Saturday, February 21

Ravelry, Revelry and God Only Knows What Else

Ravelry and MaryMaryRavelry at The Knitting Nest
Jess, myself clutching Malabrigo sock yarn, Mary Heather            photo#2: Jess(foreground) and Casey(background) try their darnedest to interpret central Texas accents while waiting for more cherry lime-ades from Sonic
and if I mixed up people's names...whoopsy-daisy!

Last weekend the ubercool Ravelry posse descended upon The Knitting Nest which was reason enough for me to drag my 12-year old across town to smile and gawk. The place was packed with local Ravelers, especially as they were giving out door prizes. Yep, I scored the purple Cascade Lana D'Oro alpaca/wool blend AND a hot pink Namaste bag in the silent auction. There was a bin of Malabrigo sock yarn in the front and I did not emerge from this calvacade of convivial knitterly networking until I had 4 skeins of Velvet Grape in my grubby mitts. Mine, all mine! I have visions of a swirly Stevie Nicks gypsy coat with lace detail on bell sleeves, lace motif in the center back and soft flowing ruffles along the fronts. All I need are some spiked black suede boots and a velvet dress. Maybe I should check out Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart and throw in a little Janis Joplin while I'm at it.

Austin TX carvalentine's day in the suburbsI had just left The Knitting Nest and was heading home when this beauty was in front of me. We have a number of unique antiques on wheels in Austin and it always brings a smile to my face when I see one. One of these days, I'll take a shot of the mobile bulletin board on the back of my car. As for the birdcage on the right, this was in front of my house on Valentine's Day. There were a couple of ponies pulling it and they clomped up and down the street a couple of times. Frankly, it was kinda creepy.
Nordic Stitches bag
As you may know, I'm a huge fan of Hilde's work. She even sells it on DaWanda and I couldn't resist this black felted bag with the little people on front. And check out the fun b&w stripes! I have been using this bag to tote around Very Important Documents--it lightens the mood in some very somber settings.

I'm very close to finishing my KnitWhits Edie Springtime Cardigan using Noro Silk Garden sock and Silk Garden light. This project monogamy thing is yielding results one month at a time-who knew?

Friday, February 13

Thank you, Ceci!

I thought a moment before posting this because sometimes these things feel a little like a chain letter to me. But then I thought to myself "Accept the compliment, you idiot, and link to some REALLY creative people!" Because it's fun to see some other blogs that you may never even know about--kinda like seeing what people read in the bathroom, eh? ME: old knitmags that don't have any patterns I want, old quilting mags for the same reason and, somehow, a couple of skateboarding mags for when Tex needs a little quiet time.
FYI: If you got a comment on your blog from 'Yoku,' that's actually from me but using my kids' sign-on. Those rascals....
And here are the rules if you've forgotten (copy and paste award, link to who nominated you, list 8 blogs that you're nominating and leave messages on their blogs about the award).

Here are 8 blogs that I think have something interesting/creative/amazing going on:

Hilde takes me to a calm place that has intrinsic beauty. You can see her work here.

HPNY is one of the first people to ever read and comment on my blog. We even met up for a fun time in London a couple of years ago which leads me to Nordic Stash Queen, Garngamen aka Yarn Dragon in Swedish. While HPNY methodically churns out really lovely pieces interspersed with great pix of NYC, Garngamen always has new stash with something involving at last 5 colors on her needles. Check out her Finished Projects and you'll see where that stash goes.

Kloobok doesn't post much but look at her crochet. She has some stunningly intricate pieces.

Sweaterproject and I lurk on each other's blogs. His knitting usually involves cables, socks, sweaters and/or kilts, but it's his rollerderby pix that just slay me. Did you know that the roller derby renaissance started in Austin just a few years ago? Well, this guy was all over it like white on rice, baby...

If you enjoy a little armchair travelling, then check out what's happening at Bazar Pimpampum. There's always something interesting over there.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm. Check out the blog and then go to the main page and look for the Lamb Cam. Can't beat that virtual cuteness.

Elizabeth is a working designer who has published designs with the defunct Garter Belt and currently with Knit Circus. I've always admired the classic, sophisticated lines of her designs.

Some of these people are Ravelry friends and, believe me, I would have a lifetime of projects just based on their Ravelry favorites and queues. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 10

Callooh! Callay!

I have slain the Flapjack Throw from Colinette. It was stop and start for a couple of years, but here it is in all of its multi-colored glory. It measures approximately 55"x55" unblocked and it weighs a ton. I followed the pattern about halfway through then I just crocheted up stripes skein by skein. I also switched to a larger hook because a) I couldn't find the pattern and b) I wanted to finish this thing pronto and c) it was there.
Flapjack throw, Colinette prism
This future heirloom will reside on Bandit's bed where there is already a very brightly colored quilt that I made years ago.
The UFO monogamy is great, but I'm at a quandary as to what I shall finish next. There are THAT many choices....
Flapjack throw, Colinette prism
I can only imagine the day when this cherished object is brought out of mothballs for Bandit's firstborn and his wife takes one look and says, "Not if you want another kid, Babycakes." Good for her--I'll keep it in my spare bedroom and the kids can use it for a circus tent or a magic carpet. Unless....unless, he gives it to a college girlfriend. Gosh, I hadn't thought of that.