Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
What can I say? I love making these little beauties. Added this time are 2 10 karat gold round knit markers to the sterling silver round knit markers. My first one sold on Etsy, it was a bittersweet parting. This one (of course) is for sale on Etsy as well.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
This seemed to work out fine; I used the first of the two patterns I posted on the 18th. It's all done in one piece which is fine, but there is a discrepancy in the pattern, I'll need to make corrections. Either that or I came up with my own numbering system...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
will try this first...
Materials: about 25 oz worsted weight wool. Size 6 needles,
crochet hook, and a small amount of extra yarn in a contrasting
color. Sweater ornament finishes about 5 inches long.
Gauge is not really important, but I was probably knitting 5.5
stitches/inch (22 stitches to 10 cm).
Instructions: Cast on 17 stitches. Work K1, P1 ribbing for 6
rows, ending on the wrong side. Keep the edge stitches in garter
Work 8 rows stockinette stitch. Last row on wrong side.
Begin seed stitch tree: Row 1-- K7, p3, k7.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl across.
Row 3: K7, p3, k7.
Row 5: K4, p9, k4.
Row 7: K5, p7, k5.
Row 9: K6, p5, k6.
Row 11: K7, p3, K7.
Row 13: K8, p1, K8.
Work two more rows in stockinette stitch. At the end of the second
row, cast on 9 stitches for one sleeve. Turn work and work first
4 stitches in garter stitch for the cuff. Work rem stitches in
stockinette. At end of row, cast on 9 stitches for the other
sleeve. Turn work, and work first and last four stitches of every
following row in garter stitch, remainder in stockinette. Knit
about 3 or 4 rows, ending on the wrong side.
Make buttonhole for neck opening: Knit 9 (sleeve), knit 6 (shoulder),
cast off 5, knit 6, knit 9. Next row, K4, p5 (sleeve), p6
(shoulder), cast on 5, p6, p5, k4.
Work another 3 or 4 rows, to match the front of the sleeve. Cast
off the sleeve stitches, then work the sweater back to match the
sweater front, omitting the tree.
Finishing: Fold the sweater, wrong sides together, and mattress-stich
the sides and sleeves. Pick up about 11 stitches around the
neckline, and work K1, P1 ribbing back and forth for about an inch
(if you're really ambitious, feel free to do this on DPNs). Seam
the neckline so that the seam falls to the outside, and fold the
neckband over for a turtleneck.
Everyone says knitting miniature sweaters is a breeze, I just don't want itty bitty thread and teeny weeny double pointed needles, I want this...(listed below) Needles appropriate for yarn....going to giver a go. This pattern also boasts knitting in one piece, yeah!
Worsted weight yarn
Needles appropriate for yarn
CO 14 sts.
Purl 1 row.
Work 4 rows K1, P1 ribbing.
Work 14 rows St st.
Beginning Of Sleeve
Using the Cable Cast On or Knit Cast On, CO 8 sts, K across.
CO 8 sts, P across.
Work 6 rows St st, knitting first and last 3 sts of every row.
Beginning Of Neck Opening
K10, BO 10 sts, K10.
P10, CO 10 sts, P10.
Work 6 rows St st.
End Of Sleeve
BO 8 sts, K across.
BO 8 sts, P across.
Work 14 rows St st.
Work 4 rows K1, P1 ribbing.
BO 14 sts.
Sew side and sleeve seams. Weave in ends on WS.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Turn up your speakers this is poetry! Ahhhhhhhh even the ending is sweet, not as sweet as the ride...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sometimes just looking over your shoulder at something new can inspire. I was on the Etsy website checking out other artists work and found this...isn't it beautiful?
Check out her shop at Etsy at artisticprostitution.etsy.com for more goodies.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
how many more string of grey days lay ahead? dark in the morning dark in the early evenings, done knitting for the holidays...i miss shadows and green, i miss racing...the smell of tires burning up on the hot pavement (though I often whined about the heat or my slow times)...how could i have ever given it up? days are closing in and books offer the feel of existing in other worlds...i miss walking outside into blue skies...instead i walk into coffee shops with free wifi and wait for my brainwaves to catch the next wave of creativity. waiting for the sun...
sometimes i dream about racing and spinning out...the best way to lose control
i miss sharing the grid with #41, he's the best...
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I'm zipping right through these, as they will be gifts for Christmas. However, most all of them (even the smaller or larger) look so dang good on my hands I want to keep them. The kitchen is almost put back together (it was gutted) but we're still living on fridge food, nuked food, fruit, to-go food and our friends lovely home made meals.
