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Lend me your mind

In knitting, stash busting on April 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I need help. You all are smart folks and I know you can do it. This is gauge related, yarn substitution related and about choosing a size based on those factors. I’m trying to stash bust and want to make a cute top.



I’m making “coco” from Rowan Studio using DK 52% cotton 48% acrylic blend (Filatura Lanarota Cool Cotton), which is not the yarn called for.

Please reference the above photo for the numbers I’m referring to. This is the math I did. Notice I haven’t put an annotation as to what follows the equal sign …that is to say, is that stitches or inches that I have calculated?

If I was using their gauge, I would probably be making the size 36″ bust (20) since my bust is 35.5″. Using my gauge, I would more than likely have to follow instructions for either the size 40″ bust (19.5) or 42″ bust (20.5) but I’m not sure which size to make.

Initially I was going to go with the size 42″ bust (20.5), because I figured it wasn’t too off from the original size 36″ bust (20), but then I got to thinking that this is cotton so it will stretch some. Then, I thought about it some more and think that maybe I need to go down to the size 40″ bust (19.5).

Based on these numbers, what size do you think I should make?
Thanks in advance for your help!

Documenting the Streets: Street Photography Tips from Dominic Stafford

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Dope photography tips!

The Daily Post

A street photographer must adapt, improvise, and blend in to any situation — and be ready to find beauty in even the dullest of scenes.

Photographing on the streets is like no other form of photography. It’s real, it’s pure luck, and most importantly it shows life as it is, in real time. A street photographer must adapt, improvise, and blend in to any situation — and be ready to find beauty in even the dullest of scenes.

When I brave the streets of South East Asia, I never really think about anything else other than: “Would that be a good shot? Would that be a good shot? Or would that be a good shot?” I’m in photo mode, and it can become quite tiring. After thirty minutes I’m sitting down, enjoying a soft drink. But even then, I think: “That would be a great shot, and that would…

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In designing, knitting, Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 at 5:48 am

Although I’m not done yet, I’d like to get a headstart on formating the written pattern for my design. I decided to use Pages on MAC. I’m new to MAC world and on a serious learning curve. Frustration is setting in, but I’m coming to you all for help instead. What do I need help with? Everything! I need more fonts. I need to know how to create formats suitable for patterns. Where’s the “end” tab, where’s the “home” tab? how do you save the end pattern as a PDF?

I need help y’all. Please and thanks!



In events on April 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm


Nothing could deter me from the Shibui yarn tasting at La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe on April 13, 2014. Unfortunately, space was limited for this event; I was ecstatic that I made the cut! And it was the perfect weather for the occasion and I had to celebrate! I donned my finished Hettie, for which I received several compliments on not only the fit, but also the finishing.

When I first entered the shop, the orange immediately grabbed my attention. I love orange, particularly with such rich,vibrant tones as displayed on the tasting tables. Serious eye candy!


Admittedly, I don’t know much about this company but what I do know, is that it is a quality product. The hand and drape are exquisite. I was introduced to this yarn first with an adult “arts and crafts” project. It got me really familiar with the textures and beginnings of Shibui.

Shibui is derived from a Japanese phrase meaning “elegance with a touch of bitterness.” It’s founder is based out of Portland, Oregon. I was most impressed with was that almost all the weights/fibers come in the same colorways that can be combined beautifully with each other.


Going through the portfolio of patterns available, I was most impressed. I couldn’t decide on which to make. This booklet outlined combinations of yarns and weight equivalents and Shibui collection of patterns. Almost all the patterns require the yarn to be doubled which the jury is not out for me on how I feel about that.


However, I eventually decided on Mix No. 15 tank top. Then the color, I chose Poppy, an orange red. Of course I am alluding to the fact that I bought yarn and the pattern! Diet failed! My justification is that it’s for my birthday, which is technically true. My birthday is in June….I couldn’t help myself! Lol I bought 5 skeins of Linen. I’m not going to lie, the only thing I’m not feeling about the linen yarn is that you have to put a knot on the ends because when tinking, it could become undone. My goal is to have the tank completed for/in the summer.

I returned home with knowledge about Shibui, an appreciation for fine yarn and a few mini skeins, as well as print outs of a few free patterns. I’m not really sure what to make with the mini samples, but I was thinking amigurumi. I have about a yard (36″) per skein. Any ideas?


Captain Hook

In finished projects, knitting, sewing, stash busting on April 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

Aye, aye dearies!

You see, I’m not much of a sewer and especially not by hand.  But if there is one thing I know, it’s to pay attention to detail.  The smallest detail makes the biggest difference.  When it comes to my handmade items, no matter the frustration and the time consumption, I do it.  Ribbons, buttons and hook and eye closures are amongst the features that make my handmade pieces that much more special.  They serve a functional purpose but also add aesthetic.  I love coordinating colors and not necessarily matching, just for that extra pop.

