Monday, November 30, 2009

Felted Autumn leaf

This is the dish rag pattern in Frappe Merino and felted to death. I love the way these colors felt. I'm going to knit a bunch for coasters - coffee, tea, wine blends right in.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reversible shetlands

I like this. I'm going to make a series of shetland cardigans using the funky patterns from Reversible Knitting. I'm also intrigued by Kate Gilbert's Kirigami pattern in Twist's Winter issue. I'm thinking about Christmas and games. I'm still seeing a game of tiny pieces of porcelain inside an unfired sphere of clay which you break open. You break open the egg of clay and the pieces tumble out and the dice is rolled.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tea with milk and sugar ice cream

Cooler weather calls for new flavors. I substituted Earl Grey for the black currant tea in David Lebovitz's recipe in The Perfect Scoop. This was wonderful on hot apple crisp. Splendid Table had a repeat show this week interviewing Paul Roberts about his book The End of Food. It makes you want to cook dinner.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Reversible Audrey

When I saw Gudrun Johnston's Audrey in Unst I wanted to knit it in a heathered gold shetland yarn. Then I got Reversible Knitting (Barr) and decided my little gold shetland cardigan should be reversible too. The patterns in this book are wonderful. The lacey patterns are very macrame-looking. I am trying to substitute one of them for the lace pattern on Audrey.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bird and leaf cookies

When I saw these cookies in the new issue of Marie Claire Idees, I thought, why not carry my bird and leaf obsession into the holidays? I like the look of the seeds and pignolli, and I want to add minced candied orange peel and ginger, and almond slices.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gold Toy lamp

Ryan McElhinney's Gold Toy lamp (another from Remake It Home) would be a great yard sale project.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Chiquita chandelier

Anneke Jakobs's Chiquita Chandelier is just one of the dozens of amazing ideas in Remake It Home - The Essential Guide to Resourceful Living. There are chapters and chapters of inspiration.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Electric mittens

I finally got my conductive thread and LEDs. A couple weeks ago I was inspired by Fio's electric mitts and reminded of Eleanor Kent's electro-luminescence pieces.  I want the mittens to light up the constellations when they touch, but I also want the batteries to run a hand warmer or a little radio or something. 

In other "projects with wires" news, ceramic gramophone 1.0 was bisqued and does not work. As soon as I dig up a styrofoam cone I'll roll out 2.0 thinner and more Georgia O'Keefe-ish.