August 20, 2009

Monkey Business

The best kind of business is monkey business:

Monkey Business - Paton's Knitting Pamphlet
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And so it goes with my love of sock monkeys. This Paton's pattern book, Monkey Business: Knit or Crochet has the cutest patterns; I bought it for the basic sock monkey pattern but the baby monkey (pictured in the top frame above) is pretty adorable too. There's a reggae monkey ("Bob") with dreads, a punk rock monkey ("Sid") with a mohawk, tattoo and "piercing" - and so many more cute ones, including non-monkeys as well. I think I'm going to have to knit one soon.

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December 25, 2007

Boho Baby Knits

Yesterday I got my copy of Boho Baby Knits (Groovy Patterns for Cool Tots), by Kat Coyle:


My sister visited Knit Cafe earlier this month during Kat's book signing there:

Boho Baby Knits

I love all the bohemian baby designs in this book, but my must-knit favorites are the Bobbled Bloomers, Mimi and Bobbi Beatnik Dolls, Story-time Socks, Bite This Book!, Alien Hat, and the Scenester Legwarmers. And even though I don't have any more babies or toddlers in the household, these are just too cute not to knit.

August 31, 2006

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

I was feeling dangerously close to not having ENOUGH works-in-progress so I purchased this book yesterday in order to knit the "Soft Drawstring Pouch" (in the medium size) with the Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk that I purchased a few months ago. Both the book and the yarn are incredible.

It's a simple book really; the projects are accessible and do-able. I love her chapter on color and the ideas in the back regarding knitted gifts and creative presentation of handknit goods. There really isn't a single intimidating project in this book. Joelle Hoverson's Purl Soho site was one of the first knitting sites I ever bookmarked and I still visit the site to look at and learn about luxury yarns. I don't order much from there because I'm lucky enough to work somewhere that carries almost all of the same things, but it's worth a look if you haven't clicked over there before. Even though I'm not a quilter, the fabrics at Purl Patchwork are very tempting. There's also The Purl Bee companion blog.

<Soft Drawstring Pouch - Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk

The recommended yarn is a perfect choice for the drawstring pouch and will make a wonderful gift bag for the intended recipient (with handknit fingerless gloves inside).

July 23, 2006

Sweater Workshop

The first I heard of The Sweater Workshop, by Jacqueline Fee, was on Skittermagoo's blog. I can't believe it's taken me almost two years to buy a copy of this book for myself.

Last night, I was able to read a couple of chapters and I can't wait to get started on my own "sweater sampler," but wait I must. However, I'm just as excited about the concept now as I was over a year and a half ago - I think this sampler is a great way to learn important techniques without fudging on a sweater-in-progress. I'm all about "learn as you go," but when there's a significant yarn and time investment involved, it pays to try to acquire the knitting knowledge BEFORE you're faced with having to know it.

My only gripe about this book is a superficial one - I don't like the slick, glossy pages. I do love the photos, diagrams and charts. My favorite thing is "The Gauge Page" -- a page you can photocopy and use to figure the number of cast on stitches according to your own gauge and a logical percentage system (inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann of course).

A quick quote from the introduction: " . . . The Sweater Workshop is a viewpoint. Its aim is to cause you to take an analytical look at sweater knitting with your yarn as the starting point. . . The purpose of this book is to hint at the potentialities, to stimulate your ideas, and to foster a keen appreciation for the knitted fabric."

May 20, 2006

Claudia's Handpainted Yarn - Anklets

I just couldn't leave the yarn alone, so I cast on for the anklets while I was at the doctor's office the other day:

Sherbet Anklets with Claudia's Handpainted Yarn

The brilliant idea for anklets was inpsired by Pixiestikz's blog entry about her bright, cheery anklets. And, honestly, why didn't I think of anklets before? Lolly's also knitting anklets and they're a beautiful shade of green.

I was delighted when this arrived yesterday:

Knit Cafe

When I was in L.A. last year, this was the yarn store I nearly decided not to visit - it turned out to be the one I enjoyed the most! The book contains everything I enjoyed about actually being in the store, finding a must-knit pattern (and then knitting it 4 times), and exceptionally helpful employees. The photos in the book are unbelievable - there are some WOW patterns (I really need to do the math on the La Luz evening gown - it's beautiful) and new twists on basic knits (scarves and hats). Julia and Mary-Heather both have patterns in the book. I also love the WeHo vibe of the book:


But for now, instead of curling up with this wonderful book, I must get ready to go to the best little yarn store in Texas, my happy place.

April 05, 2006

Mason-Dixon Knitting


Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide
Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne of Mason Dixon Knitting
(Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes and Pictures)

Click here for the book info on Amazon: Mason Dixon Book

I'm probably one of the last knitters to get this book and I did, in fact, buy Borders' last copy of this gem. My advice is do not buy this book unless you have some dishcloth yarn and Euroflax sportweight linen on hand because there are some amazing projects you'll be itching to cast on while you're reading. The included patterns are original and adaptable for the flexible knitter; or you can stick with the pattern as written - it's all good!

It's a book for ALL knitters, not just knitbloggers. I initially thought it might read like a knitting insider's book, but it doesn't. While I found many projects I want to knit, this book has also given me license to be creative -- to play, experiment and USE my handknits!

There are also delightful interviews with The Queen of FInishing and Emma.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some knitting to do.