Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Not to be outdone is my darling Fifi. After three weeks of single project hardcore knitting she's finished! Just in the knick of time for the end of the kal. Sheesh. Here are the specs: 7 balls Elann Esprit in Peacock Green (at 2.49 a skein this was a far cry from the Rowan Calmer the pattern called for.) Knit up on #7 circular needles. Modifications: I worked the cable rows all the way down to where the plain ribbing starts. I moved said ribbing down to begin below my bust line and not at the nip-line. I personally don't want attention drawn to that area, especially on cool days. I worked the center cable and diagonal ribbing on the front only as I thought it would look rather strange running along my spine on the back. Finally, I increased the length of the sleeves and the body to create a regular t-shirt type sizing. She's super stretchy in case of weight fluctuations and cool enough for summer wear or layering this fall. Je t'aime, Fifi.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
This weekend, unlike many others, seems to have passed at the same rate of time as my work week. I feel much was accomplished including relaxation. Not always the case. The mess that was the vinyl library has been organized and purged (mostly the man's stuff as my collection is pitifully small and well organized). The record player finally has a home besides the orange crate under the desk where you couldn't put your legs because of all the stereo equipment and I said goodbye to my ten year old stereo components. Au revoir! The organization that started with my knit stuff has started to spread to the rest of the house (thank goodness!) and the man has even pitched in. I think it all started with a new piece of technology (last year's model) we bought and finding homes for some no-longer-needed electronics. Besides all of this goodness I recently acquired a few new knitting books from Knitpicks summer sale (40% off): Knitting Lingerie Style, No Sheep for You, and Romantic Knits. Score on all counts, viva la weekend!
*The pic is a before shot - I'll post an after when it's all the way done.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Another cool thing I've run into (webwise) are the textiles of Joel Dewberry. Very cool designs with beautiful color combinations. My online shopping fingers are itching to pet some of it.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
A trip to IKEA and a day later I've got some rockin' craftinization. I hadn't realized how much I disliked the clutter on top of the dresser and how long it took me to search out my knitting goods from all of the hidey-holes. Now I've got all my (compared to some) small stash, knitting books, and accoutrements in one place. I also took the opportunity to pull some of my nicer texts, photography books, and pictures from their storage spots. Now I just lay in bed and stare at all the knitterly inspiration in front of me. How long will it be until my little addiction needs another shelf?Hmmm...
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I just spent about 40 minutes doing this. It's fun. It's Simpsons. I love it. I don't think it quite looks like me but it's the closest I could get. Go simpsonize yourself. Plus you can be totally narcissistic and order merch of yourself on shirts and mugs and such. I'd personally like to see family portraits done this way. Anyone else?
In other bloggerly news I know where all of the pregnant women go on Wednesday night to satisfy their nesting instincts. IKEA!! The hubby and I went last night and what do you know? I believe I counted about 20 prego women strolling with their man-types. I mean, I'm not in the family way myself but had the urge to do some crafty-organization. I'll post pics when I've got the whole shebang done. I'm excited about this. It may lead to an organization streak the likes of which our house has never seen. The man better watch out, there's trouble coming his way.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Today's foray into the streets of Seattle yielded many yummy things. Sonic Boom gave it up with a reissue of Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and a used Elvis record in that shockingly beautiful blue color. I had never seen this record before and the hubby snatched it up for me and it went in the 'I need this' pile asap. Some unreleased stuff and b-sides from 7 inches couldn't make a girl happier. Well, the only that that could make a girl happier is finding yarn on her doorstep. It's KnitPicks merino style in the color 'moss.' Gorgeous! It's waiting on the knit list to be made into the Puff Sleeve Feminine Cardi from Fitted Knits. That is, after I finish up my Fifi for the Sexy Knitters' Club KAL. This has been an interesting and enlightening knit. I'll post more about that specific project at a later date. Right now I'm going to put on my vinyl and roll around in my 100% merino yarn.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I just want to wear it all the time, so sad that it is finally hot in Seattle. Oh well, I'll just wait till next week to wear it!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I finally decided to do a little blocking as I have two projects from Fitted Knits that, while wearable, need a little blocking love to tidy up stitches and keep edges from rolling up. Enter my skills as Macgyver's secret protege. I took my cutting board (the cardboard kind you get at any fabric store) and did NOT unfold it all the way so that it was about double thickness. I swathed that in a plastic garbage bag so that the dampness wouldn't affect the cardboard and then layed three layers of towels over the bag. Voila! Instant blocking board out of stuff I already own. I used straight pins to pin down my garment the way I like and set her out to dry. I figured the straight pins wouldn't do any terrible damage to the cardboard as it was protected by the towels. I'm sure that if you have something to block that is lighter weight you could use just one layer of towels and the bag along with pins. Just make sure they won't rust!
The finished project. Specs: Cap sleeve tee from Fitted Knits in Cascade Pima Tencel (Tealy-blue color). Things I've learned: 1)Really do try things on as you go! I could have made this a little shorter and possibly done some center back decreases for a little more shaping around my middle. 2) Wait to find a closure that you absolutely love. Mine is a really simple silver clasp. 3) Cotton blends are much easier to knit with than 100% cotton. 4) Block everything!