Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rhymes with Eek!

Has she lost her mind?! She can't CUT her knitting!

Oh, but you can....



I finally finish my first fair-isle sweater and I am quite proud of myself. Although the hardest part of making this sweater was restraining myself from cutting the neckline immediately so I could wear the damn thing. But I did, and now I have witnesses and video (as crappy as it maybe) of me steeking the neckline open.



There you have it. Easy as can be and nothing to loose your lunch over.

I also have some other fiddily fair-isle projects going on. An oldie, but a goldie from the past:



I am taking the lovely Wintergreen pattern that was used to make lovely birthday mittens a few years ago...



and extending the cuff to make extra long, lovely greenery to go up my arm. I am definitely going to teach a class for these guys. I just love them too much not to share them with as many peoples as possible.

CLASS AT THE CORNWALL YARN SHOP: THE FAIR-ISLE SERIES: WINTERGREEN MITTENS!:
March 13, 2010 @ 1:00 at the Cornwall Yarn Shop
We will be learning twisted stitches in fair-isle (color work) and afterthought thumbs.
Call 534-0383 or email cornwallyarnshop@aol.com for a spot!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Lunacy

I finally succumbed to the Twilight saga. After years of resistance, my curiosity finally got the best of me. I settled on reading the first 100 pages of the book to see if I liked it and I didn’t stop reading for 4 days straight. Needless to say, I have joined the masses of Twilight fans. The mass keeps growing and I am sure it indicates the apocalypse is coming soon.



Since this craziness has taken over my consciousness for the time being I am putting it to good use and working on a design for Bella’s mittens, among others, from the Twilight movies. I tried to get them as close to the originals as possible. The palm took me a little while to figure out, but I am quite happy with the results.



To use Stephanie Meyer's favorite piece of vocabulary: with chagrin, I admit to loving the series. I was completely wrong in all my previous high-minded assumptions about it. However, there were parts of the books that made me want to chuck them across the room as a little too much archaic, patriarchal Christian virtue crept into the undercurrent of the story for my liking. But I was already so invested in the story line that I let it go to continue into my delirium. If anyone out there decides to venture into Twilight I recommend have a large chunk of time carved out of your life: once you start there will be no stopping.

ETA: As of July 2nd, 2010 This pattern is available for download through Ravelry's pattern store for $4.00. buy now