Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
You've seen it as a swatch, and now it's almost all grown up -- just a cap sleeve and lower border to go!
This is the project that went with me on vacation, and I'm hoping some of the happy 'fun in the sun' vibe has carried over into the design. More later...
Monday, March 17, 2008
- If seas are rough and you feel a bit "delicate", perhaps the dining room -- with its panoramic views of those aforementioned waves and its sometimes exotic food aromas -- is not quite the place to be.
- Ah, I see you've ventured out regardless, and now that "delicate" feeling is full blown (pun intended) nausea and you are disgorging your previous meal into several cloth napkins. (Let us pause here and pray that the ship's laundry has strong detergent and plenty of hot water. Amen.) Of course, anyone could be caught unaware -- well, perhaps not completely unaware, as you spent 15 minutes or so telling your companions that you felt ill...but I digress. Perhaps now is a good time to return to your cabin and apply a cold compress to your forehead?
- No, apparently you wish to remain in the dining room. Yes, it was a very unpleasant experience (for all of us, in fact). May I suggest that we don't need a moment-by-moment recap of the event though? We were, after all, sitting right there as it happened.
- Oh, what supportive friends you have -- now they're sharing just how "delicate" they feel too! Someone mentions they have heard that bananas will settle an upset tummy. They're not quite sure where they heard that, but hey, it might work. Let's go get bananas! Wait, wait, maybe it was apples? So, a helpful friend brings back a large bowl filled with bananas, apples and oranges (oranges?????) Oh, and let's throw in a few rolls of bread for luck. All this for a lady who has just been ill into multiple napkins.
- I fear my advice has been too subtle: STOP EATING AND LEAVE THE DINING ROOM!
There, I feel so much better, and I think (just perhaps) soon you will too.
This has been a public service announcement from everyone sitting within ten feet of you, dear lady.
Some of you might assume that I have exaggerated for comic effect -- alas, it is all too true.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I'm always amazed that some stitchers don't like to swatch -- for me it's the fun part of the project, in addition to being a fantastic time saver. So much better to spend 15 minutes finding out you really hate working a particular stitch pattern instead of taking all that time with a project that isn't giving you any happiness in the execution. But, to each her/his own, and here's a few I have been working on lately.
This simple square motif is from a Brazilian site (can't get a working link, the address is www.pingouin.com.br/receitas/receitas1.php), it's from issue #17 Colete Ventura. Instructions are in Portuguese (nope, don't speak it) but are also charted, and I do speak Symbolcraft. It's made in Rowan Handknit Cotton, which I am trying for the first time. The swatch is quite firm, which tells me I could most likely go up a hook size, although for that particular garment I may want firmer motifs.
Next we have two random motifs from a Japanese crochet stitch compendium --
They're done in Italy Baby from Plymouth Yarn Company -- 100% cotton, 178 m./50g. I like both of them, but they may turn out to be too large for a project I have in mind.
I like the design, but the yarn is too heavy for the hook size I used. It's also on the large size to use in a garment -- try again!
This time I went with an allover pattern from a different Japanese stitch dictionary:
Also in Rowan Handknit Cotton, but this time the yarn/hook/stitch all work together for me. I have a feeling that this may turn into a sweet little spring topper in the not too distant future -- where's my pencil and paper? -- it's time for some pattern math!