Eeep! (or as Baby C would say, Guoooo!)
They're having a sale this Saturday, 1st September, 9.30am to 7pm
20% off EVERYTHING and clearance fabrics at $5 per metre
I could die... too many possibilities... too few opportunities to do something with them...
26 August 2007
When I mentioned that a new designing project is consuming my "spare" brainspace I think I was lying. It's trying to consume my brainspace, but I'm mentally running away in fear. I keep on letting myself get distracted from it by other, easier, more enticing pursuits. Like reading Mix Tape (great zine guys!), knitting another snail hat for someone, doing another load of washing, or clicking my way through the internet, page by page.
But the project can't wait any longer. We're extending.
Last year we had been planning to sell this house, and buy something that could meet our long term plans. But the agonising, drawn out process of selling my apartment put us off embarking on another property sale straight away. And when I fell pregnant, and we decided we only wanted to deal with so much change at once. But trying to streamline our posessions and living patterns to accommodate our growing family and pastimes in a 4 room (plus garage) home hasn't been particularly successful. Witness my fabric stash, currently residing in the back of a cupboard and my sewing machines are squeezed into another one- it's really not condusive to crafting.
As Baby C's arrival drew closer we started thinking about our long term options again, keeping an eye on sales in areas we were interested in. What a disheartening experience that was! Prices have been leaping upwards and they're definitely beyond our comfortable limit. So instead, we're going to make the most of what we have- Improve rather than Move- adding space and tarting up the kitchen and bathroom. Things that should enable us to live here for several years longer than we'd be happy to right now.
Simple ideas, which will make a huge differnence to our lives, but I'm blinded right now by all the work involved. My mind is swimming with it all, and wishing that I could just blink at it would be done- preferably including all the bits that aren't yet resolved in my head. Which is why I'm procrastinating and trying to pretend that I'm not doing "work" while I'm on leave from work. I'd much rather that I could just sit on the sofa while Baby C sleeps, knitting, reading or daydreaming. I'll need to extend myself too to get this done.
22 August 2007
I think these match Baby C's hat. A perfect shade of green and simple shape. A set of Boda Nova glasses and jug that sit on the open kitchen shelf at eye level, surrounded by all our other clear glassware. I spend some time every day admiring their colour and the play of light through them. They are perfect for summer G&T's, or simply serving water at dinner parties.
Best of all I bought them on sale for a hugely reduced price- like, I bought eight for the original price of one or something like that- a few years ago, so I can't remember exactly. Ever the spendthrift I am. More Vessel Wednesdays here (generally without pricing details).
20 August 2007
You know how the creative process can be sometimes. You get an idea into your head and you want to drop everything and just get on with it.
I was struck by such a feeling last week (before I was stuck down by flu and more mastitis. Oh, the joys of parenthood) when I was flicking through a couple of Elizabeth Zimmerman books that the local knitting guru had lent me. I hadn't had my hands on one of her books before- amazing stuff. I can see why her name commands such respect and admiration in the knittiverse.
As I flicked through the Opinionated Knitter, I was drawn to a halt by the image of a spiral hat. A swirl of chunky white knitting. Apparently Elizabeth also called it a conch, snail or Dairy Queen hat. Such a cool shape. Interesting construction. I knew immediately I had to make a baby sized one for Baby C in the green Malabrigo sitting on the top of the yarn basket. It would take a bit of fiddling with numbers and such, but I hoped that knitting it in a completely different gauge would yield something close enough to baby sized (I see I'm not the only one tinkering with completely different gauges).
Three cast on attempts and an evening or two later (knitting time is thin on the ground around here) and Baby C is now sporting a very cute hat every time we venture out.
The Vital Statistics:
Pattern: Spiral Hat from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Newsletter #19, as published in The Opinionated Knitter.
Needles: 5mm Addi DPN's
Yarn: Malabrigo, about 30 grams or so
Pattern modifications and comments:
I ended up casting on 60 sts, and increasing to 75 after the garter band. Then I basically followed the instructions for a 3 sprial hat, but working 21 rows before adding the decreases. Next time (because there will be a next time) I'll work the garter band in the round too. The Malabrigo is wonderful for a hat- so soft and warm.
18 August 2007
As I write, I'm settled on the sofa in the snug and cosy surrounds of this fabulous jacket. Wow- a finished garment that I do believe I'll be wearing a great deal (are such things as few and far between for everyone?).
So many people have already blogged about their Sunrise Circle Jackets- they've raved about the clever detailing, marvelled at the way that the front increases have been calculated to form perfectly radiating columns of stitches, and divulged the decision making put into fastening selections and placement. Photos from all angles abound. It's really hard to find something new to show or tell about it. I have to say Kate, I think you're a genius- I can't comprehend how you dreampt up and figured out the design. Amazing. Fun to knit. Delightful to wear.
The Vital Statistics:
Pattern: Sunrise Circle Jacket by Kate Gilbert, Interweave Knits Spring 2006 (available from their website for free download here, just in case you haven't knitted your own already..)
Size: 94cm chest
Yarn: Karabella Soft Tweed, as called for in the pattern, sent to me by Blossom (how's yours going?), Colour 1050, about 9.5 balls.
Needles: 4.5mm Ebony straights and 4.5mm Rosewood circulars (I love it when I get to use these needles!)
Pattern comments and thoughts:
Aside from the obvious "it's an amazing pattern to knit and really clearly written, Kate is a ganius" etc etc, I'll mention that I stitched down all the hems as I went from live stitches, instead of casting off; Tapestry yarn was used for all the seaming and hem stitching; and I went with three buttons- beautiful big conical bone buttons from Buttonmania (for a small fortune). The button hole loops I "enbroidered" (due to my soon to be conquered fear of the crochet hook) and are more straight bars, rather than loops, just on the rear side of the hem so that they're not too obtrusive when unbuttoned.
The fit is great- perfect size for me and the sleeves are exactly the length I like (quite amazing I think since my arms are a bit longer than average). The jacket does seem to flare around the bottom edge somewhat more than the most pics I've seen- maybe this is just my shape, or maybe it will settle down next time it gets washed and blocked. Even if the fit wasn't so great it would always be a very special handknit for me, with the memories and experience that is knitted into it.
(and you may not pick it from my self portrait shots, but not only is the fit flattering, but someone who matters thinks I look a little *ahem* sexy in it... [blush])
14 August 2007
I seem to have inadvertently embarked upon a blogging break. Not intentionally, just sometimes these things happen. It's not that I don't have anything to share, just that making time to take photographs and write have been low on the priorities. Higher up the list has been sharing decadent hot chocolates with Granny at Koko Black. (Note to self: don't do that again until you're no longer breast feeding... or unless you don't want Baby C to sleep...)
I will be back soon-ish, with some finished objects, creative inspirations and a new designing project that's consuming all my spare (What? I'm sure I had more of that somewhere...) brain space.