Monday, January 28, 2008

That's what they were. No self respecting knitter is going to pay $10 per bear for a machine made, acrylic number, is she? Especially when the bits bags are overflowing with perfect bits.
I'll spare you a photo of bears in scarves.

So... kudos to Temperance, who said mini scarves (really, unless you have a little mall-savvy kid, it's a pretty specific thing to expect someone to know) and to Amber, who was on the right track with Barbie scarves. (the Barbie Colony lies abandoned these days. Lone Ken is getting a much deserved a break from his stud duties.)


Knitting Wise, it's a Tree Jacket. Melissa should be getting this before the end of the week.
Not so bad, considering her birthday was in early Dec? It's pretty nice, am liking the cream color of the yarn. It's making me want a few more neutral projects. Anyone want to trade a nice cream something or other for my 10 skeins of Jade Green Cashmerino?

Cocktail Wise, I owe you. But hey, it's been cold out. Red wine. Not as exciting.


this weekend, it snowed and we went with Gin Toddys. (toddies?)

Gin Toddy

Pour boiling water into cup (not a fancy one like this. This one's a prop, since our mugs don't show off the drink so well) Add 2 tsp sugar and 2 oz gin. Add lemon juice to taste and a cinnamon stick. Stir with the stick to get the cinn. taste going. Adjust sugar if you want it sweeter (I did)

Besides the Toddies, the snow also means we get to wear our favorite hats. Again.

Off to finish the Tree Jacket and dream about Amber's Yarn some more. I'm on my umpteenth idea of what scarf and lace pattern will look best. It's just such a vibrant colorway, and most the lace patterns get lost. But I'm determined. It's so gorgeous.

Any good lace ideas for busy vareigated yarn???

Friday, January 25, 2008

What these are.

Actually, I'll make it fun. The first one to guess, you get a free skein of Lorna's Laces. I have one in Icehouse laying around that's never been loved properly. It's pretty - blues and greens.
So guess away, down in the comments.

This below, requires no guessing. It's a skein of lovely yarn. Being swatched for something fun.

By the ever talented Amber. Merino and silk. Mmmmm. I got it at the Bizarre Bazaar, as some of you might remember.

Since I'm waiting to see if Alene wants her blue wrap or if she's going to make me knit her a new one in a more Alene-y color and since I'm halfway through a Tree Jacket for my other sister, Melissa, and since I have a new sweater for Zoe on the sidelines, and since the spaghetti above is Not For Me (hint), I figure it's time to do something For Me.

So, I'm going with another lace scarf from this little book. I love those colors.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

One Chicabean Scarf, by the Kelly Green Rogue. I love this scarf! I had plans to make the scarf and hat, but ended up using all 4 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino once I was hooked on the pattern and didn't want to stop. Also, those skeins don't go so far - they're like 90 yds each!

But I have to be forgiving because it's soooo cozy wrapped around my neck, that cashmerino.

And I love this deep burnt orange color.
I'm hoping it waits a little while before it decides to pill.

Anyways, ta da! Now off to begin Melissa's Tree Jacket --
and to get going on my next design idea. I have it all in my head - and as Maya's taught me - in a drawing - but will need to do a little math, so first the tree jacket, and when the kids both have a playdate at the same time - then, the math. And the swatch, and etc. etc.

And a thanks to those of you who've bought Alene's Wrap!
Only one weekend so far, and already you've raised almost $75

(I figure knitting really is more of a pyramid scheme anyways - once you guys get going and have some progress to show your friends, and they tell two friends, and they tell two friends, THATs when we're able to make really make a difference!)

Friday, January 18, 2008

I've posted the button for Alene's Wrap - over there on the sidebar!
I'm charging $5.50 for the pattern, but I'm not keeping it.

I think it's my turn to do something good for the world. I've picked a charity to receive any profits from the pattern - one I think does great things - FINCA - they provide loans and insurance to the working poor, giving them the ability to start businesses and create opportunities in their own communities.

They do lots of work in Latin American and other developing countries, and support entrepreneurs who otherwise may not have the chance to put their talents to use. I figure a few hundred dollars in my hands won't change anyone's life. A few hundred dollars in a small village just might.

So here's how it will work (I'm hoping....)

If you order the pattern, I will get an message with your email address on it. I'll try and check 'em each night. Then, I will manually send you an email back with a link to the PDF.

You can print it out and start knitting, secure in the knowledge that you just did something good for the world. I'll wait a few weeks, and write a check to FINCA. And if the orders still come in, I'll wait a few more weeks and write another check - and another, and so on.

It's working fine now, so go ahead and click!

Thanks everyone,


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thanks so much for all your amazing comments - here, on Ravelry, and on Knitty. I so appreciate the encouragement, the compliments (why, thanks) and the positive reinforcement! The designing is (at least so far...) kind of an exercise in self doubt (do they like it? Will they knit it?) and you all made me feel like I'm on the right track.

The PDF is done and all I have to do is add the paypal button - I'm thinking $5. Just waiting for Craig to be home so I can have a second opinion on how I do it.


Second off -- yep, it's another Cabled.
But there's a story this time.

You might remember Amanda's Cabled - it was green. I gave it to her, and she loved it.
Then she left it on a laundry pile.

You all know where I'm going with this.

She didn't do it - her husband, in a fit of well meaning Suburban Husband Housecleaning - decided to do the laundry. And in that completely clueless way that men who aren't in charge of the house chores sometimes DO the house chores, he made it into a little felted yamake.

