Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lions, Tigers and brands "Oh my!"

I'm probably going to be struck down by the gods of knitting for saying this...
Props to Lion Brand (yes I said it) for trying to change their image. I just got a catalog in the mail yesterday and decided to take a look before I threw it away... What I found was pretty surprising. The projects aren't hideous! Someone, somewhere, be it a stylist, editor, knitter or photographer, managed to make those yarns look ok. Now, it's nothing new. In fact some of the designs/ photos look almost stolen

This one is Lion Brand:

And this one Blue Sky Alpcas:

ok. So kids often stand in a similar way... sure, but what gets me is that the LB sweater looks like a Blue Sky Brand pattern & yarn and I think we all know to whom my loyalty goes!

It's kind of a real shame that they're recycling this simple, garter stitch sweater, back to basics look, that's been done a million times. And Organic Cotton?? Seriously? I just don't trust it. Yup, ORGANIC is officially a trend. I'm not saying their yarn isn't organic, what the h*ll do I know? But I couldn't really think I was doing something good for the world, buying yarn that was sent via gas guzzling truck to thousands of Michaels nation wide.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

New Improved Etsy Store!

Buy Handmade

Booties R Us

I just spied this cute little pattern while browsing the new listings on etsy. Is it just me or are these booties super cute??? I love the idea of using real kimono fabric!
Go here to find out more!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Weekend Update

Great News!! I just found out I got picked for Poppytalk Handmade! Yeah! I was so excited I decided to revamp my ETSY store and make new stuff. People will be able to view my products at Poppytalk, but will be linked to my etsy store if they want to buy so... it's gotta look fab!

I spent all morning Saturday doing a little photoshoot, which I'll soon post on Flickr. I know this is my own stuff and all, but I'm just in love with how it all looks. I had such a nice morning being a stylist & photographer!

The thing I'm REALY excited about though are my new "Trousseaus." (Can I make that plural???) I've had this idea for a while to gather lace, buttons, sewing needles and notions and organize them into little collections by color. I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to debut them and I can't emphasize enough how much I love them!!! I'm not doing it alone either. My amazing mom, Toni (aka Zu Zu... ha ha I outed you mom!!!) has been scouring the Maine flea markets, yard sales and especially ebay to find me great treasures for you all! Thanks Mom!!!

Here's what my room looked like during the making!

And the end results:

They will be up on my etsy store soon!!!

I'll leave you with some recent thrift store finds

and some sneak peaks of my favorite photos of Saturday

Friday, September 21, 2007

New Flickr Set!

a magical staircase, originally uploaded by keepitmovingdesign.

I just made my first flickr set! I've been thinking about doing it for a while, just so people could have an easier way to look through my photos, if they felt so inclined....

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thanks Moe!

My friend Moe suggested these two skirts for my last post and I thought people might to see them.

I love the shape of the plaid one, but am not sure if the color is for me. I really need to see it in person to decide. I also really like the other skirt and would wear it regardless. Love the piping.

I was just thinking about knitting a skirt, actually. What do people think about this? If I made a thick band of ribbing at the top that the shirt could tuck into and then it could be a nice structured stitch pattern, shaped a lot like that first skirt. Maybe even the ruffle!

New clothes

Over the past couple of weeks I've been working some shifts at the treehouse. In case you were wondering, no, I haven't been able to come home empty handed. I found the loveliest old fashioned under things to wear!!! The first is this beautiful Edwardian piece...

I love the perfect tatting on it's sleeve/collar and the tiny eyelets!
so much detail!!!

The one thing I worry about is the number of hook and eye clousures. The eyes are just wrapped thread, so I'm afraid with even a little force might rip them. I was thinking about replacing them with snaps... but the original work is so beautiful! Upon wearing it now, I'm able to dress without undoing them, which will reduce the strain. Pheeeewww!

My thought was to wear it with a high skirt. This is another vintage piece, some sort of petticoat that I already have. It's definitely too costumey and white to wear, but gives an idea of the line. I'm going to keep my eye out for more modern skirts with a high waist, or one I could adapt. Not to long or I'll like look an old fashioned school teacher, which, while hot, is not quite what I want to go for. I think a simple wool a line would be nice. No black or grey. Perhaps plaid. I would also consider something I could crochet some straps too. Maybe a looser piece. I'll keep you posted!

