June 12, 2013
Posted by Leslie A. Gordon under Knitting
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I have been really good lately about checking knitting books out of the library instead of buying them but I heard a review of this book on the Knitmore Girls podcast and something told me I should order it, sight unseen:
(Sorry for the fuzzy photo…) I am so glad I did — what a terrific book! I’m especially drawn to the simpler designs. Will someone have a baby, please? I want to make this and this (love the color, especially) and this and this and this and this and this…
May 19, 2013
This week, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Joan from Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit, someone I’ve “known” for many years through the knitting blog world but finally got to meet in real life. We met at Imagiknit, our local yarn store. I say “our” because Joan moved to San Francisco from the East Coast awhile back. Here we are in Imagiknit’s enormous room devoted entirely to non-wool yarns. It’s tailor made for Joan because, as you might guess from her blog name, she’s got a big-time wool allergy:
Joan is wearing her gorgeous Sothia shawl, one of the many beautiful wool-free knits she’s made. I especially love her impeccably made toys and I copied these booties after seeing her version. When we met, Joan (a budding designer like me) told me that Craftsy has a great program for selling patterns so I went right home and uploaded a few of mine. I also did a little shopping while we were together — I bought some Cascade 220 for the design project I’ve been noodling about for months and months. It’s a collection (!) of hats. I’ll be making them for the next couple of weeks until my friend Sarah is ready to start our personal KAL of the Grown-Up Hoodie, a pattern we both bought at Stitches this year. She’s waiting for her yarn to arrive. The design collection has a fall theme so my goal is to have it finished by mid-August.
May 12, 2013
I went on a Teeny Tiny Mochimochi binge! I’ve seen these over the years but didn’t quite “get” them — until I saw a friend’s mini sushi and other teeny tinys. They were just so…goofy and fun. I decided to make a bunch to hide in my kids’ duffle bags when they go to sleepaway camp. I also knit little pouches to put them in. (My son’s pouch is in 49′er colors!)
In that batch, there is a cupcake, a bunny, a fish, a chicken and a dinosaur.
In that batch, there’s a squirrel, a football, another bunny (which may be cut off in this shot), a rat and my personal favorite, a bat.
I used size one needles and lots of little scraps. The only one I modified was the cupcake — the pattern has you do this weird seaming thing that I knew was going to turn out horrible so I just picked up stitches for the frosting and continued on. It worked great.
Oh, and tomorrow is my four-year blogaversary!
May 4, 2013
So I finished a few small projects. First, some fingerless mitts:
I used Cascade 220 leftover from my Entangled Vines Cardigan and size 6 needles. These will be a gift for a teacher beloved by both of my kids.
Next, a small flower. I’ll be bringing it as a hostess gift next month — I’m thinking it would make a perfect book mark.
I’ve also been working on some Teeny Tiny Mochimochi — more on that soon!