Thursday, January 11, 2007

Where I Knit

Julie recently asked that all us knitter's out here in blogland post a picture of where we knit. Here's mine:

This is a corner of my tiny apartment, where I had planned to live very temporarily. It has now been more than three and a half years since I moved in. It's okay though. I have the kind of neighbors who will pick up my sunglasses from the ground and place them on my driver's side mirror, and who will ring my bell before I get a parking ticket if I forget to move my car on Tuesdays. Also, it's cozy. The radiator (seen in the back of the picture) provides so much heat that I can go from wool socks and sweaters to boxers and a tank top within 5 minutes of the gurgling sounds.

Also in the picture, you can see my new pillows, some needles, my alpaca, tools and accessories, yarn in totes, yarn in a root basket, yarn in a glass vase, yarn on shelves, yarn on the table...

Here's the Booga Bag I started a few days ago. I love this colorway of Noro Kureyon (color 148). This in-the-round stockinette-stitch pattern is just what I need right now because I don't have to look at it while I knit. I am trying not to strain my eyes because of the last month or so at work (minus Christmas week) I have been staring at data for 10-12 hours straight. I am worried my eyes are getting worse because of it. Hopefully this kind of work won't last too much longer. My eyes (and stress-level) can't handle it. Anyway, the main part of the bag is more than half done so far.

A few days ago I made these:

A pin cushion and sewing book from some coordinating scrap fabric I bought at Purl Soho, and influenced by these. These are an accomplishment for me, especially the blanket stitch on the edge of the book. I don't think I ever tried that before (
I told you I was a sewing novice). The pincushion is stuffed with those little polyester plastic beads, leftovers from my gnome. The buttons sewn on top are for decoration. There are a few pages in the book and I just put a bunch of sewing needles in there so they are at easy reach (instead of having to dig through my sewing box). I used Martha's instructions for both. Aren't they cute?


Cristina said...

sweet post:)

your neighbors sounds so kind...

del said...

What a cozy-looking knitting corner! And you can't tell you're a sewing novice--that pin cushion is too cute.

Julie said...

There's a lot to be said for a cosy apartment with nice neighbors. A LOT. It looks like a lovely little knitting nets.

Thanks for the photo!

Kirsten said...

Your pincushion and sewing book are adorable. I must get back to Purl one of these days. They do have a fantastic selection of fabrics.