smiles

May 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

Here are a few pics that I planned to share way back in January when I was a blogging delinquent. Happy Little K in her K sweater.

dancing K

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other knits with initials here and here

cloche

May 27, 2008 § 2 Comments

A page from Country Home, June 2008. The bell shaped cloches are made by a friend of the gardener and the others are handmade by the gardener.

Paris rooftop garden, pictured in Terraces & roof gardens of Paris by Alexandra d’Arnoux.

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My handmade plant markers (painted shims) inspired by the painted floor of Lili’s Patisserie.

crochet and things that I learned to like

May 27, 2008 § 1 Comment

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Crochet is one of those things that I didn’t like until recently. It wasn’t that act of crocheting that wasn’t pleasing because I like the methodical simplicity of basic crochet. It was the lackluster look of the craft that seemed keep me away. Before I offend anyone, I should say that I don’t think crocheting is dreary or below knitting, but I didn’t fully appreciate it before. I could be wrong about this, but I think there is a butt-load, as my co-worker would say, of really retched crocheted items out there. Many have sentimental value because a granny or child made them, but some of just plain ugly. Sorry folks, it’s true. We’ve all seen them.

I checked out a lot of crochet books from the library and have found a new appreciation for it. This broomstick stitch from Super Stitch Crochet by Jennifer Campbell was a big contributer to changing my mind about the beauty of crochet.

The cone of yellow cotton above followed me home from an art material swap. I’ve made one little thing so far. Lars tried to guess how many more cuffs I could crochet from this cone, it was a big number.

yellow cuffbuttons

Other things that I have learned to like (and what changed my mind):

beret’s (Pan’s Labyrinth)

Pink & red together (college art project)

lace (I guess I realized not all lace is itchy, and knitted lace is divine)

gold (a shantung silk dress in a greenish-gold)

Most of these things don’t fit with of the danish-modern or earthy-rustic styles that I usually like, but mixed all together they make for a nice bohemian-eclectic look.

Benadryl and knitting

May 26, 2008 § Leave a comment

One of those goes well with cats (for me) and the other doesn’t. I’ll let you guess which one. We are house sitting this week and affectionate doesn’t describe the house cat. Needy, as in I need to sleep with my paws tucked under your chin and my whiskers tickling your face, better describes her. Despite the dander I like the cuddly affection- but not the claws on my neck at 6am. The most comfortable place for her to sit is right on my hands, so that means on the keyboard or knitting. And using two circular knitting needles is very exciting because then there is yarn and two shiny things dangling about to play with.

On my needles right now is a softie with five and a half legs so far. He will go home with a little guy who is turning 1 next month.

Girl with cat, 1939-46, J. Peterson, Shetland Museum and Archives

I love the texture (and knee socks) in this photo. There is another one here of the same cat and girl knitting a different garment.

Patio Project

May 23, 2008 § 1 Comment

I have been dreaming of a small patio garden and finally got around to doing something about it. Because of the layout of our front and back patios (really the back one is more of a balcony and the front it a porch?) and the location of the buildings around us, the best sun is up around the patio railings. Pots on the floor don’t really get any sun, and typically there are bike parts laying around too. So my mission was to build boxes that are big enough for growing veggies and herbs and that can hang from the railings.

Step 1: A visit to The ReBuilding Center. While in the neighborhood we also stopped at the wonderful Pistils Nursery and saw baby chicks. I wish my patio garden could have the feel of Pistils.

Step 2: I picked out cabinet fronts since there were multiple pieces of the same or similar dimensions (meaning less cutting to make a box). You can see the railings that the two boxes will hang on in this photo.

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Step 3: After removing the hinges, I sawed a few pieces for the ends of the boxes. The gnome took a break from guarding the front door and cushioned my knees.

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Step 4: Screwing the boards together to make boxes was less glamorous so I forgot to take pictures. Basically I made the boxes and then drilled holes in the bottom for drainage. Getting hooks to hang the boxes called for a trip to the local hardware store where I was greeted by no less than 3 friendly employees ready to help me. We figured out in less than a minute that they didn’t sell what I was looking for but they happily made a custom hook for me out of this L shaped….ummmm, thing. Anyway, it is perfect as you can see. I love local shops.

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Ta-da! Presenting the final product complete with plants. Not exactly beauty but certainly function. Soon the plants will flourish and their beauty will distract from the odd looking boxes.

garden boxes

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