Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Student Banquet was fun. I met some fun people, Brenda and Cindy and Frank, who I sat with at the table along with Lily Chin (who was dressed as Madeline). For those of you who don't know, Lily Chin is a knitwear designer and also the world's fastest crocheter (she was on Martha) The banquet featured a fashion show by anyone who wanted to show off what they had made. There were some very incredible creations to be seen. (Lots not on the runway too). It was a fun night.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I've seen Jane Sowerby talk about Victorian Lace Today. Beyond awesome. Fabulously awesome.
I've seen Melissa Leapman teach cables. Wow. I want to make everything in her book (that she signed for me).
I had lunch (I needed the protein boost like you wouldn't believe). I met Karen, a knitter who had made a beautiful lace scarf. It was incredibly beautiful.
I walked back and forth a lot. I saw a lot of knitters. Lots. I waited in line to preview the Market.
I found a little yarn there.
I saw Cookie, designer of mind blowing sock patterns. She signed them for me.
I got some SeaSilk, some Socks That Rock, and a few other things.
I finished my Monkey socks (I will graft the heel after I post this).
Not bad for day number 1.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I am ready. I think.
I am excited. I am knitter, hear me, uh, click.
I will hopefully be able to blog from the road. I'm taking the laptop, camera, and cord. I don't know if they allow photography, but I will hopefully be able to post some highlights, and at the very least, photographs of yarn purchases and other spoils.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I FINALLY finished my new knitting bag.
Pink and chocolate. I love this fabric. I had a problem finding coordinating fabric. I had purchased a couple of other prints, but they looked icky with this one, WAY too busy, so I set out to find solid fabrics, and that was actually much harder than it should have been.
You can't really tell, but there is beaded trim on there. I made the pocket on the front in the same fabric and matched it exactly to make it disappear. Sneaky, huh? I put a magnetic closure on this bag, and changed the needle holder pocket and made it smaller, and added a second pocket next to it. Details.
I also made the matching needle holder roll. I have been putting my needles in this ceramic pitcher next to my spot of the sofa (don't mess with mom's spot) but this needle roll is to transport my needles to stitches and Naughty/Knotty Knitters. Must be portable you know.
I'm taking a break from the sewing machine now. I still have a few items left to do, but enough is enough. I'm going to concentrate on the mittens. I'm a few rows away from starting the decreases, so if I get to work, I may have one finished today.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Knitting tends to take over the urge to do anything else. I do enjoy working with a needle, in many forms.
This is from the book, Felt Wee Folk by Salley Mavor, which is a very interesting book. I am not really into fairies, but the handwork in the book is really exquisite. It makes me want to make a bunch of little felt dolls with acorn hats.
I went to Ancient Pathways today. No, I did not buy any yarn. (I did fondle a few skeins). I was there because Meg called me that Lace Style had come in.
I never said I wouldn't buy any knitting books. I LOVE knitting books. Everywhere you look in my house you see either knitting books or knitting magazines. Can't help myself. It's a disease I don't want to recover from. There is something delicious about the potential of a knitting project, and a good book is full of them. Lace Style follows my favorite book Scarf Style. I really admire the books from Interweave Press. They do a quality job.
I also came home recently with their new sock book, Favorite Socks. Another book full of potential. I wish life could be long enough to knit everything I have on my wish list.
I guess I will have to take it one project at a time. Or at least a few at a time.
Grace tied her own shoes today. Sat down and worked through it. Once her mind was made up, she sat down and did it. Hooray!
Cuppy thought the lining looked great.
For some reason, she hasn't left me alone all day and really wanted to be my model.
Remember the fabric from Tracy's bobble bag? So frugal, I am.
Check another thing off the finishing list.
On the Anemoi mitten update -- I got home from the kids orthodontist appointment (Alex gets his braces off next time!) and was missing a needle. Argh. Fixed that situation this morning, so I'm off and running (or knitting) again.
I have also been working on my swatches for homework for Stitches. Not hard, just need to get them ready. I'm SO excited.
Tracy, Mom, and I (Crafters Gone Wild) got together yesterday and played with felt. I'm close to finishing a little needle holder that I will photograph soon. It is cute!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
It was a fun yarn that changes as you knit. It was three different yarns, a mohair fuzzy type, a wool thick/thin, and a nylon nubby type. I chose gray since it would fit into the Project Spectrum assignment. I like it and it will go with a black sweater nicely, but I'm not really crazy about it. The yarn comes in other colors too. (I think I would like them better). I'm too lazy at the moment to find the ball band, but when I get a moment, I will post the name of the yarn. It was very inexpensive, and one ball made the scarf. I knitted it on the diagonal. Here is the quick pattern:
Cast on 15.
Row 1:Knit1, yo, knit to three stitches before the end of the row, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Knit entire row, knitting into back loop of the yo.
Repeat row 1 and 2.
Close up of the yarn:
On another note, here is a photo of Grace in the Watermelon Cardigan. It is big, but will fit her next year, I'm sure. She wore it to church last Sun. Don't you just love the smile?