Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Louisa Harding Baby Hat with Ribbon Bow
I'm calling my LYS today to reserve this book. I need to knit a baby hat for my husband's co-worker's baby-to-be. I can't wait to knit Louisa's new hat pattern and embellish it with a sweet little ribbon bow!
Think of all the design possibilities one can do now..personalizing and embellishing knits with ribbon!
Baby hats are just adorable! I love making them for precious little babies. They are my kind of knitting project, too...quick and easy!
Sometimes I think I spend more time on Ravelry (the online knitting site) than actually knitting. Thanks to Ravelry though I find inspiration and great finished projects to look at. My knitting friend Sara at Knitique is a new grandmother and makes the cutest baby hats for her little Maddie. Seeing her projects on Ravelry has helped me find some adorable baby hat patterns.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite baby hat books with you. All my favorite books are written by very talented knitwear designers who all just happen to be young mother's themselves!
All my hats are modeled on my vintage 1960's Madame Alexander doll. I am so glad I saved her since she makes a great baby hat model. My friend Sheila even asked me recently if I loan her out for photo shoots!
All my hats have been knit in easy care Cascade's Cotton Club.
The hat above is the Frilly Hat from Baby Beanies by Amanda Keeys (mskeeys on Ravelry). The original hat shows it with a button. I chose to knit a flower embellishment from her other pattern, Sweet Spring. The book has 29 adorable hat patterns for babies and toddlers along with the cutest photography!
I love Amanda's story. She lives in Australia and is a self-taught knitter. She is a professional childrens's photographer and young mother of four with number five on the way. She loves using cute knitted hats in her photo shoots. Since she was having trouble finding hats she started designing and knitting her own hats. I love that!
Check out her incredible blog Fall into Blue...for the most adorable children's photography...along with the most charming knit hats!
I love roses so I naturally fell in love with the Rosebud pattern by Susan Anderson. Rather than knit the leaves, I chose to recycle and felt a green wool thrift store sweater for my leaves. I cut the felted wool into leaf shapes and then did blanket stitch detailing around them.Rosebuds
Itty Bitty Hats
I hope my favorite baby books (and Sara's) have inspired you to knit up some adorable little baby hats. Don't you think every baby deserves a hand knit hat?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Debi's store is really cute. I love all the purses she has hanging around the shop.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
June 209 Issue
Congratulations Lorna and Sheila, too!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
It's time for summer knitting!
Summer is arriving early in California. We are supposed to reach temperatures in the 90's this weekend! So this week, I put my wool knitting projects aside. I have made the switch over to summer knitting. I currently have two summer knit projects on my needles and both are from Louisa Harding's Beachcomber Bay The Accessories Collection.
Another knitter grew up loving beach combing, too, only in completely different part of the world. That knitter is Britain's knitwear designer, Louisa Harding. Louisa's Beachcomber Bay The Accessories Collection is filled with inspiration from the seaside and her own memories of beach combing. I believe this is Louisa's fourth book for her Louisa Harding yarn line.
Yesterday I cast on for the Mermaid purse. It is knit in Louisa's Flotsam yarn. In her book, Louisa describes this yarn as "reminiscent of washed up ropes and fishing lines." I agree and like it's lofty and slubby texture. I lucked out and found my yarn in a discontinued ocean blue colorway (No. 2) at my LYS.
I am knitting my purse for our summer vacation on the Oregon Coast. I can't wait to beach comb on vacation and embellish my Mermaid purse with shells and bits from the Oregon beaches.
I highly recommend the Beachcomber Bay Accessories Collection book. It is one of Louisa's early spring/summer collection books from 2006. You are sure to love the "beachy" purses, hats and beach cover ups which are all timeless summer designs.
Louisa says it best in her book's introduction, "I hope the ideas and patterns are a starting point to inspire your knitting this summer". "Next time you look at the beach, look really close and see what you can find to inspire you".
I've been inspired. How about you?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
17th Century Stonehouse
In 1905, Beatrix left London and moved to Cumbria, and English county in the Lake District. Thanks to royalties from her first few books, she purchased a working farm called Hill Top Farm. This was the start of her deep interest in farming and preserving the land.
In the 1930's and 40's she and her husband were sheep farmers and breeders. Their Herdwick Sheep won many prizes at county shows. Herdwick sheep are a breed native to the Lake District. Beatrix was also the first woman elected President of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association. She also helped save the breed from extinction.
Herdwick sheep are a dual breed who produce a thick, coarse grey fleece due to their harsh environment. Sorry knitters since their wool does not dye easily it is mostly used for carpet wool. There is a co-operative of women farmers, dyers, spinners, weavers and knitters though in Cumbria today called The Wool Clip .
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Now keep in mind, my Mother did not save this dress. I did. I love the fact that I did not knit or crochet since I was a young girl yet I saved everything we had in our house associated with the needle arts my entire life. Even though I did not knit again until I was in my mid 40's, I know that knitting and crochet were dear to my heart or I would not have saved everything that I have saved all these years.
1970's era mini dress!
Today I asked my Mom where she bought this dress. My Mom said she received it from her mother for Christmas back in the early 1970's. My Mom said "she probably bought it at Goldman's or Joseph Magnin's back then!" My Mom loved the dress but wasn't sure when she would ever wear it. Then the perfect event presented itself, her high school class reunion.
I've always loved vintage so I am thrilled that I saved this dress. I think my Mom wore this around 1970 - 1971. It is in remarkable great shape for being stored in a plastic dry cleaner's bag (in a box) out in the garage all these years. I just love it's 1970's chartreuse green color!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I am a lucky knitter!
This week has been a good knitting week.
On Tuesday I had morning coffee, lunch and knitting with my new knitting friends Lorna, Sheila and Michele. On Wednesday I went to my class at Knitique and Danielle (owner/teacher) told me that I am a really good knitter. That praise just made my day since I have been taking knitting classes from Danielle for over a year now!
And, then I lucked out and found Issue Three of The Knitter!
Well, it's no secret that Louisa Harding is my favorite knitwear designer. I loved this issue's article Best of British, the ultimate guide to the UK's top knitwear designers. In my book, Louisa Harding tops that list!