Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist!!!

Yay!!!!

My first pair of Fish Lips Kiss heel socks are done!!!!

To say that I have been on a heel obsession lately is an understatement!


Ever since two years ago when I had the crazy idea to make Christmas socks for EVERYONE, I have been wanting to find my Holy Grail of heels!

I've done the slip 1, knit 1 heel and then I tried the Afterthought heel (which I didn't dislike, but I didn't LOVE) and now this heel!

So far, I'm loving it!

I know there are a billion and one heels out there and I'd like to try them all!

Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato heel, the OMG heel (as in OMG, please make it stop!)

:)

I have really come to love making socks and I want my own Vanilla perfect pattern 
that I can do on auto-pilot!

So far, I think this is it!

Will do more heels and report back!

:)



See that ladder down the front (on the above pic)?  It really bums me out!  I worked these on 4 dpns and I think I need to put all front (top of foot) stitches on one needle...

Also note in above picture... those toes are different!  I can't decide which I like better... a shorter toe or a longer toe (smaller bind off or longer bind off).  Something new to obsess about!

:)



No holes in that little corner!



Pattern: My own Vanilla socks 
Needles: DPNS US size 0
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd in Doheny colorway!





:)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sporty Stripe Cardi by Meaghan Schmaltz

Pattern: Sporty Stripe Cardi by Meaghan Schmaltz

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe So Sporty in Vanilla, Charcoal and Aquamarine

Needles: US Size 3

Modifications: None



Yay!  My very own Sporty Stripe Card is done!!!  And I love it!

I bought this yarn at Unwind in Burbank on the first day of the 2014 LA Yarn Crawl and I couldn't wait to power through this one!

It fits sooooo well and this pattern was sooooo easy!


I'd never made anything "Top-Down" before so I was excited to try it and I love it!

I love that you can try it on as you go so you can adjust to your body!

It's quite customizable in that way.


I also love that -  the way this pattern is written, everything is done all at the same time... so we you bind off, you are quite literally done!

No seams to sew.  Just ends to weave in!

AND! I love a pattern that is clear and concise!  All the text fits on one page! I love a good pattern!

(Did I mention I love this pattern!)

:)


My bottom edge ended up being quite curly so I might pick up along the bottom and add some kind of row that will uncurl that bottom a bit.  But I like that the sleeve edges are curly!  I think it's cute.


Here's the original at Unwind in Burbank during the 2014 LA Yarn Crawl.  It was love at first sight!



These sleeves were soooo easy and I just kept trying it on until I liked the length!





#@$&%(!_)*!&#$!!!!!!!!  Almost to the end of that sleeve and my needle broke!!!  


I'm really happy with this sweater and I will wear it with everything!!!!

You know I love my stripes!

:)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Diadem Shawl by Ruth Greenwald

Pattern: Diadem by Ruth Greenwald

Yarn: ColorShift Color Bridge in Turquoise to Bright Yellow

Needles US Size 4


Yay!!!  My Diadem is done!  This was part of a workshop at my LYS and I loved it for the COLOR!!!

This yarn is just beautiful and I wish you could see how everyone's turned out!

(My MIL's is down below!)

There were about 5 of us in the class and we really had fun with all this color!



Did I tell you how much I love the color orange?

It is just about my favorite color!  (A blue-orange, to be exact!  Like a Rothko orange!)


So I chose this yarn colorway based on that one color!

This yarn is really nice to work with and I like that it has a bit of stretch to it! 


As a group, we all agreed that we did not want any leftover yarn so we worked the charts until each color was done!
As a result, our Diadems are longer than the original pattern, and I like that!

(I like a longer shawl)


I finished this project at my Knitting Retreat and here are some pre-blocked pictures!




I love the scent of this Soak Celebration!  It's a very clean scent!





Here are two pictures of my MIL's... She also finished hers at the knitting retreat!

I love the way her's turned out and I think it looks like Fall!  
(or Fall leaves... or something that reminds me of Fall!)

:)


Pre-blocked!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spectra by Stephen West

Pattern: Spectra by Stephen West

Yarn: Cascade Heritage (in Black) and Dragonfly Fibers Pixie (in Black Pearl)

Needles: US size 4



YAY!  And this is done!

This one is for my niece for her birthday as she requested a 'black scarf' and 
I thought this would be a nice present!

I have to tell you... I LOVE Stephen West's patterns.  I find them sooooooo visually interesting!

I like that they are graphic and geometric!

This pattern was a lot of fun and once you get the basic idea of the pattern down, you can pretty much be on auto-pilot and work this one fast!


 The pattern calls for 86 of these little ladders and I put stitch markers every 20 ladders 
so I could remember and count easily!




It's always important to me to have clean insides (wrong sides) as well as right sides!  
I love a clean wrong side!  :)



The short row wrap & turns create this nice circular shaping!
(when doing your wrap & turns, don't forget to pick up the wraps and 
knit 'em with the rest of the stitches!!!)









This was such a fun project and I'd love to make another one with my left over stash!

I love to see all the different variations on Ravelry, especially the rainbow-ish ones!

:)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LA Yarn Crawl 2014 Roundup - Day 1

Here's a roundup of the six shops we made it to on Day 1!!!!











Stay tuned for Day 2!

:)







LA Yarn Crawl 2014 - Zoe Zeynep

The last stop on our crawl for the day was Zoe Zeynep on Melrose.

BE ADVISED THAT THIS STORE IS MOVING TO THE VALLEY AT THE END OF THIS MONTH!  (will say it again below).

Can I just tell you that this was the coziest shop of the day?!

Like, when I walked in and saw candles burning and heard jazz playing, I literally wanted to just sit down, pull out my knitting, and stay for the rest of the night (preferably with a glass of wine!).


This store had some beautiful yarns and they were having a Be Sweet trunk show, 
with gorgeous samples to show.  (You know I love the Be Sweet).  :)

Everyone was very nice and friendly.  What a nice shop to end our day at!



See the girl below in the blue tee... that's a 7 year old, crocheting!  I love it!

Currently at: (as of 4/6/14): 
Address: 7201 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 936-7690

MOVING TO THE VALLEY AT THE END OF APRIL!

Yarn Crawl LA 2014 - Sit 'n Stitch

Next stop was at Sit 'n Stitch in Burbank and this is where we 
literally just sat down and rested for about 20 minutes!

By this time of the day, it was about 5p and full-blown rush hour traffic.

We were starting to get tired (and spent out!) so this store was a welcome break of quiet time and peacefulness!

The owner (seated below) is very nice and she sat and chatted with us while we rested. 
Offered us waters.  Very sweet. 


This store has a nice mix of yarns and needlepoint items.  She had a nice wall of buttons as well!

Her giveaway basket is the one we were all hoping to win! 

:)


Sit 'n Stitch
Address: 1717 W Verdugo Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
Phone:(818) 729-0902