I finished my "Memory Vest" - designed by Kristen Kapur in honor of her father - the pattern is beautiful and easy (you can get it through Ravelry or through her website) a simple donation to help fight alzheimers grants you the key to make your own... this is the first cabling project I have made and I loved doing it - I made an excel spreadsheet that lists out each chart and its repeat - it helped me keep track although I was still able to mess up a time or two and forced myself to rip back... but I did it and I'm proud! I can't wait to model and show it off! :)
On other news, I have a friend that has posed a challenge - her grandmother passed away while knitting a baby sweater for her yet to be born great great grandchild - the lineage is all a little confusing to try to write - but the jist of the story is that there's no pattern and only the back was completed - my friend would LOVE to get the little baby sweater completed - and I know that we can figure out the sweater pattern issues, but I'm not sure what the stitch pattern it! If anyone has any idea, please email me and let me know what it is... once I find this out, we can figure out the rest of the pattern. It's part of the family history that this wonderful lady would knit each newborn a sweater - and we want the future first great great grandchild to have this sweater that was started for him/her..
This is my new dress form / mannequin - I got it through Studio Rox online - they're made in NY I believe and it looks a lot like the ones from Abercrombie and Fitch - pretty vintage looking - I must admit I would prefer a "real" old form, but the chances of finding a MALE one (yes, this is a "male" form) and in my size (36" chest; I'm a small guy) is pretty far fetched. The plan for the form is to use it for designing, assembling, etc. and mostly for assembling components in freeform knitting... He doesn't have a name yet... any ideas? - for now it will live in the office - next to my rusty "K" and my EEG machine - which I got from a Dr's office in Pasadena - it's one of the original prototypes for the real one - from the dr. who helped invent it - (I know, I know... I'm strange)
while I was cleaning up this afternoon, I ran across more of my squares for the mitered square blanket! It inspired me to clean up the next batch of squares that I have completed - these 10 make a total of 20 squares completed and ready for assembly - I pinned them to size and blocked them out so that they're all ready to go when it's time. I have about 30-40 squares to go before I'll assemble... If you ever make the mitered square blanket, be sure to weave in your ends as you go or they'll make you cry. I'm happy to say that 20 squares are knitted, blocked, trimmed and all ready to go when the time comes!
I have revised and updated the shop a bit - I completed design for the first of the Animal Rescue card series - here it is - featuring Willow - my 3 legged baby - it's up for sale on the shop now - remember, proceeds are going to an animal rescue center - what better way to send a note than to have it do "double duty" and help save a pet - This critter is my life and soul - along with her sister (Winky), they are beyond wonderful and loving. Anyone who has a rescue animal understands - but those of us lucky enough to harbor animals that were not only saved but also have endured tragedy know a special love. Willow is missing her leg, Winky is missing one of her eyes (the rumor is that she was the victim of a nasty fight) - they are both lucky now - sleeping in the sun during the day...
I ordered my needle gauge pendant from Dream Weaver Yarns out of NY - I got it 2 days later (remember, I'm in California!) - I was impressed with the speed - and once I opened the package, I was impressed with the product! As far as I can tell, it's made of enameled aluminum - I handed it to Gregg along with a needle, and he tried it out - "size 8" he said - confidently - and he was right (I guess it works haha) - I had been wanting a good needle gauge that was compact, contemporary and fun and stylish - this one from Debra's Garden is all that and MORE!
Craftyminx tagged me - so I'm doing my duty :) she's super cool - go check her out!