Monday, May 26, 2008

Mr.Bob new Summer Bag Collection

In case you've missed the stories of my designer cat (Mr.Bob), he is an aficionado of the paper bag. Especially the yarn shop paper bags. He puts a lot of time, thought and teeth into each extraordinary paper creation.

This is one of his early creations. Note the subtle use of his techniques along the top edges of the bag.

On this bag he used his full body weight to give the bag some textural interest as well.

This is his "stand by" edition of his most popular and favorite kind of bag. More surface area to work with.

I'm still trying to get across the concept of less is more, but sometimes the artistic flair just can't be stiffled.

As always, commission pieces can be arranged. A 2 to 3 week wait will be needed for the adequate time needed to create and dry your one of a kind, limited edition Mr.Bob bag. He only works in the wee hours of the morning to get the full effect of his artistic genius. Mini glossies with his own special 'signature' are available with purchase upon request.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

latest projects pix

Here are the pictures of the latest projects. I finished knitting the baby surprise jacket this afternoon.

This is the Handsome Triangle Shawl from Victorian Lace Today. The yarn is gossamer from Knitpicks and the color is called Red Hat.

And last the Muir shawl from Knitty in Kidsilk Haze in the color fern. I'm enjoying this pattern more and more as I get used to the pattern repeat. One and a half down, eleven and a half to go, on the first side. (I didn't realize, until I read the entire pattern, that this isn't worked from the center out. I thought there would be a total of 26 repeats. It's worked from end to end with only 13 repeats. I'm now on the 7th repeat)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

New projects galore

It's been a busy couple of weeks since I last posted. I've started 2 new shawls ("Muir" from Knitty and "A Handsome Triangle" from Victorian Lace Today). I'm using Kidsilk Haze (Cracksilk Haze to some) in the color Fern for the Muir shawl and Knit Picks "Red Hat Ladies" fingering weight for the triangle. The Muir shawl is going slowly since it is mohair and I don't want to have to rip back if at all possible. I've already had a couple of mohair moments. On the other hand, if I drop a stitch along the way, the mohair makes it easy to pick it back up since it's not going to run like the slick yarns tend to do.

I've altered the Handsome Triangle pattern a little borrowing the braid center and cable edge from the Mystic Light shawl pattern. I just thought the plain stockinette stiches down the center of the triangle looked a little plain.

I also started a baby surprise jacket this week, which is almost finished and I started a matching EZ Snail hat last night since I had a skein left over from the jacket.

I'm still working on my socks for the Needle Nook/Numma Numma sock contest. It's going slow since I ran into some logistic issues with the pattern at the gusset... I'll probably just fudge a little on the first sock and then the second sock will be the 'demo' for the pattern picture.

Of course I haven't taken any pictures of any of these yet so I guess I know what I'll have on my calendar tomorrow.

I had grand plans for my stimulus check (the Kromski wheel was calling my name) until my car heard I had some extra cash in my pocket... easy come, easy go... but at least I have new brakes on my car. It all happened so fast. I got the check on Thursday. The brakes started making some noise on Friday. By Saturday it progressed from a little noise to a horrible, metal on metal grinding that is a sound worse than nails on a chalkboard to me. Sometimes it just really sucks having to do the 'responsible' thing with your money. I guess having reliable stopping equipment on my car would be classified as a required need.

Sooomedaaay my wheeeel will cooome. *sigh*

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Mystic Light Shawl

It's finished! I blocked it Wednesday morning. I'm ready to go for the next one which will be the Muir shawl from Knitty. I'm just waiting for the yarn to arrive at Knitch.