Archive for June, 2010

Let Them Knit Cake (Or Not)

Monday, June 14th, 2010

If you are a regular reader you may know that I have 3 books coming out this year: two on managing the graphic design process and a baking cookbook. I’m pleased to tell you that Booze Cakes is now available. The publisher, Quirk, tells me it is getting a good response. That’s is the cover, above. My co-author is Krystina Castella. Check out the Booze Cakes blog if you want to read more about baking with wine, beer and spirits. There you can get our recipe for the Tequila Sunrise Cake which is one amazing Summertime cake. If you really want to knit cake, go to Bitter Sweet’s website. Maybe eat booze cake while knitting a cake? Less stitch error than imbibing.

Cozy Crochet Bike

Monday, June 7th, 2010

While I’m being a lazy blogger, I may as well go with the vehicle theme again today. This time, it’s a photo by Zontee from the Lion Brand Blog— a Crochet Bicycle found on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. That is crazy. Here’s a little knitted bike on Instructables. Yes, bike love, indeed.

Classy Knitted Hood Ornament

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Sorry, not much to say this weekend. Spending all my time knitting Amelia. Here’s an amusing photo from a tumblr called “Nick Holmes… “ (via the always entertaining blog, Neatorama). Oh, for any of you thinking about knitting Amelia and are clueless as how to Knit Through The Back Loop (K tbl) and Purl Through The Back Loop (P tbl) iknitwithcatfur’s videos should help you out.

Always Surprising Knitty

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Did you catch the two new patterns up on Knitty?  Fluidity is a lace tank designed by Jennie Pakula (that’s a detail of the garment, left). The second “Surprise” is Susanna IC’s beauty of a shawl which is called Annis. I’ve finished my Cropped Cardi and really like it. Now I’ve started another Knitty sweater that caught my eye a while back— Amelia designed by Laura Chau. She’s a very talented designer who also blogs at Cosmicpluto Knits.

Weird Yarn: Steel Wool

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

No, it’s not the latest thing available at your LYS.  Steel wool is the sculptural media used by artist Krysta Olson in her thought-provoking piece, The Steel Wool Sweater (left). Olson works in a variety of media to investigate her attraction to vulnerability, intimacy and sadness. Her works plays with a kind of awkward tension. View her videos, photo projects, and painting. If you’d like to knit with steel, I’d suggest something from Habu Textiles or LB Collection Wool Stainless. A bit more user friendly, and infinitely more wearable.