Thursday, March 30, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Pattern: Soleil from Knitty
Designer: Alexandra Virgiel
Yarn: Sinfonia Sportweight - 100% mercerized cotton
Needles: US Size 6 (4.00 mm) 29" Circular
Hook: Size D/3.25 mm
Start Date: March 10, 2006
End Date: March 24, 2006
Worked an extra 8 rows of the lace chart on the lower body for additional length. Added more waist shaping and a couple of more decreases on the armholes.
However, it wasn't a total waste of money, there is a pattern for the Michael Kors whipstitched tunic that I have been oogling since I saw the advertisement in the March issue of Vogue. Talk about love at first sight. I envisioned myself wearing this over a pair of cool, crisp white linen shorts with a totally fabulous pair of wedge sandals (yes, I am a shoe whore). This dream almost turned into a nightmare when I saw the suggested yarn: Classic Elite's "Posh"! Sorry, can't offer up a car payment for this tunic, no matter how much I love it. But all may not be lost, did a little searching around, found a couple of subs courtesy of Berroco (Cotton Twist and Touche'). The hardest thing of all was finding a suitable substitute in bright orange.
Friday, March 24, 2006
BTW, as soon as Soleil is done, I'll post pix of me wearing it.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Submitting crochet patterns
A couple of months ago, I was reading Vickie Howell's blog and she was requesting patterns for a new book of hers entitled "Catwalk Crochet". She and her publisher are only willing to pay $75 - $100 per design. Ok, two months later she has extended the deadline for submission for three more weeks to April 4th. It appears that she has been inundated with crocheted accessories and possible fugwear crochet. She said that she is looking for "high-fashion" designs comparable to Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Stella McCartney, etc... I know I could produce something along these lines, but do I really want to make the investment on the yarn and TIME for at the most 100 bucks just to say I have a published design? Hell-to-the-no!
Back to knitting
The Soleil is coming along nicely. I've just entered the world on endless stockinette, this is always the part that I hate.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
It is "unseasonably" warm weather here in B'ham (81 degrees!). I'm talking tank top and shorts kinda weather! It is absolutely beautiful today... all the windows are open and the smell of spring is in the air along with the pollen (unfortunately) which has blanketed my black vehicle (ugh). I was flipping through my binder of patterns and ran across this cute little tank and thought "Why not?", this should be the quick fix I need to pull me out of my fiber slump and to get my needles moving again. And I get to use my pretty new yellow yarn. Also, I get a quick intro into lace knitting.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Have any of you guys seen the preview patterns from here:
I think there may potentially be some decent projects in here. Usually I'm pretty happy when Interweave puts out a crochet edition. Here a few projects that caught my attention:
Two very cute dresses! The dress on the left could possibly have some potential. I envision it with a pair of espadrilles or gladiator sandals. The one on the right is a tank type dress entitled Joie de Vivre (Joy of living). From this small pic it looks cute. I'd probably lengthen it to right above the knee and add some increases to give it a slight a-line.
Now this, I already don't like, even before the magazine can hit the newsstands! What's the prerequisite for this one, an honorary membership in the "Itty Bitty Titty Committee"? I don't think I'm going to risk the 'girls' falling out all over the place or just looking plain nasty!
These are kinda cute. Can you have enough cardis to wear over tanks and sundresses?
I really want to see the full pics on this. It's a crochet/knit combo... it even has cables!
This I really like. It's a hairpin lace skirt by Jennifer Hansen. I haven't done this technique before but I'm always down for learning a new skill.
Berroco #246 Crochet
While shopping at my LYS, the lovely Jamie showed me this one. I wasn't completely blown away, but for a mere $6.00 bucks and the fact that Jamie always winds my hanks for free, I bought it.
There is this hat pattern
that I like.
And this halter that I also like.
Tahki Stacy Charles - 2006 Crochet Patterns
Haven't bought this one yet, still debating. Not a lot in there that I would consider unique. Who knows, I may be in a good mood one day, because shopping for yarn always makes me feel euphoric, I just may spring for it.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Now, before I can finish that one I've already cast on for the next project. Well, why not? Everybody else in blogland and beyond has done it or plan on doing! Why NOT me?!?! You guessed it, it's the Apricot Jacket!
Ok... I decided to shell out the dough for a set of Addi-Turbos because you guys say that they are where it's at for speedy knitting. Well, I'm all about that... I need all the help I can with as many projects as I have in queue. They were $14.95! They better be worth it!
Now you know I just couldn't go to the LYS just for needles! But I was such a good girl, my husband will be proud, I only purchased one skein of yarn for the corset belt in SNB: The Happy Hooker.
I can tell you right now, there will definitely be some alterations done to this belt. Oh hell, by the time I get through with it, I might be an all together new belt! LOL. I agree with Bron on this one, ruffles just ain't for every
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Have you ever seen 6 - 8 year old girls play basketball? If you haven't, you are missing a treat! It is a sight to behold. Well, nevertheless, we finished this season as CHAMPIONS for our division. It was a great game (25 - 21). Miss Mikaela scored 4 points (yeah), and played excellent defense.
Back to knitting & crocheting:
Thank goodness for E! and the all-day red carpet coverage of OSCAR®. I plan on staying put in front of the boobtube and working on my projects.
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