Monday, March 31, 2008

w in westwood

so nice...

I wore it twice!

yesterday to brunch at the W hotel
and today to work.
so soft
so yummy
is it too much information to say that I petted myself all day

Rebecca Lace Sweater #40, Rebecca #30
Zen 4-ply, Argosy Luxury Yarn, hand-dyed for and to match The Starfish Shawl by Norah Gaughan
US 7

Saturday, March 29, 2008

spring knitting

I just finished the Rebecca lace sweater - it's blocking - so no pictures yet!
It came out really nice - I am very pleased!

I'm now left figuring out what my next projet will be.

These are high on my consideration list:
Super Simple Wrap Jacket/Interweave pattern/bone cotton
Hooded Cardigan/Vogue Knitting pattern/light blue cotton-linen
Fitted Top with pattern/Drops/lilac cotton

I got my VK this week and really liked this dress
but I would do the skirt only - maybe in my hemp

and sew in a gauzey fabric.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Kristine's Friend's Baby Sweater

Kristine is a co-worker, who has always taken an interest in my knitting projects.
When she mentioned that she had a baby shower coming up, I offered to knit something for her.

I really wanted her input for the project. I gave her Knit Picks and Herrschnerrs catalogs - so that she could pick out her own yarn and what she wanted the piece to look like. She showed me a picture that she liked - a cardigan with a collar.

She promised she'd pick out the yarn she wanted...time went by.
I told her that I needed to buy some yarn, so we could order response.

So two weeks ago, when it was already too late to order yarn online and have it shipped and for me to knit the piece in time for the baby shower this weekend, I took matters into my own hands and picked out yarn at JoAnn's.

I bought the yarn on a Saturday and knit practically the entire thing by Sunday.

On Tuesday I showed her that it was almost done and she totally freaked.
"Oh my G-d! I can't believe you knit it already! I was so worried that I hadn't talked to you about the yarn! And you went and picked out the yarn yourself! It's so cute! Oh my G-d!"

She proceeded to show it to all the IT guys in our cube row - they all smiled politely and nodded.

Friday we went to pick out buttons.
I some sailboat buttons and showed them to her, because they were a good color match.

She says, "The guy I'm friends with that's having the baby, we used to be on crew together. And I've sailed him and his wife several times."

And so, a baby sweater is born.

My own personal pattern created with Knitware.
Size 18 mos. (Because she said that both the parents are over 6' tall!)
Stockinette cardigan with K2, P1 ribbing
Knit in one piece from the bottom up.
Lion Brand Cotton Ease, Lake, 1.5 skeins. US 6 and US 8.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Boatneck Sweater

Boatneck Sweater #21 from Knit.1, Fall 2007
Lion Brand Cotton Ease, Charcoal - @4.5 skeins
US 7

why I insisted that this picture be taken in the kitchen*?
I think it had something to do with the lighting

this sweater is really comfy and super fast and easy to knit
the only thing that I would do differently is when seaming the sleeves to the front and back - do it more loosely so that the top of the sleeve would curl with the front and back

very high happiness rating for this piece - it's something I can wear a lot and is easy to wash and wear!

*say, "Bye, bye kitchen." - new one coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

hey, I wrote an article!

you know I love that knit-a-flag cause....
it happened so fast I can't believe it's already up.
I wrote it last night, and today I'm in webprint!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Even better than a flag of the Earth

In our neighborhood, people are pretty patriotic.
And if you know anything about Orange County, CA, you know that being patriotic is usually synonymous with certain political leanings.

My husband used to say to me, "We should put up a flag, everyone else is putting up a flag."
I retorted with, "The only flag I would EVER put on my house is flag of the EARTH."

So when I read on Ravelry about KnotMagick's art thesis idea, I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved.

For her art thesis, "The idea is this: a flag for every nation of the world, sewn together to make a large quilt. At the center would be the words 'Let there be Peace on Earth.' I think it would be much more meaningful if it was a group project, rather than an individual one."

Finally a flag I can be PROUD of!

A quick search of this list, while looking at pictures of every country's flag, led me to decide on Qatar.


I wanted something that would be only two to three colours, but still offer a slight challenge.

I found a .jpg of the flag and used KnitPro to make a chart.

My flag isn't due until September 1st, but I've already printed the chart and am trying to figure out what yarn to use!

There are still countries that need volunteer flag creators...

Go on! Be part of a greater good!