A stitch in time...thoughts from an addicted knitter.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Amazing Crochet Art

A friend sent me a link to these really great crochet pieces. I think the hamburger is my favorite, but the hot dog is a close second.

~ Christina

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tag Cloud

I created a tag cloud out of my 2007 blog posts. I think it's interesting which words I've used most this year.

~ Christina

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Riley's Elephant

In anticipation of my nephew Riley's arrival I knit him a stuffed elephant.

My sister started having contractions and dilating at just 32 weeks so she's been in the hospital on strict bed rest for the last two weeks. This photos was taken on the hospital chair/bed my brother-in-law has been sleeping on (poor guy).

The pattern is from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson. I used two different colored strands (colors #s: 8400 & 4002) of Cascade 220 held together. I modified the pattern by making each section longer/taller as I wanted to felt it when I was done and I know felted knitting shrinks more heightwise. I also decided to knit a red scarf instead of a kerchief - also in Cascade 220 (color #: 9404). I used size 7 bamboo needles for all of the pieces. I'm not thrilled with how the arms look (you knit them seperately and then sew them on afterwards). I think if I were to knit this again I'd knit the arms directly onto the body. I'd also make the ears a lot smaller.

Hopefully Riley loves it!

~ Christina

Friday, November 09, 2007

Bobbin's Nest Studio

A new sewing, knitting, crochet and embroidery retail store offering classes, packages, parties, and studio time has opened in Santa Clara.

Bobbin's Nest Studio
1171 Homestead Road, Suite 130
Santa Clara, California 95050
Hours: Open: Tuesday- Saturday 11-7pm, Closed: Sunday and Monday

I've been by several times already and I love the ambiance of the store and the friendliness of the staff. My sister was looking for some yarn for a baby blanket and they spent over 15 minutes helping her pick out the perfect yarn (which included going to the back for over 16 balls of yarn several times - it was hard to make a decision). On another trip I took a seamstress friend with me and she bought this hard-to-find fabric she's been looking for. And of course I've purchased some great yarn for a few new secret projects I'm working on.

This Saturday at 11am they're opening the "Sewing Salon/Knitting Lounge" where sewing machines will be set up and ready for use! For $20/ hour you will be able to rent a sewing machine, use the cutting table, have access to their space and tools. As part of the opening of the salon/lounge they'll have "how-to" demos, a knitting guru on hand for one-on-one help and Jordana of Jordana Paige knitting bags will be there signing her bags from 1-3pm.

They're also starting a new weekly event called "Saturday Craft Brunch" that will be held every Saturday from 11-1pm. They'll have quiche, mimosas, scones, coffee and tea. What a great idea! I'm going to go by this Saturday and check it out. Hopefully I'll see you there!

~ Christina