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!