Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Why: because I like them

What: A bright green Beetle
Where: On my afternoon walk with Dodger
When: Last week

What: Dodger sleeping after destroying a new chew toy
Where: On the couch
When: January 2007

What: Me wearing Paul's big ole sunglasses
Where: The bathroom, naturally
When: When he left them at my place last week

What: A china doll that my mom sewed a jacket for
Where: I think around Columbia, Tennessee
When: In the last few months

What: Reflections at the hair salon
Where: Rivergate Mall
When: January 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Anna's pillowcase

This is one of my presents for Anna's high school graduation.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Dodge

It's come to my attention that I haven't had a photo of Dodger on here lately. Soooo, obligatory Dodger shot! He's happy and healthy and wants his tummy rubbed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Leslie's pillowcase

This is the lavender pillowcase I sent to my best friend, Leslie! The banner on the one side says "beauty sleep." These patterns are from Jenny Hart's Stitch-it Kit.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Did you know?

Did you know? Jennifer blogged about me and my favorite album, and said a bunch of nice stuff about me too.

Did you know? I put a picture of the current book I'm reading on the right side of my blog. It's under the weather pixie, who shows the current weather in Nashville.

Did you know, Nashvillians? I'm looking for a new place to live, starting August 1. So if you know of a rental property or potential roommate, please let me know!

Did you know? This gimmick gets old the fourth time.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Secret stitching

I've got two secret gift embroidering projects in the works. Here's the thread aftermath. Finished pics to come soon.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sewing games

With the help of my mom, I'm trying my hand at designing a sewing pattern for a small toy. The ultimate goal is to make two or three toy patterns and sell them on Etsy. It's a game of trial and error at the moment!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Picking up stitches: how to

Long ago I had an unfortunate run-in with picked-up stitches. It resulted in the ugliest thing I think I've ever knit. It was a poncho and I used boucle yarn that you really couldn't tink back, because it was too textured and stuck to itself. I was almost done, and then I picked up stitches for the collar, which was supposed to lay flat. I picked up more stitches than the pattern called for, but thought "Oh, well, that's OK." The result was a hideous ruffle at the collar. I threw the poncho over my head, looked in the mirror, and knew instantly I was never gonna wear this thing. It reminded me of some horrible Minnie Pearl-inspired muumuu poncho. Ug-ly.

Now I'm much more exacting about picking up stitches. I know if I pick up too many, I may have ruffles where ruffles should not be. The Lotus Blossom Tank called for picked-up stitches around the armholes and neckhole. It took me a few tries to figure out how to pick up the right number. Perhaps you've figured this all out, but I'm going to tell you how I did it because I figure it may elude someone else too!

For the armhole: pick up 96 stitches. You can't pick up a stitch for each of the stitches present--that's too many. But how do you pick up the right number of stitches all the way around?

First, I measured the length of the armhole: 20 inches. Ninety-six divided by twenty is 4.8. Almost 5 stitches per inch. I measured every two inches and placed a safety pin (see photo). Then I picked up ten stitches every increment, making sure to stop at 96. It worked! I got the right number of stitches around the armholes and neckhole.

PS--Log cabin knitting's great because as you turn the piece to make a new strip, you do pick up a stitch for every stitch present--ahhh, intuitive.


Ah, wonderful garter stitch! This is my first log cabin project.