Monday, September 29, 2008

Little things that make me unreasonably happy

1. Tiny Jayne Hats. They're addictive. I know the first 3 before I finished my first mug of coffee on Saturday. The fourth one took a little longer, as I was helping Sweet Pea wend her way through the cell stage of Spore (she's already completed her own cell stage, so I suppose that's item 1b). These hats also ridiculously pad out my FO count.

2. I'm going on vacation this week. I have no idea how October snuck up so fast, but we're heading out. I feel totally unprepared for my first actual vacation as a parent and almost as scared as I am excited. We'll see how it goes.

3. My cold is dying down. I was not looking forward to said vacation while sick.

4. My new sweats. They fit like yoga pants, but are unbearably soft and delightfully fleecy.

5. My kids' new pajamas. They're damned cute.

6. In the long list of 'to do before we leave', I have already nearly completed the most important; what knitting to pack. I have wound most of it and kitted it into ziploc bags with the appropriate needles. I have: 2 sweaters, 1 pair of socks (2 total), 1 pair of mitts (2 total) and 1 lace shawl. I say nearly, because I am debating as to whether or not I should add a 2nd lace shawl. It seems like overkill, but all my other projects have buddies! I may pack a second one...

7. Subway has discovered that you can put all the ingredients of a sandwich onto a salad. I love this.

More knitting details to come!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Block Party

This may be the quietest block party within the mile radius of a college, but it was all contained on a single drying rack. I don't know why the picture is sideways - it's not that way on my computer, but I can't seem to fix it. I'm inept.

Yes, I know there are usually one hat and two mitts, but I'm wacky. Well, in all honesty, the second mitt isn't done yet. They're actually swatches for a sweater that I'm designing. The hats are from Ann Budd's fabulous book of handy patterns (seen here), and the great raspberry yarn is alpaca from here. The purple and green are Andean Treasure from knitpicks and, all in all, they are some seriously soft hats. The purple is a Christmas present and the green is for my daughter. What three year old wouldn't want to have a hat that matched Grammie's?

More later... I'm developing a lace addiction that has in no way been helped by the library kindly loaning me a Gathering of Lace and Victorian Lace Today. Dudes. I am in lurve.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Sainted Brigit

When I first saw this pattern on Ravelry, I knew I had to have it. Had to. I couldn't stop thinking about it. Many stars aligned to bring it into being; it is heavily, heavily modifed (details, and more pictures, here) and I learned a ton doing so. The planning was fun, but the knitting was even better. It only took me about six weeks to finish it, because I simply couldn't put it down. Nothing else got knit while the Brigit was in the room. She's just that kind of sweater.

I love it. And, now that it's off the needles, I'm finding a hard time finding anything this fun or this engrossing to replace it. And I'm waiting for weather cool enough to wear it!