Friday, October 27, 2006

Cleveland Textile Arts Fashion Show

I recently attended, with some knitting guild friends, the Third Annual WEARABLE ART FASHION SHOW & BOUTIQUE sponsored by

The Cleveland Museum of Art Textile Alliance

The TAA is an affiliate group whose mission is to encourage and maintain interest in the textile arts and to enlarge the textile collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This wearable fashion spectacular featured table boutiques and a stunning fashion show with one-of-a-kind garments, coats, jackets, accessories and other imaginative fiber wearables for day and evening. The boutique was open to the public and Fashion Show Patron tickets included the Boutique, Runway Fashion Show, and Lunch all at La Centre in Westlake, Ohio.

All items in the Wearable Art Fashion Show were available for sale following the event.
This was a fund-raising event to purchase textiles for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The show featured the one and only,

HORST COUTURE

Each wearable product is made of handcrafted, felted Falkland wool. All his photos are copywrite protected so be sure to go to his website and check out his one of a kind designs. This local Cleveland high school art teacher is bound for great fame and fortune!! All it takes is one Hollywood star to discover him and they'll be wearing HORST at the next awards show !!!
People were snatching up his unique garments, vests reasonably priced at $50.00, coats at $140.00.

"Revealing a modern side to tradition, the creations of
NAGADA are timeless, elegant and comfortable".

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NAGADA is a company of design and craft in Egypt. Its activities involve textiles - fashion - home soft furnishings & pottery and I am forturnate to have the only showroom in the USA located right here in Shaker Heights.

Rose Corrick,
Art of the Cloth, had many items modeled in the fashion show.


I especially liked the fact that the models chosen were women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Not just the slinky, skinny young ones, but older gray haired sophisticates, and large curvy women as well.

The most expensive item modeled was the Pocket Watch Neckpiece by
Rebekah Hodous a bead artist from Rocky River, selling for $2400.00.

A style of her necklace is shown here:

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Another favorite of mine was Rebecca Lambers from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her Flower Cascade Boa modeled was selling for $1800.00 and was just exquisite. She also had individual flower pins for sale, pictured below, at her booth.

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One of the most popular booths was selling beaded jewelry and bags made by
Mayan women who have created a small beading collective on Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the Yucatan coast in Mexico.
"The purchase of one small bracelet, handcrafted with traditional Mayan designs, provides the equivalent of three day’s wages for these women and their families and all profits go to the Isla women and their beading collective."


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My favorite designer was a fellow knitter from Moreland Hills (the next suburb over on Cleveland's east side), Jill Weider. I wondered, "Where have you been hiding?" Her designs were funky and fun, each item hand knit and adorned with all the extras that made each piece unique.

For example, I just love her DREAD HAT.

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and MITTS

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Jill says, "I begin the creative process by choosing a unique ball of yarn and add to it until there is a balanced blend of color and texture. Often, a piece is designed as I knit it and may incorporate up to fifteen different fibers. I take pleasure in watching the piece develop as I bring in the various colors, textures and techniques.

Much of my work is embellished with a combination of fabrics, ribbons, antique buttons and jewelry. The pewter charm and glass bead is my signature."

CHECK OUT HER DESIGNS AND HER MOST ORIGINAL WEBSITE at
What a successful and enjoyable event. The fiber flower center pieces were raffled off and there was also a silent Chinese auction to bid on items donated by the artists.
I'm truly inspired and impressed by all the talented people, and most of them are from right here in Cleveland, Ohio !!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

SOCTOBERFEST UPDATE



I was really doing well with my first pair of socks, BLUE MOON FIBER ARTS yarn and SOCKS THAT ROCK pattern. Then, last week, I dropped and lost one of the double pointed needles .... who ever said that socks are an "easy project to carry around with you"? I am still rather clumsy with all the double pointeds. So, naturally, I had to order ANOTHER set of double pointeds, this time in other sizes as well, and I'm also going to try knitting a pair on 2 circulars. MEANWHILE, this sock is ON HOLD for now until the needles arive!!

