Monday, August 25, 2008


There's nothing wrong with being simple right? I thoroughly enjoyed this endless rectangle of stockinette - 4 days of incidental knitting, some dropping of stitches and I have this elegant looking drapey red thing to toss around myself and feel all glam. I suppose some makeup might help with the glam, but tossing a piece of cloth around you is so much quicker plus you don't have to wash your face before bed.
Sunday Market Shawl
3 balls of Austermann Bambou Soft (I really really like this yarn)
Size 9 needles
I Knit 3 instead of 2 in between the dropped stitches.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Dreaded Auntie Knitknerd

This is my nephew - he's about 6 weeks now and wearing my lovingly handknit in an evening sweater. He looks quite terrified at the prospect of having a crazy knitting Auntie sending a regular stream of this stuff. "Thanks Auntie Cher ... (mom, do I really have to wear this?!!!)"

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Lotus Blossomless

Here's my Lotus Blossom Tank withouth the lotus blossoms.
-Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in Glacier
-Size 4 and 5 needles
-Used Milanese Lace from a Barbara Walker stitch dictionary instead of lace in pattern.
-Reworked the numbers in the pattern because of slightly different gauge and also to make front and straps narrower.

Overall I'm pleased - and am surprised how much I like the color on me - I tend to do lots of reds and browns and earthy colors so this blue is a nice change.
Fun pattern - potentially a very quick project - for someone who is not me.

Actually, when we were in Colorado I didn't knit very much at all (this project stayed home). Anyway, I think I was online one day while we were there and my mom suggested I just stop knitting because it makes me not pay attention to my kids and of course much guilt and self-reproach ensued inside my perpetually guilty conscience and I stuck the one garter stitch blanket that I had brought in the bag for the rest of the trip. How could I not knit? I mean better a little negligence than going so crazy that they haul me away in a straightjacket right? After working through my guilt, I was just annoyed and sad at my mom's comment - I wonder how much she never did because of me and my sisters.
All this to say, even though FOs are few and far between for me, the knitting itself and the endless possibilities in color and texture are too fascinating for me to stop my interest - and I think its good for my kids to know that mom still wants to learn and try new things and even if they have to be dragged along to the LYS one more time I know they will be fine because I love them too much to let myself become so depleted that I have nothing to offer them - knitting fills up some part of me that wants to explore and create and that is a good thing.

Friday, August 08, 2008

A little reward

I bought this pattern "Wisteria" from the new online mag Twist Collective.

It was my reward for finishing my (non)Lotus Blossom tank. (pictures later it's blocknig now).
Anyway, so many patterns in the mag were gorgeous but this one just struck me and before I knew it there it was in my completely overloaded patterns to knit notebook.
I may succumb and spend the 20$ a skein for the Lorna's Laces Green Line called for in the pattern or maybe Dream in Color Classy which is pretty pricey as well but I think the pattern deserves it. Now whether I will ever actually knit it to completion is another story - I'm such a dreadful non - finisher of projects. But the LB tank came out pretty well in the Blue Sky skinny cotton - I'm excited to take some pics when she's dry.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


We went swimming this afternoon. This is how much it wore him out.