Saturday, September 29, 2007
Yvette was coming to Austin to teach at the Whole Foods Culinary Center over the weekend. One of her classes was for 5-7 years olds, so my son Tristan and I decided to check it out this morning. It was a really fun experience for him and although he still remains one of the pickiest eaters ever, hopefully learning how to make new foods will eventually broaden his dietary
horizons past waffles, cheese (sharp cheddar, unmelted) and apples.
In the same "small world" category that running into Yarn Harlot at the Atlanta Airport belongs in, Yvette will also be joining forces on a project with the cooking columnist for Kiwi, the same magazine that my Eco-Craft column runs in. Stay tuned for that and my soy candle-making instructions, in the next issue!
Friday, September 28, 2007
In other late, not-so-breaking-news, I've decided to go through with producing at least one season (6-ish podisodes) of my own podcast called: CRL (Craft. Rock. Love.) with Vickie Howell. Thanks for the nudge, I wouldn't have done it hadn't so many people spoken up!
It's still in the pre-production stage but as I type, we're booking guests, working on topics and writing the theme song (yes, of course I need a theme song--that's a perk of being married to a musician ;-)). Our goal is to get the first podcast up in November and for it to run weekly for the next 6. So far confirmed guests are Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka Crafty Chica), Adina Klein (Vogue Knitting/Knit.1), Will Forte (SNL/knitter), Jennifer Perkins (Craft Lab/Naughty Secretary Club) and Adrienne Armstrong (Owner of Atomic Garden/co-owner of Adeline Records/first lady of Green Day).
We've booked advertisers for 3 "podisodes" already, but are looking for sponsors for 3 more. We have both audio inclusive and banner ad options, for your promotional pleasure. CRL's first season will run during prime holiday shopping weeks and then indefinitely in the archives, so your business is bound to get a lot of coverage should you choose to jump on board! For a breakdown and specific advertising info, e-mail: email@example.com.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
A Mano (also in Venice), that's co-owned by my friend Shannita Williams-Alleyne who was one of the original SNB-LA members when I started the group in 2001, and took it over when I moved to Austin. I was so thrilled to see how well she's doing for herself. So cool and totally deserved. She's good peeps. See her post about the day on their blog.
Oh, before I forget, I just got word that DIY nixed the Knitty Gritty marathon (aka the Knit In), 2008 in favor of a bathroom renovation they're calling, the Toilet Bowl. Soooo, I know I told a lot of people that the KG special would air on Superbowl Sunday but that's apparently no longer the case. I'll keep you posted on any new developments but in the meantime, if you're looking for more Knitty Gritty love and want to tell the network(s) about it, here's where you can send your comments:
DIY Network Viewer Comments
HGTV Viewer Comments
Today, I interview the band Pink Martini's lead singer China Forbes, for the next Knit.1 issue. I'm off to write questions and think deep thoughts about music and knitting. Ciao!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
As promised to the WEBS crowd, here are a few candid shots from the divine Ms. K's wedding.
Jennifer & I in front of the art installation Karly made herself.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
(Special thanks to the talents of Crochet by Faye for the top I'm wearing, which will also be featured in my crochet book in 2008!)
2500 Lowell Rd.
Ranlo, NC 28054
Usually at this point, I'm internally kicking myself for not putting on make-up and undoubtedly otherwise looking like hell hit at 150mph, but as I looked up this time I saw perhaps one of the handful of knitters in the world who could rival my random adventures: the Yarn Harlot. I kid you not.
Early Thursday I headed out for the last stop of the week: Northampton, MA where WEBS yarn store calls home. Kathy Elkins picked me up and took me a lovely patio meal at a local hotel before we headed over to the shop. I toured and chatted with her incredibly accommodating staff until it was time for the "yarn tasting" that people had come out for. Seated in the round was an intimate group of 50 or so that I got to visit and drink wine with for a couple of hours. It was my favorite kind of event. I much prefer a Stitch n Bitch-esque setting where I get to really talk to people from a comfy chair, rather than talking at them from a podium at a convention. I also got to answer lots of questions, chat about Knitty Gritty, show off some of the garments I've been working on, etc. It was a lot of fun. As always, I was really touched at some of the comments people made about the show and also, just that they cared enough to show up. One woman and her husband took off 2 days from work and drove 5 1/2 hours to meet me. I was blown away. I jokingly told her that there was nobody, who I hadn't given birth to, who I'd drive that long to see so I really appreciated her doing so! Seriously though, it was so incredibly cool of her to do that. Thank you to all of you who made it out to WEBS and were full of questions. I loved it. :)
Ok, Stylelicious co-host Karly Hand is getting married in an hour and a half and I'm still sitting here in my robe. Gotta go!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Special thanks to Traci Bunkers for her mad technical editing skills and to Jenny Medford for getting it up on my site so quickly. It's unclear whether or not the corrections will be posted anywhere else but my site so if you all could spread the word, I'd really appreciate it. Also, should you need it, here's the link to my initial post about the problems with the book.
Thanks again, for your patience and understanding.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The other day I was going through my pile of vintage Workbasket magazines and came across (in the November 1959 issue) a sketch of a girl who, well, appears to be me. The eyebrows, the nose, even one incarnation of my hair, all represented in this drawing! Now, since I wasn't actually alive in the 50's thereby making it fairly unlikely that I would've been available to pose for the artist, clearly there are only 3 possible answers to the question, "Who's that girl?"
- The illustration is a complete fabrication produced via the imagination of an un-credited artist who, perhaps, conjured up the girl of his dreams expressed here through charcoal pencil. No? Ok, then.
