Jul 29, 2010

what's hot in the 78704

or, to be more specific, what's hot in my apartment, located in the 78704. it's been awhile, hasn't it? this hasn't exactly been the summer-o-blogging like i thought it would be. it's been more like the summer-o-spending, and my credit card is really feeling it. and what does it mean if i can't shop? i'll probably blog, so you should be seeing more updates in the near future.

to kick it off, here's a short list of what's been on my mind lately:

image from dr. jeff cornwall

ugh... i'm both dreading it and looking forward to it at the same time. less than a month of summer left.

remember when i got all obsessed with this pattern book? well, i've already made 2 things from it. i'm taking a break from feverishly knitting everything from the new vintage book to knit E a sweater from last spring's vintage book. and after that? MORE VINTAGE.

Jul 17, 2010

secrets revealed...

if you saw my post yesterday about my new etsy shop update and thought "i could make that myself," i'm about to make that a little easier for you. here are some tips for make your own infinity cowl and crochet medallion.

infinity cowl: start with totally gorgeous yarn. i used chirimen by noro. a 50 gram ball should do it. you're going to knit this in the round, so cast on however many stitches you want. straighten them all out so that there aren't any twists. before you join your stitches into a circle, grab some stitches at either end and twist them 360 degrees. once you get going, make sure that your twist "took." for whatever reason, i have a hard time creating a twist in my stitches when i want to. all you need to do now is follow the broken rib stitch pattern until the cowl is as wide as you want it to be.

if you aren't familiar with the broken rib stitch pattern, it goes a little something like this:
row 1: knit 1, purl 1, repeat all the way around
row 2: knit all stitches.
repeat rows 1 and 2 until done.

crochet medallion: again, fancy yarn helps. i use scraps from past noro projects. you're just making a crochet circle to suit your tastes. for the small ones, i make a small loop, then double crochet into the loop, and then single crochet for the second round. for the mediums, i do the same thing, except that i use a double crochet for the second round instead of a single. for the large medallions, i double crochet, double crochet, and then single crochet a third round. weave in the ends and glue on a pin back. it doesn't get much easier than that.

Jul 16, 2010

new stuff in etsy shop!

i finally got around (after a year+) to putting some things in my etsy shop. i've expanded a little bit over last time, and i have beaded jewelry as well as crocheted brooches and hand-knit cowls for sale. of the three shop updates i've done, i'm definitely the most proud of this one. please stop by and check it out!

here is a taste of what's for sale:

Jul 9, 2010

my humblest apologies for my absence. i hope to make it up to you with a wrap-up of my escapades in asheville, nc.

E and i went to virginia for a wedding, and we snuck in a little trip to asheville as a bonus. if you haven't been to asheville, i highly suggest going. it's really super-cute, basically all of the restaurants are out-of-control delicious, and it's in the beautiful blue ridge mountains. we mostly poked around in shops and ate, ate, ate. seriously, the food is so, so good there, and often locally grown. if i have to leave austin, asheville might be at the top of my list of acceptable substitutes.

some highlights:

i finally got a macaron at the french broad chocolate lounge, and it was one of the best desserts i've eaten. i totally understand why they're being called "the next cupcake." i heard it on NPR! it must be true!

i bought this beautiful yarn at purl's yarn emporium. it's a thick-thin yarn, but i don't think the crochet stitches i used really do it justice.

some loot from malaprop's. i intend to eventually put together the jigsaw puzzle and glue it into a framable poster format. i can't get enough charley harper, and this seems like the most economical way to have one of his prints hanging in my home. i also snagged an adorable desk calendar for 2011.