tons of fun! with craft books.

Lately I’ve been enjoying the used book store across the street from where I work. So I’ve gotten quite the collection of craft books .

Before I get started on the sharing of books, here is a sharing of food! Will made it a few weeks ago, but it was pretty darn delicious. Pork chops, the sauce was fantastic and had dates in it.

yum yum yum

This is going to be pretty picture heavy, I hope you appreciate it because the wordpress uploader is being a big meanie to me and it took way longer than it should have…

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Spring is coming

Animated Annie-mals

My sister is going to have a baby, so naturally I’m looking everywhere for baby related things. I found these at Shan’s Needleworks for $2 a piece.

Robbie Rabbit
Timmy Turtle

I’m particularly excited about the turtle. So cute!! I haven’t done amigurumi before, nothing has really caught my eye. I’ve seen lots of cool things people have whipped up, but I suppose I’m not into the cutesy items as much when it comes to actually making them. I figure having a niece/nephew gives me the opportunity to make those cutesy things without having to find a place to put them afterward.

I also got a nice discount bag of yarn.

love the colors

and a super handy knitting gauge tool!!

it shows metric on the other side, and canadian and american needle sizes on this side!

I went for a wonderful walk along the quay yesterday, so refreshing. I don’t go walking nearly as much as I should. They have so many beautiful flowers and decorative lettuces planted along the boardwalk, it makes me feel lucky to live where I do. Every morning I can enjoy the amazing colors of the sun rising up beyond the bridges and see the mist float around the river.

 

 

 

project update

I have quite a few projects on the go.. a shawl, handwarmers, a bag, a cowl, another shawl, a couple pictures, and this pretty underthing from an old Australian Women’s Weekly that I found through ravelry.

I don’t have pictures for all of them, but here’s a pic of the most recent. I’ve been holding on to this yarn for a while, cause nothing was awesome enough for it, and since I’ve expanded my craftiness to include a bit of knitting, I found the perfect project. Here’s the link to the ravelry page. It’s quite an easy pattern, and I’m making a couple alterations to allow for my hip-waist ratio.. lets see how it goes.

6".. like a drop in the pond

It’s a cool pattern to memorize because everything is done in counts of 5.

hopefully successful short row shaping

I also bought this GORGEOUS simply fantastic yarn yesterday!! I think I have to get a couple more skeins of it, maybe in another color too.

doesn't it look luscious?

It’s laceweight 70% baby alpaca and 30% mulberry silk. It’s so soft it makes you wonder why you’d ever want to wear anything made of anything else.

I also finished this hat a couple weeks ago, but I don’t like my face right now so I didn’t take a picture of it.. so here’s a picture now, even though the face sitch hasn’t changed.

forgot to take a picture with the camera, so it's a webcam pic.

it’s from Interweave Crochet’s Accessories 2010 issue. I probably used a yarn not quite what they called for, so it ended up needing a couple more repeats around the brim.. Or perhaps I just like my hats lower down than they designed for.

I hope everyone is having a happy new year so far!

Delicioso! plus some bonus musings!! woo

before the oven

Will made such a delicious dinner a couple weeks ago!! it was braised chicken thighs, and we had a yummy cheese plate and olive encrusted bread.

After the oven

mmm mmmm….

I’ve also got a bunch of projects on the go, and I’ve baked a bunch of cookies. I just started a (hopefully) beautiful knitting pattern. Here  I’m making it in a lavender slightly halo-y yarn and it seems to be going well so far. I’m a little concerned about how it’ll fit, since I’ve got a big hip to bust ratio. but the pattern description seems to indicate a good amount of stretchiness. I did change a couple things to suit my preferences of construction. I chained the stitches that I wanted to cast on, and I didn’t cast on as many as the pattern wanted me to, I think I have a larger yarn and needles than the pattern calls for.

I also did my first piece of double ended tunisian crochet! I just did a simple washcloth with crafting cotton. A plain natural color, and a rainbow yarn I got at the thrift store.

woohoo!

Really take a good look at it.. it’s amazing how the colors interact with each other and how the fabric feels.. it’s the opposite colors on the other side of the cloth. I didn’t use tunisian simple stitch, I did tunisian purl. It turned out really ridge-y and awesome, perfect for a wash cloth. I think it would be interesting to do this sort of stitch on a garment, with a softer thinner yarn.

 

Sometimes I think about a post on a blog I read once, I don’t remember the address 😦 It was the blog of a knitter, and she talked about how she happened to do smaller projects all the time, and wanted things simple and fast. She commented on how there seem to be two different types of knitters (and probably crocheters, as well). One is a product knitter/crocheter and the other is a process knitter/crocheter. I think I fall into the latter category. I’m constantly fascinated by the technique and forming the stitches, it doesn’t matter so much to me whether I have anything to show for my work, just understanding the inner workings of the craft excites me. Although it’s nice to have something to wear or give to someone at the end of the journey, it’s not the reason I do it.  A product knitter doesn’t care so much about the way it’s done, as long as it gets done and it’s pretty 😛 not that they don’t care about the way in which it was created, it’s just not the reason they do it.

I think that the two types of people could be transferred into any undertaking or art system. What sort do you think you are? If you see yourself as both, which do you think you tend to favor anyways? or why do you think that it doesn’t apply to you, being the fancy pants that you are 😛

 

 

 

Alisea’s Simple Slipper

Using chunky/bulky yarn and a 4.50 mm hook

ch 3
rnd 1: 7 hdc in 3rd ch, sl st to 1st hdc (to creat a circle!)

*all stitches in back loops from now on unless otherwise specified*

rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st, sl st

rnd 3: ch 2, *1dc, 2 dc* to end, sl st

rnd 4-9: *ch 2, 1dc in each, sl st* for 6 rows.(if you want a maryjane/ballet look, do less of this, and compensate in the next section of the slipper.)

rnd 10: ch 2, 1 dc in each, leave 5 sts unworked

rnd 11: ch 2, 1 dc in each to end of row in Front loops ( to keep all the same way)

rnd 12: ch 2, 1 dc in each in Back loops

rnd 13: ch 2, 1 dc in each to end of row in Front loops

rnd 14: ch 2, 1 dc in each in Back loops

rnd 15: ch 2, 1 dc in each to end of row in Front loops

rnd 16: ch 2, 1 dc in each in Back loops

rnd 17: ch 2, in front loops: 1dc in next 6 sts, 1hdc in next 2 sts, 1sc in 4 sts 1hdc in next 2 sts, 1 dc in 6 sts to end of row.

leaving hole for heel to sew up after, join to top edge around ankle.
ch 1, sc around edge, sl st at end.
leaving extra long tail (i left more than 20 inches,

but you probably don’t need so much), cut yarn. thread tail on to yarn needle and sew heel closed. make sure it is secure and then weave in the ends. You could also close the heel using sc or slip stitches if you don’t have a yarn needle.

FINITO

the first prototype!