Thursday, February 28, 2008

Just a little something...

I engaged in a quick little knitting project last night while watching the design-off between Chris and Rami on Project Runway. I have to say that while sewing clothes with human hair sounded gross, the final product looked damn good on Chris's models!

Anyways, I knit this simple little scarflette, (no human hair included) with leftover yarn from this hat, which was fun to work with, though I probably won't again. I like the texture of the thick-and-thin fiber, but found the yarn to look and feel too synthetic. It pills very easy and doesn't wear well, so, I was happy to use up the rest of it for this little project on myself. I closed the scarf with a pin I found in my mother's old costume jewelery box. I am not sure if that's Santa on there, but it's cute either way.

Speaking of Chris's hair-trimmed frocks, I wonder if there are any fiber spinners who have made yarn from human hair? I have read about and seen this book and know that it is possible to really knit with anything from natural animal fibers to dryer lint! Talk about resourceful!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Two Hats Are Better Than One!

My friend Briana, another talented and creative knitter, sewer and baker extraordinare, made this pink stitched hat for our friend Rosemary. Lucky gal!

I went to visit Briana and Rosemary on the Island this week and we engaged in a little afternoon crafting, better known to those involved as 'crafternoon.' I also finished my plated cable hat (which was also for Rosemary) while I was there. We got to do a little photo shoot and assembled some matching attire.

As stated... lucky gal! Good thing she has the clothes to match her new hats!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Politics aside...

I really like Meghan McCain's crazy cabled beret.

Another exciting project to try and make from photographs on the net. Looks like it will be a lot of fun!

(But I'm still voting for Obama.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

cables and craft night.

Oh, how I miss Craft Night!

Craft Night consists of many good things: 1) being with friends 2) eating delicious, homemade food 3) working on our weekly crafts and - when it's in season - 4) watching project runway. I've been absent from the tradition since I moved, and miss my crafty friends so much. But tonight was one of those nights I really would have liked to have their company when tuning into the ridiculous that has become Project Runway! (Christian getting fan favorite! wtf?) So much crying and whining -- the show is much less fun to watch sans the funny comments and observations from my friends. Maybe thats why I haven't enjoyed this season nearly as much as the others. Still, an hour long tv show about sewing clothes... not bad at all.

Oh, and Rosie, the blue cables are for your hat!


I've been dying to update this blog, really! Since I started working again I've barely had a moment to take any pictures, write any words or, most importantly, finish anything to show you! So, here's one of my numerous projects still on the needles.

These armwarmer(s) are a simple 2 x 2 rib and made with a yarn of such awesomeness that my camera can't seem to capture it. It's Tosca by Lang Yarns, an Italian company. The best part is I found the two skeins in the clearance bin at my local yarn shop -- for only $3 each!

The wool/acrylic blend runs through various shades of green -- all quite lovely. It gives the illusion of subtle stripes or different yarns but it's all the same skein. I thought it would be perfect for making a pair of fingerless gloves that would match, but not necessarily be identical. I've just got to stay motivated and knit them both!

I've sort of been in lock-down position since starting this job. Gone are the days off where I wake up early and have the entire day to do whatever I want. Although, that agenda (or lack of one) was starting to get a bit difficult to handle. Having a little responsibility and order in my life is not a bad thing at all. I just miss the opportunity to knit all afternoon and go on adventures every weekend! But soon enough, the adventures will continue and in the meantime I am trying to maintain a delicate balance of work and pleasure, so that life is always good. If you've figured it out -- let me know!

Friday, February 08, 2008

cable attempts no. 2 - plaited cables.

A few weeks ago I joined Ravelry, the social networking site for knitters. I didn't post anything on it right away, since I wanted to spend more time actually knitting rather than babbling about it on the internet, BUT last night I was having a hell of a time trying to figure out the pattern for this hat, so I decided to ask for help. I posted in one of Ravelry's forums and got responses that recognized the hat as having plaited cables... which I had never heard of, let alone knew how to do! Rather than keep asking stupid questions I decided to look online for patterns and find out for myself. That's when I stumbled upon this lovely blog and got a step by step tutorial -- with pictures! lucky me!

Getting purly with it led me through the process over 9 sts:

row 1: slip 3 on to cable needle, knit 3, knit 3 from needle, knit 3 more, purl 1. repeat.
row 2 + 3 + 4: knit all knits and purl all purls!
row 5: knit 3, slip 3 onto cable needle, knit 3, knit 3 from needle, purl 1. repeat.

Yup! Pretty straight forward. I discovered it's a lot like what I was doing here, only when I tried applying that pattern, for some reason, it didn't look right. I'll be referring back to Nancy's blog for some other patterns and tutorials, too. She's got some great things over there.

Thanks to all the others who suggested patterns and techniques. They all led me to a fun experimental piece. Now I've just got to pick up some yarn to make the real hat and we'll be rolling!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

a little something extra.

I found these little felted flowers (2 of them) in the clearance bin at Marshalls. They were less than 50 cents and I think you are supposed to pin them on your shoes. I thought they'd look extra cute on a hand-knit hat.

cable attempts - no. 1

This is the hat I started making BEFORE I saw the enlarged, color photo of the cable knit hat I have been stalking. I made this one up with the tiny black and white newspaper photo as inspiration. It's a bit different, but I kind of like it.

Since the pattern is my own I would be more than glad to share it with you! I'll try to get it all transcribed today. The idea for this hat also came from the simple ribbed hats I made for Nick's brothers and posted recently. I wanted to make more hats like that, but with a little, er, twist.

Monday, February 04, 2008

That Hat!

Check it out... aren't those chunky cables just amazing!?

I first saw this little picture printed black and white in the local Boston newspaper, the Phoenix, of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, (who are playing here in April in support of their new album. Yayy!) But that cabled hat really caught my eye. I just went onto their website for a better look. The tiny black and white clip in the paper didn't do much justice to those gorgeous golden cables... I've got to make one of those!

Any advice for starting the pattern would help... I am just going to try and make it up as I go!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

cold feet more!

I made these adorable Mary Jane Slippers from the pattern on the wonderful purl bee blog. They came out a little bit boxier than I was hoping (because I knit with a larger guage) but are perfectly comfy for around-the-house wear!

I really like how the purl bee's pattern are beautifully photographed step-by-step for us visual learners. I have trouble following directions in general, so having clear photos to illustrated each step is a very helpful way for mastering some of the trickier aspects of a project like this -- like knitting an attached i-cord. Simple as these slippers are, I got to learn a lot while making them!

p.s. it's really nice out today!!