happy list

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348a56b5245d8e820f9b6a6c94a2f893Pom poms anyone? These lovely pictures from One Sheepish Girl inspire me to make some.  Meredith Crawford of One Sheepish Girl is currently in Bath, England posting Instagram and Pinterest pictures for the Mollie Makes magazine. How much fun she must be having!

Original Source: (Fruit pom pom – Mr. Printables; be sure to go here, some adorable ideas for pom poms!) Top two pictures: One Sheepish Girl

 

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Check out this food art, almost too pretty to eat! This baked raspberry meringue dish reminds me of little cloud pillows dusted with raspberry powder. Yummy!

Original Source: Food and Cook by trotamundos for recipe and more information on this beautiful dish.

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Loving this cardigan.  A lot of color, graphic southwestern design, bold prints. What a great design for a sweater!

Original Source: Nasty Gal, for more shots of this fantastic coat/cardigan.

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A little Jared Flood love? Such beautiful colors, patterning, and his yarn is to die for. I wish I could get the courage to tackle a color work project like this! Astas’ Grettir.

Original Source: Ravelry

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Is this and this amazing, or what? These “cameras” and “sewing bowl” are ceramic made by Katharine Morling! I am speechless.

Original Source: The Jealous Curator. You won’t believe what else she has done.

And last but not least, this D.I.Y.: ombre porcelain pots, brilliant!

Original Source: Carnets Parisiens for more pictures and instructions on how to make. I must warn you, it is in French, so you will have to translate unless you are fluent.

Hope all is well with all of you! Any weekend plans? Friday I go to my youngest son’s cross country meet, Saturday I will be making and selling donuts with my husband at a fall festival, and Sunday I will be going to church and hosting my church small group. We’re having ham and beans, want to come?

Other exciting news, I just got a part-time job at my local yarn shop. Yeah! I will be teaching classes, selling lots of yarn I hope and generally just having a grand time. This is something I have always wanted to do!

Have a good one!

xoxo Shannon

a new design process

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I am trying to come up with a spring/summer design, as you can see in the picture of my rough sketch. The first swatch I knit up was done in a 100% tanguis cotton by Mirasol (their Hapi line) which definitely gave it some texture and depth, maybe a little too much. I haven’t decided yet. The next yarn I want to try is a 100% mercerized cotton from Plymouth Yarn, their Covington line in a very pretty corally/peachy color.

The only item I have ever knitted using cotton was a dishcloth. So I kind of had this mindset of cotton? Really? I am finding out though, there are some really nice yarns out there, especially when they are blended with something else. Did you know there are different types of cotton?

For instance, tanguis cotton is a long staple cotton grown in the coastal valleys of Peru. It is best known for its softness and great absorption.

Now mercerized cotton (named after one British chemist, John Mercer) is made so by a process that produces a more lustrous product than its counterparts. This lustrousness remains even after washing and gives a very nice, extravagant appearance to the finished garment.

Soooo, it continues. But it is fun, this process of trial and error.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo Shannon

happy (knitting) list

It’s September and fall is almost upon us! So, you know what that means – get out your pointy sticks, your favorite wool yarn and let the winter knitting games begin! I love this time of year, don’t you?

0dbf8c9e9796813dfdf23aa04003446bStaying in the Brooklyn Tweed vein, here are some looks at Jared Flood’s latest designs. His work (and that of those he employs) is always timeless and classic with beautiful tweed yarns and cables all melded together into one outstanding design. This compilation of patterns does not disappoint with designs offered by Michele Wang, Julie Hoover, and of course, Jared Flood.

Original Source: You must peruse their Look Book here.

115e0e473b31c971ab0577ea8c833b93Ondawa” by Michele Wang. What a wondrous amalgam of patterns! I love her combination of interesting texture and silhouette. Fascinating!

Original Source: mishi2x

Ravelry page.

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Julie Hoover’s contribution, “Crosby” as seen 1. here (last picture on the right) and 2. here, looks so comfortable, I would be tempted to wear it every day. Again, the great combination of patterns and that tweedy charcoal color gives this sweater such a timeless appeal.

Original Source: Julie Hoover

Ravelry Page: Crosby

By the way, all of the above photos were taken by the multi-talented Jared Flood.

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Okay, moving on to Gudrun Johnston and this lovely example of color work in her Northdale pattern published in the Shetland Trader Book 2 yet to be released in October, 2014. This pullover was knit using Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft fingering 4-ply yarn from the bottom up. You can find out more about Gudrun and her designs on her website.

Original Source: Ravelry page (pre-order pattern here)

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Broome Pattern by Vanessa Putt. These large braided cables and colors are outstanding! This would definitely be a fast knit and such a satisfying project to take on as well. Would make a great Christmas gift, right? Hmmmm.

Original Source: Ravelry page

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Is she adorable or what? Not to mention the hat and sweater! Ooh, I am definitely getting in the mood for winter knitting!

