Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sock Wizard Beta Test

For the past 3 days I've been participating in a beta test for Sock Wizard for the Mac. It is awesome to have a sock pattern generator I don't have to use via Virtual PC. Kudos to Carole Wulster for venturing into Mac territory. And to all the dedicated Mac users who volunteered to help!
This is a tiny pair of socks I made as part of the test. I used some Opal I had left over in my stash.
When it's released, it will be available here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Naomi's Art

My friend, Naomi, brought over her newly framed collection of Hamsa drawings. We brainstormed for a while about how she can market them.

This is Naomi.

Eden and Naomi, about 15 minutes before he had me cut off all his hair. He lost about 5 pounds in 10 minutes.

My favorite Hamsa. The photos don't show the beautiful gold handmade paper and the way it glows through the metallic inks.

Another Birthday For the Yarnartist

Would you believe 39?
We had a nice dinner on Sunday night with the local part of my family.

This arrived yesterday from Reese.

Back view.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Beaded Garden Party Scarf Knit Along

Mary at the Knitting Zone is sponsoring a knit along with my Beaded Garden Party
Scarf pattern! It starts the 24th and I'm excited to see how many people are going to be working on this together. You can read about it on her website and also you can purchase the pattern and supplies from her.

Here are the yarn and beads I chose. I have a page on my website that explains how to prepare for the project by stringing the beads onto the yarn here.

I will try posting photos of my progress on the scarf.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Workroom Cleanup










It doesn't look like much, but it took 7 hours and I went through Every Single Box! (note: they are 2 deep)
I filled the car with donations for Stitches From the Heart and put some things down in the storage room in the garage.
I know it will look the same as it did before in just a few days. I am dealing with less than 100 square feet here. It's funny that the room that I spend most of my time in is the smallest room in the house! But the skylights are wonderful and almost everything is in arm's reach, and I am very happy here.

Pimpin' Pooch Has Left the Building!!

I finally finished my design for the upcoming book, Pampered Pooches. The pattern could be explained verbally in about 2 minutes, but writing it took an excruciating number of days and the math and verbiage almost made my brain explode! Finally I approached it from a different angle and got it all out in 20 minutes.
Someone asked why designers sometimes just suggest changing needle sizes for different size garments. It doesn't always work, but if it does, it saves the designer's brain much wear and tear. (wouldn't have worked on this one)

Fruit Hats

The Yarn Harlot put out a call for baby fruit hats for a friend who is doing work to educate low income women about the advantages of breastfeeding. Read about it on her blog on July 3.
So I spent the entire 4th of July making these little hats from scraps of yarn in my stash, and got them in the mail on the 5th. I used a pattern I found here.