Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Using a thicker yarn, I made a lacy cowl that actually might keep you toasty. This, I call Thunder Cowl.
Veering away from an exclusively-Malabrigo book, I diversified by using this amazing skein of Madelinetosh Vintage in the colorway Black Velvet. Ship Bay Beret utilizes a broken, or "mistake" rib pattern that looks deceptively like brioche. Very sneaky.
Last, but definitely not least, is Stricken, knit with Dream In Color's new base, Jilly. I named it because it looks like bolts of lightning, ones that might strike. I had no idea (and this makes me a bad Waldorfian) that Stricken auf Deutsch means "to knit." This is equally embarrassing because Dream In Color was created by two Waldorf moms. Ah well, I took Spanish in school.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Steven Be's store, so I asked if it would be cool to meet there. Leslie doesn't knit very much, but she accommodated my request. Obviously, I got distracted:
MadelineTosh in the colorway Dead Sexy, and on the right is an amazing, sparkly yarn by Three Irish Girls in the colorway Trust Me, I'm The Doctor. They had almost an entire merch island devoted to Doctor Who. My kind of store!
Loopy Mango yarn, and I kid you not, just lying around. Even Leslie was impressed! Or at least I asked her to look impressed, and she complied!
Modern Times, which had such delicious food (and a friend I had nearly ignored for several minutes while I was fawning over yarn) that I did not take any pictures. Then we headed to Electric Fetus Records, which had a very impressive selection. Doug found a record by the De Zurik Sisters, and we had to buy it. They grew up on a farm in Minnesota and developed the most uncanny yodeling-in-harmony we've ever heard:
- It's as pretty as New England this time of year. That means super pretty.
- People stun you with their niceness, kind of like in the South. Apparently this is called Minnesota Nice.
- There are Meat Raffles. At bars, probably on game nights, you can enter a Meat Raffle and come home with meat.
- This is Choir Country. I love choirs.
- In the wintertime, people leave parkas and sleeping bags in parks so the homeless can try to keep warm. This warms the cockles of my heart.
- A Prairie Home Companion.
- The Walker Museum of Modern Art is impressive, but unpretentious. There's a big spoon and a cherry!
- I am susceptible to Frost Bite.
Also, on our way out, we stopped for breakfast in St. Paul. I had a bacon caramel roll at Swede Hollow:
Monday, July 28, 2014
I hope you like this shawl! If you do, twirl on over to Ravelry and buy it now!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Doug and I are back from our honeymoon, and I'm buckling down to publish all the new patterns I've come up with in the last year! First up, Endurance Socks, a pattern I came up with when making a present for my dad's 70th birthday. His (I didn't get a good photograph) were the reverse of these; brown, with a blue stripe, and I loved them so much while making them, I had to use the leftover yarn to make some for myself.
I finished these on a rainy day in Sighnaghi, a lovely town in Georgia (the country). After I finished the toe on the second sock, the clouds parted, and I got to try them on a hike to the Bodbe Monastery down the road. This was the first real hike of our honeymoon, and it proved to me that I was not in shape.
Things changed gradually. After walking uphill and down, laden with our luggage, looking for lodging, my calves began to become something other than soft pads behind my bony shins. In fact, I was quite happy during our hike in Cappadocia, where the only lost breath was that which I had to catch, taking in all the beauty!
OK, so my calves aren't really much to write home about, but look how comfy the socks are! Also, just minutes after this picture was taken, Doug and I saw a hoopoe! This is exciting because of two things: I have a tattoo of a hoopoe, though I'd never seen one in person before, and hoopoe sightings are a rare occurance, even for those who live near their environment!
So now, thanks to my wonderful testers who have been working with me as I traveled, I have published the pattern! I highly recommend them for comfort during hikes, long walks, runs, and cuddling at home.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Because the printable labels for the return address have't arrived, I thought I'd tackle something else on the list: sort through and clean all tote bags.
What is it with tote-bags and being a knitter? Once a project is done, do I diligently return the yarn to my stash? Oh no. It stays in the bag. Eventually when the bag gets too full of scraps, it leaves rotation (translation: new tote-bag) along with all the receipts, lotion tubes, pens and pencils, notebooks, and magazines. Even, in the case of one tote-bag, other tote-bags.
So I did it! I went through all the tote-bags, purses, and back-packs! Want to see? I knew you did!
That's a lot of bags! I saved the best for last--my new Wool bag from my friend Grace. The cloth bags are all going straight into the laundry. I'm going to add that as a task on CARROT, now!
So lets have a look at what was hiding in my tote-bags (which I keeps piled in the basket next to the wicker basket):
Anna Vogelzang and Neko Case CDs, and some loose shawls.
What a mess! Oh well, now I know what I have, it should be fairly easy to put away (toiletries go to the bathroom, yarn goes in the stash, wedding magazines...meh, they get recycled because after you've read one, you've read them all!