Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Skirted Longies

I've decided that I have GOT to learn how to dye my own self-patterning yarn. I love how this skirty turned out. Design-wise, it's my favorite. The purple one was my favorite one to make because the yarn was so soft and such a pretty color, but let's face it! This one is ADORABLE and I'd love to offer it for sale, but the self-patterning yarn is prohibitively expensive. There's nothing else for it; I'm just going to have to learn--REALLY learn-- how to dye yarn.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Crossbones and Skull Skirty

I love how this turned out!

Just look at my adorable Princess Addy! Could a model be any cuter? I mean seriously! I'm pretty sure she knows how cute she is too. I feel very attached to my little niece. More than I have to any of the others. I can't get enough of her, and I think she knows it. Just the other day I was hanging out at my sister's house and she didn't want to hang out with anyone but me! Ok... except when she needed her mamma. Obviously she likes her better than me, but you know, I think we have a special thing going. And I'm pretty sure it has nothing at all to do with my contributing to her being so fashion forward :).

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I've started a new soaker that I'm very excited about. When it was first purchased, I had my doubts, but now, I think I might need to knit one for Addy. It's a skirt with a skull and cross bones on the bum. Yeah... sounds scary, until you see the pic the mom sent of what she'd like the skull to look like :). I've finished the underpants part, which is pink and black striped, and have started on the skirt part. So far I've got the ruffle done in pink... and then my children got obnoxious and we had to leave and go someplace where they could run around outside. Seriously, this is going to be one of the cutest ones yet!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Octopus Shorties

I'm totally in love with this little octopus. I've found my new calling in life, and it is to design Intarsia patterns for knit soakers. In case you don't know, Intarsia is a technique of using different colored yarns to create a picture. I've seen some pretty amazing work. I even found a knit picture of President Obama not too long ago. If I could remember where it was I would put a link. Maybe I'll add it later. I was so excited to find an easier way to make patterns than I did with the bumblebee bum soaker. I found a graph paper generator that I can put my guage into and then trace a picture onto. Very cool. The design for this one was inspired by a pic that the mom who bought it sent to me.

I also tried a new yarn with this one; Cascade 220, which is 100% Peruvian Highland wool. I love it. I love the way the stitches are so well defined. It knits very smoothly and is much softer than I would have expected. I believe this is going to be my new yarn of choice folks. I may even switch what I'm using for the sock monkey skirty!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Acrylic Sock Monkey Skirt

I have perfected the "sock monkey" and now offer it in wool and ACRYLIC (for those that don't cloth diaper or would rather have the ease of machine washable fibers).
I have to say I'm rather surprised that these colors worked out as well as they did. I had my doubts, but what do you know? This was yarn used at the request of the person who bought it, and she was right about all she said about it. It was nice to work with, and surprisingly, I did find colors that some have told me they like better than the original. Hmm... maybe I'll have to see if I can find a darker heather for my wool sock monkey...

Skirted Longies a.k.a. Strawberry Shortcake Pants

The mom who ordered these wanted them to match a shirt she'd commissioned from someone else. I think they turned out much cuter than most people around me were thinking they would. Knitting takes a certain amount of foresight. You have to be able to envision what you're creating, especially if you're designing from scratch. You have to be able to hold the picture in your head and not get distracted when people around you look at you funny and think you're totally crazy to be trying THAT pink with THAT green??!! Yes folks, I do know what I'm doing :). Yes, they look like Strawberry Shortcake pants. I think that's what's so lovable about them. I can't wait to try some other designs in skirted longies.