Friday, April 29, 2011

color play

color play

Swatching for a possible sweater. This is the first time I've used Knit Picks Palette and I love the way it is knitting up, it feels quite soft. The pattern is from Child's Panel Gansey in Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting (a must have for anyone who likes color work, lots of great historical information too). I tried the pattern with a white background and then with the oranges as the background and I think I'm leaning towards the oranges overall. The jury is out on whether to use the red or brownish orange, I've toyed with the idea of having an ombre effect on the sleeves. The lovely neckline on Eunny Jang's Autumn Rose and the great fit have kept me going back to it again and again, so I may finally be casting on for it. Just in time for summer, a colorwork pullover!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

happy easter

We won the giant chocolate bunny raffle!

We won the chocolate bunny at Bryne and Carlson. There was screaming, hooting, hollering and dancing around in this household. This bunny is almost 26 inches high and hollow but very thick. The chocolate at Bryne and Carlson is to die for, the quality and taste is amazing and the atmosphere at the shop is like the chocolate shop that you imagine in your fantasies, small, elegant, and crammed full of goodies. In a serendipitous twist, Meganne's daughter won the twin to our bunny from their Kittery store, the two girls were over the moon. We plan on having a party and inviting friends over to help end Brynie's short life and make this a very memorable Easter. Hope you're having a good one too.

Dale Chihuly @ Boston MFADale Chihuly @ Boston MFA
Dale Chihuly @ Boston MFADale Chihuly @ Boston MFA

At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston I had the chance to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit. I have had somewhat mixed emotions about his work in the past, feeling that sometimes it seems gaudy and showoff-y, but this show totally won me over. The sheer volume of the glass and the organic shapes create a fantastical world not unlike some of Dr. Seuss'. The beauty of glass is so seductive that I was putty in front of it and I can't even imagine how difficult it might be to make these glass pieces. There is one room where the ceiling is covered with glass of various colors and shapes and it's like being inside a coral reef on steroids. The kids didn't want to leave the exhibit. Go and see it if you want your day brightened.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

vagabond is available

pattern is available!

Vagabond Fingerless Mitts pattern is went up on Ravelry yesterday and is already selling! I was shocked when the first payment came in and the butterflies in my stomach are finally gone. My Ravelry, twitter, flicker, internet knitter friends have given me so much support it's been quite humbling and lovely, thank you!

Get your copy of the pattern today, it's priced reasonably at only $3.99. Small knits like these are great for the warmer months when it's hard to be buried under a big sweater.