Wednesday, March 28, 2007
My other idea is more anthropological/sociological. I have been reading recently about the many challenges of being a modern woman faced with the responsibilities of a career and a family. What I haven't read anything about in the scholarly literature, however, are WAHMs. WAHMs (Work At Home Moms) are women who have found a way to balance full time motherhood (often even homeschooling their kids) AND having a job that satisfies their desire to be productive, creative and financially independent. This isn't the perfect or only solution to the problem our society faces but I think it is a really interesting and important way that many woman have adapted to the challenges they face. I want to interview WAHMs to find out why and how they became WAHMs, how well it works for them as far as allowing them to be full time moms as well as feel satisfied and productive, how economics play into it (do they do it because they need the money or just because they want to be productive? are they able to make enough money doing it? etc), how it affects their relationships with their husbands, how their husbands feel about it (including how much support they give and how much their value the work that they do and the time that they spend doing it), how it affects the "second shift", and if they would rather be employed outside the home (i.e. are they WHAMs because they feel obligated to stay at home with the kids).
So many ideas, so little time to do all the research...
Update: found a sandwich shop/cafe with wireless but no outlets to plug in. Cute little place, moxiesdowntown.com, but I'm afraid I'm going to run out of juice. Having to struggle so hard just to get online and work on a paper makes me grumpy. I hope this sandwich is good enough to cheer me up.
Update #2: It was. I recommend the Cuban Sandwich for anyone visiting Tampa. Its yummy. Plus I found a nice little park to sit in and read, I can only get a weak wireless signal there, though.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Okay, I admit it. I have too many works in progress. I just have one or two too many going on right now. It makes it too hard to choose what to work on! Avi likes having all the yarn laying around, though.
This weekend I made some more progress on my Bonsai lace top (I am loving it!), knit up and felted a test sample of a felted mug cozy using the shop logo, and began making Anouk from knitty.com. I am using King Tut cotton for Anouk and I think its going to work very nicely (photo of intarsia pocket to the left). If all goes well I will teach a fair-isle workshop using the felted mug cozy project and a class on Anouk sometime this spring.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
There are several books that I really want. I finally got a chance to look through World of Knitted Toys this evening and I have to have it. It has such a great selection of animals from all over the world. I also want to read the new Debbie Macomber book as soon as it comes out. Another one that is coming out soon (in April!) is Knitting Lingerie Style. I can't wait. Unfortunately with Chris' birthday and then graduation (i.e. the real world) coming up soon I can't really justify spending what little money I have on knitting books. If I'm lucky, maybe my friends will buy them and let me borrow them!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Have you used any SWTC yarns? Do you have any opinions on this company or its yarns? Have you heard anything about them? good or bad!
Monday, March 12, 2007
I made this fella for my mom a year or two ago and have no memory whatsoever about the pattern. When I post him on my site I would love to include the pattern source, if I could remember it. So if you recognize him and know where the pattern came from please let me know! Oh, and he is knit, not crocheted. I know the loopyness makes it hard to tell what is going on.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
When I made my first pair of felted slipper clogs I accidentally felted one of them too much and now its too small. I tried re-wetting it and stretching it but it didn't help. So I had to make another one. I decided to try something knew with this one though and added some furry yarn to the inner sole and cuff. Hopefully it will make it even more cozy (that or just bizarre...). Its in the wash felting right now...
I also finished the wine bottle cozy today. I love it! It will be fun to have it at the shop
Monday, March 5, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
I also got a bit of work done on a third felted clog. I over felted one of the first two and its just a bit too tight for comfort. I am also adding some furry stuff to the inner sole. Hopefully it will make it even more cozy!
Friday, March 2, 2007
Miss Piggy is done! She turned out so cute that I've been asked to teach a class on how to make her in April.
This little creature is an amigurumi, or at least thats what the magazine says. According to wikipedia, the definition of amigurumi is:
" Amigurumi (Japanese: from amu (編む, to knit) and nuigurumi (縫い包み, stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Amigurumi are typically cute animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs etc), but can include inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. Amigurumi can be knitted, but the vast majority of amigurumi are crocheted.
Amigurumi are usually crocheted out of yarn. The simplest designs are worked in spirals. In contrast to typical Western crochet the rounds are not usually joined. They are also worked with a smaller size needle in proportion to the weight of the yarn in order to create a very tight-looking fabric without any gaps through which the stuffing might escape. Amigurumi are worked in sections and then joined. The extremities are often stuffed with plastic pellets to give them a life-like weight, while the rest of the body is stuffed with fiber stuffing.The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness, or kawaii. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities"
In googling the topic I discovered a website with some really cute amigurumi patterns for sale called at RoxyCraft.com
Free patterns can be found here (they aren't as cute though!!)
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Its midterms time and so I'm stressed out about exams and papers. Thankfully we get a week off for spring break once all the exams are over (just one more week!)--guess what I am going to do with my time off? (here is a hint, it requires the use of two sticks and a ball of yarn...) In an attempt to survive until then I have started a new project or two...just little ones though! I got the spring edition of Knit Simple in the mail yesterday and it has patterns for the cutest crocheted stuffed animals including a pig that I just couldn't resist. I'm not sure what an "amigurami" is but it sounds fun! I haven't crocheted since I was in middle school but after looking over the basic instructions again my fingers miraculously remembered what to do. Its amazing how much faster crocheting is than knitting but it seems to make my hands cramp up more. Anyone else have this problem? Of course at the same time as I am starting this funny little creature into the shop walks one of our instructors with an adorable bunny that she made from the book Last Minute Knitted Gifts and reveals to me that they also have a pattern for an equally cute elephant. And since I have an odd attachment to elephants ofcourse I can't resist. So now I have two stuffed animals in progress. I don't have any need for stuffed animals. But who can resist. Plus, I have been working hard this week and deserve something fun...check out progress here.