Saturday, September 30, 2006


A few weeks ago I was SOOO close to finishing the Clapotis, my drop-stitch scarf/shawl, but ran out of yarn near the end. Of course, the one color I need was out of stock at Knit Picks. It finally arrived today and I sat right down to finish. It's now damp, blocked, and laid out on the bed to dry (it's long, I couldn't fit it on my kitchen counter). There are certainly flaws, but nothing that really matters since A) it is meant to roll up and curl and B) it's just a scarf, jeez!


Made with a little more than 3 skeins of Knitpicks Memories 100% Merino wool, fingering-weight, in Geranium.

The soap I made last night had some interesting changes overnight. The copper color is really coming out nicely, though the top swelled and bulged in a few areas, adding an odd texture to the top. That shouldn't really matter. I think it must have gotten extra warm, perhaps from adding so much mica?

BTW, several people asked if I sell my soap. I do, I have a little shop on Check it out if you'd like, Soap Crush (and there are also tons of other neat crafty items for sale on that site, I know where I'll be looking for Christmas gift buying).

Oakmoss, Rosewood, Cedarwood, mica swirl:

Oatmeal Cookie (Oatmeal, Milk and Honey with ground almonds and topped with steel-cut oats)

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Swing Coat -- FINISHED!

I actually finished this a few weeks ago out at the cabin. Ran it through the washer & dryer and it looks lovely. It needs a button for the front and then it's ready to give to the niece. Yay!

KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Crocus

Monday, July 24, 2006

Morgan's Girlfriend Swing Coat - WIP

I don't bother posting my works in progess all the time but I'm pleased that this one is coming along pretty well so I took some photos last night. This is the Girlfriend Swing Coat I'm making for my niece, Morgan. The color isn't quite true here, it's called "Orchid" (Knitpicks Shine Worsted) and has a pinky-lavender tone. So I'm well on the way to having one sleeve done, and after the sleeves, I'll be adding a shawl collar to it and maybe adding a trim to the front so it doesn't curl so much:



I was irritated when I started the sleeves--they're only 50 stitches around so using 4 bamboo dpns was painfully slow. So, I read up and learned how to use two circulars instead and now it's going much faster. I hope the sweater is big enough for the kid by the time I finish. I asked Shan about Morgan's size but it's hard to say if this will be too big or small. If it's too small, then my friend Lara's 2 year old Ila will get this instead :) It's too girlish to give to Finn.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Warshrags, favorite clothes, and pirates

I made my first Mason-Dixon warshrag--and of course, I'm hooked, I think this will be the ultimate travel project because it's not too complicated, yet has some changes tokeep things interesting. I'm working on warshrag #2 in the reverse of these two colors:

I copied one of my all-time favorite tops, one that I've had for years, worn to death (multiple repairs on the shoulder seams, and now bleachy-fadey spots) by laying tracing paper on the blouse and tracing it. I'm wearing the finished copy today and am so damn proud of myself, because it fits and feels the same, only new!
(old on the left, new on the right)

And then, because I need new summer clothes, I took a big ol' men's tank top that Dan had, and hacked it into a cute little halter top. The whole thing took probably half an hour to do. It's quite tight but I think that's how it has to be since I can't wear a bra with this thing :)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Skinny scarf

Made with a ball of Crystal Palace Mikado Ribbon, color 7300B.

I bought two little balls of this yarn from a closeout sale, for a dollar a piece. Unfortunately I didn't think too much about whether I could actually make something with it! So I made a skinny scarf in a loose garter stitch (using size 13 needles to keep it airy and floppy) and am very pleased! I wore it today to work and felt pretty--all knit up, the shiny parts of the ribbon really stand out. With the second ball I'm attempting a lightweight skull cap, though we'll have to see how that goes since I'm making it up as I go.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Pedicure Socks

My first socks! Well, one of them, at least, I'm working on sock #2 right now.

These are the pedicure socks from the spring issue of Knitty, using Knitpicks "Wool of the Andes" in Stream. I love, love, love the color. The socks, I would make some changes to next time around but I learned alot, including the wonderful magic of "turning the heel" and seeing a 3D curved shape just start to appear in my hands! But, they're kind of big, especially in the heel. And I should have made the foot part longer so the band is closer to the base of my toes. They're kind of "ankle warmers."

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Older photos

I did some other sewing that I never really posted about. These were done in February.

Burda World of Fashion issue 1/2006 velour yoga pants:

Tablet T-shirt yoga shorts (Jalie 2445):

Burda 8607 capri pants in denim from (I think)