Today, I am that much closure to finishing my Fall project (well, now Spring sweater). I’ve had some set backs, but I’ve bounced back. It took me 2 days to put in the ribbon trim; 2 hours to tack down the hem and about 1 hour to sew on a pair of hook and eye closures.  I’m not sure that I felt defeated that I would have to hand sew so much of this project, but I was definitely up for the challenge.  Sewing hook and eye closure was a bit tricky (and a first) for me, but I found a great video to help me and I made my own adjustments according to my needs.

My hand sewing skillset undoubtedly and admittedly requires more finessing, but I am more than willing to work on it.  I am well pleased with myself and these results.  I was just beside myself when I saw how beautifully the fit of the sweater was; the perfect placement of the hook and eye and crispness of the ribbon were astounding!

The last leg on this project, it putting on the buttons, weaving in some ends and sewing the corners of the hem. I am done!

Toot, toot!

Perennial Favorites: Using Creative Commons Like a Pro

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2014 at 6:33 am


The Daily Post

Miss Manners will be the first to tell you that when someone gives you a gift, the proper response is a warm, enthusiastic, “thank you!” in writing. Did you know that when you accept the “gift” of a Creative Commons-licensed work such as a photo or illustration for use in your web projects, Miss Manners would endorse that same, warm, enthusiastic “thank you!” in the form of proper sourcing and attribution? Being a good citizen on the web means demonstrating proper behavior, at all events. Today, we’re going to share the wonder that is Creative Commons and your responsibilities for sourcing and attributing any material you may download there.

Creative Commons can be a goldmine of high-quality, free images, music, and media that you can download to use in your projects and even modify for your personal use — provided you select works with the appropriate license and attribute the…

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Two Way Cowl Sweater “Transformera”

In knitting on April 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I love this!

Reengaged in the process

In designing, stash busting on April 6, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Many, many weeks have passed without working on my design. I tried though. However, this weekend I was able accomplish quite a lot. I got several rows of stripes done, jogless of course. I even tampered with Fibonacci for the stripes. I know! Very technical stuff! I’m writing the pattern as I knit and I suppose that this is what slows my process. It’s time consuming, but for me, its necessary to see what I’m doing and write down what I’ve done for accuracy. So far, I’m loving the piece.image I remember telling you all I had a June 1, 2014 deadline ; I was initially thinking of submitting to Knitty…maybe another time. This will go straight to Ravelry as a PDF.

Small and large, who knew

In community challenges, stash busting on April 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Teapot cozy for March had me excited. Simply for the fact that it was, well, simple. I wasn’t thrilled about the seaming, but it didn’t seem so daunting of a task.


I worked one half of the teapot cozy and I wondered why it was so small, not having a teapot as a gauge, I just figured that’s just how it was. But also, by the time I finished, I realized that I also had mismatched needle pairing. I was supposed to be using a pair of 3’s but I was using 1 size 3 and 1 size 4.smh

Oh well. The knitting must go on. I caught it too late, which was when I began the second half. I suppose the process needs repeating. I put the project down because I was disappointed with the error, though the fabric is fine, plus my time was being consumed by other things. When I returned to the project and re-evaluated the pattern, the top of the page had the word “Large” and when I flipped the page to the beginning, there the word was “Small.” It was good to know that I hadn’t imagined the teapot cozy as being small. Who knew? I guess it does pay to read through an entire pattern first! Now what am I supposed to do with that?

Time is still being consumed, but I will continue to work on it and post.

Good thing I like the pattern for the teapot cozy enough to repeat it!

Photos first

In knitting, stash busting on April 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

The moment you’re done knitting, you think it’s over, but no… there’s a missing step before giving it away or wear it yourself. No, it’s not blocking (though you should do it and I just shared with you about that). [Smile] It’s photographing your work! It’s art after all, and don’t you want to memorialize it forever?

And don’t take “regular” photos. Try various angles, get close up and take several; you’re bound to find a great one in the lot. Lighting is also paramount. Do these things and you’ll be set apart from others.

I’m almost done with my friends topsy-turvy toy. I swear its 90% finished! I could have possibly finished on time for 3.29.14 (nah, not really! that’s the lie I tell myself!lol), but I wouldn’t have had time to photograph it. What’s left for me to do? Make 3 arms for the lamb, the carrot for the rabbit, pom-pom for the rabbit and embroidering the faces. My friend is due in May, and I should be done by then.

I’ll keep y’all in the loop.