What with the Memorial Day weekend (the illusion of free time!) and my having been working on too many long-term knitting projects lately, I’ve been having that urge. The one that sends me searching for enticing, small-scale projects I could hope to start and finish in the space of the weekend. Oddly, I keep coming back to the list I made last Memorial Day. I’d be happy to whip up another crocheted bowl, tap into my childhood macramé memories, or spend some time reacquainting myself with my crude little frame loom. Of course, if the goal is to finish something, I could spend the weekend with my Textured Shawl and maybe, just maybe …
(I did finish The Sweater last weekend, for anyone wondering. But it had been 95% finished for so long it almost doesn’t count as a new FO. Pics and details next week.)
Have a great weekend everyone, holiday or otherwise. Love to hear about your plans —
Quick shop note: Pom Pom Quarterly is sold out already! But never fear, there are more on the way. I’ll announce it when it’s back in stock, but if you want to reserve one, leave a comment to that effect below (or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer) and I’ll contact you directly when I’ve got the new batch in hand.
— The Dutch artist and her knitted boyfriend, funny and adorable
— French guys learns macramé to fund his South American wanderings, winds up with jewelry designs on a Paris runway
— I’m enticed by the process shots in the Tiger pillow installment of Design Sponge’s Embroidery 101 series (see also embroidered sunglasses at HonestlyWTF)
— In awe of handmade shoes
— Really great interview with Pam Allen, of Quince and Co, on the challenges of producing a natural, American yarn (lots of good stuff at A Verb for Keeping Warm’s blog lately — poke around while you’re there)
In other news, a little birdie tells me Juniper Ridge is discontinuing the truly amazing jumbo cedar sachets. Which is tragic. Fortunately, I ordered lots, because I love them, so there are a still a few dozen available over at Fringe Supply Co. But be aware they may be the last of their kind.
OK friends, lots of good stuff piled up since our last Elsewhere:
— If you don’t have a 2013 calendar, this knitted version you unravel as time passes is pretty effing brilliant. And on sale!
— One of my all-time favorite designers is Bonnie Cashin, of 1960s Coach fame, but I had no idea she designed cashmere sweaters for a Scottish company, nor that she left behind all these amazing sweater paintings. I’d like them on the walls of my new studio, please. (via)
— New knitting campaigns for Afghans for Afghans and Knitters for Newtown (hat tip to Jo)
— Kim Werker, Brett Sandusky and Corey Pressman are trying to launch a new DIY mag/app, called Holocene
— Love this crazy macrame light fixture in the Design Sponge office, and also this gigantic cross-stitch restaurant wall
— Fair isle street style slideshow at NYT
— And for that “Awwww” moment, cutest baby sweater ever
Happy clicking …
p.s. I finished my Walpole last night! Will post pics once it’s blocked.
I’m going to finish my sweater this weekend and then I’m in the mood to do something small and completely different. Maybe some funky macramé jewelry à la Siamic, a crocheted bowl or bag, or maybe I’ll finally make that Jaime Rugh-inspired Weavette of my own.
What will you be up to?
I also stopped into Powell’s while in Portland the other day. Emerged with two outstanding vintage macramé books, both by Eugene Andes: Practical Macramé (1971) and Far Beyond the Fringe (1973). Even the titles are excellent.
I have some ideas …