Monday, February 18, 2008

New York, New York

Habu Towers

Habu Towers

New York and New Yorkers look great these days! I couldn't summon Deborah's courage to take pictures of strangers, but take my word for it. Saw lots of great coats, boots, patterned hose, balloon hemmed skirts and coats, and lots of metallics at night.

I was there on business so didn't have much time, but I did manage to go down to SoHo to see what Prada had on display. Prada's theme for spring is very Art Nouveau. I loved this window and the mural inside.

Prada Window

Prad Mural

I went to M & J Trimming for the first time and was amazed by the room of buttons and the wall of handbag handles. We need one fo these in DC. G Street Fabrics is good, but no match for M&J.

M & J Trimmings

M & J Trimmings

M & J Trimmings

While in SoHo I ran into another knitter with a bag of yarn purchases in hand who told me The Point was having a radical sale, but I'm on a semi-yarn diet so didn't go. Where would I put it???

You'll note that I said semi. I went to Habu of course and bought some yarn. I bought the stainless steel pictured above and more that I will blog later.


Time Warner Building

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Knitted Pearls

My first finished object of 2008.

Knitted Pearls

Knitted Pearls

They are based on the Black Pearls scarf in Knitting New Scarves by Lynne Barr, a gift from Olga.

Black Pearls

Knitting New Scarves

While looking at the pix the first time, I thought this was a necklace for some reason. It wasn't until I started knitting that I realized the smallest "pearl" was going to be 2-3 inches in diameter. And while I think this is an intriguing scarf, it wasn't what I had in mind, so I recast on with leftover Brooklyn Handspun sockyarn Hawaii Joy on US1s. I ran out of Hawaii Joy just two pearls short of the end and finished up with some turquoise Habu tsumugi silk. So my pearls are 24" long rather than 62," and the smallest pearl is less than an inch in diameter.

I'll make a matching bracelet later for summer.

Friday, February 08, 2008

YPF: Habu Tsumugi Silk and Shosenshi Paper

Habu Tsumugi and Shosenshi

Left: A-1 Tsumugi Silk, Color #70

Right: A-60 Paper, Color #116

Swatched on 4mm circs, for a skirt if there's enough ease. It's going to need a lining.


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