MIT Stitch & Bitch

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Christmas stock pile ...

Remember the baby dolls?
Before I leave on vacation (to the Netherlands) I want to make an update on what I've been making the granddaughters for Christmas this year.

Here's the new addition to the Flower Fairy Babies ...

Sunflower Sam sitting with Betty Blue Bell...
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The next two dolls in their Sunday best are for my youngest 2 granddaughters, ages 5 & 4.

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I'm making a wardrobe for each of them, so the next two babies are modelling the summer outfits. (These two babies will get flower outfits later and go to two other granddaughter in time for Christms.)

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I'm making all of these in between my knit socks and I'm also making knitted Christmas gifts for the sister & daughter in-laws, daughter & step-daughters. I'll post a picture of a few of those before the week is out ... so what they are will remain a mistery until then. As you know, I crochet faster than I knit.
But if it's "stitching", I love doing it!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Lace Scarf

Lace Scarf
Originally uploaded by mitstitchandbitch.

Here's a close-up, although it is a bit blurry.

The scarf was made with Rowan Kid Silk Haze (don't remember color number). I knit it with size 9 needles. I found the pattern randomly on a website after doing a Google search for "mohair lace pattern."

Lace Scarf

Lace Scarf
Originally uploaded by mitstitchandbitch.

I mailed my mom's birthday scarf - only 2 months past her birthday! Not too bad. She loved it, by the way, and plans on wearing it as a wrap to a wedding later this summer.

Next post will be a close-up of the pattern.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

for cotton lovers!

online yarn store!
cotton clouds

here's an interesting interview with the shop-owner. an excerpt:

That's how I started Cotton Clouds; I wanted to weave with cotton yarns, but couldn't find any, so I did my own research and found the cotton yarn sources. I said "If I can't find cotton yarns, then everyone else can't either. I guess I'll just start a mail order cotton yarn business." And to this day, no one else has filled that niche like I have. Of course having a business education helps, which I didn't. So I've had to rely on others...Small Business Administration, accountants, etc... to help me there. But I came from a home where my father and mother started a window repair business from the back of a station wagon, and became the largest window repair business (in 10 years) in South Florida. So I saw how it happened and am always "thinking" business. "Perseverance brings good fortune". Keep at it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

the dream

hey all... so, as i was going at it on my rowan charlotte sweater tonight (being done in sheeny softy jo sharp silkroad aran, in casket [love that color name], from my huge elann order last week) i started musing about what i wanted in the perfect yarn store. the ideal shop in my head got more and more beautiful, and after getting really into it, the idea managed to bud a miniscule possibility that i might be crazy enough to open a yarn store like this in the future. but i wanted your comments to see if this idea, in your opinion is too unrealistic or utopian. :)

locale: a really hip and fashionable area, like south end (atelier 505: swoon) or a random street in soho. somewhere where people spend a lot of time developing their own quirky personal style.

look: very modern, very chic. the focus is on luxury yarns and couture-quality patterns. think of yarn store, a la louisboston. clean architectural lines and organized feel. patterns sit on the scale of marc jacobs or alexander mcqueen or coco chanel. most of the yarn stores today are either (1) conventional/traditional with classic (read: old-fashioned) pieces, (2) geared toward the gen x as they start having kids and wanting to be domestic so they're modern and cute (rowan, debbie bliss) but still pretty tame, and (3) trying to get on the DIY indie bandwagon (see knit.1 magazine and rowan R2 collection). i want to take that 3rd option further and go towards seriously experimental and well-designed pieces that would be runway-worthy.

take a look at jay mccarroll's collection (click on the picture). so beautiful i could cry.

another twist: mix the tactile pleasure of yarn shopping with the exploration and fun of sephora cosmetic stores. there, every project has a tester, so you can try on colors and play around with the actual items directly before you buy. when i go to look at yarn, although i touch it, i still dont know exactly how it'll feel being knitted up until i go home. then i realise that i need another size needles, it's not comfy in my hands for some reason, etc. wouldn't it be cool to have some featured yarns or whatnot that placed in the space with stitches worked on actual needles for people to pick up and knit a few rows for the feel of it? you can also put in a variety of needle materials so people can actually try out casein versus steel or whatever comfortably in the store without feeling all unwrappy. it would be cool to see the swatches getting longer and longer throughout the shopping duration. music stores have listening stations; perfume counters have testers; why cant yarn be experienced directly as well?

