Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tea pot of bowls

Carol McNicoll's tea pot in the FT last week reminded me of Kate's comment on my last post about pottery. All across my kitchen are stacks of bowls, salt bowls, olive pit bows, sherbet bowls, cereal bowls. I'm going to try something like this and call it, "All I can make is bowls."

Monday, March 30, 2009

Striped socks

All last week I was looking for the camera cable! I completed these socks from leftover Socrates and leftover Shepherd Sock. It's Spring and I feel like using everything up and cleaning everything out.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yarn Ball Bowl

I've been trying out different glazes. This reminds me of Early American dishes. I should make a yarn ball set with matching yarn domes - those upside-down bowls that cover yarn balls with a hole for the strand of yarn - so the ball doesn't roll under your couch. Wouldn't a matching teapot be lovely with blue yarn woven around it? I can't make teapots yet.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Yarn ball plates

I decided to try something a little different with my pottery. I painted these plates thinking of the woodcut yarn ball on the cover of Mason-Dixon Knitting. I'm going to keep working on this design - thin the cobalt a little, take more care when painting. For the cups, I'm going to cut the yarn design into the bottoms. My goal now is to make a tea pot resembling an old stove-top "fat keeper" I saw in a book at the library. It was all slap dash and wire - with an orphaned tin cap for a lid. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mardi Gras socks get their feet off the ground

I've been using my clay scraps to make little leaves to hold spoons on the stove, teaspoons of spices. They serve as dessert plates for tiny piles of cookies. They can hold jewelry or knitting markers. 

And here the Mardi Gras socks are just about to run out of green Smooshy leftover from last year's St. Patrick's socks. I could only find a few yards of the right yellow to be the oxalis clover flower on the right toe. I'm going to stripe the rest with leftover bits of grey and light green and blue to match the buds on all the trees against the sky.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dashing and Dashing Jr

Unfortunately, one skein was not enough for Mr. Lear's Dashing mitts. I made a Jr version (using 3 knit stitches instead of 4 in every repeat) and I hope I manage to get another skein and knit two more. I think this is Shibui's Merino Worsted. It is wonderful to knit with. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spring Twist Collective blanket

The Spring edition of Twist Collective has so many beautiful, wearable sweater and sock patterns! Mary Jane Mucklestone's Fair Isle vest is the answer to my All Creatures Great and Small pining. The article on painting your own lace by Linda Whiting has loads of good solid advice. And the Poffertjes blanket by Megan Rogers is just crying out to me for a Sonia Delaunay treatment as in the above painted silk swatches from Sonia Delaunay - Fashion and Fabrics (Damase). There's another swatch with marigold and bronze circles on a silver background. Can you see this in some Alchemy silk purse?