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Archive for May, 2008

I finally got my hat pattern knitted, photographed, and on my website. The pattern is crazy simple and really easy to make so I hope you guys like it. It’s knit in the round in an easy lace st from the top down ending with a 2×2 rib.

It only takes one skein of Tilli Tomas embellished yarn, so it’s not expensive to make. You spend less on making it than you would buying one of those designer hats. It’s knitted out of Tilli Tomas Disco Lights. The yarn is perfect for this hat. Pliable enough to be positioned whatever way you want it but still has enough drape to fall beautifully. The sequins add depth and a little bit of flare to make it classic. And Disco Lights comes in great colors.

This pattern is available for download on my website

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Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers

Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers

Nicky’s book is very lovely. Not only are her crocheted flowers brilliantly designed and made, but the book itself is lovely. Its bright colors and sweet swirling motifs are enough to make even someone who doesn’t know how to crochet want to look at it.

The projects in this book can be made with only a small amount of difficulty. My favorites are the Pansies. They look so real. Some of the flowers are soft and feminine while others are bold and artsy. She has flowers with layered petals that range from Poppies and roses to classy holiday flowers embellished with beads and crystals. She also has felted flowers, twisted technique flowers, and chain stitch flowers.

The garments are a little bit off-beat but the main focus of the book are the flowers with the garments as a back ground, so over all, this is a really good book. With over 50 different types of crocheted flowers, I would recommend it to any one who wants to crochet something small but versatile and stylish, or an accessory for any occasion.

Book specs: 146 pages, published by Sixth & Spring Books in 2007

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I bought two foam heads to pin my Fascinators to when I’m working on them. These heads look like aliens. They have strange eyes and the shape of them is like something out of Independence day. Sometimes when I work with them I’m expecting Will Smith to come out of nowhere and take them away to be picked at by the creepy doctor. I’ve thought about painting them to make them a little prettier but I get the feeling that it would only make them stranger. Actually, they look more like the zombies in I am legend than the aliens. But the concept still applies… Will Smith is the hero… and the heads look weird.

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Submitions to mags

Whew. I finally got my submission sent to Knitscene’s Winter ’08/Spring ’09 issue. So glad to get that out of the way. All I’ve been doing for the past week is sending a ton of submissions to magazines. I still have a few to go. I’m hanging on to my sanity by a very thin thread. On top of the mag submissions I am playing the roll of a zoo keeper (not really but that’s what it feels like) taking care of my dog, by mom’s cats, and the new kittens that my brother’s cat just had. I have to keep them from tearing up everything in the house (this is a rather difficult task because they seem hell-bent on destroying everything in my studio).

Mother of monkeys! There aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m kidding (well partially kidding) it’s not that bad. But things have been pretty wild.

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Sock Trouble

My mom was working on knitting a sock (that I designed) this morning and was having more than a little difficulty in making it work (she is trying a new stitch). She was using some of her favorite expletives to express her frustration. I offered to help her and though she tried to explain what was wrong with the sock I didn’t really understand what she talking about because she was still… vexed. I offered to help her later. So later I was working on my computer and she was working on the sock again and she asked me what she was doing wrong and explained to me what it was she was trying to do. I finally figured out what it was she was doing and told her what she was supposed to be doing. The problem was one of those things that are really simple but kind of hard to manage at first. She then did what a lot of knitters do when they are helped by someone with their knitting, she got mad at ME! Me the one who helped her figure it out! Her reason was that I should have helped her earlier. Of course, she wasn’t really mad at me. She can never be mad at me for more than a few seconds: )

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I was just sitting here waiting for my little computer to load at an incredibly slow pace, and rolling a poem by Longfellow around in my head. My brother told it to me yesterday, and though I can’t remember it completely I think that it is very true and amazingly well written. Anyway, I was sitting there waiting for my computer to load, thinking of Longfellow, and I watched my dog sleep. And it occurred to me that she looks like a very old very cranky lady. I was half expecting her to lift a little eye glass to her eye and look down her nose at me. She is laying there with one ear tilting to the side and her eye brows furrowed like Colin Farrel looking as though she is thinking deeply about matters of great importance and I felt as though I were disturbing her intense reverie by pushing her off of my knitting bag. I would have felt bad about doing so had she not looked so funny with her face all rumpled. I was waiting for her to sit up and say, “How rude”. She is very talented when it comes to using those big sad Spaniel eyes to get what she wants and making you feel bad when you don’t give her what she wants. I am convinced that she practices when no one is watching.

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