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  • knitting1105 12:53 pm on October 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Frank Lloyd Wright, Milwaukee Art Museum, Santiago Calatrava   

    Why I need a Mannequin 

    I meant to photograph this shawl yesterday when my daughter was home.  She is a much better model than I am.  I do not know how people get such good pics of themselves in the mirror.

    This was the Hanne Falkenberg Pirouette cape which came as a kit.  Lots and lots of garter stitch.  I am still not sure if I will keep this or gift it.  It was good to get another languishing UFO done, and to clear out more of my yarn stash.  I am creating a whole new issue with self-spun yarn, but that is so much fun.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Pirouette
    Pattern Source: part of kit from Hanne Falkenberg
    Yarn: Hanne Falkenberg #2 Shetland, colors:  Camel & Cognac
    Needles: US 2 circulars
    Date Started: 7/16/11
    Date Finished: 10/18/11
    Finished Dimensions: 72″ wingspan, 38″ back depth



    Also, some shots from a field trip that we took a few of our Architecture students on last Friday to Racine Wisconsin and the Johnson Wax building by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Photos on the actual tour were prohibited:

    And the Milwaukee Art Museum by Santiago Calatrava.  Simply stunning, one of my favorite places to visit, and they have a wonderful exhibit currently running called Impressionists on Paper.

    • Mimi 8:50 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome job on the Pirouette! It actually looks like it could have been inspired by the Johnson Wax building. I hear you on the mannequin and I too am seriously considering getting one.


    • Ada 4:00 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Totally agree – a mannequin is really great. However, consider getting a Dritz dressform at someplace like JoAnn Fabrics. Sign up for their mailing list and you get 40-50% discount coupons about once a month. The dressforms are rarely on sales, so the discount coupons can be used for a HUGE savings. Get one for your size, set it up, then put a black t-shirt on it – turns out to be great for getting an idea as to how a WIP will fit, esp. for top-down garments.


      • knitting1105 5:02 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What a great idea! Thanks.


  • knitting1105 9:41 am on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Milwaukee Art Museum   

    Baby Booties & Spinning 

    I finished up these baby booties last Saturday while driving to and from the Milwaukee Art Museum.  We went for the day to see the China exhibit, which friends had raved about.  It was good, but I wish that I had not made a special trip – did not live up to the hype, and I thought that the curation could have used some help.  The informative placards were not well-lit, and often in hard to reach or obscure places.  The exhibit did not do a good job of explaining the entire history behind the gardens that were on display.  Perhaps we would have enjoyed it more if we had taken an audio tour.  Oh well, at least I finished these:

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Saartje’s Booties
    Pattern Source: free from Saartje Knits
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ul, dark pink and lt green
    Needles: US 1 DPN’s
    Date Started: 9/3/11
    Date Finished: 9/3/11
    Finished Dimensions: Size Newborn large

    I promised the parents a sweater also, but am waiting to see if the sex is correct.  They had an ultrasound, and think that it is a girl, but those are not known to be a perfect indicator.  So, when the baby is born, I will make an appropriate sweater, but felt I needed to gift something in the meantime.

    I also am in a desperate race to clear up some spinning bobbins to take with me to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, which is this weekend.  This yarn was plyed together yesterday, Jade from Fiber Optic, 85% BFL and 15% silk.  475 yards of 2-ply.

    This was the braid, which I had shown previously:

    • Mrs. Peterson 11:43 am on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow Frances. That is just gorgeous.


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