A Kernel of an idea

Just over 4 years I ago, I had presented my thesis and graduated from art school and 5 years ago, I was in the midst of deciphering what and how I was going to express this grand idea. My thesis centered around the idea of the Fruit of the Spirit – these virtues that all people strive for in life.  Could these ideas be expressed in garment form or were they too intangible? There are a total of nine virtues are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Whether you have a spiritual faith or not, many of these virtues are what you hope other people have. I chose 3 of these virtues, because 9 months of work and study would not give me 9 dresses.  I wasn’t that crazy even if there were a few times where I felt at the end of my tether. The 3 virtues that I landed on were the ones that spoke to me the most: Love, Patience and Self-Control. I hope to share with ya’ll over the next 4 weeks about each dress and what I plan on doing after this...

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FO Friday – The Squiggles are Released into the wild

WIP Wednesday was missed because I was driving through the PNW snowstorm of 2008 to and from Seattle. Pattern: Squiggle Hat by Chris Church Raveled Here Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Meino Worsted partial skein of Marine and Applewood Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeables US 8 (5.0mm) & US 9 (5.5mm) Mods: The pattern is one size which is pretty stretchy but I had one tester adapt the pattern larger. Facts to Remember: That my gauge changes while on vacation.  I had a bunch of problems getting this pattern to work for my testers because of my massive change from relaxed designer on vacation to at home stressed out designer.  I need to remember to NOT DESIGN ON VACATION or just finish small little projects while on vacation. Things I love: I love the way the Squiggles cover your ears and don’t block your vision.  I also love the ability to play with 2 colors especially if you have small scraps of Malabrigo (or your favorite worsted weight yarn) at home. Pattern: Squiggle Cowl by Chris Church Raveled Here Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in 1/2 skein of Applewood Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeable in US 8 (5.0mm) Mods: Um well since was the originator of the design series, it was totally a mod. Things to Remember: This was the pattern that was created on vacation so it was knit on smaller needles than the pattern calls for because I haven’t been able to get it to turn out the right size at home until I went up a needles size. Things I love: Well this one is just pure genius to me.  The squiggles cup your chin on top and dip down into your coat to block that little draft created by the collar of your coat.  The 3-needle bind off at the back of the neck makes the pattern stand up so as to keep the draft...

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FO Friday – Delayed Sexiness

Pattern: Chocolate Creme Square-Neck Top by Joan McGowan-Michael from Knitting Lingerie Style Raveled Here Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy  – 3 Skeins in Pomegranate & Nashua Handknits Cilantro – 1 skein in white Needles:  US 6 (4.0mm) & 7 (4.5mm) Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeable Needles Mods: I moved the waist up higher and added one more bust increase before the underbust finished.  I knit this is pieces to see if I could knit a shaped fitted garment in pieces.  I think it worked out well. Facts to Remember:  That I like my hems to be a bit longer by 1-2″.  I should also remember to trust the designer when she says that this number of short rows gives you a _____ cup difference.  I made the cup size smaller than I am.  I should have done the right size because it rides up just a tiny bit and bugs me.  I love this top but with the length and wrong cup size, it won’t get as much wear as I would like out of it. Plus I need to remember to post my FOs sooner.  This is from the Sexy Knitters Club 3rd Quarter and we are just about ready to wrap up our 4th Quarter KAL. Things I loved:  The color and the feel of the yarn.  The yarn is super comfy.  Plus I’m in love with the Cilantro, I can imagine it in some really cool...

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WIP Wednesday – newness

This week has been productive.  I have finished and blocked two items.  As you will notice from the WIPs on the right side, I have finished the secret squirrel project.  At least the knitting of it, I still have to finish the pattern, but its a huge relief off my shoulders. I also finished a Christmas present and have moved onto another present.  I also have been practicing with my photography white box.  I’m getting awesome photos. My most recent cast on is from Rosemary Hill‘s most recent book: Elements of Style.  I noticed that these would be a perfect present for a family member and immediately ordered the book while away over Thanksgiving.  I also knew I had the right yarn in my stash, because I had purchased some Habu Silk Stainless A-21 while in Houston, Texas from Twisted Yarn. I’ve been itching to play with this yarn since I was introduced to it in art school.  I think I prefer knitting with it than I would weaving with the yarn. My other present will be knit with the above yarn.  I love the subtle color.  I’m going to be making Riverstone in the Age 4 size for Dog Boy so that he has room to grow. Way back in April, I asked Dog Boy if he would like me to knit him something and he told me a thweater. When pressed for a color, he simply stated, “light boo.” Hopefully his youthful love of light blue is satisfied. I made sure to get the least purpley skeins of this yarn. I, on the other hand, have not progressed far on my Christmas sweater endevor.  Our KAL deadline for the Sexy Knitters Club is next Wednesday, but I doubt I will be done by then.  As an administrator of that KAL, I know what is planned for the upcoming year and I might be given grace to finish...

