Monday, December 31, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thank you for the kind comments about Ellen. If you'd like the pattern let me know, I'm happy to share.
The December solstice and holiday festivities are almost upon us. The next few days are the last push of the year, for many of us the craziest days of preparations. This time is usually so chaotic and stressful we forget what we are really preparing for. We have been celebrating in many ways the return of the light for the past few weeks, preparing for a rebirth in our lives whether it be spiritual or secular. I hope you find your light again, friends.
I hope you all find your path without much stumbling, that your hearts can be full even though you may feel alone, and that we can all bear each other up as we go into the unknown of a new year shedding the previous year's worries for they really are so small.
Keep compassion in your heart as you hold the hands of your children, the hands of your dying, the memories of those lost or astray, and the loved ones you visit. You will have been all of these things in the end.
I am on blog holiday for the next week or so. Safe travels and Happy Holidays to you all!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Pattern: Ellen (my own design)
Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 color 1350
Needles: US # 8 for body and 10.5 for bind off
I knit a generic cable and eyelet pattern in the round, leaving a 4 stitch stockinette panel (shown in top photo) in one spot where I'll add decorative buttons later. The neck warmer measures 18 inches in circumference and about 5 inches tall. I lightly steam blocked to keep the edges from rolling inward. I knit this over the course of a normal day watching the kids, so without interruption I would guess this could be knit in a few hours.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Little Man climbed to the top of the McD's outdoor playground and decided he was stuck. I sent up 4 children to get him down but he insisted I was his only means to safety. I squeezed my way to the top. We touched ground to the sound of applause from seven kids and a half dozen construction workers. Thank you, thank you very much.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Yup, here too.
Friday, December 7, 2007
1. Anything created by Emily Martin of inside a black apple. This is a print called Sylvie, for sale with many more amazing prints in her Etsy shop. Ms. Martin is in Athens, Georgia and I may have to go visit my cousins there so I can stalk her. Just kidding. Kind of. Her art calls my name. Some of my favorites include Sylvie, The Little Knitter, Lucy on a Windy Day, and Lunar Valentine. Go support her today.
2. Next up is this little knit hat by Franklin Habit. So cute it hurts. He got this right- sweet without being sickeningly so. Mr. Habit has promised to offer the pattern soon, so be on the look out.
3. My big crush on ergonomic design is no secret. I drink mostly coffee and tea so my Hubby, being so dear, bought me this mug from Miam Miam. I love this like no other material thing. Every sip from this mug is a gift. Check out the other fab designs. The company has a great philosophy and attention to the need for beauty in the everyday.
What do you have a crush on?
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
So, to disengage the inevitable ugly scene that was sure to commence at any second, I sprang to action. I had purchased a box of Gingerbread Family cookies and icing a week ago. Distraction is my most reliable weapon against the preschool terror threat . I think I will design a Super Mom belt like Batman's except, you know, not so bulky.
We all resembled the cookies when the kids had finished. Smiling, covered in gel, sprinkles, and me, well, I always feel like I'm missing half my brain.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This is what I see. Little Man directs almost all of my indoor photos. He studiously arranged the yarn and became frustrated when the props wouldn't cooperate with his artistic vision. So he did what most would do. He speared it with a pencil and screamed. I was almost fired for that once.
I have also laughed aloud in hushed museums as I imagine an apprentice of da Vinci shooing away pigeons from a balcony, or Vermeer's wince at womens' shrieks when a toddler knocks over a chamber pot. Do you think there was a servant swatting at bees around Monet?
I finished listening to the LibriVox recording of Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence. I cried at the end. Really, I always shed big tears for Archer and his old fashioned immobility. That guy just drives me mad; I respect and despise him. Great story every time I read it.
I am toying with the idea of downloading Dickens's A Christmas Carol to listen to while I knit at night, but I don't know. It's so ...Dickensian... I have to be in the right mood.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I received a wonderful package from a wonderful friend. Marmee sent a box full of scrappy yarn, fabric, and Andes mints. Notice the candy missing from the picture. Sweets don't last long around here. Thank you to Marmee and her family, y'all made my day!
The yarn will be knit into some wee mittens and such after Christmas.
Does everyone feel like this? That life as we know it is on hold until After Christmas? I have to laugh because I am a January junkie. I love the holidays, don't get me wrong, but nothing calls my name like the blank page of January. I know one thing I am really looking forward to finding out after Christmas: the winner of The Lady Knits contest. I hope you all enter and I win. ;)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
The transition from brown to gold on the top of an acorn is exactly the color of this yarn. Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes in 'amber heather'. I will knit this up into my Cozy V Neck sweater from Fitted Knits. Too bad I can't finish it before turkey day, the stretchy ribbing would come in handy after the feast.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The little green sweater only needs arms. I am hoping to finish this up over the weekend. If this wind keeps up, she'll need it sooner than I thought. Keep warm, friends.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
The cabled raglan is knitting up nicely. These little sweaters don't take long and are fun to modify. I chose an 8/10 cable for the front of Miss A's. Basically, the cable is worked over 8 stitches (with two purl stitches on either side) and cabled every 10 rows. She likes it so mama is happy.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Elliphantom Knits amazing (free) Herringbone Mitten pattern. Great gift idea.
