I began knitting a few years before my daughter was born and my favorite projects are children’s knits. They’re small, so there’s (relatively) instant gratification, and I find the cute-factor irresistible. Recently my little one outgrew all the creations I made for her, so I needed a new handmade item for her wardrobe. The solution? This beautiful heirloom quality beaded cardigan pattern from Debbie Bliss, made with her soft and color-rich Baby Cashmerino wool.Â I love Bliss’s designs: they’re beautiful and contemporary — without any of the “knit kitsch” that is so prevalent in children’s designs. The patterns are easy to follow and she suggests which of her wools to buy, so it’s easy to get clicking.Â This sweater comes from her book Special Knits, and while I found the yarn in a great wool storeÂ outside ofÂ Taos, N.M.,Â it can be easilyÂ bought from lots of outlets online (from $6-$10/skein). I purchased the beads and buttons at M&J Trimming in N.Y.C.’s garment district. This was fun to make, and while I must confess that the beadwork at the end was incredibly labor-intensive, it was worth it in the end. Now, onto the next project! –Beth J.
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What is Re-Energized by Design, you ask? Well, it is an awesome web series that Shelterrific is excited to be participating in — produced by Puget Sound Energy, it’s all about incorporating energy efficiency into home design. The challenge is this: six teams of homeowners are paired with design coaches and together they compete to re-design 5 rooms with a focus on saving energy with a small budget. Cameras are documenting each leg of the challenge, and with every room one team gets the boot! The prizes are great: a home full of new LED and CFL lightbulbs from GE, a full suite of kitchen and laundry appliances from Frigidaire, and $5000.
I was fortunate to be paired with the Bedford family, who are just delightful. Kristen and her husband Slade have a great contemporary house, fun design aesthetic, and are really willing to completely put themselves into every challenge. This experience for me has literally been re-energizing to me as well, ending a year-long creative rut and getting me back into blogging and crafting and having fun again. I can’t wait to share what we’ve created together.
But as of today, I won’t have to wait much longer, as the first webisode is available at 6am PST at the Re-Energized By Design site — this week’s is an introduction to all the contestants. And stay tuned each week as we reveal another webisode. Also be sure to go to the Re-Energized page on Facebook, where you can enter to win a new Frigidaire appliance like those featured in the challenge!