Saturday, May 20, 2006

Look out, I'm in the Sock Posse...

I am about to venture in to the wild, wild west of Knitted sock making. It seems that "everyone" who knits is knitting socks. So I decided to join Yarntopia's Sock Posse.

Everyone "deputized" into the Posse starts with Fleece Artist Sock Yarn in Yarntopia's signature colors of red, turquoise, and brown but picks their own sock pattern. We start June 1st. I am hoping to make a practice pair with some self-striping yarn before I christen the gorgeous Fleece Artist skein. Wish me luck. Here is a picture of the yarn after it has been wound - isn't it cool how it's plaid?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

What Austen character am I?? (not Austin Powers, Jane Austen!)

I took this fun quiz (perfect for a reading nerd) and here are my results:

You scored as Elizabeth Bennet. As one of Austen's most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable...something to admire and aspire to.

Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
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Monday, May 15, 2006

I AM a Happy Hooker...please don't tell my Mom!

I have some exciting news! I was asked by Sheryl of Yarntopia to crochet
a display piece for their new store Yarntopia in Katy, TX. How cool is that?? And it gets even better....I got to pick the pattern and the yarn to make it in.

I decided to pick out a pattern from Debbie Stoller's new book -
Stitch and Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. I bought it when Yarntopia opened and it really has some of the best instructions for beginners I've seen. As well as some trendy stuff to crochet.

I chose Angela "La Vonne" Best's design of the 'Short 'n Sweet' bolero in a yummy soft cotton and tencel yarn called Classic Elite Premiere in a nice light burnt orange called gourd. Here are a couple of pictures of me modeling the jacket at Yarntopia.

Since I had about half a skein left over and I like headbands, I decided to try my hand at designing a matching headband for the jacket. Here are a picture of the headband and a close-up of the detail. I changed the color of the detail photo to try and show the pattern more, fyi. If you would like the pattern to make one for yourself please post a comment with your email address and I will email it to you. My thanks to Angela "La Vonne" Best for the pattern inspiration!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Limos and Dishcloths and Bunnies, Oh My!

Wow! I can't believe it's been soooo long since I posted anything. I have been really busy though. Here is a really cool dishcloth that I knitted with varigated cotton yarn from a pattern called "Darrell Waltrip" who is a NASCAR driver created by Rhonda K White. My daughter Cheyenne's fiance Mike is a big NASCAR fan but not a big Darrell Waltrip fan, so Cheyenne re-named my dishcloth pattern to the "Jeff Gordon" dishcloth. LOL. My mom grabbed this one, each one comes out different due to the varigated yarn.

I also made two cute crocheted "PEEPS" for my daughter Cheyenne for Easter. Her favorite Easter treats are Peeps so I wanted to make her some to keep. Since she is getting married this summer, she was excited to keep them for her new home to decorate for Easter. Here is her basket with her new bunny and chick friend made from Caron's Simply Soft. I purchased the pattern from Sally Ives and it was really fun to make.

I have made a lot of other projects that I will post soon. I also wanted to mention that my son Asa went to Junior Prom at his old school in Oklahoma with our former neighbor, Sara. They made such a darling couple. They both have such a unique sense of style and it was really cute how they both "matched" for Prom. I am posting a couple of pictures of them below. Asa 'almost' smiled...