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What are YOU lookin’ at?

February 8, 2010

Lovely Booze & Yarn write up and photos

Read the full story here on the blog….MeredithandAdam.com -What are YOU lookin’ at?

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Cabled, Fingerless Mittens

February 7, 2010

I wear fingerless mittens almost year round, and have been on a quest for the perfect pair. I don’t like the ones with half fingers, though they look cute, because I find it keeps my hands warmer on a really cold day, to simply draw my fingers into the hand of the mitt, than to have them hanging out there. This can’t be done with half fingers. I like the look of the mitts with little “hand hat” covers, but honestly, never found myself unbuttoning and using them. I worked at it for a bit and found a version i like just fine. I hope you do too.

Cabled Fingerless Mittens

Materials

1 set Size 4 double pointed needles

Via Meccanica 3ply 100% wool (medium weight) in NATURAL BROWN

(pattern originally called for Lion Brand fisherman’s wool, but that wool is sadly no longer the same weight)

Cable needle

Gauge: 6sts =1”

Cable Back: Place 3sts on cable needle and hold in the back of work, K2, P1 from left needle, place the 3sts from the cable needle onto the left hand needle, P1, K3

Cable Front: Place 3sts on cable needle and hold in the Front of work, K2, P1 from left needle, place the 3sts from the cable needle onto the left hand needle, P1, K3

LEFT HAND

Cuff: Cast on 32sts

Divide stitches between 3 needles: Needle #1 =16sts, needle #2 = 8sts, needle #3 = 8sts

Join yarn, and *K2, P2* in the round for 3 inches

Thumb Gusset

(Instructions in bold indicate where the cable will be)

Set up row. K6, (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), Knit across needles 2 & 3

Row 1. Work even across row

Row 2. K1, Inc in next st, K4, (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), Knit to last 2sts on needle #3, inc in next st, K1

Row 3. Work even across row

Row 4. K1, Inc in next st, K5, P2, (Cable Back), P2, Knit to last 2sts on needle #3, inc in next st, K1

Repeat these 4 rows 2 times more, increasing the number of knit stitches at the beginning and end of each row (44sts on needles)

Thumb setup Row

Work across row to last 6sts, place last 6sts and first 6sts of next row on a piece of string for later.

Hand

32sts remain. Keep needle set up as it is.

Join and work even in the round for 1.5 inches, continuing to Cable Back every 4th row.

Cuff

*K2, P2* across row

Work 4 more rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Thumb

Place 12sts from piece of string onto 3 needles, picking up and knitting 2sts where Hand meets the thumb, join yarn and *K2, P2* across row to last 2 sts. K1, P1

Work 4 rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Weave in loose ends

RIGHT HAND

Cuff: Cast on 32sts

Divide sts between 3 needles: Needle #1 =16sts, needle #2 = 8sts, needle #3 = 8sts

Join yarn, and *P2, K2* in the round for 3 inches

Thumb Gusset

(Instructions in bold indicate where the cable will be)

Set up row. (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), k6, Knit across needles 2&3,

Row 1. Work even across row

Row 2. (P2, K2, P2, K2, P2), knit to last 2 sts on needle #1, Inc in next st, K1. needle #2: K1, inc in next st, knit across row.

Row 3. Work even across row

Row 4. (Cable Front) knit to last 2 sts on needle #1, Inc in next st, K1. needle #2: K1, inc in next st, knit across row.

Repeat these 4 rows 2 times more (44sts on needles)

Thumb setup Row

Work across Needle #1 to last 6sts, place last 6sts and first 6sts of Needle #2 on a piece of string for later, join and continue to work even across Needles 2 & 3 to end of row.

Hand

Join and work even in the round for 1.5 inches, continuing to Cable Front every 4th row.

Cuff

*P2, K2* across row

Work 4 rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Thumb

Place 12sts from piece of string onto 3 needles, picking up and knitting 2sts where Hand meets the thumb inseam, join yarn and *P2, K2* across row to last 2 sts. P1, K1

Work 4 rows even

Bind Off all stitches

Weave in loose ends

© Corinna Mantlo  2010 http://www.Boozeandyarn.com

Public art project – call for artists

February 3, 2010

The 2nd annual “First Craft of Spring

(project has it’s own website at the above link)


Deadline: March 19th, 2010

Booze & Yarn, along with artists working in every medium will be “planting” daffodils across this urban landscape, as a statement that grassroots organizing CAN make a difference. Last year the project was a great success, with artists across the country creating unique and beautiful flowers. Please join us!

Rules:
1. The only flower type to be used for this project is the Daffodil.

2. Daffodils can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, drawn, screened. Any artistic medium is accepted.

2. Each flower should have a tag with a positive message or quote. You can use any message you want. The tag should be easily visible to viewers

3. Each tag must say below the quote: “First Craft of Springhttp://www.boozeandyarn.com.

4. On March 20th, earlier in the day the better, find locations anywhere on your daily route, and “plant” your flowers.

5. Take a photograph of each flower you plant. Cell phone pictures are fine in a pinch.

6. Make as many flowers as you can, and plant them anywhere and everywhere.

7. Email them to me to post to the blog with a location, your name, and  the art medium used. You can also include contact details to you, your artwork or your website.

