worth buying for the store. i got the prym (made in germany by inox), just like the Caron/Bond America "Cool Corder". it's ok, kinda fussy but i don't know if it is the species or the genus. i don't think i would bother getting one to replace making i-cord by hand, unless you are making a big art project in icord. it is definitely for the artisinal knitter, the creative non-pattern-following type. it seems to work best with fingering weight yarn, so i've been practicing with some merino sock yarn scraps. i haven't tried it with sport weight yet, but it may be too thick.

the singer spool knitting machine looks like it could bet better

i want to join them and knit something up. unfortunately i've run out of scraps, so i'm out out a request ... if you don't want your bits & bobs please give them to me and i will provide them with a great home! i know, i own a yarn store, but i don't have that many scraps lying around, and I've already finished off what I did have.

mmmm, ropey. technically the yarn that is made from the spool tool is called a 'chainette'.

after the merino i thought maybe i'd try the noro sock yarn since it isn't selling great (too itchy). the noro is not ideal on it, it definitetely needs something slippery. the yarn is sticking on itself and making the tension of the feed difficult and slower.
And I'm making a toque of Ace, the Blue Jays' mascot.

Friday, August 01, 2008

1378 Bathurst St: Aug 1, 2008

my neighbourhood beautification project is progressing and i've given a name and a home:

Blog: Wychwood Beautification Project Blog

Flickr: Wychwood Beautification Flickr

For now I have to make a hat for the Blue Jays' mascot, Ace, for Stitch 'N Pitch.