I know, I know, what about crochet? Well, if you can hang in there, tomorrow's post has 2007 photo of the kids Halloween, and one of them will be wearing SOMETHING CROCHETED!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Yes, it is a book based on Knit, but as designers, we are always changing the combination of stitches that make up the fabric of the design. Whether it be knit and purl or sc and hdc, it is still only one of many factors that go into garment design. Yarn choice, gauge, drape, the shape of the pieces, the method of seaming, all make the garment into the finished product.
She has a chapter on yarns, designing with yarns, and why that's different from designing with fabric. The most dog-eared section of the my copy is chapter 3, "Fit and Silhouette". The inventor of the "ease" chart on page 44, Deborah Newton describes how many inches of "ease" to add to a body measurement to achieve the type of fit you want. Just smart! This chapter is just magical in it's ability to communicate how body measurements are taken, where they are taken, and what to do with them! The explanation of sleeve options on page 48, 51 and 53 are a must see. I don't know if I could live without the neckline diagrams and measurements on page 56!
Are you getting what I'm trying to say? This book is more than a pretty book, it's an essential text for learning garment design.
Now, I don't think I can completely appreciate the knit/intarsia diagrams right now. I admit that I glossed over them with hardly a glance. But, as my knitting skills increase, I am sure that these sections of the book will become more treasured. For you knitters out there, you will like to know that there are actually patterns in this book as well, in addition to the lessons.
It's just a great book. The only thing that would be better is to have the book be crochet! Deborah are you out there? Do you crochet? I need to go back to Lily Chin's Crochet Couture workshop and see how they compare or if they are apples and oranges. I remember Lily's book to have more patterns with less text and Deborah's is more text with fewer patterns. I'll have to review Lily's for you sometime! (Assuming that you haven't already drooled all over your own copy).
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
You might remember this sneak peek:
And great news! Crochet World is going to be adding 16 more pages to their magazine! Yay! To subscribe, click here
It's great when any crochet magazine can expand it's issues!
Monday, October 15, 2007
As you know, Chickee is in the first grade. Right now, her favorite books are by Barbara Park in a series called "Junie B. Jones". The one we started reading tonight is called, "Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying". Hence the name of this post.
Look at this sneaky peek! I can't wait until I get to reveal what it is and where it can be found! It really turned into a surprising project. One where I just started with hook and yarn with no expectation of where it could lead!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
These are birthday flowers from the Captain, Chickee and Chief. Chief thought I would like the red one. They were all gorgeous.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I learned a hard lesson, I'll share it with you... here it is: Never, never, never, delete a blog. It's ok to leave it hanging out in cyberspace. Us "type A" personalities have difficulty leaving things "out there", but look what can happen! Apparently spammers and other unscrupulous people hang out and wait for blogs to be deleted so they can take the address, and grab the advantage of any viewers to view their site. Blogs are free after all, so they wish to benefit from the bookmarks and links that are already in place to the site name.
Back to crochet tomorrow, really.
yuck, you go to look up crochet and see something entirely NOT crochet.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
This is an alternate color scheme.
Here's the only photo I can find of the actual colors of the finished afghan, and the only photo with some detail. Sorry it's just a swatch photo.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I have never seen these before and have no idea who made them or where they came from. I admire thread work, though I've never been terribly interested in making it myself...but I might be feeling inspired...
Friday, October 5, 2007
This one is $19.98 and has plastic crochet hooks, plastic needles (I see a tapestry needle in the photo), 250 yds of "poly" yarn in 6 colors, and "easy" to follow instructions and a "sample square". Ages 8 and up. (But we know that kids even younger can learn, don't we!)and
This on is on the website, I didn't catch the details. http://search.lillianvernon.com/EasyAsk/lillianvernon/results.jsp
Hmmm, I wonder if Chickie would want something like this for Christmas? You can even have the tin personalized with the name! How cute!
I guess I could make up a kit myself with aluminum hooks and yarns, but there's something about having a "personalized" item that little girls love! I could crochet a felted case/bag and do a tapestry technique with her name. Good thing it's only October.
I wonder if she would rather have a "store bought" kit? Last year I offered to design her an afghan for her birthday, do you know what she chose? The Cheer Bear Care Bear blanket from the Herrschner's catalog. I made it for her. What's a mom to do?
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I ordered my Lion Organic Cotton from Yarns and More, and I ordered Mary Jane Hall's "Positively Crochet" book too, among several other items!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
How do you feel about winding hanks into balls? I find it a necessary evil, at best. I'm sure that I would enjoy it much more if I had a yarn swift, but I don't. I really don't buy/get yarn in hanks all that often so that I would really need a yarn swift. But to tell you the truth, to turn even one hank into a nicely wound, ready-to-use ball is enough to necessitate the use of a yarn swift. I have never been able to turn a hank into a ball easily. I get pretty far through the hank and then something bad happens and it no longer flows easily and smoothly. Anyway, this is a hank of Louet Merlin which is a DK weight wool/linen blend. It retails for about $17.00 per 250 yd hank. I did manage to get this one wound with the help of DH "Captain". He held my yarn with his hands outstretched, just as you would imagine a little old man sitting in a rocking chair next to me in my rocking hair. That is love.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
These are the first 7 cake mixes that I baked into cupcakes on Friday, until I got the revised RSVP count for my husband's company's annual picnic. Then I ran out and bought 4 more, and baked those into cupcakes. I lost track.... somewhere around 250 cupcakes! Luckily, one of the BRILLIANT women on the picnic committee said, "why not make it into a 'cupcake bar' and let everyone decorate their own!" Now, that my friends, is one smart cupcake! So that's what we did! The kids loved it, it saved me a ton of time, and the leftovers are easy to freeze!