Being an at-home artist allows me to be here when the granite people come, or Alfredo needs to sand more drywall...though sometimes I feel like a hostage in my own house. Aaron plays excellent music while he works, and if I'm lucky I catch him belt out a line from a tune, it makes me giggle.
To give you an idea of how disruptive having a kitchen remodeled can be our couch is less than 10 feet from our TV, hubby is in heaven. He's in for some shock when everything gets moved back into place.
My living room also looks as if the knitting gods took over...IOW beware of the skeins, bags of skeins, stray double pointed needles...you get the picture.
Making our morning coffee is like walking a slow cramped obstacle course. I'm sure the neighbors have seen us in our jammies while grabbing milk and other items from our fridge which is positioned smack next to our huge front window. Lovely.
All of this really doesn't matter, we are blessed we can reach for an apple or get fresh cold milk. We're grateful for what we have and just like to bitch about how cramped living can get.
The good news from my end is all the knitting accomplished at the coffee shop (when Alfredo is sanding and sending dust throughout the house - I flee) The free WiFi and yummy hot coffee drinks. I think I've had about 6-8 egg salad sandwiches from this special coffee shop.
Puddles is past his 20th Sub Q morning dose and he's thriving...in a super laid back sort of way.
Here's my latest, to give an idea of what I'm knitting, the gauntlets. This was taken yesterday as I have also cranked out several Sterling Silver Knit Marker Pins, they are lovely and I just put my first up for sale on ;-)AutumnLeavesJewelry I'll never use the plastic markers again...I've gone GREEN
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
How can I keep from felting? A rhetorical question I know let me backtrack. After waking and shaking my dreams and moon dust from my inner self, there’s usually a cat who needs petting. Morning chores…I’ll spare you from description of the cat box and move on to getting the coffee made just so. (it has to be made just so…)
Hubby gets the Sub Q fluids ready by placing them under the thick winter bedding. He does this so Puddles our aging cat will not be shocked by cold liquid as I inject his daily needle under the back of his warm purring body. Yes he purrs. Sometimes he cries, just a little, mostly though he purrs and accepts our strokes and kisses until the required amount of fluid is drained.
He saunters down the stairs, Puddles, not hubby and sits and waits impatiently for his special new diet food. He cries out, sometimes loud, but it’s a cry not of pain but wanting and demand. This is good, it means he has gusto and wants to have his day. Low in protein I nuke it for him then make sure it’s stirred until there are no unpleasant cold or hot spots to spoil his morning meal.
This is pain, this is Puddles pain. It gives me pain. What do you do with pain? You turn it into something opposite you can handle, something subjective like art. It doesn’t cry or become inhuman, art is lovely and soft, sometimes cool to the touch, and other times its untouchable but your brain somehow finds a way to caress the beauty.
So I knit, and knit some more, then I felt…sometimes. This time I chose to knit and felt a purse. I’ve made several, sold a few and will always make more. Because the cycle of pain and loss and rebirth and new days continue and there is no way to erase pain, only ways to ease it and tweak it here and there the urge to conceive lives on.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Making spinner rings gives me as much pleasure as viewing the final product. Each spinner ring is different and all share the same kinetic quality. The fluting of the edges of the outer ring allows the wearer to enjoy taking it on and off...you have to own one to know what I mean. The inner ring whether thick or thin or multiple, move with their own unique shape.
This one was given a slight pattern into the silver; I left it a matte finish. The 10karat gold band was hammered to add dimension and sparkle for contrast with the silver.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I've been knitting so much it was time to switch back to my true love. Bending metal. This wearable art piece can be worn with any open weave/knitted fabric. It acts as a unique closure for your shawl, scarf, etc. The markers are meant to be used with knitting as well. I thought about adding beads to the markers but on second hand realized they might get in the way of the piece you are knitting. I plan to make more of these. Definitely a keepsake and special gift for the person you love who loves to knit.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
This was one of the first pieces I soldered on my own in silversmith class. I wasn't sure whether the flower belonged hanging from the large loop at the bottom of the necklace...I liked the way it framed the flower, but didn't want a forced look. In the end I kept the large circle frame around the flower and it sold. Hearing what the buyer loved about the piece felt as satisfying as actually making it. I love when each piece of art finds a good home.
Another thing to always remember is nothing is permanent with jewelry making, things can be cut, melted, hammered, removed, replaced and reset.
Monday, October 29, 2007
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I received this pattern along with the yarn I chosse...Zarella.