Amanda - gotta love her - decides to wear the thing anyways, constantly pulling it back down over her ears as if it's gonna stretch back someday. I see her across the parking lot a few times and thought it looked short, but I have glasses and I don't wear 'em so I'm used to doubting my judgement.

About a week later, we go out together. She's wearing it, and it's so obviously shrunk and felted - so I ask and she tells me the story. Told it while repeatedly pulling it down towards her ears and forehead.

She loved it enough to wear it even when it looked stupid.
How cool is she? Totally deserved a new hat.

And above, on the subject of new hats, Maya has put in her order and designed a new one. (that's her design on the paper) Seems she wants to rotate a new one in with her everyday Santa Cruz hat.

She's about as dedicated to her hats as Amanda, so I'm starting on it today.

It's soooo nice to be appreciated, isn't it?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I can finally put a fork in this baby.

I was done earlier, but decided to shorten the front and make the back longer. That took a little longer than I thought it would - but being short, having the front hit above my knee made a big difference, and the extra weight in the back keeps it from falling back down my shoulder.

But frogging cables?? Sucks. The little braids cable every knit row!
That's a job I'm not about to do again soon.

I'll get a few more pictures and post a pattern if some of you might want to make it,
so let me know. Otherwise, I'm just happy to wear it around and be the only one (assuming no one was insane enough to buy the $160 acrylic version).

A disclaimer up front. You cannot throw a dinner party in this. I had friends over last night to watch the Pats game. Although I looked fab, I'm sure - doing things in the sink, the fridge and the cabinet were an exercise in constant shoulder readjustment. Much better if you're a guest - it's better to just hold a drink or snack while wearing a wrap. Making them, not so much.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Created by Craig. He's mocking me.

I'm especially impressed by his use of garlic in the fruit menagerie.

(This wine, by the way, is incredible. When we lived in SF about 13 years ago, we'd had it on a date and loved it. We've tried and tried to find it again, but never did before this year - I ordered a few bottles on the sly and gave him one for the holidays. We had it on Sat PM, and it was as good as we remembered...)

As for the knitting, all I need are some sleeves and maybe some fringe and my knockoff will be complete. The original had fringe, but I'm not so sure a 5 foot tall chick like myself needs it on top of about 6 feet of cable. Could be a little overwhelming, if you know what I mean. We'll see.

It's already hitting just above my knee, which I'm thinking is what I should go with. I may look in my Knitting on the Edge and see if there's something fun I can add that won't increase the Bigness or the Blueness of it more than a bit.

All taken in my new - and still inconvenient - hall mirror. Maya's glad I'm not mucking up the works in her room, but this really isn't much of an improvement when it comes to lighting (note the open front door) or accessibility (I'm on the bottom step, leaning past the banister.)

oh well. If I was a porn star, I'm sure I'd have lots more mirrors....

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Yep porn. For those of you looking for knitting content today, sorry. Still one big blue cable.
Pretty boring to photograph. Wait though, almost there.


I'm at Maya's elementary school this week at pickup. Nancy, another Mom I know, comes up to me with a weird look. She knits. She says she was looking for my blog and "found out".
"found out what?"
"you know"

(I'm racking my brain here - what have I posted lately? swearing? cocktails?)
"about the playboy thing"
"Thea Colman, Playboy pictures"
"not me, really"
"I won't say anything"
"no really - did you spell it Colman, or Coleman?"
"Colman. Really, it's OK"

This goes on for a while. I'm confused, she's trying to tell me she's OK with it. I've caught on by now. Seems you can google Thea Colman and find porn.

No really, I said, "Did you click through? Cause you'd see it's not me"
She says no.

Who doesn't click through?

Honestly folks, I'm just not the material Hef's looking for. I could kidnap his favorite girlfriend, picket his house, and set up a tent in the Grotto. He's still not about to publish any photo of me without a good deal of clothing on - preferably even knitted.

But... I do come home and google myself right away.

Turns out I have a Brazilian.

I am sooooo amused.

(PS - for anyone who does click through, NOT ME. )

Thursday, January 03, 2008

what gauge?

As Clint Eastwood would have said (if he knit, and I'm so sure he did...)
we don't need no stinkin gauge.

See, I always think the beauty of knitting a hat for a new baby is that it's going to grow. (the baby, not the hat)

Everyone knits the teeny things, an no one is really thinking about what the bitty one will need about a year from now.

That is, except ME.

OK, three years from now. whatever.

I had to pry this out of Zoe's little clutches and might now be knitting another one. Maybe I'll make that one smaller and have it ready in time for handoff? We'll see.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I give you Southern Comfort Cake with a booze glaze.

in a photo.

I didn't get mocked for the photo. Instead some eye rolling and a resigned sigh. Maybe more than one sigh? Seems my freinds and family are getting used to this blogging thing, an inexplicable hobby of mine they may not understand, but none the less, they put up with.

The cake was everything it could be and more. Way easy, way tasty.

one pack of yellow cake mix
one pack of vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup of So Co
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola or veggie oil
mix it all together

pop it on the preheated 350 oven till a toothpick comes out clean - 1hr +
I did a little glaze too. Wait till the cake is a little cool, plate it, and pour it on.

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup southern comfort
1/8 cup water

Melt butter in sm pot, stir in water and sugar. Boil and stir continuously for 3 mins.
Remove from heat, add the booze. then stir for a few more mins.

The 70s was a wonderful time, when no one even expected you to whip something up from scratch! How liberating.

It leaves so much more time for the knitting.

Next time I have company, maybe I'll try the little no bake cheesecake tarts my Mom used to whip up. And celery sticks with cream cheese. Or fondue. ...

If only I could borrow Sarah's terrycloth outfit.