Saturday, March 31, 2012

Blowing Smoke

Love.  Really and truly. Perhaps two weeks before my wedding I should be directing this term towards my fiance (whom I also really and truly love), but today I shall share that love with winnowing, a pattern by Bristol Ivy published in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People Vol. 2.

It's a very simple design. The entire shawl is half twisted rib, with yarnovers used for shaping and design. Yet the finished object is a thing of complex beauty.  The only complaint (no love is unconditional), is that (as with most things worth having) knitting this is a commitment.  It took me three weeks of monogomous knitting. Half of that time was spent on the seemingly never-ending knit-on border.

Here is my finished shawl, made with Tosh Merino Light in Smokey Orchid.  (The name, Blowing Smoke, is a twist of the pattern name "winnowing," which can mean to blow, and the yarn color.)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cross Crafting

A friend made me some lovely bead stitch markers. It reminded me that I really needed a case for my stitch markers. It's been awhile since I played with paper, so I decided I would make a few. One for me, and one for the friend that gave me the lovely bead markers. I also needed a thank you present for my sister, and have been thinking of getting her a gift card for a goat. Altered Altoid tins make great gift card holders.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Getting Closer

My scrapping has been stymied all year as I have been getting ready for the wedding. The invites have gone out, the thank yous are in process, and now - as we count down to the big day itself - the favors, table signs, and placecards. (The guestbook is done too, but not photographed).

I did take a break today, though, to head down to South Street Seaport to cheer Glenn on as he crossed the finish line of the NYC Half Marathon.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Plein de Poisson

My latest sweater, Lavaliere by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I used Spirit Trail's Ixchel in Seaweed.  The name, Plein de Poisson is part of a line in French Kiss - the sea, so big, so blue, so . . . full of fish.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

We're Getting Married!

I'm starting to get giddy. Just over six weeks to go! It sinks in a little more each day.

Last Saturday the bookstore had a spring menu tasting. It was wonderful to see the venue set up for an event, interact with the gracious staff, and try the delicious food and lovely wines.