What do you get when you cross..
Just wait & see…
So, remember when I said my next personal crafty project was the ballet wrap in the deleeeecious cotton?
Yeah. About that. Owing to certain problems finding proper needles, I got a little side-tracked. Y’know, taking the scenic route through my To Be Made queue. Here’s what I’m working on at the moment:
Nice, eh? It’s the Featherweight Cardigan from KnitBot, to be found here and on Ravelry.
I am currently almost halfway through but am facing the daunting task of weaving in ends that are *ahem* not at the edges of the garment or at the underarms, as the Experienced Knitters would have done. *hangs head*
You can see the cardigan in more detail here. Isn’t it a beaut? I do not have much experience with shaping and the like, and the pattern is simple enough for a n00b like meself to get it on the first go (thank feck).
Next up, the Pas de Deux– if I find the right needles..
Gosh, it has been rather a while, hasn’t it?
In the interim, there was
– a schlep over to Berlin (the zoo! OMFG the petting zoo! With zombie sheeps!);
– a birthday (now we are 26- I am awaiting the Fairy Godmother of Maturity to come cosh me over the head aaaaaaaaaaaany minute now);
– a great deal of cake (and fruit and vegetables, Maman. Yes, I am eating my apple)
– beadswoolpaperinkhooksandneedlesnotionsthreadsembroiderysilk* *pant pant pant wheeeeeeeeeeeeze*
I need a little sit down after all that. In the meantime, all things crafty continue apace but with the latest load of feltables nearing completion, I am looking out for something I can knit for myself. (I know! I feel nearly guilty just typing that.) I have settled upon a pattern I found in Woman’s Weekly called ‘Pas de deux’. A ballet wrap, of all things, in such beautiful yarn: Bergere de France Cotons Nature (Platre on this page). It is not a colour I would normally choose, but for this pattern, it really works.
I have many a project queued on Ravelry right now (I’m watermemory there, but of course), but the prospect of the many, many yarn substitutions I will have to make in order to work on them is rather daunting. I’ve seen experienced knitters substitute yarn, and it usually goes like this:
[Wayne’s World-esque dream sequence moment]
Novice Knitter: “I trust my humble offering of bath salts and wrist pads will not go amiss, oh Experienced Knitter- I am in great need of your help.”
Experienced Knitter: *grumbles, grudgingly looks over the offerings* “Fine. What is it this time?”
NK: *bows head* “Yarn substitution.” *flails around, sobbing* “It’s hopeless! The original pattern calls for a yarn is dyed with the tears of year old goats and is a cotton/ polystyrene/ yak furball blend, produced in the US for precisely six weeks…”
EK: *in trance* “Yardage, swatching, taking into consideration variables schmergedy mergedy and flim flam…”
*A low hum, seeming to come from the earth itself. The stash basket starts to glow with an eerie green light before spewing out a few skeins of yarn*
EK: “Ha! It is done. Tell no-one of what you have seen.”
NK: “Uh…” *scampers off with the new yarn, hides under table and whimpers*
Aaaaaand we’re back in the room. Now, all that remains is to wait for my delectable new yarn. Expect some photos of the thing in progress- but I’ll leave out the ones of me, wild-haired and cursing because I forgot to read ahead in the pattern..
*on a sesame seed bun? (You’re fired- Ed.)
Saturday just gone marked four weeks to the DesignerMart relaunch and I spent much of the weekend working on new pieces. I am in a knitting groove of late, and have a good few bags ready for felting (or more properly, fulling, but that word is usually followed by blank looks and bad puns).
This year, I’ve decided to add new sizes. Much and all as I love and adore my tiny purses and big ol’ totes, sometimes you need an inbetweener- the bag that will hold your phone and your keys and that cute wobbly headed bat* who acts out soliloquies from Hamlet (what? That’s just me?). Ahem. So this year, I’ve added bags that will do just that, while looking fabulous.
Apart from that, it’s all about the gemstones this week. I’ve got tiger’s eye on the brain and I’m thinking tiger’s eye coins with a lot of tiny seed beads.. a sort of web effect. Oh heck, yes.
Expect a sneak preview of all these items soon- I feel a Roger-esque fashion montage coming on!
*Minky. Likes: fruit sweets, long flaps along the beach and Ed Wood films. Dislikes: asparagus and morning appointments. Call him, ladies!
Ah, January- not only home of delightfully crisp diary pages and finishing the stragglers in the Thornton’s box, but one of those months that is chock-full of sneak previews of Ripping Good Stuff (TM). Let me just channel the spirit of Jesse of Jesse’s Diets Fame to get in the mood:
So, to the jewellery..
This year so far, I are bin’ mostly indulgin’ my new-found love of shell. Last year I introduced some chunkier neckpieces, using shell paired with Bali or Hill Tribe silver or Swarovski crystal. This year, a little more of the same but with new, contrasting materials.
You can expect more use of various fibres in my jewellery- silk and felt and organza oh my!-as well as a bit of fabric here and there. Think wearable, elegant multi-media pieces that don’t itch, damnit.
I am also working on a range for people who like their jewellery a bit more lean– expect silver, wood and a bit of knotwork.
In my fibre work- more crochet this year than last. More lovely small bits and bobs to adorn yourself and your home for not too much spendage, and in lovely new yarn blends. I will be paying attention to wool alternatives for my vegetarian and vegan friends, so expect a bit more on that.
Papercrafts will involve a couple of new techniques here and there (awfully curious about quilling, for one!), and an increased usage of recycled and/ or reclaimed materials.
Overall, 2010 in WaterMemory Towers will be about continuity- I tried some new things in 2009 and they worked- as well as a few new bits and surprises, and expanding my merciless dominion of the Internets. (Well, a shop at DaWanda is as good a place to start as any, right?) Sustainability is not going to go by the wayside with me, just because times are tough. You can expect me to continue paying keen attention to where my supplies come from, continuing my support for smaller suppliers and choosing the ethical alternatives.
It has been a summer of change ’round these parts. I have moved house, taken a break from uni and am moving jobs very soon. In all this flurry, things get left behind, stuck on the méar fhada.. and so it has been with crafting.
The week so far has seen quite a bit of activity- I have been preparing work for various ranges and have only called a halt to it because I’ve run out of clasps. Bah- I really need to learn the difference between JIT and JIC* ordering! Work is still in progress on the website and some of my online shops- more details about these as I get them up and running. The wonderful, long-suffering Himself has been busy coding and taking photographs for the main WM site, so watch this space for more about that.
Anyhew. Currently in the works:
– a baby blanket in double moss stitch for one of my colleagues. The wool, in buttercup yellow, is from the Debbie Bliss range Rialto. Debbie Bliss wools are an absolute pleasure to work with!
– a layered piece in 4mm peridot-coloured Czech firepolished glass and gold
– a mother-of-pearl/ silver piece- frangia, gem chips and sterling silver (oh my!)
*a hangover from Economics 101- Just in Time and Just in Case. A shameless attempt at showing my book learnin’.