Monday, October 31, 2005

Here's what I walked away with (or upstairs, as the case may be)

Some beautiful variegated things - a blue unknown fiber that had some bright pinks and purples and yellows in it. Might be destined for a scarf of some sort - or maybe part of a summer tank. In the center, oranges, pinks and yellows with black sock yarn - no idea what that'll be but it was so pretty. And on the end, some greens and blues and purples in a manos like wool. Am thinking of a simple black sweater with that stuff as a high ribbing, cuffs and neckline. Love it!

The second photo represents my more manly side - the colors were amazing and I know this batch of wools will make some of the men on my holiday list happy. (Or a felted bag for ME...)

I sent a batch of people and project specific shots to Alison for the site, but here are a few to fill those of you who couldn' t join us in on the action.

Here's how we look when we aren't crowded between the books and the videos.

Much cozier.

And here's how Johanna looks on Halloween.

She kept her outfit on all night too - there's some Halloween spirit!

I didn't expect to find myself with time to blog today, but here I am! Back from an amazing rummage sale (no sweaters to frog this time, but some great stuff nonetheless), two sleeping babies, popcorn made and books to read picked out for the 1st grade Halloween party and -- things from yesterday put away. I plan on bringing the extra loot from the swap to Knitsmiths the next time I go - if anyone wants it they can browse... There's about one shopping bag left.

Off to wake the babies and get to school. Happy Halloween all.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Maya LOVES LOVES LOVES this scarf --- I think it was made by Alison, and came ready made in the bag. She actually snuggled it and hit the floor for a dance of joy when I gave it to her! Kudos to Dana who spied it as a potential Maya pleaser.

I have another shot that didn't come out of her doing the same with the pattern book Johanna so thoughtfully picked out for us. We both LOVE LOVE LOVE it - She's already picked out a few items she'll be needing for the winter season.

They are fabulous. Must get more groovy girly yarns and get going.

Thanks to all of you guys for coming out and bringing your great stuff - it was really nice to hang out and relax with all of you without bumping into movie renters for a change. And about those pumpkin muffins, polenta cookies, whoopie pie thingys and etc. - Mmmm.

Tune back in tomorrow for some yarn booty and knitting update type stuff. Or really, Tuesday.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Zoe's Miss Beas sweater - it still needs a zipper and I'm thinking a bright orange or red or yellow - but other than that she's done. I loved this pattern and it was really well written, too. Especially for something by Rowan!

Had some brainless parts for conversation, some more intricate parts as well, enough to feel proud of myself. Miss Bea's Rainy Day. Awesome book.

Can't wait to do one more for my older girl from the same - She's already picked it out. I used Cascade Siena - it's not an exact match to the Rowan in the book, but I had it and with the girls, fit is less of an issue. This will fit next spring.... I think.

In the interest of getting ready to swap, I've been doing small project after small project - going through the stash really reminds you of all the stuff you meant to do! This was a hat of Noro Iro I had swapped this summer and had lying around. Loved the colors. Fudged the pattern - Turns out 64 stitches around is the right number for my head in this stuff.

I also did a few other hats and scarves, but they were claimed as gifts before any photos were taken - it always feels good when someone sees it on the counter and wants it! I actually am working on another of these in cream for a friend who saw this one and liked it - but doesn't look good in orange. The pattern is from a yarn store in Oakland CA - I loved it and have already made a few in the years I've had it. Knit on 35s - like turkey basters! 10 sts across - it's done in about two hours. Instant gratification. After the cream, one more in blue for another buddy and then I'm through my huge bulky yarn stash.

Ready to swap for more...

On the topic of swap - the Knitsmiths swap is here at my house tomorrow 10/30 - (not enough room at Booksmiths anymore for all of us on swap day) Any Boston area folks want to join?
Good stash, good company, good knitting. Last year I left with 10 sk of a beautiful Jaeger cotton, a bag of Kureyon, some great unidentified cottons in beautiful colors, and a cone of deep blue mohair! Note the absence of acrylic cheapo stuff...

Email me seperately and I can give you the info.

On the topic of cocktail, I found a Halloween punch - cider, seltzer, orange juice and rum. Pretty tasty.

And of course,

pumpkin beer.

Monday, October 17, 2005

If anyone is looking for a great kids book, try one of the Miss Beas. I love the charts, the photos and the easy to understand directions!!! So far we have sleeves and a back and a bit of one of the fronts....

can't wait to see this one done - but sadly it won't fit till spring.

