Thursday, April 05, 2007

Pas de Baa Pour Moi

Amy R. SingerOr so wrote Amy Singer in my copy of her new book, "No Sheep For You". A designer and author, Ms. Singer may be best known for her work at the helm of Knitty, an online publication featuring scads of fantastic free patterns and a wealth of information on the fine points of knitting and finishing techniques. Last night, she brought her trunk show to Loopy Yarns in downtown Chicago.

"No Sheep For You" is chock full of patterns for wearables knit from non-wool fibers such as bamboo, hemp, linen, cotton and silk. I admit to being a bit surprised at the variety and beauty of the designs. In this photo, Amy is wearing Tuscany, a lace shawl made from Handmaiden Silken. This will quite likely be the first thing I try my hand at, especially since I happen to have several skeins of SeaSilk in the house!

Nancy's sheep beadsShe shoots sheep
Although this book signing featured "No Sheep For You," ironically a few of the little lambs did show up - in the form of the cutest little handmade glass beads! Nancy Hunt puts torch to glass to produce these one-of-a-kind beads. They were so delightful that I had to get a shot of their little black and cream selves. Nancy has given me permission to show them here, as well as to let you know that she can be reached at TorchWench AT gmail DOT com if you'd like to herd a few for yourself.

Mia bodyA Taste of Mia
Why don't I wrap up this post with news of the latest incarnation of the Mia shrug. Yes, as you see here, I've completed the body of the shrug. Now it's time to turn my attention to the finishing details which, as of this writing, are still up in the air. Beads or no beads? Crochet or knit? Scallops, points or nothing at all? So many choices and so little time as I am hoping to have this complete by Easter so my mom can take a picture of me wearing the ensemble.

As I recall, a few of you decided pictures were in order. Let's see what I can do.

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Blogger AmyArtisan said...

I was there too! :) I love Tuscany & thought I might have to give it a try.

(I didn't get any pictures because my camera hadn't been recharged from seeing the Yarn Harlot the night before)

It was my first time @ Loopy & I loved all of the yarns - I bought several fun things & when I got home immediately cast on with the cotton/tencel that I had picked up. :)

The shrug is looking wonderful!

4/05/2007 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Those beads are adorable! And the shrug is looking darling. :-)

4/05/2007 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Your Mia shrug looks fabulous, Karen! I have sea silk here, too, and will probably knit a simple feather and fan stole with it. Right now I just pet it and smell it. LOL

4/05/2007 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

What did you think of the book? I was waiting for my library to get one, but I'm getting impatient? Sea Silk, oh, how I love thee, but alas, I chose badly in my SS frenzie and my lone skein is decidedly peachy-pink, definitely not my color. Love the sheep, must have some.

4/05/2007 04:38:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

Mia is beautiful! And, GASP! There's a store near my house that sells the Handmaiden Silken! GAH! I've gone past there so many times and not stopped in... I feel my money pouring out of my wallet...

4/05/2007 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I love those little beads.

The shrug is just beautiful. What a great job you've done!!

4/05/2007 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Mmmm, Mia tastes yummy.

4/05/2007 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I vote for beads but you knew I would! The shrug is so pretty Karen!

4/06/2007 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

I really like the Springy fresh Mia!

4/06/2007 07:43:00 AM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

Are you sure it's safe, in such company, to admit that you have a few hanks of SeaSilk 'hanging around' your house? Off to scour the blog for hints as to where you live...

4/06/2007 02:10:00 PM  

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