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.