Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Too busy knitting to post

Really truly, I have hardly had time to even take pictures of my work.  Right nowI'm deep in the Tree of Life Afghan, which despite my cursing, I do love. It's gorgeous and the pattern goes between intensely hard and super easy.  I'm also working on Aragorn socks - have one done and have started the second but it's hibernating right now while I work on the afghan.  Finished two bunny lovies for babies for Easter...super cute but forgot to take pics.  And i'm also making an ipod sock, something I'm working up out of my head (as opposed to using a pattern).

I even cleaned out my craft room in the last couple weeks.  All I really need is a super comfy chair so I can sit and knit or sew in there (I'm thinking pampasan, but need to find a cheap used one since I don't feel like paying for new). 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Yarn Place?

This blog post - - inspired me, though I used beading wire and two strands of white yarn to wrap the purple around. A little flimsy, but cute!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pine Cone Shawl

This was a Christmas gift for my mom, using Heart and Sole fingering weight wool/ nylon yarn. I used the Pine Cone pattern; it turned out lovely!

Flannel Pants

Sad news - My closest JoAnns went out of business this morning.
Good news: Got flannel for cheap :)

Made these "tool" pants for Toby - size 5/6. The pattern didn't go that big, so I used it as a guide and made it bigger. The hems are extra deep so as he gets taller I can let the hem out. I had just enough fabric left over to make a matching pair for his Waldorf Doll.

And Fancy Nancy pants for Lucy. Again, extra deep hems.
I have two more pieces of flannel to make more pants with...or I might wait and make shorts for summer sleeping, since they really have enough jammies for now.

Lucy wore her Fancy Nancy pants for 2 days straight after I first made them :)

A Time to Read

Not that I've been sacrificing time in the crafts department (far from it!) but I've been finding some time to read this year, and it's been fab. I haven't had time to read like this since...uh, kids.

And how, you ask. How, with kids, and crafts, and minor annoyances like laundry, cooking, and cleaning, do I have time to read?


Ok, ok, I know that these are far from a new fangled thing. I remember when our library first started getting them, and they were cassettes. But for years (um, probably decades) I've thought that I wouldn't enjoy audiobooks...I love putting my own voice, my own thoughts into each word, I love the smell of the paper, the anticipation that comes with each page turn. But then life happened, and I just haven't had time to read, much less get out and actually get my hands on books.

Last year I finally broke down and tried an the time I was starting up running and music, while nice, bored me. I needed something I could think about a bit more. About that time, I discovered our local library had audiobooks for download on the website.

No leaving the house. No leaving my CHAIR.

While I still appreciate the beauty of reading on my own, audiobooks have opened up a whole new world to me, one I haven't been this enamoured with since I was 11.

So far this year I've listened to "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society." I LOVED it. I made any excuse to hook up my ipod, and since I got several sets of ipod speakers for Christmas, I can listen in any room of the house. The best is in my craft room, where I can spin or weave on my new loom and listen at the same time. Pure awesomeness.

Now I'm onto "Ape House" by Sara Gruen. I loved "Water for Elephants" and the author is coming to my alma mater to speak in April, so I wanted to read some of her other work before I go. I'm really enjoying "Ape House", and best of all, have no idea how it will end, the mark of a great story, in my humble opinion.

I am still reading a little in ink and paper...right now I'm working on "Girl with a Pearl Earring," a book I bought a year ago and never made it though. I'm reading a little in the evenings when I have time.

In short, my audiobooks, my ipod, and I are a happy trio right now.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Working on a pair of socks for myself - the Cookie pattern from Knitty. Hope I have enough yarn to finish this sock!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


I spent the better part of December hard at work on mittens. The original plan was 2 pair, but my kids loved them so much they needed matching pairs themselves, so it morphed into 4 pair. Thankfully they are done now, so I thought I'd share!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

11 RAOK for 2011

Happy New Year! I'm not generally one for New Years Resolutions - as a general rule, if I feel like I ought to change something, I do it then and there, not wait for the new year. But I saw a couple threads on Rav that got me to thinking this week, and I think I will make a resolution this year -

11 RAOK (Random Acts of Knit) in 2011.

It's pretty simple. Over the course of the year, I will make 11 items and randomly gift them. But I will add a disclaimer - I've just acquired two looms, so they may not all be knit, some may be woven :)

I'm not sure what Random Act number 1 will be, but I'm turning over the possibilities in my head.