Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bloomers for Two

When you are a knitter and have twin nieces, there is something irresistible about knitting matching cuteness for them. For the holidays, I made a set of matching convertible baby bloomers, pattern by Carina Spencer.

Unfortunately, I did not finish both on time for gift-giving, so both nieces needed to point and feel the same set of bloomers on gifting day.

A few weeks later, there was a fashion show!

Notes on Bloomer #2 are here.

Notes on Bloomer #1 are here.

Hard at work:

Adding a fluffy vest… I decided not to add the leg warmers that would normally button onto the bottom of the legs. I don't think I had enough yarn, and also the product looked great to me. Of course this means that tights are probably needed to stay toasty in the winter.

Inside joke in the language of toddler twins!

Spring bloomers are here. Might be time to retire wool pants for the season pretty soon.

I'll be knitting some more bloomers soon; they were really fun to construct. Anyone have a small child who needs them?!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Champion Chicken!

Commence egg-laying, year FIVE! 

We're not sure which chicken laid the egg. The size points toward Heinrich (posing here), but the color is all Athena. Time will tell, but let's celebrate with a fresh egg sammy for now!

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Bit Early

The sights of Spring are all around… but so early.

The only thing that's late is the egg-laying from our chickens. The older chickens are almost 5 years old, so not too surprising.

And there is that late-season snow storm predicted for this week. We'll see, we'll see...

Better content soon… or later. Hard to tell these days… 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chunky Inspiration

A few days ago a friend asked me to make a hat with super chunky yarn. I have been knitting a long time, but I must say that I was shocked to have to go to the craft store for SIZE 35 (!!!) needles. Even more surprisingly, I could have bought size 50 needles. I was basically lever-ing with turkey basters…

The upside of thick yarn and large needles is a hat that fully materialized in 50 minutes. The Loopy Mango merino yarn was super soft and just one twist more than basic roving, which made it very fuzzy to work with. A wonderful choice to make a very cozy and stylish hat with.

This new experience led me to contemplate the large amounts of Shady Grove Alpacas rug yarn that I have no idea how to use. So I cast on 24 stitches on those fat new needles and knit about 20 rows, at which point I decided the design was symmetrical enough and cast off.

It looks much nicer than I expected, and is super soft to stand on. The other reason I was inspired to make a rug was the terrible choice of tiling in my master bath: muddled pink marble. It is the worst combination of ugly and freezing cold, inexcusable in the face of the fact that it would have been easy to pick a different color, or at least put a radiant floor heating unit underneath.

This experiment in alpaca bath mat knitting seems to solve some of these issues nicely. I believe I shall be knitting this again to cover that hideous floor with more warm, cozy foot blankets.

The mat also doubles as a squishy rug to alleviate back pain while practicing the guitar. Bonus!

I have a few posts I need to catch up on. Hopefully I'll gain some new momentum soon. In the mean time, stay toasty!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Little Storyteller, Part 1

There was a lot of last minute knitting going on last week. You would not believe how much time the button band and buying buttons gobbles up! 

Pattern: Little Storyteller Hoodie
Started: November 20, 2016
Finished: December 23, 2016
Yarn: Hikoo Skacel Simpliworsted in colorways Blue Nile and Blooming Rose
Needle sizes: 8 and 9
Modifications: 5 short rows along the bottom of the button band to make the back longer

Our family's little 4-year-old storyteller was not sure about the gift initially. 

But she soon warmed to the attention and kept the sweater on the entire rest of the day! The hood was up for a good three hours… And she was chattering away merrily with her cousins and others.

Stay tuned to part 2, coming in August, for the young lady's birthday...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Frames for Sock Art

As you may know, my mother is an avid sock knitter. I have at least 25 pairs. So naturally I need a venue to give them a proper showing. Fortunately Dansko makes these amazing clogs: 

They are called Makenna, and when I went to my favorite shoe store, they were the only ones they had in my size. In other words, they had my name written all over them.

I might buy a few extra pairs, just in case Dansko stops making this style.

And call my mom with a wish list full of fantastic socks.

Monday, November 28, 2016


It will be a few more weeks before I can muster enough time and energy for another Peru post. Instead, I give you Uncle Milty:
Milty was ironically named last June before anyone could guess that he was a rooster!

He presides over his flock, Apollo and Jackie-O. Who knows which one is which...

...Unless you want to wait around to see which one lays which colored egg!
They are champion layers. I appreciate the plethora of cute tiny eggs for winter baking!