Sunday, February 28, 2010

Last minute

Last week, I started to work on a baby kimono  to match a hat for  a baby shower.
Time flew by last week and on Saturday morning I realized that I still have to add the i-cord trim, buttons, weave in the ends, and sew it together. The baby shower was at 1:30 pm.
At 8:30 am I started the trim and the sewing. After I rushed to get gift wrapping and a little  outfit which goes with the piece at 10:30 am, I went to my LYS, got buttons and finished the sewing part.
Done!!!! I even had time to eat lunch with my family! Next time, I will manage my time better, I promise. Although I'm surprised how much and how fast I get things done with an adrenalin boost...............

You'll find the pattern for this kimono in this book. One of my favorite ones......

Friday, February 26, 2010

Multidirectional Scarf

The  Multidirectional Scarf fever broke out at my local yarn shop. Since I've taught a class on this fun and addictive pattern I our knitters are still making them trying different yarns and color combinations! 

For this one I used Wolle' Yarn Creation Color Changing Cotton. She has so many gorgeous colors that I had a hard time to choose..... I'm planing to design a shawl out of one of her lace weight yarns.

The prayer shawl is finally done. Pictures will follow...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

On My Needles

Right now I'm working on this prayer shawl for a friends sister in law who has to go through chemo and radiation. I use Mini Mochi, a fingering weight yarn. My rows now have hundreds of tiny stitches...........

Last week I submitted two design proposals, one for a book and one for a magazine.....
Part of the requirements was a sketch of the finished garment. This was quite a challenge for me since I have never done fashion sketches before. The sketches of princess dresses in elementary school probably don't count. 
Now I have to wait until I hear back from the publishers. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

African Sunset

Another afternoon dyeing with my daughter and one of her friends. This is my color African Sunset. Again I used Kool-Aid, but this time I hand painted the yarn.
One skein of of white didn't have it's label anymore and I was not quite sure if it was wool or not. Sure enough all the dye came of when I tried to rinse the yarn after microwaving.....
This would not be a problem with gloves. But since I threw away the last pair of gloves all the dye went over my hands........ they are still partly red.......and the skein of yarn is perfectly off white again. Oh, well....

Monday, February 15, 2010

I'm nominated...

The Free Pattern Testers Group  has nominated my Basil hat pattern for an award in their 2010 Mini Awards in the category Best Design. This group has 2362 members and I feel very flattered that my design made it into the nominated nine.
Here you can vote until February 16th. :-)

Sunday, February 14, 2010


During the time period of the Winter Olympics 2010 the knitting community ravelry is hosting ravelympics. During this time knitters/crocheters are able to join teams and work on different  projects for different events.
This vest is part of the Event Charity since it will go to Wool-Aid. I'm part of the ravelympics Wool-Aid Team.

I used the yarn I recently dyed with Kool-Aid in the color way Marine Splash. The texture of moss stitch helps to make the color of hand dyes pop out more. Neck and arm opening are worked with a rolled edge and shoulders are shaped with short rows.

PS: I'm so thrilled about Simon Amann's gold metal!!!! 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Our Regular Visitor

This coyote visits our yard frequently, even during day time.
My dog doesn't love the smell of him at all.
Friends suggested that the male members of our family should mark their territory in the yard to keep the coyote out.......
You can find out more about these beautiful animals here.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

It's up!

Cozy Toes, my newest pattern is up now as a free download.
You can either find it on the new Wool-Aid website here or as an ravelry download here.
I hope that this pattern will generate a lot of warm socks for less privileged children in cold climates!!!!

A few days ago my daughter continued to dye yarn with Kool-Aid together with one of her friends. I showed them how to infusion dye the yarn using the microwave.

Berry Dream & Candy Swirl

Next time they will learn how to hand paint with Kool-Aid. It's so much fun to play....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Sneak Peek......

....... for my new free basic sock pattern.
I created this pattern to support charity knitting. A lot of children live in very cold climates without appropriate shoes and socks. Therefore, it is written for heavier basic socks in worsted, aran, or bulky weight yarn. 
The instructions are written for four double pointed needles but can be easily adapted for two circular needles. They cover five sizes from child small to adult large. 
Later on Saturday it will be available as a free ravelry download and on the new Wool-Aid website, which will be launched soon.

The pattern will be available for free, but please consider to donate to Wool-Aid or another charitable organization.