Monday, February 23, 2009

New Knits

Here are some new projects in the works::

I'll save the details until they are finished:-)

Until I post again, check this out:

Spooky crafts by Green Kitchen, so much fun. I particularly like the beet root rat tails.

And then there's Julia Nunes and her ukulele. Check out some videos here, but don't blame me when you get sucked in for hours. great stuff

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rainy Days

Hello from the San Francisco airport! Where the current security level is "Orange", and the skies are grey. Dudes, I just spent four of the rainiest days in sunny California. It rained, it poured, and it misted.

Luckily I had some great company on the couch, and we even ventured outside to watch one stage of the Tour of California! We went to one of the more remote locations south of San Francisco, and we were amazed at the thousand or so other fans that were there too. We were also amazed at a couple of things::
--the anticipation of the racers coming {any second!} is a lot of fun
--they didn't appear to be going that fast, yet...
--they passed by in a flash
--we couldn't identify a single racer
--we took a little video, watched it in slow motion and still couldn't identify anyone
--c could take them in a race ;-)

I'm hoping to leave the rain behind for sunnier Boston skies... really it's crazy that I'm counting on Boston to bring me sun, but it was shining the day I left!::

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

um, they're all outtakes...

I had some extra Noro Kochoran, so I knit it up into a hat to go with my mittens of the same yarn. Maybe I'm joining the party late, but I'm really loving garter stitch*, so knit up a Zeebee. I knit it, then, I tried to photograph it, here's the best of the bunch::

{with my Kochoran Mitered Mittens}

{with a t-shirt I love, in my favorite bathroom}

{almost, but not quite}

The Kochoran is a wool, silk, angora blend ~ so soft. But I started to notice a little problem with the angora. It's been pretty dry a bit chilly around here, so I'm always putting the hood of my down jacket up and down when I'm outside. The result? The angora is full of static! So there are times when I have the hat on and there's a huge halo of static-y angora sticking straight out of the hat in all directions. oops.

*Garter stitch and Kochoran are so great together that they've inspired my next LARGE project...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Shortest Month

A quick Haiku to February and Elizabeth Zimmerman's February Sweaters::

It's cold, and it's short,
but there's possibility
in a new sweater.

February in Boston, 11:30 am

On to the sweaters ~ I've finished my forth and fifth February Sweaters, and I still love the pattern!

This baby version is for a new little boy, so I went with a stockinette body rather than the lace pattern:: {see the cute car button at the bottom? I love my jars of buttons*}

yarn ~ Lorna's Laces Worsted Weight {less than one ball!}
needles ~ size 5

I had to knit from both ends of the ball to keep it from pooling on the body, then all hell broke loose on the sleeves, so there's a bit of pooling there... but soon there will be drooling!...

And the February Lady Sweater is for me::yarn ~ Lion Brand Cone Wool. It's 100% wool, ?fingering weight?, and comes on a cone of 2000 yards. So with one cone I was able to knit the whole sweater holding the yarn double, and still have enough left over to knit a little lace scarf!
needles ~ US 7

It's too cold for model shots, maybe I'll take some in Cali next week?
The exciting tid-bit about this sweater is that it only cost a whopping $11 dollars! It's usually $22 at Joann's, but I had a 50% off coupon. yay

Now I'm off to burrow under the covers*