weekend in a nutshell

i finished these itty bitty things. what are they? my observant twitter friends know. i’ll write more about it soon. it involved yarn left over from another project, and a new-to-me technique.

grey wool yarn

i went about a day without anything to knit but my fingers needed a new project. i chose something out of elizabeth zimmermann’s knitting without tears book and knit a swatch to work out my gauge.

(for non-knitters amongst us, gauge is basically the # of stitches per inch, and is worked out by knitting a small swatch and measuring. things that affect gauge are many, including but not limited to: yarn, needle size, tension…tension being how tightly you knit, which is aptly named and proportionally related to how much tension you’re feeling at any moment in time.)

elizabeth zimmermann knitting without tears

i’ve written about this book and elizabeth zimmerman in the past. if you missed it — or didn’t make it through the first time, like corey, who was honest enough to admit it in the comments — please read about it here.

i also found some fantastic fabric in an unlikely place. i wanted some burlap stamped with graphics and letters. thanks to my grocery store’s produce guy, michael, i got just what i was looking for.

burlap sack

don’t be afraid to seek out alternative sources for materials for your creations.

i also ordered a book i’ve been waiting a long time to read. my friend and a friend to this blog, tara benwell has published her first novel on amazon. finally, tara can wear new socks.

congrats tara, i’m looking forward to putting down my knitting and picking up your book (that’s saying a lot, you know).

what did you get up to this weekend? what are you creating?

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11 Responses to weekend in a nutshell

  1. Hi Ana…….enjoyed following the link to Tara, thank you. Sounds like a great book – I hope she is successful.

  2. ~*~Patty says:

    ah you mystery woman you…you have me curious!
    thank you for the links…I am off to explore…
    we enjoyed the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin here in Wash DC, it was sunny and chilly in fact we had a snow shower during the night…those blooms are always a treat for the senses…I will have some pics for T Tuesday :)

    I am off to play in my art cave ;)
    Happy last week of March
    oxo

  3. Tara Benwell says:

    I loved seeing your handwriting in this post! It really brought me back to old times. Remember our high school writing class when we used to peer edit poetry and stories? How neat that we can now comment on each other’s blogs. Thanks so much for linking to my book. It was an exciting week to finally get it done and to have my first reading (at an online conference). I’m working on an eBook version now. Thanks again for your support!

  4. rikrak says:

    oh i love a little mystery on a monday morning!

    love your beautiful work, nicey.
    and thanks for dropping by and mentioning what you were up to for earth hour. i’ve included you here today: http://rikrakstudio.blogspot.com/2011/03/congratulations.html

    happy making!
    k.

  5. Lindsay Ann says:

    love, love, LOVE!!!

    This weekend was all about HOMEWORK. I am so close to the end of my first semester, and yet, I have SO MUCH TO DO.

    I’ll be glad when I’m done and get a big ‘ol (sleep) break.

  6. what are you going to do with the burlap? i went to craft boston this weekend.

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