Sunday, September 20, 2015

Frog-a-thon, new projects, and some Fancy Image yarn!

a few weeks back, I decided to do some inventory of my WIP's- works in progress. I decided that some of them had been on needles so long I had forgotten who they were intended for, and other's I was no longer inspired to finish.

This Como Blue & Charcoal chevron infinity scarf was intended for me, but once I got 14 inches into the patterns intended 60 inches, I realized it was going to be A LOT of knitting....

These socks started as practice for a pattern I found in the Sensational Knitted Socks book, but obviously three inches of cuff in two weeks meant the pair would take all year to finish...the yarn did look like the most beautiful rainbow ramen noodles when frogged, however

 These happy little bear legs are knit in this sparkly rainbow yarn that has an awful fuzzy ply (Moonlight Mohair, Lion Brand discontinued), and I lost the pattern before I could finish the bear, so now his topless body is also needle-less!

And now for some actual knitting:

After frogging the unfinished works, I made a Baby Surprise Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmerman using the sock yarn and some of the scarf yarn:

This little beauty was gifted to my cousin Lesley for her little girl Ruby, due to arrive in October!

One of the awesome perks to travelling down to Olympia during the daytime last Saturday was that we were able to stop by and see Myra at Fancy Image Yarns in Shelton. I was planning to grab some Seahawks yarn so we could show our support in a knitterly way, but then I saw these Double Dips that are pictured below: the one on the left is for Sureya, and the one on the right is mine all mine. I cannot describe the number and depth of the colors in each of these skeins, and the whole plan will be to make matching-not-matchy hats for my daughter and I. Yesterday I started knitting Sureya's hat using the Odessa pattern (minus beads), and I WILL FINISH THESE before the snow arrives!

These little hearts were made with the leftover Fancy Image yarn that I had lying around the house, and are part of a larger project that is yet to be fully realized-in any case, it is destined to eventually be in the hands of Paula McCammon.
And just for fun, here is my niece Rhapsody and my daughter Sureya, watching YouTube videos this morning so they can learn how to knit without me losing my mind trying to teach them!
Happy Knitting!

Friday, July 31, 2015

this post has been a year in the making

One year.
Same me, same wonder-kid sidekick, new adventures.

Changed houses. First multi-state road trip. Out of state holiday trip for Thanksgiving. 34th & 3rd Birthday parties. Another Easter Sweater. Backyard camping, family camping, campout with friends. Nana and Papa are selling their house after 30+ years of kids, grandkids, friends and family.

And a little knitting, sewing, and crafting happened along the way.
Three and a half years ago I quit taking as many pictures of things I made, and started taking pictures of this little person I made-sometimes she is wearing or holding things I made, but the focus is and will forevermore be her. Right now, as I write this little post, I am listening to her tiny voice reading How to train your Dragon to her stuffed animals, and smiling as she tries to pronounce words like "Typhoomerang". She occasionally imagines things for me to knit, she tries to knit herself on occasion, and she patiently lets me try the same things on her over and over again until it fits just right.  She is my little knitting muse, and also the reason so little knitting ever happens. Sure, I go to trainings and conferences for work every once in a while, and have hours of uninterrupted opportunity to knit, yet somehow everything I knit seems to be for her.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.

So stay tuned, there are pictures coming!