Monday, March 24, 2008

sweater update.

I am totally hooked on knitting this sweater at the moment. I just don't want to do anything else. I knit while I am on the phone, while I watching tv and while someone else makes me dinner because I can't stop knitting and do it myself! And when I am at work, out with a friend, walking the dog or doing anything else, all that goes through my head is the fact that I am not knitting! Truly, I am obsessed.

I am making my way through the pattern slowly... and backwards. I started with the two sleeves and am working my way up the front right panel. I figured this way, since the back takes the longest, I could work on that last rather than get frustrated with how long it takes to knit. So far, this system works for me. I feel good about the progress I've made, though I worry that sweater patterns were designed in a certain order for a reason, and I am about to find out why!

OK, enough babbling from me -- and back to my knitting.
What projects has everyone else been hooked on lately?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

springtime, for knitters!

I think I chose the perfect time to start knitting a sweater. I've been talking about making one for awhile, but first I had to get through all the winter projects, the inventory for my store, gifts and orders and, ahhh, now it's time to knit for me! And springtime, too. Working with inexpensive acrylic yarn yields a perfect weight sweater for spring and keeps the cost of materials in a realm that makes me feel ok if my first finished garment isn't perfect. Plus the color I (finally!) chose is warm and sunny and a delight to work with, mostly because I can't wait to wear it!

I ended up knitting an entire sleeve (instead of a swatch) with the yellow yarn I was indecisive about the other day. Comparing the colored yarns I was debating with the colors in my closet (as suggested) I found the rest of my wardrobe is mostly black, denim, and more black so any splash of color is warmly welcomed! I had a yellow sweater in mind before I even began, so I decided to go with that.

I picked the pattern for my sweater (shown in purple, above) from Lion Brand's collection of free patterns, but the inspiration for springtime knits came from many places. Rosemary sent me a link to these cardigans from Little Grey Bungalow, a great blog with vintage inspired looks. Patterns for both of these spring sweaters are there, too!

The Gap has an adorable (but tiny!) waffle knit cardigan on it's shelves this spring. I feel like I could knit that up in a cinch and for less than $39.50, but I'm taking it one sweater at a time.

And as always, there's springtime at Anthropologie. sigh.... anthropologie!

They've got a bigger crop of lightweight, floral embroidered, warm-weather knits than I can cut and paste here! Now we just need the warm weather to cooperate. Maybe by the time my sweaters done!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

First steps...

My work is not on the flier, but it is in the show!

This is the first show at Plymouth's new Russell Gallery, at the Plymouth Center for the Arts. It's a great space that a year ago didn't even exist! The building has been slowly remodeled from the old Russell Library, to the new Art Center, all the while keeping the charm and history in tact. The Center still has a way to go, but the kick-off of their first show was a true success. We had an opening on Friday night, March 14th, with a turnout of over 250 people! I'm happy to have my work be part of the gallery's progression. If you are nearby downtown Plymouth, MA stop in and see the exhibition and if you feel like helping out, the Art Center always needs volunteers!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Decisions, decisions.

I am really bad at making decisions. I don't know what it is. I will stand in front of products in the store for minutes and minutes, put down my basket and ponder. I'll even walk around, down another aisle and come back, trying to reach a conclusion. It's really bad.

I had one of those moments (lasting, err, several moments) today in the craft store when I went to buy yarn to make this sweater. I did the math and realized that I could make it for less than it would cost me to get something equivalent at H&M, so I went to shop for yarn. I just couldn't decide between these two colors:

So I bought a scane of each and took them home to ponder some more.

My initial thought was to make this sweater golden yellow, but the yellow for this pattern is much less than golden. Its a bit more of a pale, buttercup. I really like the pea green, too. That's where things get tricky. I just hope I don't end up knitting it in basic black. Then again, I know I'll always wear it!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

the end is near.

With the production of polaroid film sadly reaching an end, I am thinking about getting one of these.

I know it's not digital, but I've got enough medium format film stashed in my freezer to serve me for awhile... at least until they stop processing it. I really never thought that I would see the end of silver photography come so quickly. Massart is offering it's last darkroom class next year (I heard this from a slightly unreliable source.) Still, it's very very sad.

To think I spent 4 years getting a degree in a science that is now obsolete. At least I got to take part in photography while it was still alive!

Monday, March 10, 2008

spring is getting cloche!*

I totally forgot about this hat!

