Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Flu Status : Feelin Better

Well, enough that I dont feel nauseous all day - what with that?
Google says nausea can be caused by blocked ears, so thats my vote.

It was my sister's birthday last week, I spent hours trying to finish Isabella (from Hell) to send to her.
Then I noticed,
Gee, that V-neck isnt very symmetrical, its about an inch off centre. NOOO!
So I have to frog all the way down past the waist shaping and try again. Its sitting in a pile, giving me the evil eye.

In the meantime I've cast on the Baby Suprise jacket (in my generic rainbow cone-from-hell yarn), and the Teardrop Scarf from the latest Knitscene Fall 2007.
I think there is some errors in the pattern though, I sent IK an email, i'll wait and see.
I frogged the Branching Out scarf to make this one - BO is not easy!

And now for some book reviews (Kinokuniya has its latest shipment in)...

Knitting Lingerie Style, by Joan McGowan-Michael

I love this book - its terrific! I was thinking it was going to be full of tacky outfits and not-practical designs but I was way off.
You can really tell that Joan is a fashion designer - she goes to a lot of effort to explain proper finishing techniques - i.e. lining the bra-cups, why a certain seam is needed here etc etc.
A lot of the projects are made with Cascade Fixation, (which you can get from Yarns Online) but I reckon Harmony Breeze would be a good substitute. The designs range from flirty skirts, fitted tank tops through to knitted bra and undies (proper, lined and underwired bra!). Sizes go up to a 50-inch bust for some designs too ;).
Its on my To-Buy list at the Book Depository.

Punk Knits: 26 Hot New Designs for Anarchistic Souls, by Share Ross

Just keep moving along the book shelf and dont pick it up. I'd heard mixed reactions about this book, and i'm going to side with the negatives on this one. Dropped stitches and novelty yarn does not a punk knit make.

Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock and Goth Knitting Projects, by Alyce Benevides

This ones not too bad. The designs are well thought out (those intarsia charts rock!) if a bit simple. Her felted knit hats are quite cool, and there is a little knit argyle skirt that is to die for! Wouldnt mind a copy of this book, or maybe just borrow it from the library :).

Runway Knits, by Berta Karapetyan

Another keep-walking. All of the designs use Karabella Yarn (but the author runs the company I think), and are pretty ordinary. I couldnt find one design in there I would like to knit or wear. The sizing is a bit small as well (a Large is 38 inch bust). Stick to buying Vogue Knitting Magazine if designer knits is what you're after.

Well, I'll probably be at the Tapestry Craft SnB tomorrow night, and SSK on Saturday - maybe will see you all there ;)


M-H said...

Nausea sure can be caused by blocked ears. It can make you dizzy and quite miserable. Ask me how I know! :) Thanks for the book reviews. Interesting.

Lara said...

Symmetry is soooo last week.

Bex said...

LOL - it sure is!

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