Thursday, April 24, 2008

new things

okay, so have 'yall tried magic loop yet? i don't know that i'll ever go back to dpns. don't get me wrong - it can be fun to play with lots of little pointy sticks all at once and it certainly turns heads when KIPing, but... ohhh, this is so easy! and fast! and ladder-free!

olive branch yoga hoodie - wip

i decided to try this technique for the sleeves on my olive branch yoga hoodie. i'm fairly certain that with some discipline this weekend, i'll finally be finished. unless i decide to do the pockets. *wood knocking* the yarn is so soft and snuggly, i can't wait to wear it!

i've also been playing around with some ideas for a new sweater. let's check in on my work station.

work station!

all's right in the world when your work station involves a cat!

for this project i've been trying out knit picks harmony wooden cable needles, gifted to me by beigeberry. i've fallen in love - the grooves in the wood hold cable stitches perfectly without being an absolute pain to knit from. and the wood is so smooth and rich. can you tell?

swatch & cable needle

ehhh, no; my camera focus isn't so great with all this color going on!

time to get moving!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

flowers of my labor

thought i'd show off a couple of pieces i made when the gals were over on sunday:

flowers and paisley!

the flowers are based on a tiny piece of a larger aubrey beardsley illustration and i'm having a really, really difficult time not wearing 'em!* i think i'm going to have to make more pieces in this general direction...

the biggest win of that afternoon - other than spending time with my lovely ladies, of course - was the discovery by DM of the most wonderful pen in my collection. i'm not sure why i hadn't tried it out before, but man! these things sure are fine, and they don't bleed one bit! i promptly went out and bought an entire set in a slightly larger tip size (thank you, michael's coupon!).

mmm, zig memory system millenium

i've also been knitting away at the hoodie and i've just approached the patterning on the back. it's sooo soft - can't wait to snuggle into this one!

*announcement to come in the next few weeks... stay tuned...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

sense & sensibility, part II

on friday i finally succumbed to the sore throat and cough that had plagued me since a whirlwind day trip to salt lake city on tuesday (snow was involved). so i was a sensible girl and spent the day here:

sick bed

mmm, it's a lovely new quilt we bought a couple weeks back. it's just the right weight and i adore it - and i spent many hours beneath it on friday, whilst checking my blackberry between naps and, ... why, what's this?


it appears to be a hood! (can't you tell?) well, the scarf had a bit of a mishap in the los angeles international airport and had to be ripped back. i was a bit despondent and being sick and all, i need something soft and scrunchy and nice to knit. oh, i do love this blue sky cotton!

i've since knit quite a bit more on this one - but was interrupted today when a couple of crafty ladies stopped by for brunch and jewelry making.

crafty girls

both gals proved quite adept and i sent them home with some spare sheets of shrink plastic to experiment further! such a nice sunday; such a relaxing, crafty weekend.