Monday, October 27, 2008

Do It Yourself

Now you can! Obey Giant has kindly provided a way for us do-it-ourselfers to make our own posters. The large size fits nicely on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
Artist Shepard Fairey of "Be the Revolution" campaign 2004 fame, is the brilliance behind the poster and the give away.

So do it!

And vote!

I did.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Color Style


Look what I got in the mail! And see who's sweater is on the back cover!

Retro Andean on Color Style

In the late 70's I wanted one of these Inca Alpaca sweaters in a desperate way. I'd seen them in the September, College Issue, of Mademoiselle Magazine; the big fat telephone-book issue with real college girls as models. A few years later Lady Diana Spencer wore one at Balmoral on her betrothal weekend or whatever it was... although I was on to different looks by then, pink and black striped jeans come to mind, I still harbored a secret desire for an Andean alpaca sweater with birds and little people on it...Many years later, the dream comes true!

Retro Andean

Don't feel you need to wear it with a long shirt underneath, waistlines are up you know, Retro Andean is made with Classic Elite Inca Alpaca, soft enough to wear next to your skin. Color Style edited by Pam Allen and Ann Bud, also includes my Gee's Bend Pullover as well as 15 other colorful, interesting designs by an amazing group of top designers.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

What I'm doing now

Mesmerized by Sunday Knits Yarn.
Still making Frill Mitts!

Wearing them because it is cold....grrrr...

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Wear them as fingerless mitts, or as sweet frilled cuffs

A welcome remedy for cold hands as well as a great fashion accent

Size Ladies Small (Medium, Large
Finished Measurements 8.5” (21cm)
Yarn Classic Elite Waterlily (100% Extra Fine Merino[50gr/100yds]) #1972 Lily Pad (MC) #1995 Azalea (CC);one ball each.
Frog Tree Merino (100% Merino Wool [1.75oz/137 yds]) #007 Brown(MC), #46 Citron(CC); one ball each.
Needles 1 set double-pointed needles 3.35 (US 7) or size to obtain gauge.
Notions tapestry needle
Gauge 14st and 12 rnds = 2” in 1x1 rib pattern un-stretched.

I had so much fun making these that I whipped up 6 pairs in one weekend. I invite you to have fun too!
Frill also makes a quick and easy gift.

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My first stab at commerce! Let's see how it works!

I made this darling wee pair with only one ball (65 yd) of Classic Elite Bazic, (#2925 Sunflower) details found on the pattern.

First Colorwork Project?

This past summer was a busy one. The high point was most certainly a visit from my sister and brother-in-law from San Francisco, who added so much happiness and fun to our home.

Through them I met a new friend who was attending the highly regarded Maine Media Workshops, learning from one of the most revered portrait photographers of our time. But wouldn't you know, she was smitten with knitting while visiting our house! So when she returned home to London, and everyone asked "how was your portrait class" she said "oh fine, but Look At My Knitting!"

She was ready and eager to tackle color work and had no qualms about double pointed needles, in fact the thrill of it all encouraged her.
She thoroughly enjoyed mastering them, reveling in the joy and wonder of it all! Really 5 needles! She reminds me of myself. When I taught myself to knit I knew NO ONE else who did...Its hard to share the thrill of 5 needles with the un-knowing.

Fearless, she took on the Nederland Opera Mitts as her first project. So in answer to those of you who've asked....YES...if you want to, Nederland Opera Mitts can be your first project, it may be a little challenging learning double points and carrying color at the same time but if you want to, Go For It.

Julie used Frog Tree Merino for her mitts
Free Pattern Here and on Ravelry
The pattern calls for Classic Elite Princess.
Julie's colorway would be cute for the Nederland Vest too.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Vintage Fair Isle

I love these people. I want to sit right down and have tea with them. Such a jolly time and such nice big cups too. Can you spot the fair isle? The vest on the right. I'll be wearing a matching one, and my socks will be fair isle too.

Now where are they, on a houseboat?