Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yarn and Knit Travels

I travel quite a lot for work. This year I just happen to be in London (UK) the same weekend as Knit Nation... imagine my astonishment and good luck!

I'm only able to take one class (Estonian Lace) but I'm not complaining. I just feel sorry for my work travel companion as I'll likely buy too much yarn to fit in my luggage.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Textured Shawl or Will I knit anything else ever again?

I am really in love with the textured shawl recipe on ravelry. Thus far I've made this shawl three times and, in all honesty, plan on making it over and over.

Here it is in Woobu (love this yarn)

This version was for my friend Ms. V in Lobster Pot Cashmere

Latest version (#4) is 60% done...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pressed Flowers

I've never created or done anything with pressed flowers. I was out for a walk with the kids and we came across a wild flower field dotted with these pinkish-purplish fuzzy flowers; they are so lovely. We brought them home and, quickly, read up on pressing flowers between books with wax paper.

If this works and they keep their color I'm going to have to find something fun to make with the finished product...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Quilt Tops

I've been making baby blankets assembly style in order to keep up with all the babies being born at work (rather, they aren't born at my work, they are born to people who work at my work... you get the idea). If a parent-to-be reports directly to me or is in my reporting structure I like to give them a baby quilt; this has been fun in the past but currently 3 of my staff are pregnant. I spent 3 hours cutting all the fabric, 8+ hours sewing all the strips together, re-cutting into squares, sewing the new strips, etc and ended up with enough to make 7 quilt tops which measure 36" square.

About a week ago I finished the 3 blankets and now I have 4 quilt tops left (just in case...) Assembly style was great for multiple small blankets. However, after making all these, my son wants a blanket of his own.

How can it be that I've never made him one?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Pattern

I was asked by a very nice lady to post a link to the Jane Eyre shawl so, here you go: Jane's Better Looking Sister

Monday, May 9, 2011

Etsy Shop Foci

I've been wanting to open an etsy shop for a while now but lacked any focus (regarding what I wanted to sell). I finally decided that, since it will be my shop, I can sell whatever I want! It doesn't need a focus, it can have foci!

These two bags are the first of many items to come; I've made a number of these bags for friends and also for myself. They have pockets on the inside for holding crochet hooks or knitting needles (or, less sexy, pens). I have one (containing a project) that I use often/keep inside my car just in case I find myself stuck in traffic (sssshhhh, don't tell the highway patrol) or waiting unexpectedly for an appointment.

I'll try to document my inventory progress as I go. The shop will likely contain items I wanted but couldn't find anywhere, so I made it for myself.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jane's Better Looking Sister

I finished contruction on my attempt to recreate the Jane Eyre shawl. I am actually very pleased with how it turned out! Simple pattern and I love the very subtle ruffle.

I don't know if I'll post the pattern; I think there are better replicas out there. This was a fun experiment and I really enjoyed improvising for the first time. I still need to weave in the ends and decide whether or not to block.

I think I'll make another in lavender wool...