May 172012
 

Confession: I really just design toys as a vehicle to house oh-so-cute feet.  And toes! Don’t you just want to eat these up??

The green one in the center is for a toy pattern coming at the end of the month.  It uses Fancy Tiger’s new Heirloom Romney which I’m totally loving.  When I saw the colors I knew that this was what needed to be paired with this toy pattern!   It’s going to be a great, sturdy yarn for a toy which I’m sure will be usurped by my rough and tumble two year old as soon as it’s off the needles.   I’ve got high hopes for the durability of this yarn!

Back to toes and wool.  Check back for the pattern in a week or two!!

 

 

 

 May 17, 2012  WIP Tagged with: , , ,  2 Responses »
Mar 172012
 

It’s a gorgeous 75 degree March day here. So what to do? Why, drink scalding hot coffee and knit wool sweaters in the sun, duh!

Best place in the world at this moment!

I really have other things I should be working on (more patterns!) but for some reason I can’t put down my Paper Dolls that I started last week. It probably has something to do with this being the first thing that I knit in over a month that was not my own pattern. It’s nice to not be thinking about or editing a pattern while knitting it, and I don’t have myself to curse when I find a mistake (although Kate Davies’ pattern is very nicely written!).  I’m super excited about the customized yoke on this one.  I can’t wait to get to it!

Also on the agenda for today: some book reading!  Yeah!  Erich Fromm isn’t exactly sunny beach reading, but it’ll hold my attention so that will have to do.

 

 

 

 March 17, 2012  WIP Tagged with: , ,  1 Response »
Dec 192011
 

 

Christmas has always been fun but having kids around makes it that much more so.  This past week my son and I made ornaments for gifts and for our tree.  I’m all about pawning off the gift giving on my kids now that they are old enough to help out (at the least the 5 year old).  I mean, people would probably think I was cheap if I tried to give these as gifts but coming from him they are little works of art!  This was a pretty fun mom/son project to work on and I’m pretty happy that it held his attention for the three day process.  As an added sentimental bonus, all the cookie cutters used here belonged to my late Grandmother.

One of the main reasons for making ornaments was that this is the first year since I left my parents’ house that I have a decorate-able tree in my house!  I feel like such a grown up!  We had about 5 ornaments so we needed more.  I really don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner, although I will miss our silver fiber-optic one that has done us well for the last 8 years.

Atticus, hour 45 in his PJs

I don’t know who in the house thought that the Sleepy Mouse needed to top the tree but I rather like it!

There won’t be as many knit good under this tree as in years past, unfortunately.  There will be some things for the kids at least, an Indiana Jones-esque whip and bag for Atticus and a felted bag for Junie.  We do things small here.  Upgrading from the 36″ tree to the 6″ one is enough “big” things for this year.

But there will be lots of Legos.  I’m secretly excited about that one!

 December 19, 2011  life, WIP Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Dec 042011
 

I am not generally a colorful person.  90% of my closet is gray and black, punctuated by red and pink.  I’m not exactly sure when it became this way.  I know there was a distinct point at 16 when it all went black but before that it was pale and muted colors, naturals and dusty shades and such.  Lately I’ve been trying to think back to when it was that I seemed to lose certain colors.

In fifth grade (let’s see… 23 or so years ago!) my favorite was color was yellow.  Since then I generally can’t stand it.  I think it’s easily been over 20 years since I’ve owned a yellow piece of clothing.

Early in November I went out to get yarn for an Aidez cardigan.  I had my heart set on Eco Wool since I am frugal to a fault and a $30 cardigan had great appeal to me.  I was thinking of choosing a gray or oatmeal color, similar to the shade that most people seem to choose for this sweater.  When I got there the store had no two matching dye lots of Eco Wool with the exception of yellow.  Bright yellow.  Mustard yellow.  I thought I’d take it and over dye it, thinking of a nice brown or dark green.  But I got those big balls of yarn home and fell in love with the color.  I started knitting up the Aidez and it just looked perfect.

It’s going to be a totally different feel than the oatmeal color of the original but I decided I like that.  It’s currently 12 degrees outside with a foot of snow on the ground so the thought of wrapping myself in this bright sunshiny color by the end of the week sounds oh so heavenly.  I have a nagging feeling in the back of my head that I will finish this and it won’t be what I want, but I’m going to plow through!

Brrrrrr!

 December 4, 2011  knitting, WIP Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
May 312011
 

It’s almost too hot to sit outside in the afternoons this week.  Gone are the days of wanting to knit mittens and woolen hats.  What to do?  My answer this week: stuffed animals and dolls.

This one I started last July.  It’s based on an Edward Gorey drawing that I love. 

I put this away last fall because I just couldn’t get the dress right.  This week I had an epiphany as to how to do it so back onto the needles it went.  I’m happy with it now and am currently working on the hair.

The other current one is based on a drawing that my husband did.

I’ve been wanting to translate his drawing to yarn for a long time now and finally settled on this one.  I love how simple the shape is but it’s still expressive and has details that really make it.

It looks a little more fetal alien than monster right now but once he gets his face finished it’ll look better, I swear.

I had to special order the oval shaped safety eyes but I think it’ll be worth it.  I hope to write the pattern for this one so I’ll try a version with embroidered eyes next and see it that’ll work.

