Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Blogging in bed

As much as he has a tendency to drive me crazy, I must admit that my man is a pretty good guy.

A few months ago he came home with a laptop for me. His mechanic was offering one up and Dave remembered that I wanted one.

Years ago, I bought one real cheap off a friend from a writing class. It was really old school (even for 10 years ago), more or less just a glorified type writer, but I loved the thing. I could curl up in bed, snuggle with the cats and write to my hearts content.

I started writing a novel, but when the lap top died (malignant power cord failure) the book kind of got left by the way side. I'd pick away at it every so often on my desktop computer, but nothing compared to the comfort of lying in bed and writing for a few hours before bedtime. Sometimes I would write into the wee hours of the morning, and get up the next day, go back and read it and go "holy $#@%" I wrote that? There was just something about the mindset I got into as my brain prepared to sleep and my body began to relax.

In addition to never being able to get the same comfort/inspiration level at the computer desk, I had started working for a newspaper. My brain was so battered by the end of the day I didn't
even want to consider writing at home. When I moved over to advertising I wasn't quite so drained, and started toying with the idea of picking it up again.

When he brought home the laptop I was thrilled, and immediately started writing again. Then my back went. I mentioned it would be nice to have the internet on my laptop, so at least when my back was acting up, I could still stay in touch with my various communities. (not to mention its nice to have the internet handy when you need a little background research for your story).

Well, even though we agreed not to buy each other Christmas presents this year, that man of mine showed up on Christmas Eve with a wireless router and a wifi stick for the lap top... and here I am blogging from bed.

So instead of making a New Year's resolution about losing weight and eating more vegetables, I am making a resolution I actually have a chance of keeping. I am resolving to write for at least an hour every day... and with any luck, I may have a novel done by the end of the year.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Free at last!

Well Christmas has passed and it was pretty good all around... those who recieved the gifts I knitted seemed to really appreciate them which is always a treat.

I myself was not neglected by the Christmas Faerie - I got a wicked pair of mittens from my mom, as well as a super set of Kitchen Aid pots (which I badly needed - when I moved out I bought the cheapest set of pots I could find and - well - you get what you pay for). I also got some tools (I am a firm believer that every girl needs her own tools) , and a few other kitchen things from Dave's family.

There was lots of food (and I managed not to over eat, and I am actually down five pounds - woohoo!) and family and fun...
...and colouring with the dog!
And that knitting hiatus I was talking about earlier... I think the hiatus went on hiatus.
Today I finally got some much needed rest and managed to finish Dave's second sock (I started it on Christmas Day at his aunt's house)
I used Fibre Trends Hellen's Favourite Sock Pattern with a simple 3-1 rib on the cuff. It has a round toe, which kind of looks funny, so when I do another pair I'll be changing it to the kind of toe my mom does (a grafted toe?).
I believe the yarn was Opal ( I lost the ball band so I can't be sure)... it's a cotton/wool blend but I'm not too fond of it... there's no sproing so my tension isn't all that even, but the colours were cool.
And now that Christmas is over, all my knitting time is my own... Purity here I come!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Only three more sleeps....

... and I must say I am running out of knitting mojo.
Obviously I haven't blogged in a little while. That's due in part to the fact that my back problem decided to flare up, and literally lay me out for a week. But, a (relatively) quick trip to the emergency room and a syringe full of morphine (weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee) and I'm almost as good as new. I still have to baby it, but I'm happy to say, I went a whole four days without pain killers!
Despite the set back I've still managed to stay on schedule with my Christmas knitting. Last week I completed this:I modified the pattern I used for Dad's sweater, with the intention of making a cardigan for Mom. But once I got it done I realized it totally wasn't her style. It is, however, perfect for Dave's grandma, so it wasn't a total waste of time and still knocked a present off my Christmas list.
I still have one small project left to do before Wednesday, and once it's done I think I may take a little knitting hiatus.... I think I've earned it...

Monday, December 8, 2008


Dad's sweater is done!
While Saturday was a total crap day for knitting, Sunday turned out to be much better. Dave discovered some new Dracula computer game, so I took my tv (it's on'y 13 inches) and DVD player up to the bedroom, stretched out watched movies and finished the last sleeve. I sewed it all together tonight. The picture is not that great, but my battery was dying so I wasn't able to try laying it out a couple of different ways.
When dad opens it on Christmas, I'll get some shots of him modelling it. Now.. onto the other Christmas projects. (Though I'm sorely tempted to cast on for Purity)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A dissapointing day of knitting

Well today has been a total wash out... while I got a lot of great knitting time (Dave spent most of the day playing guitar)... none of it turned out well.

