Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mona Lisa


The enigmatic smile that became da Vinci's, and undoubtedly one of the world's, most famous paintings. I went on a study abroad trip a few years ago to France and got to see this beauty at the Louvre in person. I was struck by how small it actually was and how huge the crowd was circled around her. Her image is ingrained in the minds of millions, and I wanted to emulate it in yarn form. 



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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Inspirations

These are a few of the paintings I plan to recreate into skeins of yarn in my "Inspired" line of yarn (which will all be on my Etsy account, hopefully by the end of the year! >> http://www.etsy.com/shop/LadyPurl







  

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DNA sweater vest (LAST ONE!)


This is my little sister. I knit her this sweater in green last year, but it was too big. This new smaller version was my wedding present to her. I switched from size 7 needles to size 2 and it took FOREVER! Luckily it's the very last time I'll ever knit it, hehe. The pattern in very nice, but those tiny stitches!


Close up of the DNA cable and lace work.


The back was all lace, I love it. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Staghorn Scarf Pattern


Staghorn                                  

The yarn you use and needle size probably doesn't make a lick of a difference. I used Vanna White's line of yarn because I loved the color, it was super soft, and cheap. It took 1 1/2 balls of yarn. I used size 10 1/2 needles (6.5 mm).

Abbreviations:
k: knit
p: purl
sl1kw: slip 1st stitch knit-wise
sl1pw: slip 1st stitch purl-wise
BC: place 2sts on a cable needle in the back, k2, k2 from cable needle
FC: place 2sts on a cable needle in the front, k2, k2 from cable needle

Cast on 30 stitches.

Row 1 (WS and all other wrong side rows): sl1pw, k2, p2, k2, p16, k2, p2, k2, p1.
Row 2: sl1kw, p2, k2, p2, k4, BC, FC, k4, p2, k2, p2, k1. 
Row 4: sl1kw,  p2, k2, p2, k2, BC, k4, FC, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1.
Row 6: sl1kw,  p2, k2, p2, BC, k8, FC, p2, k2, p2, k1.

Repeat rows 1-6 until desired length.* Cast off while following the WS of the pattern, it looked most natural casting off after Row 2.

*My favorite rule of thumb for knitting scarves is to knit the scarf as tall as you are (or whoever will receive the scarf). That made mine about 65 inches long, but knit it as long as you feel like. It's such a fast knit and makes a very cute slinky skinny scarf so if you have the yarn just keep on going! ^_^

Fringe: I cut 12" lengths of yarn, 6 per fringe section, and 5 on each edge. That's 60 in total. I folded the yarn length sections in half (6 pieces), stuck them through the scarf at the cast on and cast off edges (just make a hole and squeeze it through or use a crochet hook), pulling half way through, making a loop then pulled the loose ends (that are hanging out the other side) through the loop and pulled tight. I hope that makes sense, but it's essentially just knotting the fringe onto the bottom. It's the easiest way to attach fringe, one can even call it the cheater's method it's so simple :-P

Hope you have fun with it! I'm putting the pattern up on Ravelry, and if you knit one up I'd love to see your pictures!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Starry Night Results

Here's how the yarn turned out.

Not sure how well I did, but either way the yarn felt and looked awesome. The blue came out a lot deeper than I expected and the purple really pops. I wanted yellow, but it came out more gold, slightly orange. I think it should be very interesting to knit with.



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vincent


I had a dream about the "Vincent and the Doctor" episode of Doctor Who last night. I thought, I must do something to celebrate my love for not only that episode, which is thee best Doctor Who episode, beating "Lady in the Fireplace" by a hair, but also my adoration and obsession with Vincent Van Gogh. 

So I'm going to do what I do best. Knit something.

I wasn't just about to go out and buy the yarn for this. It had to be special. So I hand dyed it in a way that I've never tried before. I separated the dyes by placing them in individual jars, filling them half full with a dash of vinegar and a teaspoon-ish of dye in each jar. 

I separated how much yarn I wanted of each color and slowly stuffed the yarn in the jars, using a dowel to stir and yarn.



I'll post more pictures tomorrow once it dries. I'm super psyched to see how it turns out.
I also need to find a pattern, or make one, that really encapsulates Starry Night. Something wiggly and wobbley, me thinks. Something with cables, perhaps. Probably socks. Can't go wrong with a nice pair of socks :}

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Designing, writing, and stitching

I've been designing patterns and coming up with ideas a lot lately for a pattern book I want to put together. I'm still weighing the pros and cons about selling each pattern individually myself, or through a publisher like knitty.com, or on Ravelry for like $5 a pattern, OR putting them all together and publishing a book myself... Or sending that finished book out to publishers and have someone else sell it... Uhg, I don't know. I think I should probably get some patterns published first on sites like Knitty just to get my name out there. Then when I'm knitty-famous I'll have the street cred to publish a whole book. Either way I can't really publish pictures or notes on what I'm working on :{.

