Thursday, September 28, 2006

These last few gorgeous days have meant lots of brainless playground knitting time. So once, I had finished Starsky's sleeves, I needed a new project.

This yarn has been sitting around with Maya's name on it for a while. I think fellow Knitsmith Amber may have dyed it but am not sure. (Look - two links in one sentence!)

It's a soft worsted wool in sherbert colors and it looked great in simple garter stitch, so today at a playdate for Zoe and then the afterschool playground it became a matching set for the not so young one. She's pretty happy about it.

Next up, another set of Dinosaurs for one of the coming babies. And in my more focused hours, more of the Pumpkin Starsky - one front panel almost done - and both sleeves. The banana tree pattern scares me so I am going in the water slowly on this one.

But hey, for those of you in the mood to be impressed, look at the sidebar - it's only taken me a year to post a FO gallery!

Monday, September 25, 2006

If any of you know me already, you know how excited I am about this. Finally here and I managed to get a few before they disappear from the store. Like Pumpkin Pie in a bottle. MMMMM.

And I have the perfect pumpkin colored yarn too - you might remember this from the Wild and Wooly Sale. 16 skeins of Classic Elite Renaissance. This stuff is soft and light and awesome to knit with. And cheap. And I do love this color - kind of a deep variegated sienna/pumpkin orange. Someone at Knitsmiths described it as "squash colored" yesterday, so pick your fall legume and go with it. I just hope I don't fuck up the banana tree pattern - it takes some down time to concentrate on it.

Stay tuned and watch it turn into Starsky, the cool 70s esque cable wrap from Knitty. Since I have the Ray Bans, maybe I can iron my hair and look like Julie from the Mod Squad. We'll see.

Zoe isn't a fan of orange, so here's her new hat. Leftover blue from the sweater and some leftover variegated from the scary baby hat. Again, she picked it out of the yarn basket, told me she wanted hat with a pom pom and the flowers from her other sweater and handed me some needles. Who's really in charge here?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Now that fall's coming, it's time to get this Cambridge Cardigan finished. It was begun as an apology for mucking up the other sweater I'd knit for my husband last year.

But since Johanna
was kind enough to fix that sweater for him, he's about to be the fortunate recipient of TWO handknit sweaters for the fall.

And she's back, working her magic again with the YKK brochure here. We've picked the perfect zipper to finish up with, and I'm going to get a lesson in zipper-attaching from her too.

Craig owes her big.
As do I.

After a whole summer of knits for everyone else, it's time to think about something for ME. This pile of fat burgundy tweed spaghetti will be such an item. Knit up on 10.5s in Yorkshire Tweed Chunky, a big long woofy cardigan of a yet to be determined design. I've finished the back and an arm so far, so I need to get thinking on the front look I'm going to go for. Am hoping to have it done by the weekend, but we'll see. It's a little big to lug around, so not exactly a playground project. That cuts into my knitting time, so maybe the weekend after next...

And also on the Grownup front, cold weather means less fruity, fizzy cocktails. More red wine. Some Kaluha and Baileys. Cognac and OJ.

I'm jonesing to try some classic recipes like Sidecars, Martinis, Whiskey Sours, Gin Fizzes and whatever else old men in the 50s used to drink when they came home to their dressed, coiffed, and heeled wives (which is NOT me) and meatloaf with gravy (also not us. We get Dino Chicken, fresh outta the freezer) .

We'll see what we come up with. Craig's favorite is what he calls a Ski Slope - hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. I always called it Hot Chocolate and Schnapps, but hey.

Lastly, my original babycocktails buddy is almost done with her misearable summer of bedrest for the up and coming twins. After a summer like this, I think a few babycocktail drinks will definitely be in order. I'm thinking she'll bend those nursing rules to include a sip or two before long...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A few finished projects!

First, a cute baby hat on a really creepy baby doll. This was the best shot since you couldn't see the plastic baby face with the vacant eyes. They kind of follow you in a photo. Actually the baby doll is way more creepy on film than in real life. Weird.

Simple pattern adapted from the Yarn Girls Guide to Beyond the Basics. Yarn once again, courtesy of my Mom. Leftover from something she had done in the past. It's soft and I love the colors - perfect for a boy or a gir. I have enough to make one more - an easy thing for my next car ride.

These are socks for my sis and a matching pair for my new nephew Baby James. Check out the funky pooling - only on one sock. I loved this yarn so much - I have a little left over and need a small project - like a change purse or something, i guess. Any other ideas? maybe a headband? I'd really rather not do a change purse, since I'll never use it.

And Zoe's finished sweater - I think she likes it. That's her big big fake smile.

But the flower near her elbow is bugging me. Unfortunately it's all I see when I look at the thing. My fault that it's not centered, but hell has no fury like a Zoe whose flower is going to be taken out and embroidered on in the right spot (yes, Norah, I was even going to try embroidery!)

I had two flowers originally and already took one out and rewove the blue where it had been - that's why the centering issue with only one left. But she was very unhappy about the prospect of both disappearing, and lest she decide it isn't perfect and never wear the sweater....I caved.

like I said, it's a collaboration with a 2 yr old. And, apparently she loves it. She called it her Special Made Sweater. She better wear it soon. It's not too big on her.

Here's a shot of what it might look like if it was flourescent. Yikes.

So back to school tomorrow.
It's been a pretty prolific summer, knitwise. 3 tank tops, 5 hats, 2 scarves, Zoe's sweater, lots of Craig's Cambridge Cardigan, fixing his other sweater, a baby cardigan, lace socks, Uptown Boot socks, the above sock set, and what else? More stuff began, decided against, or not exciting enough and currently forgotten in the attic.

Shit, was anyone actually watching my kids??

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I have a few more photos of FOs and other stuff to load, but since Blogger is uninterested in loading them, I'll just go with what I got up here.


For the first time in a loooong time, I found myself at Wild and Wooly.

Zoe wandered over to the buttons, as she tends to do, and as I assume lots of toddlers do - I think they like to watch the owner of the store cringe - which she does, every time. Zoe particularly likes to reorganize the containers. Big fun. Gives me a few minutes to look at the magazines nearby..

Anyways she was pretty smitten with some adorable flowers (that I have a photo of and you can't see) in blue with yellow centers. She took them out, found some pink ones just like them, and told me it was time for a blue flower sweater for her and a pink flower sweater for Maya.

This called for a trip downstairs to the Cascade 220 Vault, where Zoe picked our her two blues. They don't really match the buttons at all, but collaboration with a 2 yr old isn't really the time for creative control. When you see the front, you'll also note a strange misplaced flower on the chest that was requested repeatedly until I caved.

As long as she wears it once I finish, I'm letting her be in charge.
We'll see how this turns out in a day or so.

By then Blogger may also let you see my other photos, too.