About a month or so ago, I cast on for a hat for my brother's birthday. It involved colour work and a chart, and since my back has been out of commission, I set it aside because I can't sit up and read the chart.
Unfortunatley, his birthday is next Saturday (and I'm going to see him Monday), so I figured I had better get something together. I scoured Ravelry and found "The Boy Hat" pattern:
which I really, really liked because of the unique decreasing on the crown:
Of course I wasn't paying attention, and I knit it about an inch and a half too short. (It's nice to have a boy head around to try these things out before giving them as gifts)

I didn't have the heart to make another one (I hate re-knitting things), so I picked up the original birthday hat, managed to find a comfortable way to stretch out and still be able to read the chart and voila!
But, in the spirit of a bad knitting day.... it's going to be waaaaay too tight. This is the first thing I've done with intarsia, and where the flames are is all pulled in and bunchy. I managed to stretch it out on my mannequin head, but when I put it on my head, it's still really tight ( so tight it will give me a headache)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I'm sorry, I've been a bit of a blogslacker lately. For the past month and a half or so, I've been dealing with a herniated disc (not fun) which has ended up putting pressure on my sciatic nerve (even more not fun).
For those of you who've had sciatic nerve problems, you can commiserate.. for those who haven't.. I think it's one of the most horrible pains in the world! Yeah, maybe childbirth is worse, but hell, at least that doesn't last 24-7 for 90 days... yeah, yeah, yeah, there's the whole pain of raisng them after they are born.. but for the most part that's a choice.. I didn't choose to have an angry sciatic nerve... but I'm drifting... my point is, one of the main things that helps my condition is doing anything but sitting. Seems easy enough, except when you have a job that consists of five hours sitting in front of a computer everyday (I think this is the only time this year I've been thankful I don't work full time). My chiropracter said no sitting for more than 10 minutes at a time... ha! So, anyway, it's resulted in a lot less time spent on the computer at home.

I have been knitting away when not doped up on pain killers, and making some good progress on Christmas knitting (though I think there are a couple of projects that aren't going to get done and I'll have to suck it up and go shopping)

The front and back of Dad's Christmas sweater is done, and I've started on the first sleeve. After I'm done here, I'm going to pop Elf in the DVD player and see how much I can get done before the Tylenol 3s really kick in and I pass out.

The sweater I'm knitting is a nice easy one, It's done on 6mm needles with Patons Shetland Chunky. This is a popular sweater in my family.
(This is an old pic.. I'm too lazy to go get my camera for a new one - the colour also isn't a good representation.. the green isn't quite that grey or dark, it's more of a light sage)

It's a simple raglan sweater. My mom picked up the pattern up years ago (I think at Lens Mills?) and ended up making two for my brother when we were in highschool (mid 90s). Everybody wanted one. She ended up making one for Dave a few years ago for Christmas. He wears it everywhere in the winter. He loves it because he doesn't need to wear a coat with it. I would still wear a coat with it, but he's one of those freaks who doesn't feel the cold (but whines like a woman in the summer). I am thinking of making one for myself, but ... gaaa... too many projects not enough time!
I decided it would be the perfect sweater for my dad because
a) it knits up quick -that being said you actually have to work on it for that to happen... it doesn't just magically grow sitting in the knitting basket (unlike the leftovers in my fridge) I started this in August.
b) it's simple, no complicated cables, or colourwork (not that I do colourwork). My dad is one of those lumberjack kind of dads - nothing fancy - though he's not as picky as Dave.
c) it's washable
d) it's pretty damn durable. My father hunts, works on cars, builds things etc, and is pretty hard on clothes. Of course now that he quit smoking it may last a little longer (he burned holes in a couple mom made years ago). He is also known for wearing clothes until they can't be worn any more. He had a blue sweater with little red pine trees on it (mom made of course) and he wore it until it was literally strings.
Of course, mom is going to be in a bit of trouble when he opens it up on Christmas morning. She's been promising to make him a sweater for... how many years mom....? She has the wool and the pattern, just no time (blame Julie!)
Okay that's all from me for now.... back to the couch to stretch out

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Ooooh I've got the urge to cast on....

