Sunday, April 29, 2012
Today was another birthday and a great celebration. I made a marbled chocolate chip cake and it was delicious. I had a great day with Michael and we had lots of fun. We were streaming a class from Craftsy.com on Weaving on a rigid heddle. The class is very good. Here you see Michael weaving, what a wonderful gift for both of us. I wanted him to try weaving and he really enjoys it. Let's see how his scarf turns out.
While the weaving class was going the dyeing kettles were cooking the yarn. Alum and cream of tartar were mordants, then set on a crimson journey.
The yarn took a beautiful color and no dye was left on the kettle. I put it out to dry while we went for a long walk. The day was perfect to hang the yarn out to dry. So I spent my birthday with Michael, weaving and dyeing yarn. Wool is amazing as you can see. Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Well it almost feels like my birthday, which is almost here. I got to meet Stephen West at A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland. We have been Internet connected, but never met in person. Stephen West has been a great contributor of patterns to our MFKR in the past, and I do admire his work and designs. I don't like all of them, but I do like 90% of them, the 10 % is things I just can't see myself wearing. lol. Nevertheless it was fun to talk to him and the other people that were around. I met some new friends like Mark and John.
The great Wonder Mike was the one that took my picture with Westknits, and I returned the favor for him. I got Westknits 3 book, which I have been eyeing for some time. I got the opportunity to get his signature, and I am like a 10 year old boy with his new GI Joe. SO I was very excited, lol. Wonder Mike has this ability to always look like he has his hand in the cookie jar, but he is such a delightful guy to talk and hang out with. I like his positivism and his enthusiasm is very contagious. I love this guy, he is such an inspirational and great teacher.
My friend Bill Jones was there as well. I was glad he decided to join me and he is such a pleasant guy to chat about lots of things. I enjoy his company a lot. He is such a good conversationalist and has lots of things to share..
Skacel was Present today with the help of Cirilia and the testing of all kinds of Skacel goodies. All kind of clicks, natural, lace and regular, short and long and even the crochet hook clicks extensions.
These ladies make A Verb For Keeping Warm Store shine. Kristine and Aday are such a versatile and talented couple of artisans. If you want to know about natural dyes and how to make them happen, they are one of the greatest people to learn from, here in San Francisco Bay Area.
So here is my treat for my Birthday, what better than my own personally autographed copy of Westknits Book 3. I can tell you that I felt very special today. Having visited with so many fun people and having them in my circle of friends.
This has made my birthday weekend AWESOME! Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Some times it is good to come back and revisit a pattern. This was one of my first knit patterns, done in garter stitch, very simple with I-Cord edging. I want to see if it needs to be revamped, optimized and maybe even better pictures. Pictures that will be helpful for the people that are making the wrap. It came to my attention from a person who was making the wrap that they were confused. Hey it only takes one person to make you think that maybe you can explain things a bit better, or maybe a picture is worth a thousand words. Since this pattern was made in 2009, and I was very young at pattern making, it is worth revisiting. I can tell that it needs new pictures with a better view of what you are going to be doing.
Yesterday was an inspiring day, we got the backyard cleaned and brought some new dirt, weeds out, and new plants as well. Hope you have a great Earth Day, thanks for stopping by!
Friday, April 20, 2012
You can see all the boys enjoying a lazy afternoon. The two bears in the front are prototypes of the final Bear Pattern that I am working on. It will be done with three different kinds of yarn.
You have the bear on the left is made with Rowan Tweed a dk weight Yarn, then the one on the right is made with Lambs Pride and it has a lovely fuzzy look, This weekend I am hoping to test the final pattern with Cascade 220. More or less it takes about 165 of the dk weight and about 150 of the worsted weight Lambs Pride. We shall see how much it takes from the Cascade 220. The yarn to make the eyes, mouth and nose is about 15 yards and is plenty. I used two techniques to embroider the nose on these two bears. In the end the bears are coming out very nicely. I am hoping to have this pattern for sale next month. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Saturday, April 07, 2012
So here I am sharing a bit about life today. I enjoy making cakes a lot. It is my partner's birthday and I made him a great chocolate chip cake, chocolate frosting and a dusting of coconut on top. May we have many more together. Luv ya!
Friday, April 06, 2012
This is just a preview of the hat that is being tested. This hat and it's bigger sizes should be coming out this month for publishing. I am very Happy to announce that there will be some Knit hats in Fair Isle, making their debut in the next few months. I just ordered the yarn for the next hat in Fair Isle and I am hoping to have a great looking Hat before May 2012 ends. Remember that I have a sale until midnight tomorrow April 8th, 2012. You can click on the link below and enter the Code Daniel , you will get 50% off any of my patterns. http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/andres-p-nevarez-designs . I am trying to raise funds for my Knit Crochet Camp Registration. I appreciate your contributions, but better than that, you get a pattern or two for half price. Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Monday, April 02, 2012
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