Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
confession: the fact that i have a little girl to sew things for completely thrills me. i have visions of ruffles and whimsy and perpetual golden summer afternoons. i came across this tute for a sweet ruffled skirt that i'm definitely adding to my "must-make" list
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
i've just started knitting my first sweater. it's not the modular tomten by EZ that i talked about in this post but it is a Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern. it's the bog jacket from her book "knitting around." i'm making it for my 3 month old daughter out of leftover yarn from my sister's christmas mittens and some latte coloured yarn from my stash. i thought it would be good practice for the tomten i'm going to make for my ds and i had the stuff to whip it up. so far so good although it's a bit like knitting a giant scarf but i just keep telling myself the finished product will be so much more rewarding. sorry no pics yet but check back soon.
Monday, April 13, 2009
i've developed a little obsession for wooden dolls, well reall wooden toys in general but i really have a softspot for wooden dolls. one of my favorite finds on etsy is the little wooden dolls from goosegrease. they remind me of these little wooden clospin dolls that my mom painted up as ballerinas and soldiers and hung in our christmastree as a little girl. very whimsical and i really loved them. anyways i mentioned to my mom that i wanted to get a set of nesting dolls and paint them myself and wouldn't you know it she had a set that she bought years ago but had never painted so she passed them on to me. they are so beautiful as is that i almost feel bad to paint them but i'm really excited to see them finished at the same time.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
i waited....and waited....and waited for my name to be at the top of the holds list at my library. finally i got THE email saying it was mine all mine. i can't even begin to tell you how stoked i am about this book. i know it looks a little outdated (ok a lot) but there is such a buzz about Elizabeth Zimmerman if you are a knitter and i just wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about. i think i get it. it's not that her patterns are the most fashionable but it's the technique behind them that makes then so inspiring. it's really more a formula to use to get any result you can imagine. i'm thoroughly looking forward to whipping up a modular tomten jacket for my son (in blue because he asked for a blue sweater and how can i say no to that) the only thing i'm disappointed about is that i only have this book for 2 weeks. this may be one i haave to splurge on. i don't buy books often because i have access to such a great library but this is the kind of book i can see myself referring back to more often then i could have it checked out (it aparently has a LONG wait list)