Mom gave me some Fino Alpaca and Kidsilk Haze and a really want to cast on for Purity

I made one of these for Vineyard Alpacas this summer and I really want to make one for myself... Damn the Christmas knitting!
Sigh... back to Dad's chunky sweater...

Monday, November 24, 2008

If I were a board game I would be a....

You Are Boggle

You are an incredibly creative and resourceful person.

You're able to dig deep and think outside the box to get things done.

You are a non linear thinker. You don't like following directions

You draw your inspiration from the strangest places sometimes. You're constantly inspired.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I'm not sure if I'm suffering from second sock syndrome, but I haven't cast on for Dave's second sock yet... I don't know why. It's not that I'm dreading doing the second sock, I just can't be bothered. I guess it's okay because I have several other Christmas projects I can work on. One is almost done too!

I also had to frog my knee sock. It wasn't going to be big enough around. So, instead of re-starting, I had a moment of practicality (those moments are few and far between) and tucked the yarn away in my studio where it won't haunt me until after the Christmas projects are done.

So, since I don't have any knitting to show you, I'll leave you with some cuteness...
I was de-cat-hairing the cushions and somebody decided to turn the couch into a fort.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


...one whole sock!That's half a Christmas present down. It looks so LARGE to me, but I had my Dad try it on and it's okay...

I really should be making the other one, but I raided mom's stash and came home with some Sockittome and well....
I'm designing my own knee sock... yeah I know I knit one (half) pair of socks and now I'm not only designing a sock, but a knee sock at that...
You can't see the pattern, but when it's done I'll post better pictures. But it won't be done for a while, I really have to get back to the Christmas knitting... including knitting the second sock.

I also got a present in the mail! To me from me (the best kind)
It's a merino/alpaca blend.... very soft... so it's off to Ravelry to browse patterns.. but -- must... not... cast.... on....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sock it to me!

It's official.. I've turned my first heel...
After a small bit of frogging resulting from a pattern misread ( I turned the heel before I knit the heel whoops) I motored right along... I found working with the dpns was a lot easier once I got rid of the fifth one and started working with four.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bad Seed

...is my only good cat. The other two are pure evil and lately I think their evilness is leaking out into innocent little Miss Peno.

There are only two places in the house the cats are not allowed - Dave's studio and the kitchen counter (not my rules, cats are free spirits and they should be allowed to roam at will ... basically I can't be bothered to discipline them).

Dave's studio door is always closed, so it's pretty easy to keep them out of there, the counter... not so much.

It took months to break Tux of the habit of jumping on the counter (I mean... come on... that's where the good food is and he knows it) and just when it seemed like we had succeeded in detering him, I brought Rocky home and the process started again... and just because he was a kitten didn't make it any easier to train him.

But the other week I ran out of cat food, so I opened up a can of tuna for the kids' breakfast. I didn't use the the whole can, so I popped a plastic cat food can lid on it and went about my morning. I came back about an hour later, and Peno (the only good cat) was on the counter, had the lid off the can and had finished the rest of the tuna.

Ever since then, I've caught her on the counter at least once a day. And today I walked into the kitchen to discover this...
just making herself comfortable... she didn't even bother to jump off the counter and run away like she did something bad (like she normally does).

In other news, the back healing is going slowly... so I'm still making good progress on my Christmas knitting.Can I just say I hate knitting mittens... I don't know why, I just don't like them. I've made some good progress on another Christmas present, but I can't show you picture until after I've gifted it to her.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

It all comes together....

Well despite having the week off, I didn't get as much accomplished as I had hoped... I slept off the pain a lot more than I thought I would. Now that's not to say I didn't get anything done.... I just didn't get anything finished.. part of the problem of having too many projects on the go at once.

I have made some progress on the socks, and I got a little Christmas knitting a little bit further. I did manage to finally mop my floors, which I've been meaning to do FOREVER.

And today, I did something I've left on the backburner for waaaaaaaaaay too long...
I sewed Dave's quilt top together. Now all I need is some sashing, some batting, and sew it all together! I'm quite pleased with this, and love how the colours go together.

Tux says.....

