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Archive for February 25th, 2007

A New Watercolor Bag Combination

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

watercolorbrownautunno12.jpgAaaah… Diana did it again! I wrote the pattern (for my Watercolor Bag), picked the yarn, sent it to her, and she sent me back a knitted item. I felted it (we’re a great team), sewed in the handle, and delivered it to Threadbear, where I bought the yarn. This new bag is on display at the shop as I type this.

The yarn is Autunno from diVe’ (you can see it on the Cascade Yarns website if you click that link). This is one fabulous yarn! It’s a worsted-weight “singles” (one ply, though yarn people say there is officially no such thing as a one ply… sort of like there’s no “first annual” event, only a second annual event, maybe). Anyway, it’s a soft lovely 100% merino yarn which comes in heathered solids and slowly-changing colorways.

I have made ribbed legwarmers with this stuff (really warm). Mine of course were the gray-to-turquoise colorway. This bag has solid handles and bottom made of Cascade 220 in a sort of dark chocolate heather (almost some purple in there). There are three slowly-changing colorways in this bag, the bottom is the gray/turquoise 48162, the middle is turquoise to sunset-gold, which I think is 25741, and the top is a gold to soft mocha (and I can not tell what colorway that one is by looking at the color cards on the Cascade site).

This yarn felts beautifully, and much faster than the Noro Kureyon I used when I first designed it. The fabric is ultra-soft, like a kitten.

For those in town, I am teaching this bag at Threadbear (Lansing, MI) soon. The sessions are two weeks apart… March 18 and April 1, both Sundays from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Cost is $25 plus materials… and since it’s a pretty small project and the yarn is not doubled, it only requires a pattern, four balls of yarn and needles you may already own.

Photos: My Watercolor Bag in diVe’ Autunno, currently on display at Threadbear Fiberarts; and my first Watercolor Bag (knit from three colorways of Noro Kureyon and a solid Cascade 220), currently on display at Yarn Garden in Charlotte, Michigan.

Diana’s Comfort Posts

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

dianadelphinium.jpgIn Michigan we are all weary of snow and cold by now. Many of us are down or grumpy or both. Diana, my sister-in-love, has posted today and yesterday in defiance of the blues.

Today she posted garden photos. She is a gardener, and the person I call when I want to know anything about herbs or food plants. Her flowers are wonderful, as well… and she takes great photos of her flowers. Today is a veritable bouquet of flower photos on Otterwise, Diana’s blog.

Yesterday was a different sort of comfort. A recipe! Forty-Clove Chicken Thighs with Lemon Rice. That is, garlic and chicken and more garlic, and some marjoram (you could probably sub oregano if you didn’t have marjoram). It sounds easy (the rice sounds simple as well)… and garlic is definitely comfort food during winter.
Thanks for the uplifting posts, Diana!

Incredible Dance/Music Video

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

nicholas2.jpgThis is incredible… on YouTube.com, from the movie Stormy Weather. Jumpin Jive with Cab Calloway (music) and The Nicholas Brothers (dance). nicholas1.jpgIt’s musical, artful, athletic. I find it hard to believe my own eyes.

We listened (also on Youtube) to an interview with one of the brothers from just a few years ago. He said they did it (at least that final staircase sequence) in just one take. Amazing.