Sunday, December 30, 2007

Right Outside My LYS

You can see snow on the mountain top in the distance and a man on his boat in shorts. Yes, it is December here in Southern California. Crisp air, blue skies, palm trees and the view just steps from my local yarn shop's front door. Ah, paradise....yum.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

bump (a neck warmer)

The wonderful yarn I was given at my SnB holiday party has already become my new favorite winter accessory. A neck warmer! And boy does it work. I had often thought a scarf was the only way to keep me warm but I was sorely mistaken. Just two balls of Merino have me toasty cozy. I have plans (and yarn) to make more of these snuggly treats, just for me. Here is the pattern so you too can chase the chill with a delicious neck confection. Yummy!

bump (a neck warmer)

You choose the yarn and circular needles...
CO a multiple of 3 onto your circular needles, PM.
Row 1 - Knit
Row 2 - Purl
Row 3 - Knit
Row 4 - Purl
Row 5 - K1 - YO - K2tog, continue to end of row.
Row 6 - K2 - YO - K2tog, *K1, YO, K2tog, continue from * to last 2 sts, knit these.
Rows 7, 8, 9, - Knit.
Repeat rows 5 through 9 until 1" from desired length ... then
Purl one row
Knit one row
Purl one row
Knit one row
BO, weave in ends and be warm!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Fiber Tribe

This Wednesday evening past was my knitting groups first (and hopefully annual) holiday party. Replete with potluck to die for, secret Santa's and the honor of being surrounded by my amazing knitsibs. When we lived in small towns or villages we had women around us, older and younger women. Women who taught us and women who learned from us. Women to who we could turn when we needed advice and others to show us the way on this women's journey. I so often remark on how as we become embroiled in life it becomes more and more difficult to make new friends and find those women. I have found them, they are my tribe, the tribe of fiber. Huzzah! to all of you wonderful ladies.

I have a special thank you to my secret Santa Carol for my lovely gift of luscious beautifully served up in a sundae glass! I was so excited about the yarn that I took it all apart before photographing it. I felt bad about missing that photo op so I set up these, Yarn Portraits! Could this be a new niche market? I must say that this merino sat well for me and followed direction well. hhhmmmm.....a thought....yarn portraits...delicious.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Spiders Gift

Work had been a bear, preparing for our annual holiday show. Rehearsals, endless Christmas carols, students trying to hold it together and a stressed out staff. The week at home was rattling, shocking cell phone bills ( the boys no longer have the ability to text ) and (not so good) grade progress reports all hit at the same time. Then, one lovely gray and misty morning as I was leaving for work, I found this. An amazing ocean fog beaded spider web above my car. Ah, the Great Mother was speaking to me and I listened. Thank you little spider for bringing it all back into focus. Life is sweet, and I am grateful, eat it up.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Yarn Longing To Be A Sweater

"Knit me.....knit meeeeeeee......kkkkknnnnnit me!" I can hear them, stuffed in their little plastic bag all huddled up together. I can hear the three of them calling, taunting, breathing out whispers "knit me" they say. I am trying to ignore them, picking up other current distractions, my sweater vest, coat hanger covers, even sewing (gads, did the habu hear me say 'sewing'?) Yule gifts looming large, my day job for heaven's sake! Not to mention the kids, the dishes, the chocolate.... I can hear them now, three cones and a Japanese pattern, maybe if I just put them in a knitting bag with a pair of needles they will quiet for a bit thinking I should be to them soon, I'll tuck them in with a "hush little habu" and buy myself some time....delicious time.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Top 20!

I am an official finalist of the 'Craft My Ride' competition! Oh yeah, I rock! Here is one of my little dashboard critters giving some attitude about being a top 20 winner. I had to send the entire cover in to the Scion committee for final judging, that was hard to mail off my little dashboard buddies, I was so used to having them all over my dinning room table, looking so amazingly cute! So watch out world, this could be the 'it' item on everyone's hip list! Eat it up!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hang it Up

The birthday party for my boss was at work the next day. I had only one night to make the perfect gift. I had very little time and even less cash (it was the day before payday) and I needed inspiration...In a brilliant flash of desperation it came to me "Hanger Covers!" Doesn't everyone woman need some sweet covered hangers to grace the dark interiors of her closet? Yes, that would be it. So off I went, fortune had recently smiled upon me as I have been asking everyone I know if they have seen simple wooden hangers for sale anywhere. A friend of mine found them at Longs Drug store, and had just dropped them by. I was saved. Here they are in peach and white, with contrasting/matching crochet flowers. I tied the two of them together with satin ribbon. I think these just might start showing up at my etsy shop.
Here is how I made them:
Chose yarn. Make a swatch, (this can be sewn up like a little bag, add a crochet chain like a handle and hang it around the hook of the hanger for a sachet). Measure your hanger length wis and cast on appropriate number of stitches, leaving a long tail. I cast on a few less so it would fit snuggly. Knit in whichever stitch you choose ( I used seed) for about 2 - 1/2 inches, (be sure your bind off will be opposite your beginning 'tail' end) bind off leaving a long tail. Find center by folding in half length and width ways and slip hook through knitting. With long tails left from CO and BO, sew up ends and along bottom of hanger/CO & BO edges to meet in the middle, I made a little knot and then weave in ends. I made 4 crochet flowers of chain 5, slip st. into first chain to make a circle and made 5 petals of chain 3, and 3 dc's with a slip stitch after each petal and tied them on. Quick, easy and .... delicious!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Fickle Fiber Flitting

Oh, I was so in love with you must know that you fill a sweet picot edged pocket in my heart. I must though confess to a new fiber of the moment that has caught my wandering eye. It all started with a shipment of knitting books from Japan. I ordered them from, as I cannot read Japanese I took a chance and judged these books by their covers. One, a thin, tan book with just the beckoning hint of a sweater on it's cover wooed me. In this Asian treasure I found my new loves. Yes I plan to spend time with a few of these delicious darlings, trying one after the other until I am sweater-ed out. The first piece I have already begun. A vest in a velvety Noro and cashmire blend. So lovely Habu, I here post your picture as a finished object ready to be taken out, draped deliciously over my shoulder, for a splendid sushi lunch. yum, ademame!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

You're Not The Boss a' Me!

