Saturday, September 27, 2008

Catching Up

I have been spanked for not blogging but I have to admit that I have had alot going on that I am not particularly happy about. The big engagement that I had just did not work out so I have moved back to Chicago. I am happy to be home. I have missed the big city and all its culture for the past four years.

The west coast is beautiful but I guess I am a midwestern girl through and through.

Of course the first thing I look for in coming home were yarn and fabric shops. There are plenty of great fabric shops all over the place. I am especiall excited about Vogue Fabrics. There are plenty of yarn shops but I will miss Knit Purl. It was a great place to work for the short time that I was there. I will be doing alot of online ordering from there for sure.

Ok. Well I will def have more to post as I get situated at home. More projecs, more life, mo betta!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

All I can think of is that i get to wear some of the items I had been working on all summer. Scarves, hats and shawls can now surface and a new excuse to make a heavy sweater is on its way. Oh, the changing of the leaves are nice too I guess.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Projects

Well I have finally found the scarf pattern I want to use for the beautiful Malabrigo Oceanos laceweight I received from Chimom on Ravelry. I have started on the Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. I have completed one complete cycle of the pattern and it almost looks like it should. I am cutting myself some slack since this is my first lace. I am learning alot and that's all that matters. I am actually a knitter that almost likes mistakes in my work because they are mine. As I gain experience I am sure this will change.

I ran by the library a few days ago as I wanted to find a new knitting book to drool over. I picked up KnitKnit by Sabrina Gschwandtner. I fell in love with the Missing Piece Hobo Bag designed by Norah Gaughan. I then remembered that I had just seen that name on the shelf and found a copy of Knitting Nature.

As I read through Nora's book it made perfect sense that I was drawn to her. The book was borne from an idea to merge nature/science and knitting. She has patterns based on fractals, octagons, heaxagons and phyllotaxis. All found in nature. The patterns are just hot along with the back story. I have read it from cover to cover and now must have a copy of my own because there are about 10 patterns in the book I want to try.