Friday, October 14, 2005

First, we decorated the house for Halloween. Here are the front doors. Maya and her buddies like to "try on" the eyes.

Think my front doors need painting?

And like the chicken wire glass?

Blame the previous owner.

We have him to thank for many questionable design touches throughout.

Then I found baseball buttons for my little stashbusting baby sweater.

Then I finished my lace scarf out of DB Cashmerino Chunky. I used a pattern from Vogue Knitting Winter 2003/2004. Fallen Leaves or something like that. It was big and orange and chunky in the mag - and had a few mistakes in the pattern. Had to check the website for the correct version! I am trying to do Marnie MacClean's nautilus hat to go with this, but keep messing up so far... Anyone make that and have advice on the counting??

Lastly, am busy making a cardigan from Miss Bea's Playground for Zoe. Using Cascade Sierra in hot pink.. This photo is a few days old. Am done with both sleeves now and on the back. Doing the sleeves first is fab! Getting used to the pattern and getting some early gratification!

Again, no cocktail. It's early.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Finished the little baby sweater and snake -


Gotta say these little projects are so gratifying - a few days, some chunky yarn, some leftover stuff and voila! Not too exciting from the technical side, but nice and easy. I liked this yarn a lot too - really soft and although the colors dont' really come out in the photo (blame the rain and indoor lighting), it's a watercolor of greens and blues.

Now must find adorable buttons in the next few weeks..

Again, no cocktail. It's 10 am and I'm not even done with my tea - haven't eaten a thing yet, have not showered either. Big girl playing Ponies, little one napping.

Time to Knit!!

Yep, I found time to block the sweater, take the photo and do this - but food, shower, speaking to husband, cleaning? Will get around to it later.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

For my old friend Sarah, who I worked with for years --- now she's moved on to be a wildly successful ad exec in NY, first baby on the way. Nothing too big, it's an apartment. Perfect excuse to knit.

He's a boy - so he'll need his very own snake. And a sweater.

Am using the remainder of my DB Cotton Denim Aran and some great stuff I had from a friend that is way soft and chunky and the prettiest muted green and blue - as to what it is? No clue. Have dragon buttons too, will see if they work. Might scare the snake, so who knows.

No cocktail, it's not even lunch yet...

Monday, October 03, 2005

I love it - not only is it the cutest poncho ever, but it took 3 days, busted a whole freezer bags' worth of bulky yarn, and made Little Miss Maya here feel like a princess even with the unwoven ends trailing below her Cinderella nightie. No actual pattern involved either, just some eyeballs, some markers, and a pair of 17 circs. Could not be easier. Sorry to the KS, as we left off the big flowery thing. Overkill.

Now what to make next? Am loving these instant gratification projects. Must pick another!
Oh, and the cocktail to go with the low maintenance poncho - what's more instantly gratifying than an already bottled, no mixing or even pouring necessary BEER? And here's an Amber Lager in the fridge just for me.

Is being able to dress yourself. Here we are on our way to school. Plaid shoes and a sparkly fish t shirt go with everything. Just wait till you see 'em with our NEW poncho...

PS I did knit that sweater - her sister has a matching one that's purple and red and yellow instead of pink!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

have not yet photographed the finished cardi, but have finished with very plain black buttons and even worn it.

Instead, got waylaid by this:

I've made so many, but saved none for myself -- so here she is. My Bag. Sold my first one at the store and had a big brainstorm --- must begin wearing one around as advertising. Duh.

Next up, something with little to no shaping - poncho for Maya - check out the crazy yarn. It's my six year old's bestest bestest pick ever... I actually think it will be the grooviest poncho on the playground!

oops - photo to follow (hows that for a teaser??...)

And to drink, well it was a long day apple picking and not in the mood to make anything up. A little cool out too. Cabernet Sauvignon - a really cheap one we found by accident that's actually pretty good - Crane Lake 2002 Cab.

We usually look for new and not so bad $8 bottles as "house wine" around here - Ravenswood, Bogle, Blackstone, Rosemount, whatever looks interesting on sale at Costco or the Fresh Pond wine store - stuff to keep around when you don't want to spend $20 on a Tuesday night with your pizza.

But this one was 2 for $10 and recommended at Berman's in Lexington. Not bad. Give it a shot if you see it in the store.... kind of full and fruity. Need some cheese or olives!