Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Speaking of office space, do you have a case of the Mondays? Oh wait, it's Tuesday. Nevermind.
Do you listen to podcasts while you're working? I'm thinking about maybe doing my own-- trying to figure out if it'd be worth the work. Would any of you be interested in that? If so, what types of things would you like to hear about from me? Inquiring minds, wanna know!
Happy office cooler chatting!,
Friday, August 24, 2007
Now, changing subjects...
Last call for the summer of bebes! I have a new pattern up for those of us who a.) know small children, and b.) live in what seems like perpetual heat. Ladies and gentlefolk, I give you...Boy in the Bubble!
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I would also like to respond to specific questions that I have received regarding my involvement in creating Knitty Gritty Knits. I was simply hired to write the introduction, answer ge
I appreciate your understanding and support in this matter.
Vickie Howell, Inc.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I *heart* amiguumi crochet and this book feeds the fires of that love. With patterns for everything from cupcake to hep cat, if you're looking for crocheted cuties then this book's for you! Personal fave: Punk Bunny (2nd from left on cover).
Romantic Hand Knits, by Annie Modesitt
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Yesterday, Annette O. e-mailed me that she'd given her daughter Nell some VHC LOVE to play with who in turn designed this hot little number. Yowza! This particular top is being donated to benefit an AIDS awareness program but I love it so much (pun intended), that I'm trying to get her to write out the pattern and submit it to a magazine. (*Note to self: work on abs.)
Yarn: Vickie Howell Collection's LOVE in colors,
Joel and Clementine and Andi & Blane
In June while friends & family were here for our post-elopement part, my mom whipped up a Mae Day out of her namesake color in, VHC CRAFT. Fortunately the model, my best friend's son, is too young to notice the anarchy in dressing a boy in a sun dress. (*Note between mothers: If necessary, this photo will be used to blackmail a future, surely teenager. ;-))
Pattern: Mae Day, by moi.
Yarn: Vickie Howell Collection's CRAFTin color, Libby.
Mom's here again and I've put her to work. This week between the two of us, we've churned out 3 scarves, 3/4 of a market bag and 1/3 of a baby sweater. I'm still totally behind but man, it helps having Libbs (aka my mom) around!
Happy weekend knitting, everyone!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"Craft" Yarn: available in yarn stores or online at www.yarn.com.
Ok now, back to my regularly scheduled knitting.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Using their fancy (and arguably, classier) table box idea as a jumping off point, we opted instead for a quick-fix version to fit our own schedules, budget and the space in the kitchen. Scouring the internet for graphic art, nostalgia (and my limited drawing abilities) dictated an ode to the mixed tape era.
To make your own version, here's what you need:
6, 24"x 24"x 1/2" plywood squares (found pre-cut at Home Depot for under $4 ea.)
Base color paint (we used leftovers from when we painted our living room)
Primary color (mini, "sample" can was just enough and was only about $3 )
1 can clear enamel spray
Medium paint brushes
Small, artist brush for detail work
Hanging eye-hooks and wire
Rubber or felt feet (optional, to protect walls)
Graphic picture to copy
Paint all six squares with base color and let dry for a few hours. Meanwhile, print out desired picture from your computer and using a straight edge, draw grid over picture to break it up as it will be in (in larger form) on your wood pieced.
Using a pencil, straight edge and the grid you've just made as a general guide, free-hand design on all squares. *Tip: if you choose a design that includes circles, tracing around dinner plates, cups and water bottles makes the process easy and consistent!
Using primary color, paint in your design taking care to leave the negative space in the base color. Use small artist brush to do detail work (and if you're like me and hate detail work, also get a husband--or friend, or whomever--to do that part). Let dry.
Spray paint a couple of coats of clear enamel over all of the finished pieces. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
Following directions on package, screw in eye-hooks and attach wire. Stick rubber or felt feet on all four corners of each piece.
Install, step back and admire. Viva las pop art!
Monday, August 13, 2007
During the trip I knit a felted scarf out of Vegas (which just needs some embellishing before it's finished) as well as 1/3 of another Vegas scarf for a possible kit I'm putting together for a gig next year. I also cast-on for a purple, ribbed sock for Dave which I'm quite confident I'll get the time to finish knitting at some point before we retire. ;-)
Now, it's time for a musical interlude. Check out my son on drums, who taught himself part of a The White Stripes song (sorry about the crappy, dark video--apparently the electronics in my life inly have a year in them before they start to give out):
Now back to programming...
For those of you who haven't seen the 25th Anniversary Issue of Vogue Knitting yet, I highly recommend picking it up. It's Ms. Adina Klein's debut issue as official Editor-in-Chief of VK and she did a fantastic job! There are some beautiful patterns, memorabilia and articles on "Knitting's Old Guard" and "Knitting's New Guard". I was very honored to be included in the latter, and thought I'd post it here for you to read (warning; it's looooooooong, so grab your coffee, first!).