- Somewhere out there, possibly still alive, is my doppleganger. A girl with a smart haircut, dark lipstick and a love for crocheted "Half Hats" (as they're called in this particular issue). Well actually, technically, I would be her doppleganger since she was here first, but whatever. I don't enjoy the word doppleganger. Doppleganger.
- The girl pictured above is in fact me as well as proof of completely unimaginative reincarnation. I mean really, I could've changed something about my appearance this time around!
There's no question however, who this girl is (how's that for a segue)! Ms. Tori Spelling and my interview with her and Dean McDermott is now out in the "Back To" issue of Knit.1 Magazine.
On stands now, this issue is filled with hot projects for the cool, fall weather including: Judy Faddy's killer, leopard cardi; Cathy Carron's cool, cropped bolero; and Heather Carlson's marvelous, mini-dress. Check it out!
Last but not least for all you veggies out there (or frankly, anyone who digs a good enchilada), check out the Amy's Organics interview with me on their MySpace page.
Now back to my regularly scheduled crochet session.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Leela Corman (also responsible for all of the artwork in the book, "You Grow Girl") for working so hard to make this cover "kick-awesome" and also, for just being delightful in general.
I'm really excited about this book (and not just because there's not a mullet-looking haired picture of me on the cover of this one ;-))! It's full of how-to scoop: everything from casting-on to short rows (with a few "practice" projects thrown in between.) It's compact design, tear-out needle gauge and easy-to-read-and-knit-at-the-same-time spiral binding, make this a perfect fit for any knitter on the go. All this--and oh, so much more--for the bargain price of $7.95! Oh, and the excessive use of "aid" related puns in this tome--that's right, I said "tome"--are brought to you, free of charge! Look for it in Spring '08.
In other news, next Tuesday I'll be in North Carolina for a shoot with Warm Up America and then next Thursday the 20th from 6-9pm, I'll be at WEBS in Northampton, MA for a little meet-and-greet/yarn tasting action. I've been in hiding, working on my columns, projects and books since the last tour but am looking forward to this event. WEBS has been a huge supporter of the Vickie Howell Collection (I think you can buy most, if not all, of my yarns on their website, too!) and I really appreciate it!
Alright, back to week 2.5 of working on the same crocheted coat. Actually, if I get ready now I can leave to get the kids from school and land a prime spot in the pick-up line, which will then give me 20 minutes or so in a parked car to crochet... Gotta go!
Friday, September 07, 2007
In unrelated news, I think the days of sitting by myself in a small room crocheting is starting to make me a little insane. Thank the universe for the "watch now on your computer" feature of Netflix! Yesterday I watched documentaries on historian/professor/author/activist Howard Zinn, the 2000 presidential election, and cannibalistic serial killers. The first two were really good the latter, not so much.
Last night, in a viewing that can possibly be blamed on aforementioned insanity (although I secretly, actually like it), I stayed up with Dave to watch Keanu Reeve's blockbuster role as Officer Jack Travern in Speed. It's hard not to root for young Annie (aka Sandra Bullock--who btw, I hear knits, which therefore makes this post on topic) speeding for life, in a city bus and again, handcuffed to a pole in a subway train. You know what would have made that movie better, though? Snakes.
That is all.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
We also recently watched The Pixies documentary, loudQuietloud, which I highly recommend. Not only because of the awesomeness of seeing the legendary band playing together again but also, because Kelley Deal (sister of the band's bassist, Kim Deal) was caught on camera knitting. For this reason, I consider the mention of their movie, semi on-topic and knit-related. Thanks for playing along.
Truly on the knitting front, last week we shot pictures for some possible kits we might be putting together for wide release. This one for what I like to call, the "Punky Bee-ster" baby sweater, just kills me. Is that not the CUTEST BABY EVER?! Special thanks to photographer Jody Horton, for letting us put his son to work.
Completely unrelated to the aforementioned baby/yarn deliciousness , I have a bit of a cold I'm nursing. I leave for L.A. on Thursday for a shoot at Suss Designs and am hoping to not have to delight viewers with a Knitty Gritty Special segment centered on me, blowing my nose.
Apropos of nothing, the actress who played Gretl (the youngest sibling) in the 1965 movie version of The Sound of Music, would today be roughly the same age as Madonna. Coincidence? I think not. ;-)
Saturday, September 01, 2007
MATERIALS Vintage brooch (optional)
2 Balls Vickie Howell Collection’s VEGAS (67%Wool/29%Soysilk/4%Lurex; 50gr./100m) in color: Ghost Bar #412
Size US 15 (10mm) circular needle (29” or longer)
Vintage brooch (optional)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (post felting and scrunching)
Approx. 50” x 4 ¼” (felting varies results)
CO 140 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 10 ½”. BO. Weave in ends.
Using a small amount of mild soap or shampoo, immerse scarf into sink filled with hot-ish water (I recommend wearing dish gloves if your skin tends to be sensitive). Aggressively agitate fabric but rubbing and smooshing it together, until stitch definition is difficult to see (there will be some gauzy, holes remaining). Rinse with cold water, squeeze out excess and lay out on a towel. Using your fingers, pull on edges to create rippled effect. Let dry.
Using a tapestry needle and scraps of yarn, scrunch an area of fabric together (about 3” up from one end) and sew up-and-down through the layers of fabric until secure. Knot and tie-off. Repeat about 4” up from last “scrunch” and twice more on the opposite end of the scarf. Wrap around your beautiful self and finish off with a vintage brooch!
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This pattern is meant for non-commercial use only. Copyright Vickie Howell, Inc. 2007. All rights reserved.