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WIP Wednesday – feeling better

Its been a long 2 weeks since I posted last about my WIPs. That week before Thanksgiving, I ran around like a crazy squirrel storing up nuts for the impending doom. Ok well thanksgiving is not doom but great awesomeness with yummy treats. The doom is Black Friday. I really dislike it and try to get all my Christmas shopping done before Black Friday arrives. Well in that crazy squirrel panic, I got myself really really sick. I think I’ve finally kicked the bug in the teeth. It was a nasty nasty sore throat that took my voice and my will to do anything. During this time, I got to meet my new niece Rose, one of my test knitters Erica, and a few malabrigo friends from the Junkie group on ravelry (WannaGarden, SFcorgi, & Kimberli). It was an awesome time even though I was sick and grouchy and Churchable got seriously annoyed at me. I don’t really do well as a sick person without her homeopathic remedies (I’m extremely allergic to most otc medicines). By the time we got back on Saturday night about midnight, I had a killer headache that wouldn’t leave until last night.  Thank goodness it went away because it meant I finally got a chance to work on the secret squirrel project in the bag above.  I’m a bit further and I’m puzzling out how to explain it in the pattern. I’ve been plugging away at my Sexy Knitters Club pattern. I’m in love with this pattern and I can’t wait to wear it. Hopefully its not too hot. I’m worried because Malabrigo sweaters with long sleeve seem to cause me to overheat easily. I guess I could learn to wear dresses and shorts more in the winter so that I can enjoy my sexy knits. Snow White is a fabulous pattern and ysolda has been great with the pattern support plus she reformatted the pattern and now it is delightfully easy to follow. The old pattern made my head spin as I tried to scan it and figure out where I was. Now I can quickly scan and figure out where I am or where another SKC member is and needs...

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FO Friday – Meet Baby Rose

Dude this cheeck is so smooshy like my sweater. Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman Raveled Here Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy in Chinatown Apple edged with Flamingo Pie Needles: Susan Bates Circular  US 6 (4.0mm) Mods: I did the I-cord edging which is recommend in The Opinionated Knitter Things I Love: That my niece looks so cute and that the yarn is a girlie but not too girlie color.  I also I made sure things were machine washable and dryable. Facts to Remember: That not all the buttonholes will be used. Um…… You dressed me and now you want me to what?!?! Hey I fit! Great job Uncle Churchable Pattern: Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket in Sheepsdown by Elizabeth Zimmerman Yarn: Knitpicks Comfy in Coffee Needles: Brittany US 8 DPNs I finish up the frillies right as I meet Baby Rose.  “This blanket will be a touchdown” says Rose. Mods:  Knit with a smaller yarn not doubled.  Plus I added flowers and leaves to take it from a basic blanket to a girl blanket. Facts to Remember:  That my Man rocks since he did all the knitting.  I just helped do the I-cord edging and the crocheted flowers and leaves. Things I Love: How simple and cute this looks. Ooooh camera Go away I want to sleep.  My tummies full. Pattern: Shower’s in an Hour Baby Hat by Ranee Mueller Raveled Here & Here Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Puffin Print in Dotty Pink 2 hats from 1 skein Needles: US 11 for the small and US 13 for the large Mods: None Facts to Remember: How great a little bit of color will go. Things I Love: They fit! They fit! Ok the hat is popping off,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I hope all are doing well. I am recovering from a horrible sore throat that has knocked me out. I was having difficulty breathing and talking. Above is the dinner carnage, the nephews ate minuscule portions but I didn’t expect much more. My favorite dish is one that I sampled Christmas last year and made again for Thanksgiving. It is a sweet potato casserole from Cook’s Illustrated. Its so perfect. I ate most of what is...

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WIP Wednesday – a quick update

I’ve been working hard at my design and I’m almost done.  YEAH!!! Mostly the Secret Squirrel Design Project has been worked on, but ….. The cowl was started because I needed something easy for a dinner party. Snow white was started because I was annoyed after frogging 5 days of work on my Secret Squirrel Project. Now 5 days later I’m back to where I was on Friday, but much...

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FO Friday – A long time coming

These socks have been done and gifted in a swap many many months ago. Eep. Pattern: Jeweled Steps by Cat Bordhi from New Pathways for Sock knitters Book 1 Raveled Here Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Wool Print Colorway: Red Cinnamon – 2 skeins Needles: US 0 (2.0mm) Crystal Palace Bamboo circulars Mods: I reduced the gauge for these socks but other than that it is the pattern.  Cat’s book allows you to take a pattern once you understand the basics and switch it up.  This was my first pattern from this book.  I totally skipped the baby socks. Facts to Remember:  That sometimes there is a gauge that is too tight.  These socks are fine but I maybe should have played with the gauge so that I might not have run out of yarn with such a short cuff.  I also need to remember that pink is a hard color to photograph. Things I Love: That I finally used up these skeins of yarn.  I got them in a swap and was so not sure what to do because they just screamed pink at me.  Lucky me I got a pal that loved pink and pink with about any color.  She was also a great sport and measured her feet with all these weird measurements so that I could learn this technique idea really...

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WIP Wednesday – the unseen kind

I am done with all the projects that you saw last week, but now that means I need to buckle down and work on a commission for a yarn company.  Mums the word till it is released.  I have been knitting away all day and had many false starts and icky ideas but I’m super happy with my current idea. So if you could help me out and cheer me on that would be just peachy.  I’m not really that helpful as you can see above.  I let the lava in Hawaii eat my husband.  I tried to pull him out but now he’s in some deamon dungeon trying to rid the underworld of...

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