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August, 2011

  1. Knitting books a review of sorts

    August 24, 2011 by enid

    When you have to many patterns in the queue and even more projects in the works. I say get some more books, and that is exactly what I did. I have added 3 new written editions to my library stash. The first was A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker. Okay so that isn’t a new book, but it’s new to me and I’ve been itching to get it. So many wonderful pattern phrases to look at. Simple knit purl combinations, to ribbing, slip stitch patterns, cables, and lace, and oh so much more. I’m so green when it comes to pattern designs, or garment designs, but I see this is going to aide in my attempts to create some of my own pieces. I’m a little excited at the idea of creating some of my own patterns some day.

    Which just so happens to lead me into the second book on the shelf and that is. Custom Knits: Unleash your inner designer with top-down and improvisational techniques written by Wendy Bernard.  Again the book is not new new, it was printed in 2008 but it’s new to me darn it. First time I’d seen it on the shelf even. I was at Border’s the other day trolling around to see if there was anything that would peak my interest and be kind to my pocket book as well. With Border’s going out of business sale lots of things were between 40-60% off, with that said I just had to take a peek at the knitting books to see what was there. Most of it gone, I’m happy to report, which means there are a lot of knitters out there, or wanna be knitters. The more the merrier. So this book caught my attention because it seems to me my path is following this direction, I’m an aspiring designer and haven’t the foggiest idea where to begin. This seemed like a good start.  She starts off with the basics, how to measure yourself, and even how to make a replica form of yourself or a friend using duct tape and an old tshirt. I thought that was ingenious.  Loved just about everyone of the patterns in the books they look so simple and elegant, and they she explains how to make these patterns your own, because let’s face it we aren’t all shaped like the pretty models in the book. Well I speak for myself. 🙂

    Finally the magazine that most of us I’m sure jumped at the chance to purchase for a whole whopping TEN cents. Interweaves Knits Accessories Special Issue 2009 PDF version woop woop! I wonder what the final tally was on their end. How many downloads? I’m thinking I have this in physical form but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that I have it in PDF for my beloved ipad. I started going paperless, when it came to my works in progress, Usually I would photocopy my pattern, and then I’d write on that photocopy, like notes, corrections, and last row worked with a date so would know where I left off.  But then I started creating my own pdfs and useing apps like goodreader or ibooks, or evernote and then keep notes of the pattern on notepad. My darling husband gave me an IPad for my birthday and my eyes thank me for not torturing them with another teeny tiny pattern ever again.

    Well this has become quite a long winded blog, and I’m not sure if it helped any but I think I’m going to do some app reviews in an upcoming post. Good night and Happy Knitting. 🙂

  2. Crochet: Belly Dance Hip Scarves II

    August 14, 2011 by enid

    Just a little update. Since I haven’t done much blogging in the last few days. I while I ago I posted a blog on the my love for Belly Dance and my need to have a some extra hip scarves. Crochet:Belly Dance Hip Scarves.

    Ever since I started the working on the purple hip scarf, I have never been completely satisfied. So I did it. I frogged it. I was rip-ppeting stitches and pulling out beads, for quite sometime. With my husband’s grandmother happily rolling my string back up. I have really cool in-laws, but that’s another topic on another blog-sphere.

    And I found it, just the right look I was looking for for that hip scarf and it’s a KNITTED Pattern. HOORAY! :

    Belmondo Shawl <<<click there if you want to see it. 🙂 Psst. It’s a free pattern as well. It’s a such a blessing in so many ways. I think I might even finish this one much quicker.

    I am so excited. So I’m off to put the kids to bed and do a little knitting.


  3. Oh the yarn stash

    August 12, 2011 by enid

    Where the heck are my 6’s?!?!

    And so it began the search for my size six metal KnitPicks interchangeable needles. I had no idea, where they could be; in a project bag, in my little carry all, in use on a project. So the bags began to pile on my bed. I couldn’t believe that such a little question could cause so much chaos. I know most knitters have multiple projects going on, but do you really take inventory or do you go with the flow? I’m more the go with the flow gal. It was like opening up a can of worms. But thanks to the large space save bags, I managed to get control of the situation. I emptied the bag out, found the project in progress (AKA: UFO’s unfinised objects), put those aside, took the yarn and grouped them all together, arranged them nicely in that big ole see through bag and presto change-O. I have a little organization. Did I take inventory completely on what I have going and what needs to get started. No way are you kidding me. I did say I was a go with a flow chic. But I can say this I need to get my butt into gear and start cranking on those projects. I did however catch up on Ravelry and entered my current projects in the works. I lurv Ravelry. Soon when I get the hang of this WordPress business, I’m going to put up a widget of my project’s progress. I have that on a previous blog, but that blog isn’t wordpress.

    Back to the question that started the small chaos, I found them in a baggy that had a lace project i was working on and decided I didn’t like. Now I’m going to get crankin’ I will have some pictures for you next time I blog. Good night.

    And for a little pattern, eyecandy I found this blog through Ravelry of course. Lachesis and Co.

  4. How-to: Swiftless ball winding tutorial

    August 8, 2011 by enid

    There was one point in my life that I didn’t have a swift. We could say BS (before swift) but to avoid confusion with the other BS. We’ll just skip all that and I will continue with my story. My mom came to visit me a few years back, and brought with her at that time some very colorful lace weight yarn to do some crewel embroidery.  She had several hanks of this stuff and all I had was one ball winder. So we came up with a way to avoid having to hold on to every single hanks.

    So we came up with this. click on the link below and let me know what you think. Have a great night.


  5. Crochet: Belly Dance Hip Scarves.

    August 2, 2011 by enid

    I know I said I had some tutorials coming but I have to post this first because I just had a great weekend. I just have to talk about it.

    This weekend. I went to three shows, starting Friday and ending on Sunday. Give Belly Dance a Chance. A great show featuring some wonderfully talented and inspiring women. Which brings me to my other hobby. I love to belly dance. I have been taking classes for about a year now. The little crafter/knitter/crocheter inside me I started planning how I was doing to make my own skirt. So here are two of the crochet projects I am working on. If you are interested in the patterns, please let me know and I will post something to make available to you all.


    The top one is a purple hip scarf, and I’m adding beads randomly through out the scarf, the bottom picture is a black hip scarf that I made first finished with some tassels and then attaching the large paillettes and beads. I couldn’t find coins easily so I settle for the paillettes, they won’t make any noise but will sparkle nonetheless.

    I looked everywhere for a pattern for something like this but could not really find anything. So this is the best I could come up with. I think when they are done. I they will be awesome. :0

    I get to go to the beach this week so I will be taking my purple hip scarf project with me and work on it. I can’t wait to make progress on that.