March 2006

March 28th, 2006 - Crap

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes for my Mom, I know she really appreciated it.

While I didn't get a chance to take a finished picture of my sisters bolero, I did get an in progress shot that I liked (that I forgot about until I unloaded my camera this morning)

I have been whipping along on TJ's Trekking XXL socks as well, and I just have a bit of the leg on the second one to finish.

I am quite happy with how they have turned out so far, and I think TJ likes them as well since he keeps putting the one sock that is done on.

I did a "wrap and turn" short row heel and I think I am happier with the results then the "yarn over" short row heel. It is also easier to remember how to do, which is good when you forget to bring instructions with you.

So, I think that I am feeling another crafty endeavor coming on. I have been wondering what to do with my leftover sock yarn, and I have been seeing the little tiny hand looms both in the store and on Laura's blog. So I think I (read: TJ) am going to make a little one up. I would really like to get the little loom that Mel bought a while back, but I think that is probably out of my price range for now. So I am now on a search around Toronto to try and find weaving needles locally.

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March 20th, 2006 - Mom's Birthday

Thank you all so much for the comments about my house. TJ and I are super excited and can't wait to move in. I have already started planning the layout of the studio. (Oh, didn't I tell you the craft room has graduated to a studio? I thought it sounded better). It will be great to have our own place.

Yesterday was my very cool, very special Mom's birthday. I haven't posted much knitting lately because I was working on her birthday present.

That's right, I liked the pattern so much the first time I made it (see below) that I thought I should make it again. This is the drop stitch cardi from the fall Interweave. I made the sleeves about 2" shorter, and I didn't drop the stitches on the sleeves either. I just didn't think it would suit my Mom. I was worried that it wasn't going to fit, so I was relieved when she put it on. I hope you like it Mom, I wish I could knit you 10 birthday sweaters!

Proof that my Mom is so neat

I also finished up the Rowan Bolero I was knitting my sister. I forgot to take a picture of it though, so you will just have to look back to the one that I knit myself and imagine it in purple.

And with that, I have absolutely NO projects cast on at the moment. I haven't been able to say that in about a year. So what is next? Trekking XXL socks for my boy.

Happy Birthday Mom!

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March 10th, 2006 - House House House

The main reason for my hiatus from my blog is that TJ and I have been searching for our new home. I thought that this would be a short and enjoyable process, but no. We were looking north of Toronto, and there were lots of places for sale, but I have determined that there is a large percentage of the population that does not keep their house, how do I put this, to the level of cleanliness and care I would expect? Anyway, without further ado...

...our house! Yeah us! We saw it Saturday morning, and put an offer in Saturday night, and they excepted. We just firmed up the deal and waived the conditions yesterday. I am sure all of you can remember your first home, so you know the excitement I am feeling. Unfortunately the closing is not until the end of JULY. I am going to go crazy waiting. But see that little half octagon turret type thing with the three windows at the top? Craft room baby, great big craft room with 5 windows. Hot damn.

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March 1st, 2006 - A Gift

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on my Princess De. I think that is the most number of comments I have ever had on one of my posts! Thank you also for sticking around while I was on my little hiatus.

While I was gone, my best-est and close-est of friends had a birthday. And since missbedora isn't just anyone, I really wanted to knit something for her.

Even though she is a knitter herself, I know that she has not had a lot of time for knitting lately, so I decided to make her the drop stitch cardi from the Fall 2005 Interweave. I used Malabrigo, and for the smallest size it took under 4 skeins. This was the first sweater that I can say I really concentrated on what decreases to use, not necessarily following what the pattern said. It is also the first knit item I have put a zipper in, and I am quite pleased with the result.

I also know that how you present a gift can make all the difference, so I thought I would try out some ideas.

I used play-doh and toothpicks to make little knitting needles, and then knit a tiny little scarf out of the leftovers. This was the card that I put the washing instructions and a tag with extra yarn in.

Then everything got wrapped up in it's own little basket with the clothesline idea from Last Minute Gifts. I knit the little sweater with the very first yarn that missbedora taught me how to knit with, and I made the little hanger out of some floral wire. I had a lot of fun doing all this, and I think the recipient liked it. I will certainly be making this sweater for myself someday.

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