Archive for April, 2008

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Knitting in Color

April 21, 2008

I broke down and made several purchases last month.  I shouldn’t have, really.  The ol’ plastic was not paid down, so to make those purchases was pure idiocy on my part but I-could-not-resist.  Not only were the prices “good” in terms of hand-dyed yarn but the colors! Oh the colors!  I guess I could just blame WMH for buying me a new computer with the HD monitor… I mean the colors just POP right out at me now so it is his fault, right?  I suppose not.  Fine me guilty for these simple pleasures.

 

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Malabrigo Lace in Velvet Grapes

Fabel fr Garnstudio

Garnstudio Fabel in Candy Mix

Thank Ewe in Liliypad

ThankEwe Superwash Merino in Lilypad

strawberry tangerine

ThankEwe Superwash Merino in Strawberry Tangerine

grapefruit

ThankEwe Superwash Merino in Grapefruit

decadanceAshabee’s Fiber Oasis Superwash 80/20 in Decadence 

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Posh Kid Lace in Saucy (still waiting on this)

 

Unfortunately, I am not a photographer so the colors are not as vibrant as they should be but O-M-G, I love all of these colorways… I see nothing but socks and lace in my future.  

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Free Pattern Update

April 21, 2008

No, I have not forgotten to post the free pattern for Ultra Comfy House Socks.  In fact, I though I was finished, that is, until I re-read the pattern and realized that a non-sock knitter may not be able to follow the pattern. I really want to make this a user friendly pattern but to do that, I think I need to go back to the drawing board. In the meantime, if any experienced sock knitter would like the current pattern “as-is”, please send me an email here.  Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding :)

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Ultra Comfy House Socks

April 12, 2008

As promised, I am writing the pattern for Ultra Comfy House Socks.  I had hoped to have the finished PDF by Friday, as in yesterday.  Obviously, I have not completed the PDF but I promise, it is nearly finished and will be up for you here and on Ravelry within the next few days.  Check back to this space!

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RavelRaiser ’08

April 7, 2008

I want to help get the word out without gaining a bad rep in Raveland, so I’m posting here on my blog.

JulieFrick has started a fundraiser for Ravelry called RavelRaiser ’08, hosted in the 10 Lousy Bucks Group, to raise much needed funds for a new Server.  As Julie says, “we (Ravelrs) are loading them up with good data that needs a home!”

I am on board with this fundraiser, especially since in February I had committed to donating $10 each month when I realized that I spend more than that on a single skein of sock yarn! Once you add up all that Ravelry is, $10 is nothing.

If you are a Ravelry member (membership if free!) please consider donating to Ravelry.    

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, there are some really great prizes, too! ;)

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Socks Socks Socks

April 7, 2008

…The pictures I promised.

First are WMH’s socks.  They are just what I said they are: plain, boring, grey… although they are more brown-ish grey in the photos.  They are also very soft and comfy.  Since WMH didn’t put up too much huff over them, I will knit him another pair – isn’t he lucky?

Scott's Socks

 

The next pair are the Ultra Comfy House Socks.  I am in the process of writing the pattern for you to have – for FREE.  It will include sizes 3T and up.  The pattern itself is very simple, it’s the writing the pattern that is arduous.  I only have so many hours in a day, you know?  I will try to get the pattern posted by Friday – In the meantime, here is a photo of my youngest showing you all how happy he is to have his Ultra Comfy House Socks!

Ultra Comfy House Socks

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Thine Covet

April 3, 2008

I just have to say, as soon as this pattern is available, it is mine :)

Cookie A. is a genius! 

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Vogue Knitting, Spring 2008

April 3, 2008

vogue spring 08

Or, more correctly, Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2008.  Be warned, these are my own opinions to follow and strong at that.

I had been hounding my local bookstore clerk on a daily basis for the past 2 weeks, since the Vogue Knitting was released Stateside.  Monday, when I entered the store, the clerk smiled and nodded, an indication that my magazine had arrived.  I felt pure bliss when I saw the cover.  I then fumbled to retrieve my copy and was a bit surprised at how light it felt.  Still, I was excited to pay for my magazine and then off to the Cafe to revel over a cuppa.

I opened my paper sack and removed the contents carefully.  Indeed, it was light but I suppose my expectations of Vogue are high as they always produce the most fashion-forward International knit design, seldom playing it safe and giving inspiration to would-be designers.  I had seen some of the previews online and was surprised to see little more inside the magazine.  True, there are 33 patterns in this edition and a mini workshop on lace, but the contents of this edition seem to be missing something, the Oompf I’ve come to expect from Vogue.

In examining the 33 patterns, it is only fair to add that there are an additional 6  patterns title, Natural Selection,  available online for free.  I think, as a collection, the free patterns are much more interesting than the patterns in the magazine.  As usual, the patterns are arranged as collections, based on a theme of some sort.  The first collection is Ecological, where all designs are made of natural or enviro-friendly fibers.  This collection seems to be all over the place in terms of style.  For myself, of the 10 designs in this collection, only two are worth mentioning, #6 a cute and versatile pocketed, free-flowing vest and #9, a simple, easy to knit, easy to wear square-necked sweater.  Perhaps I am being harsh of this collection, but I can not help but think I’ve seen most of these designs elsewhere or that I should have never seen them in the first place.

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The next collection consists of 6 designs and is titled Floral Fixation.   My quick take on the collection is, pretty.  A closer look however will show that #13 is quite boxy and while it is meant to be a light piece, the braided straps add unnecessary and unwanted bulk to the shoulders.  In Full Bloom, #14, is a design to be expected of Kaffe Fassett, lovely colorwork and polished.  This is a great piece and would be equally lovely in Autumn colors.

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The next two pieces look ‘weird’ to me – #15 seems to lack proportion while #16 is just asking to fall off, it looks like an unfinished piece.  The last two pieces are both wonderful, #17 by Michelle Rose Orne is a practical cardigan and #18 by Vladmir Teriokhin is a lacey vest.  While this collection is pretty – still missing the Oompf.

I am going to skip over the next collection, The White Way, in two sentences.  This 6 piece collection is one of white lace, supposedly suitable for “the big day”.  If I am ever in need of a lace dress, I may consider knitting up #21.  Moving on….

The next two collections are titled, Urban Outfitters and Shore Leave.  The former consists of 3 designs, nothing inspirational there.  The later is comprised of 6 designs.  This may be the ‘best’ of the collections, with a whopping 2 out of 6 designs I would actually knit.  The Lapis Luxury, #30, is a mesh lace patterned v-neck tank, which would make a great layering piece.  And, Vogue must have been saving the best for last.

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The best of all the designs, in my opinion, is Gayle Bunn’s cable-laced tunic.  With it’s split neck and 3/4 sleeves, it is sophisticated and fun at the same time.

This review is not like me, I admit, it is rather harsh. But truly, I feel justified. Come on Vogue, where’s the Oompf?