Oh yes I've joined my first CAL - Snowflake Mondays! Very excited about this! Upon a few recommendations, I decided that my snowflake pattern book of choice should be 99 Snowflakes.
I'm happy to report that this, in fact, was the right book to choose. Not only are the directions clear and a wide range of stitches represented, but there are 99 different little bundles of thready glory to try out! So far I've made four. They aren't blocked or stiffened yet, so no snide remarks from the blogosphere, okay? Okay.
Thus far, I've tried out a couple of different threads: DMC Cordonnet (size 10) and Aunt Lydia's size 10 ala Jumbo ball. Now I love DMC, but actually big ole cheapy ball of Aunt Lydia's seems to work up better with my teeny weeny steel hook. And there are 2730 YARDS of white thready goodness on Aunt Lydia's-have-enough-thread-until-death-ball, SO I won't have to replenish my supply any time soon.
Speaking of CAL's, some of us peeps at the WeHo SNB have decided to have a little vintage chapeau CAL. At last week's gathering, I brought one of my McCall's Needlework mags circa Fall-Winter 1963-64 and this page definitely lit our hooks on fire:
We all decided that our lives would be exceedingly incomplete without these hats to adorn our heads. A fact with which I'm sure you all concur. (If interested in joining us, email me.)
It was a tough decision, but I'm starting the turban before the funkadelic flower muff and headband because I decided that I need to begin wearing turbans, especially the mohair and gold variety, sooner rather than later (Lori, I know you understand this desire).
The pattern for the turban is frighteningly easy, that is once I'd gotten past my aversion to crocheting mohair. Yes, I hate to crochet with mohair and eyelash yarn. Come to think of it I hate to knit eyelash yarn too. Actually, I just hate eyelash yarn. I love mohair though and will knit it any ole day, but peeps just try to frog crocheted mohair. It's like you've been transported to your own personal torture chamber, pulling and tugging endless amount of fuzz away from more fuzz. In short, it sucks.
At any rate here's my soon to be favorite fashion accessory in the making:
Beyond the CAL's I've been working on lots of new creatures (stay tuned for a future creature post) and some groovy functional items as well. Remember the New Year's weekend capelet? Well, I've frogged it. No, I didn't rip it out! I added a frog closure!
Recently, I also made myself a pair of legwarmers because I loved the ones I made for my offspring so very much. Her's were of course in an oh so sedate color as my daughter lacks the chip of this block when it comes to the color wheel. In contrast, mine incorporate many of the hues on the wheel. The child does not approve. And acknowledging this fact, I wear them around her often...
I am not ashamed to tell you that I used Red Heart Super Saver for my warmers of the legs. C'mon that colorway could be nothing else but RHSS Mexicana! And for all of you yarn snobs out there who'd never use this yarn form of Satan I've got a little fact to share with you...In the event of a nuclear holocaust, the only things that will survive are: (i) cockroaches; (ii) styrofoam; and yes (iii) Red Heart Super Saver. So, my rainbow legwarmers will be a testament to our civilization's way of life should aliens ever decide to visit here and bring back souveniers for study. So there. No, I'm not drinking.
Last but not least in the post o' WIP's and functional FO's, I am getting a jumpstart on holiday season '06 with fingerless gloves. I love fingerless gloves and believe that everyone I know should own a pair. In keeping with this belief, I aim to make everyone a pair for next season's gift-o-rama. I bought oodles of sock yarn and can be seen about town sporting my size one dpns and variegated skinny fiber.
Incidentally, I love the Holiday Knits book which includes the glove pattern I'm using. It's beautifully photographed, has a wide range of projects with clear and concise directions.
Better color shot of glove yarn below. Check out my ghetto safety pin stitch holder...
Sorry for my time lapse in between posts folks...I'm working on improving that situation!
Have a wonderful week everyone!