Wednesday, August 30, 2006

One more thing

I want to have a real time KAL. We are going to be working on two things -the very popular Clapotis and the also very popular Jaywalkers. Clapotis is just for fun and luxury - I want a little of the 'Je suis belle et ca ne demande aucun effort' that the designer describes. Jaywalkers are a practice run to get ready for the sock wars.
So, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, please come to the Yarn Garden and knit along with the cool people from the Garden Crew. I am counting the moments until the Brown Sheep sock yarn arrives.

Get some Popcorn and enjoy the verbosity

So much to discuss...

First, I will tell you a tale that illustrates my general loose grip on reality. On this last Friday, we planned to go to Mr. K's cousin's inlaw's house in the hills between Ojai and Carpenteria (we drove down my very favorite stretch of the 101 on the way). So, I figured that it was easiest to leave straight from work, but I forgot to pack a cardi to cover my shoulders since it would probably be a cool evening. What the heck - I knit and I am allowed to knit at work (ah, Heaven) - let's see if I can make something warm before I have to get on the road. So, I did ok with some gorgeous Alpaca/silk (which there is some more of if you love it) and #11 needles. I really only had about 3 more hours of work left. But I didn't have any more hours before I had to hit the Friday freeway fun. Luckily, it was just the right temperature to sit out on their gorgeous balcony and eat an incredible meal of BBQ and dessert of freshly made mint 'n chip (my favorite) ice cream. I finished the last raglan shaping on Sunday night and the ribbing on Monday morning (though you cannot really see it - I am really proud of how I shaped it around the V and Collar corners). I opted for these gorgeous beads as my buttons (then I skipped the buttonholes). Because of the fact that I was making it up as I went, it really took about nine or ten hours because of some necessary replanning and a yarn shortage. I love the RAGLAN!

Second, my other love - NORO (specifically, Kureyon). I saw the Lotorp bag in a recent issue of one of my favorite knitting mags sitting in an ad for a yarn shop. So, reeling with bubbley lovey dovey feelings, I hunted down a copy of Cornelia Tuttle's "Noro Revisted" and grabbed some Kureyon and #6 needles. Noro is so beautiful, but I am only really attracted to it when its self striping is used innovatively, i.e. not primarily horizontal. This bag is very cleverily engineered - 3 diamonds that come together into this sweet little pouch. I do not usually like the Noro Books - but this one has quite a few things that I could see myself happily making. I am making my own Noro sweater up and I am just two sleeve caps away from being able to assemble and show off.

Third, I have new classes - 3 in fact. I'll post pictures to seduce you soon ;).

Knitted Blanket Class
5 Weeks $85 2 hrs/ea week
or 1 week at a time for $20 each week
Monday Nights, Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 9, Optional Assembly class -Oct. 16

Prerequisite Skills: (not mandatory but suggested) Cast on and knit. Purling is a good one to know already but can be taught in allotted time. If you know a week's stitch, then feel free to pick and choose what weeks you sign up for.

Materials - two each of six colors of Lamb's Pride Bulky or of Debbie Bliss Superchunky Cashmerino
No. 13 needles
1.5 yards of a material that includes the color scheme you want to choose your yarn from

the plan:
6 stitches used
Week one - Stockinette and seed stitch
Week two - Star Stitch
Week three - Basketweave
Week four - Cable
Week five - Bobble

One block will be started (and hopefully nearly finished) during each class session. It is the student's job to complete a second square in the same pattern in between classes.

For finishing - you can sign up for a sixth class to piece your blocks together where there will be two sewing machines available for use; the sixth class will be offered at an additional $20. Optionally, the instructor can piece the block s together for a service fee of $40.

Raglan Sweater or Cardi

5 weeks $90, 2hrs each class or (for superspeed knitters) $20 each week
Tuesday Nights, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 10
7:30-9:30 pm

Prerequisite Skills: Cast on and Knit stitch

Yardage and needles will be determined as students each enroll; on average, I will be suggesting between No. 8 and 10.5 in DPNS and two circular lengths - 16" and 24".
Tapestry Needle
Measuring tape
***Please come in to choose your yarn well in advance of the class so that any special orders can easily be placed and arrive in time.

Prework: Very important - please knit a gauge swatch before week one. Cast on 16 to 20 stitches. Work in Stockinette for approximately 10 to 15 rows. Bind off.

This project is knit in the round with two tiny seams in the underarms. It is a satisfying way to adventure into sweater knitting. The more advanced knitters could also use it as a canvas for an extra design element, such as a cable.

Week one - planning and cast on for body.
Week two - Cast on for sleeve 1.
Week three - Cast on sleeve 2.
Week four - Joining sleeves and body.
Week five - Neckline and finishing.

3 Weeks $60, 2 hrs each class
Wednesday Nights, Sept. 13, 20, 27
7:30 - 9:30 pm

2 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
1 set of No. 6 Double Pointed Needles
1 cable needle

Prerequisite Skills: Cast on, knit, and a lust for the challenge of learning something new.

