Fire Thoughts

February 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm (art, knitting) (, , )

I’ve been quite busy since the last post.  My dad had surgery.  He’s doing great, but I spent much time knitting off my anxiety.

Giselle progress

Giselle is coming along nicely.  I just need to knit both sleeves and finish the garment.  Hooray!  Not bad for 22 days of knitting.  This picture shows the French Cable bust band (still love typing that) to the bottom edge.  The color is totally wrong (see below for why).  It’s a deep fiery red.  The sweater fits amazingly well, even though I missed an increase before I began the rapid decreases on the edge.  This works well because I am short waisted.  Voila, I made a short-waist (unintentionally, of course).

Wings

I’ve also finished my February CMP ATC.  The theme is Wings.  Between Chinese New Year, Fire for Project Spectrum, and my RSC shipment, I felt that only a dragon’s wings would suffice.  Here’s my little guy, nestling behind his wing.  I’m glad I could get a nice intensity with the watercolor pencils.  Again the The background is a watercolor wash.  Once payday hits, I am scouring the art store for better brushes (the paint has fallen off of mine) and better watercolors (these are from a cheapo set).  Sloane, a fellow Norfolk Craft Mafia member, introduced me to Jerry’s Artarama.  I see lots of trips there in my future.  The colors are off again in this pic.  And it’s blurry.  Which leads me to the following.

My camera is on its last legs.  It is a Canon PowerShot SD110 (3.2 megapixels).  We’ve had it almost three years.  I’ve been pretty happy with it, so I think I’ll get the Canon SD1100.  Husband and I are giving each other a new camera for our anniversary next week.  That way we can capture all the fun of Rosebud’s birthday party the week after.  What will we do with 5 more megapixels?

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Project Crochet

February 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm (7 cities crafters, crochet, knitting) (, )

The Norfolk Craft Mafia hosted a learn to crochet workshop on Sunday.  We had loads of fun and yummy food.  I hope we converted a few non-crocheters along the way.  We’re also planning a Spring Craft Workshop.  I’ll be teaching the Curly Purly Egg pattern.  I think it would make a toy or a dozen or so would make a nice centerpiece.

Giselle is going so well.  I’m about halfway through the bottom part of the sweater.  I can’t wait to try it on again.  The French Cable is beautiful.  I’ll snap a pic today if my camera doesn’t explode.  The screen looks like a tv with bad reception.  Sigh.  Maybe I can get a good shot with my new Sidekick.  Darling Hubby gave it to me for Valentine’s Day.  I just love checking out patterns online when I’m away from the computer.

Amber and I caught up on our Project Runway before SnB yesterday.  I think I was looking forward to it too much.  I had a dream that Tim Gunn told me I was in the Bryant Park show.  And I thought, “I can’t even sew!”  Then giant harpies descended on the Parson’s workroom and attacked everyone.  Perhaps that’s a bit too realistic.  Hmmm.

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Valentine’s Day Musings

February 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm (cooking, family, knitting) (, , , , )

I am still kicking around. Surprisingly. My mom was up at the beginning of February. Then, I did some fabulous test knitting for Simona’s Designs. Here’s the finished project:

Bell Sleeve Shrug

Pattern:  Bell Sleeve Shrug
Yarn:  Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Willow
Needles:  Sz 8

And you can get your own Bell Sleeve Shrug pattern in her etsy shop. I think my girls need one of everything in her shop. I just need more time to knit them.

Project Spectrum 3.0 has begun. In the spirit of Fire, I’m working on Giselle in Bristol Red Silky Wool from WEBS.

Giselle

The yarn is soft and gorgeous. I’m starting the bust band (just had to type that) today. Not bad for a week of knitting.

Also on the Fire theme, I’ve also become hooked on Blood Orange tea from Adagio Teas. Look at that color!
Blood Orange Tea

Blood Orange Tea from Adagio teas

It reminds me of kool aid but way better. Best of all, the tea is herbal and has no caffeine. Thanks, Amber, for introducing me to this tea.  I think I’ll try a tea-along for Project Spectrum.  I can’t think of a better way to keep the elements in everyday life.

Speaking of Amber, she came over Sunday night for a great Project Runway marathon. For dinner, we had Tofu Apple Spring Rolls (sans spring roll wrappers) and Asparagus from the Vegan Lunchbox with Rice Pudding for dessert. Yum! We still have five episodes to go, but we’re going to celebrate Presidents’ Day with lots of Project Runway craziness.

This morning I got to celebrate with yummy Lower Fat Banana Bread from the Veganomicon and snow. Yes, snow. It’s been in the 50’s and 60’s all week, but this morning there was snow on my deck. Bizarre. As long as I’ve lived in the Hampton Roads area, I’m still baffled by the weather.

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