Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The Greek pullover and the vintage jacket are pretty. I like some of the bulky sweaters as well, but they're not practical for our climate. I also love this scarf from Kim Hargreave's website:
This pattern is called 'Flourish', and just like everything else on her site it only comes as a kit. But it's not offered in a color that I'd like (Candy Girl, Villain or Bleached), so I'm going to try to figure it out myself. It's crocheted with, I'm pretty sure, two strands or more of KSH.
The new Phildar Summer magazine is out and I'm not overwhelmed. These two cardis are cute:
There are similar ones in the previous mags though, so I won't be buying this one either. I'm so curious about the new Rowan and Rebecca, and it's only June!
Monday, June 27, 2005
To ameliorate my anxiety about seaming this oh so innocent little thing (how do you seam holes???) I relied on good old retail therapy:
Hmm, a whole bag full of Rowan Cork in the color 'chilly'. This will be for a self-designed cardi I was planning on making in fall. But if it continues to be gloomy and cold around here, I might get an early start on it.
I also thought more about the corset pullover. Initially I decided on Rowan Calmer. But then I got a ball of Debbie Bliss Cathay to play with, and I have to say, this stuff is abolutely gorgeous. Even stitches (with Calmer they always seem wonky), wonderful feel and shine (Calmer is more dull); I think Cathay may be the one. Now I know it's not really the right gauge...but I'll make that work somehow.
Because it feels good to finish at least something over the weekend, here are some necklaces I made:
On the left, gold-filled wire with labradorite; in the middle, gold-filled chain with half-opaque half-translucent aquamarine; on the right, gold-filled chain with tiny aquamarine rondels.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Pattern: Rebecca magazine 29
Yarn: 3.5 balls of GGH Soft Kid in light petrol, US5 needles
This was a fast and easy knit for me. Like many other knitters, I picked up the sts for the wrap-ties. I also crocheted around the front and back opening. For the sleeves I cast on with US4's because I wanted them to be snug, then I switched to 5's. I'm in love with this yarn.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Knitting is my prime passion right now but I also sew, make jewelry, bind books, well, I'm your classic 'I can make that myself' girl. Sewing is the hardest for me, and despite having taking classes, I still feel like a total beginner. This Kimono top was a painless project. I used a McCalls pattern and a tan-indigo cotton fabric from my stash. I thought it would be a great lounging top for those hot days when my room turns into a sauna. Where are you, hot days???
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Knitting hasn't progressed as much as it could have. The reason for this is that I've been dreaming about possible next projects and spent more time on the internet checking out yarns and knitting blogs. I love the corset pullover
(you can download the pattern for free from the website). For an absolutely gorgeous version, check out Cosmicpluto. I love the ribbon accent,this girl has great taste, evident in the color of her walls ;-)
Then there are countless Phildar cardis I'm oggling, as well as Tyrolean from Vintage Style and Laurent. Ah, choices...
Monday, June 20, 2005
The buttonholes are done with a YO and I love how they came out (unfortunately my camera doesn't do well upclose) While the yarn feels soft, I can't wear the sweater on my bare skin, yet the collar doesn't bother my neck, so it's fine with a thin long-sleeve underneath.
I don't know what's up with those Simpson's fingers, or the disappearing arms.
I thought I'd be done with the front of Aimee by the end of the weekend, but I haven't been in the mood. It's getting warmer out, so either I hurry up and finish or get another project going.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Oh and here is Lady Elenaor from Pam Allen's Scarf Style, which I knit in March. I bought a bag of Silk Garden #203 on ebay and aimed for a skein a day. Used 9.5 skeins for the scarf and the rest for the fringe (Grrr, fringe takes sooo loong). I finished after ten days of crazy knitting. Silk Garden makes me obsessive, the yarn just glows. I had to stop knitting for a while though to give my wrists a break.
At first I was scared I'd look like a jester wearing it, but now the colors put me by the Northern California coast line....green fields, oceanblue, redwoods and granite cliffs.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
And here is the 'look how long it is' shot, sorry, it's a bit dark
I made the dress from a tan paper-like silk and dipped the bottom 12 inches into a bath of wild plum RIT dye. The pattern is a vintage slip.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I got the pattern from the website of a German women's magazine, but I just went there and it looks like they're not featuring it anymore. I used two skeins of Rowan Big Wool #21, US#17 needles and after a couple of days I was done. It's so thick that I didn't make it long enough to wrap around my neck. Instead it's held together with a vintage pin. The wool has enough stretch so I can just pull the scarf off and don't have to unpin it, which would get old really fast ;-)
Sunday, June 12, 2005
mmhh, just imagine the color being a soft sage with butterscotch flecks here and there. Not this odd...grey? I'll try and get a better picture sometime.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
I also made the skirt. It's thick mohair, lined with a cream rayon. Very heavy, very warm. Too warm. My own pattern.
Originally uploaded by Finni.
After the BF confessed one day that he'd been wearing his bespoke socks for the fourth day in a row, I knew I had to make another pair for him. To be honest, I'm not that crazy about sock knitting. While loving them, knitting them makes me twitchy. Anyway, I had another ball of GGH Marathon with funky orange-grey-red-lilac-brown tones, and a week after peeling off the old socks, he pulled a new pair on his (freshly showered) feet. See above (haven't figured out yet how to make picture appear below post instead of above...)
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Originally uploaded by Finni.
I've been wanting to set up this blog since September of last year...better later than never though! Since I've been reading craftblogs voraciously for months now, I thought it would be great to share some of my projects and get some feedback. I've always loved to make things and after a ditching a major in Industrial Design, I decided to become a bookbinder, learning both the traditional craft as well as getting a degree in Book Arts. I made clothes and knitted as a teenager and after a brief respite, I'm knitting again, sewing, making jewelry and bind the occasional book. I hope this blog will help me stay organized.
Let's see if I can figure out this photo posting thing. Here are the first socks I made, a X-mas present for the BF. I used one skein of GGH Marathon in a great green-khaki-orange colorway. I found the pattern on a German website, it's pretty basic but it worked ok.