Monday, August 24, 2009

Stationary Stores

Archie Grand
Tongue in cheek titles on colourful blank notebooks from Sweden

Sweet Shops

Ferry Building, Shop 10
San Francisco
(415) 837-0300

449 Octavia Street
San Francisco
(415) 626-6221

2109 Chestnut Street
San Francisco
(415) 359-0628

Mission Pie
2901 Mission St
(between 25th St & 26th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-1500

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shingen-bukuro by Mairuru

Image by Mairuru

I started reading Mairuru's blog recently. She makes some very lovely things, all of which are completely handsewn!
This bag appeared on her blog in the last day or so and I was very taken with the fabric. It read that it was available in her Etsy shop so I rushed to buy it. Not only is the fabric really appealing but ever since I learned about Mai, I have been itching to see her work in person. I find it so hard to believe that someone can sew so much so nicely and, I repeat myself, completely by hand! I must hold it and see it!

She mentions that "Shingen-bukuro" is a drawstring bag for men usually."

Mairuru's blog
Mai's Etsy Shop

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Daisy Stitch

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, plus one.
Row 1 (right side):  Knit.
Row 2:  K1, *P3tog, yo, P3tog again (the same three stitches as before), K1, repeat from *.
Row 3:  Knit.
Row 4:  K1, P1, K1, *P3tog, yo, P3tog again (the same three stitches as before), K1, repeat from *.
Repeat Rows 1 - 4. 

Sewing Machines

Sew, Mama, Sew! Explains Needle Sizes

Sew, Mama, Sew! Explains Presser Feet

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Barbie in Design

Margaux Lange Jewelry
Jonathan Adler'sMalibu Barbie Dream House

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

7" Pepper Mill

Find 7" high Perfex pepper Grinders here.

Simple Gifts

Shaker Works


Or the "Lite" version.

Straight Fabric Edges

Purl Bee's Pulled Thread Technique
Purl Bee's Rotary Cutter Tutorial

Vignelli Perpetual Calendar

Unica Home

Folding Fabric

Turning Turning's Tutorial

Petit Watermelons

Chocolate On My Cranium


Always Mod

Pretty Bakeware

Bake It Pretty

Heather Bailey Tutorial

Nail Houses

Deputy Dog


Bailey Doesn't Bark\

Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare

Swanky Swell Fabric

Swanky Swell

Decor: Knitted Poufs

Christien Meindertsma's Flocks Pouf (2006)


What we used:
Eskimo, 18 balls (Or yarn suitable for US #13 needles)
Acrylic yarn would probably be a really good alternative, as it´s a piece of furniture
US #19 circular needles
2 cheap duves (feather and down)
How we did it:
Cast on 35 stitches using three threads.
Knit the garter stitch until you´ve knitted all the balls, and there is just enough yarn left to asseble the stool.
You now have ONE rectangular piece.
Cast off loosely.
Assemble the short sides (35 stitch side) as neatly as you can.
Assemble the first long side. This is supposed to be the top or the bottom of the stool. Put the needle through the end stitch of every second row and tighten, tighten, tighten! Repeat on the rows in between and tighten until there is no whole in the middle.
Stuff the duves into the stool. We tried to make a ball of the duves before we stuffed it.
Assemble the other end in the same manner as the first.

What we used
9 balls of Eskimo, or similar
A cushion from Ikea, or a cheap duvet
Circular knitting needles, 15 mm
Thick needle to assemble the stool
How we did it
Cast on 25 stitches using three threads.
Every row is knitted like this:
* K1, P1*
Repeat from * to* the throughout the row.
To create the moss stitch you simply knit over a purl and purl over a knit.
Knit all the 9 balls, but leave enough yarn for the assembly. Cast odd loosely.
Assemble the two short sides as neatly as possible.
Now assemble the bottom. Put your needle into the end stitch of every second row and tighten. Put the needle into the stitches you left out and tighten again. There´s not supposed to be a whole at all when you´re done.
Stuff your stool with a big cushion or a duvet (we preferred the last one) and repeat the assembly on the top.
Anyways, the stool is noe done!

Nectaroscordum siculum

A Way To Garden

Pimm's Cup


Light & Fluffy Rice

Jamie Oliver
light and fluffy rice
snacks and sides | serves 4 - 6
This is my basic recipe for getting perfect rice every time. Have a go at mastering it – you’ll be amazed at the light and fluffy results.

Once you’ve got the hang of that, you can have a go at flavouring it - any flavouring you boil with the rice will infuse it with wonderful fragrances and flavours. So try boiling things like fresh herbs, a cinnamon stick, a few cardamom pods, a strip of lemon zest or even a green tea bag in the water with the rice.

Doubling the amounts in the recipe will give you enough rice to serve 8-12 people.

• Put a large pan of salted water on a high heat and bring to the boil
• Rinse the rice in a colander under running water for about 1 minute, or until the water runs clear (this will stop the grains sticking together later)
• Add your rice to the boiling water and wait for the grains to start dancing around
• From that point, boil for 5 minutes
• Drain the rice in a colander
• Pour 2.5cm of water into the pan, put it back on the heat and bring it to the boil again, then turn down to a simmer
• Cover the rice in the colander with foil or a lid
• Place the colander on top of the pan of simmering water and let the rice steam over it for 8 to 10 minutes
• Remove from the heat and if you’re ready, serve immediately
• If not, leave the foil or lid on and put aside until ready to serve – it should stay warm for about 20 minutes

Container Garden

Foodmap Design


PS Arkitektur

Star Trek

Urban Collector

Tri-Tone Spectators


Attic 24's Hexagon Tutorial
Basically ...
Round 1: Chain 3; Join with Slipstitch; Chain 3; DC (US) eleven times in ring; join ring with slipstitch.
Round 2: Chain 2, DC (US) into same stitch *DC (US) Bobbles Twice, Chain 1* eleven times through stitches of previous round. Join round with slipstitch.
Round 3: Chain 3; DC twice into same space, *DC (US) three times, CHain 1* eleven times through spaces of previous round. Join round with slipstitch.
Round 4: PUll loop through space and chain three; *slip stitch into next space and chain 3* into spaces of previous round. Join round with slipstitch.
Round 5: You are using the same colour as the last round, and you will be working the stitches under the chain-3 loops you created. So to begin, make a slip stitch under the nearest chain-3 loop.

Chain 3 (counts as one dc/tr), then US dc / UK tr twice. Chain 2 (this is the corner spacing), then in the SAME chain-3 loop, US dc / UK tr three times. This is your first corner, it should look like a double cluster of 6 dc/tr's with a pointy corner bit in the middle.

Into the next chain-3 loop, work US dc / UK tr three times. This is a single cluster and makes a straight side.

Into the next chain-3 loop, work US dc / UK Tr three times, chain 2, then US dc / UK Tr three times. This is your second corner.

Continue working your way round making your clusters of 3 dc's /tr's, alternating between making a double cluster corner group (with chain 2 spacing) and a straight side single cluster. You should be ending the round on a straight-side group of three dc's/Tr's. Join the round with a slip stitch and fasten off.

Moonstitches's Joining Tutorial

Haverhill Afghan at Garnet Hill

Supernatural Knit


Hermès en Voyage

Hermès en Voyage
Silk twill scarf, hand-rolled (36" x 36")
Ref. 002533S05