Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sheep Paintings

Looking for more knitting related items to buy that are unique? Check this out

http://www.charisma-art.com/sheep_paintings_3/

Thanks to T, I have one of the Leap of Faith. They are so colorful and bright!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Knitted Ceramics

This past Christmas, Patrick stumbled across these coasters with knitting in them. I love my little set and keep looking at the vases. Her work is gorgeous:

http://www.alyssaettinger.com/work_knitware.htm

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wedding Shawl

Here is a shawl that I made this past weekend for a client. She is the mother of the bride and will look very stylish with her beautiful dress and shawl.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Aidan's Visit

This past weekend our little nephew spent a few nights and days with us. I wish I had 50% of his energy! We had a great time.

First we made a spiderman out of a toilet paper roll...


Then, we painted a pig...


Then, he made a car with Uncle Patrick...

Then, we made a Makeit Bakeit (probably not the best idea given the smell, but oh well)...

Putt putt with Uncle Patrick...


And then after a movie, a little art collage project with Aunt Gina...

I'll need a year to plan another summer weekend for 2009!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Full Circle Music Concert

Looking for something to do on Friday night (7/25)? Come listen to some wonderful singing.

Full Circle Music Concert Sum-Sum-Summertime
Friday July 25th
7:30-9
Tabernacle Presbyterian Church
418 E. 34th St.
Indianapolis, IN

Don't miss Full Circle Music's first Indy concert!!!

Summer-themed music from all over the map, including Berlioz, Brahms, Barber, and many more... Easy, breezy, and sure to please-y :)

Admission is FREE, and a reception will follow the concert. Bring/invite friends; we're trying to spread the word, and we would love your help!!!

For more information on Full Circle Music: www.fullcirclemusic.org





Sunday, July 20, 2008

OC Confession

I have a confession to make. I have become obsessed with watching The OC. I am always in search of new things to watch while I knit and this series is my latest guilty pleasure. There, I said it. Ugh. : )

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Doggie Book


There is a great new dog book on the market by Corinne Niessner named Doggie Knits: Sweaters & Accessories for You Best Friend. It is full of very cute patterns and would be perfect for anybody who is interested in taking the Knitting for Pets class coming up soon. There are several patterns specifically designed for pugs, which are the most common pet questions I received because of their wide chests. So cute!!! If you are interested in a copy for class, please let me know and I can see about placing an order.

Also, people knitting for all dog sizes or for cats are welcome in the class. You pick what you want to make and I'll help you through the specific pattern and we'll discuss the differences in knitting for our four-legged kids.

Friday, July 18, 2008

No Picasso


Patrick and I are no professional painters, but we dabble in paintings for wall hangings every now and then. Here are the latest creations.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Flat Feet

Have you heard about this new sock yarn? It is sold in a "flat" that is already knitted. My understanding is that they paint the yarn while it is in the flat. You then knit your garment off from the flat. All of the garments come out as one of kind. I picked up this greenish one. I'm pondering whether to use it for socks or another fun item. Isn't it fun?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rug Hooking

I've become a recent addict to rug hooking. I saw the work that Tonia was doing and thought it looked very interesting. After a quick lesson, I worked up this little pumpkin rug. I learned so much from Margo and Tonia and completely blame them for this new addiction! : )

I started a new strawberry rug that I'm hooking out of yarn. For whatever reason, I'm finding the yarn a little easier to work with--probably because I'm used to the feel of it more. The next rug hooking group meeting at the store is Thursday July 24th from 2-4 at Stitches & Scones.



If you haven't hooked a rug before, Tonia is offering classes at the store. If we get enough of us "hooked" maybe we can pressure Margo into doing a monthly kit. : ) : )

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Handpainted Yarn

This weekend I took Christina's dye class at the store. It was such a great time. I learned all about the different types of dyeing. I had to dye some yarn red so that I can make a little lace sweater. They came out in various shades so I plan to start with the dark red at the top and then work down tot he lighter shades.

After whipping out the red tones, I wanted to try truly handpainting, so I went with two skeins of cream Koigu and dipped them in a teal, bottle painted portions with a darker teal, and sprinkled some brown drops around. It turned out so cool!!!!!! What a great class, Christina!


