Thursday, May 21, 2009


On Tuesday Ysolda Teague was at Yarn & Fiber signing her new pattern collection Whimsical Little Knits. The booklet is filled with super cute patterns including a few hats, a sweet little dolly, booties (grown up and bitty), a totally awesome blanket and the Ishbel shawlette.

The Girl and Nathan played with all the cute little stuffies that Ysolda brought, and of course Mousie was the Girl's first request for me to knit her. I grabbed some self striping yarn and whipped him up in a couple of days (I know, he's pink, but it's still him).

Yarn: Really don't know
Pattern: Mousie by Ysolda Teague
Started: May 19
Finished: May 20

I totally recommend knitting any of Ysolda's patterns, they are really well written and well thought out. I love when a pattern is perfect!

Some other pictures from the signing:

The stuffies in a row, Otto, Elijah, Sophie and Poppy

The Girl in Verity (love this hat)

Me and Ysolda (how cute is she?)

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Blog Post

Wow, really? I guess it has been quite a while since I last posted. It's not like I haven't been knitting, because I definitely have. Since the last post, I've made three more afghan squares, two hats, two pair of felted clogs, two sweaters for The Girl, two baby hats, one baby sweater, one big girl sweater (mine) and two Easter baskets. The one project that's made me want to actually post is this one:

Look, it's a child-sized 103-1 Drops a-line jacket!. Oh this one is love city, baby. I was talking to Gina a couple of weeks ago on the phone and was asking her opinion as to weather I should try to make this in a child size by knitting at a smaller gauge. Not only did she tell me to go for it, she also gave me the yarn for my birthday to make it.

Pattern: Drops 103-1
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, color 824
Start date: April 11
Finish date: April 23
Modifications: Knitted the XL size with size 7 needles on worsted weight yarn to make a size 4. Also knitted sides and back pieces together.

Bonus extra pictures, since I took 99.

And it only cost me one Littlest Pet Shop toy to get her to model!

Monday, January 19, 2009

FO Monday

I'm so totally super excited for tomorrow. I was actually thinking of keeping the Boy home from school so he could watch the inauguration with me, but I figure they'll probably so something at school for it (I hope) and he's already listened to (part) of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech with me today, I've bored the pants off of him already. Enough with the history mom, let me play the wii.

I have a couple of finished objects to show off, first up, Bella's Mittens:

These are so quick and warm and yummy. My only complaint is they're hard to get on and off (I need to take off my entire coat). I have started just putting them on after my coat and rolling them up. I used Misti Alpaca Chunky because I already had one skein of it, so I only needed to buy one more.

Second up, I've joined the Ravelry group A Year in A Blanket (Ravelry link) and I'm making my first afghan/throw. The idea is you knit a square a month for 12 months. I'm doing log cabin squares in Noro Kureyon. The first square went so fast and was really fun. I'm looking forward to February (although I may cheat and start my Feb. square early).

The last FO is one that I'm really happy with. I've been wanting to make this forever, and asked for the yarn for Christmas. This was the first thing I cast on for in '09.

(I love this picture - the Girl and Ben at story time)

Pattern: Child's Cable Jumper by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden, Color 205, 4.5 skeins
Size: 4 T
Mods: Started the largest size and quickly determined that it would be waaaaaay too big, ripped and cast on for the next smaller size, but used the length for the largest size. I have a tall, skinny girl.
Started: January 1
Finished: January 11

Happy Happy New Year!

Monday, January 12, 2009

2008 Knits

Oh my goodness. I'm just now realizing that I knit way too much. It doesn't seem like all that much while I'm doing it, but when you stop and count..

Here's my tally for 2008:

13 Hats

(Harvard Square, Chain Chop Hat, Shark Hat, Noro Hat, Three Amandas, 1-up Mushroom Hat, Super Mario Hat, Beret, Fake-out Hat, Presto Chango Baby Hat, Skull Hat, Owl Hat)

Six Toys:

(Mr. Flurry, Super Mario, Super Mushroom, Sheldon, two Sphereys)

Five Adult Size Garments:

(Cobblestone, Drops Jacket, Lush and Lacy Cardi, Mr. Greenjeans, Tapestry Vest)

Four Child Size Garments:

(Retrofit, Child Size February Sweater, Summerlin Dress, V-Neck Pullover)

Four Socks/ Slippers:

(Two Felted Clogs, child socks, one mini sock)

Three Scarves/ Shawls:

(Cocoon Lace Scarf, Icarus, Swallowtail)

Three Baby Sweaters:

(Baby Yoda Sweater, Presto Chango Sweater, February Baby Sweater)

Two pair of Mittens:

(Noro Fingerless Mitts, Child Cabled Mittens)

Two Washcloths:

(Flower Washcloth)

For a grand total of 42 (hehe) 2008 FOs. What is wrong with me?

I have three FOs so far for 2009, pictures next post.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I'm waiting

for the ice to start breaking tree limbs again. This time, I'm semi-prepared. At least I have a bunch of water and propane.

While I wait to lose power and water, I've been tagged by Caroline. What you have to do is, go to your 4th folder, go to the 4th picture in the folder, tell 4 things about that picture and tag 4 more people. Here goes;

This is a picture of The Boy almost exactly four years ago.
He is modeling a pair of alligator mittens and slippers.
They were a gift from his Papa, who thought they were dinosaurs.
Seeing this makes me cry for some reason.

Okay, I'm wiping my tears and tagging Ericka, Sonya, Heather, and Lisha.

Monday, December 08, 2008

FO - Malabrigo Hat

The Boy is not fond of scratchy wool. Actually most wool to him feels scratchy, but I refuse to send him out in 10-degree weather wearing a cotton hat. So we compromised. I got some delish malabrigo worsted and let him choose between two colors - he chose Oceanos, smart kid that he is. I decided on the Harvard Square Hat pattern from the new IK and a couple days later, cute non-itchy hat.

Seriously, the temp this morning was ten degrees, so I layered him up, including the retrofit that I knit out of Cascade 220. He is now requesting an entire malabrigo sweater. There's just something that screams "kid of a knitter" about a 7-year old requested a malabrigo sweater, isn't there?

Monday, November 03, 2008

Death of a camera

Oops, I did it again. I dropped my camera enough times to finally break it. It's only the second camera in three years, so I don't fell that badly about it, but it sucks that I broke two cameras by dropping them. Now have to resort to the screen captures from the digital camcorder for blogging and Ravelry. Here are some of the last pictures taken with the now belly-up camera:

Snow White (thanks again Gina for the material to make the cape)

Mario and Snow White pre-Trick-or-Treating:

Hope your Halloween was fun too!