Wednesday, February 28, 2007

m.i.a.

Between work and general celebration of my getting a rad new job, I haven't had much time to knit in the past week. Hopefully this weekend I should have a small project completed and some photos to show.

In even more celebratory goings on, I just found out that my cousin is going to have her first baby. I was so excited to hear the news, but it took a day for it to sink in.... i can do some baby knitting! If I'm estimating right, she should be due in early fall - perfect for some snuggly sweaters. I'm on pattern hunt detail as we speak.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

a fo, and a stall

Cottage socks are finished and cozy and warm. I've been wearing them all day, and they make a lazy Sunday, sitting at home , watching Food Network, just a little bit nicer.


These were very quick to knit up. Only a few hours total for each sock. I actually started these back in January, but working on Glee led to a bit of second sock syndrome. I love how the bulkiness of the yarn really helps to show off the construction of the sock.

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Project Details

Pattern: Cottage Socks from Lion Brand (available on the website, and on the ballband for the yarn.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Wheat
Needles: US 13 (two circular method)

OK. So now onto Glee progress. The shot below shows where I am at the end of my last ball of yarn. I'll have to order more to finish up the ribbing along the bottom, sleeves, and button bands. Here's the problem: I've tried it on and it is HUGE on me. I'm swimming in it! So now the question is whether or not it will look ok a little oversized, or if I should frog the whole thing and just start it over. Part of what I liked about it was its close fit, so I may have to face the sad truth and do what is necessary to come out with a sweater I'll really love.


For now, I'll leave it on waste yarn while I order, and go through patterns to pick out something else I might want to make out of yarn from Knit Picks to make it worth placing a whole order, and decide what I ultimately want to do with this.

In the meantime, I've decided on my first pattern from Big City Knits. The shopping tunic:


The dilema here is yarn selection. I want to use Lamb's Pride Chunky, but it seems silly to make a short sleeved sweater using three strands of wool yarn held together, even when that is what the pattern asks for... me and my Cottage Socks will be doing some yarn research with the rest of the day!

Monday, February 12, 2007

sneak peak

I managed to find a few sneak peak photos of some of the projects in Big City Knits on the Potter Craft website and thought I would share them.

The styling and photos--not to mention the book design itself--are really pretty. I'm getting anxious to finish up with Glee so that I can start on one of these patterns. Now it's just a matter of choosing one!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

twinkle love

And the other score from my friend from Fashion Week:


Yep, that's a real live copy! The book comes out this week, and let me tell you, it's gorgous! Last Wednesday there was a book release party in the tents, so my friend got to go and pick up a copy for me (and one for her mom), and even had it signed from Wenlan Chia herself. I feel like SUCH a groupie, heh, but I don't mind. I want to make at least 70% of the patterns. They are hip and chic and cozy. I see at least two that were published in Vogue Knitting, but it looks like they have been re-done to use Twinkle's new yarn line (looks like it will be available online to coincide with the official release of the book). Beautiful colors!

Am I lucky or what?

Friday, February 09, 2007

enabler

A fashion-stylist friend of mine got to go to a bunch of the shows for this year's Fashion Week. One of the first shows she went to was Pierrot, a knitwear designer. And in the gift bags, was a kit for a big holey scarf from Lion Brand. Since it seemed no one was really taking the gift bags home, she managed to combine a few of them together to make one huge gift bag. For me!

I have no idea what to make with Lion Brand suede, but I'll add it to my stash for now until a project comes to me. And look at those massive needles--Size US 50!

My friend also managed to score me another, really special treat from a different Fashion Week show, but more on that once I get my hands on it. But it's good... really good.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

coverly


I know that this cover has been apperaing all over blogland these days, but I have to say that I am in love with the sweater on the Winter issue of Vogue Knitting. I flipped through the issue but it was the only thing that really jumped out at me as something I would really want to make. When I don't see more than one thing in a magazine that are interesting to me, I usually feel like it's a waste to buy the whole magazine for just one pattern, but the more I think about it, the more I think this one might just be worth it.