Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Sweet Pea for a Baby-to-be

My little cousin is expecting her first child soon, and a request was made for me to knit a sweater.
I have seen so many different iterations of the Puerperium Sweater, I couldn't resist giving it a try.
Such a speedy knit, I started it on Friday and tonight all that remains is the buttons.
I can't decide if I want green or if I should try to match the melon color of the yarn.
I will say that my knitting speed was greatly influenced by watching The Imitation Game. Such an exciting movie, my needles were flying!
What's on your needles tonight?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Knitting Inspiration

There was a series on PBS a couple of weeks ago that looked interesting to me, so I taped it and tonight I finally got around to watching the first episode.
It's a murder mystery set in Shetland (called Shetland), and there on the screen was Peerie Floores by Kate Davies.
The mystery is pretty good, but the knitwear is spectacular. There was another scene with what appeared to be a natural version of the Puffin Sweater.
About two years ago I read on Kate's blog that she had a few designs on this program, but I forgot all about it until today.
Such delicious knits, I highly recommend finding this show, if only too drool. 
My own knitting has been cooking along. I've made some headway into Pioneer Girl as well. 
What's on your needles today? 
Joining Ginny and Nicole 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Free Ners Old

Actually, she can say three years old, but her older sister couldn't at this age, and I kind of miss that stage of baby speak.
Because, this tiny person is now three years old!

The Youngest is growing every day.
She loves to read books and sing songs and play dolls.
She loves to climb and run and throw.
She is right on track, developmentally speaking, for the perfect amount of 3-year-old sass.

I'm feeling a little wistful this morning.
I'll never have such a tiny baby again.
It's the end of one chapter, but the continuation of the rest of the parenting story.
The Elder is heading to Middle school in the fall, The Younger is growing more mature every day and then one more year with The Youngest at home before she is school-bound.
It's the blink of an eye.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

There Must Be Something More to Us...

So, there we were at Target, and what do I see but Charlotte's Web for $5.00.
Since it was one of my favorite movies as a kid (tied with The Secret of NIMH) I snapped it up.
The Youngest has been thoroughly enjoying it, and the other day she saw my go-to book of toy patterns and pointed out Wilbert on the cover.

(Yeah, it is Wilbur, but she will not be convinced of that fact.)
This morning I had an extra hour or so, so I whipped up the Wilbert toy in time for our early birthday party with the grandparents. I used all stash fabric and stuffing, so her present was free!

She caught me in the act of sewing on the eyes, so it wasn't a surprise, but I think she likes him.
Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for KCCO.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Yarn Along (a couple days early)

Working on Wednesday mornings has really cut into my knit-blogging-time, let me tell you...
This week, however, it's Spring Break and I have all the time in the world.

After 14 years of knitting, and 12 years working at yarn shops, I have a sizable yarn stash and it is a goal of mine to begin knitting that down over the next year.
I pre-ordered Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos over two years ago, and when it came I was so excited to choose a pattern and cast on. However, I got busy and now, finally, I am starting my first project Autumn's End.
This sweater is knit from Tracie yarn that I snagged in a clearance sale a few years ago.
I'm loving the knitting. The yarn has a great bounce, and the pattern has an easy repeat.
Though, since the season finale of The Walking Dead was so awesome last night, I had to do a little triage on a few of the lace repeats this morning.

I have been on an Autobiography kick lately. In the last two months I've read/listened to Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin, I Must Say:My Life as a Humble Comedy Genius by Martin Short, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch and I started, but did not finish yet, As You Wish by Cary Elwes and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. My book club decided to read Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but it proved difficult to find, so we put it off for the future. I had already ordered my copy, though, and so now I'm reading that. Any annotated book takes me years to read, I get so distracted by the notes, so I'm not too far into it, but it's an enjoyable read so far.
What's on your needles right now?
Joining Ginny

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Something New

Rather than follow my usual modus opperandus for Easter dress production (that is, working late into the night before, or the morning of) I thought I'd try something new this year.
I planned ahead.
I bought the fabric months ago, it was on clearance at the New Year's sale. I cut out a bodice right away, and then it lost priority to other projects. However, this afternoon I squeezed in an hour or two at the sewing table and finished it up.
My original bodice was of a cotton broadcloth, but as the skirt is knit it made more sense to go with a knit bodice as well. I re-purposed a t-shirt, though I had to bring it in a bit, the only solid tee I found was a size 6X. I added a ribbon sash after I attached the skirt, and voila! A super fast Easter dress.

(It is nigh on impossible to take a photo in focus of a dancing-nearly-three-year-old)

The Elder's outfit is a bit of a sticky wicket. I want to make something for her, but she is SO over dresses.
I think I'll applique some flowers from my leftover fabric on a tee, and call it a day.

What's on your creative plate today? 

Saturday, March 28, 2015