I find it really interesting that the "Old Guard" is compiled of amazing designers & industry pioneers ( Kaffe fassett, Alice Starmore, Mari Lynn Patrick and Meg Swansen), who possess comprehensive knowledge about the technical, design and application aspects of knitting whereas the "New Guard" is compiled more so (not to negate anyone's abilities) of women who contribute in perpetuating the current popularity of the craft (Debbie Stoller, Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee, Clara Parkes, Shannon Okey & myself). I suppose that speaks a bit about what drives society (and in this case, the industry) in our media generation. Regardless, I appreciate how the differences between the two groups enhance each other, rather than canceling one another out. I also think that Teva Durham and Erika Knight deserve shout-outs for their contributions to the high-fashion realm of the knit-world. Nobody does it like they do!
In funnier news, all this time I thought that Clara Parkes was this wee, bespectacled, gray-haired woman in her 50's or 60's. I didn't know until I saw her picture in this article that, for the past couple of years, at every TNNA & Knit Out, I've been waving and smiling at a woman who I *thought* was Clara, but clearly is not. Comedy. I need to drop her an e-mail and explain that *if* I ever didn't greet the real her with open arms, it was totally my mistake and not a shun. I'm so lame sometimes.
Ok, I can no longer avoid the gym. I'm off--the Freshman 15 I'm carry around (I call it that because I'm still in the freshman stage of marriage that includes a lot of going out to nice dinners and drinking wine), isn't going to lose itself!
Monday, August 06, 2007
This week I got my shipment of Vegas in the mail and have been fooling around with it a bit. Other than being absolutely beautiful, shimmery and soft...it also felts!!! I love, love, love being able to see a bit of glitter strung through the felted fabric. A bag and holiday neck piece are 3rd and 4th on my list of must-dos this month but in the meantime, I couldn't resist showing you a little sample of what felted Vegas looks like.
Hand felt in the sink with hot water and mild soap or shampoo. Pull up edges with your fingers to create an imperfect, wavy edge along the top. Lay flat on a towel to dry.
Trim if necessary and using yarn and a tapestry needle, seam short edges together to for cylinder. Slide cozie over votive candle holder.
* Note--I recommend using the short, flat votive candles only and watching the flame carefully just to be safe.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Here's to your little peanut growing out of this cap faster than you can knit it! xoxo, Vic
1 Ball Vickie Howell Collection's LOVE (will make 3-4 hats) in color: Clarence & Alabama
Scraps Vickie Howell Collection's VEGAS in colors: Blue Hawaiian & Martini
Size US 5 (3.5mm) dpns
Size US 6 (4.0mm) dpns
Large-eyed embroidery needle
Way Wee (Wee)
Stretches to fit up to 10"(12") head
25-30 week delivery (31-36 week delivery)
With Smaller needles and LOVE, CO 40(48 sts). Join, taking care not to twist.
Knit 1 round.
Purl 1 round.
Repeat last 2 rows, 2 more times.
Switch to larger needles. Knit every round until piece measures 3"(3 1/2").
Next round: *K3, k2tog. Repeat from * to end. 30(36)sts.
Knit 1(2) rounds.
Next round: *K2, k2tog. Repeat from * to end. 20(24)sts.
Knit 1 round.
Next round: K2tog. Repeat to end. 10(12) sts.
Repeat last row. 5 (6)sts.
Cut yarn leaving a 6" in tail. Using embroidery needle, weave tail through live stitches on needles, set aside needles and cinch shut. Poke embroidery needle through top of hat, drawing the yarn inside. Weave in all ends.
Leaves (Make 12)
With crochet hook and one color of VEGAS, ch 6.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch. Tie off. Weave in one of the tails.
Pair 2 leaves together, alternating which direction they face around perimeter of hat. The Wee version will have a bit more space between each set than the Way Wee version. Pin in place first, to be safe. Use 2nd tail and embroidery needle to hand-sew each leaf into place.
Berries (Embroider 18)
Using 2nd color of VEGAS and embroidery needle, stitch 3 French knots per leaf pair.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I should also mention that when the director wanted to shoot me walking into the bathroom to change into my skating garb, I fell OFF OF MY SHOES. That's right. Not my skates, my shoes. Yes, it was in front of everyone...and yes, they got it on camera. Kill me.
On a different subject, if you're looking for some sweet deals on beautifully made clothing, fellow ACMer Jesse is closing out all of her Amet & Sasha stuff so that she can go back to school. Check it out before the site's gone in two weeks!
I'm off to watch The Zodiac Killer with my husband and knit an ipod cozie for a Michael's ad I'm participating in. Oh and speaking of cozies, check a different version of mine out (along w/ a Q&A interview) in the current Creative Knitting Magazine.
Have a good night!