Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Isn't thie work on this piece beautiful? Flicker's venetia27 posted this creation. Fits my thoughts today and it is lovely.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
A few years ago, I was shopping in an antique store in Eureka, Wisconsin--just outside a town called Luck. I found some yummy shoe clips and then was drawn to the linens. The little towel in the photo had to go home with me. Actually, it needed to make a home with my brother and his wife. My Sister-in-Law, the amazing designer I've mentioned before, had painted their powder room a yummy brown. I just knew this little piece would fit her sensibilities. It still lives in that room. I love that I was able to find something she would love. The color selections on this little towel are so modern and it is certainly at least fifty-years-old. Happy hand stitching.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
While visiting my parents, I finally took a photo of my favorite hand-work my mother did while I was tiny. This hangs in their hallway, right outside my bedroom and links my memory to the lake house where mom stitched it and I was a wee one. I love the colors, the perfection of her stitches and that it is 35 years old. I hope you enjoy this piece, too. The good folks at Sew Mama Sew are featuring hand sewing this month. Maybe we should all share some of our favorites. Let's see what we can find.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Oh, how I wish I had a friend with a baby to cozy into this little bowl. So here is my version of the Baby Bowl. My photographer friend, Christine, was so sweet when she received these little knit goodies. This one works up super fast!
1 skein of something soft and yummy
Size 11 16" circular needles
Cast on 60 stitches loosely with your prefered method
Place stitch marker and join
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2 - 6: Knit all stitches twisted drop stitch (tds)
Row 7: Knit 8, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 8 - 12 Knit all stitches twisted drop stitch
Row 13: Knit 7, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 14: Knit all stitches twisted drop stitch
Row 15: Knit 6, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 16: Knit all stitches tds
Row 17: Knit 5, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 18: Knit all stitches tds
Row 19: Knit 4, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 20: Knit 3, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 21: Knit 2, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 22: Knit 1, k2tog to end of round using tds
Row 23: K2tog to end leaving you with six stitches remaining
Cut an 8" tail and thread it through the final six stitches.
Weave in ends and trim.
Have fun--this knits up super fast!
Ah, summer. . . and I'm knitting. That may seem strange, but it is portable and lets me be outside keeping an eye on the kiddos. My friend, Christine, is an amazing photographer who showed me some of the props she had purchased for infant sessions. She told me she was coveting some of the cocoons she had seen, but not enjoying the prices. I thought I'd try to work one up for her and share the pattern with you all--just in case you have a newborn who might need to be extra cozy. I wish I had a baby to show you how sweet they can look in these little cozy, cocoons, but my babies are too big and I haven't yet talked my sister-in-law into having another.
Size 11 16" circular needles
1 skein of yummy, soft yard you adore
A little time.
Cast on 35 stitches using the long-tail method
Place space marker and join.
Rows 1 - 5, knit in stockinette
Row 6, knit all with twisted drop stitch
Row 7, knit all rows
Repeat rows 6 and 7 until your cocoon measures 15"
Begin decrease on a knit row:
Row 1 Dec: k2 tog, k5 to end
Row 2 Dec: knit all with twisted drop stitch
Row 3 Dec: k2 tog, k4 to end
Row 4 Dec: knit all with twisted drop stitch
Row 5 Dec: k2 tog, k3 to end
Row 6 Dec: knit all with twisted drop stitch
Row 7 Dec: k2 tog, k2 to end
Row 8 Dec: knit all with twisted drop stitch
Row 9 Dec: knit 2 tog, k 1 to end
Cut a 10 " tail, and thread through remaining stitches.
Weave in ends and you have your baby cocoon.