Thursday, November 11, 2010

Like Mommy!

Please excuse the sideways photos in this post. Blogger is not liking my photos today and keeps reorienting them.

Good Night Moon has been one of N's favorite books for a while. I have to say that it has a fond place in my heart too because it features a lovely knitting bunny.

Anyway, N has recently started requesting this book again every night. When he gets to this page:
He says, "Like Mommy!" I assume he means the knitting and I am happy. Although maybe he means the old lady part or maybe the whispering "hush." Hmmm...

Anyway, today we were reading and we got to this page:
And N said, "Like Daddy!"

Not sure what that's all about.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Finally got myself together and sewed the sleeves on my sweater and I'm so glad I did. I really like the way it turned out.

Here are the pics from my photo shoot yesterday. As you can see, J decided to join me and make funny faces. Got to love him!

Pattern: Salina by Kim Hargreaves
Size: XS/ 32" bust
Yarn: 9 skeins of Knit Picks City Tweed DK in Plum Wine (55% Merino Wool/ 25% Superfine Alpaca/ 20% Donegal Tweed/ 123 yds/ 50g)
Needles: Size 5 (body), Size 3 (seed stitch cuff and bottom edge)
Modifications: Knit in the round up to armhole shaping. I also knit the cuffs directly on the sleeves. I cast on 63 stitches with size 3 needles and knit 30 rows of seed stitch even. Then I bound off 3 st at the beginning of the next two rows and switched to size 5 needles and joined to knit in the round (57 st). I had to switch the beginning of round to the opposite side of the cuff. I then knit the sleeves in the round to the sleeve cap shaping.
Buttons: Favorite Finding Shellz by Lansing--4 approximately 3/8" square (came in a bag of 40 with both squares and rectangles)

Ravelry link to my sweater.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Coming Soon(ish) to a Blog Near You

My poor Salina sweater is pining away for me in my knitting bag waiting for its sleeves to be sewn on. It's been there for about a week. Meanwhile, I've been working on designing and knitting doll sweaters and a lace gift which will be revealed later.

Oh, and I've been buying yarn for my future projects.

I bought this yarn a while ago for a striped raglan sweater that I have designed (in my head). It is inspired by Jared Flood's Turn a Square hat.

This yarn was an early Christmas gift from my mom and will be the simple turtleneck sweater Tang from Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits.

I finally reached my 250 points at the knit shop and earned a $25 off an purchase over $25 coupon. So I used that to get this yarn for Kate Davies' Paper Dolls. I'm doing a light blue sweater with the dolls in dark brown and the other accents in white.

I also broke down and bought this pattern: Blackberry Cardigan by Alexandra Charlotte Dafoe. For a better picture, check it out on Ravelry.

Oh knitting bug, you've really got a good hold on me.

Ought to be cleaning my house or sewing some Christmas presents. Oh well. Think I'll go knit on my lace project instead. Maybe I'll get to those sweater sleeves tonight. It's finally getting cold enough to wear it--in the mornings and evenings at least.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Halloween was filled with crafting and sewing for me this year. I made this:

A "field journal" to hold food for the animals he was rescuing.

And this:
A rescue pack--for J's Diego costume.

I made these:
For N's "Poley" or polar bear costume.

Here they are on Halloween:
As you can see, N refused to even try on his polar bear "sweater" and J decided to wear his Spiderman costume from last year. Oh well.

At least J wore the Diego costume to our neighborhood Trunk or Treat and his school Halloween parade.

B and I also got invited to an adult Halloween costume party this year. J decided we should be Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. So I made a hooded cape for me and a furry tunic with tail, hood and ears for B.

Anyway, hope you all had a fun-filled Halloween!

I'm ready to take a break from sewing and get back to my knitting. I am ALMOST finished with my Salina sweater and can't wait to get it finished. Maybe one day it will get cold enough here in Texas to actually wear it. Maybe :).

J's Art

I am so impressed with how J's drawing skills are developing. Had to share his latest: a lion he drew for his cousin Oscar.