"Go check out the Etsy site... there's cool new jewels up!"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Petal- A Free Pattern

Designed by Valerie Johnson
Wandering Cat Studio

About Petal:
I am a hat fanatic. I love hats almost as much as I love shoes. I think hats are neglected by modern fashion, and often find myself fantasizing about days when an outfit wasn't complete without a hat. I am particularily fond of the hats of the 20s, 30s and 40s.
That's where I drew the inspiration for Petal. A nice warm hat, with a little bit of lace for a touch of feminity, perfect with short or long hair (and super cute with a bob).

Child: 14 inches around
Adult: 19 inches around
Petal has a fair bit of stretch, so don't worry if the measurment seems a little small. The hat should be snug.

1 Ball of Patons Classic Wool (I used approximately half a ball for the adult size)
1 pair 4mm needles

20 st and 24 rows in 4 inches of stockingknit st

K2tog= Knit 2 Together
YO=yarn over

Pattern: (Adult Size in Brackets)
Cast on 90 [108] stitches
1) Knit row
2) Knit row
3) Purl row
4) * (K2tog) x3, (k1, yo) x6, (k2tog) x3*. Repeat from * to * to end
5) Purl row
Repeat rows 2-5 5 [7] times

Child size only:
Next row: Knit
Next row: Purl

Both sizes:
1) K8 [K7] K2tog to end
2) (and all even rows) purl row
3) K7 [K6] K2tog to end
5) K6 [K5] K2tog to end
7) K5 [K4] K2tog to end
Continue decreasing in this manner until you have completed an entire row of K2tog.
Cut yarn leaving long tail, draw yarn through remaining stitches, pull tight and seam.

Note: This hat can easily be done in the round for those who prefer not to seam. Simply join ends after casting on and knit all purl rows!

Please contact me at wanderingcatstudio@hotmail.com if you have any questions or comments.

Copyright 2008, Wandering Cat Studio. Please use only for personal use.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fortunately, Unfortunately

Fortunately, Unfortunately was an improv game we used to play in drama class in high school. You'd pair up and one person would start something like this:

"Fortunately... we won $1,000."

To which the other person would reply"

"Unfortunately... it was Monopoly money."

And then:

"Fortunately... the store clerk didn't notice."

"Unfortunately... the store manager did."

And so on...
So here is my fortunately, unfortunately for the week:

Fortunately... I got the week off work

Unfortunately... it's because I hurt my back
Fortunately... it gives me loads of knitting time

Unfortunately... I'm in near constant pain

Fortunately... I have lots of Christmas projects to knit

Unfortunately... all I want to work on is the shawl for myself

Fortunately... I have some will power, and have been working on mittens to go with the hats that I made

Unfortunately... I am using up scrap yarn.... and don't always have enough for both mitts

Fortunately... I'm trying new things with my knitting
Unfortunately... that means trying socks (I really don't like the four needle thing)

Fortunately, I have some company this week

Unfortunately, all they want to do is this:

Well back to lie down (I'm not supposed to be sitting up at all) I'll be back soon with a wicked hat pattern!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

...nearly there...

Well I'm still recovering from one wicked cold, but getting a little better (I think) each day.
I was taking stock the other day and realized I've got to kick it up a notch if I want to get all my Christmas presents done on time

As of today there is 62 days until Christmas, and with approximately three hours of knitting time each day, that leave me 186 hours to finish 10 knitting projects. To some that may seem easy, to others a little daunting, but it's a mix of large and small projects, and the large projects are done with thick(er) wool and big(ger) needles, so if I'm diligent I should be able to pull it off...
Earlier I think I mentioned that I finished a couple of small shawls for Vineyard Alpacas. I finally managed to take a couple of pics (With some help of course):
Well it's back to the couch and the needles, have to make good use of my three hours.

PS: Dont be alarmed if your comments don't appear right away, I've changed my settings so I'm moderating the comments. As soon as I log on each day they will appear.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I found this on Knit Nut's website and well... we all need to know how we'd do incase of a Zombie Apocolypse....


Created by OnePlusYou - Free Dating Sites

Thanks Dad for sharing your love of weaponry... and to everyone else, here's fair warning... if we're ever caught in a zombie Apocolypse... you're on your own (unless you can shoot)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Roses on raindrops and whiskers on kittens...

While we are both still under the weather, Dave and I did manage to celebrate six long... I mean awesome... years together on Friday, October 17. He showed up after work with these.... and for anyone who knows and loves Dave, that's a big thing... I've gotten flowers a total of four times in our life together... twice for birthdays, once when my cat died, and now these ones. I took one out to dry just because I don't get flowers very often.

