22 May 2011

a must-have...



a stunning new book by one of our talented local designers...

knit, swirl!
by sandra mciver

is a study of variations on a simply wonderful circular sweater pattern--a garment that is knit in one piece (my kind of sweater!) and can be made to fit
anyone like a dream...

leaf through this book and drool over the many luxurious versions that sandra offers...

the gorgeous mustardy number she wore at last week's book-signing draped so beautifully that i decided then and there that i simply must make one...

...amazon is sold out of this book, but you can get
knit, swirl!
(where sandra will have a knit-along next month, by the way)...

20 May 2011

berets and flowers...

...fellow knitter silvia m. has made a bright, cheery version of the baby beret...her "boina da catarina" is made in rowan's luxury cotton and is embellished with crocheted flowers...you can see it on her blog, ao longe o mar...I love it!

speaking of flowers...


little knitted daisies are easy to make!

grab some yarn and a pair of needles...
cast on 40 stitches
(knit one, bind off six) five times...
you should have ten stitches left on the needle (one stitch on either side of each set of six bound-off stitches)
it should look like this:
break yarn and pull through those ten stitches...
partially weave in ends and use the excess to stitch the flower onto your hat
(or sweater, or...)

et voilà!

questions?  just ask!



18 May 2011

pink and white...

picked up a new yarn at the
an organic cotton from debbie bliss...

these two balls will become a striped
for the infant daughter of one of the
v.i.p.'s of this year's



pattern for the sea star hat is available



17 May 2011

raspberry berets...

three of them...



one for miss eleanor...

  one for miss olivia...

...and another one made by ddhockey
posted on her blog yesterday

want to make one, too?
here are the

happy knitting!!!

16 May 2011

another monday morning...

the big M.U.S.E. fundraiser is over...

now it is time to get back to knitting...so many ideas swirling around in this tangled brain!

...testing will begin soon for my next pattern...



...a baby sweater...
one that you have seen on this blog before, perhaps?



short-sleeved hoodie, perfect for our foggy coastal summers...

best part about it?
no seams to sew!

10 May 2011

another a-M.U.S.E.-ing evening...




...our little town of Mendocino will be alive with the sounds of  roger fritz, david hayes, james preston and christy fritz wells this friday night...it is all part of the m.u.s.e. honoree dinner-dance, in appreciation of the wonderful people of the maccallum house inn who have helped raise over $26,000 for mendocino unified schools enrichment...

 
 lots of fun...
all for a good cause--art and music in the mendocino schools!

for more information, please go to the m.u.s.e. website:  muse.mcn.org

do come!
...delicious food, super music, silent auction,

09 May 2011

winsome...

well...


I finally did it...


after months of hemming and hawing and fence-sitting,
I signed up with big cartel...

 and now I have an online "store"
for winsome hand knits

should be open for business next week!


07 May 2011

sun hat...

for salmon season..




a little hat...




in salmony-pink...



the yarn?
classic elite's premiere
a blend of cotton and tencel



02 May 2011

a wise man said...

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
                                                                                                 --Martin Luther King, Jr.



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