Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sand and Stones

Irina got her Christmas gift early:

They are fingerless mitts of my own design and I've been making them for a few people on my Christmas list. These particular ones were knit in Noro and I love how the colors worked up. It reminds me of sand and stones.
Are you still trying to finish (or start) making any last-minute gifts?
I know I am.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Marimekko, for me?

Today Logan came home with a couple of really lovely mugs. They were a holiday present from the family he works for and they're Marimekko and so so so pretty. They look like this:

I'm not really the kind of person to buy designer dishes. Things break too often at our house and I'm happy finding sweet stuff at thrift stores. But to receive some Marimekko as a gift? I'm very happy about that. When I was looking for the photo of the mugs I couldn't help but admire some other stuff from Marimekko:
Check out this tea set!

And this print!

Yes. I do like them very much.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Luv-able & Hug-able Recap

I went to the opening of the Luv-able & Hug-able show last night and it was great. There was so much awesome work and a lot of things from people I hadn't heard of before. Everything in the show is for sale and if you buy something they take it right off the wall for you and wrap it up. I bought a little something but I can't say what because it's going to be a present for someone who (I think) reads the blog.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from the show:

These awesome dogs are by Keighty Crochet. They are so creepy cute!

These dolls are by Evangelione. So rad. I wish I had taken a better photo of their hair. It looked really sweet. And the outfits too! The adorable bear is by Kumanta but I couldn't find a link for that artist.

And, if you've been reading along, you might know how much I love anything made by Hine Mizushima. I just think she makes such great work. Check out the wreathes she made for the show! Do click the link if you're not yet familiar with her stuff. You won't regret it.

And lastly this cute lil guy. I love it! Unfortunately, I can't remember who made this one. If I figure it out I'll let you know.

There was way more amazing stuff at the show and you can see more of it at Gallery Hanahou's site.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Granny Time?

So, it's about two and a half weeks until Christmas.... can that really be right? Yeah. I think so. Yikes!
It's getting down to the wire for holiday knitting and general making of things. Time to decide who's going to receive a handmade present and who's getting something store bought.
I've been thinking about these crocheted Granny Square Slippers from the Purl Bee a lot. I have some Manos laying around... this could happen.


photo via The Purl Bee

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Iranian New Art

How beautiful is this fiber art?

These works are by the Iranian New Art group, a "collective of Iranian artists and students who use recycled and natural (typically fiber) materials to draw attention to the ecological and social issues of their homeland."

So inspiring.
Images via the Textile Arts Center blog. Click the link for more information and amazing photos.

Luv-able & Hug-able 2010

It's that time of year again... Time for the Luv-able & Hug-able show at Gallery Hanahou!
I'm genuinely excited for this show. I go every year and it's always a really fun time with lots of amazing and inspiring work (not to mention super cute). This show is a must-see if you're in the NYC area.
See you there!
p.s. If you can't go to the show in person, you can check out all of the pieces on the gallery's site. And I think they go up for sale online the day after the show (something like that).

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I'm knitting and knitting away. Not much to share at the moment but I've been test knitting a new pattern and I'm hoping to have it up here soon. I just want to make sure I can write it out in a way that will make sense to other knitters (it's a simple pattern but I'm new to pattern writing).
I saw a photo on Pip's blog this morning that I think is so stunning.

It's a photo by Erwin Olaf.
I'm in love with the color yellow right now.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Touch of Vintage


So, if you've stopped by here once or twice before you know that I love to knit... right? And you might also know that I like spinning yarn, and crocheting, and doing some dyeing as well. Show me pretty much anything crafty (especially wool-related) and I've probably tried it before or want to try in the future.
Something else that I really love is vintage fashion. I feel like about 90% of my thoughts are about knitting, vintage dresses, and eating.... yeah, I think that's about right. So I'm going to start sharing that side of myself here. Not all of the time, but sometimes. Just images that I think are inspiring or photos of neat things I've picked up. Things that I think are beautiful or striking and that I think you might like as well. The knitting and crafty things are staying, though, and I hope you will too.
This morning I stumbled on the website The Selby. Have you visited before? The site contains photos by Todd Selby, a photographer who captures images of people in their personal or private spaces and they are just lovely photos. The photos of Jamie and Anthony at their home in Brooklyn are gorgeous:

I love the gold velvet chairs. They are so beautiful. I also like that there is a ton of stuff hanging on the walls. Sometimes I feel like my walls are too cluttered with little paintings and embroideries but after seeing these photos I'm thinking maybe my walls are actually a bit bare...