This truly is a fast sweater to whip up, and I loved changing the gauge by using different needle sizes to get 3 different sized sweaters. Please enjoy the pattern...note, I did not like the way the sweater looked after completing the bottom and simply made a ribbed edge. (The original pattern is lovely but seemed extra long compared to the sleeves, it is an older pattern.) Enjoy!
5 Hour Baby Sweater Pattern:
You Will Need:
Size 10-1/2 needles (full-term 7-8 lb baby), size 8 or size 5 needles for preemie baby) Zarella, 2 skeins per sweater with leftover for booties, and/or making a bow to tie front of sweater. I used size 8.5 US needles and 11 US needles.
4 stitch markers and holders
Cast on 34 sts starting at neck this sweater is knitted in one piece.
On all rows knit last 3 sts for garter edge
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K3 *P2tog, YO. Repeat from * ending P2 tog, K3 (34st)
Row 4: K
Row 5: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 6: K3 *inc 1 by knitting once in the back of the stitch, then once in the front; K1. Repeat from * ending with inc.1, K3 (47 st)
Row 7: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 8: K3 *K2tog. Repeat from * ending K4
Row 9: K3 *K1, insert needle under next horizontal loop of row below (between sts) and knit this st. Repeat from * across, ending K4 (47 st)
Row 10: K4 * inc 1 st in next st, K2. Repeat from * end inc. 1, K3 (61 sts)
Row 11: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 12: K3, *K2 tog. Repeat from * ending K4 (34 st)
Row 13: Same as row 9. (61 st)
Row 14: K4 *inc 1 in next st, K3. Repeat from * ending with inc. 1, K4 (75
Row 15: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3 (75 sts)
Row 16: K3 *K2 tog. Repeat from * ending K4 (41 st)
Row 17: K3 *K1, insert needle under next horizontal loop of row below
(between sts) and knit this st. Repeat from * across, ending K4 (75 st)
Row 18: K4 *inc 1 in next st, K4. Repeat from * to end, ending with inc. 1,
Row 19: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 20: Same as row 16. (48 st)
Row 21: Same as row 17. (89 st)
Row 22: K5 *inc 1 in next st, K5. Repeat from * to last 5 sts-K. (103 sts)
Row 23: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 24: Same as row 16. (55 st)
Row 25: Same as row 17. (103 st)
Row 26: K17 (front), inc 1 in next st, place marker (pm), inc 1 in next st, K 15 (sleeve), inc 1 in next st, pm, inc 1 in next st, K 31 (back), inc 1 in next st, pm, inc 1 in next st, K 15 (sleeve), inc 1 in next st, pm, inc 1 in next st, K17 (front) (111 st)
(keep moving markers on each row)
Row 27: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 28: Knit, increasing 1 st at each side of markers (119 sts)
Row 29: Same as row 27.
Row 30: Same as row 28. (127 sts)
Row 31: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 32: K21, place on holder, K 23 sleeve st and keep on needle, place rest of stitches on holders -- 39 for back, 23 for other sleeve, 21 for other front.
(remove markers as you place sts on holders.)
Rows 1-16 : work in stockinette st
Row 17: K2tog *P1, K1, P1, K2tog. Repeat from * (17 sts).
Rows 18-22: Work K1 P1 rib.
Work other sleeve the same
Body: (this is where you can use creative license)
Attach yarn at underarm on right side of work and K across body (81 sts)
Work in st st keeping K3 garter border for 12 rows
Row 13: Repeat row 16 of top of sweater, but end with k4. (44 sts)
Row 14: Repeat row 17. (83 sts)
Rows 15-18: Work in st st keeping K3 garter border
Row 19: K3, *K2tog, YO, repeat from * ending with yo, K3.
Rows 20-23: Work in garter stitch (knit every row)
Friday, October 26, 2007
The possibilities of form and color are endless, I love making these necklaces. Sterling silver, gold, copper, pearls, stones, handmade beads...each piece is one of a kind. It can be wrapped into various shapes adding more dimension, wrap it as a bracelet, or choose one of several lengths in necklace form.
Dress up a white tee and jeans or wear it to compliment a dressy outfit.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Was searching for sea glass along the beach in Delaware over the weekend, I found a lot of plastic, bottle caps, cherry bomb casings, fishing stuff, and little sea glass.
