Tuesday, September 25, 2007

disco monkeys

No, not dancing monkeys, but disco yarn monkey socks! The pair is almost finished for my mom!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

market bag

Here's a quick project--it's the market bag from the Classic Elite website. The pattern is free, and it takes just 2 balls of Provence, a mercerized cotton. Here's the link: http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/pattern_detail.php?patternID=30

It's been a fun couple of days for knitting. Finishing a pillow and the bag in one day is exciting! Now I'm going to finish a few pairs of socks so that I can move on to new projects.
More details about other projects you can see in the photo: the orange purse is Margaret's felted bag pattern knitted in 220, the pink sweater is a Cindy Walker easy baby sweater knitted in Tessin, and the blue shawl is Margaret's Vine Lace Shawl pattern knitted in Colinette Mohair. All patterns and yarns can be found at Cozy in Durham.

Friday, September 14, 2007

finished pillow

This is the first of 4 - 6 pillows to go in my dining room chairs. It's a little brighter and wilder than I had originally intended, but it's not too terribly bad. The next few pillows will probably be more subdued, especially on the large spiral side.
After I did the spiral itself, I did the surface embellishment the same as the small spirals on the front. I may leave it off the next one, or at least use colors that blend a little more.
The other problem I'll try to avoid in future pillows is that the top and back are both a little bit bigger than they need to be. Here's a situation where you really need negative ease . I worry that with use, this pillow will start to get a little loose and floppy. Should be easy enough to fix on the next one.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Remember these socks? They're Colinette Jitterbug, and they are my favorite socks of all that I've made. Today, there is new Jitterbug yarn on the shelves at Cozy! This color, Florentina, is not there yet. Alas, it is back-ordered. The other colors are great, though, so go check them out.
Joyce, your skeins are on hold and you can go in and get them as soon as you're ready!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

No knitting, but some crochet

Not too much knitting or crocheting going on right now, but little bits of progress can be seen here and there.
First, the market bag I'm working on for the shop. It's a free Classic Elite crochet pattern that can be found on their website. I'm halfway through the bag.

Next, the crochet spiral pillow. It's time to sew the front and back together, but that's no fun, so I'm procrastinating!
I decided a few days ago that it would be a lot easier to work on this project if I could see all of the yarns available. Now the guest bed is covered. Guess that means no guests for a while........
If you look past the pillow top, you can see the loose spirals for the next pillow waiting for their surface embellishment.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

yarn sale

Get ready for the anniversary sale at Cozy in Durham this weekend. Yarn is on sale Sunday from 12 - 5 (all yarn is 25% off. Yes, all yarn!), and the clothes and shoes and some other things are on sale Saturday from 10 - 5. This marks Cozy's 6th year in business, and it's the owner's birthday weekend, too. So, say happy birthday to Deb if you see her!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

spiral pillow and a new freeform purse

I started the 3 color spiral for the back of the pillow this morning. It's not quite big enough yet, and I haven't done the surface crochet, but here's what it looks like so far. Yesterday, I finished the purple purse that I started a few weeks ago in Wilmington. Much progress was made Friday afternoon at the GY in the company of Agent Gray and Devil Kitty. Thanks for entertaining me, ladies!
The purse is really much more purple and less blue than most of the pictures seem.
The flap has some concentrated bullion action, and a 2 color spiral seen above and below!
This purse was built around a canvas form that I got a few months ago at ACMoore. I can't find them there anymore, but that's OK. I ended up cutting off the cord that it originally had as a handle because I couldn't find a way to cover it that I really felt good about.
Plus, I had not intended to put a flap on this one, but it really needed one to cover the light colored zipper.
Finished it yesterday, and was able to wear it out to dinner last night!