Friday, February 05, 2016

Oh, no. She did it again.

Yep - that last post was September - 2015! I obviously did not have that strong talk with myself about putting things off.

Since this blog has really just turned into a place to record my thoughts on knitting for myself - I thought I should refresh my memory of the last five months.

Christmas came and went with the traditional demand for last minute gifts. This Blue Leaf Headband knit in Malabrigo worsted weight took very little time.

Cozy ears at the bus stop!

I have a daughter who will be getting married soon so she requested a Christmas stocking for the lucky guy. I've made this pattern several times - it's the Cascade Yarns' Christmas stocking - but it's always different because you can pick and choose patterns.

Tangerines added in for scale.

I also made a quick Antler Hat for a certain gentleman of the family. Mr. Daisy always asks so nicely!

If only this model would smile.
I changed the button bands on my Tin Can Knits baby cardigan and added some green glass buttons instead. I think this looks much sleeker than the pink buttons I originally bought.

These cabled mitts were a quick present for a friend. I'm going to make them for myself as well.

I also finished up this Ribbon Candy Cowl. I was going to give it as a holiday gift but I let it go a little too long. Now, it's mine!

Unblocked and with ends yet to be sewn in.
And, finally, the good news! I think I'm about eight more hexipuffs for my Beekeeper's Quilt. Then, all that will be left is the sewing up!

Of course, I'm procrastinating by working on some Owl Mittens for my son. I'm hoping he'll still have some affection for Harry Potter by the time I"m finished!

Whew! That was an exhausting quick spin around my knitting bag! Here's hoping update more regularly! Here's to more regular updates.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Five months later - they found her knitting.

Yes, it's been roughly five months since my last post. But, since it's mostly just me hanging out here, all I can do is give myself a strong talking to. And then promise myself to not do it again.

Since last April, I've been having fun running in local races.

We'll run anywhere for a brat and a beer!

Traveling for happy occasions . . .

She graduated!

and sad ones. 

My lovely dad died in June.
Cleaning up around here . . .

so I have room for new gear.

Yep, that's me.

Learning to skate has been a total eye opener for me!

More traveling - this time for fun and relaxation.

Beautiful sunset on Lake Chautauqua.

The Minnesota State Fair is not complete without a pickle hat.

And, of course, knitting.

A Color Affection Shawl.

A Playdate baby cardigan.

A Sagano Shawl.

But, still no purple sweater for Boy X! And I don't think he wants the cardigan, the shawl or the other (prayer shawl) on my needles, either. Oh, well, Maybe for Christmas. 

Monday, April 20, 2015


Even if you love winter, it's just hanging on too long.

So I decided to break out some of my ways to beat the blues.

Hexi puffs galore. 

Although, I did find out that I can't knit them in the car any more.  Bumpy roads + little needles =  car sickness. 

Now, back to your regularly scheduled gray, damp spring.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Introducing Boy X

Youngest Child has been a knitting model for a long time. Well, he recently turned twelve and I thought it was time to give him his own Knitting Superhero name. 
Today is the unveiling of Boy X*.

Boy X in Wee Balaclava
For some reason, I don't have a picture of him wearing his own adorable first baby sweater - an Elizabeth Zimmerman February Baby sweater and leggings - but he was my first child born since I was began knitting. The others all had babyhoods without - sob - hand knit items.

Gull Wing Lace sweater and leggings - aka February Baby Sweater

Sometimes he wore items knitted for other people's children.

Boy X modeling a gift sweater for Fabulous Baby Boy Melicious B.
Sometimes, he modeled his choice of knit wear.

The unbearable yet cute Hans Lopi Sweater

Even the itchy sweater his mother knit for him.

He's worn lots of hats over the years - some for him and some for other people. Boy X is truly a good sport.

My one and only crocheted hat.

Hello Mr. Potter!

A hot day for a wool hat.

Slouchy hat #1
Slouchy Hat #2
An elfen Quarters Cap - after he learned about Bad Elves

Sometimes, he even modeled creations that weren't quite  human.

