Need some easy to follow tutorials? Check out http://verypink.com/. A great website by a knitting teacher name Staci out of Austin, TX. I really like her videos not only for the quality, but she is a very comprehensive teacher.
In addition to her tutorials she has patterns available and opportunities to win cool knitting stuff.
So all week I have been looking forward to kicking back for a three day weekend. I planned on finishing a blanket, making a new hat, and heading out to my LYS. Well tragedy struck last night while I was attempting to cook. Being silly and unsafe, I used a knife inappropriately and stabbed myself in the hand!!! After trying to suppress the bleeding for about an hour I finally hopped in the car and drove to the emergency room. About an hour later, 4 steri-strips and some derma glue, and immense amounts of embarrassment I ended up with hand looking like this…
Yikes I know! However, the “splint” makes it look worse than it is. I am so bummed that my knitting plans have been ruined. Maybe I can youtube how to knit with one hand. *sigh*
About two weeks ago, I watched the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. It is a film that looks into underground street art in France, England and the United States. In my opinion, it it a pretty cool look into how street art has developed from graffiti to high priced art. Ever since this film I have been on the look out for it around the city. Today I was happily suprised to find the image below on a bus shelter.
My first reaction was, “AWESOME! Someone is making knitting- related street art!” I whipped out my smartphone to see what this Four Sweaters was all about. Well it wasn’t what I thought. Four Sweaters is an organization that sets up dance music related show around the city.
Boy was bummed. Great logo, but certainly not what a knitter would think.
This week is special to me. Not only is it the end of teacher appreciation week (yay teachers!), but also Mother’s Day falls on Sunday. It is funny how this aligns because our mothers are our earliest teachers. They teach us not to stick things in our mouths, wash your hands with soap, and how to navigate the world.
Crafting has always been present in my home. After all, I am a fourth generation knitter. I remember from early childhood my grandmother would send us homemade mittens and cookies for Christmas. I use to love these mittens. On snowy days in Massachusetts my sister and I would pile on a couple pairs of Gramie’s mittens and be outside for hours. My mother has been knitting off and on since I was a child too. I tried to learn when I was about 8 years old. I didn’t have the patience for it at the time so a gave up. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I started picking up interest in it again. So my lovely mother sat down with me and taught me the basics. It was then that the “knitting beast” took hold of me, and mom and I have been knitting ever since.
One of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever gotten is a hand crafted pillow made by my mom. She presented it to me at my college graduation. It was her first color work project in a long time and I think it is some of her best work
So to all the mothers out there and especially mine: Thanks for being a teacher, mom, and a great supporter. Happy Mother’s Day!
I was walking through the mall yesterday and I kept seeing all of these fancy looking friendship bracelets. To be honest it made me a little nostalgic for summer camp a la 1994. I went over to check them out and was shocked that these bracelets were running $20! Why buy one when I can make my own. So one trip to Michael’s and about 2 hours later behold the cuteness!
I made the bracelet with embroidery string ($.39), silver plastic beads ($2.99 for a pack of 100), and a charm ($2.49).
I used a little creativity and the square knot to assemble the bracelet. Below are the sites that I watched some video tutorials.
Well looks like Ernie got some new duds! He is so excited he just can’t hide it!
This was originally for my mother’s dog, but she grew bigger before I sewed it up. (Did I mention I don’t like hand sewing?) I guess the kids at my preschool will have something to else to do with Ernie besides push him down the slide.
Here is the first finished item of the lot. I started this cute little sweater over a year ago. I really don’t like hand sewing so this is why it remained unfinished for so long. All I need is a baby to wear it.