This is my new computer wallpaper. It just makes me chuckle every time I look at it...Oh you have just got to love Bossy Bear! And don't tell me that one day goes by that you don't want to be just like him! Hey, let go of that donut(ball of yarn, BMW, Prada bag), it's mine! eatitup.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I Crafted Their Ride

So there was this competition put on by Scion called 'Craft My Ride'. I submitted my entry late last night...whew! The idea was for you to make a car accessory for the Scion XD. First prize is a new XD for the lucky crafter! I have been keeping this a super secret, but now that the deadline is past I can finally share. My submission is this: A dashboard cover with inter-change-able items, such as pouches, cargo nets, stuffed critters/pets, a crochet photo holder and crochet bowls all with magnet clasps that attach to the dashboard cover. Here is one view of the cover and close ups of two of the 'pets'. I am very excited about my can you resist those cute little faces?! Yipppeee! Looks like a winner to it up (and drive it off the lot!)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Habu, Habu, I Love You...

Oh the glorious joys of knitting with Habu Textiles yarns. Their amazing texture and easy to follow Japanese pattern writing. Yes, I do adore Habu. Here are the two yarns, linen and silk, that I am using to knit a purse. I bought the kit at the Habu trunk show at Wildfiber in Santa Monica. I also bought a kit for a jacket....oooh, how will be forthcoming on that item. The bright green yarn is just a provisional cast on to be removed when the strap is connected. I will keep you apprised on the purses progress, I am in love with knitting this Habu bag.....delicious.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

My New Toy, Weavette!

Here is my new toy, the Weavette! I saw it last year at the Fabulous Fiber Fest and have dreamed of them all year. So this Fiberfest was my chance and I bought 2! One rectangle and one square. They are very easy to use, it takes just a bit of yarn and very little time to create a piece. I made the cell phone case on the rectangle and am making squares for a baby blanket with the (you guessed it) square one. Each piece is light and delicate, they feel so different in hand than knit or crochet. I am having much fun with my Weavettes and can say that they are a terrific addition to my fiber menu, oh so light and yummy!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Meet Tiffany!

Introducing....Tiffany! My new model. I needed some way to photograph the head scarves that I make and sell on etsy ( and I was unable to talk any of my family members (all male) into modeling them for me. So... I went to ebay and found...tah dah! Tiffany. She is always happy and ready for a photo shoot, she does not eat much, she is a terrific listener and never complains. She even has pierced ears so we can share earrings! Tiffany and I have been having much fun taking photos, here you can see her in a pink toile triangle head scarf and also in a 1940's style tied head band. Both of which, and more are available in my 'etsy' shop....check it out!

Saturday, September 01, 2007


I went to Marukai today! The Japanese dollar store in Cerritos. I thought the top of my head was going to fly off at all of the wonderful cute-ness I found. I could have bought five hundred dollars worth of Japanese fun. I restrained myself on this trip and took many photos instead. Here are some of my favorites:
The adorable animal headed soy sauce bottles (these are quite tiny, like miniature anime canopic jars). Next is part of the 'little things to put in a child's bento box lunch' section. This takes almost an entire aisle! After that is the stationary section....and I

do so adore paper! The teddy bear family notebook, the round apple-y hamster notes and....mushroom letter paper! Gads! It was all just so yummy. I bought a few things, snacks, chopsticks with their own little carry case to keep at work, a few paper things, a notepad and some tea.
Delicious! Gotta go to Marukai!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Alpaca Fiber Eye

In Santa Monica this weekend was the 'Fabulous Fiber Fest'. A field trip for the Long Beach SnB'ers. At the fest I was zapped by the mystical 'alpaca fiber eye'. I will now and forever be obsessed with....fiber. Fabric, beads, fiber animals, SCA demonstrations (with beautiful Renata), they had spinning and spinners, weavers, clothing, books and some yarn. Yup, some yarn, sadly lacking in this tasty treat. This years fiberfest was much less filling than in the past. So the Long Beach SnB'ers trekked over a few blocks to the wonderful eatery....'Swingers' Oh yeah, that was delicious! A best day ever
Friends, food and fiber....Life is good.....and tasty!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cupcakes and Babies

A chocolate cupcake with pink swirly frosting.
That is all I could think about as I crocheted this baby blanket. I can just imagine a little fussy nubbin nuzzling her yarn confection and settling down to a much needed nap. Years later to crave chocolate covered cherries and not know why.
I can hardly wait to whip up another batch!
oh yummy....

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Getty Up!

We, the day program I teach at, went to the Getty! You can see several of my students in the first photo. The second photo is the Uberorgan by Tim Hawkinson. It plays 'music' on every hour. We did not have much time there but had much fun. Tim Hawkinson also had work in one of the galleries...very cool. I had never been to the Getty and I recommend it. Take a day and some cash. The views, the art the gift shops and the food! eat it up.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I Went On A Little Trip

I was in Alaska. Yes, I took these photos. I cannot put into words how beautiful the land is there, or how sweet the air smelled or how magical the landscapes are. I can tell you it was so beautiful that I wept, that I could breathe deep the exhales of the trees and that I slept there better than I have since I was a child. I do believe that when you visit Alaska ,part of you never leaves.