Sunday, February 24, 2008

Valentina Devine's Class: Stitches Saturday

The Creative Knitting class with Valentina Devine was pretty inspiring on Saturday. I had actually been expecting to knit organic shapes but the course description was wrong. So ShiTri and I ended up taking a full day class on log-cabin type knitting. It was ok, not as interesting as I was expecting, but I was inspired.

I'm a fan of the simple.
But I ended up combining yarns that I never would have thought to put together, and I liked the results. I probably need more push to be adventurous like that... there are opportunities for interesting burst of texture and color.

Also pushing my comfort zone: I learned to embellish with little crochet nubs on the surface of the garter stitch and I liked the result. I would not have expected to be an embellishment fan :) Though when Paul saw them he thought they were mistakes... sigh.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Stitches is Coming!

I can't wait to spend the weekend enveloped in knitting! I have a full day class on Saturday -- Creative Knitting-- and a half day class on Sunday -- 7 Things to Make or Break a Sweater--. When will I have time to shop?

I am kind of hoping I can resist buying yarn because I don't have anything I need right now and I don't have the eyes to see yarns I can't get anywhere else. I'll just assume everything is available at my local yarn shops.

But the one thing that I know I won't be able to resist are the very cool fibers from Habu. I bought a skein of raw silk yarn 2 years ago and I loved it. Though it was really difficult to knit with and I made a lot of mistakes in my simple scarf. If they have something new that will make an incredible scarf I imagine I'll end up carrying it home.

Bramble On, my favorite

I'm not sure why, but this is my "go to" scarf pattern. It's just a stitch pattern I liked from the "Stitch a Day" calendar, with some garter on the side. I love the semi-bobbles in their neat little diagnols. It's very easy to memorize so I can take it everywhere with me without having to pay much attention. And in my opinion it's wearable for men and women. I love it.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I just can't hide it: Norah Gaughan on Flickr!

ohhhh, I was so excited to find Norah Gaughan of "Knitting Nature" brilliance on Flickr! You can see that she is even more creative with her knitting outside of her published patterns. It's so joyful to have this hidden connection to her.

But actually, I hope she doesn't look at my photos! She'll see what an amateur I am! And what if I knit one of her patterns and it comes out badly-- oh no!
Eh, she doesn't have time to look at my photos... :)

I [heart] Flickr for this. Thank you Flickr!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I'm getting a little obsessed

I was walking to work this morning, listening to the Knitgrrl podcast and I saw this on the sidewalk. And my first thought-- my FIRST thought, was that it would be a great design for a sweater. I'm getting a little obsessed.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

One finished object, hahahahaaaa!

I finished something! Yay! Of course it was a one-skein, but who's counting? It was supposed to be Urchin from

This is a gift for a friend who has been... let's say, "under the weather."

I hope she'll love the simplicity of it. And the beautiful feel of the yarn. It's so difficult for me to knit gifts for friends because I just don't know what they're expecting. Nice yarn should always be appreciated, I think. So that can help. But what if the item isn't perfect? How perfect does something need to be to be a good gift?

Here are my hypotheses:
- Good friends understand if you need to weave the ends back in every time you see them.

- Good people appreciate the little signals that a garment is hand made. They don't want perfection.

- Acquaintances want it to look like it came from The Gap. So I generally don't waste my time and yarn knitting for them.

What do you think?