The furniture is a commode* FKD Dad made for me a few years back. It stands sentinel at my front door so it's a catch all for my many bags. Isn't that chartreuse one a cutie? Notice the Market Square Bag in it's natural habitat!
I was sitting at my kitchen table reading the new camera manual and I thought taking a pic with so many different objects in it would be a good way to put the new camera to it's first test and it came thru with flying colors!
Ooo, sharp! Clear! Vivid! I'm verklempt, talk amongst yourselves....
Ok, I'm composed :)
Next up - this is a close up of the yarn I used for the Mock Pockets Top, K1C2 Second Time Cotton. I LOVE THIS YARN! It knits up so nice, great stitch definition, not hard on the hands and very soft! I had a hard time getting gauge and had to go down two needle sizes but I seem to have to do that with most cottons and cotton blends.
My only complaint would be that the since yarn is comprised of eight strands of cotton "thread" the twist sometimes causes the yarn to twist on itself and it knots up something fierce! I made the mistake of winding my first skank into a center pull ball. As I was knitting the yarn began imploding into the center and I ended up with a horrific knot that took me almost two hours to undo! Wind this yarn into balls and don't get "fancy" with your ball winder cause you'll be sorry!! Otherwise, this is a wonderful yarn and the marriage of this whimsical yarn with the cute Mock Pockets Top was perfection! Have a look....
I wanted to highlight the green in the colorway so I chose these bright green vintage buttons. I love the seed stitch accents, especially the checkerboard pattern at the bottom hem!
Because I knit this sleeveless top instead of the long sleeved one I originally planned I had lots of yarn left over so I thought I would whip up a matching shawlette!
Again, I wanted to highlight the green to match the top so I added some green beads to the bind off using the crochet method. Doesn't this make a snazzy set?
Mock Pockets Top pattern from K1C2 --
4.5 skanks Second Time Cotton in Valencia, Addi Turbo US #6 (4 mm)
Mods: I lengthened the top by 2 inches. The pattern is written for flat knitting which I stuck with because I felt the worsted weight cotton needed the "structure" of side seams rather than knitting in the round. The pattern also called for knitting the sleeve and collar bands flat and then sewing the sweater together. Instead, I used a 3 needle bind off for both shoulders, mattress stitched the side seams and then picked up stitches and knit in the round for both the collar and sleeve bands. This made for a much smoother, seamless finish and is much more attractive, in my opinion.
Caryl's Kerchief Shawlette --
2.5 skanks Second Time Cotton, Addi Turbo US #9 (6 mm)
8 pattern repeats for a Shawlette rather than the 5 recommended by the pattern for a Kerchief
About 300 Green, silver lined 2/0 Seed Beads, #9 crochet hook
I love this "set" and I'm really pleased with how it turned out!
And now for some really good news!!
FK Mom LOVES her Mother's Day Diamond Fantasy Shawl!! YAY!! Just look how cute she is....
We celebrated early on Saturday because FK Dad is taking her to a show today. She took it out of the gift bag, wrapped it around her shoulders and wore it all day! She also told me of all the other places she plans to "show it off"...her weekly card game, dinner with some friends, ect. Ding! Ding! Ding! I think we finally have a winner here! I really think she's gonna use this one :)
And last but never least, my P-Man basking in the fading, dappled sunlight....
So what's the verdict on the new camera? I'M TICKLED PINK :)
And I heartily recommend my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera!
* ETA: The "commode" FK Dad made is modeled after an old fashioned toilet which was used in wealthier homes before the advent of indoor plumbing. It had a seat with a door that when lifted, exposed a "chamber pot". MY commode has a seat with a trap door, sans chamber pot....in fact, it's where I store a goodly portion of my stash :)