Jun 292012

I have a real addiction to creating knitting charts. It’s an obsession really. I literally dream of little squares, stitches, and pixels.

I have so many other things I should be working on right now, but instead I’m drawing charts for a brand new pattern.  Those of you who like stranded knitting will have lots to look forward to this fall!

 June 29, 2012  knitting Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
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 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!


 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 »
Apr 242011

We bypassed Easter egg dyeing this year and went straight to yarn.  Much more fun.

The base yarn for today is Patons Kroy sock yarn.  Not the softest but I love the way it wears and it sucks up dye well.

This is using Jacquard Acid Dyes.  I love the colors I get with these dyes.

As an added bonus, I got to hear Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me while I was working (this week featuring John Waters!)

Some spring colors

And an experiment that I’m rather pleased with.  Okay, tremendously please with, not to toot my own horn. 

One of these two will probably end up as a variegated sample for a scarf pattern I’m working on.  Here’s my solid one so far:

I figure that working on a scarf that I’m excited about is the most surefire way to end winter.  Seeing as how it snowed here yesterday that may be wishful thinking.

 April 24, 2011  dyeing, yarn Tagged with: , , , ,  5 Responses »
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 262011

Today’s question:

Do I dare graft together 212 stitches that join the re-knit sweater bottom with the already finished ribbed edging or re-knit 2 1/2 inches of k2p2 ribbing?  I don’t know which is worse.

Either way, between grandma coming over to play with the kids this morning and knit night tonight, I’m confident that the knitting part of this sweater will be done by the end of the day!



 January 26, 2011  knitting Tagged with: , , ,  2 Responses »