So, why the knitting lovefest? Several years ago, Boy X asked for a sweater - a purple sweater. Well, I think it's time to create one for him. Unfortunately, the one I thought I'd make for him, Caherciveen
by Carol Feller in Contemporary Irish Knits (I own a copy and love it!), only goes up to size 10 and Boy X is now a size 14.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be exploring ways to turn this great vest pattern into something suitable for Boy X. And with purple.

Thanks again, Boy X, for learning to love knit wear!

*Boy-X is also fabulous song by the Korean band Nell. Check out a video for it here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The pleasant land of counter pane

A favorite book of my childhood (and my own children's, I hope) sprang  to mind today - A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

As I was knitting along on my Color Affection Shawl, I had a chance to look at it in extreme close up and I realized that it looked just like the hills and valleys of Stevenson's little world. A knitted one, to be sure, but it was easy enough to imagine little roads and rails running along its ridges.

A Color Affection shawl in progress

A world in miniature - hills and vales

Perhaps it's time to look at things from another perspective again . . . .

I gave this a try after coming home late last night from a dinner out with the ladies. All I could see in my dingy winter alleyway was the fabulous moon. Alas, all the camera could see was the street light down the block.

On another note, the Rolie Polie Cowl was released into the wild. I wore it to all my hockey games this weekend - very cosy and warm! Exactly what I was wanting.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sometimes the worst photos tell the best stories

Who would ever have guessed that this little cutie . . .

would ever grow up to be such a reluctant sock model?

And one who wears such big socks already? Youngest Child is on his way to being renamed Biggest Feet! This was a carry along project this winter so it was only worked on here and there - hockey games, meetings, lunches, church services, etc. Thankfully, I finished them before his feet grew anymore! 
The yarn is some inexpensive Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight Solids that I picked up at a general craft store. It is not a bad sock yarn and very reasonably priced. It is a little thin for my taste - I like a more circular, rolled sock yarn. 
Now that's a phrase no non-knitter will understand! I mean a rounder yarn because it's usually a three ply sock yarn. This one is just very thin feeling - not soft or lofty at all. But, it seems very hard wearing so it's a good yarn for boys' socks.
Also, a little FYI for knitters: I've had these sock blockers for over five years and have used them about twice. Don't bother with them!

The worst photo this week is the traditional "hat in progress" photo. Too small to wear yet too big to put on the dog . . .

This is a quick Winter Wonderland Hat from Kristin Nicholas. It uses one strand of worsted weight yarn and two strands of sock yarn. A good way to use up extra sock yarn and it's a quick knit! This one is for a charitable event this weekend. The pattern wasn't in my library until recently but I really enjoy Kristin's work and I highly recommend her blog - very lovely photographs and boy, is it colorful! She has a new book out as well that I'm looking forward to reading - Crafting a Colorful Home.

Now, back to those mittens before Youngest Child's hands get any bigger . . .

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Snow days and work days

Unfortunately, as a mom, snow days are work days! 

When the weather looks like this . . . 

. . . a knitter's mind is drawn to socks. 

This particular pair is for Youngest Child - but his feet are growing so fast, that I think I'm doomed to keep knitting and knitting and knitting. Actually, this has been my carry along project for months and I'm just picking it up here and there when I need something mindless to knit. It's my long tern library go-to pattern for socks - Wise Hilda's Basic Ribbed Socks - and it's a dandy pattern. I think I'll be finishing up this week.

Now, if only my model would hold still and use his courtesy feet!*

Feet are bursting out all over here!

On my own personal knitting front, I'm almost done with my Rolie Polie Cowl.

It's going to be huge - but perfect for cold spring days. I think it is a bit sheddy right now for wearing over knit turtlenecks but it will be great for wearing over long sleeve tee shirts this slightly-less-cold spring.

Outside of knitting, I've been starting up my running again in order to get ready for some spring races. I like running because (like swimming) it's a very introspective sport. Lots of time to think things over by yourself!

A little treat for you here - a video made by a local photographer featuring running in Saint Paul as well as music from one of my favorite bands, Cloud Cult.

*In Korean pop culture, courtesy legs are when a much taller celebrity widens their stance so that the shorter celebrity standing next to them can be photographed better.