The next item is this corset

I was trying it over the blouse, but don't think it works. I've worn it out alone (!!!) on a hot summer like day and then with a cutie polka dot shirt underneath. Both were ok. Still looking for more under- options.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday Morning

Warm coffee, cool September breezes, maybe a little mess, banana muffins baking, summer's basil that needs to be used up and a tiny hot pepper plant....

Thursday, September 13, 2007

What's worse?

Ok, what worse than finding a mouse stuck on a glue trap???
(our exterminator gave some to us for another kind of problem...)

Answer: finding the glue board with mouse attached to your cats face.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Recognize anything?

Yup! That's my room on the lower left. I entered it into Domino's Decorating Contest. I guess later people will be able to go online and vote for their favorite and the winner gets a shopping spree!

I doubt my room involves enough 'design' to actually win, but maybe it's a good sign that they picked mine as one of the four photos this week?

Maybe voters will have a soft spot for cute knitted bunnies!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In good company

Check out the batch of new patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas!
I'm honored to be included in such good company!!

My Second Zimmermann

Yeah, so I'm already almost done with #2!

The yarn choice is pretty much a result of an archaeological-esque dig through my yarn stash. I'm probably one of few knitters out there with a dwindling collection of yarn that is in legitimate need of replenishing! I have plenty of bits and pieces, but not a lot of full skeins for larger projects, but that's why baby sweaters are so great! Rarely is a whole skein needed and you can easily split it up over body and edge to make the best of what you've got.

The darker color here is actually left over Koigu from my first sweater back in 2003! Koigu dyes their yarn in very small dyelots, so once you buy, chances are you'll never see that exact color again. I think it's a good idea to buy an extra skein and hang on to it. That way you'll have the right yarn should anything happen to your sweater, like a hole or buttons falling off. Actually, this is a good idea for all sweaters, not just Koigu ones! You could get really Martha about it and keep a little log book of all your projects with a bit of yarn and an extra buttons for each. I've done this when given a sweater as a gift, because buttons dropping off is kind of inevitable... if people are using their sweaters correctly!

Blog Ring

Yeah! I'm now part of the blog ring called NY knitters! I didn't really know what a blog ring was when I signed up, but have since figured it out. All the members are New Yorkers with blogs about knitting. We all have the little icon below and all you have to do is hit next to cycle through all the blogs! It's kinda fun!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

My first Zimmermann

For those of you who don't know, Elizabeth Zimmerman is a bit of a knitting guru, rule breaker and beloved inspiration to knitters everywhere. I personaly love her writing style because it's blunt, humorous and open ended. She expects the reader to do their own thing and writes her "patterns" in a way that demands this. I write the word patterns in quotations because you really won't find your typical buy this much of this type of yarn and use this needle and it will be this size kind of directions. You have to read her instructions, witty paragraphs full of tangents, then think about what you want to do and make your own adjustments.

This pattern is from "Knitters Almanac" published in 1974, which has projects for every month of the year. February = Some Babies Things and since I've got 'some babies' soon entering my life I thought a little sweater might be fun.

It's been a while since I've followed a pattern. I forgot how much fun it is to knit!!! Seriously, I do it all the time, but usually just my own ideas, so it's fun to follow directions and witness what happens without having to really think about it. I get really excited about accomplishing the next task in the pattern and then finishing, just so I can start again.

So for this sweater I used Blue Sky Alpacas Royal. I love the color, called cameo, because it reminds me of a vintage slip. As I got started, following away, I realized my first mistake. The button holes needed to have been made from the very beginning and not half way in which is when Mrs. Zimmermann finally decided to mention them. oh well, no qualms, sometimes mistakes become the best design choices. I could have started over, but instead I just kept knitting away, figuring I'd crochet some loops later.

When I finished though, it occurred to me that the sweaters garter stitch yoke would look cute accented by brown... so I embroidered a little line and made ties instead. Who really wants to take time to button up a wriggly baby anyway??

Friday, September 7, 2007

Photo post

I've been scanning through my photos and found some old ones I wanted to share

Thank you Mom & Starbucks

In a recent package from Mom, I received a starbucks card. I love the coffee treats, but since I spend most of my time in the parts of bklyn with nary a starbuck in sight, I decided to get a new travel mug:

This one is cool because the bottom twists off so I can add my own liner! I love it because now I have a travel mug like no one else, I can change it whenever I want and it doesn't say starbucks all over it!