Monday, October 1, 2007

twinkle's weekend knits

Not coming out till February 5th, but listen to the patterns Amazon mentions:

"the Wisteria Scarf creates drama with its cascading clusters of blossom stitches" [okay, cheesy description, but it still sounds hot], "the Meridian Tunic Dress, perfect with jeans and sandals" [hopefully this one will turn out a little better for me than the Groovy Sweater Dress], and "the Cloudburst Cardigan, a ruffled knit that easily slips on over a dress."

Thanks to luxe loops for the heads up!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lobster Mitten Sweater Hood

Giles, Winter 2007

P.S. My Silver Belle is done! Pictures some other time. Ooh, and I finally got a Ravelry invitation so I have been spending the last couple days on it. I am really surprised at how professional and comprehensive the site is—I totally did not expect that.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Calvin Klein Collection

I want to make this! I wonder if that huge sweater from the Vogue anniversary collection of patterns is based on this one..

Silver Belle update coming soon. I made some modifications—shorter + narrower sleeves, no cabling up the back, and a different but still undetermined collar—so progress has been a little stop-and-go. But things are looking good so far!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Pantry Ballet

Joseph Cornell : A Pantry Ballet (for Jacques Offenbach), 1942

The kookiest thing ever—those are plastic lobsters dancing with tutus and spoons—and I cannot get enough of it!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Silver Belle Progress Report

The peplum is done [do normal people even know what a "peplum" is? I had to look it up in the dictionary] and actually was done a couple weeks ago. I had to do a couple modifications, though: doing exactly what the pattern said left me with so many rows of regular 4x4 cabling for Panel B at the top (to get a length of 9.75") that the peplum flared out towards the bottom like a trumpet. Which I didn't like. I'm making the size s, which is apparently what the model is wearing, so how did they end up with only 2 rounds of the 4x4 at the top? I thought maybe my gauge was off (I must admit, I'm not too fastidious about swatching), because some other finished measurements didn't match the ones on the pattern, but I did the right yoke and checked the gauge off the seed stitch there, and it seems to be fine. Hmm. Anyways, here's the neck part of the right yoke:

The bottom part of the neckline also looks different from the sweater the model's wearing, but that might be because it's sort of stretched out on her or something.

And people have been asking about the yarn, so I thought I should say that I'm using really old Sympathie by Filatura di Crosa: 35% mohair, 45% wool, 20% acrylic in color #754.

And on an unrelated note: look, Charlene—your rose plant!

And my strawberry plant—my first strawberry. Or maybe second, but I forgot to take a picture of the real first one before it shriveled up and died, so. And now this strawberry is gone, too, because I ate it :] But it was so small it was hard to tell what it tasted like.

Friday, August 10, 2007

i own a piece of a farm

So I picked up my very first box of Eatwell farm-fresh veggies and eggs. Oh, I should've taken a picture of the eggs, too, but here are my heirloom tomatoes (and the gypsy peppers underneath) in the cardboard box they came in. The box also came with a melon, thyme, a brown bag of different kinds of little potatoes (authentically dirty, too), yellow plums pointy at one end, 2 red onions, a basket of cherry tomatoes, and a newsletter inviting me to a tomato sleepover at the farm! So cute. If I were the pitch-a-tent kind of girl. Or if someone pitched it for me.

Silver Belle Update: the bottom skirty part is done, and I've experimentally [that's not the word I'm looking for, but I can't think of it] knit one sleeve and am now up to the body part. I don't think I'm going to want the sleeve to be as fussy as it calls for in the pattern (and I'm thinking I might not even have enough yarn for it), but I figure I'll just knit it up and piece it together to see how it fits before I decide what to do with it. Anyone else making this?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Clay Cake

I finally put my Silver Belle knitting down long enough to finish this!
Next step: Latex 74.
Oh, and here is the accidental kitty that happened as a result of all this clay sculpting:

Speaking of Vogue Knitting, the preview for the fall issue is up! Thanks to girlkae for letting me know. :] There are a couple sweaters I might want to make, especially among the free downloads, but it's kind of hard to tell what they look like with all the posing. But I've started Silver Belle, so I'm going to finish this one first. god, 376 stitches--I have never had to cast on this many at once before. Here's my progress report:

Monday, July 16, 2007

Idea #5

Haha, look at all the things you can do with a boiled egg! I dug this Japanese bento recipe book out of the bookshelf because I've decided to try to make my own lunches to take to school, now that I have class from 10 to 4. Okay, so there are only two more weeks left and I've been eating at Greens (this expensive organic restaurant that is too convenient to be good for anyone's wallet) for the past four, but maybe I can get a B+ for future effort. Anyways, the one in the top right hand corner is supposed to be a chicken, but I think it looks like a bleating baby dinosaur bird. And the one below it is supposed to be a raccoon, but I thought it was supposed to be a frog. But then the one next to it I think is the funniest-looking: it's a guy zooming around in a baby-carriage-looking car with his toupee flying behind him! Hahahaha! I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but trust me, it's funny. I'll try to upload a better picture of it later. I know y'all can't wait.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Grey Sweaters

3.1 Phillip Lim is my new love. Look how cute this sweater is. I want to make it, but since I think it may take me forever to figure out this pattern from scratch, I may have to settle for the Debbie Bliss pattern featured on the cover of the Vogue Knitting Fall 2007—still cute, but I feel like it'll look too grown-up on me.

P.S. If anyone knows how to put two photos side by side, please let me know!