Sunday, August 19, 2007

There's No Place Like Home

Hi Knitters,
We're back safe and sound. Isn't is good to come home? We went to Disney World for the week. My husband thought our kids were at the perfect ages to take a fun-filled journey to the land of dreams. He was right. I am not a ride person but I got to see things like one of the original Dorothy dresses from the Wizard of Oz at Planet Hollywood. That's enough to hold me over for a long time.
When I was 8 years old I went to Disney for the first time. When I saw this castle I simply couldn't believe my eyes. It didn't seem true. I felt like magic was all around. I loved seeing my kids feel that same excitement I felt so long ago. Anyway we had fun in the hot, hot sun. It was in the upper 90's everyday and humid beyond belief. In Madison it didn't even reach 60 yesterday and it is pouring rain. Talk about contrast.
I knitted a lot for the first couple days of the trip. I made eight mini-cupcakes for my publicist, Jaime, to hand out to various people she is contacting. It was adorable to see them all stacked up together when they were done. I had three flight attendants stop to talk about the cupcakes on the flight down. They all thought they were cute. Then as I was getting off of the plane the attendants were gathered at the door and they were talking about the cupcakes as I walked by. It is a good sign that they were still thinking about them later. The pattern is in the new book. Hopefully the cupcakes will do the trick for Jaime. We had to find a Fedex/Kinkos last Monday and mail them off to New York. Good thing my kids are patient with this stuff.
After I finished the cupcakes I dove into a new project, embroidery on felt. I fell in love with this project. It is a Jennifer Pudney kit I bought quite awhile ago. I bought several of her kits online just to have on hand. They are stuffed with beautiful materials, high quality goods to say the least. There are brief instructions that were good enough for me but if you want more detail on embroidery I recommend this and this.
Isn't it fun? I kept calling it my stitching and the kids laughed about that. I kept telling them how I loved my stitching. They like to laugh at me but they are very interested too. They kept admiring it and both of my girls want to stitch now that we are home. I will have to get some simple projects going for them.
Now Jennifer Pudney's company is extra great because they offer finishing services for you. You can either get your finished piece framed or for the felt embroidery only you can get it made into a bound journal cover. I am getting this piece made into a 120-page bound journal. I am giving it to my dear friend who is going through chemo right now. What I loved most about this project is that every time I took a stitch I thought about her and the journey she is going through. Most of all I thought about how much I care for her and want her to get well. That is positive energy well spent.
Here is my other Jennifer Pudney creation. This is the Princess and the Pea, only they call it the Pea Story. I had this one framed and they do all of the blocking for you. I sent off my wrinkly, masking taped needlepoint canvas and this gorgeous artwork is what I got in return. What a great deal!
There was a prince next to the mattresses but I took him out. I liked the bed, the pea and princess alone. Who needs that old prince in there?
Here are the kits. They are tiny. The needlepoint kits are called postcards. Anyway, thought I would share with you what captured my mind on the trip. I was completely engrossed and thoroughly impressed with this kit.
When I was waiting for my family to exit the rides I pulled the second pureknits yarntini sock out and knitted away. I made some progress. I got a lot of second looks by passersby while I was knitting. I always wonder what they see. I only had one woman ask me if it was a sock but mainly kids are completely fascinated by the knitting. They are mesmerized, almost walking backwards as they are being pulled along. What do they think? I make a wish sometimes that one day someone will teach them to knit. I little wish never hurt.
One more quick thing, my friend Stacey, made a post about a pea pod topped hat she knitted. She learned this in an embellishing class I taught many years ago. I have this sweet pea hat pattern available in my online shop if anyone is interested. This pattern is the bestseller on my site by far. We keep getting it reprinted and reprinted. Stacey had so many comments about the pea hat that I thought maybe people would like to have the pattern. I haven't talked about my shop much in the blog but take a look if you like.
It's good to be home! Hope you all had a good week.
best, susie


peaknits said...

Wow! A post stuffed full of colors, I love that needlepoint (on felt, how creative!) kit you have been working on, so whimsical! Wow - I didn't even know you had a pattern with the hat and peas or I would have linked to it right away - and I thought I was pulling together elements on my own - as if:) I was pretty excited and a little stunned at all of the commenters on that one - off to link up to your pattern:)

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy reading your blog and every time I do, it seems that you post about another project I need to try. The embroidery on felt kits are now on my list. I look forward to your new book.

Mandi said...

I have been knitting my way through your Itty Bitty Hats book and I absolutly love it! I'm trying to complete the Felted Flower Child hat for my little ones first birthday and I'm running into a bit of a problem. I think there may be an error in the first part of instructions for the turned up edging portion of the hat. I've tried a couple of times and the numbers just don't seem to be coming up right. Thank you for your help! I can't wait for the new book!

Adrienne said...

What a great post! Glad you had a good time!!! Love all your pics!

Knitterella said...

So nice to have you back! Glad you had a good, safe trip. Disney World is so magical.

Eight cupcakes - I bet they did look wonderful all together! So nice of you to do that for all the people that helped you on the book.

You are so generous and kind to have your embroidery made into a journal and given to your dear friend. Your work is amazing on that and I'm sure it will warm your friends heart. I hope she gets well.

I was excited to see you post on Jennifer Pudney. I love her work! I've done 2 of her postcard kits. I did "No Worries" for my mom (It looked a lot like my mom and dad on the beach) and I did "Reach for the Sun" for me, it's on my desk. I love her whimsy!

Great to have you back!

P.S. Do the cupcakes mean your book will be out soon? Hope so!

Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi Mandi,
The instructions should work. You need to knit the first stitch in the row. Next, (knit 2 stitches together) repeat the parentheses across the row to the last stitch. Knit the next stitch. You do the same thing on the next row just purl instead of knit. The mistake may be that you are (knitting 1 stitch and then knitting 2 stitches together)and then repeating this across the row. You only knit the first and last stitch separately. Every other stitch in between is knit 2 stitches together.
Okay, I hope that helps.

Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi Kniterella,
The book will be out in October!

Denise said...

Hi Susan, welcome back from your trip. I just took a trip to Disney World in May with my 6yr old daughter and hubby. We met my sister and her family there (who are from England) we had an awesome time together. My two nieces have a 6 yr old and a 3 yr old so my daughter had kids to play with too - it was Magical.
I finally ordered your Itty Bitty Hats book from Amazon and pre-ordered the new book. I can't wait to get them. I'm struggling to knit myself something and when it's done I think I'll go back to knitting what I like best, and that's itty bitty stuff for babies - so much quicker ;-)

Mandi said...

Thank you so much for your response. That makes perfect sense. Now I can finish Kaylee's hat in time for her vintage photo shoot! :)

Di said...

There is embroidery everywhere I look!! I love those kits and the work that you have done! I have found 3 bloggers embroidering tonight and it makes my running stitch pictures seem quite tame!! Thank you for sharing the kits with us!

Looks like you had a fabulous holiday and it's so nice to know that the magic still works!!