Thursday, March 23, 2017

Resurrection

With only the socks as a workable project right now, I decided to pull out a long-neglected WIP.
Just how old is it? Well I'm pretty sure it predates my blog, which I started in 2007!

But... long-time readers may recognize it... I dusted it off some time in 2010, but never really made any further progress on it...
It's the beginning of a Beaker stuffie I was designing for Dave.  As you can see, I got the body/head done...
 Even a leg! But then it got tucked back in it's basket and neglected for a half a dozen years... I'd originally put it aside because the DPNs I had were cheap and terrible to knit with. I have my knit picks now, so I really have no excuse. He just needs another leg, a couple arms, a lab coat and tie....
And I've got all the yarn I need. There's nothing holding me back! Can I finish him for the weekend?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hammer-town sock

First, thank you for all the kind comments on my Hooter hat. It's always so nice to have my patterns so well received!

With that taken care off and Appleby off the needles, I've turned my attention to the next pair of train socks
This pattern is Hamilton. Hamilton is the end of the line, and my home station. The city is a former steel town, and lovingly known as "The Hammer", so I've chosen a nice, cool steel grey Top Cat...
.. and combined some garter rib and diamond pattern for a strong, industrial look. I'm playing some serious yarn chicken with the pair (which is part of the reason they are shorty socks). I've already knit a pair of fingerless gloves, and some heels and toes from it, so it's a part ball.  But the colour was just too perfect to pass up. I can dye up some more if I run out (this is an easily repeatable colour), but I'm trying to work from and not add to my stash if at all possible. We'll see how that goes.

Now this is suppose to be commuter-only knitting, but I've cheated a little and have worked on it at home. I broke my only 4mm needle, so I can't work on the Empire Line Cardigan until the new one arrives in the mail. The only other thing I have on the needles is a seriously complicated lace shawl... and I'm just not in the right headspace for that.

I do feel a serious case of startitis coming on though, so stay tuned... something exciting may happen soon!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pattern Release: Great Horned Hooter

Here it is!
 You can now make a Great Horned Hooter for yourself!

 It uses two colours of  Wandering Cat Yarns Fat Cat (or any DK yarn) .
It's a really quick knit - I had this one done in just a couple of evenings. And that owl is just too cute, if I do say so myself.

You can get the pattern for just $1 until the end of March! Don't miss out!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring!

FINALLY! It's the first day of spring.
There's still snow on the ground, and it's barely above freezing, but I managed to finish up a nice pair of spring-like socks!
The Appleby socks are done and I've got a new design on the needles (though I'll save details for another post)

Despite it being officially spring, it will be a few weeks before  I see any spring flowers here. So I brought a little spring home from the grocery store
Just the prettiest tulips I've ever seen!
Aren't they gorgeous? I need to see if I can get some bulbs for the gardens!

How's your spring so far?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

That's a wrap!

As I mentioned yesterday, Mom and I hopped in the truck with the girls and began the long trek north (three hours) to return the girls home.

Since I've been home all week, the commuter sock hasn't seen much love. I grabbed it before I ran out the door.
I managed to put quite a few rows on it, but it's still not done. Ideally, I'd like to finish it today, but I'm not sure if I'll find the time.

The first owl hat was also gifted to Jenn, (the girls' Mom) for her birthday
(Pattern will be released as soon as I find a moment)

I've got quite a bit on my plate today, so I'll leave you with this lovely shot of my nephmew, Zappa

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Squirrelly

Yesterday was the last day of March Break (as you read this, Mom and I returning the girls to their well-rested parents) and Mom wanted it to go out with a bang sooo...
We hit up the Flying Squirrel. It's an old department store that's been turned into an indoor trampoline park.

Luckily, Mom had the foresight to get waivers and tickets taken care of online. It was over an hour wait to get in without - but since we were all signed up, we were through the doors and on the mats in 15 minutes
Mom and I refrained from bouncing, but the girls had a blast. The place is huge and in addition to multiple trampolines...
There's rock walls
And other climbing aparatus
Monkey bars
And trampoline hoops

Mom paid for an hour of bouncing and at first was worried it wouldn't be long enough. I was tired just from watching, and Miss Pee tuckered out about 45 minutes in.

Rowan though...
Energizer....
Bunny...
On SPEED!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Felines

I've posted pictures of the kitties cuddling before...
 But this is the first time it was Peno who was the instigator. Normally, Rupert pushes his way into wherever she is sleeping. But yesterday, he was first in the bed (she was in her scratcher) and about an hour later when I went to check on him...
They were quite the cozy pair!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A fine pair of Hooters

I finished up the Hooter hat.
Though if I'm honest, I'm a little dissapointed with it. I should have used a smaller needle.
And the stripey-ness of the handspun means the owls aren't as crisp as they could be. Sooo...
... for the purposes of the pattern photos... I've started another one. I had a nice bright blue in the stash that should show the owls perfectly.

