I’ve had this set of two lamps from IKEA for a few years now, and while they’re pretty they were a bit plain. Enter- Knitting! I saw that someone had knit a nice cabled cover for their lamps and I knew I could come up with something pretty for mine. After a bit of playing around this is what I came up with and I thought I’d share it with you. I’m not sure IKEA still sells this particular lamp, but it would work with any lamp of approximately the same dimensions. Small lamp: 11″ high and 4.5″ square. Large lamp: 14″ high and 5.5″ square.
There are few notions that we knitters enjoy more than buttons. Buttons and wool seem to go with each other like peanut butter and jelly, Lucy and Ethel, gin and tonic. On the east side at 62nd street just off of Lexington Avenue is Tender Buttons, a fun, tiny, hole in the wall filled to the brim with all the weird and wonderful buttons that you could ever dream of.
I went in to buy some buttons for a cowl idea that I had and was quickly overwhelmed. 😀 But in a very good, button-filled way. It’s filled with so many curiosities. Seed packet and cake buttons! I’m sorry that most of my pictures are blurry… I was in a rush and took them with my iPhone.
I have heard that the service there is lacking, and several yelp reviewers would have you think it’s the worst place ever, but I didn’t have a bad experience. The guy behind the counter was helpful, though not overly nice. That’s fine with me. I don’t need to be coddled as a customer. Be warned though, it is cash only, so don’t try to pay with your card. All in all, cute shop, good selection. I’ll be back when I am ready for cardigan buttons.
I can only speak for myself, but I have a LOT of knits in my Ravelry Queue. Which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. However my queue tends to be more of a wishlist, not things that I am actually going to knit any time in the near future. Once in my queue, things tend to languish. Its funny, too, because sometimes I’ll go back and look through it and be surprised at how many great knits are in there that I haven’t knit yet. Am I alone out there?
I was browsing through patterns on Ravelry this weekend and stumbled across quite a few that made it into my queue. For instance the Changeling Collar by Tiny Owl Knits. How stinkin’ cute is that? Stephanie Dosen treads the fine line that lays between magical and pretty, without stumbling into the dreaded valley of twee.
Tiny Owl Knits Changeling Collar.
I was also a bit smitten with her Sweet Robin Wristees. Her color work is pretty impressive. I love the little embroidered robin’s eggs.
But then again I’m a bit partial to robins, and aqua… so I may be biased.
I saw this great sweater by Stefanie Peulen. The Astra Sweater. Its nice and simple, with just enough pretty detail. I like the ribbed yolk. I suspect the increases are cleverly hidden in those cute rows of squishy garter stitch. It reminds me of the 70’s. In a good way and looks like a very nice comfortable knit.
And since I seem to be on a Stephanie (Stefanie) kick, lets change things up and look at a very pretty Arrow Caplet by Courtney Spainhower.
I love the textured pattern and the little arrow color work. Hmmm, maybe its time to do a little slacking off and knit a few things from my queue!