This caught my eye, I've never seen a real jellyfish. It was the size of a 12" pizza, and it was pretty.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Not your grandmother’s stuffy brooch, this was made first by forming a silver bezel. Next a photo of my great grandmother was placed inside the bezel, but not so fast! First q small layer of resin is added to the bezel, it gives the photo a raised affect (my photography skills are pretty nil). After adding the photo, which first has been cured with a small layer of resin, another layer of resin is added. Each time resin is applied to the brooch bubbles appear which need removing, or not, a purist would laugh at this, but I like flaws. Sometimes they work; sometimes they just look like bubbles distorting your work. A quick swoosh of a small (very small) torch about 6 inches above the bubbly resin will remove them. You can blow on them using your breath, how this works I haven't a clue, and I won't do it...I like the way the torch zaps the bubbles, and I fear the resin getting in my lungs.
Resin is an exciting medium. It's also very smelly and caustic and should be used in a well ventilated area. Gloves are strongly suggested.
Humidity, dry air, temperatures all help decide the outcome of your piece. Like anything read the directions and find someone with experience for advice. My metal smith instructor has helped me figure out the do's and don’ts of resin.
Silly putty can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on how fast it melts (humidity) It's used to stabilize your piece...for instance you're making a ring and the shank/bezel are ready. Silly Putty allows the piece to sit at the angle you wish for pouring your resin. I tried chewing gum once in a pinch and let me tell you it does not work, at least the brand I tried.
Some ideas are crushing up a stone you love and adding it to the resin during mixing. Another is using a pastel (not shade, actual pastel chalk) crushed to a superfine powder and added during mixture. As I've shown, photos are so wonderful under glassy looking resin.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Cousin Joe's daughter is enjoying the sweater I knitted. How lovely to see a photo from the West Coast of this beautiful happy, gurgling, giggling, slobbering toddler staying warm in her new pink knitwear.
If you see this Cuz Joe, Santees live on and rule! :-)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
These are a few of my sea glass finds from several beaches along the East Coast. Initially I wanted to incorporate them all into my silver art. After putting a couple into silver bezels their beauty seemed to diminish, or take on a new quality. For now I prefer to lay these tiny treasures out on old Depression Glass.
Notice the felted purse I keep them in when not showing them off on my blog? (I'll do a felting how-to my way soon) It keeps them from chipping when hauling them to and fro the metal smith studio.
They look better freely arranged with what ever particular light decides to filter through, not caged in a silver bezel...for now.
Still waiting for hubby to find that elusive red or pink glass, I do believe we'll soon have a chance along the Delaware shore to go a'huntin. It's a cheap hobby and short of a spoon full of decadent icing, nothing tastes better.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I made this yesterday. Using sterling silver I initially meant to make a pair of flower shaped earrings. While holding the tiny silver shaped domes upside down with the silver attached something clicked in my brain, I thought about flowers and poppies and a garden sprung to mind, one with an odd numbered flowers.
I wondered how can I pull this off and keep it both simple and stylized? Should it be a pin? A brooch would limit the deminsions I was looking for. We hold flowers in our hands before we give them to our loved ones, so why not extend a garden on a ring? My daughters fashion designs came to mind, she's always thinking outside the box and taking creative chances...and her work is so stunning, she would have told me to go for it.
The reactions to this piece have been mixed...so I was wondering...Do you think it's finished? If not what elements would you add?
Would you wear this ring?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Green Fluorite Sterling Silver Pendant
I found this little green rock at a gem show last winter. It reminded me of a worry rock, something smooth, a touch-stone to keep in your pocket for reassurance.
Time...I say it over and over in my head and it starts to mean nothing. Time time time time time time, it begins to sound like tine, which makes me think of forks. And cake, mmm cake with super sickly sugary frosting which over time will decay your teeth and in the shorter run give you a tummy ache.
Timeless beauty, how is that possible? What does it mean? In 100 years will someone look at a photo of our ultra skinny runway models and think Ah yes, those starved bodies with heads floating atop, just look at those jaunty joints and boney faces, such timeless beauty. Okay that's a silly description of beauty even by today’s standards.
Light captured in a Van Gogh paint stroke, seeing a shooting star from a tiny island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina breathing in the late night air, witnessing your child taking her first steps and the sounds of her laughing are timeless beauty.
This piece was put together with a lot of worry and learning to let go of conventional beauty. I wanted ugly. I wanted time stopped so beauty could rest. I wanted crazy. How about numbers which don't make sense and no face on a watch? No not the melting clocks of Dali...instead solid, with striations and fragility of time, some worry lines. Stamped nonsense numbers and letters on the sides of the silver, easily held due to the thickness of the bezel I formed tell that nothing is permanent. My metal smith instructor spent plenty of class time with me talking about the piece, bending the metal and reassuring me to keep going with it.
