Monday, December 26, 2011


Scarf alternative - short rows and braided cable cowl so it will cover in front without being bulky on the back of the neck. This is 2 strands of Aloft and Alpaca Cloud each to make a nice, soft and warm neck cover.

Friday, December 23, 2011


So, my college roommate is having her first baby. I finished a blanket - picture soon - and here's the sweater. It's Korrigan (available on Ravelry) and I wanted to try it in cotton (you know, babies) so here is the 3 mo. size in KnitPicks Comfy fingering, ivory.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Serviceman's memorial

So we have some nice family shot on Flickr and FB, but here are some design type things I really liked - I'm trying a new mobile posting method, so these will each going their own post:
This memorial is a mother lion looking over her cubs. Hard to shoot so this just the mother

Outside the Lincoln memorial

Lincoln memorial

I'm not sure how this even came out with my phones camera. We all agreed this was our favorite memorial.
I just love the look on his face, this was our headphone tour of the Capitol.

Capitol ceiling

Capitol ceiling

Capitol ceiling hallway

Capitol ceiling

Scrollwork outside the Capitol

Scrollwork outside the Capitol

Decorated parking garage - the detail is pretty amazing if you look

Doors of the DOJ at night (you can't really see them during the day)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New recipe

And I'm putting the baby blanket together and the hat is nearly done so today we're making white chocolate brownies. There's only a cup of flour and no leavening so the dough is really sticky to work with and looks like, well, white chocolate. News at 11 I guess.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

That'll be the last thing I do in black for a while

Golly, I think I'm starting to need bifocals.  Here it is!  It's currently blocking on my playroom floor, I think the neck will look much better when that's all done.  Just in time for the coolish weather . . .yay.fin

Monday, November 28, 2011

Nearly there

I have ripped and redone half these seams and redone the neck twice. Which is even more fun when you're knitting in pitch black yarn. But I'm almost done and thank god for all the nice folks on Ravelry who were willing to part with some of this discontinued yarn - Alpaca Silk.

Friday, November 25, 2011

baby sweater

So, my college roommate is having a baby, her first, and it's kind of blowing my mind that it's been over 10 years since we had ours.  Anyway, I'm making her a baby blanket and a sweater - both in Knitpicks Comfy.  The blanket is plain cotton squares in sport weight, nothing fancy, in ocean colors.  Lay it on the grass, throw up on it, whatever, just chuck it in the wash and you're good.  But I also got some fingering Comfy in cream and I'm going to make an aran baby sweater.  My big idea is to start with the bottom band and work a 2 inch cable band laid on it's side, then pick up and knit the body up.   I was thinking of making it button up the front, but maybe a pullover with neck-side buttons would be better.  I'm doing some checking about sizing here and think I'll start looking at some of my own books for sizing guidance as I start sketching.
We're going to have leftovers tonight - yum.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy thanksgiving

Hope everyone had as nice a day as we did.
We tried some new recipes this year:
sweet potato casserole, a simpler version of cornbread and chorizo stuffing, and a new dessert because I spaced out on corn syrup so our pecan pie will be this weekend - creme brulee .
I'm also getting to the halfway point or so my modular baby blanket:

The little one wants to help me plan the layout. It

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Soccer and modular knitting

Women and Neo I think ...

So I'm doing a couple modular projects. One's a baby blanket for my college roommate who's having her first baby. She was a marine biologist so it's going to be squares of plain stockinette in ocean colors in KnitPicks Comfy sport. Here's the first square I just finished.

The other is a mod of the Beekeeper quilt - little hexes worked in the round in sock yarn. I'm going to make a best out of them and stuff them very lightly so they'll be flatter:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Something fun for fall

We made these over the weekend - awesome.  The little one also played soccer, his last regular season games and did a nice job.  That could be somewhat to do with his new found interest in hockey.  We also went to a Gladiators game:

where I worked on Sara's mittens:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Getting back to finishing things

So, I finished my Sedona mittens last night - I'll take thier picture tomorrow when they're done drying. It's supposed to get cool this week - 50's and 60's cool - so I'm cleaning out the project basket and finishing another complicated black sweater. I hope I have enough yarn because it's Alpaca Silk and they don't make it any more. Which is sad. I'm waiting at the dr's office this morning - just a check up - so I'll have a little knitting time.

Here's a picture from the weekend - the little one had 3 soccer games and really played his heart out which made us really happy as parents. Here he is having a burger and throwing fry prices to the sparrows:

Kid loves malt vinegar on his fries and has a morbid fascination with the recipe on the back for "peachy chicken". Peaches, vinegar and chicken? Doesn't sound too tasty to me either.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Hmmm, another crazy couple weeks sorry.
What's been going on - building monorails in the kitchen

And going to see Weird Al in concert - clearly we got our tickets late but it was awesome

Finished those pink and grey mittens (pics soon) and started another pair in an Arizona colorway

And we decorated for Halloween tonight. And I'm going to rip out the mitten scarf and redo the yarn into something else.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Finally, some pictures of Glimmer

 Sorry, I hate to have my picture taken, so I have a hard time getting that stupid look off my face.  On the other hand, it's hard to show off how a sweater looks with the heads all lopped off, I've decided.
You kind of need the glaring sun picture to see the sparkle and colors, and the shaded pictures to see the design better.  I'm totally thrilled with it, fits perfectly and it's all my favorite colors.  The yarn is lovely, light and soft but very warm . .  .

Thursday, September 29, 2011

You might wonder ...

What is that?

It a scarf with attached mittens, made in Cadena. I wish lived up north because I would love a sweater out of this stuff. I'm going to line the mittens with Comfy inner mitts.
And this?

Thunder Horn, of course. He's supposed to look stern. I think the artist succeeded, myself.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More lined mittens

Sorry it's been so long - I finally finished my Glimmer sweater and I love it - the closure ended up being quite the aftermarket job, but it works - now I have to get someone to take pictures. Honestly, I'm shocked my modular do-the-math-as-you-go approach worked. Way to go 3rd grade math skills.
In the meantime, more lined mittens!

And I'm making a mitten scarf - I'm also going to line those. I'll get a snap tomorrow. Here's another picture I liked.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Some pictures

I finally got some decent pictures of Kinsale (horrible model aside) -  I'm really happy with this one and this picture shows the stitch definition nicely.  Too bad they're not making Risata anymore!  Below you can see my modular experiment cardigan, which actually fits, amazing as all get out.  I tried it on in the bathroom first and the little one walked by and said "mom, did you mean to make that really short?"  I said no.  "Oh good, I like it, nice colors."