Sunday, March 31, 2013

Snowfling mittens

Snowfling mitts

There may not be much snow to fling around this time of year, but I still do LOVE these Snowfling mittens I made for my friend Deb. She celebrates a birthday this week (I squashed the surprise element two weeks ago when I made her try them on to see if they would fit). A couple of years ago, Deb gifted me with a pair of Druid mittens that are so exquisite that I can barely bring myself to wear them. I've since been wanting to attempt a fancy pair of mittens and when I saw this kit, I knew they were the ones. Big bold snowflakes, cashmere lining, picot edge - ooh. la. la!

The details: Snowfling mitts (An amazing pattern that works up quite quickly)
The yarn: Chris grey, cobalt and peacock (all TFA)\
Needles: 3.25 mm

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I heart... Easter edition

:: Something is definitely lost in google translation but wowowow this blog is amazing -- especially these beautiful bunny and carrot themed potholders.

:: My Miss Maggie Rabbit kit has arrived. So excited to make this!

:: Ok, here's something not Easter-themed but I'm sad about the demise of Google Reader. Why Google, Why (shakes fists angrily). I not only use Reader to catalogue my blog reading but also for etsy and twitter updates. Big big sigh. So now that I've expressed my (overwrought) grief, any feed reader suggestions, please and thanks?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tea towel love

Greenwood tea towels

Some crisp new tea towels ready for service! I made these using a tea towel kit from Greenwood Quiltery. I love quick and satisfying sewing projects :)

Side note: I rejoined Pinterest recently. I felt a little weird about the terms of service last year and cancelled my account but have come back around. It's been a little weird reconnecting... like meeting up with an old friend who likes to talk a lot about getting fit, and how she gets that cool braid in her hair  and how she does her eye makeup. She also has a weird tendency to throw in some inspirational random quotes into the conversation for good measure.

Two things that are new to me:
1. Dogs dressed as humans. (I like this very very much although I wish I didn't)
and 2. Recipes for things that involve 3 ingredients. (Is this really possible? I don't see how you can make cookies with 3 ingredients... And yet there is a picture of the finished product and they look like reasonable cookies.). In any case, if you're on pinterest, let's be friends! I'm, not surprisingly, msteekay.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A honey of a cowl

Va-va-va voom Honey Cowl!

My sweet sweet friend KW made me this GORGEOUS earth-toned honey cowl. Soft, warm and squishy it is a total luxury. I love it so! Thanks Kerry :)

The yarn: 2 skeins of Aracania Panguipulli
The pattern: The honey cowl

Sunday, March 10, 2013

NYC socks

Opal socks

So sticking to my non-resolution of clearing the decks, I finished up these socks that I cast on last summer when I went to NYC. We arrived in the middle of a serious heatwave -- precisely the kind of weather that is perfect for knitting wool socks, right? 

The details: Opal yarn
Needles: 2.75 mm

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I heart...

All lined up

:: I think I might try to tackle this French Onion Tart this weekend.

:: These felted critters with their scarves, sweaters and knitted satchels are the very definition of cute. And also, speaking of cute - this pattern for the Owl and the Pussycat is very very sweet.

:: Printable sewing cards for kids - Packaged with some embroidery floss, this would make a fun little gift. (I especially like Betty Bouffant).

:: Daylight savings this weekend! Ready to spring forward :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Wiksten tank

Wiksten tank

 Hey, look what I made! The Wiksten tank.

The details:
I took a really good course at Greenwood Quiltery which was a great intro to garment sewing. The class moved quickly as we worked to get most of the tank done within the hours allotted (I had to finish the binding around one arm on my own at home). 

I picked up some really good tips, including: What's the secret to sewing around curves? Answer: Go slow.

The fabric: Flea Market Fancy Posie

Now, I think I'd like to knit a cardigan to match!