Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Yes, that is the Elder Hug-a-Bug wearing short sleeves. Have a good night,
Don't forget your booties, 'cause it's cold out there...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Have a great Wednesday,
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The mittens are NHM #5 from Selbuvotter by Terri Shea. The pattern is written for a toddler-sized mitten at 8 stitches to the inch, but I made them at 6 stitches to the inch and they fit a 4-nearly-5 year-old hand.
This book is an examination of a style of knitting begun in the middle of the 19th century and which became the basis for what everyone considers traditional Norwegian mittens and gloves.
Terri Shea took photos of original mittens and charted them for modern use.
This is a fascinating collection and I am very tempted to make each and every pair in here.
The hat is the Norwegian Star from Hats On! by Charlene Schurch. I ran out of white yarn after the design as you see it, so I omitted the lice stitch on the crown.
I begin a Norwegian Mittens class this afternoon and I plan to make a pair for the Younger Hug-a-Bug as my demonstration mittens.
I have domestic responsibilities to which I must tend (doesn't that sound nicer than I have to take out the garbage?)
Enjoy your Sunday!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Email me at bandjontheriver(at)msn(dot)com with your addresses and you should expect some fun mail within the week.
Thanks again for reading,
Sunday, October 12, 2008
and I got this remnant for $3.50 at Treadle, plus 3 felt squares and an eighth of a yard of trim, this one cost about $7.00.
It's really late at night, so I am going to try to go back to sleep.
Have a great Sunday, if you're in the Twin Cities, the Mason-Dixon Knitters are going to be at the William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium at 1:00 and there are free tickets still available at the Yarnery.
Should be a hoot!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Here are three aprons that I made for a craft show last December, and they have been sitting in my closet longing for a home
Let's call them-
Please leave a comment indicating which one you would like and I will pick a winner at random.
So many things have happened in the last year.
My children have grown so much.
Coming here every few days has helped keep me on task with my knitting and sewing projects too.
I have a habit of starting too many things and then forgetting what it was that I was working on, but now I have pretty pictures to look at to remind me.
The best thing about being here in blogland is the lovely community of bloggers.
I have made new friends and found old ones.
Such a joy.
Thanks everyone for coming and sharing this space with me.
Update: the comments are closed. Winners chosen. Thanks,
Friday, October 10, 2008
"Today is Friday? Does that mean that we get fries?"
So we pack up the car and get ourselves over to Coffee News Cafe.
And we ordered the best fries in the city.
If one is a fan of potatoes, salt and fresh garlic (as I am) these will hit the spot.
So perfect for a gloomy afternoon.
Hope you have a good Fry-day too!
Stay tuned for a give-away tomorrow.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Yesterday, I had a quick doctor appointment, and the kids were taken care of until I had to be at work about 2 hours later, so I went to the Mississippi and did some exploring.
Bear in mind that it had been about 14 years since I have been up and down these paths, and I was also wearing totally inappropriate shoes, but I had a terrific time.
I had so much fun that I went back today during my semi-weekly 50 minutes of personal time.
I'm glad that this time I wore my sensible shoes.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I was going to cheat, until the Elder Hug-a-Bug said, "Let's make her a soft kitten to hug"
Well, luckily for us both, I got this great book at one of my favorite haunts, Sixth Chamber Books.
There is an animal pattern for each letter of the alphabet.
A for armadillo
B for bear
C for cat
D for dog
You get the idea, but beyond the usual suspects, there is also X for Xiphosura which is the scientific name for a horseshoe crab, and V for vole.
I am very tempted to make everything in this book.
The cat came together pretty easily.
I cut out the pieces last night and did the assembly this morning.
I had to adjust the shape of the head a little in the back, it was kinda poofy, but the rest was really well designed.
As with every birthday present that I have made in the last year, the Elder Hug-a-Bug insisted that she lead the way with the stuffing, and she loves to sew that last seam.
I am pretty happy with it, I did have a lot of trouble with the face, but I always do.
The best part is that I get to make the toy, but then it clutters up someone else's house.
I wish you all happy sweater-wearing,
It is officially fall 'round here,
Friday, October 3, 2008
I am definitely in my Tree Period.
Last year I began a mural on the wall in my children's room, which is still in progress, ahem, of a tree in the spring.
When I was in Germany, I became somewhat the butt of jokes for taking so many pictures of trees.
This one is a metal-plated fallen tree in the Insel Hombroich in Neuss, where we spent an afternoon.O.k. I obviously didn't take this one, since that is me there, but you get the idea.
This is only a sampling, I took a bunch more, and I may indeed have a problem.
I even had my friend Sofie pose on this stump.
Can you imagine how big this tree must have been?
When I taught my children using fiber class at the Yarnery we made needle felted pictures and here is my sample.
My new project is this:
I have wanted to do a collage-feel tree quilt for a while.
When I came across green scraps of fabric I set them aside and the other night I cut out a bunch of leaves.
Here it is all laid out, but I think I've made an error, because now I don't quite know how to attach them.
I probably should have ironed stitch witchery on the fabric before I cut out anything, but I just wanted to get going, famous last words...
I was going for an ordered chaos feel in the leaf placement and I hope that I can replicate when I finally attach them.
On another note, I have finished the scarf I was making out of the 13 Mile Organic Wool.
It is blocking right now, and I am excited to take it out for a test drive.
Have a terrific Friday!