I do have one thing though!



This is a scarf I whipped up for a friend of mine who just designed a new logo for me. It's still in the works, but I'll be revamping my whole site and "Lady Purl" soon enough. The cable is called "Staghorn" and it was super easy to do. If anyone would like the pattern, I'd write it up!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Star Socks

I can't believe I never posted this, but a LONG while back I got a sock blank from KnitPicks and dyed it all pretty with a bunch of Jacquard dyes and Kool-Aid. These were my results:

 I wanted to paint a design, but at the same time keep it simple. Stars worked well.


 The lightest blue was Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid.

 Then I used Jacquard Dye color Peacock.

 And then ended it with Jacquard Dye color black.


 These are the finished socks after knitting them up with the pattern Anastasia Socks. The color faded slightly in the steaming of the blank process, and the red and purple stars just came up as random stripes, but their pretty awesome socks in person.


I want to do it again!

Ooooodles of new projects!

I've made so many new things that I think I'll just let the pictures do the talking :}





I. Am. A. Geek.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Cross Stitching, it's my new thing

So, I haven't posted in forever and a day. I would open up my site thoughtfully, look back at things I did months ago and think about all the crafts I've done since then and think, "I should update this," then I remember other stuff I have going on and think, "I'm too busy," and mosey on.

IT"S TIME TO UPDATE!

Anyway, I've been cross stitching a lot lately. I love it. Here's some of my newest stuffs:


Work in progress and the finished piece. The Aztec Tomb!




G.O.B. is my boyfriend!

Actually this is a gift for my boyfriend for his birthday. He's a huge Arrested Development fam and quotes it daily, sometimes hourly.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tarquin for Trixie

So here's Tarquin's story.

Tarquin was created for my friend Trixie. Shortly after being born off the needles he had to explore. Little baby Tarquin is a very curious little octopus.

The first thing he had to do was meet Mr. Squid. I thought Mr. Squid took a liking to Tarquin right off the bat, but it turned out that his "sweet and innocent hug" was really a ploy to eat poor lil' Tarkie. So I quickly rescued him.

Mr. Squid has yet to comment about his actions, but I can only assumed he's ashamed of himself.

Tarquin, getting a taste for danger, decided to take a walk on the wild side. Here's a picture I snapped of him just as he was stealing my monies.

He then ventured into my roommate's art project and decided to recite some Shakespeare.

He quickly realized that he was in fact an octopus and having just been born had not yet learned Shakespeare. This saddened him.

"Wherefore art... where the hell am I? Is this stage made of styrofoam?!"

Resigned to his fate of never being able to learn and recite Shakespeare on a real stage, Tarquin turned to drinking. I found him in my wine glass by the end of the night. All of my Riesling had vanished.

He'll be going to his new mommy, Trixie, this weekend. I hope she has as much fun with him as I did.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Random Awesome

I've been busy of late, which often prevents me from posting on here, but usually doesn't prevent me from knitting. Because if knitting is good for anything, it's to procrastinate another project or responsibility. I'm even doing it right now!

The story behind this dog sweater is that his owners, my former professors, and their son named him Jean-Luc Piccard Colbert (lol, I can't make this up). So... I could not resist.


Jean-Luc and his owners were very pleased with the results :D.

This morning my friend and I had a "dying party" in which we dyed a bunch of yarn. I had made a yarn order that I had planned to use today, but it hasn't come in yet. Next post though (!) I will be dying. :}

This was a little mini skien to practice on. We wanted to see the effects of kool-aid and some of the dye that she had. I used Blue Raspberry Lemonade Kool-Aid, Peacock dye, and Jade Green dye. The Kool-Aid ended up really light blue, but I liked that variation. I thought the Peacock would be more purple, but it was dark teal, and the green was green. I let it dry for a few minutes then wound it and made the most adorable mini yarn ball ever.

I think I'm going to make a mini octopus out of it. I think a friend of mine needs a mini octopus :D. WHO DOESN'T?

And here's an update of where my zombie octopus of December of last year ended up. I knit the little hat too. :} I love strange little things.