Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Side Show, Side Projects

I'm a little tied up lately with moving, but I do occasionally get a chance to stop in a library or Starbucks and check up on all the happenings. Back in August I had a chance to model for the amazing Sarah Christina from Confections, Inc. She's an amazing photographer (and good friend) and it is always a pleasure to enter her imagination. I thought it might be kind of fun to share part of the photo-shoot here (at least, the first part, which has been edited).

Kinda creepy but fantastic, huh?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Etsy Love - Darling Clementine

I can't get over my obsession with Darling Clementine. I have especially fallen in love with some of the collaborations this company has done with 1973, known as the 'Claudette Series' (shown in the Etsy shop). These notebooks are just perfect -- I would stack them up and journal in them, even, and that's a commitment coming from someone who doesn't journal. I especially love the Badger and Kangaroo ones!

The graphic nature of their graphic design mixes my slight love of whimsy with my greater love of classic shapes and colors. There's something really wonderfully 'Mad Men' about the Christmas cards especially, isn't there? And I hope they offer the wrapping paper again too -- I know just what I want to wrap my presents in this year!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Noeud Papillion -- A new Toque for you!

I just finished designing and releasing my new hat pattern, Noeud Papillion! It's a slouchy toque with an i-cord bow tie at the top. The name, Noeud Papillion, means "bow tie" in French, though it more accurately translates to "knotted butterfly".

You can knit the hat in fingering weight to dk weight handspun or commercial yarns. At an equal gauge it creates hats of different densities to fit with warmer or cooler climes. The pattern includes schematics and techniques to help guide you through the fun details of the hat. I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did!

Yarn: Hello Yarn Fiber Club, Handspun by Hannahbelle Fingering Weight, Falklands in colorway "Grouch"


Friday, September 3, 2010

Finished Featherweight

I have finally finished my Featherweight Cardigan! This pattern by Hannah Fettig (we really need to get to know each other, because I get asked if I am her all the time) is fairly simple, but certainly requires a time commitment, especially if you're knitting it in laceweight yarn like I was. I made a few modifications that, if I could have ripped out, I would have -- I changed the 1x1 ribbed edging to a 2 x 2 ribbed edging, which was supposed to solve the bunching problem that a few of the cardigans have (the ribbing pulls up the edge) but instead only resulted in my bind-off not being stretchy enough and bunching a bit anyway. I tried to fix this during blocking, and it did an okay job.

My only other modification was that I made the cardigan longer to accommodate my torso length. I really do like it quite a bit -- I wore it all day yesterday and got a lot of those "You made it? But it looks store-bought!" style compliments.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Feelin' Foxy

Has anyone else heard the "news"? Apparently foxes are the next big thing for fall -- you can find them anywhere and everywhere, all over the place! I picked out a few of my favorite fox things on Etsy and elsewhere to showcase for ya'll. Just in case you want to, you know, jump off the fox bridge too.

Lovely things from:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

And the Winner Is....

It's time for me to announce the winner of the drawing for the single skein of Manzanilla Olive! After plugging in that we had a whopping 34 comments on that post at Random.org:

Congratulations, Abby! You didn't leave me who you were or an email address or Ravelry ID, so I hope that you are reading today -- please send me an email at: hannah.thiessen@gmail.com so that I can get your prize to you!

Thank you, everyone who entered. I love doing giveaways and hope to do some more in the future -- there is nothing so fun as passing things you love on to other people.