Ahh, knitting items with no trying on of warm garments.  Now to figure out what to knit for the next three months….

May 212011
 

I love insects.  I never really acknowledged that until adulthood, but I really have been in awe of bugs since I was a kid.  When I was little I could spend forever catching grasshoppers and moths, looking them over, and watching them move about. This fascination arose again once I had children.  The house that our family bought in 2009 has a huge Box Elder tree on the side which, of course, is filled with Box Elder bugs.  My son Atticus, three at the time, was so excited by these bugs that he’d shriek with joy every time we saw one.  What fun to be so excited by something so little and seemingly ordinary.

This week I caught Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo on TV.  This short but sweet documentary explores Japan’s obsession with insects.  I loved this and went to bed thinking about bugs.  I dreamt about bugs.  I woke up thinking about bugs and instantly knew that I needed to work these little insects into my next knitting project.

I had already started this little cotton sundress for the baby.  The pattern is Shades of Summer.  This designer has so many cute patterns for little girls.  Her sample in the pattern has little button embellishments along the bodice.  I loved the look but I knew I wanted something different.  I started embroidering little bugs on it today and I really like the way it looks so far (I especially like the caterpillar!).  There will be bigger insects along the bottom hem.  I think.  We’ll see what it looks like when I get there.

Next up is another insect inspired knit.  I dyed these skeins yesterday and am now trying to decide which and how many to use for the toy that I have brewing in my head.

I’m getting over a particularly nasty case of broncitous, so I took this as a good excuse to not do much today aside from sitting on the porch, knitting, and watching the bugs fly/crawl/scuttle around.  Lots of good inspiration outside today.  So many things to knit, so little time.  I’ll always make time for the bugs, though.

 May 21, 2011  dyeing, knitting, WIP Tagged with: , , , , , ,  1 Response »
Feb 072011
 

My little girl turns one this week!  Sniff, sniff.  She has proven her loyalties to gender stereotypes and has embraced all things doll related.  She doesn’t know yet what a doll bed is so I completely expect her mind to be blown when on her birthday I give her my doll bed from when I was a little girl.  I thought I needed to add something new to this old thing so I made her this flower blanket using Attic24‘s Summer Garden Granny Square.  This is only the fourth or so crochet project I’ve done but the second from Attic24.  I adore her patterns, plus Lucy is about as cute as can be and one of those women who after reading her blog you so wish you could sit and have tea with.

I did a boarder of 4 single crochets in each gap, plus 7 on each corner.  I love how fast crochet finishing goes!

I had fun with this project but my real motive for this was to try to get my crochet juices flowing to work on my Babette blanket that has been languishing for months now.  As my second crochet project, this was either really ambitious or really stupid, I haven’t decided yet (a little of both perhaps?).  My husband and I both wanted something pretty warm and heavy, so this is worked with worsted weight with a C hook.

I’m nearly to the end of the pattern but as you can see it’s pretty tiny.  So now I need to plan some more squares, add more to the pattern and keep on plugging!

 February 7, 2011  crochet, WIP Tagged with: , , , ,  1 Response »
Jan 272011
 

My mom kept her buttons in empty film containers.  To this day just the sound of one of those containers opening makes me smile, remembering sorting those buttons while my mom sewed.  I love looking at all the variety, comparing sizes, sorting colors, all that stuff.  Last summer I found a tin of buttons at a rummage sale for $2.  It was a church sale and this was obviously some old lady’s collection from the last 40 or so years.  I was so excited to take them home, sort them, and stick my fingers in that tin the same way you would your toes in soft sand.

It was well worth $2 for the nostalgia.  For the functionality, though, I’m not sure.  It seems most crafters I know have a variety of buttons in their supplies but personally every time I need buttons for a project I end up going out and buying new ones.

The sweater I’m working on calls for ten buttons.  I have looked through all of the buttons in my house and I just don’t have them.  It seems so silly to me.  All of these:

and there aren’t any that meet my needs.  I have considered mixing and matching but I just don’t know if I’m the sort of person that can pull that off.

I guess I’ll just hold on to these and someone can buy them at my garage sale when I’m old.

And here is the so-close-to-needing-buttons cardigan!

I’ll be channeling The Little Engine That Could today and plowing through it.

 January 27, 2011  knitting, WIP Tagged with: , , , ,  4 Responses »
Jan 232011
 

I am a total sucker for stripes. No, really. Look at all the striped things I knit. When I saw the Bergen Street Cardigan, it was love at first sight. The only thing better than stripes is stripes on cardigans.

I started this in August, determined to finish by the first snow (which in Colorado can be anywhere from the first few weeks of September to mid November). Mid September rolled around, I got to the top and tried it on. Too baggy. Lesson learned: when choosing a size for a garment measure across the bust AND around the waist. The bust width fit perfect while the waist was way too large.

I took my scissors and ripped out a row somewhere under the armpits, picked up the live stitches, and started knitting downward (the original sweater is bottom up). I hemmed and hawed over it lots before letting it sink to the bottom of my knitting pile.

When I came across the Twist Collective’s February Finish Fest, I knew this was the kick in the rear I needed. This is back on the top of my list, ready to be completed in the next eight days. It will be done!

And for added motivation, I told myself I won’t work on any other project until this is done. I think that will get me moving!

 January 23, 2011  knitting, WIP Tagged with: , , ,  2 Responses »