Please pass this call for artists on to as many people in as many cities as possible.

Click here for the knitted daffodil pattern.

Hope you all can participate in this public art experiment!

Please email me with any questions, or for more information)

Corinna
miss1932@gmail.com

Ms. Todd, and the Hot Toddy

January 31, 2010

On this cold, cold night, What could be better than curling up with an old movie, a knitting project and a stiff drink!

May we suggest a wander back to 1932…..

The Drink:

Miss 1932’s Hot Toddy

3/4 glass  Strong, hot brewed Gunpowder black tea

1tbsp honey

1 slice lemon

2 shots Bulleit Bourbon, Frontier Whisky

-Brew tea. Stir in honey, lemon slice. Pour into a glass. Add Bourbon.

-There are many versions of the recipe. I like Gunpowder black tea because it has a strong, smoky flavor that compliments the honey bite and oak finish of the Bulleit Bourbon, but any tea, whisky or brandy can be used.

-additions include, cinnamon stick, cloves, and/or star anise

Groucho: You know, if you hadn’t sent for me I’d probably be home now in a nice warm bedroom, in a comfortable bed, with a hot toddy. That’s a drink!

ChicoAt’sa too bad! – At the Circus

The woman behind the drink:

Ms. Thelma Todd aka Hot Toddy, was a lovely, brilliant actress and ‘straight-woman’. Over her 9 years in Hollywood, she appeared in 70 films, sharing the screen with such comedic greats as the Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy, and Buster Keaton, before she came to an untimely end on December 16th, 1935 at the young age of 29.

Found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in the front seat of her 1932 Packard convertible, the “incident” (theories cover the gambit: accident, suicide, murder) became one the most notorious cases of the golden age of Hollywood.

The Film:

Horse feathers (1932), starring The Marx Brothers and Ms. Thelma Todd

The knitting Project:

I’ll leave this up to you, but I do recommend checking out Zeppo (the 4th brother’s) great collegiate letterman sweater (among others) in Horse Feathers.

Have a lovely evening,

Corinna

Sock Drawer Gumption

January 29, 2010

“I like the word ‘gumption’ because it’s so homely and so forlorn and so out of style it looks as if it needs a friend and isn’t likely to reject anyone who comes along…I like it also because it descibes exactly what happens to someone who connects with Quality. He gets filled with gumption….A person filled with gumption doesn’t sit around dissipating and stewing about things. He’s at the front of the train of his own awareness, watching to see what’s up the track and meeting it when it comes. That’s gumption.  – Robert M Pirsig

This is a quote from one of my favorite books, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which deals with among other things, the difference between Romanticism (the idea of a thing) vs Quality (the in-depth understanding of a thing). Meaning, the work that goes into learning the skill is just as important as knowing it in the end. Which led me to the subject of socks…


In my opinion, there is nothing more humble than a pair of home made, perfectly crafted socks, intricately cabled or laced, that may never get more recognition from the rest of the world than a quick peak into a drawer, or an edge above a boot top. They truly are made for the sake of the craft. 

For those of you afraid of tackling a sock project, let me suggest this…Everything new is a challenge. The first time you picked up the needles, attempting a simple knit stitch was scary, but you kept at it, and you eventually got it. That first scarf wasn’t pretty, but each project you completed taught you a little bit more….Socks use a few specific skills and techniques, are aren’t any different than learning that knit stitch.

1. working in the round on Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) 

2. Turning a heel

 

Both of these things can seem daunting, but with a little patience, you’ll get it, I promise. I turned that first heel, following the pattern word for word, tearing the not quite turned heel out a dozen times until it all made sense, and eventually voila, I had a heel!

So, I say gather your gumption and go for it!

P.S – This book also taught me how to kick start a finicky old Triumph Bonneville, and adjust a carburator when I was hopelessly stuck. See page 111 if you find yourself in a similar situation.

 

Vintage Bib Vest

January 26, 2010

I found this red vest at a flea market a while back and always thought it had a great, simple design. My friend Laura recently reminded me of it, so here it is!

The original was knit on size 0 or 1 needles with fingering weight yarn. I wrote the pattern for medium weight yarn and size 5 needles, in grey wool. I sadly ran out of wool, but will update the post when the project is complete!

                                         

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE PATTERN

Beginner kits $20

January 25, 2010

Yarn, needles, “The fun way to learn knitting”, and a custom B&Y tote bag,

The fun way to learn knitting: Written by Corinna Mantlo, Art by Vickers Bastard Gringo

Order yours today and pick it up at the next event, or have it mailed to you for an extra $5. order your kit by emailing MISS1932@GMAIL.COM and specify a yarn color.