Friday, November 02, 2012
I found a lovely rose red in Tosh DK in a shade called Byzantine at the Needle Emporium. This is my first Chic Knits pattern but it certainly won't be my last. It's just interesting enough to keep your attention yet repetitive enough to take along. I enjoyed every stitch of it.
I bought some lovely Michael and Sheila Ernst buttons at Rhinebeck last year which truly make the sweater extra special.
I'm quite pleased with the number of FOs under my belt this year. Could a new sense of focus and dare I say project monogamy be afoot?
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Our house is 23 years old. I seems like yesterday that we stood in the builder's showroom choosing these cabinets and fixtures. Everything has been looking tired lately so it seemed like the right time to renovate and update the bathroom.
I envisioned shifting from the neutral earth tones we have here towards a rich, luxurious and dramatic colour palette.
I found a grey floor that I loved and from there pulled in subway tile and mosaic tile in natural stone tones of grey, burnt red, wheat and clear glass.
Hopefully, tomorrow it'll be done!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This was a challenging project as the warp was very fine and sticky. I really struggled with it. In the end, the weight was perfect and the shawl draped perfectly. The displays looked beautiful as each guild was asked to choose an historical Time period to use as inspiration. Art Deco, the Arts and Crafts Movement were two time periods honored.
Our Guild chose 1812 to nod to the bicentennial of the war. The display looked great- my co-chair designed the display.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I love the little ear flap, the way the graphic wraps around the body. A YouTube video showed me how do a chain stitch for the collar.
I highly recommend this pattern. It's fast, cute and fun to knit. I can't quite believe that I got it done before the baby arrived. It feels good o have an FO...now onto my project for the 5 Counties weaving/ spinning competition this weekend.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
I think a jaunty beret would finish the ensemble nicely so I'll be looking for a pattern for that next.
Monday, August 27, 2012
I'm knitting, weaving, spinning and sipping great wine. My front- burner project is Derica Kane by Bonne Marie Burns. Here's Judy modeling the body. I've since finished th sleeves and am working on the yoke.
The yarn is Tosh DK in the Byzantine colour way. I love the design and the yarn is delicious to work with.
I'm sipping lots of Trius Red 2010 these days. The 2012 harvest has just begun and bodes to be another amazing one. I guess rich, bold reds are in my glass and on my needles.
Monday, January 23, 2012
I bought some Toots LeBlanc merino/angora at Madrona fiber festival last year. Given the length of my knitting queue, I figured that it stood a better chance of becoming an FO as a woven object. I was supposed to create something for a competition ( eventually cancelled) using 3 colours from the OHS tartan. I chose azure, brown and white. I had to overdye the fawn shade with the azure and it came out the perfect shade.
In my zeal to get the warp on the loom, I neglected to tie off the crosses and ended up with a tangled mess. Had it not been Toots LeBlanc, I might have given up. I took a few weeks to slowly sort the threads and to put them in place. The warp is brown and white, the weft blue and white. The pin wheel design is fun and beautiful. I got the pattern from the Handwoven best of scarves collection.
The cloth is beautiful, the yarn bloomed perfectly.
Colour me happy.