Tuesday, October 23, 2007

My Morning Walk

Despite the rain I went out this morning to see the leaves. It was worth it! I could take three months of this kind of color!

Bobby went with me on my walk. He looked a bit ragged when we arrived home but he was quite happy to have accompanied me on my outing.

Monday, October 22, 2007


Orange is the dominant color of the foliage this year. Last year it was vivid red. It is interesting to me to see what influence the rain or lack thereof does to fall's colors.
I finished my Cozy Cable Jacket. I wanted to make one for myself rather than just for the "pattern." I made it out of Classic Elite's "Princess". It is a beautiful blend of merino, cashmere & angora. I was very pleased by its stitch definition.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Little Bits

The last two weeks have been horribly busy. The Dear Handsome Husband and I have been painting the cedar siding on our house. I am still plucking splinters out of my hands.

But I have been knitting. I actually finished a Cozy Cable Jacket of my own, (which I'll put on a post sometime later) 2 pairs of fingerless gloves out of Boku and half of a pair of Fetching. (This accounting is for those of you who have been following Knitting Daily's UFO poll. Also, I only have two projects on needles at this moment! Yikes, something is wrong with me!)

I made my first pair of fingerless gloves out of Boku and gave them to my sister. Then I discovered I could squeeze out another glove from my lone skein and found yet another half skein of Boku in my stash -- oh, that marvelous stash. This is my dog-walking pair of fingerless gloves.

But I knew I needed a nice pair. That is when Joanne came into the shop! She told me all about Fetching and its popularity right now. It is an archieved pattern on Knitty and only requires one skein of DB Cashsoft! Both Joanne and I decided to knit a pair of Fetching in Revue -- I opted for the black version -- I thought it would be very "fancy."

I hope your pair is going well Joanne!

Happy knitting everyone!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Exercise Science

I love taking long brisk walks outside. I hate exercising inside. I just do. I feel like a hamster in a exercise ball. But... sometimes it is necessary.

Well, in my Design I class my students have told me their wonder stories about how they exercise and knit as well as drive and knit.

I decided to try to exercise and knit but not drive and knit. So, here is my exercise shawl. I have been knitting it as I exercise on my walking machine and it works out quite well. I get to listen to the radio and knit! I actually exercise a lot longer than when I didn't knit!


Delia is finished and has actually been worn this week despite the hot weather. I knitted Delia out of one ball of Fleece Artist Silk & Merino. The bit of silk gives it a nice sheen as well as drape. I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I thought this would be just a sweater for me but several friends (Kelly & Tonia -- you're responsible) have asked me to make Delia into a pattern as well. So... stay tuned, I might just have this pattern for sale soon as well!

Oh -- I got a mannequin! I am so excited. I no longer have to be the model nor do I have to just hang up my sweaters and take a picture! I have a real mannequin! I have been searching Craig's List for a dress form for a long time and each time one came up it just seemed to slip through my grasp. Well, yesterday I noticed a lady selling three and they were priced at $25 each! That was the best price I had ever seen so I quickly emailed the lady. Even at that rate someone had already purchased one of them.

I drove down to pick up my purchase this morning. The lady lived in Fountain Square in a really cute loft apartment. It was like walking into a movie set for an artist living in NYC -- it was so cool. She used to have a vintage clothing shop but had closed it -- perhaps to focus more on her art, I don't know. But therefore she was getting rid of her mannequins! Sweet happiness for me!

Now I have to name my mannequin. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Crochet Afghan Finished

I finished the beautiful Plymouth Crochet Granny Square Afghan today. I am quite pleased with it. It is a little larger than a lap blanket size. I also think it could be folded over to create a nice shawl.

It will be in the shop on Wednesday so you can come by and inspect it! =)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Crocheting a LARGE Granny Square

I'm working on a store sample for Stitches & Scones right now and it's a crochet project! I have fallen in love with it because it reminds me of the granny squares my mother taught me when I was little -- but it's easier! Instead of crocheting 40 or 50 squares you just make one really big square!

The Granny Square Afghan is made out of 12 skeins of Boku - a wonderful self striping yarn Molli has at the shop. When I began the pattern I quickly realized it was better to wind all the skeins into nice center-pull cakes and put them in a box. Therefore, I could easily see which ball I needed next for the next row (every row you change colors).

It is quite addictive and I find myself saying, "Just one more row." I'll have to show you the finished project. Hopefully I'll have it finished soon so you can pop in to Stitches & Scones and see it!
Happy Knitting Everyone! (And crocheting too!) =)