The Edinburgh Yarn Fest had the coolest swag bags this year. Not that I went. 😦 It’s a bit of a hike from Santa Barbara.
Still, their bags were so cool that they were posted all over on-line! They had a yarn ball done up like an embroidery sampler!
A cool example here from Irene:
& here from Emma:
And my little knock-off version in progress.
I’ve been giving my “Skull barfing Flowers” embroidery a lot of love.
This was from March 18:
And this was March 23:
Sorry for the delay in updating! I really do try for a once a week update, but life, and well, a new hobby, have gotten in the way. On top of illness around the house, I’ve taken up embroidery for real!
I used some birthday money to purchase myself a kit from Lilipopo and it’s the cutest thing. I’m loving seeing it coming along. It’s very soothing. Although I’ve now hit the french knots and they are taking more work than I expected. But the backstitch is good. I’m focusing on making my stitch lengths a little more even.
I also have been doing a bit more reading. I’ve been coming across a few more really enticing books to review over at YA YA YA. The “Paper Magician,” pictured above, really captivated me for several days.
I started following a new podcast, this one comes from Malaysia! I love the international knitting community! And she’s hosting a “Bee” knit-a-long. I thought of a lot of different projects but kept dismissing them as things I didn’t *really* want to knit. And I finally came across a cross-craft project idea that worked for me.
Fringe Association is hosting Slow Fashion October
.With the notion of “mend and make-do” and repairing your own clothes, I pulled out my darning needle and some embroidery thread to repair some new and growing holes and threadbare spots on my favorite jeans. I also realized I need a small loop for next time.
Thanks to Maggie Chug & Georgie Pug for their modelling skills of my handiwork.
Way back in March I reviewed a few books from the library. Specifically, I looked at the Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Embroidery. After thinking about it, checking it out, thinking, needing to reference it, I finally bought it from Amazon.
And usually after I do that the books sit on the shelf untouched. Not this one!
First I referenced it to add an embellishment to the required class project in my 3 week sewing course. Day one was mostly listening plus starting this bag, identical to everyone else’s. My little trio of flowers should help distinguish my finished project. Plus, so cute!
Then, because every knitter feels a compulsion in their DNA to clothe babies, I had to make a baby beanie for a blogging acquaintance. After frogging a baby hat knit on the wrong yarn, I knit up a simple grey beanie. And after searching Pinterest for line drawings, referring to my new favorite book, and pulling out the floss – Ta Da! Adorable baby boy gift.
I’m pretty lucky that my library has a good selection of knitting books. And what it doesn’t have it’s able to request from the branches up and down the Central Coast of California.
Unfortunately, this one, while it had a beautiful braid that had me drooling, didn’t come home. It focused a bit more on “how to knit” and the pages just weren’t captivating for me. I’m a bit beyond “how to knit” and with the whole Eastern European style, most books don’t even address different methods. So this one wasn’t a good fit for me.
Who knew the world of stitch dictionaries was full of so much competition.
I did bring home two stitch dictionaries – one for knitting, one for embroidery.
My husband does not count “Do you want to come to bed and read stitch dictionaries with me?” as an aphrodisiac 😉
But I found myself just paging through the “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Embroidery Stitches” book. It was captivating. Fascinating. Because I’m a beginner at embroidery, I appreciate the “how to’s” for this. But there’s almost too much info! I skipped a lot of the first several chapters and went straight to looking at stitches. Some of that may be because I’m only really interested in embroidery on my knitting, so different fabrics doesn’t hold a ton of interest. Though it does have me considering more Wabi Sabi embroidery repair on clothes that are wearing out (afterall, I am a lover of darning).
The other book, “400 Knitting Stitches,” is, well. It’s a stitch dictionary. I’m looking more closely at some of the bobble stitches than I did in my previous stitch dictionary. But if I were to add one to my personal shelf, it wouldn’t be this. It’s just a book. And one I can re-check out if I need to.