How many Tootsie Rolls are considered "a lot"? Is there such a thing as too many Tootsie Rolls? I think not.
First off, I want to show you my new most favorite thing. My new Lantern Moon knitting bag:
I went to Knit Happens on Sunday, and Kristine had her knitting in the most beautiful little bag. I must have sat there and stared at it for about an hour before I finally decided to get up and look to see if any others were lurking about. Luckily there was one left in the window. It is perfect for my commuter knitting. Big enough to hold a small project (the Bean's bolero), my iPod, and a counter. It is seriously pretty enough to even use as a handbag. Take a look at the other great bags from Lantern Moon now available.
When I was in the shop, Kristine gave me a peek at the upcoming fall Rowan designs. Rowan and RY Classic have some wonderful things planned for fall, so be sure to grab the pattern books as soon as they are out. Unfortunately, neither of them have previews on their sites yet, but take my word for it, you WILL WANT THEM. Keep your eye on their sites as I am sure the previews will be up soon.
I also took a look the new Debbie Bliss. The yarns are not in yet, but I took a look at the Cashmerino DK book. This is another one I will definitely be adding to my library. Not that I will probably ever have time to knit from it, but it will be nice to dream over.
Too many new things!
Just wanted to share a few free patterns I found out there in blog land:
Stockinette Cardigan for Wee Wonderfuls Kitty, Bunny or Bear - This pattern is for a little cardigan to fit the animals featured in Hillary's first pattern book. I bought the book a little while ago, and was so excited to see the sweater pattern. I am sure this pattern could be used for other little chilly animals as well.
Lace and Bobble Jacket - From Debbie Bliss's Wish You Were Here pattern book. This one may have been up for a while, but I just realized it was available. I love how it looks, but I doubt I would be able to get through that many bobbles without giving up. I bought this book a while ago, and I do like the other designs.
I was a little disappointed by the boot-off on last night's Runway episode. I didn't have a very good impression of Malan during the pre-premiere episode, but I felt sorry for him last night. Particularly when he talked about how his mother told him he would never amount to anything, and when he mentioned how much he enjoyed feeling "part of something" by being on the show. Yes, his dress looked like butt, but in the end, I thought Angela should have gone. What a wench! You know they kept her on there because she will be the type to cause controversy. Same reason they kept Wendy Pepper on well past her prime. Certainly NOT because of design talent or capabilities. Did you see that puke-of-a-skirt Angela was wearing during the runway show (scroll through and look at the 4th photo from the end)? Her design from the first episode looked like yuck. Shoot, I can put two Band-Aids, a belt, and a bunch of fake flowers together and call it "fashion." Unfortunately, she'll probably make it to the last three. Kids, that's how "reality" TV works.
I can not even BEGIN to tell you how much I have missed Tim Gunn. Really, I wish he lived next door to me so I could show him my projects and get a nice honest critique. I was so excited to have Project Runway Season 3 start up. Luckily the iTunes feed from last season is the same, so I have already listened to his podcast about the first episode.
Normally after I watch the first show I pick a favorite. But to tell you the truth, I'm not really in love with anyone yet. So far I liked the designs of Robert, Laura and Keith. I thought Michael's dress was brilliant. You seriously could not tell on the runway that the dress was made from coffee filters. I think I would have also gone for something out of the ordinary knowing all the others were going to grab the sheets and the curtins.
There is even a blog kept by people who watch the show. A good source for behind the scenes info. They even have links to Web sites of past Runway contestents (Daniel, Zulema, Austin, Wendy....to name a few).
Tomorrow, feedback on tonight's episode. I can't wait to see what Vincent does to top the hat!
I was talking with Rachel (from Circus Knits) a while back, and we both commented on how my Bean and her Peanut didn't really have much in the way of "mommy-made knits." For having a knitting mommy, neither of them had much to show for it. One sure way to get those knits done is to have a knitalong...right? Rachel and Sarah (otherwise known as the girls from Zephyr Style) are now graciously hosting the "Little Bit" knitalong. I am absolutely HORRIBLE at knitalongs. I don't think I have actually ever finished a one that I've joined. But since I already had a project sitting here waiting for the motivation, I decided to play along. My Bean has been taking dance lessons (and I use the term "dance lessons" loosely here), for about a year now. She hates having to put a sweater on over her fabulous dance outfits, but sometimes the studio is really kind of cold and shivering does get in the way of flitting about. Even Miss Anne coming to class in a sweater is not enough to persuade her to put one on (she thinks Miss Anne is the BOMB!). We made a deal that if I made her a special "dance" sweater (in the color of her choice), she would wear it to class.
We chose the Bolero pattern from Debbie Bliss's Junior Knits and the yarn is Debbie Bliss's Cotton Angora in Hot Pink (which, of course, is now being discontinued). I decided to do the 6-7 year size since the last thing I need is to spend all this time knitting, have her wear it to one class, and grow out of it the next. I will hopefully have enough yarn, but if it looks like we are getting short, the ribbing may have to shrink by a few rows.
Miss Anne will be MOST impressed ;-)
FO: Garter Stitch Baby Cardigan and Hat
Pattern: Hat is from Debbie Bliss's Baby Knits book, Cardi is from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in #607 and #605
Fiber: wool, microfiber and cashmere
Amount: 3 skiens of the dark, 1 of the light
Needles: US #3 and #4 Addi Turbos
See, I have been knitting. I did this one pretty quick, so no progress posting. I made this for a friend at work who is expecting in August. She doesn't know if it is a boy or girl, so I had to go with a gender-neutral palette. I thought the buttons would add just the right accent color. After I got them on, I realized what a pain pointy buttons are to slip through garter stitch button holes. But they sure are cute (click to see the larger image). I must have bought at least 10 different buttons because I couldn't decide which to use. Of course it never occured to me to take the knit to the shop. Now I need to find another baby to knit for so I can use up my cute new button stash!
Tomorrow, a new project and a knitalong.