Monday, December 31, 2007
But when I bought my new computer I gave in and added the 80GB Classic to the mix. Now on my long drives between Bellingham and Vancouver Ira Glass and Dan Savage keep me company. Plus I don't have to fumble with cds. Basically, I'm happy.
So my iPod makes my life easier and I repay it by keeping it in a sock. Until yesterday.
At home sick and bored bored bored, I turned to the sewing machine. I kinda had to redeem myself after a certain sewing project last April. You see, I hate to sew. I don't have the patience. But I always get ideas... and convince myself I can do them... and then, well... then it's last April and there's a pillowcase project consuming me.
Needless to say, this tiny project was much smoother. I just made a little pocket out of felt, and attached a heart for cuteness.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The mission behind the Great Snow-Yarn Debacle was to get yarn to start work on a Christmas gift for my mom. The Potluck Mittenettes were supposed to be it... but... they seemed a little too tight around the knuckles and I wanted my mom to be able to type when she wore them. Plus, I didn't like the holes the M1 increase made (or I made, I guess!). Basically, not gifting worthy.
After scouring many patterns, I settled back on Fetching (you'll recognize from Gray Yarny Love). This time however I decided to eliminate the thumbs to make typing easier. I picked up the stitches around the thumb hole and bound off as loosely as possible. It seems to have worked out well.
Finally, I can present... Thumbless Fetching.
yarn: Cascade 22o handpainted
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Book from sister, markers & cable needles from mom, needles & (flute) case from aunt.
Lovely Nest Tote knit by my sister.
I'm so impressed by that lace work.
She also knit me an urchin that I've barely taken off since opening. See it here.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Every year when I come home for the holidays, my sister politely requests/begs me to make "the trail mix...without pretzels, I hate it when you put in pretzels!" After calmly explaining that it's Chex Mix not "trail mix" I lovingly oblige (but I keep the pretzels).
I think we could be the new commercial.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Behold our lovely Christmas tree.
Did you know that if you wait until the 22nd, a Christmas tree is hard to find? We just wanted to take a quick trip to pick out our Christmas tree. We drove to our usual spot... no trees. We drove to a nearby spot... no trees. We went to Fred Meyer... no trees. We followed the big signs to "39th and Main XMAS TREES $15"... no trees.
Finally, a crummy little sign on the corner, "All trees $8" ... trees! trees! trees! We giggled the whole time...
Christmas trees are included in "anything" ... I wonder what else?
Friday, December 21, 2007
Meet these cute little owls, hand crafted by my friend Taune. She's recently forayed into the stuffed-animal building arena. I wish you could see the cute tail feathers on these... too cute. (and it's her own pattern too!)
Help me convince her to open at etsy.com account!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
In early November we were out in the chilly weather. She lamented the loss of her favorite gray fingerless mitts ("I liked that they were gray, I could wear them with anything!"). Her hands were so cold. Immediately, I concocted a plan. I ordered some Debbie Bliss in silver gray and geared up for some DPN knitting. With the help of my sister I had a pretty decent first time project. A few weeks ago, out again in the chilly weather, I spotted the recipient with new GRAY fingerless mitts. I was bummin'. New plan, I'd offer her the gray mitts and the chance to trade for the color of her choice. Last night the gifting went down. I blurted out the story. She laughed... she had just lost the partner to her new mitts. Once again, she was in need of gray fingerless mitts! Even though it was a birthday present (she's a Christmas baby), I think this could be safely referred to as a Christmas Miracle.
Bottomline, she was pleased (she claims to have got teary eyed), I was pleased.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Please come soon. I want to share my crafting/knitting with friends and family.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
It was a pretty quick knit and I only messed them up a couple of times! Originally they were going to be a gift...but... I kinda wanted them. Other reasons apply, but an explanation would erase the surprise. Also, I must mention my knitting assistant on this project, Horatio, who took to sneaking licks at the yarn every so often.
Today I finished them up just in time for some market/library adventures with Molly. Then I put them to the test at a Pickford shift. Later they didn't do so well on a long , long, long walk to Fairhaven via Boulevard Park. My fingers were freezing!
Overall, super happy.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday morning I woke up to snowflakes. My first thought? "What am I going to knit?! I finished the secret something!" I decided I'd spend some time crafting other neat crafties and then run out to the yarn store. Then, it became apparent that things were getting interesting outside. I decided to venture out.
So, motivated by Apple Yarns and an added task to get yeast for a roomie, the adventure began. About 3 blocks from my house I went into a slide. The next thing I know there's about 4 or 5 cars in front of me stuck going up a small hill. (Keep in mind there's about an inch of snow on the ground.) I followed a car weaving in and out of the stuckies. After much slow slow driving I made it to the freeway (where I got up to 40mph!).
