Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Free knit and Crochet patterns

I'm the administrator for a great group
over on Flickr called
FREE KNIT AND CROCHET PATTERNS
where members
post their projects along with the
links to the free patterns.

It's a great resource.
Right now we have over 2500
of some of the coolest projects.
Some are perfect when you want
a little instant gratification.
Others take longer, but the results
are so beautiful
that it is well worth it.

Check it out...grab some patterns,
and make something!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The first figs of the season

Would you like one?

first of the figs

Every year I wait for the figs.
Only then can I have my favourite meal...
figs wrapped in prosciutto
cooked on the bbq.
In one bite you get that smokey, salty flavour
mixed with divine sweetness.

Add a glass of a good Italian red wine,
some crusty bread and olive oil for dipping
and dine outside in the garden.
Close your eyes and you
are suddenly in Italy.

And when fig season is over?
You still have your cute little crocheted fig
to keep you company until next year.

Friday, July 10, 2009

wild tea cosies


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I just picked up a copy of Wild Tea Cosies
by Loani Prior.
It has some wonderful cosies
AND is reasonably priced
(I paid $16 Cdn on Amazon new!)

She has included a mix of crochet and knit
patterns and to quote the author
"these outrageous cosies....
are inspired by everything from coral
reefs and flowering gardens to geometric shapes,
scrumptious food and even chickens!"

Here is a shot of the back cover with
pics of the cosies.

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I'm so looking forward to making some of these cosies,
but how do I choose...
the Carmen Miranda on the cover,
the Rosie Posy, or the Liquorice Allsorts?
What a great book!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Comparing crocheted and knitted baby booties

I've never made the same project before
in both a knitted and crocheted version.

But these booties came in both
so it was interesting to compare them.


This isn't a totally fair comparison
because
the knitted did get an unfair advantage by
getting the better yarn and
the smaller size.
I''ll take that into consideration.


Crocheted version

double strap booties

Knitted version

knitted booties


Looks:
I think if they were both made with identical yarn
and identical sizes
then they would be EQUAL in cuteness.
The knitted version was made with
some lovely soft wool in a smaller size
while the crocheted one was a test run made
with acrylic in a larger size.


Seams:
The crocheted version gets big points for no seam
up the back. It looks better and is much faster to make.
I think this is the biggest difference between these two patterns.

Price:
The big advantage for the knitted version
is that

the knitted version was free while
the crochet version cost $5.95 (US)

Fit:
The knitted one stretched more because
of the stocking st.

This could be seen as a plus or minus depending
how closely the fit matches the baby's feet.
This was an advantage for me because it turns out that
the baby had bigger than average feet.
Not sure if there is a downside to this stretchiness.

So the winner?
Both have advantages and disadvantages so
it really comes down to personal choice.
For me, it's the crochet version because
I can't knit that well and I'm willing to pay
for the advantage of seamless.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Summer pleasures

Comet, my 13 year old border collie,
and I take quiet morning walks.


walking my dog

I spend time in my garden

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For supper I have tarragon chicken salad from smitten kitchen
and fresh fruit salad..mmnnn.

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And I even find time to make some booties,

these are crocheted ones based on the knitted Saartje's booties.


double strap booties

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