Still looking for the right chain to create in order to wear the piece, time marches on...
Monday, September 24, 2007
Have I mentioned I love to felt my knitting? I find the felting results of knitted stitches vary widely. For instance, a simple st st will come out very smooth, while a garter stitch leaves a little more substance. This makes sense, with more thread looped together (garter stitch) vs. less (stockinette) during the felting process end product will be thicker or smoother. It's definitely a fun process to play around with. Speaking of playing, I remember not long ago...wait was it really that long? We used to play 45s. Once you've taken the huge step of combining those old school 'albums' onto a tiny iPod you can't go back. But surely you can enjoy looking back at all those LPs. The vinyl, the cover art, liner notes and memories will stay.
I put together an iPod Hoodie. It can be worn around the neck, definitely suitable for a walk outside, knitting or metal smithing, even eating your favorite snacks. Your iPod stays where you can find it. Again, embellishing after the knitting and felting was the most satisfying. I knitted an I Cord for the handle, used some wooden beads to give a new device a retro feel and added a hole at the bottom where the cord is attached.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Yes mittens are sure cute, but the fingers must be liberated! Fingers need to snap, they need to be available for important utilitarian purposes! I took the mostly-made mitten apart, unraveling it (as my knitting instructor Vreni would say “Open it up!” a dare not unlike Throwing Down the Gauntlet damn it.) With the 5 double pointed needles in hand feeling like a puppeteer not quite acquainted with her craft, I remade it, then realized to make a knitted gauntlet I might want to make the length of the wrist area expand up to the forearm. I refuse to do a cable up the arm (a la mode), that will send me over…
Alas, I am unraveling the thing yet again to make a longer version of the knitted gauntlet. It will be warm, it will be flexible, it will not be suitable for battle but I will be able to dip Oreos in cold milk while knitting another scarf and use the keyboard.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I made these little Mary Jane style booties with red wool and cute-as-a-button closure. Initially they looked very soft and loose so I tossed them in the washer for a felting.
The results are lovely, I couldn't be happier with the way they felted. Thicker... softer... sturdier, I'm a happy knitster. At a close look there's still a hint of my stockinette and purl stitches, you never quite know what you'll get with felting. I love the results of these soft rubies.
Not that I know of any such fields, knitting these gave my brain such a feeling of those alluring languid poppies, reaching up to the sky ready to burst.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Outer Banks is known for more than its old pirate tales, old Ocrakoke Brogue and the Wright Brothers. Yes it is the home to more feral cats than people (so I heard) and the occasional red fox. Knitting Addiction is home to Purrl, a beloved Outer Banks cat who may have lineage dating back to Blackbeards time Arrrrrrrrrr Matey! Purrl is sweet and well loved, but don't let her fool you, she seems to own the shop.
Dare I post a photo of the sweater I recently finished from a pattern and yarn acquired from Knitting Addiction? Let me wear it and do a test drive, if nothing unravels, or a stitch mysteriously drops I will...
Monday, September 10, 2007
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Lion Brand Nature’s Choice 100% Cotton (follow label instructions for washing care)
1 skein each of the following colors:
Size 8 knitting needles
Start with ribbing of hat
Cast on 58 stitches in Walnut
Work back and forth in ribbing, k1, P1 for 1-1 ½ inches
Switch to stockinette stitch until whole piece (from cast on row) is 2-2 ½ inches
On knit side switch to Pecan and continue as before in st st until whole piece reaches 3- 3 ¼ inches from cast on row
Beg to Decrease
Row 1- K 6, K2tog * rep to end of row
Even rows, 2-16, Purl
Row 3- K 5, K2tog *rep to end of row
Row 5- K 4, K2tog *rep to end of row
Row 7- K 3, K2tog *rep to end of row
Row 9- K 2, K2tog *rep to end of row
Row 11, K 1, K2tog *rep to end of row
Row 13, K2tog to end of row
Row 15 K2tog to end of row (yep again as in Row 13 this will add a tip to the whipped cream top)
After purling 16th row you will have 5 stitches remain on knitting needle
Transfer remaining 5 stitches onto tapestry needle
Finish seam of hat using mattress stitch, and work in any loose ends.
At top of hat embellish whipped cream curls but weaving in and out loops using Macadamia and a tapestry needle…make it thick, thick thick, or thin whatever you like
Please let me know if you experience any problems with this pattern. It worked for me