Monday, June 04, 2007

knitting notes from the weekend...

finally this weekend, i managed to spend some time with my yarn. NEW yarn, no less! THK ended up not working on saturday (for once!), so we made a little roadtrip down to southern pines to visit bella filati again. she took pity on me and drove so that i could knit--a true friend. i came away with a copy of favorite socks, some blue heron beaded rayon yarn (in blueberry) with which i will make a baltic sea stole (more on that in a later post), and a bunch of rowan hand knit cotton with which i will make a whole slew of wash cloths for my guest bathroom. i got a little leisure arts booklet of baby washcloth patterns, and immediately made a butterfly. but then, the butterfly was so cute, i wanted a dragonfly to go with it WAY more than i wanted a stork or a baby bottle. i wanted it badly enough that i just stole the construction and drew my own. i know it's a bit silly to be so excited about designing a washcloth, especially when the construction isn't my own--but people, i just LOVE it! look how cute it is! now i need to make more garden critters and flowers and stuff--i am going to knit through all my cotton in no time. and then i am thinking maybe i will try drawing some shells and sea things for my own bathroom, too. i am fired up about wash cloths all of a sudden. :)

yarn bowl

yarn bowl
in other knitting news, check out my new knitting bowl! THK gave this to me a few weeks ago to try out. her friend leanne, who is an awesome potter and painter designed these and made a couple for us to try and critique. they have little holes in the end that you can thred your yarn through so you can keep multiple strands from tangling, but i haven't tried that yet. so far, the bowl part is working great at keeping the cat hair out of my cotton! these little 50g balls of cotton fit well in the bowl, but i think it might be a little small for anything much larger. i am still checking it out, though--we'll see... in the mantime, i LOVE the bowl itself. it's so pretty and such an interesting knitting accessory. THK put pictures of hers on her blog, too--check them out.

i have managed to finish up a couple of other long ongoing projects, too, but i haven't taken pictures yet. soon...


Susan Ripley said...


My name is Susan Ripley and I am a working with Ripley Designs, Inc. on gathering knitting and crochet patterns for the 2009 Pattern-A-Day Calendars from Accord Publishing. I am contacting you today in the hopes that you will submit a pattern or hang the attached flyer somewhere in your store or post it to your website / BLOG / PODCAST to let your customers know about the design contest and the chance to get their designs published. You could also email the flyer if you have a mailing list. Patterns are accepted from individuals, shops, charities and yarn companies. There are no restrictions and the patterns can also be something that is currently being distributed for free.

Some of the yarn shops that have worked with us in the past have also offered fun pattern design/writing classes. This is a great way to get customers into your store while taking advantage of this great contest. $500 will be awarded as First place for both calendars; there are also 2nd and 3rd place prizes; and all contributors whose patterns are used will receive a 2009 calendar.

Please go to our website at and learn more about the submission requirements and our contest. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will gladly answer your questions. If your email program stripped the PDF, you can download the flyer at

Susan Ripley

Susan Ripley, Creative Director

Ripley Designs, Inc
1860 Sandy Plains Rd
Suite 204-186
Marietta GA 30066

phone: 678-540-9205
fax: 678-302-9965
cell: 404-964-5882

“Providing graphic and web design services to the Atlanta area.”

Allegra said...

I love dragonflies! they are beautiful! Nice job on the washcloths.......and that first comment about the pattern-a-day is pretty cool too!

Amy M said...

Um, wow! How good does that dragonfly look!
I think these designs, if they aren't already there, could easily be scaled to an 8x8" square. Isn't one of your friends doing quilts with squares?
Hope everything with the showcase went well!

painter girl said...

Thanks Jackie for trying out the bowl. I am glad that you like using it for smaller projects. I have good intentions on making bigger bowls for you and THK to try but with the show coming I am so far behind.
I think your washcloths are just beautiful. I can't wait to see the ones that you come up with.
Hopefully one day soon we will get to meet in person!