Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Mason-Dixon Knitting

I was recently reading Yarn Harlot's blog and came across her review of the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. I'll admit that I'd heard of the book and was not thinking of buying it, but YH was so excited about the book that it piqued my curiosity. So I looked online and got more interested, then I went to B&N and next thing I know ... bells were ringing.. fireworks were going of, and I was in L.O.V.E.

Now you have to understand, I'm not into the kitschy/country scene, but I want to make practically everything in this book and am inspired to try many other projects that it has sparked in my creative little mind. I whipped out a dishcloth, yes me - with dishcloth cotton - who'd guessed - on Sunday evening (will post pic tomorrow) and today started on the baby kimono. I've been searching the web for the double worsted weight peaches and creame to make a bathmat for the boys bathroom. This is so unlike me, I'm a complete fiber snob, but I'm dreaming of Walmart $ cotton yarn.

The blankets are amazing in this book and fortunately I can use some nicer yarn like Elisabeth Lavold's Silky Wool (love that yarn). I'm also eager to decorate little princesses denim jacket with edging.

If you haven't looked at this book - go buy it. It really gets the creative knitting juices going.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pigs will fly...

Finally, an update! It's not that I was being lazy or anything. In fact, my nimble little fingers have been very busy - knitting up a storm, well, at least a breeze. I even have a piccie or two, no thanks to the camera and docking station that decided to flip out on me and are now recuperating at Best Buy Hospital. In the mean time, here's the latest.

I finished knitting the throw for the living room. I used Plymouth Bulky Baby Alpaca in a pumpkin color and used a stitch pattern from a scarf (Sheep in the city) designed. It looks perfect with the color scheme in the room and the pattern on the pillows. I'm quite chuffed with myself at this point. Although I do need to weave in the last couple of ends.

Here's another pic showing the pretty pattern on the throw and a sock I started. Mmmm. Apparently I'm a pumpkin fan. I picked up the sock yarn last weekend when we went to Appleton for hubby to buy some more chrome toys for his hummer (I swear he treats it more like a Barbie than a car). The yarn was purchased at Yarns By Design where I will be attending a class at the end of month with none other than ....... are you ready for it ...... Meg Swansen. The pattern for the sock is a Schaeffer pattern with a slip stitch. It's mindless knitting, perfect for reading a new book with, such as Mason Dixon Knitting. This book is hilarious. I love the way these gals think. It makes you want to call up your best knitting buddy and laugh about yarn together.