Saturday, March 31, 2007
Nevermind that I kept smoothing down the hem of the skirt. "Oh, it's flipping up. Hmm. Well, look how cute the yarn is knitting up. Hmm, this hem is pesky..." Soooo. We all know how that goes.
Here's the cute waistband. Too bad this is going to be frogged tonight, entirely. I've decided to do a seed stitch hem to match the waistband, and make it longer so it doesn't flip up all the time. Harumph.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
There is the opportunity to 'earn' 19 Matchbox cars. This, however, will take 138 days. Which is roughly 20 weeks. The first car comes after 2 days of good sleep behavior. The second car after three days, and so on, until we culminate at 9 days between car rewards.
Said child actually hates stickers. He is the only child I know who gets angry when he is offered stickers. (ex. A: At the doctor's office..."Why do they always give me stickers!?") So it was an easy thing to buy the requested Finding Nemo stickers. He does, however, ADORE cars.
We start tonight. Wish us luck.
ETA: As luck would have it, 4yo's first night to earn stickers toward cars was thwarted by sick younger sister last night. He did get two out of three of the requirements, though, and so was awarded a sticker. Can't blame him for being awoken by screaming, sick little sis.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I was struck, in a good way, by this poem I heard on "A Prairie Home Companion" this weekend. It's by Deborah Garrison and is from her book.
An Idle Thought
I'm never going to sleep
with Martin Amis
or anyone famous.
At twenty-one I scotched
my chance to be
one of the seductresses
of the century,
a vamp on the rise through the ranks
of literary Gods and military men,
who wouldn't stop at the President:
she'd take the Pentagon by storm
in halter dress and rhinestone extras,
letting fly the breasts that shatter
crystal -- then dump him, too,
and break his power-broker heart.
Such women are a breed apart.
I'm the type
who likes to cook -- no,
really likes it; does the bills;
buys towels and ties;
closes her eyes during kisses:
a true first wife.
The seductress when she's fifty
nobody misses, but a first wife
always knows she's first,
and the second (if he leaves me
when he's forty-five) won't forget me
either. The mention of my name,
the sight of our son -- his and mine --
will make her tense; despite
perfected bod, highlighted hair
and hip career, she'll always fear
that way back there
he loved me more
and better simply
for being first.
the fantasy's unfair to him,
who picked me young and never tried
another. The only woman he's ever left
was his mother.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire
1. What's your favourite type of yarn? Wow, hard to pin down just one. I most enjoy knitting with natural fibers, but I like cotton blends, too. I like handpainted yarn, and while I haven't knit many socks, I like sock yarn, too. Unlike some people, I do like knitting with cotton and adore denim yarn.
2. What's your least favourite type of yarn? I know that novelty yarns like eyelash and tapes have their applications, but I never use 'em. I also never knit with 100% acrylic. I'm not a fan of most wool/acrylic blends, either. And superwash is not a favorite.
3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Feel and smell the yarn yarn yarn. Then I look at the buttons. The buttons in yarn stores are always so interesting.
4. What other crafts would like to do? I think I'd like to learn how to solder jewelry one day and also learn pottery, but for now I am very satisfied with knitting.
5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? Interweave Knits & The New Yorker
6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference:
Knitting / Food / Home / Fashion / Garden / Celebrity Gossip /Crochet / Other Craft
7. What items do you like to knit? Kids' sweaters, adult sweaters, accessories like hats, mittens, bags and socks.
8. Are you allergic to anything? Not that I know of!
9. What do you like to* smell of? Linden blossom and honeysuckle.
(*This is not a typo. The question is: What do you like to smell of)
10. What's your favourite way to relax? Knitting while watching movies, exercising.
11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? The Italian cafe. If my waistline would take it, I would eat cannoli every single day.
12. What do you come out with? Cannoli and a decaf hazelnut latte. Or something chocolate. Or hot chocolate.
13. Where do you go next? To the bookstore or knitting store.
14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? I have huge feet. I can only knit a pair of socks with 400 yards or more of yarn, unfortunately, which excludes out a lot of good sock yarn out there. Also, I am not into fulling/felting projects lately.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Lil' Green sweater is finished. Oh how I loved making her. Knit from the top down, with a lovely pattern and a light, airy yarn, she only took about two weeks to make. Just in time for spring. As you can see, she's a might too big for M, but that was intentional. M is not quite yet 2 (almost) and is still growing quickly, and I'd like for the sweater to fit her in the fall and winter, too.
Pattern: Children's Neckdown Cardigan by Knitting Pure Simple, size 4
Yarn: Cascade Cotton Rich, somewhere around 8 skeins
Modifications: longer arms, jacket collar option
The second photo is courtesy of N, who is 4.5 and has had several handknitted sweaters of his own, although only one has appeared on this blog.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Ok really. Back to life, as they say.
Friday, March 16, 2007
It feels funny to post a "where are they now" for my knits because this blog hasn't been around very long. But nonetheless, M wears this hat and mittens almost every single day. And I love this photo.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Wow. This is the intended yarn for the beautiful little girl dress from a few posts ago. I rescued it from someone else's stash. And it's actually the yarn prescribed in the pattern; Schaefer's Laurel, a mercerized 100% cotton. Amazing, as I tend to substitute due to the size of my stash and thriftiness.
However, there is one thing holding me up...
One sleeve, one collar and six buttons, that is. This is a neck-down cardigan for my daughter, made from Cascade Cotton Rich. Amazing stuff, seriously. I would not normally say this about a yarn, but this yarn has been frogged no less than 5 times (yes, five) and was still knittable and held together quite well most places. I think that deserves high marks. Lemme see, first this was a seed stitch cardi for her, and I even had the buttons sewn on, but then wanted to make a Tomten. Shoulda stuck with my first inkling there. I ripped out the Tomten three times, only to determine I wouldn't have enough yarn to finish it and didn't want to buy more (see aforementioned thriftiness). Then remembered adoring knitting from the neck-down and investigated how many yards were required for a small cardi--surprisingly few! So I started this about a week ago. Perfect for spring, that is...spring in the northwoods where 20" of snow has melted in the last three days, leaving us with a lagoon for a backyard.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
As the Teletubbies might say. And can't forget a BIG HUG for Blue Eyed Daisy, who made this gorgeous hat for my son's classmate going through treatment for leukemia. Thanks so much for your generosity. It is difficult to see in the photo, but this very soft hat has reverse stockinette flowers around it. It's made of Rowan Calmer--absolutely perfect for a sensitive girly head.