December 21, 2007

My first Koolhaas

koolhaas blue, originally uploaded by dejarlids.

What a fun pattern! At the last minute my childhood best friend and I decided to do a handmade gift exchange. A great excuse for trying out the koolhaas pattern! I'm knitting it with Grace Silk and Wool. What a wonderful, soft, delicious yarn.

Since I'm away from home right now I don't have access to my needles and the LYS here was out of all metal circs in the size I needed! These bamboos are making me crazy.

It's done!

easter dress 018, originally uploaded by dejarlids.

More photos later: here it is for now. I love how it turned out!!

December 18, 2007

Just 18 steps to DONE

I swear, the finishing on this dress has gone on for eons. I knew that going in, but I finished the knitting a week ago and here I am: seaming, crocheting, embroidering. I'm loving how it's turning out, though, so nothing to complain about, really. Plus I got two new skills: duplicate stitch (for the eyes and feet of the little birdies) and french knot embroidery (for their eyes).

I have to make the big chicken that goes on the front and crochet the edging. Then, blockity block block. With allllll those inches of stockinette I think the blocking will make the whole thing more polished.

It fits!


Nearly a year after I gave it to my friend, the flower and lace cardigan finally fits her daughter. Oh well, that's the fun of knitting for kids! As long as it isn't too small, it's fine!
Here's the cutie pie:

December 13, 2007

learning to crochet

learning to crochet, originally uploaded by dejarlids.

Yes, I know it's been forever since I posted. What can I say: it has been an extraordinary fall full of craziness.

I'm almost finished with the easter dress! The bottom edge will have a crochet border so yesterday I decided it was time to learn. This picture shows what I made improvising some stitches together. Totally useless but now I feel like I know the very basics! Yay!