Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hannah and the Booties.

back to back postings-new record. I am obviously not knitting right now, or doing my homework like I should be.

In any case, Jenni just sent me pictures of lovely little Hannah wearing her mary jane booties and the matching cape, complemented by a crocheted skirt by Jenni-this baby girl was born to model fiber fashion in our family!

Taming the circular needle, part one

During class this afternoon, I had a random inspiration of how to sufficiently pack away my circular needles for the trip to Peru-it had to be something similar to a cd case, portable without any needle tips or cable hanging out. Problem solved.

Yeah, so the ladybugs are a little bit cheesy. But it was a leftover cut and the whole thing cost 25 cents. Well, the binding was another dollar, but for 1.25 and ten minutes on the sewing machine I have a nifty {slightly cheesy} folding circular needle case. This one is only four large pockets, each with enough room to hold about 6 or 7 circs, and the clingy nature of the plastic cover material holds things in place. A thrifty solution, and no more circulars to menace airport security with as potential garrotes.

Seeing as how this was my first attempt, it is only part one. My compulsive tendencies almost guarantee a more improved version at a later date, but don't hold your breath.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

{not} campfire knitting...

This past weekend was supposed to be another camping trip, but that was thwarted by the over abundance of tourists to our great state, who actually plan camping trips months in advance AND make reservations. I was thinking of sitting around the campfire, needles in hand, maybe even finish the blanket for Maria's baby this weekend. Alas, no luck. I did get to see friends I haven't seen in awhile, and spend time with my dad and siblings, but not much knitting has gone on. Maybe 1/4 of the blanket is done.

This picture is actually more of my sister than of me, but I am in the background knitting the firefly mobius. (Camping, Fort Worden, two weekends ago)

goodbye to Marilyn

yeah, another of my favorite yarn stores is going out of business. Sadness. I probably wouldn't have ever attempted to knit a sock if it hadn't been for Marilyn, but rising rent kills yet another small business.

Moment of silence for Marilyn's yarn.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

two left feet and a big bottom

Unless Hannah has two left feet, only one of the green maryjanes is completely done. I was watching a movie last night as I made the straps and ties, then sewed them onto the completed booties. The same way, twice. Now both are left booties. But very cute none the less.

As for the diaper cover, it is done, although I am making an i-cord tie in place of the ribbon the pattern called for, since it is nearly impossible to match these colors. {perhaps that is why they suggest doing the entire thing in pink or white?} Babies don't near more pink, they need less. AND furthermore, I don't have children, so there is a particular phenomenon that escapes me everytime I knit anything for the bottom half of a baby-they have enormous bums once encased in a diaper!! The cover looks huge!!!

Monday, July 23, 2007

the booty cover

Who says all babies have to wear pastel? Why not bright purpley-blue and olive green?

these are the baby bloomers I started yesterday (brown sheep cotton fleece, something Linea(?) ) I love them. Can't wait to finish them.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Portland, Eugene, and In Between

On Friday, I was supposed to go to Seattle. But I didn't.

I did, however, head in the other direction entirely and wound up in Portland. (there was a tentative plan for a weekend in Eugene, so why not start a day early and spend some time in Portland at my favorite lys?)

Sadly, I arrived at Lint the first day of their going out of business sale. WHAT? I need to come to portland more often. How am I supposed to stalk Leigh Radford at her fave lys if the lys no longer exists?

So I bought yarn, enough to make the cutey blanket from Welcome to Knit Cafe for Maria's baby-to-be. I kid you not, this baby had better be a girl.
Now, I am in Eugene whiling away the day while all my friends down here are working(oh yeah,this is why I wasn't supposed to leave Washington until today) Thank goodness for the wonderful Horizons yarn store, and the Knit Shop too. bought a few {clearance} patterns at the first, and some more yarn at the second (baby bloomers in waiting). The one redeeming thing about my wicked hangover from last nights revelries? - I had a perfectly acceptable reason to join the transients sleeping in the park. Which I did. Blissfully.

Friday, July 20, 2007

the booty

this post is exclusively for jenni-this is the bootie made from hannahs yarn.

yes, I know that my title is not traditional spelling-I was referencing the Tribe called Quest song.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


I emailed my super secret pattern to jimmybeanswool (wish me luck) I had some issues with attaching photographs, and as you can see here I have problems when it comes to inserting photos and text together. It is beautiful, you can be sure. And it will be wonderful if my pattern is selected, all those fabulous winner goodies to pack in my luggage....possibilities, projects

pictures as promised

firefly mobius

some of these were completed forever ago, some are a little bit newer, and some are obviously still on the needles. In any case, I promised to share them~enjoy!