Apple Yarns was basically empty... I grabbed the yeast at a nearby grocery store and headed home. Things went well (very slow, but well) until I got back to where I first slid. This big gargantuan truck was flying down the hill and forced me to the side of the road, where I slid and hit the curb. A roomie came to help and we got my car straighted out and parked. We hiked the last few blocks back.
But I think it was worth it.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
1. Liz's Scarf: I continued to work on Liz's scarf with plans to finish it. Except... I kind of messed up big time, and had to undo about 3 inches. (Which takes forever!) I tried to make up time by knitting in the car while driving (as a passenger) to Powell's...but there's plenty left to do. New goal: Thursday 11/29.
2. Secret Something: I will say, this project is my first time knitting in the round with DPNs. Something I've been shying away from. Big fat thanks to my sister for her patience and help. And I only made tiny mess ups! I'm very proud. Here's a sneak peak, it will probably look like a gray yarny blob...but really it's gray yarny love!
PS: I also finished a non-knitting project. Will post when I get some decent light in my room. (Gosh, that's funny)
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I made a couple changes to the pattern. I wasn't sure how big to make it, but I figured bigger is better than smaller, so I cast on 55 stitches instead of 50. Then the earflaps looked too small, so I picked up 11 stitches instead of 9. Plus, he decided to not have a pom on top. So it's pom-less.
I also ended up not using the Rowan yarn. The color was awesome, camouflage but more brownish. But after reading the care instructions it just seemed too intense for the recipient. I went with a basic Lion Brand "thick and quick" in charcoal instead.
Here's what it looks like. I'm saving a zoomed out shot until after it's gifted... you never know who reads the blog!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
1. In a previous post I hinted about a new project...well I finally did it. I used a little paper, a few boxes, and some modgepodge to go from this:
To this:It doesn't look like much, but when your bathroom is more like a cave (dark and damp!) anything helps. I haven't been wanting to put anything up that will ruin easily, so I think this is a decent solution. And trust me, it looks better in person.
2. I finished the Palindrome scarf. It was way faster than the Irish Hiking scarf. If you are thinking they look similar... you're right. The Palindrome is basically a double sided Irish Hiker, more or less.
3. Yesterday a beautiful little package of yarn arrived on my doorstep, much to my surprise. A package on Veterans Day! The Rowan is for a hat and the Debbie Bliss a secret-something-else.
4. The hip little ladies of Garden Street hosted a Bake-Off last night. Theme: Childhood favorites. A delicious potato dish took first prize, and this little piggy came in second:
Friday, November 9, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
The past few days I've been able to work away at a scarf for Molly's mom. She was a heroic figure in the life of Adele (who sadly passed away in September). To thank her for her help, I'm making her a Palindrome scarf. I started out following the pattern, then started over, then made adjustments, then started over, and now I'm back to the original. It's a pretty quick knit which is fortunate, since Adele died a month and a half ago! Here's the so far:
I've got another little project in the works. Can you guess what it is?!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The Irish Hiking Scarf was finished last week or so. The recipient promises I can take a photo of her sometime soon to post.
Pretty fabric push pins were featured in a post a bit ago too. I love making them so much. I made a ton more tonight to shi p off to a few more friends. Feel free to make requests people, give me reasons to craft while listening to Savage Love and This American Life.
We decided not to go with the sp ice rack and just put them on the shelf. But for the record, I did build one. A not so functional one, but still. I'm crossing it off .
The utensil holders are the latest bit of excitement at the Homestead. Do you know the best part of living in a house that will soon be demolished? You can kind of get a little wild with a hammer. Our forks, spoons, and knives are very happy.
That leaves just the ear-flap hat (postponed til Continental picks up) and the lunch sack (probably needing a sewing machine). Seems like now I'm going to have to turn my productivity to winterizing the house. Also known as the uphill-battle-we-will-never-win.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
More. I have to put up this delightful photo I took today on my walk to the co-op.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Introducing mupcakes! Muffin-cupcakes. Yesterday I felt the need to set off the smoke alarm so I started to cook and bake simultaneously. The baking resulted in blueberry/cranberry muffins topped with a vanilla glaze. A definite mupcake.
Components of a mupcake: a hearty muffin base (which one assumes is good for him or her) with a sweet delicate topping more aligned with a cupcake. In perfect synergy, we have: the mupcake.
Mupcakes pictured pre-vanilla glaze phase.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
knits: earflap hat, irish hiking scarf
crafts: pretty fabric push pins, a lunch sack with a freezer paper image
practical: spice rack, utensil holders, shelving
sweets: vegan blackberry-smoosh cupcakes (invented recipe)
chickens: door on the coop
And tomorrow is a dinner party with a few friends. Now I can breathe, although it's the hyperventilating I-want-to-do-everything-at-once kind of breathing.