22 February 2011
My grandmother, Faye, taught me to crochet. I remember watching her hands work the crochet hook and being fascinated by them. She was a very stylish woman and loved jewelry. Having worked many years in a jewelry store she had quite a jewelry collection.
~ Introducing Faye ~
I decided to use the "string of pearls" lace pattern as inspiration in the design of her cowl. The pattern has instructions, both written and charted, for two sizes. It's shown here in two beautiful yarns by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The blue version is done in Socks That Rock Heavyweight; colorway - In the Navy. The plum version is done in Gaea; colorway - Princess Plummy.
You can wear Faye many ways from long and knotted at the end, doubled and fastened with a beautiful shawl pin or wrapped several times snugly around your neck. It reminds me of Grandma Faye and her beautiful things.
~ enjoy ~
06 February 2011
...a little something new...
I am pleased to introduce
This cowl is as quick to knit as it is beautiful. It's the perfect project for that special skein of hand spun, hand painted or luxury yarn in your stash. Ida can be worn loose at the neck or gathered and held close to the neck with that special pin.
Version 1 knit in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk-Worsted, colorway - Shadow.
Version 2 knit in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea, colorway - Meet Joe, Brown.
Pattern includes both charted and written instructions.
Needles: Version 1 - US 8/5 mm 24" circular
Version 2 - US 9/5.5 mm 24" circular
Version 1 - circumference 26", length 8"
Version 2 - circumference 28", length 9"
~ enjoy! ~
03 February 2011
...the city that never sleeps....
Boy they are not kidding when they say the New York is the city that never sleeps. I didn't get much myself on my recent trip there. But it was a blast and I am definitely going back, and soon!
I was there for Vogue Knitting Live working in the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth. It was the first year for the show and there were a few bumps in the road, but overall it was a great show.
Let's start at the very beginning.....
Susan and I landed in NYC and were greeted with this.
even with the "do not enter" sign we managed to get through the airport and into a shuttle which we quickly named "Mr. Toads Wild Ride" for obvious reasons. Man, everybody there drives like their car is on fire.
Our original plan was to get to the hotel, unpack have a little something to eat, maybe a glass of wine and hit the hay. Until we got a glimpse of Times Square from the shuttle. When we realized we were only 3 blocks (New York Blocks) from Times Square all bets were off. We dumped our stuff in our room, grabbed a quick bite and head out to see the night lights of NYC.
The next morning we headed over to Rockefeller Center and the Today Show. Susan had made a cute sign and carried it in her suitcase!
From there we ventured to the Tiffany's, the Empire State Building and the on to Penn Station to pick up Marcy. She had taken the train down from her home in Massachusetts to help us with the show. It was great to see her again and she was a rockstar in the booth!
The three of us headed to Central Park for some photo ops and it was beautiful! Susan loved the horse drawn carriages, especially the horse part.
Here's Marcy. She's wearing one of her new designs called Bluster- Proof. Cabled headband and mitts. Adorable!
We needed to get warm so back to the hotel we went. We had a something quick to eat and the took a cab to the Westside Theatre to see the play "Love, Loss and What I Wore". It was pretty great.
The next day was set-up day for the show. We spent the better part of the day getting ready for the preview that took place from 5:00-7:00 that evening. The booth looked fantastic and we were swamped!
By the end of the show on Sunday we had very little to pack up and ship home and before we knew it, it was time to pack up our own stuff and head home.
It was a great trip and as always, I am thankful that Tina lets us represent her beautiful yarn at these venues. We are pretty lucky.
I leave you with a view from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.