Yarn Therapy

Renewal, down to the fiber of my being.....(snicker)!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

My Funny Valentine

Amelia is showing off her amazing outfit today (and big hair)!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Weekend Update

Here is half of Sloane (albeit upside-down) and the beginning of Yarnplay's Poppy, for which I have joined a KAL you see in the sidebar. I was excited to actually find a KAL right as it started, and as I was starting the project! A minor miracle, that. The Noro Cash Iroha is so nice! Love it.

Anyway, our weather was cold this weekend and today, snowy. Friday, I ran around buying birthday presents for dh despite getting used to one contact lens for distance and one for close-up. Saturday, Amelia and I baked him a cake and wrapped said presents. ("Can I bake another cake, Mommy?"). Today, I knit and listened to podcasts on knitting, namely, Lime and Violet, Sticks and String, and Knitty D and the City. I liked them all, and they are all different. Since I've got my handy ipod nano all synced up, I will be experiencing more, but these were a good start. Lime and Violet are raunchy, wild and really funny (and yarn obsessed, like me). The Australian guy on Sticks and String was very thoughtful and contemplative (and the accent is so cute, sorry). Knitty D and the City was in-between, very topical and informative and fun, too.

All in all, a good weekend.SmileyCentral.com

Sunday, January 14, 2007

An Actual Make-In-One-Day-One-Skein Project!

For awhile now, dh has been asking for a hat with earflaps. So, I (never wanting to pass up an excuse to knit something fun...oh, I mean knit something for my sweetie!) looked for a decent pattern. Most were just a plain hat with earflaps made after the fact and attached. Hmmm. Ok, but not really what I wanted. There is also the matter that dh happens to have, um, unique ears...well, let's just say he identified with Dumbo as a kid.

Being a faithful audience member of DIY's Knitty Gritty, I watched with interest the episode in which a lovely ski hat with earflaps was made. The earflaps were incorporated seamlessly into the hat. Bingo! And bulky yarn to boot!

The first attempt before xmas was all wrong. The yarn I chose wasn't right, the circular needle too big (the measurement is with the needles, not just the cable) and I put the earflaps on backward. They proceeded to curl up. Like I said, all wrong. Holidays came. It was frogged and left alone.

Yesterday, a week and a half before dh's birthday, I decided to start the hat, armed with Rowan Plaid I got on closeout from Webs (which so rocks, by the way) a smaller circ, and relaxed determination. The yarn knit like a dream and the majority of the hat was just straight knitting in the round. Easy and fast and it was done in no time!

It's fun to knit large projects but once in a while it's nice to find a project like this that's done in one day. A very satisfying knit. Check it out! The pattern is called Camo Cap and is free on the DIY website.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I Finally Succumb to the Meme

I've seen the "Six Weird Things About Me" meme around blog-dom, and I have resisted. After all, someone in my profession has to be careful about self-disclosure. I decided to try, and laid awake last night trying to come up with weird but appropriate items for this. I think I did. Here goes:

  1. I have lived in the Washington, D.C. area most of my life and I've never been inside the White House.
  2. I did, however, sing for two presidents (Bush, Sr. and Clinton).
  3. I have never broken a bone or sprained anything (knock wood...).
  4. I did, however, almost give birth alone in my house (long story!).
  5. I am left-handed, but I knit and crochet normally. However, I sew with my left hand, so finishing is confusing!
  6. I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 12!
There you go! I'll probably think of more, but I think I'll leave it at six! You're it!


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Another WIP Done

This bag started out life as a hat. I was making Strut from Happy Hooker, but I kept going and made a bag instead. I think it'll go to my SP9. I love this color of Noro Kureyon, #40. I'm sure I'll find a way to use this again.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

New Photo Alert

Three new photos have been added to my Flickr stuff. Click on the Flickr badge to see pics of the Einstein Coat and of Amelia, too!


Friday, January 05, 2007

I am an over-achiever

Most people experience a "bad hair day" once in awhile. I am proud to say that I seem to have had an entire bad hair week. Then again, I do tend to over do things.


I am also pleased to see by my neo counter that I do have quite a bit more blog traffic than I thought, from all over the place, apparently. I hope people find it interesting/entertaining to visit. I don't have the time or inclination to be a star blogger nor do I think my life is compelling enough to fill lots of bandwidth space, but I do like expressing myself online and meeting fellow knitters/parents/all around creative people.