Friday, February 23, 2007


I came home from class tonight ready to be sad about my almost finished sweater (it sits right next to the sofa in the livingroom, taunting me), but when I checked the mailbox I found the happiest thing!
Yarn! The yarn even came with samples of almost every other color of this kind of yarn. Super exciting!

Now I have a whole mess of colors to tempt and inspire me....

Anyway, now I have that last skein of yarn to finish this sweater. Here it is, right before I began knitting it again:

Isn't this the saddest thing? An almost finished sweater?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

most annoying thing EVER

So, I thought I had enough yarn to finish this cardigan. But as I got closer to finishing the body, I realized that I would need another skein. Of course, I thought it would be only one more skein...I braved Wednesday's snow, sleet, and ice and bought an incredible amount of somewhat expensive yarn (the same stuff that I am using to make the sweater: Kraemer's Mauch Chunky) in various colors. I also bought thread and fabric to line the skirt I finished (which is now done, just awaiting shaved legs and a picture). I worked furiously over the weekend and only got a few inches down the second sleeve when I finished the skein I had bought. I ran out of my parent's Chinese New Year Party (Happy New Year, by the way...go year of the pig!) to make it down to the yarn store only to find that they had RUN OUT OF THE COLOR THAT I NEEDED! And of course there is no other place in NYC that sells this kind and color yarn. So I bought the last skein online (for MUCH more money) and am now waiting for it to come in the mail.

Talk about frustrating. I'll post a picture of the ALMOST finished sweater.

On the other hand, I started another skirt (one that fits a little better and is a little longer than the red one), but I have yet to figure out what kind of pattern to do at the bottom of it...suggestions? I am using "Mint Julep" from Kraemer's yarn and I also have "Apple." Any suggestions about how to incoporate the Apple into the Mint Julet body?

(Note: actual colors are a little lighter in real life...)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Quick and Easy Cardigan Time!!

I started this sweater on Sunday evening and have gotten quite far with this. It is super exciting to create something to substansive so quickly. The pattern is from katie knits and I had to figure out how to make it a little smaller since I do not have a 36-38" bust. The yarn is Kraemer Yarns' Mauch Chunky in Bing Cherry. Here is a close up of the decreases in the shoulder. It gives you a much better idea of the color. The flash kind of washed out the color in the first picture.

This sweater was knit from the top down, on circular needles. Awesome.

Because of how well this has turned out I went to PS Yarns where I bought this yarn and bought $75 more yarn. I bought some dark green to make a sweater for the boy as well as some "Apple" colored yarn and "Mint Julep" for another (better fitting) skirt and maybe a bag or something...who knows. Included in this is some remnant fabrics to line the skirt I just finished and matching thread. Fun fun!

Monday, February 12, 2007


So, I finished this skirt on Friday (more pictures to come when it is finished being blocked). It is very exciting to make something other than: a scarf, a hat, gloves, a sweater. I am so impressed by how professional it looks (especially the casing for the I-cord).

I wish I had more pictures of the process of the knitting. Alas, I will have to just add pictures of the finished product, once it is dry.

Now, onto the Buttony Sweater I have started. This time I will definitely include more "action" pictures.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Not knitting, but sewing

Well, now I'm two for two with non-kitting posts, but I got tons of compliments on this and wanted to share it.

I made a portfolio cover for Craig's portfolio out of this dark grey suede fabric. I had a bunch left over and made two belts (one still in the process of being completed). The first is simple, made to fit low on the waist, and has a nice pouch. Perfect to hold: an ID, Metro Card, credit card, and a few bucks in cash.
Because it was suede, I didn't need to hem the belt or flap of the bag. I did have snaps and a little gadget to put them in the fabric. The bag is removable and snaps shut. It is a simple design, a rectangle that is folded into thirds. I sewed the strap on the back before sewing up the sides. I then turned it right-side out, trimmed the edges of the flap so it looked nice and added the snaps.
It's great. And now I don't have to bring a purse with me when I go out.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

First Post

This is my first post, and it is only to brag about what I did last night...

I went to Don Hill's for the Hedwig and the Angry Inch party. For those of you who don't know, this is the venue where the show was first put on. Well, there were tons of Drag Queens, one of which fell on me, as well as a appreciation show for Hedwig in which the Drag Queens performed some Hedwig songs.

And for the grand finale...John Cameron Mitchell performed two Hedwig songs! I was about 5 feet away from him. And then he body surfed the audience and I got to touch his butt. And not just through his pants, through underwear! I tried to get photos of him performing on my cellphone, but it freaked out and the camera would not work.

All in all, it was a very exciting night.