Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring

Happy Spring

Here's to brighter days,
fresh flowers
and tea in the garden.
  
By the way, I knit this cute little tea cosy.  
I use it on a tea pot that I turned into a vase for fresh flowers.  

The pattern is the Rosie Posy Tea Cosy
by Loani Prior.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chasing Sophie

Swoon

I've been stalking Sophie Digard for a few years now.  From Paris to Carmel, CA...I'm always on the look out for Sophie. 

 Drool

My latest Sophie "spotting" was in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I love shopping on 4th Street in Berkeley, CA and always "pop in" the "girlie girl" Jest Jewels boutique.  Low and behold behind the Jest Jewels counter there they were...
those gorgeous Sophie Digard scarves!  

Sassy

Sarena from Jest Jewels was a doll!  She understood my admiration for Sophie and let me swoon over the scarves.  And here she is even modeling one for me!  We chatted about knitting and her website Christmas Cancer.  Sarena beat ovarian cancer and is interested in starting a chemo hat program.  Stay tuned for future details.

If you're headed down to 4th Street,
here are a few of my other favorite shops:
The Pasta Shop (carries Mariage Freres teas) 
Sur La Table
Anthroplogie
Castle in the Air
Nest

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Knitter's Year

 The Knitter's Year

Sometimes you just need a quick project.  
Last night The Knitter's Year by Debbie Bliss came to my rescue.  Debbie's book is filled with 52 projects for every week of the year.  The projects are perfect for quick gift knits or seasonal knits for yourself.  And the best part is...all the projects are designed to make in one week or less.  

Striped Baby Hat

So, last night I "whipped out" the adorable Striped Baby Hat in the book.  The pattern is written to knit flat with seaming.  I chose to knit it "in the round" with jogless stripes so it knit up even faster.  It's now one of my favorite baby hat patterns!  

I'm so glad I had The Knitter's Year on my book shelf and highly recommend this book.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Baby, it's Cold Outside

Holiday Gift Set

I love knitting gifts.  I recently gave this holiday gift set to Kaitlin who is a grad student at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Thank goodness it is cold in Reno so she can wear it this winter.  Here in Northern California where I live, temps have been in the 60's and even 70's so my own hand-knits have not even seen the light of day.  

I loved putting this gift set together using Classic Elite's Fresco yarn in color Cinder.  This was my first time knitting with Fresco and I loved knitting with it.  Fresco is a lovely combo of wool, baby alpaca and a bit of angora.  It works up beautifully on the needles and creates such a soft and luxurious knit fabric.

 Climbing Cables Hat

As for the gift set details, I chose Hannah Fettig's Climbing Cables Hat for the hat.  I found and purchased Hannah's PDF pattern on Ravelry.  The pattern is in chart form and is an easy pattern to follow.  You can view my project on Ravelry with my personal notes and height alteration I made to it.

Fresco Lace Cowl

For the cowl, I chose Cecily Glowik's Fresco Lace Cowl .  Kaitlin is very fashionable and I love the style of this cowl which is like an infinity scarf then doubled up into a cowl size.  You can find my personal notes for it on Ravelry.  Kaitlin loved it and said "it's perfect to wear on cold mornings around campus". 

I highly recommend both patterns and thank both designers for their beautiful designs.  I look forward to knitting a set like this for me....
maybe to wear next winter!


(Baby, it's cold outside gift tag by Knitterella.)

Monday, December 16, 2013

'tis the Season...

for faux-fur!

 Lavish Collar
by Anthropologie


Faux-fur accessories are the definite fashion trend
this holiday season!  

While doing a little late-night window shopping, 
 I spotted Anthropologie's Lavish Collar.  It comes in five colors and can be yours for $68.00. 

Vera by Louisa Harding

If  you're a knitter and looking for a little winter glam...
why not knit your own faux-fur collar?  

You can knit Louisa Harding's Vera collar in just one ball of her new Luzia yarn.  Luzia is available in 10 colors and retails for $28.99.  That means you can knit your own faux-fur collar for less than half of the Anthro collar!  And, there's even enough time left to "whip" one out for a last minute Christmas gift!


(Vera photo credit:  Louisa Harding Luzia book, photo credit:  Stephen Jessup.)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Catching up!

 Charm Gloves

Did you join the Louisa Harding Charm glove knit-along?  I've been busy the past few days playing  "catch up" to everyone else's progress in the knit-along.  This has been a busy month for me since I've been in the middle of moving and demoing a kitchen.  

Stockinette & Lace

I'm on track now though to get my gloves finished by the knit-along's June 30th deadline.  Once you get the Charm gloves on your needles you can probably knit them up in just a few days.  The cable cuff section takes a bit of concentrating but then the lace and stockinette section knits up really fast.  I'm knitting these gloves for a Christmas gift and the best part about a knit-along is that you are encouraged to finish your project within a specified time frame.  Perfect for me, a flitter knitter!

I highly recommend this project from Louisa's Three Graces book.  There's just over a week left to complete the gloves during the knit-along....so if you hurry I bet you could get a pair finished, too!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Louisa Harding Book Giveaway Winners!

Three Graces

Drum roll please...
I am pleased to announce the three "lucky" knitters who will each receive a copy of Louisa Harding's "Three Graces"  pattern book thanks to Knitting Fever!

Here are the Three Graces book winners' comments on which Louisa Harding yarn they would love to knit Louisa's Charm gloves in:

Raveler jls123 "I would knit the gloves in colorway royal blue (#17) Grace Silk and Wool. It is such a deep and saturated color and would be perfect!"

Raveler kcmomof2:   "I would want to knit it in Willow!  Such a light airy color and look."

Linda said: I love pink and the gloves would look beautiful in a nice girlie pink!"  

I will contact the winners I can via Ravlery and winner Linda please contact me.

Whether you won a book or not, I hope you'll join the Charm Knit-Along from the Three Graces book and knit along with us.  As for the knit-along, Louisa herself would love to join us.   She told me:  "I’m looking forward to seeing all the Charm mittens in the KAL, I’m almost tempted to join in only I am still knitting for the fall/winter collections……and we have more photography this week!"


(Photo used with permission.  Photo credit:  Stephen Jessup.)