Saturday, May 30, 2009

This must be a record!

I'm posting again! And so soon!

I wanted to share another recent finish--a little knit purse decorated with flowers. The knit flowers are for a class I'll be teaching this summer from Nicky Epstein's book, Knitted Flowers. In this case, I chose to make just a few varieties of flowers. I think my favorite is the rose. I love the pattern and especially liked using it with the yarn, Lamb's Pride Worsted, in two-tone pink. The other two flowers were made using Berroco Comfort and I added some buttons for their centers. There are a lot of other lovely flower patterns in this book that I will be trying out this summer. Definitely a fun and fast project!

The bag was really just a means to display the flowers, but I loved knitting it! I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (1 ball) and the pattern came from the book, Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders. It was easy to follow and knit up in no time.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A garland of flowers

I'm looking forward to teaching some fun classes this summer. I had long been wanting to try some of the lovely flowers from Suzann Thompson's book, Crochet Bouquet. The flowers and designs are wonderful. Another bonus is that Suzann Thompson has posted a few photo tutorials when people have had questions about her techniques.

Here is the shop sample I made for the class. I wasn't sure quite how to combine the variety of flowers into some sort of logical grouping. Ultimately, I settled on a floral garland to feature them.

These flowers were a lot of fun to make!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Things Are Still Happening Around Here!

Not that you'd know, given my lack of posting since March.

I made a few more amigurumi. A bunny for Easter.

A mouse with a beret for a friend who teaches French (the beret was specifically requested).

Having seen all of the beautiful hemlock ring blankets out there, I had to knit up my own. I had a lot of fun making it and although the start was a bit tricky for me, it went much smoother than I expected. The yarn, Ella Rae Classic, turned out to be just right for this project. Please excuse the poor quality photos.

My Hemlock

Close-up of Hemlock Ring

Summer vacation is upon us and, as I have no students to teach, I have begun some summer temp work. I'll also be teaching summer crafty classes. I am looking forward to lots of crafting!