Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's Still Winter....

Yes, it's still winter.  The cold, hard truth.
It's also been almost 1 week since I've picked up my knitting needles!  While my latest design is cozying up to my fabulous tech editor, I've been spending some time sharpening up my own technical skills.

It's funny because as a kid, I never thought that I would use math, or graphic work in my day to day life, much less use it as a part of something that I actually enjoy (okay, well that's a half truth because I do love graphic design work), and yet here I am creating glorious spreadsheets, working out complex formulas and cranking out schematics.
It's a lot of grunt work and something that I've cringed from in the past, but after the last year of knitting up a storm, it's an interesting type of break away.

But when it comes down to it, it's all about the knitting right?
Here are a few photographs of my upcoming designs.

For my cardigan, Fezziwig, I worked with Quince and Co. yarns for the first time.  Such a lovely surprise!   Not only is the yarn such a pleasure to work with (the stretch factor is unreal), but the finished product is unbeatable!
  I explored some new techniques with this sweater that were really fun and that made a really wonderfully durable garment.
My favorite design element are the pockets which are deep enough to really stuff my hands in as well as toss my keys or cell phone into.

The big squishy collar is so soft and warm, you just want to snuggle.  Somebody get me a cozy fireplace to sit next to with a book!

I also created a little slouch hat using some wonderful Spring Tree Road yarn.
I actually designed the hat, however, for Augustbird yarns and knit it in a gorgeous brown skein as well, but you'll have to wait for those photos!  The hat is making its way across the country to Maine where it'll be modeled!

 This is one of those sneaky little designs that has a trick, or 2 hiding beneath the surface.  There are some special elements that make this little guy work!

I love simple knits and simple lines that have a little something to them to make them interesting!  Secret's in the sauce!
Speaking of sauce...okay, well not sauce really, but juice, I've been doing quite a bit of juicing lately.
Now while I may end up in the poor house because of how much organic juice making costs me, at least I'll go there with lots of vitamins running through my veins!  My little ones love watching the machine crunch, crunch, crunch up the veggies and I love knowing that they're getting a lot of yummy nutrition!  Who'd have thought my 2 year old would consume kale so readily?

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Anyone who knows me, knows that I haunt antique shops frequently.
I classify antique shops into 2 groups; those who's owners think that everything in their store should be in a museum and is therefore practically priceless (or rather, a price that no normal person can afford), and those who's owners have stocked them with endless amounts of wonderful little treasures just waiting to be discovered at prices that almost everyone can afford.
Today I stumbled upon one of those wonderful little treasure shops.  The owner was so sweet and I knew immediately that she was a true lover of antiques and exciting little objects.  She knew where every little item was hiding in her shop that I might be interested in and took no time at all rushing around into corners and pulling magazines that she "just knew I needed" out from under old milk crates.

An antique lover like her loves to see old things find new homes and have new life breathed into them.


  I was so grateful for her suggestions, but most elated at her willingness to part with the most amazing, little, vintage dress form at the exceptional price of $30.00!  She said it was fate because the dress form was not only my EXACT size, but also because it "gave her the creeps" when she turned the lights out at night. 

My new dress form (who I've decided to name Greta, by the way) will come in handy for measurements, sizing and even for getting those buttons right (oooooh the bane of my existance).

She has a tiny bit of wear on the bodice, but is otherwise in amazing condition!  I love the metal stand!
Poor little Evellyn wasn't sure what to make of the new "lady", so I dressed her up for the time being in one of my shirts, and Evellyn felt better....

I also found an amazing little trunk that you will be seeing in an upcoming photoshoot!
The craftsmanship of vintage items never ceases to amaze me.