Friday, January 16, 2009

YPF: Yarn Love, "Cleopatra"


600+ yards of Tussah Silk in Toffee Colorway.

I don't know what I will make yet. It's beautiful, soft, and richly colored. I bought it at Stitches East this fall. I discovered the Three Irish Girls Booth fifteen minutes before closing. ACK! According to her Ravelry info the DC-based "Irish Girl" maintains the Three Irish Girls site, the Yarn Love site, and The Yarnista blog. The colors caught my eye as I walked by their booth. The photo I took turned out too dark to publish. I'll tinker with it. The "Girls" do brown, beiges, and turquoise particularly well, I think, but all of the hanks I saw seemed to be deeply saturated, and even the paler colors seemed rich, if that is possible.

Obama Sighting!

Obama visited the Inauguration Committee in the building across the street from my office last week. The Secret Service blocked off the street; there were about 4-5 black SUVs, about 6 motorcycle cops, and Secret Service agents prowling around. Hundreds of people went outside in their shirt sleeves despite the 30 degree weather, including me, or pressed their noses against office building windows to see him. The motorcycle cops were laughing at us! It was pretty funny, actually. And it seems to be happening wherever he goes all over town. Anyway, we didn't have to wait long. When he emerged, a huge roar and cheer went up. The cops made us stay a certain distance way - my group was just inside our building in the foyer, but when they pulled away to lead his motorcade, we all went outside. He took the time to smile and wave in the direction of all three crowds. I suppose you can't just walk by hundreds of people of every color and creed, military and civilian, old and young, waiting in the cold to get a glimpse of you! For the moment, Obama owns this town.

I had my camera but didn't think to take a picture because I was waving too hard, like the rest of the crowd.

Monday, January 12, 2009

FO: Seaweed Necklace

Seaweed Necklace, Hand-knit Works, Setsuko Torii

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Pattern: Seaweed Necklace, Hand-Knit Works, Setsuko Torii
Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co., Studio Sock, knit together with stainless steel artistic wire for beading.
Hook: size 2
Mods: I crocheted this with a much finer yarn than the pattern required, together with stainless steel artistic wire, which gives it some weight, heft, and sparkle. I added a sterling yarn ball, purchased from Bead Obsessions on each end. I finished the necklace long ago, but couldn’t figure out how to add the yarn balls.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


For me and for gifts.

Knitted Bracelets II

All but the one on the right made with cheap acrylic yarn, Vanna White and Red Heart, I think. Love the colors. I used the Lion Brand patterns for the center ones. The one of the right is knit with embroidery floss. Still need to weave in the ends.

Made this at Bead Obsessions tonight:

Pearl Bracelet II

It was a Wire Cuff class given by Roxanne Rash. She was a great teacher. The bracelet was deceptively simple to make; I plan to make another with different beads. I bought the pearls somewhere in New York. I have some left over. Maybe a ring is in order.


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