I was in the city on Saturday and we went to Japantown to get ice cream crepes. I got vanilla ice cream with Nutella and cinnamon.  We also made the requisite trip into the bookstore and I finally bought a Japanese craft book. I always almost buy one and then convince myself I “don’t need it”. But this one just had too much cute stuff.

It’s filled with pretty little crocheted things for the home. I’m not sure about the yarn weights (since everything except the page numbers are in Japanese), but most of it looks like sport or fingering. And so I find myself coveting any and all lightweight cotton and linen in sophisticated colors.

So many pretty things. Now I think I can feel justified buying a ball or two of Habu that I otherwise wouldn’t know what to do with. Lately when I buy yarn I feel guilty getting only a skein or two if I don’t know what I’ll use it for – unless it’s sock yarn. It would be nice to buy other kinds of yarn too. I’m always need more more small simple projects.

The charts should be pretty easy to follow. There are a few things that look a little confusing, but figuring it all out is the challenge (and hence the fun). I really wanted to get one of these amazing stitch dictionaries they had (with big gorgeous pictures and clear charts), but I’ll save one of those for next time. I guess it’s a good thing there are no yarn stores in Japantown. Crepes, books, AND yarn in the same place? I would be lost forever.

P.S. The ISBN on this book is 4529040941.


this is so awesome, and the most ridiculously easy thing i have ever seen.

since i’ve finished clapotis i’ve been busy. my main project after that was over was finally finished amy’s plain jane slippers. one had been completely awhile ago (like, when she first requested them) but i hadn’t made the other. in the meantime she had also found the buttons she wanted so i really had no more excuses. i finished the slipper and then sewed the buttons on the other night when she was at my house. she likes them quite a lot.

i also took pictures of the short ‘n sweet bolero thing from snb happy hooker that i was making to go with my graduation dress. i didn’t finish it in time for my own graduation (just one more sleeve!) but it was ok because i would have been too hot anyway. i was, however, wearing it at james’ graduation.

click for better shots of the lace!

and lastly, with some of the leftover cascade from the slippers, i made my first kitty weed cat toy. it’s a present for brian and his kitties. but i want to make 2 more first (they have three kitties).

my new wip? i am on my third different lace pattern with my burnt orange knit picks andean treasure. i was doing this one madeira lace but i didn’t really like how it was coming out…i think i need to try that pattern with actual lace weight yarn. i tried another that i frogged pretty quickly, and right now i have settled on just a basic feather and fan. i think i will stick with this. knit picks has a shawl made out of andean treasure in that pattern and i like the way it looks so i think it will be nice. i think my needle size was a bit too big too for it to look right. i was using 7s, but this calls for 5s. hopefully it will turn out nicely.

someone on one of the knitting communities on livejournal just pleasantly reminded everyone that xmas presents must be started! i wasn’t even thinking of starting this early…i have some ideas for people but nothing to show for it…but i started thinking about it and i will be in europe with limited access to patterns, yarn, etc for two months this fall, so maybe i should be getting started! i will obviously bring one or two longer projects with me if i can fit the yarn in my bag but i guess i’d better be getting on the ball. dang.

i finished one of two slippers for james’ mom last night, and started the heel of the second this evening. today i went shopping for the buttons, and i got these ridiculously cute little pink mouse buttons from imagiknit. i am really proud of myself. i went there with the intention of buying buttons, and that is all i bought. this is especially amazing considering they were having their annual yarn sale! it was difficult, i tell you, but i managed. i just kept thinking of my wips or the projects i’m about to start (like clapotis!) which somehow convinced me that i didn’t need random beautiful yarn for unplanned projects.

i am really excited about starting clapotis as soon as my yarn from WEBS arrives. and even though i thought i had finally decided on making this chevron stripey scarf with my silk garden lite, i am now considering buying three more skeins of the same colorway to make a second one (after i finish the first, of course). i saw someone else’s completed clapotis in regular silk garden, and it looked a little bulky, so i think SG lite will look amazing. the stitch pattern is simple enough to show off the colors really well, but it will still look interesting.

i als finished the sleeves on short ‘n sweet today. that means all that is left is the border. i have a little yarn left, but not enough for all three rows of the border (at least i don’t think i do), so i think i will crochet what i can and see how far it gets me. i have been considering adding a row or two of some other random yarn in a teal or something for contrast, but i’m not sure if i want to do that…like james said, it will limit what i can wear it with. we’ll see. that also has to be done by this weekend so i can sport it at james’ graduation!

best yarn bag EVER from anatomy of a skirt. they also have other really super cool stuff for every day!

birthday presents?

also in the near future i will be getting a hook case (and later a needle case) from crippenworks. truly a step up from the old vanna white hook case.

A lazy Saturday afternoon (quite rare, in fact) has at last inspired me to create my knit/crochet blog, in an effort to document my increasing obsession with yarn-related crafts.

Let’s lay out some goals for this blog. Goals that will likely be ignored.
1. Document my progress on projects (in words and pictures!).
2. Get excited about new yarns and patterns.
3. Relive visits to yarn stores or other knit/crochet related events.
4. Plan projects and designs for the future.
5. Talk about other random shit that may or may not have any connection to knit/crochet at all.

And there you have it.