Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stitching Saturday: It's just my face

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Pretty much the second after I saw this pattern by Plastic Little Covers, I had it purchased and ready to stitch up. I whipped out the text in about 2 hours of stitching while getting my car serviced (hilarious for onlookers, I know) and the borders took me another few hours.

If I was in a hurry, I'd stitch it as it is above - just a few bits of the border look just as delightful. :)

finished!

But the full borders do add a nice vintage touch. This piece is PERFECT for me - I am a lifelong sufferer of CBF. I used to call it my "street face", aka the face I wear so no one will mess with me, but if the truth be told, it isn't exactly something I can turn on and off, and it is on more often than it is off. :)

Well, I'm gearing up to work on a new crewel class review for FS - more on that as soon as I stitch something! Thanks to everyone who commented on my huge cross stitch piece - I'm working on her steadily while watching 1980's Battlestar Galactica. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Knit Stitch a Week: Stocking heel stitch

Stocking heel stitch

Teaching myself one new knit stitch a week, from the Complete Guide to Needlework book, c. 1979.

I cast on 13 stitches on size 9 needles - left: Wool-Ease in Oxford Gray; right: a random chunky acrylic yarn in my stash.

Row 1: *K1 sl 1* , K 1
Row 2: purl

What I like about this stitch is its chunkiness - it looks like a K1,P1 rib, but is SO much faster to stitch. It's kind of raised and textur-y, and very easy to work.

The back is really pretty too, a kind of woven look:
Stocking heel stitch, wrong side

I am wondering how much it would curl on the edges on a larger piece, like a scarf. The chunky acrylic piece was already curling a bit on each side...

Still, I'd love to try this on a scarf!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Three things thursday: pretty

Douglas Booth
Bronzewing Pigeons by Natalie Ryan
Maimie McCoy

Three pretty things that reminded me of each other this Thursday:
1. Douglas Booth, in Romeo and Juliet
2. Bronzewing Pigeons by Natalie Ryan
3. Maimie McCoy (who I saw in an episode of Endeavour - a really great show, by the way.)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Knit Stitch a Week: Striped fagoting

Striped fagoting

Teaching myself one new knit stitch a week, from the Complete Guide to Needlework book, c. 1979.

I cast on 20 stitches on Size 9 needles in Wool of the Andes, Firecracker Heather.

Row 1: *P4, K 2 tog, yo, K2*, P4
Row 2: *K4, P 2 tog, yo, P2*, K4

I really like this stitch - it's simple, but very pretty - the examples in the book are knit up so tightly, it makes me want to try this on much smaller needles as well. I love the fishnet-like texture on those little open bits in the middle.

Striped fagoting, wrong side

I really like the wrong side, too - all in all, quite nice.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Feline Friday: Pumpkin

Pumpkin

I love this cat. She's gotten really clingy lately - every time I come home she generally greets me with tons of meows - which is how I was able to capture this rather priceless expression.

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After she killed a sparrow last week, my mom started calling her "the killer." She tried dragging the lifeless little bird next to her food bowl, full of wet food which she apparently despises, because she hadn't touched it.

It's like she was giving me food suggestions. Sad, but cute. :)

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I still can't get over how brilliant her coloring is - bright tabby-calico.

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Check my Tumblr for oodles of kitten pics!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Knit Stitch a Week: Lace Insert

Lace Insert

Teaching myself one new knit stitch a week, from the Complete Guide to Needlework book, c. 1979.

I kind of hit a busy spell - one week with a lot of parties and other projects, so I had to skip, but here we go with this week's. I like how this breaks up the fluffy routine of garter stitch with some nice, open pauses.

I cast on 12 stitches on size 9 needles (I forgot my trusty size 8's) - left is a thick, acrylic yarn I lost the tag to, right is Caron Simply Soft

Rows 1 to 6: knit
Rows 7 and 9: *yo, K 2 tog*
Rows 8 and 10: *yo, P 2 tog*