House on Hill Road's cheerful mitts. I want to print a copy of her photo and hang it on my wall.
Ysolda's newest pattern for sale, Elijah the knit elephant. I want to cry he is so cute.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I listened to a segment on Studio 360 this morning about the novelist Yann Martel's ( Life of Pi )vow to send a novel and letter to Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, every 2 weeks through the duration of his Ministry. Martel's reasons for this, as well as the list of books and correspondence, can be found here.
I am enjoying Martel's selections, however I am most pleasurably taken by his letters. They are so unique, interesting, and poetic, I am envious of the Prime Minister. Most of you know how fond I am of written correspondence. A truly great letter will enthrall the reader yet leave them wanting a little more. A sense of mystery in the guise of wit and shared experiences is essential in letters. I think I have a little crush on Yann Martel now.
Speaking of mystery, this weekend marks the 7th anniversary of Hubby proposing to me. I am still clueless as to why he asked, but he did, and I thank him for that. Love you sweetie.
Another important anniversary passed on Saturday. Happy Wedding Anniversary, Sean and Susan. I know an ocean separates us, but I keep you both in my pocket and think of you often. Sean has the distinction of being the one person with whom I feel the highest compulsion to make laugh. If I succeed and am rewarded with his nodding chuckle, I feel like I have accomplished conversational greatness. He has also come dangerously close to figuring me out so I have to keep a step ahead of him at all times.
And just to drive Hubby nuts... my feet. Finished Cape Cod socks. Chowda, anyone?
Thursday, November 1, 2007
The kids had a fun filled day with a school party, mom's group party ( thanks, Kathy!), and trick or treating. They both fell asleep with candy and glow sticks in hand. I have always loved Halloween, but when did it become an all month long event? I was a little over it by the time the actual day arrived.
Not to freak you out, but November just invited himself over for the next month or so. Has this year flown by for you too?
I finished the Cape Cod socks and will post a picture soon. I am patiently awaiting my yarn order so I can dive into gift knitting mode. I did cast on for the Cozy V neck sweater from Fitted Knits, but am unsure about my yarn choice. I'll let you see pics if I decide to keep the project going.
Finished listening to Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. I highly recommend this book either in print or recording. Braddon's attention to detail was spot on without being overkill and the twists caught me by surprise once or twice.
I really appreciate a novel that solicits an audible reaction from me. That isn't easy to do and I find most (popular) books I have read are so flat I feel I haven't gained anything from reading them. These novels are the cheetos of the literary world. I think I am enjoying them but feel empty and a bit stupid after consuming them.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thank you all for the sleeve suggestions . I was powerfully swayed by the majority of votes for ribbing. This may be the first time I have done something I've been told to do. I really have an awful tendency to do the opposite of what is suggested, just because I can, but I am happy to have listened and acted on this issue. Of course, I couldn't just add the ribbing and be done with it. I still wanted a little something different...so I purled a row, knit 2 rows,then added ribbing. I think it is cute.
The next couple of days are full of Halloween goodness and a visit from my mom (hi, Mom!) I am looking forward to the parties, school events,costumes, and candy.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thank you for all of the sock sympathy. The toe up didn't work for me this time, but I will not be defeated. The dreary weather over the past few days has been a catalyst for finished objects. Nothing is as comforting as the rainy drizzle, hot coffee, snuggly blankets, and a lap full of knitting.
Hi. I'm a rainy day picture.
Mint Leaf Tee
Based on this pattern
1 hank of Brooks Farm Duet
size 4 and 6 circular needles
I am so happy with this little sweater. The yarn is soft and fluffy with a rustic spin. There are thick/ thin spots and I like the nubby texture. I cannot for the life of me get a photo of the true colorway. I knit as directed only adding ribbing to the bottom and neckline. The rolled neckline was a bit too close to the 80's ripped sweatshirt look and I am no Alex Owens.
I haven't blocked it yet because I need your advice dear readers. Should I add the ribbing to the sleeves or leave them rolled? Discuss.
This is the lace panel. Wouldn't this look great on some kilt hose? I have ordered a bunch of yarn for holiday gifts. I am making everyone I know a cable knit toilet paper cozy! Just kidding.
I really am waiting on yarn for gift making. Which is of the surprise variety, so you won't be seeing it yet. I will be publicly knitting a sweater from Stefanie Japel's book Fitted Knits. Whenever I decide which of the fabulous designs I want to make first.
Ooh, this weather reminds me of a favorite: Overcast by Baudelaire.