Friday, February 13, 2009

My Valentine

Pattern: Corazoncitos Amigurumi Hearts (On Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220
Time: 30 minutes

I have a new obsession: amigurumi!  I know I'm late to the party, but this is the kind of crochet I can get into.  

This was a gift for my son and has a safety pin on the back, so he can wear it.

"Amigurumi World, Seriously Cute Crochet"  is a lovely book with very clear instructions and, yes, seriously cute crochet.  Meet Yertle:

Pattern: Tiny Turtle (On Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220
Time: 40 mins

Isn't he adorable?  It's really addictive, even without recipients in mind.  Of course, if you know any kids, real or eternal, you even have a good excuse.

The author, Ana Paula Rimoli, has an etsy store, and patterns for zodiac amigurumi in the latest knit1.  And hers is just the tip of the iceberg.  Check out the links at the end of the Wiki entry for the topic.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Petersburg, Rowan 42

My commitments are showing.  I've finally finished a KAL project.  

This is Petersburg, originally done in Cocoon, from Rowan 42.  It looked really pretty over fitted, long sleeve tops, and the cables are really delicious.  They're predictable, but not boring.  

I cheaped out by using Knitpicks Swish Bulky, only 4 hank
s, for the 38" bust.  It's actually a pretty resilient yarn - I frogged, tinked, cut, mangled and treated it pretty badly and it held up really well.  But, it's just not in the same league as Rowan's Cocoon.  

The KAL is this quarter's project for the The Sexy Knitters' Club on Ravelry.  I think it's the first time there has been a technique topic rather than a pattern, which made it a lot easier for me to commit.  I'm excited to see what comes up next.

Next, I'm working on a top from Burda 12/08, in this knit:

Yes, glittery giraffes.  Oh, the subtlety.

New Blog Name

Since I've barely sewn anything this past year, I felt the title should reflect my, uh, other distractions.  

I was looking at Purl Bee's new Blog Arena, the Purl Beehive, when it occurred to me that rather than starting a new blog, I should re-commit to the one I have.  So blog and I are renewing are vows.