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Saturday
Jul222006

I made jewelry!

With the use of a couple of household tools, a couple of buttons and chain, and a little imagination - I made my first pieces of jewelry.

I have browsed the bead stores in my area many times - always feeling a bit overwhelmed by so much merchandise and having no idea where to begin. Each time thinking that this would be the time I buy the right things to make an amazing piece of jewelry - but leaving empty handed each time.

pearls_1.jpgWell, necessity is the mother of invention. I needed a closure for a lace top I'm working on,  and didn't love my options: button and buttonhole seemed heavy; frogs...no; toggle...way too heavy; a pin would need to be tiny and dainty...couldn't find one; so I thought that two tiny buttons attached by a short chain could bsilver_1.jpge slipped into the holes of the lace.

 

 

I went back to a bead store, but this time just for the basics: some simple silver chain. It was sold in 6" sections and I bought two sizes, just in case. I knew I had some little, dainty buttons at home, but couldn't remember how large the holes were on the back. I searched through the household tool box for wire cutters and needle nosed pliers.

Voila! Here are the two pieces I made. Which do you prefer? Email me or leave a comment here. I'd love to hear from you!

Monday
Jul172006

StyledbyKristin debut in Creative Knitting Magazine

Creative Knitting Magazine has accepted a design proposal from me for a sleeveless lace tunic to be featured in the May 07 issue. I received sample yarn from DMC Senso in the mail last week to begin the garment. The yarn is a wool/cotton blend and the lace stitch is worked on US6 needles with a blocked gauge of 4 sts/5rows = 1". I finished the front and back pieces today, attaching the shoulders with a 3-needle bind off. I added this technique to the stitch glossary here.

As a new pattern requires a new technique, I try to update the crochet and knit glossaries. The lace tunic pattern is finished and there are instructions for sizes ranging from 33" to 47". I'd love to show you a picture, but it will be a few months before I can do that.

I have a sample garment already worked up, and beautifully crafted by my test knitter Oceanknitter . She made it in Henry's Attic Silk & Ivory (50% silk/50%wool) and it is gorgeous. Unfortunately, Creative Knitting Magazine wanted to use a more widely available yarn, and that's why I'm making a second garment. The DMC Senso Wool Cotton actually worked up at the exact same gauge so its been a seamless transition (no pun intended!) from one yarn to the other.

Lots of projects in the works and I'm busting at the seams to tell all of my secrets. Stay tuned and I promise to tell you here first.

Wednesday
Jul052006

TNNA Indianapolis - A Whirlwind Of Activity

211509-384604-thumbnail.jpgI can't believe its been a whole month since I left for TNNA Indy. I spent 3 whole days walking the floor, meeting as many people as possible, and touching new fibers, and yarns, and needles, and bags, and accessories...etc... I dragged my feet about writing about the trip, because I wasn't allowed to take any pictures of the event. However, I shot a couple photos of downtown Indianapolis just before leaving for the airport. They don't do the town justice: it was rich with old architecture and clean. The people were exceptionally friendly, too.

On the first day, I walked through 1/2 to 2/3 of the showroom floor.

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