One Skein bag, done in recycled sari silk

Blue hat, my hand dyed

Orange hat, Trendsetter Zucca

Green Rasta hat, unidentified green wool

Also, I squeezed in a pic of my label(isn't it cute?)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

technicolor booties

Yet another small project completed. Yesterday I had some time to myself (imagine that), so on my way home from my sisters house I took the scenic route and stopped at a couple of yarn stores. At the first store, I was amazed at the selection considering there was probably more yarn varities than residents in this particular little town. At the second store, Fancy Image, I was frustrated at the lack of DK hand dyes in particular colorways with enough yardage to make the sweater I have been planning for my cousin Maria's baby-to-be. So I had to placate myself by purchasing a "snack pack" with little mini 40 yard balls of various colorways~just enough for some little booties. which is exactly what I made. I still love this colorway the most out of all of Myra's goodies-my own favorite gloves are made from the same yarn(which I had to use the end of to finish the bottom of these booties).
P.S. I just bought a little digital camera, so there will be a lot more photos that are not taken with my cellphone....

Saturday, July 14, 2007

super secret project, felted and done!

Although I hadn't originally intended to felt the darn thing, it was just too stretchy when I finished it-but that was a good mistake, since I love it even more now! Now all I need to do is write down the pattern and submit it. Photos are forthcoming, I promise. I also started working on the firefly mobius from the latest KnitScene, using up the antique Reynolds mohair someone donated to my yarn collecting craze~quick knit on 10.5 needles (I finished the back in one day...) I do have photos of that in progress, but I am technically camping right now and shouldn't be online. More later...........

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

And...........another small project down! I already knit the squishy softness of the orange yarn purchased at The Knit Cafe into a simple beanie last Friday, but today I finally finished that green 'rasta' hat I started during my trip. I was putting off doing all the decreases for the top of the hat until I had unpacked my dpn's from the abyss of my luggage, and today was the my first day off since. I thoroughly cleaned out my closet, made deliveries to the library (late books), the thrift store, and traded some old books for new books at the LBS. The hat will forever remind me of the intense movie I was watching this evening, but it is done none the less. And I couldn't help but notice the knit hat Randy Quaid was wearing during the movie Midnight Express....
P.S. Even though it looks like sunlight behind me, it was actually midnight when I took this picture. Weird.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Retro Glamour Capelet

Hannah's Cape:
there it is, the retro glamour capelet...heavily modified by yours truly. Rowan Cashmere, size 3 needles, and a functioning button tab closure instead of the recommended ties or scarf pin {not exactly baby friendly!} It is very cute over a dress, but our model wouldn't get out of her pj's for the picture. Suprisingly quick knit, even for me.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

knit cafe and the shrug

There she is, the newest member of nuestra familia! Hannah is currently sporting her brand new ruffled eyelet shrug, my own pattern for her arrival. Isn't she beautiful!
Also, Jenni and I went to the Knit Cafe yesterday. Poor thing, six days after a cesarian and I am making her ride in the car while I attempt to drive in California traffic all the way to West Hollywood (a mere hour and a half in good traffic). The store was considerably smaller than I had envisioned, but I think I may have built it up a little bit too much in my anticipation. The staff was delightful, helpful, and even swaddled up little Hannah and packed her around so my sister and I could browse. I wound up leaving with a pattern for a {mini } hollywood glamour cape for beautiful Hannah, made from Rowan Cashmere in a pale pea green. I also grabbed myself a ball of orange Trendsetter Zucca to continue my current fascination with orange and make a furry hat, or bag, or something......

Sunday, July 1, 2007

don't go greyh*#$d

the bus, the bus, what can I say but the bus? I didn't finish as much as I would have liked, but I did start and complete four projects in the forty odd hours I racked up in the last week. The baby shrug is complete, and in my sisters hands as I write. The sleeve(s) for the mohair hoodie are about elbow length, and one of the rib and cable socks is about two inches longer in the foot. Otherwise the bumpy roads and lack of elbow room limited the amount that could be completed. se la vie