A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

October 29, 2011

Falling Tears

Pattern: Falling Tears by Lucy Gerbil
Yarn: Watercolors II from The Periwinkle Sheep in Silver Lining
Notes: I loved knitting these socks. The pattern is so simple but I think it really pops in this yarn. If you are not an experienced sock knitter this pattern isn't for you. The heel turn and gusset instructions read, "Now work the heel turn and the gusset decreases after your own fashion." That's it. I also forgot about the patterning on the top of the foot so my socks have an abbreviated version of it.

October 27, 2011

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Sorry for the late post.

H is for Hat. But it's also for what the Hell?

Sorry, Honey.

October 26, 2011

Vogue Holiday Preview

It's up and runs from A to Z. I'm pretty sure I don't need to ask what you all think of this issue.

October 24, 2011

Scene from the Elementary School Halloween Party

Exchange while volunteering at the book fair.

Other Volunteer Dad: So what do you do?
Me: I manage a yarn shop.
OVD: Wow, a gun shop? (he makes a gun with the fingers of one hand)
Me: No, a yarn shop. (he looks disappointed) You were about to think I was a lot more interesting, weren't you?

October 22, 2011

Good Even-ing

I've been pretty obsessed with makeup lately. I realized yesterday that today's Halloween party at Younger Son's school (that I never dress up for) would be a great opportunity to go insane with makeup. And I have. This is my take on a vampire queen look inspired by Pixiwoo.

I don't know if it's scary to you but it made my kids scream when they saw me!

ETA: I made my hair a little crazier and added an appropriate necklace.

This is fun!

October 21, 2011

October 16, 2011

Uptown Boot Socks

Pattern: Uptown Boot Socks by Jennifer Appleby
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Blacklight
Needle: US2 Addi Turbo
Notes: These socks were in the first issue of Interweave Knits I ever bought, Winter 2003. They have been on my mental knitting list for all these years. I finally started them in February then stalled. It took me seven months to knit the first sock and a week to knit the second. It's a very easy pattern but I had lots of trouble counting my rows in this dark yarn and was forced to wear reading glasses when knitting them at night.

October 15, 2011

Non-Felted Slippers

Pattern: Non-Felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura
Yarn: Handspun by me
Needle: US9
Notes: I wanted a quick and easy pair of warm slippers to wear around the house. This pattern is really fun and fast! I think the slippers are very cute and I love wearing them because they are so squishy. I've been wearing them a lot which is why they are covered in dog fur.

The yarn I used was spun by me when I was suffering from tendinitis. I spun it using just my right hand. It was a challenge and it came out very thick. It was perfect for these slippers and I used but every last bit of it.

October 14, 2011

Another Year, Another Red Sweater

Pattern: Basics EPS sweater
Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash
Needle: US9
Notes: Younger Son no longer fits in the sweater I knit for him last year (that he wore nearly every day last winter) so it was time for yet another red sweater. I completely improvised this based on Elizabeth's Percentage System (info is available in all of Elizabeth Zimmermann's books). I made the neck a little too high but my son likes it because it's very cozy.

October 13, 2011

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Holiday preparations are continuing. Today's entry, Santa Pig!

Sung to the tune of Spider Pig.

Santa pig, Santa pig

Does whatever Santa pig does

Can he ride, in a sleigh

No he can't, he's a pig

Look out, he's Santa pig

October 12, 2011

New Knitscene

Is up. Please discuss.

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October 10, 2011

October 6, 2011

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Fresh from the spring runway, the "I Ran Out of the Hairdresser's in the Middle of My Root Touch-up" collection.

To best recreate this look we recommend capturing and skinning your own settee.

October 4, 2011

One of Those Bulletted Lists

  • Life feels a bit stressful right now.

  • I'm trying not to start too many new projects so I don't feel overwhelmed.

  • I knit my younger son his annual red raglan sweater in seven days in bulky yarn. That felt really good.

  • I went to Portland for Oregon Flock and Fiber but never made it to the fair.

  • I did do a lot of tax-free shopping.

  • I've become obsessed with makeup for some unknown reason and watch Pixiwoo and Lisa Eldridge videos all the time. Maybe I just like their accents.

  • I finished the first Uptown Boot Sock last night that I started in February.

  • I'm thinking of knitting these slippers in some handspun as a quick diversion.

  • Marnie MacLean is coming from Portland for a Twist Collective trunk show at the Seattle Knitters Guild tomorrow. It's free and open to all.