Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lots of knitting, very little to show.

It is very hard to post right now because I've been doing a lot of knitting, but a lot of it is for gifts and cannot be posted.

The mitered square blanket was gifted the day before baby Lauren arrived. I hope that she will like it!

I played with Kool Aid to dye some roving that I bought at GS last weekend. Here it is in the process of dyeing:

(Um, just kidding. I can't find the camera cord anywhere. I remember seeing it before we painted the guest room but now I have no idea where it is. Shoot! And Justin's not responding to my "have you seen it?" "I still can't find it..." comments)

10 minutes later: CORD FOUND!

This is what the roving looked like to start:

Here it is in the process of dyeing:

I don't have a picture of the final product because I haven't made it yet. I was really happy with the red that's in the lower left of the photo. The other colors were ok.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Last of the yellow walls

The last of the yellow walls are gone! We painted the guest room a nice, fresh shade of green. We even painted the ceiling (hence the picture of me with a crick in my neck). The pictures of the new color don't do it justice, but you can see some of the improvement.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Julie's Visit

Julie visited from MN after she traveled to CT for work. We had a fun time eating in Providence, crocheting at Graceful Stitches, tasting beer at Leta and Tom's, and touring the Breakers in Newport. Such a fun (but too short) weekend! I also saw "Trick my Truck" for the first time. :)_

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Step one: felted

Ok, so I took the Christmas Tree Hat idea and wanted to translate that into a felted Christmas tree. I altered the pattern a lot, and added a lip to the bottom. It's drying right now, so I need to decide how to decorate it. I made some garlands, but I haven't felted them yet. What do you think? How should I decorate my tree?

(Heidi asked for's 14 inches tall and 22.5 inches in circumference)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Christmas Tree Hat

I love this little project (even though the trimming of the tree took longer than the actual knitting!) I knit it for Graceful Stitches, and the pattern is from Too Cute!

Here it is by itself:

Here it is modeled by the only thing I have in this house with a child-sized head:

Now I've got ideas for a non-hat version for our house...more to follow.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Great Finishing Miracle 2006 (Or, what not to do when you're making the pattern up as you go along)

This is a baby gift for an undisclosed recipient (pretty please--ignore the horrible light [and the pillow holding the items up]...the sun sets at 4:00 p.m. in New England at this time of year, so there was no natural light to be found). I decided that there was enough yarn for both a stroller/car seat blanket, and a little jacket. I decided that I would just wing it and see what I came up with. Now that I think about it, I should have made the jacket first. Then the blanket could have been made to whatever length of yarn I had left. But did I think that far ahead? Oh no, because I was winging it and laughing in the face of danger (this from a woman who has worn off the S on her keyboard from saving her documents obsessively). As you might guess, I barely had enough yarn to finish the edging of the collar on the jacket. As in maybe 1.5 inches left, even after cheating and using p2tog at random intervals around the edge to save yarn. However, I managed to weave in the ends, so this is now known as the Great Finishing Miracle of 2006. (there were other acts of divine intervention involved with this project, but I would feel very foolish if I mentioned them all)

Look! Sock #1 is done. That is the sad start of Sock #2 on the needles next to my foot. I am suffering from second sock syndrome.

This has been exacerbated by the fact that I picked up a kit to knit for the shop and it’s adorable. Can you guess what this will be?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

it's knowing the little things

I know I've only been married a little over 2 years, but it's amazing to me how much you can learn about a person in that short amount of time. For instance, I just walked downstairs to find my husband watching South Park. That's right, South Park. Knowing him like I do, I know that the poor guy is past his threshold and needed something brainless. He's been working on his grad school application, grading, sorting out the car title mess, and a bunch of other things. Poor guy needs a break, and how do I know? He's watching South Park.