Sunday, 29 May 2011

Christien Meindertsma - one to watch

I'm a big fan of Christien Meindertsma's work.  You may have seen her giant knitted poufs over the last couple of years.

My newest Christien passion is her giant aran rugs.  Talk about messing with your sense of perspective.  If you ever wanted to feel like a Borrower, check them out



Star Wars Shower Tiles

I. Want. This. Bathroom.  (as featured on Neatorama) Him indoors says 'no way' but give him time and I'm sure he'll come round to the idea...

Ed Bing Lee - guilt-free desserts

Check out Ed Bing Lee's 'Delectable' collection.  Incredibly crafted knotted, beaded and woven desserts.

City & Guilds Module 4 highlights

I finished module 4 (intarsia and pattern development) a while ago but forgot to post the results:












The Curse of the OCD Sock Knitter

In which our nimble fingered sock knitter swears a lot and throws cashmere across the room in a big old huff...

So. I'm on my 4th redo of my other half's birthday socks (his birthday was Monday) and I've only got myself to blame.
It's this great pattern Riff with a nifty running stitch cross pattern over the instep and up the back heel.

Of course muggings here couldn't possibly knit the socks in the recommended yarn.  Oh no, only the best Mongolian cashmere for my loved one. It has the same stitch gauge as the recommended yarn but a very different row gauge (who has time to do a full swatch for socks these days?!?)

What I couldn't forsee is that when the row gauge is different the lovely crosses in the pattern don't line up. It took me 2 redo's to work this out. Throw in a couple of rows of tired knitting when I crossed stitches in the wrong direction and the thing gets thrown across the room and called a C U Next Tuesday more times than I can count on one hand.

"Don't worry about it" says my love "no one's going to notice, I can't tell the difference so no one else will." Ah yes my dear, but I'll see it every time you put your feet up on the coffee table in front of the telly and It. Will. Drive. Me. Nuts.

So, redo number 4 and we're as far as the heel turn. Lessons have been learned:
1. Do a full swatch of the pattern (especially meeting points on travelling stitches)
2. Don't knit complicated things when tired (I already knew this but ignored it)
3. Socks take longer than I think to knit of there's a deadline involved

Finger's crossed I don't cock it up when it gets to integrating the heel pattern with the instep...

Finished objects

This lovely lady's my mother-in-law modelling a cardi and hat made by moi. The cardi's my own design and took quite a lot of swearing to make.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

One to watch - Inge Jacobsen

an interesting and humorous embroidered take on Vogue by Inge Jacobsen:

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Shadow art

amazing what you can do with a cleverly bit of creased paper....  Here's the link to the shadow art top 10: