Thursday, June 22, 2006

Oh George...

Have you seen this yet?
This is the longest I have been able to tolerate this man's screen presence to date.

While that man may in fact be the devil, this boy is certainly not.

although sometimes he may dress like one.

A hat I knit 3 1/2 years ago for a friends then unborn child, and handed down to my son over a year ago.*

Ah. the glory of regifted handknits.

*these photos were taken about 1 1/2 years ago, when my child's head was still kind enough to fit in little hats.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Today I have been married to this man for five years.
He is an amazing creature, and the best husband and daddy the world has ever known.
He has made me a better woman.
I love you baby.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Unabashed HBO advertising

There has been Elsebeth Lavold progress (behold it's unblocked beauty):


Front Left:

(yes, I have indeed used a paper clip as a stitch holder)


# of skeins used thus far:


Despite my sheer glee at the amount of yarn I am using for this project, I grow pretty weary of this cardigan.

Purty gal durned WEARY.

And I'll tell you why.

Patterns - Not really too much of a fan. I'm more of an "outside of the box" kind of gal. Of course there are plenty of lovely items out there which I covet, and therefore a pattern is not only helpful, it can be darn near essential.

Pieces - This cardigan is knit in 5 pieces, which are then sewn together, then edges are picked up in order to knit button bands and the collar. I have said this before and I'll say it again. I am not knitting for the sewing, dig? If I wanted to hand sew a freakin garment, I would buy the damn fabric and not spend hours knitting it in the first place.

Charts - Cable charts can and have been yummy in my experience. However, when my allotted knitting time is shared with things like TV, spending time with my neglected husband, driving, reading, bathing, any other thing that can allow for an occasionally free hand or two, it is not always ideal to have an extra piece of paper with a cable chart floating around. Plus, the thinking? Forget about it. I need me some good old brainless knitting these days.

Time - Too long. I'm over it. My heart is fickle, what can I say.

Then, the reality. There's this, and this, and these... yup, patterns the
lot. You want consistency? Not here my friend. I must complain with a free flowing stream of abandon.

Post Script: If you have yet to witness the glory that is this, get yourself to a video store pronto.
Beware the potty mouthing.
I'm just saying...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

from the sewing archive

So here's a bathing suit I made:

OK, so technically you are just seeing the top, but the bottom exists, it's just needed a little finishing I have yet to get to... (translation: Finishing = waistband and hemming; "...yet to get to" = has been sitting around in a box for the last two years)

This was my first attempt at such a thing, and I basically cut out a shape that looked something like this:

Do you see how it works?
The top of the loop goes behind your neck, the triangles cover the "ladies", with the outer points being tied together at your sternum.

If you take your chest measurement and add say 6", this number becomes the length of the bottom of this triangle, giving you enough excess to tie a pretty secure knot. I played around with the length of the back strap in order to get it to fit more snugly, and added an extra strip of fabric to the outsides of the bust triangles for modesty's sake (I am somebody's mom after all)

This same basic approach to a backless top has reappeared as a few different dresses I've made, with varying success.
All of which have "finishing" I have "...yet to get to" to some degree or another, and may or may not appear here someday.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

All about the boy

This is my tiny boy brushing my teeth a year ago.

This is my tiny boy last summer with a stick.

Here is same slightly larger boy last fall in a hat I knit. (Thrown in for knitting relevance)

And here is my enormous man child helping his daddy husk corn.

I love him and his quickly growin ways.