Original Source: Tocotovintage

DSCF7554DSCF7559My own happy knitting, almost done! (Referenced here.)

Have a good one,

xoxo Shannon

weekly yarn feature

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How about a little Brooklyn Tweed “Loft” yarn. I thought a tweed was in order for the coming fall knitting season! This yarn is 100% targhee-columbia wool, a fingering weight grown and spun in the USA (I like this). At 275 yards a skein this lightweight fingering would be perfect for lacework, accessories, and garments as suggested by Brooklyn Tweed. It costs $14.50/skein and comes in 32 luscious colors.

old and new W.I.P.S

DSCF7460 DSCF7462 DSCF7463 DSCF7464 DSCF7465Here are my oldest and newest W.I.P.S. Ingenue (as I first introduced to you here and here) is coming along very nicely, only have the sleeves left to do! It has been a pretty easy and fast knit. I would highly recommend this for a first-time sweater project for anyone wanting to dive in and just do it!

And I am really enjoying my newest project, the “Rikke Hat” by Sarah Young. It is being done up in one skein of Madelintosh Tosh Merino Dk on #4 circulars in the Cathedral color way. Love this yarn!

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FASHION FORWARD KNITS

Sometimes I tend to not think about knitwear being a high fashion item or a fashion forward trend. There are two different worlds though aren’t there as it relates to knits. There is the homespun, hand knit world for us “amateurs” and there is the trendy, upbeat fashionista world as evidenced by this post on This Is Glamorous. I love this site, I just stumbled upon it today whilst browsing Pinterest, and it inspired me to write a post!

7600e3695ecdc99ceaa12e98337163c9How about this beautiful Missoni scalloped crochet knit top found here.

Alexander-Lewis-Resort2014-01. . . Or my favorite found at Style Bubble. To me, what makes this stand out is the pattern combined with the unusual color combinations and it all works together very well!

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IMG_9803I love this fun, quirky work by Katie Jones of K2togdesign from London who combines her love of color, texture, and pattern; throw in a little bit of whimsy and thriftiness and you’ve got one-of-a-kind designs.  It appears she likes to use a combination of crochet and knitting in her work. Style Bubble writes a good article here featuring Katie.

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And last but certainly not least, this sweater ensemble from HANIA by Anya Cole, Fall/Winter 2014 collection is divine. The color, the cable patterning, what’s not to love? All of Anya Cole’s designs are hand knit by ninety knitters she employs from different boroughs in New York. Only the finest yarns custom twisted for HANIA are used coming from the best cashmere mills in Italy and Scotland. While you are going to pay for these works of art, the quality has to be outstanding, not to mention the sheer inspiration derived from just gazing upon the designs.

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I leave you today with a little something I found on Ravelry, this lovely Moon Pulls sweater pattern by Dianna Walla of Paper Tiger. The pop of turquoise really makes this design stand out. What do you think?

After reading this through, I hope no one thinks I am downplaying us hand knitters. On the contrary, just trying to offer us all something to think about, to be inspired by and to enjoy.

Happy Wednesday!

xoxo Shannon

HAPPY LIST

 

BluSand Pattern by La Maison Rililie as seen on Ravelry. As you will see on Ravelry, this can be done in a couple of color ways. You also have the option of choosing two different yoke treatments: one, a combination yoke; two, a raglan version. Suggested yarn for this cardigan: Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton DK. Such a fresh take on a classic design. I like this, A LOT. (Note the contrast color on inside pocket!)

Original Source: Lamaisonrililie, Knitting Therapy Blog.

51a0012e161473e7d24751fc73d4a4e7How about this delicious looking Halloween punch! It’s almost time! I’m ready. Where I live, the mornings have been cool. Getting me in the mood.

Original Source: Honestly Yum, a yummy looking food blog written by creators of Honestly WTF. (Note: the recipe does call for a bottle of spice rum! Just saying . . .)

8f9ecc102f1c5c8842977e476285388aI do love me some art work! Coastal Walkway by Gail Kellett. I will let it speak for itself.

Original Source: Gailkellet Gallery Her medium: linocut printmaking. She hand draws her designs right on to the lino. You will be amazed at her outstanding offerings.

156b2a16b0f5e9cff11c6dbd4d20e8b5Ashburn Pattern by Melanie Berg. This was knit using garter and slip stitches in the Plucky Knitter Bello yarn. Love everything about this shawl, the unusual collection of colors, design, and its graceful appeal.

Original Source: Ravelry page and at Mairlynd.

fe35f2520ccd41eacfa6a333b970c9bcOh if I could have one of these right now! The photographic quality of this is speaking to me as well. Love the props that have been used in this pic.

Original Sources: (pin) SomewhatVintage and Kanelaylimon, a Spanish food blog with some awesome photos.

I hope you are all having an awesome and inspiring weekend!

xoxo Shannon