Friday, April 25, 2008

Goth Tomato

*stuffed with angst*

In search of a little instant gratification, I made this little heirloom tomato pincushion out of some stolen scraps of fabric. (I won't go into the details)

I found the pattern in an old Martha Stewart and it was super easy. The hardest part was getting the leaves (sepals?) just right and doing a big enough French knot to make the stem. It's all velvety and a nice take on the traditional tomato.

Who started the voodoo tomato anyway? Wikipedia is silent on this one.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Not So Much

*too little, too late*

My attempt a Bauble didn't go over so well. I've been dedicated to working from my craft stash all year and I thought it was high time to bust out the bead box.

Indulging my love of red and blue + using stash craft supplies + beads + knitting = awesome. Right?

I swear I followed the directions and beaded the right length of cord. I used the suggested needle size, but maybe I should have gone up a bit. But after spending two night meticulously picking out red and blue seed beads out of the multi-colored jamboree that is my bead box, I just didn't want to invest anymore time. Also, I was running out of red and blue beads.

But all's well that ends well. I wasn't in love the the knitted look anyway, and now it works well as a long beaded necklace.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Ready to be Dipped in Lemon Butter

Pattern: Artichoke Socks by Meagan Humphrey.
Cherry Tree Hill Super Sock in a kelly green
Size 1 needles
Mods: short row heels and toes, Contrasting Kitchner!

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern. I got a little cocky with the second sock and had to rip back a few times because I was following the pattern correctly, but it really is easy to do.

The kelly green and leaves added a nice spring-y ness (wow, that is so not a word) to the project. It was appropriate in February to knit wool socks with a spring bent, but finishing them in mid-April pretty much guarantees the will be shoved in a drawer somewhere until it gets cold again.
As much as I love the socks, I don't love the cold. Maybe I'll just turn the AC down and walk around the house wearing them.

I made these top down with short row heels and toes. I hate toe seams and picking up gusset stitches. Picking up double wraps can be a pain too, but I'm always a little fascinated about the whole short row process works.

And, to add a little random detail, I Kitchner stitched the toe to the bottom of the sock in neon green left over from the Green Grass Socks. Not that I really need to tell any knitter this, but those leftover yarn balls do find use!

*the end*