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Monday, August 31, 2009

Crazy About Skirts

I do not know what it is with me, but I always loved skirts. I love to wear them. I love to design them. I love to sew them and knit them. I love to pay attention to details on skirts when I see other people wearing them. You can do so much with skirts. Find the right length for you to complement your best figure features and you will look good in it. Wearing a slip under the knitted skirt is a must to keep it in shape. Do you know why I am talking about skirts? I just finished knitting another one. For some time now I wanted to re-knit Black Sea skirt from Knitting in the Sun using a warmer yarn and wear it in winter. So I did. I used Galway Colornep from Plymouth Yarns that I had in my stash for some time. From my swatch it was very obvious that I had to use a smaller needle than it was used in my pattern. It actually turned out very nicely. I styled it on Monique with the dark red shirt and it picked up the red speckles from the yarn. While I was taking this picture, another idea came to my mind. I will share it with you in a day or two. You will love it.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Green Hat

I keep forgetting to post the photos of my hat that I crocheted. So, here it is. I cannot say that I am very happy with it. I was very limited with the yarn since I had less than one skein after I finished making the green and yellow scarf, so I could not really do what I wanted.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Quiet House

For a whole week we had guests in our house. They were coming one-by-one. My brother and his wife came first and we took them to see Oregon. They loved it.
This is Crater Lake in Oregon. I took many pictures of it before, but was not successful. My brother used my camera this time and and took this incredible shot. The blue is very close to the true color. This lake is not far from Ashland, OR. You do not think I missed the opportunity to take a peak at Websters, do you? It is a beautiful yarn shop. We also had tickets to see a nice production of Much Ado about Nothing at this theater. I love the open sky full of stars as we are watching the play. I did not take this picture either. When we came back home, we had another person there and they were coming and coming.
988 11.1282 One day we had 20 people. The did not all stay with us, by the way. It was so great to see them all. My husband had a special birthday and he loved all the attention he got that day. Many people called from different countries to say Happy Birthday to him. Starting Sunday our guests were leaving also one-by-one. Today in the morning the last one left. The house is very quiet. So strange. Suddenly we are faced with work and routine that is forgotten during our long break at Stanford. I honestly am surprised that I remember how to teach. Here is to a good semester!

If someone wants to make my Dolce Slouch, it is available as a free download from Cascade Yarns.

Some information about the pattern


FINISHED BRIM CIRCUMFERENCE: 18 (201/2, 23)in (45.5 (52, 58.5) cm)

MATERIALS: 1 (2, 2) skeins of Cascade Dolce (55% Superfine Alpaca, 23% wool, 22% silk, 109yds (100 m) in color #960

GAUGE: 25 sts = 4in (10 cm) in Lacy pattern

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cozy Baby Sleeping Bag

I am so happy to see my new pattern in print. I love my model and the styling of the garment is great. Here is the photo (courtesy of DRG Publishing). It is published in the book called It's In the Bag: Knitting Projects to Take & Make
Very cute book. I will be talking about it a bit later again, but I wanted to share this photo with all of you now.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dolce Slouch

I showed you this yarn before. Dolce by Cascade Yarns has a great blend of silk, alpaca, and wool. Just at the moment I touched it I knew what I want to do with it. It does not happen often, but this was the case with this yarn. I made a hat that is a slouch with a nice drape allowed by this yarn. It is all done and the pattern is written. Very soon it should be placed on the Cascade Yarns website as a free pattern.
I went to my office today for the first time after 8 months leave. Let me tell you, I have never seen so much dust. I had no time to clean, so this is another job waiting for me in a week. All three classes I am going to teach will use a new book, so I need to get started on my class preps. I guess it is really happening: semester is starting no matter what. Since I love to teach and interact with my students, it is a good thing. There is no slowing in my design work in the near future, so I will keep doing both. I have done it before, so I know I can do it.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Local Farmers Market

I have been in many farmers markets in my life. I grew up in the city with a few huge markets and a trip to any of them was always an exciting event for me. I love the smell of fresh produce, the color, the form, and the texture you see around you. I love watching people- sellers and buyers alike. I love to hear little conversations that occur between strangers when they interact for a fraction of a minute. There is something about the atmosphere at a farmers market in America that makes everyone friendly and peaceful. This is not the case in some other countries when you come to buy food that is not available at the usual grocery store and you have to pay much more at the market.
Now I live in a city that is small enough that on Saturday if you come to the farmers market you will bump at least one person you know. Call me weird, but I normally like to meet no one when I go to the store or the market. I am on a mission of choosing the best produce for me and, like I said before, I want to watch people and not to engage in any long conversations. I want to be in a crowd alone, if you know what I mean.
Yesterday I went to our local market and I saw people I did not see for some time. We stopped and talked. In about 15 min our little group grew to about 10 people we all knew. You want to know the reason? A little baby boy who came with his parents (we saw his father growing up here) and proud grandparents. It was very nice. I enjoyed to see all of them.
What about my shopping? I almost had no time for it, but look what I got. My house smells so wonderfully fresh and my cat enjoyed some of the leaves also. We had a huge salad for dinner.
I am working on the pattern of my latest project for Interweave Knits. The project itself is on its way, but I am putting last touches on the written part and sending it tomorrow. Oh, how I wish I could share the photos of it with you. I think it looks very good. For now you just have to trust me:)
When my brain does not work anymore, I progress little-by-little on the crochet hat that I showed you before.
It doesn't look as much of a progress, but... if you compare with the first one... The band is done and now I will be adding the hat's body. Since this is an in-between project, I do not have any particular plan, but I do like the look so far. Looking through my books I have found the stitch that I might do next. Just think green and yellow instead. What do you think? I need to use both yarns for two reasons: that's all I have and the hat has to go with this scarf. I have something else to show you, but I will have to do it next time. So, come back and I will tell you all about it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sock Summit in Portland, OR

You might know about this. Today is the first day of Sock Summit 2009. Many people will enjoy all kinds of activities connected with socks. Classes are taught by teachers who introduce different techniques. They even have a Sock Museum where you can see the development of socks through the history. Pretty wild! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee gave an opening speach tonight. I am telling you all this from my home. No, I did not go to Portland. I have many things that I have to do here instead. Honestly, I am not big on making socks. I made my first pair when I was 8 and most people were making socks to keep warm. These days socks have their own chapter in knitting. So many books are out there with beautiful and creative socks!! Unbelievable! Maybe I will designs a pair or two to get the buzz out of my head.
If I did have time, I would go to the summit to hear legendary Barbara Walker speak. Here is an old entry of Donna Druchunas about Barbara on her blog. Here is another blogger Claudia had a grand time with Barbara herself. We all know Barbara's books. She put together A Treasury of Knitting Patterns that is a collection of patterns that any knitter must have. I am hoping to hear soon what is going on at the Summit in all the details. ve had no end of trouble convincing people that they are serious, but serious it is. Mayor Sam Adams has declared the week of the Summit, Sock Knitting Week in Portland.