Tuesday, February 26, 2008

1950's fashion show




I attended a Fashion show on sunday with a few friends. It was great fun looking at 1950's fashion, wonderful suits with great little details, evening gowns and even a couple of everyday outfits.
Ivan Sayer's shared his collection of vintage and it was great to hear the history of each article but also how fashion has changed. There was a couple of outfits from Doir, and one from the House of Worth.
Afterwards we went to Alpaca Expressions, fabulous coats up to $1000, very light, very warm and great style. Lots of clothing in the store with natural fibres.

A series of Ivan's collection is on this site.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Socks and Yarn


My socks are done, my 17th pair in total. The weird tube thing worked out. I did both heels after the long tube was finished and then cut the tube in the centre and added on the toes. One thing I am not sure about with this method is that there are a lot of ends to work in, which is not my favorite way to make socks. It was an experiment, which I thought might work out well in making socks for children. I have a lot of partial balls of sock yarn. I worked these on my Addis and I love working with them, my tension is tighter and I'll have to swatch next time. I read about someone, maybe on Knitting Daily, that just knits a long tube with her favorite needles and adds little tags, to the never ending swatch tube, with the number of rows and stitches to the inch and the size of needles used. Sort of a visual journal, a unique keepsake!

The new yarn is a late Christmas present, I feel like I have been waiting so long! It took a month to get to my house. I got a gift of the Skein of the Month from Webs. So this is the first of 12 deliveries. It is super soft, 70% wool and 30% silk, my favorite fibres. I don't usually work in this colourway, which is spectacular, lots of shades of red, pink and orange. It certainly fits with Project Spectrum 3 and the theme of fire. There was also a new scarf pattern and a tape measure included. Click on the photo for a good close look.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

video treadmill

I found a great video on U-handbag,
It features a dance routine on treadmills, very clever and as I am sometimes, a bit unsteady on escalators, I am in awe.

I can't find the video on You tube and if I did I still couldn't figure out the link.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Paper Collage Dancers


These are the little dancers, I worked on last weekend. Not my usual colours. That was all predetermined by picking a number out of a hat, and going to my assigned work table. I quite enjoyed this little project.

BTW, this is post 100.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Birthday Collage Dancer


Here is a little dancer, I made after my workshop on Saturday. She is paper with collaged maps, music , wrapping paper and words. I used my little P-touch Brother labeller for some of the words. She was given to a relative having her 80th birthday.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

sock experiment

The tube part of the socks is done. There is a cuff at each end and I have started the first of the afterthought heels. It was a little awkward to pick up the right stitches but after a few dropped stitches I finally was on the right track. I am a little further along than the photo but not much. I am at the stage now where I hope I have enough yarn for the heels. The toes I haven't cut apart yet but I think I will be looking for some yarn to finish them off. The experiment continues.

Today, I was in a class making collaged paper dolls, I am doing three and will post pictures on my next post.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Not much

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes, I've been having a good time.

The tube sock continues and I have about 5 inches until I finish the second sock. I have my little scale on the table next to me, I have been weighing the ball of wool and I still seem to have lots of sock yarn left. I'll post a photo when I have the tube complete, I am a little nervous about the heels but I'm also looking forward to the challenge.

I was thinking of using up my left over sock yarns making socks for children. I figure I could give them all away and if I knit them as a tube it will give me lots of options. Lots of knitting without having to pay too much attention.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Things come together.

I found another book.
This time it is the Spectrum, all about a new approach to good health, the receipies look good. I'll have to try a few. Lately, I 've been on a gluten free diet. I feel really good and not deprived.
The jitterbug sock saga continues and for now I am knitting a big long tube with a cuff at each end! Then I'll add in afterthought heels and then the toes. There is nothing like a little challenge.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Red things


Red is everywhere! I was really drawn to the Babybel cheese in the grocery store the other day. A little cheese in bright red wax. Something about it reminds me of being a child and buying red waxy lips, which was a type of candy. Not particulary sweet or good tasting but it was fun walking around with bright red lips.

The Spa Utopia gift certificate is a birthday present, I have been going through the 35 page booklet, what a choice! Right now I am leaning toward the mud bath! I am not going to make up my mind jest yet, but I am getting all set to "embrace" the experience.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

59 and holding.

A Perfect Red is a book, recomended in the Project Spectrum. It just appeared in front of me at the library and I took it to be a sign that I needed to take it home. I am only at page 27 but I am loving all the historical details about the dyeing of red fabric. A dyers life has never been easy.

The sock has been restarted, I decided that I really needed a few more stitches in circumference.

Tomorrow is my birthday, the big 60, celebrations have already begun. My hubby's birthday is a few days before mine, so the celebrations go on for awhile. Dinner out at a Greek resturant on Sunday. A trip to a yarn store today, I didn't find anything that I really wanted. Perhaps I should say that the colours and types of yarn that I wanted, I have in my stash. I feel that I should really use some of it up first, it would be nice to know if I really want to work with it.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Project Spectrum 3

For the past couple of years, I have been following Project Spectrum. An exploration of colour, that can incorporate many aspects of life. Knitting, sewing, gardens, eating, other art work. You are encourage to photograph and post pictures on the PS flicker site.
This year Lolly has added elements to the mix and for the first two months starting today, it is FIRE.
I will be working on my new socks, I probably won't get started until tomorrow. The yarn actually weighs 103 grams instead of 100. I am not all that sold on toe-up socks but I am sold on Turbo addis and will make these from the cuff to the toe.
I am also thinking of joining the ATC group. I certainly need a kick start or I suppose I should say a "spark" to get me back to my paper arts.
I haven't managed to put up the button for Projecct Spectrum yet, but in honor of fire, I have changed my template for my blog.