They are beautiful, but I can't enjoy them as much as I would like. I had to put them up on top of my shelves because the littlest evil kitty thinks they are a salad just for him. One of the petals came off so I decided to give it to him to see what he would do.... he ate it.... weird, weird cat.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


No I haven't fallen off the face of the earth it's just been a hectic/painful/sickly/crappy week and a half.

Good news: I got my camera back, but no pictures yet. I've been too busy/in pain/dying/phleghmy to bother snapping and downloading (maybe later tonight after my nap, but probably not)

Despite what mom's blog shows, I've been in a lot of pain (but how can you say no to a four-year-old who wants to play in the leaves - after you convinced her she wouldn't get lice if the leaves got in her hair)

Fortunately, you can knit lying down so it's been a productive week-and-a-half despite the fact I've been chewing tylenol-3s like candy and have a sacro-illeac that just doesn't want to go back into place. I got a fair bit done on the silk shawl before I had to put it down to work on some stuff for Vineyard Alpacas. She's having a grand opening of her coach house store this weekend (and I'm totally going to miss the deadline).

In fact, I was motoring right along until Dave gave me his cold. And it's a doozy... I never knew the human body was capable of manufactuering that much phlegm... and I've drank so much cough syrup my pee smells like medicine... weird.

Anyway, like I said I was doing well until the cold, which has just sucked the energy right out of me. I'm sitting her drinking a neo-citrine then it's back up to bed for a nap.

Oh and admist all this pain and phlegm, I've been running around helping dad do some body work on my old/new car and getting it safetied and e-tested and put in my name.

I am now the proud owner of a beige Ford Focus Wagon... not that is not excitement, it's PURE SARCASM.... in the spring I'm painting it pink!

The kids have the right idea now I'm going to join them

Monday, October 6, 2008


I feel like I have my right arm cut off.

I don't - but it feels like it because my editor borrowed my camera. I didn't think I used it that often, but in just a few short days I've found out how wrong that thought was.

It seems like every time I turn around, I think "gee that would be a great picture" and then... "crap I don't have my camera."

I really can't complain. Technically the camera belongs to work and I really should get my "own." But...

And then there's my poor blog... what is a blog without pictures?

I've been making some good progress on my knitting. My back has not been cooperating this past week, so I've been trying not to move around too much... though some how I ended up rearranging my bedroom (that was thanks to the tylenol threes, I think), and "helping" Dad with a little body work on my old/new car. I say "helping" because everytime I actually got to do something (riveting, sanding etc.) the tool was almost immediately taken out of my hand and I was shooed away for not doing it fast enough. So mostly I ended up sitting around on the front porch, running for tools, and entertaining the dog.

Anyway, back to knitting. Even though my back has been causing me horrofic pain, it's bee good for the knitting process... because I can knit lying down! I have two shawls under contruction. But you can't see it because I don't have a camera.

I haven't got around the felting my elephant. I'm still waiting for the pieces of my felted purse. I got a little more work done on them (is it just me or is knitting I-cord mind-numbing?), but put it aside to work on the shawls.

Anyway, since I don't have any progress pictures, here's a picture of Tux doing what he does best:

Sunday, September 28, 2008

One off the needles, two more cast on

Another busy weekend at the studio.

Earlier this week, my car died. Fortunately, my Dad was kind enough to share his car with me until I could get another one (which actually ended up being his car, as he just bought my mom a new one for her birthday, but that's a long story and I want to get to the knitting.)

And all this sharing of car resulted in a lot of chaos and a missed deadline. Remember secret surprise? Well it was a tank top for my mom for her birthday... only by her birthday, it wasn't quite finished. The back was done, and the front was done up to the neckline, but I need a couple more hours to finish it off... so like any good knitter... I gave it to her in pieces with the promise of finishing it on the weekend.

I did keep that promise on Saturday, while Dave was helping my dad work in his old/my new car, I sat out back with mom and finished her top. Yaaay... only I don't have pictures of it. See, I don't crochet, and the top requires a crocheted edge around the arm and neckline.... so yes, mom has to finish her own birthday present... I am a horrible child I know... but I'm the youngest and the cutest so I can get away with it. (I'll post pics as soon as mom finishes it.)

