Sunday, December 13, 2009
In knitting news I've decided not to do the hats for Nick and Will for Christmas. I'm hating the Star Wars hat. The yarns were a mish mash and maybe it'll block out okay but I'm not digging it so I'm not going to finish it right now. But I started crocheting that cute reindeer for Jimmy and if it works out I'll make one for Cassidy too and maybe the nephews also. I also started a pair of hugely (and I do mean huge, size wise) modified pair of slippers for my brother. He's been asking for knitted slippers for years so I don't know why I've never made him a pair. And I just did the Angora Bootees http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angora-baby-booties for a new baby cousin and loved the construction - double knitting the toe and foot and then doing the bottom of the foot and sewing up the back for the heel. Well, you just have to try it. So I'm cobbing together some sizing ideas and trying a large pair. My brother probably wears an 11 or 12 shoe but the yarn I'm using, Cascade Ecological Wool, is feltable so if they're too big, I'll felt them. If they're too small, they'll fit someone else, especially since, yes, I can felt them. We'll see. If they work out maybe I'll do pairs for the nephews too, instead of reindeer. It's all up in the air now. Totally flying by the seat of my pants.
So it turns out I'm basically a clean eater. Who knew? I was reading Wendy Knits blog http://wendyknits.net/ and she has embarked on a regimine of clean eating. I'm always interested in nutrition, fitness (I'm interested, I don't really exercise enough) and healthy food so I followed a bunch of her links only to discover that I pretty much follow a clean eating regimine myself. I tried to basically cut out processed foods years ago when I was trying to get rid of partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats and the dreaded high fructose corn syrup. That's most processed foods, I think. And then last June I started getting skeeved out by meat. I'm not a strict vegitarian but meat doesn't appeal to me much for so many personal reasons. Voila - clean eating! There's even a group on Ravelry.
Okay, back to the slippers then back to my L.I.S.T.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
And thanks to the Half Assed knitting blog for the great pattern and cute pic. Definitley go check out her blog. http://www.cyn.ca/knit/patterns/brainmonster/.
I'll have to go buy googly eyes but I need tape anyway so no problem. I got juked in the middle of wrapping yesterday when I ran out of tape. It's amazing how long it takes to wrap gifts but I like the bows and bells and whistles and all so it takes me some time.
One last note. Winter has set in with a vengance. It was 19 degrees Farenheit yesterday morning when I took the girl to school. Cold yes, but I was toasty warm in my SSSeptember Hat which I've been waiting impatiently to wear.
The pattern is from Vogue Knitting Winter 2008-2009 and I used a skein of ultra bulky stuff (lost label, of course) that I've had for years. Probably 6 years. I've never been able to figure out what to do with it and now it my warmest, yummiest, funnest, feel like I'm living in Russia and walking across the square in front of an onion domed building hat. Thank heavens I never de-stash!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
These first two are made of paper and this was my first time using a die cutter that one of the ladies had. Man that was fun! So easy to do and my 7 yo says they looked really professional! (My photography, on the other hand, is not so professional - oh well.)
These next little guys are buttons and beads on a chenille stick modified from a Martha Stuart idea. Super cute.
These button wreaths are simple and so pretty! The best part of the idea (found here http://craftapalooza.typepad.com/crafted/2009/11/its-a-button-wreath-tutorial-but-you-didnt-really-need-me.html) was to use a buckle for the ribbon. I had one for the wreath I did, on the right. My daughter did the one on the left which I will cherish forever - but I had no buckle for that ribbon. It's a perfect craft for kids. Thanks for bringing the buttons down Mom!