Cat Bordhi needs HELP too


Help Cat Bordhi Research Her New Book

Cat Bordhi, author of several knitting books, including Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles,
is collecting measurements and data for her next book.
Here's how you can help her! Measure your feet (and your family members' feet!)
and send her the numbers at:

Monday, October 16, 2006

Some problems with my blog

I am experiencing some problems with my blog. Computer troubles at home, at work, it's like the knitting, never ending!

WHAT HAPPENED?

I'm ready to PAY someone to fix it for me.

I made the screen wider but still have some "issues".

The links and groups on the far right used to be centered, now some are too far right......

Please be patient and check back again soon !!!

I'm working on it.....now back to the knitting...

P.S. Someone asked me "When do you have time for all this?!"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Secret Pal 9 starts TODAY



I have contacted my Secret Pal and am anxiously awaiting to hear from mine !!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

My HYPHEN-BOY Bag WINS 1ST PLACE


I'm on CLOUD 9 !!

annual competition meeting, I entered my recently finished

HYPHEN - BOY Modular Felted Bag

in the "Accessories" category and I won
1st PLACE !!!

Everyone was raving about the design, colors and the unique quality of this pattern.
I used 1 1/2 skeins Cascade 220 (black and turquiose) and 3 skeins
of Noro Kureyon randomly mixed in.


It took me 2 months to knit this bag and the last thing I wanted to do was knit long I-cord handles. The leather handles I purchased from

HOMESTEAD HEIRLOOMS


at Stitches Midwest fit perfectly!!


bottom of bag

Sunday, October 08, 2006

December Knit for CHARITY - THE RED SCARF PROJECT



What is the Red Scarf Project?

The Red Scarf Project, a project of the Orphan.org, collects red scarves to send in Valentine's Day care packages to college students who have been raised in foster care.

These brave young people are going it on their own and trying to improve their lives and the community by attending college. The care packages are welcome tokens of encouragement to young people who otherwise receive little to no mail. Your scarf should be soft (any material), unisex design, and approximately 60 inches long by 5 to 8 inches wide.

For more information, free patterns, ideas, and personal stories,

click on :

THE RED SCARF PROJECT

scarves need to be mailed in January to:

Orphan Foundation of America Red Scarf Project

21351 Gentry Drive, Unit 130

Sterling, VA 20166

Friday, October 06, 2006

Interlacements Beaded Scarf Finished wins 3rd Place




I have just finished the

Interlacements Beaded Scarf
Kit by Judy Ditmore.

The pattern is by

Deanna's Vintage Styles


I met these two designers and learned how to make this scarf this past August at
Stitches Midwest.

The beads are pre-strung and there are instructions on how to get the beads onto the yarn.
It is made with one skein of handpainted yarn from Interlacements.

I especially enjoyed the unique Long Tail Cast On method --- bringing beads from both the tail and the right side --- to make the lovely loops of beads at the bottom.

The scarf is made in 2 equal pieces then put together with a
3 NEEDLE BIND OFF.

There are excellent FREE online videos of how to do both the LONG TAIL CAST ON and
3 NEEDLE BIND OFF ( in addition to many other techniques ) here:

KNITTING AT KNOON


I had some trouble untangling the strands of beads at first and lost what could have been about 10 more rows of knitting to make the scarf longer. My 2 pieces didn't come out even and I had to rip out about 2 inches of one side.
I'm still pleased with the overall result and I would definately make this one again!!
My scarf won 3rd PLACE in my Knitting Guild annual competition,
"Shawls & Scarves" category!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Secret Pals 9 Questionnaire




HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO MY SECRET PAL 9 QUESTIONNAIRE:

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Anything NORO, wool for felted bags, bamboo.

What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I don't like mohair and I can't wear Wool or mohair....too itchy.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Tall plastic round containers.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? I learned as a child from my mother while she knit clothes for my Barbie dolls (which I still treasure) and afgans. I picked it up again a few years ago.

Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes!

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) Lavender, patchouli, eucalyptus, and bergamot.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? No, not really.

Favorite candy? M & M's, Reese's peanut butter cups

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Candle making, needle felting, kool aid dying. I used to do needlepoint and cross stitch.

