The Seed.

Evie post-ballet

Evie post-ballet and watching our neighbor sweep the leaves.

The sky is a blanket of grey, the temperature has dropped to 63 degrees, and golden leaves are carried with the wind.  Our neighbor who sweeps the leaves daily is a very kind little old woman who has lived in our complex for over 40 years.  And amusingly, I hear her cursing under her breath as she bends down to pick up another leaf that has fallen after she swept the area.  Her frustration makes me smile because this gorgeous season is unrelenting in pure messiness, while this old woman works so hard to keep the apartment complex and curbside pristine!  It has crossed my mind to send Evie out there with a broom and dustpan to keep her leaf piles smaller, and lighten her work load.

A gentle breeze passes through the open window where I sit.  It feels good to breathe in fresh air, especially when I sit to write, or knit for a few hours indoors.  I found two untouched skeins of worsted yarn in my stash– one in black, and one in beige; two colors I feel that I must always have in stock for projects.  Black is so classy and never retires no matter what season or era we are in, and the many variations of beige (nude) can be the most complimenting color to tone down vibrant hues.  I feel that it also causes the darker colors to be courageously bold and intense.

Boye size US 8 (5.0) Knitting Needles

Boye size US 8 (5.0 MM) Knitting Needles

I love to incorporate the seed stitch into my personal projects.  Each raised purl gives it texture and dimension; appearing like scattered seeds–hence, the seed stitch.  You start with casting on an odd number of stitches, and then *knit 1, purl 1* repeat to end of row.  On subsequent rows, you will knit the purls and purl the knits.  The key is knowing the difference between both stitches, just in case you need to put down your knitting needles to get a second cup of tea and come back to it.  I have unraveled so many partially knitted projects due to sudden interruptions, and its not as simple to undo as a crocheted piece.  But it is through every mistake that I have learned something new as a knitter.

Matching Mother & Daughter Seed+Knot Turban

Matching Mother + Daughter Seed & Knot Turban

I’ve been wanting to write an easy turban pattern to share ever since our stroll around Balboa Park last week.  Several strangers passing by had whispered compliments into my ear about it.  That particular turban was made with larger needles and bulkier yarn, and also knitted wider in width to keep her ears warm and covered back in the frigid Spring.  We spent a lot of time at the playground off of Park Boulevard, where the airplanes are quite loud in flight– so it not only kept her really warm, but it also softened the sounds of the cars on the street and the airplanes above.

There are many ways you can achieve this style, but I think tying a knot in the middle before the ends are seamed together gives it that eastern flair; rather than the bow headband where you might knit in the round and knit a separate piece to gather the middle.  I had to include a mama version because I love when mamas and daughters match.  It took me approximately 2 1/2 hours to knit the Mother Turban, and 1 hour and 40 minutes for the Daughter Turban.

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KNITTED SEED+KNOT TURBAN
By Jena S. Kim

Sizes:
Mother (Daughter)

Needles:
One set of size US 8 (5.0 mm) straight knitting needles

Yarn:
Caron Simply Soft Eco 142 g / 249 yards
Worsted 80% Acrylic & 20% NatureSpun Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester

Other Materials:
Scissors, Ruler, Embroidery Needle

Gauge:
19 sts and 32 rows = 4″

Seed Stitch (SS):
All rows: *K1, P1* repeat to end

Binding Off (BO):
*K1, pass last st over* repeat from * to end

PATTERN: 

Mother (Daughter)
CO 21 (13)
Row 1:  Work in SS until piece measures 19″ (14″)
Tie a knot in the middle of piece– loosely or tight, whichever you prefer
Fold in half, wrong sides together
Knit into other side, while at the same time BO
Fasten off, and weave in the ends.

Leaf-text

Seeds of every generation
Between our hands
And the promise to teach you
The little I have learned… so far
Child…
What will you live to do?
What have I left for you?
What will we leave behind?”
Brooke Fraser | Seeds

 xx
JENA

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Bijoux.

Bib Necklace Inspiration Source: Unknown

Bib Necklace Inspiration
Photo Source: Unknown

“The things you fear are undefeatable
not by their nature
but by your approach”
Jewel

04 September 2013 Evie wanted to show her Auntie Jaymi the necklace that she made.

04 September 2013
Evie wanted to show her Auntie Jaymi the necklace that she made.

My daughter loves puzzles, patterns and building things in symmetrical structures.  Teaching her how to make her necklace look symmetrical and having all the gems fit like a puzzle on the felt didn’t take long.  She wasn’t sure how this would end up into a necklace, but I told her that I would finish it when she woke up from her nap.  I left the final product tied around the neck of her pink pony.  When she awoke, she saw her pony wearing her necklace, and smiled. “Aww… my pony is wearing my necklace!!!”

She wore her necklace to dinner on Labor Day, and seeing it on her made me proud to know that she designed her own jewelry.  I would have never thought that all those pink gems would make the emerald and amber ones pop out so perfectly.  Believe me when I say that I did tell her, “Perhaps you should try to use some other colors…?”  She responded with, “Umm… its okay mommy, I just want all the pink ones.

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BIB NECKLACE:
“A style of necklace that mimics a baby’s bib, with a thick section on the chest and a thin cord going around the back of the neck.”

090413-Evie-BibNecklace-3SUPPLIES:
A creative child
Hard Paper to make a template
Scissors
Glue Gun

NOTIONS: 
Gems
Beads (Optional)
Thread
Ribbon (Satin)

FABRIC:
Felt

DO-IT-YOURSELF:

1.  Fold paper in half (I used the thick back cover of an old magazine), and draw your own template on the fold.  Cut template out.  This is where you can make adjustments if you don’t like the shape of your template.

2.  Fold felt in half, and place template (on fold) on felt fold.  Cut felt out.

3.  Design the layout of the gems on top of felt. Take a picture of it just in case it falls off (mine did) as I was taking it to the glue gun.

4.  Carefully glue each gem onto felt.  It helps to align the holes of the gems so they are in a place that can easily be threaded from one gem to the next.

5.  Secure each gem by threading each one into the pre-drilled holes.  You will want to start from underneath threading up into a hole, and coming back down through the felt for each hole.

6.  *OPTIONAL*  I hand-sewed each tiny black bead individually to cover up the felt to make it look more elaborate and less like a Sunday school project so that she could wear it to parties and not just for fun.  This will take up a couple hours of your time if you have that to spare.  I did this all during Evie’s nap time.

7.  I used black ribbon (cut 2) and hand-sewed it to the edges of the final product.

Miraslava Duma Russian Bazzar Editor

Stylist | Miraslava Duma
Former Harper’s Bazaar Russia Editor
Photo Source : Unknown

xx
JENA