Tulip Mania

October 10th, 2007

There’s a run on tulips this fall, and it’s not the Holland variety. It’s the Tulip Sweater pattern from Dream in Color yarn, which has become quite popular since the Yarn Harlot blogged about it last spring. I’ve gotten sucked in to tulip mania myself – the moment I saw it I knew I’d be knitting it for my niece, Phoebe, who is almost six months old. But my sister-in-law, and therefore my niece, are not “pink girls” and so the original colorway just won’t work for them.

So that’s where the power of the internet comes in. Through Ravelry I found a bunch of various color combos that others have knitted, as well as links to stores that sell little kits made up with exactly enough yarn of each color to make the sweater (otherwise you’d need seven full balls, something around $160 for a baby sweater- ugh!). And the person at the first store I called, Carri at Coldwater Collaborative, was amazing! She got all excited about helping me develop a deeper/stronger color palette that had browns and greens as a base, and it seems like the minute we got off the phone she wound up the balls and mailed it off – because I got it yesterday (and Monday was a mail holiday!).

I don’t have all the colors with me to show (will do that soon), and this is a terrible picture, but here’s the start of the Tulip Sweater ala Carri.

Tulip Sweater Beginning

Sushi Knitting Patterns

March 12th, 2007

I am a big fan of novelty knitting – so I was so excited when I found these free sushi knitting patterns. Plus one really adorable knitting kit…

1. Sushi Platter by Amy Polcyn.

Sushi Platter Knitting Pattern

2. A series of Sushi bathroom accessories by MK Carroll:

Sushi Toilet Paper Holder

Sushi Washcloth

Bamboo Sushi Mat/Tank Runner

Sushi Bathmat

3. Here’s a knitting kit for a Sushi Wallet from Pickup Sticks. Too adorable not to include here, even though it’s not free.

4.  Update 4/15/07: Salmon Sushi Bag pattern from Blah Blah Blahhhg – so cute!

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