Thursday, June 09, 2005

Another geology lesson: Felted Novelty Yarn Cat Bed. And will Rudy use it? NOooooooo...  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Mamma's Baja

Momma got back! Posted by Hello
Materials used: Filatura Di Crosa in Porto Cervo Print from a pattern found in Easy Knitting, Summer 2005: Shore Things. Super soft and comfy for sleeping in and as a pool cover up. I am about 5'8" (I was 5'9" before the 3 kids!!!)and it in long enough to cover my rump....Mercifully.

The pattern is worked from one sleeve to the next. It actually uses 4 different colorways of Porto Cervo Print in simple striping pattern. It was very easy to follow. Finding enough of the yarn was the hardest part.

Momma's Baja: Front View Posted by Hello

Hobo pattern prototype: needs steriods! Posted by Hello

Back view: comb your hair!!! Posted by Hello

Striped Surfer Girl Baja Sweater

Striped Surfer Girl Tunic: front view Posted by Hello
I "improvised" this pattern for little Emma. Months ago, I had a bunch of Manos Del Uruguay cotton Stria without any idea of what I was going to do with it. I love the yarn but it is a little fragile. It is like a boucle with a thin string holding the cotton fibers together. It washes just great in the machine. I was a little afraid of bleeding. In my house, if it doesn't wash in the machine it isn't going to be around for long.
I just finished a beach Baja in Filatura Di Crosa Porto Cervo Print (see Easy Knitting/Summer '05/Shore Things) for myself and decided that Emma need one too! So I used my tired little brain to convert the pattern from an adult woman's scale to a 7 yr. old's. The thing I love about stripes: it helps motivate me. I tell myself to just do a little more with the promise of, "I'll stop after this color is done!" and then just keep saying that color after color until I fall asleep. Does anyone else sleep with his/her knitting? The thing I hate about stripe: All those ends that need to "disappear".
She looks great..But then again, she would look great in a potato sack.

who threw out the cat? Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Knitting Geology

Felted Sampler Bowl: Knitting Geology Posted by Hello
This is my equivalent of the rock strata found in the Grand Canyon. This is made from the wool of my first 70 or felted bags. Being a mega yarn cheapskate, I could throw out my scraps. So I would add a round of color to a circular needle after each project was finished. I used the smaller remnants at the bottom/foot my work. I had no idea what it was going to be. I just kept adding more and more colors until I was satisfied. Then I added my trademark "fur collar" to the brim and felted the snot out of it. It took on a bowl shape. I found an old tomato basket and attached to it by sewing it onto the upper most Wooden ring of the basket. For some reason I felt compelled to wrapped the handles in black wool...It looked a little too rustic and then viola! I consider this piece to me a more sculptural object than any knitted project that I have done. LESSON: Save your bits and pieces!