Onward and upward!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Winter wonderland

I've had several people ask if we were in the path of the storm...and yep...
We were. That was the scene I woke up to yesterday. And it continued to fall all day. I think in total we got a little more than a foot and a half. Certainly more than the city 15 minutes northwest of us... I'm told by friends there that they got a little more than a heavy dusting. Thank you Lake Effect!
My poor seed jugs are absolutely buried! I'm trying not to worry. This method is supposed to work in January, so I think they can survive a snowy March!
I find it interesting that we always seem to  get the really big snowfalls when Dave's not around to shovel it. I managed to clear enough of a path for the mailman and called it quits. It was too cold out there and the storm brought on one heck of a migraine. In fact, I was in bed by 7 p.m.

The girls fared much better. There was talk of taking Jem sledding, but in the end, they decided to stay in
Yarn was dyed.
And fabric was sewn. Mom's been gather "galaxy" fabrics for a quilt for Miss Pee.
And I think they chose the perfect block.
Miss Rowie raided Mom's stash and found enough fabric for a simple purse to match her bunny
I think they only one who's unhappy about the weather is Rupert.
There's no sun to sleep in, and no birds at the feeder - not to mention the back door is frosted up so he can't see them even if they were there.

Hang in there little buddy.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lofty lace

Thank you for the comments on the owl hat. It's almost finished, and I'm going to see if Miss Pee will model it for the pattern.

As I mentioned, on the  weekend, I got the back of the  Empire Line Cardigan off the needles
I was unsure about blocking. The pattern calls for just a light pressing, but my yarn is different what the pattern calls for. While it's mostly merino and cashmere, 33 percent of it is microfibre. And man made fibres don't always block well.
But I stretched it out on the blocking board and it seemed to do okay. As you can see, the top halfdoesn't have as much lace as the bottom. That's something I didn't realize when I started the pattern. I'm not really sure how I feel about it... but I followed the pattern as written because I couldn't think of a decent way to modify it and keep the extra lace. The hard line it create will be broken up with a decorative ribbon, so it probably won't be as noticeable.

I'll keep on keeping on...

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hooter hat

It's been pretty chilly here, and they are calling for some serious snow today and tomorrow (possibly more than we got all winter)... so I guess it's appropriate that I'm working on a hat...

I got the back of the lace cardigan completed on Sunday. I wasn't in the mood to cast on one of the fronts (had enough of cables for the next little bit) so I went looking for a distraction.

I've have a  few skeins of handspun, sitting by my couch, staring me in the face... so I thought maybe some colourwork would be in order.

I went searching through Ravelry for a pattern, but nothing really tickled my fancy... so I grabbed my lap top and started sketching out a chart...
And now it's well under way
With any luck,  I can make the pattern available by the weekend.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March Madness

March Break has arrived, and at some point today, the munchkins will be touching down at Mom's. I've got a couple days off at the end of the week so I can get in on the fun too. I think Mom's got quite a bit planned... I've heard talk of a galaxy quilt (for Miss Pee who's totally into science and outer space), and ceramic mug decorating (special paint pens have been ordered, and shrinky dinks!

And knowing Miss Rowie....
There will be yarn dyeing! So... to get the shop ready for her creations, we're running a little sale in the shop. From today until Sunday, March 19th, use the code MARCHMADNESS and save 15% on all yarn in the shop.

You can also use it on any of my patterns in Ravelry!

And of course, I'll keep you informed on all the antic this week. Let's just hope the weather is as nice as last year...
(Hard to believe that Little Jem has been part of the family for more than a year now!!!)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Felines

As fellow cat owners, I'm sure you all understand that ALL cats have a bit of and attitude at times... but when you've shared your life with a tortoiseshell...
 
You come to understand there is a whole other level of attitude.



We call it TORTITUDE!!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stitches are stacking

With fewer distractions on the needles, I've had some more time to devote to the Empire Line Cardigan
It doesn't look (or feel like it) but I am making progress.  I have to keep reminding myself, it is the back - the biggest piece, and after it's done, the other pieces will go more quickly.
I have just passed a major decrease row, so things already picking up. And soon I'll be at the underarms where there's more decreasing.

Hey ... it's already looking up!
And I do love the way those lace horseshoes are stacking up.