Time to unpin this beautiful shawl. This is my first one! I saw this shawl in "The Knitter" issue 94 by Anniken Allis. I loved it although I didn't have the yarn suggested, Mabel & Ivy. I wasn't able to buy it at my LYS. So I used Regia Snowflake for the center triangle and the lace edging in Drop's Fabel, color 310. I'm saving this one for me! I can't wait to wear it! I love the feel and texture of it. This was my summer project.
Last Sunday I attended VogueKnitting Live in Pasadena. I was really looking forward to this show. So happy that I took a workshop from Franklin Habit on "Embroidery on Knits." He has such a wit, very interesting to listen to and has a no nonsense approach in his teaching. The stitches he showed us I remember my grandmother teaching me these same stitches. For example, the running stitch, fly stitch and leaf stitch. He gave a great presentation plus passed around beautifully stitched examples. I highly recommend taking a workshop from Franklin. As for the show itself, I was a bit disappointed. The fashion show wasn't much - only showed six sweaters. The following designs are good but nothing special. There was a low turn out which means for us students, this was a great opportunity to be in a small class - more attention with the instructor. I heard VogueKnitting isn't coming back to Pasadena but heading to Florida. Good Luck!
Racer back tops and dresses are so popular right now. I had to design a top for myself. I knitted this with "Vespa Print" created by Lana Grossa. This is a woven, tubular yarn consisting of 42% cotton, 40% nylon and 18% silk which is machine washable. The top took a total of 5 balls. I alternated with four rows of color #101 and two rows of color #103.
Turned out better than I thought. Nice to wear on a hot day!
After all these months, my friend Sandy and I finally got together for the day. She wants to learn how to knit so I suggest we go downtown and check out Gather DTLA. Well we were pleasantly surprised that this yarn store is in The Last Bookstore. From Little Toyko, we walked up on 2nd Street to Spring Street, made a left and down to 5th Street. I looked up at this old building and saw the address. We walked in and made a sharp left. We were in this bookstore. It was just overwhelming with the tall ceilings and books all over the place. We then went to the back, walked up some stairs and to the left was Gather. WOW! What a cute store. They had some of my favorite yarns from New Zealand, Spud & Chloe, Quince & Co. We spoke to Renaissance, store manager about the different yarns. She informed us that they are going to have a Knit-A-Long with Anthony on July 14 from 4 to 8 pm. This store does stimulate the brain into thinking about another project. My friend bought some beautiful camel color yarn to start a scarf project after she gets familiar with the basics of knitting. You must go and see this for yourself. I wish we had more time to spend in the bookstore. :-)
Look what I received in the mail today! From Quince & Co - their not-quite-Quince Chickadee yarn and Stashbot booklet which is a comprehensive guide to building a useful stash.
When I opened the package, I started sniffing this yarn. I couldn't stop sniffing it! It's the most wonderful smell I have ever experienced. The directions state "to blossom before knitting, please wash gently in tepid water with a little Quince Lanolin soap (or dish soap), rinse, blot and dry." As far as I am concern this yarn has already blossom and smells terrific. I am in heaven! LOL I can't wait to knit something out of this. I might just keep it in its natural state.
The Stashbot booklet is a must to have. It's a guide to our yarn buying. As we know, many times when we are in a yarn store and spot some yarn that we can't live without, we buy on impulse. So keep in mind when looking and feeling the lovely yarn, what would you like to create out of it. What is this yarn telling you to make? Get out this handy booklet and look for gauge and size. BINGO! At least it will give you guidelines on the yardage and metric from sweaters, hats, socks, neckwear, and mittens. From Baby sizes to XL Adults. This booklet also goes into why we buy and tips when shopping, and organizing
The other day my mom clipped an article from the LA Times and save it for me. We were over there to celebrate my father's birthday and our anniversary. She handed this to me. It's by Amy Dickinson from the Tribune. Do you think my mom is trying to tell me something?
I recently hosted a bridal shower for my niece. The bride's mother not only knitted during the shower but told her knitting friends to bring their knitting as well. These women knitted when there was time during the event. The same person attended my grandchild's school musical, where she knitted! I am upset by this, but I haven't said anything. I know I am a dinosaur, but is this accepted behavior?
Across the ages, people (mainly women) have been multitasking by using some of their energy during social occasions to knit or do needlework. Realizing this might help you rein in your reaction.
If something bothers you, you should tell that person rather than sit in judgment as you seethe.
You could say, "You know, it bothers me when you knit during events because I can't tell if you are paying attention." That person might reassure you that she is able to take in everything as she knits. Or she might brand you as being a "knit-picker."
Today I went to Mother Moo Creamery in Sierra Madre for their pie making class. I had been waiting a while for this class as the excitement brewed! My husband was at home remodeling my kitchen so why not take the opportunity to learn something. That way when my kitchen is finished, I can bake some beautiful pies for family and friends.
Emily, our talented teacher, demonstrated step by step how to make a two-crust apricot-cinnamon pie with lattice. I didn't realize that there is some science for a perfect pie crust by adding certain ingredients in order. After we broke off in groups, rolled out the dough and learned more secrets to successful pie making such as the assembly of pie, crimping and egg washing. There were only three others in class so it was quite intimate. I highly recommend going to Mother Moo if not for a pie baking class, you must try their ice cream. It is out of this world made with only the best ingredients found. Click on Mother Moo Creamery for more information.
What is a pie?
Susan Purdy author of "As Easy as Pie," pg .11, wrote "American-style pie is any pastry crust with a sweet or savory filling baked in a shallow roux dish with slanted slides . . served from their baking dishes."
Here' my mom celebrating her 78 birthday at PINK'S. I don't know why we didn't come here sooner!
For those of you who don't know about PINK'S, they have been in Los Angeles for 75 years famous for their chili dogs.
We arrived their around 10:45 am and glad we did. After we ordered, the line was getting longer and longer. Parking is tight.
Mom ordered their 9" stretch dog with mustard and pickles. I ordered the Martha Stewart dog which consist of a stretch dog, relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut & sour cream. I can't believe I ate the whole thing! It was that good. I told the lady at the counter that it was my mom's birthday so they came to our table and handed her a slice of their chocolate marble cake with chocolate frosting. WOW!
So if you are ever in the area, please stop by PINK's and pick up a dog or two. You will be pleasantly surprised!
I receive an email from my friend, David Orozco, aka Mr. Hyperbolic. He said that he will be at the Good Luck Gallery in Chinatown with his Yarn Bombing friends. See flyer.
I've admire the yarn bombing scene. It makes everything look so much better where there is some knit and crochet on it. Like a nice crocheted flower on a jacket.
Good luck to those yarn bombers out there.