Friday, September 24, 2010

friday feature: autumn!

well, the autumnal equinox has come and gone, and today it was an unrelenting 80 degrees in fayetteville. *sigh* maybe by this time next week it will be cool!
here to encourage the cool fall weather is a little autumn feature, combining some of my favorite fall activities with some etsy features!
i adore this red panda scarf! red pandas are some of my favorite animals, and this scarf just begs for cool fall days! check out more fun stuff at bobbin4apples etsy shop!this hot air balloon necklace sets my imagination to wanderlust (it just might be satisfied at the end of october!) it'd be fun to go on a hot air balloon ride, though sometimes i feel more partial to a dirigible... check out heartworks by lori for more lovely jewelry!

one of my favorite parts of fall is warm, tasty drinks! and little starts along day at class off better than caramel apple cider!and perhaps the biggest contributor to my desire for cold weather is all of the wonderful things i've knitted this summer, not least of which is this brand new pair of socks!i am now officially addicted to doing toe-up two-at-a-time socks (i just started a new pair)! thanks for all the help, cassy!

fingers crossed autumn shows it's head soon!

any one happen to follow the efferdares blog? well, a few days ago, one of zoom's fabulous scrapbook pages was featured there! congrats sister, your work always looks so fantastic!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Feature: Fair-Isle Knitting

i thought it might be fun to mix up etsy faves friday with a friday feature! so here's the first: fair-isle knitting!
first off, i adore fair-isle, the technique, the finished product, making it, buying it. i can't get enough of it. and i just finished a fair-isle hat that's a recreation of an old commercially-bought hat. so i thought it'd be fun to feature some of my favorite pieces along side it!

anyone who's talked to me about knitting recently has probably heard my schpeal about these Moulin Rouge Mittens. and how much i want to make them... it's such a brilliant design. Extreme kudos to Heather Desserud, she's got other brilliant fair-isle mitten designs on her ravelry page, you should check it out.
(ravelry link)

can you really have a fair-isle feature without showcasing a Kaffe Fassett piece? i think not! one of his most recent pieces in the new Rowan magazine is the gorgeous Lidiya Scarf (ravelry link)

my friend and co-worker at Hand Held has recently contributed to my knitting addiction by teaching me to do socks! and what else do you do when learning a new skill, but look up other fun patterns? that's how i stumbled across these Durmstrang Socks by Ann Kingstone (shown here knit by Northknitter (ravelry link).) (ravelry link)

speaking of my dear friend Cassy, she's made a lovely fair-isle hat called Zooey (ravelry link)! isn't it just gorgeous? and i'm seriously jealous her photography skills.

on wednesday i finished my most recent fair-isle piece, and my first original piece! designed after a hat zoom bought years ago, i wanted to recreate it.
So here's 'Autumn Phoenix'since i couldn't find near enough reds that i liked, i decided to go a completely different direction and pick up six skeins of various Amy Butler yarns (and you all know how much i love amy butler yarn). i could gush more, but i'll spare you the mushy details. if any body would like the pattern, i'll try to clean up my sketches and scribbles

happy friday!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

end of summer wrap-up

now that summer has (almost) officially past, it seems like it's time for me to do a wrap-up of my summer goals as well.

1. finish the sweater *CHECK*
2. finish fingerless gloves.... gonna call this one a check too.
i may have given up on those specific gloves, but i did make two different pairs, and broke into socks. personally, i think that counts for a lot more than one measley pair of fingerless gloves that drove me crazy...3. sew clasps on duvet cover ~fail~
oh well, i just wasn't into domestic sewing this season. maybe when there's a pressing need for the comforter to stay inside the duvet cover...

4. learn bach's prelude to cello suite #1 ~meh...~
this one didn't work out too well either. the change in climate didn't do my cello any good (in fact, i broke a string the first time i tried to tune it up here), and honestly, i have to be really in the mood to make music...

5. pinhole camera ~nope~
also, not accomplished. with the repairs i've been having to do around my apartment, i just haven't felt like taking apart this beautiful old camera. maybe when it gets colder outside...

6. doodle-a-day *kinda...~
off and on, this project didn't really take off the way i had planned. i've drawn a lot more than i have before this summer started, but it's been a lot of sketches of things to embroider or just class-notes doodles.

7. learn/get better at embroidery *WOOT*this one, i'm really proud of. i have been so continuously inspired this summer to pick up a needle and thread and create. i never imagined i'd get so sucked into it, but now i've completed three pieces and have a few more in the works. i think one of the biggest things for this goal to me was getting up the courage and gumption to enter the Sublime Stitching Combo Contest. i am really proud of my piece, and i think it looks fabulous. i can't wait to fill up the rest of my wall with more embroidery!what a fun, busy, crazy, crafty summer... here's to fall being equally as productive in class and craft!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

big hopes, big goals revisited

Well my friends, it is officially September 1 and summer is OVER! Let's revisit my beginning of summer goals, shall we?

~ Week in the Life scrapbook~~ CHECK
~ Hilton Head scrapbook (from a trip in May 2009) ~~ CHECK
~ Beer-fest mini book (from an event May 2009)~~ CHECK
* Faulty Hearts Art Journal class (by Rachel Denbow) *
* Spray ink focused class (by Vee Jennings) *
* Kelly Purkey Sketchbook Class
* a mini book to build on based on my love of Jcrew and their catalog
* Alphabet Inspiration - based on an old, old post on Jamaica's blog
~A quilt for Karen~~ Materials purchased
~A quilt from my old college tshirts for me~~ IN PROGRESS
* Jessica Sprague photo editing class
~ Take Donna Downey class locally- she's opening her studio in my town and offering classes- I'm so lucky and excited that she lives in the same town as me! ~~ I've been to the store but haven't taken a class yet

** These classes were offered in the past and I was part of them then but never finished all the project or what have you.

Not too shabby! Almost half, plus a few extra projects completed that weren't on the list! I honestly couldn't remember what was all on the list so I am pleasantly surprised at how much I did accomplish!

What did you conquer this summer?