Monday, July 31, 2006

Bunnie's Visit

You've seen pictures of Bunnie (Mom) and Vivian Huxbro... Mom's been working on a wrap/poncho with the domino knitting technique featured.

She just visited, and delivered the finished piece. It could not really be more beautiful, for lots of reasons. (I'm a lucky girl!)

Friday, July 28, 2006

Fashion Show Pics

The Fashion Show last night was so much fun & so inspirational....
noe knit fashion show
Loved all the projects & all the ideas...& all the snacks. Thanks Susi for hosting it!
To see more of my pictures from it click here

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Knitting With Wire

I saw these wonderful projects that were done with knitted wire. I love the way they shine, and the way the stitches are defined in three dimentions. I thought I would start with a plain bowl, and move to a beaded piece.

I used 24 guage wire (exactly what the pattern called for) and size 9 needles (also, exactly what the pattern called for).

I went to cast on, long tail, as always. Well that is not going to fly on WIRE! (The book did not mention which cast on would be best. I find that SO surprising, considering most authors tell you what cast on they want you to do when it's just yarn.) So I opted for the e-wrap. Each stitch was painful, and slow.
I began with some plastic needles, and swiched to the metal needles. The less flexibility in the needle the better. My fingers were hurting before the cast on was over.

Metal needles, plastic needles, e-wrap, e-shmap... I cannot tell you how AGONIZING this was. I had dreams of mastering the project, and then offering it as a class. !!! That will not be the case. The pictures you see here represent about 1.5 hours of knitting. (Pitiful!) Frankly, I want my time back! My index fingers hurt for 2 days.

But worst of all, I will not have my knitted bowl. I am in mourning for the project. And the class, for that matter.
The meagre beginning lives in the store on the back table, if you want to come in and try a few stitches.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Stitch & Pitch

A baseball game where knitting is SANCTIONED!!! They sold 1000 tickets to knitters and thier families! It was loads of fun. And, the Giants won!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The New Knit Scene

Interweave Press has a new Magazine out: Knit Scene. The Fall 2006 issue just arrived. Here are two little delights from it.
One is the Pointsettia sweater. Even if your eyebrows are not as perfect as this Spanish beauty's, I think the sweater is a winner.

There seems to be no shortage of felted bag choices. But this one is especially clever. The cut circles give this bag a crisp design element, when felting is usually more "soft".

The Magazine is $7.99 for 104 pages. Come check it out.

Monday, July 10, 2006

A Project "outside of the box"

I read about knitting with shredded t-shirts, and the idea intrigued me. So I gave it a whirl! It was really fun, and interesting, and unusual. I am working on patchwork squares, and I'll be turning them into a great bathmat, or small kitchen carpet. It's washable, and bright, electric colors. But, of course, yours could be more subdued.

We are hosting a class in August called "t-shirt knitting" if you would like to join us. It will be two weeks long, and cover the process of how to best go about cutting the shirts, as well as some basics of designing your own creation.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Finished Works Of Art

Two finished projects to show.

First, the Stitch Diva Studio Scarf, modeled by Cathy. She is an elegant woman, and the scarf just sings! Cathy is also a jeweler, and bead artist, so in the final rows, she added beads.

Next, we have Peggy's Fruit Cap. The twist here, is that Peggy did it in Tweed (Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran Tweed). It takes a chrisp hat, and makes it into an impressionist watercolor!

Bravo to both of these creative ladies!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Look What Came Today

I was oh, so excited to see THIS box! Blue Herron, Beaded Rayon. This is what I am doing the Clapotis with. Yummy colors!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Bea's Sweater

Sue has been working on a sweater for her good friend Bea. Here it is ready to go. It is done in Manos Cotton Stria, with Mother of Pearl buttons. It has a wonderful texture to it. Sue did a hem with a purl stitch boarder, which made it that much more 'crisp' and professionally finished.