Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I just finished the Peas in a Pod hat by KidKnits which we have available in kit form. Fun, fast not to mention adorable. This is the second hat I have knit from KidKnits and I really like them. I am now working on number 3.
No, I am not nesting... merely making samples for Marketplace in the fall. So at the rate I am going I think I'll get them all done. Made with Peaches N Creme yarn, it is so soft and also offered in 2 sizes. This is the toddler size.
Now let's talk about peas for a minute. I love vegetables of almost any variety ... except peas. I dislike them so much that I was never able to feed them to my 2 babies. Green beans, lima beans, black beans, red beans, pink beans, etc. love them all... except green peas. I do not know to this day whether my kids have ever tasted them on their own. I have not asked. Weird, I know.
When I was 3 months old, my momma called my Aunt Ruby (who was a ob/gyn/pediatric nurse) and told her that I was spitting out green peas (no -not pea soup like a particular movie ) . My Aunt Ruby told her that was impossible - babies don't have taste buds.
Just curious, is there a food that you absolutely detest... by that I mean ... like me, can't even look at? I would love to hear from you if so. Leave a comment or drop me a line.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I've been trying to think of some fun 2 hours classes I can teach at Hancock this summer that don't require expert sewing skills. I don't remember when I got the idea for these espadrilles, but I know they were inspired by a knitting pattern. All good things come from yarn! I whipped up template, cut, stitched, snipped, glued...and voila! The base is a rubber flip flop and the fabric is a vintage linen. I think this will be a fun summer class for students of all ages!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Every year, The American Sewing Guild and Simplicity patterns host the ASG Creativity Contest. Simplicity chooses 8 or 9 patterns, and guild members submit garments made from the selections. I chose a cool "Built By Wendy" top and a Simplicity Retro pencil skirt, and created an outfit, drawing only from what I already had in my stash (which mostly came from thrift stores and yard sales!) Everything from the thread to the zipper, I pulled from the overflowing shelves in my craft area. The zipper was actually dated- 1963! The skirt is made entirely from two old pairs of jeans that haven't fit since 6 lbs ago. I had so much fun participating in the contest...though secretly I desperately want to win!!!!!!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Every Friday night, Chris and I go on a "date"- out to dinner, watch a movie, wander through a book store. This weekend, we cashed in some left over Christmas gift cards at Barnes and Noble. I'd been saving mine for just the right treasure- and on Friday, I found it!!!
Hip, Graphic Knits by Rochelle Bourgault and Lisa Evans gives instruction on how to incorporate graphics into your knitting, or onto purchased knits. They even tell you how you create your own graph from a photo or illustration. There are several patterns, as well as a gallery of graphs you can use on a whim. My favorites include, the Eiffel Tower, a peacock, and Audrey Hepburn's face.
I'm considering putting this sophisticated portrait of Spottie on a sweater. Thoughts?
Monday, May 14, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
But how cool is this. Recycled from reclaimed and washed rice bags, which are quite colorful and interesting. The rice bags are from Vietnam and they are made in a Fair Trade environment in Cambodia. Simply delightful. I love unique items. I love those one of a kind, different, eclectic things ... Reminds me of myself! Check them out at The Yarn Grove .
On the knitting side - almost done with Monika from knitty.com . The ever fabulous, Donna, whom I met through Noble Knitters, is a genius at finishing. I took my *two-piece* to our group on Wednesday night and she helped me seam it. Unbelievable. Noble Knitters is a group who meets Wednesday at our local Barnes & Noble. Such a fun, great group. I think I spent more time laughing than knitting but I did learn some great tricks from Donna. A big shout out to ya'll. Lots of laughs with Diana and Ellen too!
As for my Motorcycle Chica Gloves from IK, currently I am thinking some very bodacious gardening gloves would work just fine for my new cycle (whenever). Seems as though I started on the *right* glove but as I am finishing it up, it's actually the left one. I have no idea what the hell I did. I did get a chuckle out of it though.
Speaking of Junior, here's a photo of him from the groomer the other day. Remember my naked dog walkin' ? Well, I requested a mini-groom so they did not shave him. He came out wearing a Motorsport bandana. I've decided I will make a quilt for him out of all the bandanas I save from his grooms... He is my baby, *broken ear* and all... We love him just the same...
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
When people find out you know how to sew, they'll ask you to make all kinds of things. Pictured here is a lion puppet. Yep, a poly-stuffed, moving mouth, lion puppet. Well, she's actually a lioness. Her partner doesn't have a body yet. She's modeling the micro shrug I just finished for myself. Its little, but it adds just enough color to a boring tank top. (Oh, by the way, I dyed the yarn myself!!)
I just started on a red tank top. Little needles...so you won't see it for a while!!!!
I cast on a new project last night. It is the Motorcycle Chica Gloves from IK Summer issue. I am doing mine in Nature's Palette Hydrangea. So far, looking good... Now all I need is a motorcycle. Oh yeah, I could just see me on one, flapping in the breeze. Of course, I'd love a Harley. Maybe an orange one for Clemson University of course. Hmmm, I hope my hubb is reading this. He probably wouldn't go for the orange but maybe ? I've already got my helmet designed in my head. Hell, what am I saying? When I was growing up, my parents only gave me one roller skate for fear of major injury.
Here's an admission. I cannot ride a bicycle that has gears on it. I have an old Schwinn - with the basket on the front and a bell, of course so I can *honk* everyone out of my way. When my hubb and I were dating, he bought me a "mountain bike" for Christmas one year. It was a fan-dam-ulous shiny bike but I couldn't ride it. Never could figure out the gears. Now I know what you're thinkin' - I learned to drive on a 3-speed (yes 3-speed) car and have almost always driven stick shift vehicles. But on a gear bicycle, my feet just spin and spin. ( How did I go off on this subject? must be my sinuses...)
Back to IK - Summer issue - great stuff in it. Should be on your local newsstand now. I love knitting gloves. Probably the most fun ones I have knit to date are the Breakfast at Cafe' du Monde gloves from Hand Jive Knits. Great gloves... Of course I know where you can buy the pattern ... hehehe ... at The Yarn Grove !
Friday, May 04, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
~Support companies that use recycled silk, wool and other fibers in their yarn.
~Visit your favorite thrift store and pick up a few sweaters in colors or fibers you like. Then, unravel the sweaters and use the yarn for another project.
~Take a weekend to whip up a few dish cloths. Reusable clothes cut down on paper waste...plus I've found that hot pink or lemmony yellow makes cleaning more fun!
~Cut fabric scraps into strips and use for a project.
~Here is a super cute pattern using recycled flip flops:
~Cut grocery bags into strips and knit a reusable tote: http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_needle_arts/article/0,2025,DIY_13768_3059465,00.html
~An empty plastic ice cream tub with a small hole in the lid is a great way to keep yarn balls from rolling around while you're working.
Unfortunately, I can't take any credit for these ideas. Please feel free post any other green tips ya'll know about. Together, we'll save the world one stitch at a time!!