Archive for January, 2010

Little Pink House

I’ve been reading the Checkout Girl blog for awhile now, amazed at the beautiful things she makes with scraps of fabric and felt. So when she posted a tutorial to make her little pink house frame, I knew I had to make one for my mother, who loves small cottages and gardens.

I have to admit that I sometimes get bored with sewing and embroidering, and will put down a pattern for long stretches of time. But this was a joy to make, particularly all the flowers. And there’s no problem if your sewing goes a bit wonky, as it just seems to add to the charm of the design.

I’m tempted to make a little cottage of my own. I just need to figure out how to make a felt goat!


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Winter Nights

In early December, I decided I deserved a break from holiday knitting, cast-on for Ysolda Teague’s Damson, and then promptly messed it up. I frogged and re-knit it, only to realize that, even with pattern adjustments, I still didn’t have enough yarn in my Colinette Jitterbug. So I frogged it yet again, and cast-on in a different color, only to find out that my glorious Madeline Tosh yarn, which looks like jeweled jelly in the skein, looked a bit more like mad tie-dye when knit. I threw the whole thing in my knitting cupboard and decided to make myself another Ishbel as consolation.

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Corvid
Needles: Size 6

I’ve been saving this particular color for something special. It’s stunning, a mixture of purples and greens, like the wings of a bird swirled into inky black.

There’s something extremely soothing about the simplicity of this pattern. It’s so easy, but it yields a truly beautiful piece of wearable art.

Somehow, I doubt I’ll be stopping at three.

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