Working the trim on Emma’s Yummy Yummy Vest

Working the trim on Emma's Yummy Yummy Vest

Arm opening trim.


Design Sponge Interviews Jared Flood, Brooklyn Tweed

Design Sponge Interviews Jared Flood, Brooklyn Tweed

This is a must read interview by Maxwell Tielman that takes us into the creative world of Jared Flood. Flood took his creative skills and meshed them into beautiful fibers, pictures, and patterns. His blog spun him into a business model that is Brooklyn Tweed, “a full-sized yarn and textile design company specializing in beautiful fibers made in the United States” reported Tielman. Read the story for a glimpse of the passion of textiles and art and many beautiful photos of Flood’s studio.

Emma’s Yummy Yummy Sweater Vest

Inspired by the bright and cheery color palette used by Angie shown in her blog,  Le Monde de Sucrette, I am working on a crocheted sweater vest for my granddaughter, Emma Adrienne.

774275_3856948477049_591894459_oOne of Emma’s first phrases was “yummy yummy”. She used it when she was hungry. The colors in this piece are so lovely, it made me think “yummy yummy”.

I think it works.


Emma’s New Sweater

Emma has many pretty sweaters. But it is always nice to have another, don’t you think? Visiting Sucrette’s website I was enchanted by the beautiful color combinations of this talented fiber artist.

Everyday kinds of things are made brilliant because of the skills of the artist and the magical assortment of colors she uses.

So I borrowed her palette and have set about making Emma a new sweater vest. The pattern is a simple children’s vest using a nubbly crochet stitch. The Colors.Image

Off the needles to be blocked. Chalet Cowl

Christmas project number… well never mind. It is finished! Chalet Cowl done in Patrons Classic Wool, Black Tweed. Design by Susan Mills.Chalet Cowl in Patrons Wool Black Tweed

Beyond process and outcome–feeling for texture

Working with a fiber almost as fine as spider silk is challenging. My main project now is the Swallowtail lace shawl worked in a warm grey, Silky Alpaca lace weight by Classic Elite Yarns. It is 70% alpaca and 30% silk.

Soft yet substantial in hand it is a luxury to work with it. This shawl is a gift for a friend living in the southern US and will be easy to wear this fall when nights turn a little cooler.

I’ve started this pattern in other yarns but tripped over the nupps (pronounced “noops”) in heavier yarns.  In crochet they’d be something like a popcorn stitch, but in knitting they are made knitting in the front and back of the same stitch many times to create a solid block. I hope I can do them even in this lace-weight yarn.

Staying focused is my problem. Too easy I daydream… then there is a mess. With this fine yarn a mess is a really big mess. Knitting isn’t very forgiving and these patterns demand concentration. I figure it is a good exercise.  The alternative is to start taking math courses–and I might do that too.

After 10 days there is six inches of fabric. But it is nearly perfect.

More pictures of AmiDoll Buddy In The Pink

Here are pictures of the 2009 AmiDoll Buddy In The Pink Champion for breast cancer awareness and prevention. Also of the AmiDoll Buddy Bracelet

AmiDoll Buddy

AmiDoll Buddy In The Pink

Ear detail

Ear detail

AmiDoll Buddy Bracelet

AmiDoll Buddy Bracelet

Bracelet detail

Bracelet detail