over the weekend, i saw a sweater pattern that I fell in love with and it became imperative that i make it RIGHT AWAY. this is huge people, because honestly i haven't made a sweater for myself in 10 years. give or take.
anyway, one thing that needs to happen is that i must use stash yarn. just this weekend, i was at windsor button and bought yarn that i really didn't need. but i did anyway. because you know, it's closing and everything and that's really sad and i'm sad and i loved that shop! where else could you buy red heart and madeline tosh yarn UNDER THE SAME ROOF! (you can find both in my stash, but my stash IS NOT A STORE). (for a while, in ravelry, i had people looking at my stash page - not the will trade or sell page - but my main page basically placing orders for this and that. )
i digress. anyway, i'm looking through the stash and trying to figure out what yarn to use. i sometimes have difficulty in choosing the right colors and always have to remind myself to edit because it's too easy for me to go nuts.
for now i'm not going to tell you which pattern it is. not until i make my final yarn selection post swatching. i don't want anyone to talk me out of it.
today's eye candy friday is all about potholders.
the potholder swap 2013 is underway and i've been doing all of the crochet. i struggled with a design idea for several weeks. i like to come up with something somewhat original and i just wasn't feeling it. and i wanted to use all of my scraps. so i finally stopped stressing and decided to go simple. what could be simpler than the often maligned but greatly loved by me granny square.
i've made 6 in total. that one with the red centers might be my favorite.
if you still want to play along, just go to the ravelry potholder group (and if you don't have a ravelry account, WHAT IN GOD'S NAME ARE YOU WAITING FOR?) for the details.
although i haven't recreated the wheel here, i will probably write up the pattern, but not in time for the potholder swap deadline. but there's plenty of other ideas out there. so get on it!
i hope you are having a good friday.
and another year has come and gone.
blah blah blah. heh.
i went back and read my post from a year ago. i had plans. creative plans, plans for my health and well being, etc. but when my mother died last february i kind of lost my mojo. my resolutions went out the window. i stopped taking photos, i barely got any crafting done. it's still weird to think that she's no longer with us, especially with my father and brother visiting right now. anyway. so there's that.
but it's a new year, and i want it to be a happy, healthy and most of all productive one: personally and professionally.
i hope the new year is a happy and healthy one for you too.
the time from when i'm asked to design something for a book, to the book actually coming out is months and sometimes even years. so long that i've been known to forget. so it was a bit of a surprise when brett bara's latest book "Clever Crocheted Accessories" showed up on my doorstep.*
and finally i can show you what i created for the book! yay! heh.
i got to pick out all of the colors, which was really awesome. my biggest inspiration is color so if i'm not feeling them, it's so much harder to come up with something i'm ok with sending off.
aww look at me, so lousy at weaving in ends!
i'm really happy how this turned out, because there are phases of it where it looked kind of crappy. there are pictures. and no, i'm not going to show them to you.
anyway, this is the Light as Air neckerchief. by me! i plan on doing a little review in the next few days so keep an eye out.
*ok, i really didn't forget, but i needed a "story."
i don't normally do KALs. but i do kind of like those mystery ones. in the past i've made mystery socks. this year, i joined leethal's mystery shawl KAL. her work has always intrigued me and i thought it would be fun. plus i had lost my knitting mojo. it was time to jump back in.
one thing i was able to confirm, is that i'm a process knitter. i frogged this piece at least half a dozen times because i wanted it to be right. and rather than getting bored with it, i knit it that much faster just trying to keep up with the rest of the knitters.
it's been so much fun. there are short rows and multiple colors and no picking up of stitches. i'm not sure i even like it all that much but i'm learning new techniques and that's fine by me.
i'm almost done. maybe tonight.
want to know what helps me not feel so meh? finally finishing a secret project. ooof. i've had this thing hanging over my head for months and all of my free time has been spent working on it. and it's finally finished. it'll be out of my house just as soon as i finish this post.
that said, OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH THAT I DON'T WANT TO LET IT GO!!!! i'm pretty hard on myself. i see flaws in my work everywhere. and not that this is perfect, but OMG IT'S SO COOL LOOKING! even better than in my head.
unfortunately, i can't show you anything. that's why it's a secret.
i can just show you this.
oof i finally finished something that i can blog about. damn it!
in january, i took at shawl design class with ann weaver at the black sheep knitting company in needham. i was very excited. i'm not really a shawl person, but i wanted to learn something that would allow me to just knit and kind of design on the fly without too much planning in advance and her techniques were exactly what i wanted/needed to learn.
plus i've got an obscenely large sock yarn stash. this type of project is perfect for sock yarn (even though neither yarns used in this shawl were from my stash. DO NOT JUDGE!)
i love a chevron/wave pattern AND stripes so this variation on the baby chevron from jan eaton's 200 ripple stitch patterns book was perfect for what i saw in my head.
and i knit. I COULD NOT STOP KNITTING! it's all i could think about. and i made mistakes that i could not let go. so i frogged. and reknit. and made mistakes that i could not let go of. so i frogged again! and i reknit again. but i knew i would finish it.
i knit until i ran out of yarn.
and i love it so much.
related: if you ever get a chance to take a class with ann weaver, please do. she's a patient and generous teacher and also lots of fun. she is awesome.
i "met" chawne via flickr a couple of years back. i was initially attracted to her crafty photos. she's very prolific and you'll see, very talented and thoughtful and inspiring. then one day she posted a photo of the college campus where she is a professor and although i hadn't been to my alma mater in almost 10 years, i recognized the scene right away and wrote her to confirm. and we've been crafty buddies ever since.
she's lovely and soft-spoken in person. but what you don't notice when you meet her is what a potty mouth she is.
so when she asked me to contribute to a quilt that she was putting together, i said "fuck yeah!"
thing is, i'm not much of a quilter. i still haven't finished the little quilt i started almost 2 years ago. so i took a piece of linen (from an old pair of pants so it was nice and soft) and did a little cross stitching.
i used some of that waste canvas stuff which served as a guide for cross stitching. i can tell you that it was a fucking pain in the ass. heh.
and then i just let the f-bomb fly.
i really like the word "fuckwit."