Anyway, when Dave and I got home that evening, I still felt the need to knit. You think I would have picked up one of the many projects I already had on the needles but nooo... I cast on for something new...Here is Peno checking out my Flower Power Elephant. This is a really easy pattern (about 3 hours to knit all the pieces) but I added a little twist. I'm going to felt it. (I LOVE felting)

I fully intended to felt it today. But I thought, if I'm going to be felting I should finished the pieces of my other felted project and felt them all at once (it's a purse of my own design and once it's done I'll post the pattern for free here). So I started working on the strap this morning, and about noon Dave decided he was going to take apart my toilet (it makes a hideous noise every time you flush... it's kind of like having a toilet alarm) and of course, he decides he needs a part, so a-shopping we go. Well none of the stores have the part we need (of course) but he decides to stop off at my parents to return some body filler he borrowed.

It was a good thing we did, because mom had a little computer problem, and Dave is her resident computer guru. I settled in for a long wait... but since we were only going shopping I hadn't brought my knitting. (That and it's angora and Dave doesn't like the fluffies in his car)

Mom kindly gave me some hand painted silk yarn to keep me busy and I started knitting a shawl... (my own pattern I'll post when it's done) It doesn't look like I got very far considering we were at mom's for about seven hours, but I ripped it out once.

And that was my weekend... back to another Monday.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Happy Birthday to the BESTEST mom in the world!
Yes mom, I stole that one from the photo album and you're not getting it back

Sadly, that's most recent pic I have of the two of us together (that was highschool, not college). Be prepared this weekend mom!

I'm not going to tell you how old she is... you have to ask her, yourself...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Peno's got a brand new bag...

... but it's really not for her.

Sometime ago, Peno laid claim to my knitting bag...
(yeah she was that adamant about it)

And every time I turned around she was on it. I didn't mind because it was just a cheap bag from the dollar store, and unlike Rocky, she's not destructive around yarn.

But the other day I was in Giant Tiger, and I saw the perfect bag for my knitting. It was huge, stylish, and cheap, so I bought it. It is perfect, and I'm sure will fit a whole sweater or maybe even two. It had no problem toting Frankenghan.

And even better Peno would get the old bag all to herself. (She'd get really cheesed when I'd pull it from under her and fill it with my car knitting.)

But today I came home to this!

and a little later this...

Saucy kitty!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Three little chipmunks twirling on a branch...

Voila! Three hats! Trois Chapeaux (I think I spelled that wrong)

As I said in my previous post... these are three Christmas presents for three special little friends (no peeking kids). I'm trying to use up a lot of the bit balls in my stash, and so far so good... and that's three Christmas prezzies down and it's only September. Actually I have more than that taken care of, but the recipients read this blog, so I'm not telling you nothing.

I also have another project that I'd totally love to share with you, but I'm hoping to get it published in Knitty, so I can't show anything here yet. If Knitty rejects it I'll publish it here, but keep your fingers crossed.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ho ho ho.... is it green giant or Santa?

Had another friday off, so I spent the weekend making special Christmas presents for some wee friends of mine.

I don't have any pictures because work needed my camera for the weekend, but I snapped this one while at mom's:

This was supposed to be for Mr. Ethan, but if it fits Miss Rowan (as pictured) it totally won't fit Mr. Ethan. So.. Rowan left Gramma's with a new hat, and I made Ethan a new one.

Mom and I decided it makes her look like the Green Giant's little friend, Sprout.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Just a little quicky

I've been toying with the idea of casting this one on since I found it on Ravelry:
Anthropologie Inspired Caplet

I finally decided to do it while working away on the feather and fan princess afghan when I realized the yarn was perfect. I had to lengthen it a couple inches so it would cover my breast instead of ending a nipple level (which is just weird) . I am going to rejig it for a lighter wool, because it would be nice to have one that's not so chunky.
But for now it's a cute little top to throw over a longsleeve tee or strappy top. And it only took about 6 hours!
I'll get some pics of it on this weekend, it looks much better on... here it looks liek a child's cardi. (I might adapt the pattern for some special girls I know too)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fun with Feather and Fan

Frankenghan is almost done. I finished up the one end with some feather and fan:
I'll pick up the stitches on the other side later this week and finish it up.
And while we're talking about feather and fan, I started knitting this afghan a while ago and like most of my projects put it away. I pulled it out tonight and started working on it again. I think it's going to be a Christmas present for my neice as it's very princess looking.