Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Here's the handsome fella I've been dating, Paul. He doesn't like to smile for pictures. Tough guy, huh? But I caught him sort of smiling!
Here he's wearing his new hat, handknit by me with a heavy dose of apprehension. For you see, I wasn't following a pattern and I had to swatch and figure out gauge, and I was really, really worried it wouldn't be just right. Lucky you, I wrote it down:
Paul’s stocking hat
Description: Ribbed stocking cap to fit head 22-23 inches diameter, bottom folds up for extra ear warmth.
Materials: 2 balls Knit Picks Sierra (70% wool, 30% alpaca), size 10 sixteen-inch circular needle, size 10 DPNs
CO 92 with cable cast on. Place marker at beginning of row.
Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Repeat for 44 rows, or until hat measures 9 ¾ inches.
Crown shaping: I followed directions from Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller (pp. 162-63).
“Row 1: *K2tog, p2; rep from * to end . . .
Row 2: *K2tog, p1; rep from * to end . . .
Row 3: *K1, p1; rep from * to end . . .
Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * to end . . .
[switch to DPNs]
Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * to end . . .
Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * to end . . .”
Break yarn, weave through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends.
He really liked the hat and thought it was truly wonderful. Paul doesn't understand the knitting obession, but thinks everything I make is beautiful and amazing, so he definitely gets a nice hat! (Final craft note: Paul's wearing a crocheted scarf, which I did not make.)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin, et al.
Amy Butler's in Stitches: More than 25 Stylish Sewing Projects by Amy Butler
New Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest Editors
The Pleasures of Knitting: Timeless Feminine Sweaters by Ann McCauley
Stitch-It Kit by Jenny Hart
Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume One by Trisha Malcolm
I'll leave out some Pumpkin Spice donuts and a glass of milk. XOXO, Sarah
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I'm waiting for a yarn mail order, and until then, I will be curled up with a good library book, taking a little break. Anybody else get this way with the season change?
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Here are the arms and legs of Archie, a very cute Wee Wonderfuls doll. I have cool astronaut-print flannel, so I had to make a boy! Rather than just an astronaut shirt, I'm going to do a full outfit of the same fabric and make it look like PJs. Instead of having shoes, my Archie will be barefooted.
Dodger scouting the neighborhood.