Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Recently she showed me a copy of her new book for Leisure Arts- aptly titled "Dishcloth Dresses." For the uninitiated, they are indeed dresses, and they adorn a bottle of dish detergent. Unlike the ubiquitous toilet paper dolls of the 60's and 70's, dishcloth dresses are actually functional. They are perfect dishcloths, perched right where they are most useful.
I love the idea of something so eco friendly, and tongue in cheek.
For a look at more of her patterns, here is a link to her website.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
|Cropped Tank and Cardigan|
In this view you can see more of the striping sequence.
I never knit with novelty yarns, and was surprised at how wonderful they were to use, and how much I loved the finished product. Even DH who kindly ran to mail this for me at the nth moment of the deadline, picked it up and said "I really like this- more than the usual sweaters you send in."! The sweater was quite a quick knit- a pleasant change for me, because I usually knit at a very small gauge. This is on my "to knit" list!
As today is St. Patrick's day, I thought I would list some of my favorite Aran knitting books. Extraordinary that such a small remote isle would inspire a knitting tradition that is admired and copied world wide.
|Alice Starmore- She is amazing!|
|I own and love this leaflet|
The first sweater my mother knit me was a gorgeous cable encrusted pullover of lanolin rich aran yarn from Ireland. I loved helping her pick out the cables- even then I was fascinated by knitting. I wore that sweater often, although, as I recall, it was very warm, and a little itchy!
Do you have a favorite Aran book or leaflet?I 'd love to hear...