Thursday, August 31, 2006

Not only am I linking, but look what I did!


Finally managed to make a Flickr acct of all my FOs to chronicle the highlights in my illustrious knitting career. Two new things should be ready to add in the next few days too!

Next we'll see if I can make it a permanent part of the toolbar. Hmmm.
That might have to wait till afternoon cocktails.

Monday, August 28, 2006

So here's my only FO lately - I've got a bunch of things going, but this one was begun last and finished first, so Ta Da! I got the jones to work on something new and ignore all the old newsy stuff.

I love the yarn. I'ts Noro Lily - a cotton silk blend (not so sensible for a baby but hey) that I had in the stash and it was awesome to work with.

The pattern was supposed to be the daisy cardigan from The Garter Belt
but I had a completely different gauge, a way smaller baby, and apparently NO talent for embroidery, so I used the basic recipe and the edging and went from there. I think it turned out sweet - mostly due to the colors and yarn, not any actual talent on the part of the creator. Next up on the baby list, cabled baby hat.

And on bloggy talent news, last night we went out to say goodbye to one of our fellow KNITSMITHSand they taught me a new trick. Seems I'm the only one in the world who wasn't aware that the universal sign for "add link here" is a green circle with a little doo hicky at the top. It's right on my tool bar! Provided by blogger all the while, under my unsuspecting nose. But honestly, would it have been too much trouble to come up with a more direct icon? What's that thing supposed to be anyways? (I'll bring that up next KS and I bet we'll get an answer.....)

But bad imagery aside, woo hoo! Watch this: Colleen, Shireen, Johanna, Norah, and Suzanne (sorry Gayle, no blog, no link) Yep, I'm a linking fool now.... so watch out.

And any of you New Yorkers who run into Shireen at your local LYS, be extra nice to her down there, she's going to be very missed up here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

And I'm liking it that way. Spent a few days being non committal - start my sweater? Poncho? Finish Craig's? Another pair of socks? Baby Hat? Seems I can't commit to a project or - apparently - to a single color - these days. I still have Craig's Cambridge Cardigan to seam up, have begun some stuff for fall, but all I want to do is start more stuff. So why not little baby things? After all, the clock's ticking and there are 11 on the way. Two down, a new one added to the list. I think I can squeeze one more baby sweater out of that Debbie Bliss.....

But back to the Interlacements Socks. Before getting around to sock #2, I did a baby one with the leftovers. My sister just had a little boy, so I figure they'll get matching pairs - and this little guy took all of ONE day - in short spurts. Hello, instant gratification. Now I just need to pick up the needles and get to sock #2, but I'm way too distracted.

This top down sweater is the abovementioned distraction. It's from The Garter Belt - the Daisy Cardigan, which I love in the pink alpaca that Marie Grace Smith used, but I had a batch of this Noro Lily sitting around in my stash so we'll see how it goes. Am thinking the picot edging and embroidered flowers can be white so they aren't lost in the colorful background. Yes?

And lastly, even the cocktail making is indecisive around here - does pear and apple go better with rum or gin?

I say gin, Craig says rum. So we had dueling cocktails. I made mine with gin, pear nectar, soda water, and apple juice. Craig used pear, soda water, apple juice and rum.

Notice MINE is all drank up.

Do I really need to say who was the winner??

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

For all of you that have been telling me they have been missing from the blog. (Those of you who read and lurk and don't comment in writing but tell me in person, ahem....)

The truth is that threre are still lots of cocktails around here, but they like to disappear more than they like to pose for photos. And once gone, I forget what was in them long before I get to blog again. However, this one was waiting for Craig to come home, so it was bored enough to smile at the camera. Unfortunately I had eaten the orange slice out of it and the ice cubes melted. And truth be told, I ended up drinking it too, but hey - early bird, worm, and all.

We think it's Tired Wife Sangria. Some leftover sauvingnon blanc, some raspberry lime seltzer, a little apple juice and a squirt of lime. A little vodka since the wine was getting kinda diluted. Sliced orange in each glass and ice cubes. Wasn't bad. Then again, tired wives think ANYTHING in a wine glass after 4pm is pretty tasty.

And on the knitting front, more socks! I love this yarn - Interlacements Tiny Toes.

I hope my camera has done the colors justice - it seems to have dulled the yarn down a bit, but the sun is shining behind my screen, so I'm not a good judge. And Zoe has been puking all day so I'm not at my BEST right now... There are lots of shades of maroon and pink, bright orange and khaki dark green. It's awesome in person - and has some cool pooling too.

And... the BIG news is that my nemesis and I have parted ways - that sweater for Craig is finished, fits, and has been folded back up in the drawer! (again, THANK you Johanna!)

He tried it on late at night when he got home so I have no photo - but he assured me it's the same exact length as his favorite Gap sweater - top 1/3 of the fly. Apparently, fly height is my new metric system. Top Third of the Fly is what we shoot for from now on. We'll see how it works on the Cambridge Cardigan. After that, he's looking at some socks while I take a good long Manly Sweater Break.

And have another cocktail.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ta Da!

So far, from this batch of yarn I have managed the following:

2 Green Gable Sweaters
2 Fishy Hats
1 stripey tank
1 orange tank
a swap for 4 socks worth of Lornas and Opal
another swap for 2 skeins of Lornas
and now, another tank for Maya

I still have a bag left - maybe I'll make a tank for me too.....

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

and knitting!!! Maya's first FO. A fabulous pink sparkly belt....

And she's already hard at work on her second project. A scarf out of a beautiful handdyed sherbert-y colored yarn I got at the last Knitsmiths swap. There's enough in this skein for a Big Sister Scarf and matching Sister Hats.

Could Mama be any prouder?

I'm taking a break from all the blue and the Man Projects myself. A groovy purple number to be worn before the fall should be done in a day or so.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I did get a lot done on a few things out West, besides those baby hats. And we're having an "inside" day today since we're off to see the Lowell Spinners tonight, which means some Quality Knitting time for me. Here's what I've managed to finish up today....

Above are Interweave Knits Uptown Boot Socks, done in Lorna's Laces. Buck's Bar. I love these socks. I love this yarn, the pattern was a great easy knit, and they feel yummy. Even in 100 degree heat. So satisfying... now I'm putting them away till I get those new boots.

This guy is a simple baby hat done in a handspun I got at the Knitting Olympics Closing Ceremonies Swap. Not sure who made the handspun or what it's exactly made of, but I love the colors and the soft feel and thought it made a cool little baby hat. And since I am stocking up for all those new babies on the horizon, I know it'll have a home sometime this fall!

To continue the blue theme, I'm now spending the rest of the day fixing Craig's George Micheal Sweater. Thanks to Johanna, who painstakingly took the time to make sense out of the amazing mess I'd created by ripping, knitting, frogging, knitting and who-knows-what else. Many many thanks!!! (and your promised sock yarn already in a bag.)

Hopefully in a day or so, Craig's belly button will no longer have peek out over his jeans and under his sweater again. Unless it's an 80s costume party.