Week one - cast on, cuff, start palm
Week two - palm, thumb gusset
Week three - fingers


The times for my beginner lessons are changing. Beginning knitting and crochet classes can be taken on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7:30. The projects are the same but are also flexible just in case you are not quite inspired by them. Remember that these ideas are stepping stones - I tried to figure out projects that would easily give you the skills to make all your knitting dreams come true.

Friday, August 18, 2006

leafy goodness

First - some business...

There are two dates that you should be aware of now. One: August 18 - my birthday. Two: June 30, 2007 - our wedding date.

Second - I made up a crochet leaf in two sizes.

Small leaf -
Chain 9. Working in only one side of your chain, sc 1 in third chain, hdc1, dc 3, hdc 1, sc 3 in last chain - two on one side of loop and one on the opposite side. Then, working down the opposite side of the chain and starting in loop opp. the hdc, hdc 1, dc 3, hdc1, sc 1. End with a slip stitch into skipped chains from the beginning.

Large leaf
Chain 13. Working in only one side of your chain, sc 1 in third chain, hdc1, dc 2, trc 3, dc 2, hdc 1, sc 3 in last chain - two on one side of loop and one on the opposite side. Then, working down the opposite side of the chain and starting in loop opp. the hdc, hdc 1, dc2, trc3, dc2, hdc1, sc1. End with a slip stitch into skipped chains from the beginning.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

yay nepitism

SO, my big sis has put out a new book which is a collection of her poetic artwork. In a moment of need on her part and luck on mine, I was asked to create the cover art in a big quick hurry. Look!
Buy a copy! And buy your friend a copy! And your mom! And your sister! And your neighbor! Please purchase it here because she wants to beat Ann Coulter off the top 100...if only just for a minute.

We are at war.

So that statement may seem like a somewhat obvious statement. However, it has nothing to do with the current global strife; it has nothing to do with Isreal; it has nothing to do with Iraq. This war is a war that I whole heartedly want to fight. A little make stitches not war (since I put "love in every stitch" I feel like that was a suitable use of if a=b and b=c then a=c). Our WMDs will be four five little pointy needles and well chosen superwash.

Check it out at yarn monkey, sock warlord.

The deadline to fight the good fight is September 8, 2006.

Disclaimer: No trivialization intended by this post. This blogger feels unsure about her stance on the war on terror or any other armed conflicts. She feels very grey about the right and the wrong of it all. She also greatly admires individuals who are willing to stand up and offer their lives for her protection and she gets teary eyed anytime she hears "Proud to be an American" played over fireworks.

Monday, August 14, 2006

open for business

So I have put my first goodies up on - you can find them directly at

Too cute and useful...a dangerous combo.

I have been doing so much knitting and sewing this last month that I have had no time for posts. I will have to find a balance ;).

A current and ongoing love affair is with this tank top pattern; it is a tribute both to knitting in the round and to lace knitting. The pattern came from and was conceved by I assembled the color pallette as inspired by a skirt that I have had for over a year and have not worn much. Sadly, though a great inspiration, I do not love the skirt even with a partner to support it. The project was a treat as far as sampling yarns goes - the lavender is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, the turquoise is Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, and the plum is Elizabeth Havold (?) Cotton Cable. They all knit up beautifully, the cotton fleece especially exceeding my expectations of a humble skein of cotton.
Not being able to leave a good thing alone, I have another in a multi lime/white/lemon going. I always feel like I should be sipping an ice cold 7Up while I am working on it. In fact, I was inspired to pick up some diet 7Up on my last trip to the market - it may be added to my list of acceptable diet drinks...still more research is needed. Current members of that list are Diet Dr. Pepper (including cherry vanilla and mixed berry) and Diet A&W Rootbeer. One of these beverages would also make an attractive color tell me which ;).

The yarn for the bottom of this scarf came from a swapper in Sweden. I am adding it to some DB Alpaca Silk and am going to send it back to her.The yarn came in the form of a magic ball which had treasures wrapped up in it which included a lamb key chain, Lipton English Breakfast tea bag (which we cannot get in the US), and a matching measuring tape (with centimeters on both sides) and needle keeper.
While I was sorting through my stash, I felt the urge to turn this yarn into a basket tote. I turned it over to my son and it has been a hit for toting his massive train collection to and fro.The same weekend that I was quickly crocheting this number, he found the patience to finger crochet some chain "snakes." His adventure into fiber arts has deepened this weekend as he embarked on his first sewing project -a pouch for school supplies. I was quite tickled by the quality of his stitching since I was at least two years older when I first picked up a needle and thread and was not as tidy - plus, he has already installed a zipper on his first go.

And last but not least, I want to brag about my purchase at the felt club this Saturday. Dimetrodon earrings...I didn't know it until I saw them but I have wanted these my whole life long.


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