Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Beryl Progress

More knitting than blogging isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm almost to the armhole decreases on Beryl's sleeves. The color in this photo isn't quite right, but you can see how nice the seed stitch at the edge looks in this tweedy yarn.
The fabric shown here will look better with a bath and blocking, but you can see the nice waist shaping in this design.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Another cell phone purse

cell phone purse, originally uploaded by phenager.

Made to match my sister's bag. It'll be off to her in the mail on Tuesday (no mail tomorrow).

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

An Amendment

I love my new bag, but my phone tends to get lost in the depths of it. So, today I made this:
Frenchy bag
A little purse for my phone, to hang off the handle of my Frenchy bag.
Now it's nearly perfect!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Brightening a winter weekend

Since I was a little girl, I've loved new shoes. This is a not un-common characteristic, especially in women. Odd though, if you think about it. I don't get all happy-dancey about other new clothes, even if I like them a lot. There's something about new shoes.
Winter pick-me-ups?
Channeling Jane Brocket, here's a shot of my new shoes. They're from REI, which is having their wonderful super-clearance sale right now. Because the only thing better than new shoes might be new shoes that were 65% off.

The photo is taken on our hall rug, a little light in my life that's hid under a bushel. Those are socks woven into that rug. It's very similar to the fish rug, here.

Then yesterday I finished this:
Winter pick-me-ups?
It's MY Frenchy bag, this one in fabric from Michael Miller.
Here's a shot of the watermelon lining:
Winter pick-me-ups?
I guess I must have been longing for a touch of the tropics when I picked out these fabrics.

Monday, February 04, 2008


Combine a Christmas gift certificate to KPixie.com, and a craving for a new sweater, and what do you get? I'm casting on Bonne Marie Burn's Beryl sweater. The yarn? Peace Fleece worsted (it's really heavier than that) in Samantha Katya Pink.

This will be the second Bonne Marie sweater I've knit. SitCom Chic, which is available free from Knitty, is one of my favorite, wearable sweaters. Some day I'll have to put it on the blog. Chic Knits (Bonne Marie's "brand") sweaters tend to have nice shaping and fit well. In my experience, they're both nice to knit and a wardrobe asset when you're done.

This morning I woke up with a case of buyer's remorse. This yarn knits up into a pretty firm fabric, and the color in person is deeper and less bright than I'd hoped. This project may end up being more like a winter coat. Maybe I should have chosen this color instead? Or another yarn? I chose this yarn because I liked Bonne Marie's tweedy version. I consulted my daughter for advice when ordering. She's usually a good arbiter of taste.
I washed my swatch last night, and this morning the stiff yarn having relaxed, my swatch was softer but also SMALLER than when I measured the unwashed swatch last night. Unfortunately, I tore out my first swatch (on size 7's -- I knit kind of loose, so end up with smaller needles than patterns or ball bands call for), and knit the second swatch on US 6's. The moral of this overly detailed story is that I should have saved and washed the first swatch as well. Now I need to knit it again, then wash and measure it. On the up side, I may end up a fabric that's not as stiff.

Progress continues on Am Kamin and the Counting Pane Afghan. I'm up to the under-arm decreases on the second front piece of Am Kamin, and on the fourth strip (of 10) on the afghan.
Weather like this last week somehow meant a bit more time knitting. It's gone now, but was both fun and a lot of trouble while it lasted. I took this photo on the golf course below our house when I was trespassing skiing last Monday.