I started knitting it a few months ago, finished it eventually, and then just... forgot about it. I picked it up and sewed the button on today. It's a nice hat for springtime, so the timing is right.

It's knit from a mix of two different yarns I found in my mom's stash. I particularly liked the two together, and had just enough for this cloche style hat!

(*sorry, I had to use that line. you don't even want to know about the puns I come up with and don't use!!)

Sunday, March 09, 2008


For some reason I am totally compelled to buy this print:

maybe because it's just SO awesome?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wouldn't it be lovely?

ok, Abby, you asked for it!

I wouldn't mind turning this into a Project Runway forum for a little bit. I'd enjoy hearing all of your opinions about last night's finale... what did you think of Christian's win? Big surprise?

I kind of thought this would happen for a couple of weeks now. Actually, I worried this would happen. He's just so annoying and seems like he's already done the work of manufacturing himself into a character, catchphrase and all. But that's what our culture loves. He'll do fine. And I admit, he really is a good designer. Though I really thought from watching the shows that Rami had it all wrapped up... he really is good.

When PR was over I changed the channel and found myself in the midst of some more fashion inspiration, this time from a 1964 classic.

Feathers, big hats, ridiculous ruffles and sleek female forms don't seem so original anymore, do they Christian? It's hard to match the drama of Cecil Beaton!

I love the Ascot scene in My Fair Lady. Perfectly choreographed, elegant and hilarious. As fashion should always be.

Monday, March 03, 2008

ArteyPico Awards!

There are so many good blogs out there! I spend waaayyy too much time online trying to take them all in. It's exciting to that in the midst of all these online publishers, I can have my own little place to track my progress through the variety of projects I take on. What's even more exciting... is that other people read it! People from all over the world. Earlier this week Australian blogger Bec awarded me the ArteyPico award for not only being creative, but and inspiring as well! Bec has her own wonderfully creative world she shares via The Small Stuff. I was first drawn to her blog through images of her bags on her flickr. Lots of people have been sewing cute totes from fun fabrics, but something about hers stood out to me as special. I love her homemade patterns, fun fabrics, buttons and embellishments, as well as the cute names and stories that make tote her own. Thanks, Bec, for introducing me to your crafty world... and for choosing my blog to give an award to! How flattering! Now i get to choose 3 blogs that inspire me and pass the award on.... how to choose? how to choose?

Well, I do love looking at UNIFORM Studio Journal (who I borrowed this photo from, above.) Her blog is very consistent with the style of clothes she makes -- clean, modern, simple, artistic. Her designs feel like contemporary art, all the while looking extremely wearable, comfortable and practical -- not to mention being gorgeously cut and detailed. I love peeking in to see what she's working on, or what's available in her shop. It's very motivating to watch another designer or artist work, which is a reason why I like reading crafting blogs so much!

Also making some great clothes is Rosemary, a good friend of mine, who award-worthy blog is embroidered woven sewn and drawn. I met Rosie a few years ago when I was living on Martha's Vineyard and we bonded over nights of cooking delicious dinners, drinking wine from her family's vineyard, and doing lots of crafting!! Recently, when I moved from the Island, I suggested she keep a blog so that I can continue to see what she creates. Blogging has been one of the many great ways we have kept in touch and has also allowed us to share the ideas we have and things we make, pose questions or seek out advice. Its delightful to us that others get the connection, too!

Thirdly, and this is so, so hard to choose one more, but I would like to award a blog that always appears in my google reader as 'title unknown'. I love reading this blog for insight to a world of fashion, art, shopping, photography and design. I know very little about the blogger, Vic, except that I am into whatever she posts! She refers to the blog as her 'wishlist' and I hope that all her wishes come true! I am always sharing these links with friends in "oh my god - check this out!!" emails. Whether photos of well decorated interiors, links to foreign art exhibits or just cool products one would dream to buy, a peek at her blog offers an escape into a beautiful world from any ordinary day.

So there, that's just some of what inspires me to keep putting stuff up here. If I could give out a million awards they would go to: The Cherry Blossom Girl, Quiet Epiphanies, Book By It's Cover, Posie Gets Cozy, A Dress a Day, Poppytalk, Keep Up, Getting Purly with It, Only Shallow, and Lena Corwin, just to name a few. All inspiring, all creative and all making the internet a more interesting place!