Saturday, April 21, 2012

Colour Happy

In my first year at art school I think I was the only person who loved colour theory class.  I loved learning I could mix any paint colour under the sun using the process primaries.  I loved learning how to manipulate colour, how colours work together and why.  I guess it's a bit of a nerdy fascination. 

  Through Pinterest (y'all are over there at Pinterest now, right?) I discovered Design Seeds and have become mildly obsessed with Jessica's colour palettes inspired from photographs.  Now I know there are "apps for that", but if you know you're way around photoshop, it's pretty easy to create your own photo palettes.  Here are a few of my very own palettes made with my very own photos - so satisfying!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Knit to be square, er, cubed?

While I have always lusted after knitted poufs ala Christien Meindertsma and Pickles, I've never got around to making one. I find myself questioning just how functional these poufs are. Depending on what you stuff one with, can you really use it as a seat? A footstool? Does it get mashed out of shape? When you live in a small space like I do, bringing in a new piece of furniture, not matter how small, takes careful consideration. Enter: the knitted storage cube.

Okay, so it's covered in knitting, not constructed of knitting,
but you know what I mean.

I used to keep my couch-side knitting in a vintage vanity case. It was cute and all, but unless I was working on something small the case was constantly over-flowing. Kind of defeats the purpose of "hiding" your knitting project away, doesn't it? I'd often thought of purchasing a cheap storage ottoman but brown pleather? Boring!

Using this ottoman from good ole' Crappy Tire and some stash Lopi I've made myself a new knitting caddy!

"PATTERN" NOTES: With 3 strands of bulky lopi together (this is stuff I found at a thrift store that I'm sure is a long discontinued colour) I did some experimenting with needle size until I got a swatch of fabric I liked (12mm was the winner if you're curious). I measured the sides of the cube from floor to the overhang of the lid, then multiplied that number by my stitches per inch to get my cast-on number. After that I just knit a big piece of stockinette until it fit around my ottoman. Without casting off, I grafted the live stitches to my first row to make a tube, then hot glued 'er to the cube. Cube tube!

For the lid, I worked the same math magic and knit a square piece of stockinette to measure the same size as the top - this time I cast off. Then with a circular needle I picked up stitches evenly around the edge of the square and knit in garter stitch until it measured the same as the sides of the ottoman lid. More hot glue and Bob's your uncle.

Now I have a place to tuck my knitting away that can hold a whole afghan, all of my needles and notions AND I can put my feet on it. Yay multi-function!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Pregnant pause

It was beginning to dawn on me that perhaps my blogging days were over. I hadn't blogged in months. Not for lack of content mind you, just lack of interest. The careful taking of pictures, the editing and resizing, the choosing of words... it all seemed exhausting. But then again, everything seemed exhausting. You see, if you look back on my last posts you'll notice I got married, then honeymooned... so what's the next logical step?

Ah yes, the posting of an ultrasound picture on the internet. If there's an upside to the upheaval pregnancy has on your system, it makes an awfully nice excuse for everything. Oh crap, I forgot your birthday? Sorry, baby brain! You want me help you move? Sorry, not supposed to do heavy lifting! You want me to come to see your experimental prog/metal/funk band? Sorry, I really need my sleep!

Honestly though, it wasn't until I realized that I started this blog in 2006, almost six whole years ago, that I thought it would be a real shame to let it die. So without further ado, let's get caught up on what's I've been up to around here between naps and frequent trips to the bathroom.

During the frenzy of the Missoni for Target collection last fall, I was inspired to whip up my own chevron-stripe creation.

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in 77219 Seafoam, 00226 Black, 77514 Sesame, 77615 Yellow, 00238 Paprika, 00202 Aran, 00231 Chestnut Brown
Pattern: My own design I'm calling "Ottavio" as a nod to the Missoni family (possibly a pattern to come, but don't hold me to that - um, baby brain?).

I made this hat back in November and it hardly left my head all winter. I've got a lot of catching up to do, so I'll keep this post short and sweet. Besides, I've got to pee!