I think everyone on Ravelry has a bit of a routine in terms of using the site. For me, it’s messages, friend activity, friends blogs and then a browse/scour through all the new patterns added since last visit. Today I came across a couple that really piqued me interest. The first being Labryinth from Wendy via Stitch Diva Studios
^ was knit by k&twendyShe has got mMaaAAad shaping skillZ.
Labyrinth’s got oodles of shaping in the bust a wide neckline and enough waist shaping to show off some curves. And, it’s like Wendy has got me down. My first thought when seeing the pattern was that I’d chop off the sleeves- well she d0ne did it already! Peep the short puff sleeve version.
this and the knit 1 blousant are looking mighty fine rightaboutnow….
If that’s not the ugliest thing you see today- I’m sorry for you.
*edit: I think the ugly sweater curse is back because… this isn’t that bad. In another color? hmm.. thoughts?
Here is Vanessa Hudgens cap. I like the red, it adds a bit of punch to an otherwise boring knit. What kind of guage do you think she’s got going on…3-4 sts to the inch? I bet the red was knit on afterwards, probably with some elastic to boot!
Billie Ray Burton (Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter’s son) has a rockin striped skull beanie.
The knitting community is taking notice of this and is constantly posting/reposting these gloriously enticing patterns that make me cringe inside. It’s not nearly warm enough to be thinking about halters or tanks. Actually that’s a lie, I’ve just bought this, this and this from work.
Okay, so now that I’ve ruined my credibility in saying that it’s too early to be thinking spring.. here are those enticing patterns I was talking about. These first few are ones that deserve a second look.
Chop a few inches off the waistline and the hemline, add a few more buttons perhaps..
Here is a link to the full Vogue Spring/Summer Preview -LINK-
I’m not particularly bowled over by anything, but the second one in on the “urban outfitters” is allllllriiight. Those are the front runners for me. What are you looking to make this spring/summer?
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Orchid Needles: 4mm Addi Natura Circular Needles
I tweaked this one to see what it would look like in peach.
Modifications: I think I’ll add a longer chunkish fringe
Notes: This was probably the most consuming project that I’ve ever made. It wasn’t the pattern- thought it took me ages to memorize. It was the fact that as I was knitting I was forced to be fully aware of how I felt, what was going on around me and in my life. It’s extremely interesting to track how much I can knit in a single session on the commute to work. I found that I knit faster when I was upset, late or there were annoying people around me and less when I was in a good mood or had someone with me. Knitting this piece has also made me notice that I’ve been feeling sick or melancholy for the entirety of it. That’s just retarded. Well actually the weather here has been retarded and I blame a lot of my mood on that. I need more sunshine! I haven’t seen the sun in days and days. Remember that pretty snowfall Julie talked about? Now it’s half melted, mixed with city grime and over salted. Shit ain’t pretty, lemme tell ya!
Toby has a new studio and I took these shots there with some proper lighting and his D200. It was pretty rad but I had trouble uploading the photos to flickr. It was strange, the colors would change to a blander muted version. I punched up the saturation in most of them so that the stitch definition is more visible but it’s still not right. These two are the best and closest to the actual color.
The glow in the dark dunny wanted in on the action
and then I kind of..um.. got creative?
We weren’t asked to- but I cut out images to match the thoughts or whatever I had written on the other side. Makes for a nice highway divider if I do say so myself. At the time of the shoot I couldn’t find any of the 20 thousand glue sticks I own so I placed them on top of some of the extra blank tags
Then some shots of the berrocco x-press I’m using for the diamond scarf.
Alas, scarf itself was at home but it’s almost done now. Then everyone jumped in for a final group shot.
Men always have the best toys!
I should probably end this entry here but I have to show you my matching flowers.
The miniature orchids Toby gave me for Valentines day have bloomed.
I love how delicate and vibrant they are.
I don’t know what this green mossy type plant is but it’s pretty nonetheless.
I’d say they have knocked star-gazer lillies out of second place, but are still just a hair behind blue forget-me-nots.
I finished my thrummed mitts on the weekend, and not a moment too soon- we got a big, beautiful snowstorm here in Toronto over the weekend. So I was lucky enough to give my thrummed mitts a fantastic test run on Saturday… which was a windy, blustery day that eventually turned into lovely, snowy night night with lots and lots of drinks (and, um, shots)at a pub with a piano bar…. and somewhere between the pub, the taxi, and my front door, I lost one of my thrummed mitts. Didn’t realize it until morning, of course.
And the worst part is, I was going to take my camera and finally get some natural light photos, but the snow and the wind were so bad, I didn’t think there would be any point.
And of course, I’m out of the roving I used. Damn. (standard photo of inside of thrummed mitt)
Come back, thrummed mitt!
Note to self: do not wear new hand knits when drinking. Ever.
To dull the pain of having lost a new knit so soon (and ease the hangover), I baked bread, using this recipe: (partially devoured loaf of bread)
I loved this recipe. It was such a snap to make, there was no kneading, and rise time was only an hour. That’s a hell of a lot faster than the No-Knead Bread that everyone in the world made. This loaf was fantastic. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was to eat fresh, hot bread slathered in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Mmmmm. Cinnamon and sugar……