a reservation is if people are icky about touching a random pair of needles. are people generally low-key or anal about this? i can imagine playing a foreign musical instrument and feeling a little strange, and you definitely wouldnt want to share a stranger's chopsticks, but whats the consensus on communal needles?

although the atmosphere is luxury, the idea is not about expensiveness, it's about forward-looking patterns and textures. kind of like a modern, irresistibly different boutique.

you could also dress up the space with vintage sofas and handknitted beaded pillows and modular knit felted squares (kind of like flor, so hip).

would be the best place to invite local independent knitwear designers and artists to showcase their more avant-garde pieces. a seasonal fashion show / trunk show could be a regular installation.

to put the icing on the cake, next door would be a mod tearoom with lovely green tea varieties, starfruit scones, doggy cookies, and all sorts of creative yet comforting treats. the seating would be modular and movable to accomodate classes and knitting circles.

is this a dream or a reality? i've tried to research online to find stores that might fit the bill... the only websites that halfway impressed me were loopyarn and purlsoho. however, loop yarn's tiiiiiny swatches for browsing sort of irritated me (whitespace is beautiful, but so is the actual content!), and purlsoho had some funky code in which a lot of the menu buttons jiggled undecorously. but i design.digress...

just my idea for the day. i get one; two if i'm lucky. ;) your comments are welcome! happy knitting...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Creative poetry leads to knit thigh-highs ...

Here's a challenge for the overly-serious stocking knitters out there ...

Once Upon a Pattern

Watch Cynthia bring in one she completes over the weekend!
Have fun with it!!

I thought you also might like the following information on
"How to Repair Knitting with Stocking Web Darning". Could really come in handy for those worn favorite socks that we just don't want to throw away. Not that I've started to wear my out yet tho.

I've already bought myself a darning egg.
Okay, okay I know I'm one of the "serious sockers".

Monday, June 13, 2005

Store discovery

I'm probably the last person in the metro Boston area to discover The Fabric Place in Woburn. Wow, what a great resource! We were down the street from the Woburn Mall on Saturday choosing tile for our new bathroom (to be built this summer) so I stopped in to pick up some fiber fill for some teddy bears I'll be knitting this summer (for nephew, due any day now).

I guess I expected a regular old fabric store, but I was pleasantly surprised by all they had to offer -- including a decent inventory of yarn. And, not just Red Heart and Lion Brand, either!

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, I showed constraint and did not browse the yarn. Y'see, I promised myself that I wouldn't buy any more yarn until I used up a significant amount of my stash-in-a-hamper, which was mostly purchased at the second to last Wild & Woolly inventory sale. Also, I am on a pretty tight budget right now, due to aforementioned new bathroom construction, brand spanking new 20" iMac G5 and an upgrade to DSL, and, not to mention, saving for "the Bean."

Who am I kidding, though? The real reason I didn't spend time even looking at the yarn was because my husband was waiting in the car in the parking lot -- in 90 degree humidity!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Why I haven't been getting much knitting done

the bean

Can someone say "extreme fatigue and constant nausea"?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Started on Christmas 2005 gifts ...

I've started some of my Christmas projects finally. Have to start early if I want to finish in time, right? I'm not only expecting another grandson by September, but a step-son has finally looked us up to introduce us to his two beautiful kids. Camron age 7 and Taylor Ann age 4. So that means I now have 17 grand children, Paula. Yup, 17!! Even I can't believe it.

Well, I'm making clothes for little baby dolls. The older girls (ages 9) will get the Flower Baby Fairies you see below. Of course these are only the 1st two I've made. I have 3 more to go and 2 more will have a bunch of baby clothes for changing & dressing. Those will be for the 5 & 4 year old grand daughters.

I think these Flower Babies are just sooooo cute!
The pattern book, yarn and dolls were purchased from Annie's Attic.

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Here's another view ...
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These are crocheted in Red Heart sport yarn for 8" dolls.

Well it's back to work ... needle work, that is.