Tag Archives: knitting

Baby Kimono, Designing

I have so much I want to be saying and the words aren’t coming out in any way that seems pleasing to me. I’ve been sketching and designing all day, organizing my ideas into computer files, collecting photos with elements that inspire me, and browsing Colour Lovers for awesome colour combinations. I have so many ideas floating around in my head, and I’m not quite sure where to go from here.

I’m working on a some sketches for jacket with toggle buttons, a mandarin inspired collar and a diamond stitch pattern, as well as plans for my Fair Isle sweater I’m making from my Blue-faced Leicester and white alpaca fleeces.  I’ve been taking full advantage of my tablet to doodle with, I’m really excited. I plan on drawing out images and repeating patterns and overlaying knitter’s graph paper to give me an instant chart to work from, it’s going to be awesome.

This is the first drawing.

The light and dark grays are the natural colours of the beeeeeautiful second prize winning BFL fleece, and the pink/red will be nature dyed alpaca from my second fleece, probably dyed from Madder and a tiny bit of Brazilwood. I haven’t yet decided what kind of motif will be the stitch pattern, I’m not overly familiar with traditional designs, but I’ll figure it out in the coming weeks.

I (started and) finished a baby sweater for a friend’s month old sweetie pie. It was one of the fastest things I’ve ever knit. Such a fun pattern, and so easy!

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Hoorray!! It’s been too long since I finished something! ^_^

And for those interested, I recently made my Twitter feed public and open to all again, so follow me and I’ll follow you back!

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Ideas and guns!

It’s been almost two weeks since I posted, and I’ve been cooking up some ideas.

I’ve recently been in touch with a couple sweet ladies on the internet about starting a new collaborative blog-project-resource for fibre artists and the like. I’m really ridiculously excited about getting involved in something new and I hope this takes off as well as I think it will.

Keep an eye out!

I learned how to shoot a rifle the other day! We went to a gun range off in the woods and I did some target practice.

I had so much fun, and I think I did well 🙂

FO super modelin’ – owls

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Ravelry Project Page

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Video Update!

So.. I made a video instead of taking photographs because I just had to blog again. Everything was building up. I tried to keep it short to prevent you folks from getting bored 🙂

This was fun!
(You may have to crank your audio, I’m still figuring everything out and my mic wasn’t turned up enough, apparently.)

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Newness.

I downloaded a bunch of music compilations of bands I’ve never heard of and have been progressively working through them today, marking down ones that I want to hear more of. This is one of my favorite things to do, finding new music that makes me ponder or tap my feet or .. forces me to do ANYTHING.

I’m eagerly anticipating new releases this year from some of my favorite musicians: The Decemberists, Conor Oberst, Silversun Pickups, Iron & Wine. I can’t wait.

I want to knit an afghan, one section or block per month for a couple years, using a fitting pattern or color to go with the month, taking pictures of each block and having memories attached to each of them as I knit through.

This project 365 thing I’ve been working on has been fun so far, too, so I hope I can keep it up and not cheat too many times..

I really like commenting on people’s blogs and drinking beer, so I’m going to do that right now.

Kitties, yarn and knitting WIPS

Today I woke up around 10 am, got dressed and put on some heels. I then proceeded to start laundry, clean the bathroom, vacuum the living room and cleaned up the kitchen. I had a bunch of coffee and decided to do some yarn dyeing with the acid dyes I bought from KnitPicks a while back. The results:

Dyeing 02/18/09

Dyeing 02/18/09

I’m knitting more lately, too. I’ve been working more on my Clapotis and I started a Swallowtail shawl. The shawl is kind of driving me crazy, I’m having some issues with understanding the whole chart/repeat thing and have had to start over a few times. I really like the way the Handmaiden is working up for the Clapotis, and it’s simple, so the variegated colors don’t obscure anything – they just look pretty.

Clapotis
Swallowtail

Anyway, other than that I’ve just been working and cooking up tofu dishes. Tonight was different, though, I whipped together a faux cheese sauce out of water, oil, nutritional yeast flakes, dijon mustard, fish sauce, garlic and a little bit of cayenne to put over pasta. It turned out deliciously! I wish I had taken pictures of it too. Instead, I got pictures of my cats. You can too!

1) Your cat is probably sleeping.
2) Get a camera.
3) Wake that little bitch up.
4) Take a picture.
5) Post that shit.

This is Tom-Thumb. He’s a polydactyl beastmonster of a cat.
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This is Bowie. He doesn’t afraid of anything. Actually, no. He afraids of everything.
Bowie

Annnd.. this is Virtue. Well, I think this picture speaks for itself.
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I work tomorrow and Friday morning and then I get the weekend with my sweetie, this pretty new yarn and my latest attempts at Project365. Wish me luck – I’ve got to come up with two pictures on boring workdays.

Wheee!

Watching House, drinking cider, and eating honey dijon Kettle Chips with my sweetie. It’s a good night. I work tomorrow, but I don’t want to think about it.. I’m enjoying tonight too much.

I’ve been discovering so much new music lately. I’ll chit chat about it later..

There’s a new website!! Popknits! It’s an online knitting magazine focused on vintage knitting patterns! I’m so excited about it. I wish that I spoke to Katelyn more often so I could tell her about it – I’m sure she’d love it. The first issue is out now, and so far, it shows a lot of potential. I especially like the cowl, it’s super cute.

I miss my friends.