31 December 2009

Knitting Finished in 2009


Puffs Beret
Pattern: Qiviuk Webs Tam by Gayle Roehm in Interweave Knits Holiday 2007
Materials: 1/2 skein Filatura Di Crosa Superior 12 blue
Start Date: December 25, 2008
End Date: January 3, 2008


Mini Blanket
Pattern: Stripy Throw — Simple Crochet
Adaptations: Doubled all rows to create bigger stripes
Materials: Briggs & Little Heritage in Washed White, Scarlet, Navy Blue and Light Blue
Start Date: Fall 2004
Finished By: January 16, 2009.


Queen of January Socks
Pattern: Queen of Beads by Sivia Harding
Materials: 'My Blue Heaven' Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin' Sock Club for January
Start Date: January 30, 2009
End Date: February 5, 2009


Stripey Socks
Pattern: 4x2 Ribbed socks, Short row toe-up
Materials: Knit it Up! Silky Sock Yarn Cinema for December: Rudy
Start Date: January 14, 2009
End Date: February 7, 2009


Puffed Berry Scarf
Pattern: Scarf with fir cone lace border by Jane Sowerby from Victorian Lace Today
Materials: 1.3 skein Filatura Di Crosa Superior 12 blue
Start Date: January 22, 2009
End Date: March 8, 2009


Superstar potholders
Pattern: Daisy Hot Plate Mat & Pot Holders
Materials: Briggs & Little Heritage natural and BFL Handspun
Start Date: March 22, 2009
End Date: March 24, 2009


Amelia
Pattern: Amelia by Laura Chau
Materials: Cascade 220 in 7803
Modifications: Moved waist panel for my measurments. Shortened sleeves and followed neckline decreases for smallest size. Grouped buttons all the way up the front.
Start Date: December 13, 2008
End Date: April 4, 2009


Golden Ticket Socks
Pattern: Marlene by Cookie A. from Knit.1 Fall/Winter 2008
Materials: Knit it Up! Silky, 'Canary in a Coal mine'
Modifications: Twisted ribbing on the gussets.
Start Date: February 7, 2009
End Date: June 15, 2009


Rambling Roses Socks
Pattern: Rogue Roses
Materials: 'Gertrude Skein' Socks That Rock mediumweight, Rockin' Sock Club for March
Start Date: March 29, 2009
End Date: June 24, 2009


Purple Squiggle Socks
Pattern: Fraggle Squiggle Socks
Materials: 'Pepe La Plume' Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin' Sock Club for June
Start Date: June 24, 2009
End Date: August 20, 2009


Jaywalkers
Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Austermann Step colour 11
Start Date: August 20, 2009
End Date: August 31, 2009


September Shortie Harvest Socks
Pattern: In Season by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Materials: 'Garden Daze' Socks that Rock lightweight Sock club for July
Start Date: September 6, 2009
End Date: September 13, 2009


Jaywalkers the Second
Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Regia Crazy Color 5437
Start Date: September 16, 2009
End Date: September 24, 2009


Lace Leaf Scarf
Pattern: Haruha scarf by Mari Muinonen
Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Lace in Sealing Wax
Start Date: approx. September 30, 2009
End Date: October 24, 2009


Interlocking Leaves Sample Sock
Pattern: Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia
Materials:Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight
Modifications: Plugged the lace repeat into a 60 st top down sock
Start Date: October 31, 2009
End Date: November 6, 2009


Dad's Christmas Socks
Pattern: Christmas socks based on Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Materials: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura
Modifications: Plugged the pattern repeat into a top down sock with stockinette heel and wedge toe
Start Date: November 29, 2009
End Date: December 14, 2009


Mom's Christmas Shawl
Pattern: Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Materials:Malabrigo Yarn Lace
Modifications: Extra repeats of Blossom Chart and omitted last row of purls to maximise yarn usage.
Start Date: December 13, 2009
End Date: December 27, 2009

Sewing Finished in 2009


Reversible Blue Swing Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Swing bag
Fabric: Amy Butler Lotus in Sky/Tree Peony and Amy Butler Belle in Pine/Coriander
Date: July 2009


The Yellow Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - butter and white floral, handles and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 3rd 2009


Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior - butter and white floral, exterior contrast and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 11th 20099


The Pink Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, handles - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining - Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 7th 2009


Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, exterior contrast - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining - Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 12th 2009


The Cat Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric:Various cat fabrics
Date: August 31 2009


The Green Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - Joel Dewberry Chestnut Hill in Black Eyed Susan-Forest, handles and lining - Joel Dewbery Chestnut Hill in Chestnut branches - Aqua
Date: September 3 2009


The Yellow and Mustard Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Optic Blossom, handles and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Mustard/Martini
Date: September 4th 2009

15 December 2009

Xmas Knitting

I'm doing it this year. I'm actually knitting gifts for Christmas BEFOREhand. I finished one yesterday and am well into the next. I have a day full of flights ahead of me so I'm sure to make some good progress. But then I'll be around the people I'm knitting for and it will be tricky to knit without them knowing. I'm debating between late nights, pretending to be selfishly knitting, or just forgo the surprise entirely. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get them all done in time, but wrapping something in progress is better than imaginary presents right?

11 December 2009

Craft shopping SF style

I'm back from my holiday in LA. After picking me up from the airport while we were sitting down to a nice Thai lunch, my friend that I was visiting told me that she had a job interview up in San Francisco. A road trip was underway.

I had some time on my hands later on so I did some research on the newly discovered Yelp for fabric and yarn shops in San Francisco and I came up with a short list. I was able to coerce my friend Lisa to go with me to two stores. Peapod Fabrics in Inner Sunset and ImagiKnit in Castro.

We stopped by Peapod Fabrics first: 1314 18th Ave (at Irving), San Francisco, CA 94122. A really cute little shop really well stock with all kinds of super cute fabrics. After a little walk around gazing at all the lovely prints they have and wanting all of them, I started digging through the fat quarter bins and pretty much taking every second or third one that I came across. The shop keeper even offered to cut some more from the bolts. I took her up on that for a couple. I definitely would have had her cut a bunch more if we had more time on our parking meter. As it was, I did get a pretty great stack to bring home with me.

On Saturday after hipster brunch with friends, we headed over to ImagiKnit: 3897 18th St (at Sanchez), San Francisco, CA 94114. It's a pretty big shop with quite a selection of yarn ranging from simple to fancy. There's quite a selection of fancy/novelty yarns which aren't entirely my bag. But I was quite taken with the wide selection of Malabrigo that I found there.

The shop has floor to ceiling built in shelving housing it's wares and there were two rows from floor to ceiling just dedicated to Malabrigo worsted in a wide array of colours. The shop definitely deserves some time for proper browsing. It really was too much for me to take in.

Not entirely being in the leisurely shopping mood, especially at dragging my non-knitting friend along, I went directly for what popped out at me, some lovely speckled Koigu (I know it's Canadian, but they had a great selection and whatever, holidays are for shopping) and some Malabrigo lace in a couple of colours. The like mauve/pink is for my mom's Xmas present and the mint green is for me. It's my favourite colour.

I definitely recommend these shops if you're going to be in the area. Both are on my list of local haunts to be if I ever find myself living in the Bay area.

I also wanted to check out Britex in Downtown SF (4 floors of fabric and notions!) but on the way there, a cab clipped the back bumper of my friend's car so we chased him down, phoned his company and then filed a police report instead. Then we went for Thai food.