Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream

I don't have a great picture of this ice cream. Here it is mixed up and ready to go in the freezer. No ice cream machine needed. This is David Lebovitz's Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream Ever. This is wonderful while watching the financial news. I can imagine a scoop of this in a milky-coffee drink. It is also wonderful just leaning up against fridge.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Photographs and Technology

Look closely at the chairs here. I am thinking of photo transfers appliqued onto pieced landscapes. The photo appliques could be on the inside of one of those quilted carryalls. Every time you open your bag it is like opening one of your own slide shows. I keep thinking of the Mad Men episode about Kodak's Carousel.

Friday, September 26, 2008

When is dressing a jar?

I have lost the magazine where I saw this idea. I have done this with plastic spray bottles for diluting cleaning liquids, but it wasn't this pretty. I used a Sharpie to mark lines on an old peanut butter jar to guide kitchen helpers when making salad dressing. Imagine this with those art store glass paints - painting the whole jar except for a bottle silhouette window. I wonder what else I could use this for - limeade ratios? The French press? A glass teapot?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tri-color Monteagle Bag

I am inspired by the bags on Ravelry knit with stash and remnants. The Summer before last I knit dozens of these out of linen, cotton, and hemp. I now see that my leftovers bag contains a lot of tri-color possibilities. There's also the nylon cord option for swim-laundry-bath bags. In the bottom of the runcible bin I've thrown some saved bits of cord and twine and string, the kind that comes on packages and out of little desk drawers. There is an idea brewing down there with buttons and bits of pink paper and silver foil.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mason-Dixon Felted Candy Corn

I love the Felted Trees in the new Mason-DIxon book. With my bag of leftover green yarns I am set to create a forest. But all I can think right now is - candy corn forest.

Friday, September 19, 2008

One Arm Waving

I'm on the second sleeve of Cafe Bastille. This is one of those knits that could become an obsession - a bulky cable sweater in every color with every neckline. I should do mini versions for the little Lears. 

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Baby gift stalls

Thank you for all the comments! I'm plugging away on the little baby wrap wishing it were done so I could start the embroidery. I have been thinking of Hideyuki Oka's book "How to Wrap 5 Eggs." I check it out of the library ever so often to go over all the gorgeous Japanese packaging - some fancy - some farmers' market sensible. I would like to wrap my gifts in this elegant natural way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mason-Dixon Knitting: Outside the Lines

The new Mason-Dixon book is out today.  Make yourself a pot of coffee and find a little something to munch on, because once you open this book you will not be able to move. I'm so proud to be included in this wonderful book. There are over 30 patterns - women's coats to tiny felt trees.
Not only are the patterns wonderful as written, they inspire other creations as well. Cristina's Via Veneto Table Runner in something silky would also make a lovely wrap. The Margaret sweater is so adaptable, and the embroidery directions would create an incredible baby blanket. The Belinda wrap in two shades of linen would make a wonderful window hanging. All the blanket patterns could be used for smaller projects like pillows or the felted bag. Kiki Mariko is driving me crazy - a rug, a bag, a floor pillow, a slipcover, a king-size bedspread! I want to make the tiny girl coat, Fern, for myself, but I can see it as a long wrap as well using the same shades for the stripes, but something like Silky Wool or Rowan's Summer Tweed. I'm going to use the Superfestive Lantern pattern to cover artsy Ikea lamps. I haven't even talked about the stories, the techniques, the top-down sweater, the Jane Austen dress and shrug - and the potential holiday gift items, like my Monteagle string bag available here

Monday, September 15, 2008

Saturday with the dudes from Nerdistan

We toured the new California Academy of Sciences this weekend. It is different from the Natural History Museums we have visited in Vienna, New York, and Chicago. I cannot forget the albino alligator resting behind the seahorse railings. At the aquarium we saw this starfish and thought he would make an excellent pillow. Even softer would be the black velvet and fur ball behind him. I think the chocolate chip star fish will inspire a dessert. Perhaps we will start an ocean theme in the livingroom - with a jellyfish lamp and an octopus pillow too.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Watch band

I want to make a series of beaded watch bands that I can quickly change - seeds, Sculpey in the shape of old bones, those little silver charms at the bead store. The only thing holding me back is "connectors". I'm going to go through Bead Simple again and make a shopping list. I also love those teeny macrame bands - wouldn't that make a simple band? 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Embroidered baby wrap

Inspired by an old Debbie Bliss pattern, I'm using Barbara Walker's top-down directions for a baby kimono. I'm going to embroider it with something wonderful from The New Crewel. This may be the prototype for my own kimono. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Double Indemnity

Yikes this was good! I don't know how people can get away with lines like these: "Maybe I like the way his thumbs hold up the wool." For an excellent post on this and photos see Needled.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Executive Suite

Get a load of William Holden's house! I like this one. Go designers!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Cafe Bastille Cables

This lovely Silkroad Ultra is finally becoming a wonderful sweater. Yarn this marshmallowey can be tricky, like the Michelin Man, like football pads. I've always loved this pattern because real waiters modeled it for the cover of Interweave Knits.