Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Knitty.com surprise-- I LOVE this!!

In my email in-box today was the notice for the Knitty.com surprise patterns that are extra additions to the web knitting magazine. I just LOVE this pattern.....!! It is knit in Montera on needles sizes 9 and 10. Very tempting!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Franklin book signing

I took a trip to Lansing, MI last Sunday.....Franklin Habit was in town teaching a class on
Saturday at ThreadBear FiberArts, and to do a book signing of his book It Itches on Sunday.
So, off we went: Karen, Debbie and myself. Of course, the $20 store coupon was burning a hole in my knitting bag, and that was incentive to make the trip also! I met an important goal for my knitting also: I was able to complete the sweater project that I purchased the yarn for last year when we traveled to ThreadBear to sit for Franklin's 1,000 Knitters Project photo shoot. Of course, since I finished my sweater, I allowed myself to buy yarn for another one :-) I'll post more pictures tomorrow of the goodies I picked up, and what's on my needles at the moment.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

McCall's 5330

Thought I'd whip up a little something for myself, so I put together McCall's 5330 this week:

I made View C, but eliminated the lacy scallop trim at the hem. I prefer to wear skirts that are lined, and this pattern did not provide that option. With only four pattern pieces, it wasn't hard to go ahead and line it anyway. Not sure where the fabric came from that I used for the body of the skirt.....it has been aging in my stash THAT long! I believe the lining fabric came from the donation table at one of the quilt guilds I belong to. I usually wouldn't use such a light-colored fabric to line a dark skirt, but I wanted to enter this in the PatternReview Stash 2009 contest. I plan to wear this with black turtleneck, black tights and black boots!



9 Degrees Farenheit

9 degrees farenheit and I have no plans to leave my warm house. That means this:

plus this!:

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Butterick 5257


I sure had fun making this wool blazer for my daughter Kristen. She picked out the fabric from Fabric.com, so I know she will like it! I enjoyed the challenge of matching the plaids, and I am pleased with the result. All it needs are the snaps to close the front, and the buttons for the cuffs. Then I can ship it off to Chicago, and she can get some wear out of it during this cold
winter.Reviewed at PatternReview:



I loved using this little detail of decorative stitching at the center back seam (tho the plaids sure aren't matching HERE! That's okay, it's on the inside!). I first saw it used on Tany's site, and then Sigrid applied it to one of her garments. Now, I need to work on custom labels of some sort.

What's on my needles

This sock knit in Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn, colorway Cocoa Kiss: As you can see, I am doing the toe decreases and will kitchner to bind off soon. Sock #1 will be finished and on to sock #2! And I LOVE my Signature needles, very light in my hand and I really like the sharp stiletto points.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

First Finished Object for 2009

Somehow I have been bitten by the crochet bug, and when I saw photos of this scarf on Ravelry I knew it would jump to the top of my list of projects! The pattern is Queen Anne's Lace, and I used a size J hook, with Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted Wool in the Embers colorway. The colors are more true in the second photo. My scarf measures about 70 inches, and has 53 of the shell motifs, and I used all of the 225 yard skein.