Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Socks nearly done

These socks are headed for Afghanistan. I am actually nearly done with them by tonight, which is good. I have only the hems left on the grey sweater and many ideas swimming in my head for next projects, including a design of my own involving hexagons.

Hexagons have been capturing my imagination since the first time I saw the book "Knitting Nature" by Norah Gaugin. I have come to the conclusion that hexagons are the reason for my fascination with that book. Since, I've found instructions for making a basic hexagon in Unexpected Knitting. I've decided to use that as a springboard for my own design. I'll post more as it comes together.

I am also down another 2 balls of yarn. A friend was a bit short of light blue mohair for a shawl she is making, and lo and behold, I had 2 balls light blue mohair that she thought might work. I love to see things find a good place!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

More grey....

Just thought I'd post a couple more "grey" pictures I took. I am thinking of framing the "Wool St" photo and hanging it in my craft studio after it is completed. It would make me smile : ).

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Hats are in the Mail!

Here's a card with a mini fun fur hat I created to put in the box for the organizer,, and the loaded box of hats ready to mail! This was a fun project and had the added benefit of subtracting 8 balls of yarn from my stash!

Today, we took the girl scouts to the Museum of Craft and Folk Art to see "The Art of Gaman", which is an exhibit of artwork produced by Japanese-Americans interred in camps during World War 2. There was some amazingly beautiful things crafted from whatever these people could find in the camps. I am amazed at the resiliency of the human spirit. To add poignancy to the experience, my co-leader had parents who were interred as children and she shared her family's story with us. At the end of the museum tour, the curator and an elderly woman who had also been interred spoke with us for about 20 minutes. It was a beautiful and inspiring experience. I am always inspired by the kinds of crafts that emerge from adverse situations.


I took these photos inspired by Project Spectrum colors grey, white and blue. As you can see, they are mostly in the grey spectrum. I took these on a walk through Bernal Heights on a nice, sunny day. I don't consider myself a photographer, but I've had fun playing with the camera lately!

Sunday, February 11, 2007


Again, not the greatest picture, but I had fun making this guy and then giving him away moments later. While the kids were at a birthday party on the Presidio, I went for a fabulous walk in the sun, took some pictures, had coffee and got some more done on my sweater. Note the pictures! My sweater got out for a walk too and though I haven't made much progress, I wanted to post because these pictures were so much more fun than the last. The rock wall pictures were more playing around for Project Spectrum. I didn't realize it until I was nearly done, but I think today was my artist date, and a very nice one, too!

PS. Anyone know how I can move pictures around when I'm creating my post? Or how to add borders in Blogger? Any tips?

Saturday, February 10, 2007


I love these beads. I went to SCRAP a while back and dug through things looking for things in Project Spectrum colors. I found these and handpicked each one. As I have been thinking about this round of colors, I have wanted to play with other media--photography and beading. I took some photos on a friend's camera. I'll share them when I get copies of them. Incidentally, I think these beads will become stitch markers.

Progress on Project Spectrum sweater

This isn't the greatest picture, but here's the sweater with sleeves. Now on to the rest! This will be my first adult sized sweater. This one qualifies for Project Spectrum, as do some of my fun fur hats. Truthfully, I have enough blue yarn that I could do the February and March colors (blue, grey and white) for probably a year. It does give me some focus, though.

Look what I found!

Today I was sorting through a few things and found a poncho on the needles in this yarn. I didn't have enough and didn't really like how it was coming out, so I frogged it. That means I had to add 5 balls to my totals. I'm thinking maybe a toddler cardigan....

Fun Fur Hats

These are more fun fur hats that I have been working on for the Boston Children's Hospital. They're quick, easy and I am using alot of novelty yarn that I had yet to discover a purpose for. (Note to self: try to have some purpose in mind when you buy yarn, even if it is only $1) I've done 7 so far and hope to complete one or two more and mail them out on Tuesday.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Knitting Club Afghan

I'm proud of these guys! This is my homeschool knitting club and the afghan they made for afghans for Afghans. The border was finished today by one of the mothers (the kids did the knitting and a friend and I did the sewing). Isn't it gorgeous? We took the photos today.