Monday, July 14, 2008

Painting Pottery

For our anniversary we had planned to go to a pottery place and paint a ceramic piece as a marking of our 7 years. We called a place in a nearby town to make sure they would be open on a Monday (why are so many places closed then?). They said, "Absolutely, come on over." So we did. We pulled up to a little sign saying that they were closed until further notice. Crap.


So...4th of July weekend we decided to go to a store closer to us. We had such a great time. I painted a little bowl shaped like a purse. I, of course, have yarn in it right now. Patrick painted a beautiful piece that we plan to hang in his den when we get around to redecorating it. We also painted a Christmas ornament for 2008. The pieces turned out so well and we had a great time. (Of course, the lady at the store pegged me right away as a picky person when I was trying desperately to get the handles perfect.) We came away with some wonderful pieces and some great gift ideas for the future.



We are taking our little nephew there on Friday to paint a piggy bank and whatever else he can come up with. He loves to draw and paint, so he should have a grand time. If you haven't tried out this art, give it a shot. The place we went to was Creative Ceramics in Carmel.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

What Flavor Are You?

So Tonia sent me this quiz to find out what ice cream flavor you are. I was...Vanilla. That's right, plain old me. : ) What does this mean:

You're Vanilla.

You're as popular and relaxing as vanilla ice cream. You go with the flow, and get along with all sorts of people. You appreciate peace and simplicity, so you sometimes find crowds and loud noises overwhelming. You are a chilled-out, calming influence on the people in your life, and your friends appreciate how supportive and flexible you are.

32% of the people who took this quiz got the same evaluation.

You can find out what flavor you are at http://www.the-n.com/quizzes/quiz_main.php?id=3243

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Bloomington Art Fair and Knitting


As part of our 7th anniversary celebration, PK and I went down to Bloomington for the Art Fair and Taste of Bloomington. We also took a nice little walk around campus. Of course, I had to pick up some IU slippers and a few IU baby gifts for some upcoming little ones. Patrick couldn't resist taking a pix of me back on campus.

We had a little celebrity run in when we were crossing the street. I was standing at the light and looked right at John Mellencamp. The first concert I ever attended was one of his my first year at IU. From what I remember : ), it was a great time.

I had to check out the little yarn shop on the square and I was pleased to find some Rowan denim so that I can knit up a baby blanket and use the extra for something else. If you haven't heard of Rowan denim, it is really cool. It acts just like blue jeans--fades and shrinks. I believe it comes in four different colors/shades.

The pictures here show one of the blue shades and one of the creams. I also picked up a few felted bag patterns and a little "fruit" hat pattern for kids. Finally, I bought a shrug pattern and yarn for a Hemp for Knitting project. I love the hemp yarns and they have a lovely drape.


At the Art Fair, I was so impressed by this artist: Martina Celerin of Dimensional Weavings (www.MartinaCelerin.com). She used felted pieces along with yarn and other products to create her art pieces. I took pictures of my two favorite pieces. Aren't they amazing?!? Kudos to you, Martina!

I wasn't feeling so well that night at Taste, so I watched PK chow down. If you haven't been to Bloomington going for Taste and the Art Fair is a great time to visit.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Book Review by Patrick Kanouse

Interested in a book to read and need a recommendation? Here is a link to a review that Patrick, husband extraordinaire, just had posted.

http://gentlyread.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/catherine-pierces-famous-last-words-reviewed-by-patrick-kanouse/

If you are a poetry lover (and love history too), you might also check out Patrick's website:

www.patrickkanouse.com
www.patrickkanouse.com/blog

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Amazing Blocking Board


For my birthday in May, my wonderful husband purchased me a blocking board. It is amazing! I absolutely love it (even though my friends at my party looked at me like I was nuts when I unwrapped it). It is a really large size, which means I can block sweaters easily. The other day I blocked two summer sweaters and a wrap at the same time! The board is made of a hard material on the outside, folds in half, and is made a of a sturdy material on the measured portion that you can stick pins into. Whatever the fabric portion is seems to absorb the water and pull it away from the blocked garment. This makes for faster blocking and it saves my carpet and towels. If you are in search of a blocking board, I highly recommend this one.

Description: 51" x 33" Space Board
(Sorry for the fuzzy pix, but I wanted to at least give you an idea.)