Do you spin? No, but I have a drop spindle free sample from a fiber festival.

8. What kind of music do you like? Broadway musicals, music from the 70's, techno.

Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Yes.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Blue, purple, turquoise.

Any colors you just can't stand? Gray, yellow, tan.

10. What is your family situation? Divorced 10 years, single parent, 3 teenage daughters. One sister, healthy parents.

Do you have any pets? No pets and I'm allergic to cats and dogs !

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes, I wear all of them except hats. I do NOT wear sweaters at all because I'm HOT all the time and they are itchy.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Felted bags, scarves.

13. What are you knitting right now? Socks that Rock, Artyarns multidirectional scarf, Fiber Trends Clogs, Noro felted bag.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes, thank you.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circular.

Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Bamboo, but I'd like to try lantern moon and addi turbos.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Berrocco blanket - 2 years old.

18. What is your favorite holiday? Passover, Thanksgiving, Chanukah

19. Is there anything that you collect? Salt and pepper shakers; my original Barbie, Ken & Skipper dolls, clothes and accessories; Madonna on magazine covers; buttons; refrigerator magnets, fish.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? ADDI Turbo needles, KOIGU, TREKKING sock yarn, Opal or Regia sock yarn that self patterns,
a Sheep tape measure, a Color Wheel.

What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Cast On (TKGA)

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Mobeius cast on, knitting socks on 1 long circular or 2 circulars, Intarsia.

22. Are you a sock knitter? I'm just now making my first pair called Socks that Rock from Blue Moon fiber arts.

What are your foot measurements? 9 inches long by 4 inches wide. Shoe size 8 1/2.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) JULY 10


Monday, October 02, 2006

OCTOBER: Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month educates women about the importance of early detection for breast cancer. Mammography use has doubled, and breast cancer death rates have declined. Still, many women do not utilize mammography at regular intervals. Mammography is the best available method of detecting breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Breast cancer deaths could decline further if all women age 40 and older received mammograms at regular intervals.
I urge all women and their families to get the facts about mammography.

Click on this RIBBON for more information:

There are also many knitting projects to promote breast cancer awareness.

Pink Ribbon Scarf for Breast Cancer Awareness - Free Knitting Pattern

"If you live in a colder climate, this pink ribbon scarf is perfect for those participating in the run for the cure, or just to proudly wear anytime to show your support for breast cancer awareness. You could even knit one up for a friend or family member who is a breast cancer survivor, or donate them to your local breast cancer center so they can pass them along to survivor or those undergoing treatment.
This scarf uses LionBrand VelvetSpun for a soft velvety feel.
You can find the pattern here and depending on how fast you can knit, you can complete this in a day or a weekend."
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PRETTY IN PINK KNITTING SET


is available at the

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Check out the free knitting pattern for a

KNIT PROSTHETIC BREAST
in Cotton Chenille from

CRYSTAL PALACE YARNS

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Take a look at: Tit-Bits, a website for women with breast cancer, where you can:
"Share your thoughts and feelings about breast cancer with other women;
Post art work, poetry, and other ramblings about living with breast cancer;
Exchange practical titbits for surviving breast cancer; Download cool creative projects to help with the healing process" and get Tit-Bits - hip, hand-knitted breasts

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There are even


PINK RIBBON KNITTING NEEDLES
for sale listed at Etsy.com

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Here's a free pattern for

PINK RIBBON SOCKS

Look on the home page for the link "My Favorite Socks" and it will take you to the free pattern in PDF format.

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Knit for the Cure and for fun with this handy booklet of 5 scarf designs for women and children.
Click on the booklet cover to order from Elann.com where $1.00 from each sale is donated to Canadian Breast Cancer.

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Check out the Charity Knitting challenge to support Breast Cancer Awareness at:

THE THINK PINK CHALLENGE

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and last, but not least,

KNIT FOR THE CURE


Founded in 2004, the Knit for the Cure™ Campaign recruits knitters & crocheters from all over the United States to make handmade scarves, hats, purses, pins all using the color PINK.


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