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May 31, 2002
Flat Cat Pants Ella
Flat Cat Pants
Ella was wearing these today and it dawned on me that I should post them. The fabrics on these are especially cute -- it really makes them click. it's cats, kanji and cranes. I like using unanticipated fabrics for kids' clothing.
This is a pattern I made up a couple of years ago. They're not cut at all like traditional pants, but they are very easy to make. You only have to cut rectangles and sew straight seams. Look for the directions under "free patterns" to the left.
You must be Yoking.
You must be Yoking.
Okay, sure enough, I sort of plowed blindly ahead with the yoke/neck shaping of Rex's sweater and it's definitely not right. I think that I need to rip it out a ways and do some shaping with short rows. I think I have grokked the idea of the short row wrap, though I haven't put it into practice yet. I think I need to do a little more reading before I jump in again. Any good tips on how to do a V-neck raglan neckline? Send me some email!
Now I remember why I was going to do the thing top down!
May 28, 2002
You Rexy Thing! Well,
You Rexy Thing!
Well, this is hardly the little addendum it was Friday! The yarn came Thursday and it's arrival pushed me to finish the scarf so I could get knitting with the Pronto. The good news/bad news is that Ella's cold and bad sleep habits have combined to wake me irredeemably at about 4:oo am the last few days. So once I've lulled her back to sleep, I've been getting in some quality knitting time (with her on my lap or shoulder, of course).
I joined all the pieces today and have started to cable the raglans. I've joined the cable nation! Groovy.
I haven't quite decided how to finish the neck. It's going to have a V-neck. The cuffs and bottom have cable ribs, but that won't work at the neck line. Suggestions?
Easy as Apple Pie
Easy as Apple Pie
Okay, so Apple Pie is hardly a culinary mystery, but it is good. And so easy a 4 year old can make it... provided you have this medieval instrument of torture known as the apple-peeler-corer-slicer! I'm not a big gadget person, but I love this thing. It really does peel, core and slice the apples with a simple turn of the crank.
So here's how we made so-easy-it's-cheating apple pie:
May 27, 2002
new leaves All of
All of a sudden summer is here. The jasmine has bloomed and it smells so good! Sure, other flowers smell nice, but there's something about the intensity of jasmine. I remember it was about this time of year when we moved to southern California (not without some trepidation), but when we walked around the neighborhood with all its gorgeous and funky plants (Dr. Suess used to live in our neighborhood; you can tell where he got his inspiration.) and it smelled like flowers everywhere, it was hard not to like. I want to plant another one.
A rogue fig is growing between the fence and the hot water heater. Now that I've figured out what it is, I need to move it. I have no idea how it came to be there, but there are real figs you can eat in the neighborhood, so I'm excited.
May 26, 2002
a new leaf We'll
a new leaf
We'll I'm feeling good on the knitting front. I have, at long last, finished the scarf! The YO, p2tog double stranded wasn't so fun to knit because I had to keep my eye on it all the time. If I didn't pay attention I messed up and it was almost impossible to figure out how to undo the error. Ah, well. It's pretty. It ended up being about 5 feet long (not stretched). That's when I ran out of the Linen Drape. Used about one and a half balls of Flora. Can't wait to give it to the recipient!
May 24, 2002
The T-Gene If there's
If there's a spot somewhere on the double helix that codes for thrift-shopping, I've got it! Check out today's score! With the exception of the velvet pants, all of these are brand new French baby clothes (mini man, marese). You can't really see their true fabulousness in this picture, but trust me. Most are fully lined, the red top is even reversible. I'm not sure Ella'll even get to wear most of it sizewise, but it was too good to pass up, so I'll pass it on to someone. Given the quantity of stuff they had, it must have been a donation from a boutique. Plus I had a 20% off coupon for donating stuff to them, so I only spent $16!
But wait, you also get this extra large Ecuadoran pure wool sweater! Weighs a ton. Lots of lanolin. Makes a great tent door. Just what I need in San Diego! I'm definitely ripping this one up. I already started. My idea was to make a jacket for Zoe since she's having a rainbow phase, but she says it's itchy. There's enough yarn here for a myriad of projects though.
May 22, 2002
another wish list project
another wish list project
Oh... I forgot to mention earlier the project I was dreaming of when I got up: A sort of Henley collared pullover made from Noro
I like the brights, but am always drawn to the greens. Okay, of the maybe 10 sweaters I own, 5 of them are green, but not THIS particular green. Don't know what that means in terms of knitting another sweater...
I'm Aortal! Hey! I'm
Hey! I'm Shobhana's Aortal Link this week at My Life in Stitches! How
Startitis I so want
I so want to begin a new project! I am still working on the flora charm scarf -- it's maybe 30 inches long now, but it's not a
That's not to say that I haven't been scheming and dabbling... I bought the sock yarn, but after swatching, I don't know if I can really get into anything so tiny. I also am thinking about recycling the Fandango baby sweater and using the yarn with some the Zanziba that didn't match the Green Parrot Fandango... I think I'll have three skeins of each, so that should make a cardigan from Colinette's Art to Wear... Also, I bought some orange Berroco Pronto on ebay which may end up being the cabled sweater for baby Rex. Decisions, decisions. But first, the scarf!
May 21, 2002
DC Textile Event If
DC Textile Event
If you are in the DC area, mark your calendars! The Textile Museum is
Genealogy While out visiting
While out visiting with Leo's family I did get a bit of genealogy done -- or at least got some pictures scanned. I really love some
I've been (slowly) working on gathering up the histories of my family and Leo's family and getting it all digitized so it won't be lost. My maternal grandmother was a great genealogist, but her painstaking records are starting to degrade.
Anyway, I got a few pictures of my husband's father's mother's family which is great -- I didn't have any photos of them before.
May 20, 2002
Proselytizing First off, I
First off, I haven't fallen off the planet or anything, we've been in DC visiting relatives, seeing some sites, etc. We'll be flying
Anyway, while in the yarn store I picked up some Opal sock yarn and some teensy tiny little needles -- they're a lot more like needles
When I saw Ivete's link to Karen's Place with some very darling baby socks, I was hooked on the idea. If I knit socks for babies, I realized, they'll go a lot faster. Plus, babies don't wear shoes much and their cute little socks show. So how do I knit a sock for a baby? I found a basic sock recipe, but baby legs and feet are so small and pudgy, they may require special instructions. Plus, how do you make a sock that will really stay on?
May 9, 2002
Charmed Scarf This is
This is the scarf that I am working on now, with Rowan Linen Drape and Trendsetters Flora. I'm using Jennifer's "Cancun Scarf"
YO, p2tog works a lot better than YO, k2tog: Jennifer's pattern calls for p2tog, but I figured, "potato/potahto", you're
working it the same on both sides, what's the difference? There's a difference.
Don't use big needles. I assumed big needles were the answer to the lacy look, but worked my way all the way down to 6's
(that's is an 8 to you... I knit big) to get it to look like this.
Kool Jughead Hat Here's
Kool Jughead Hat
Here's a hat I knit with some of my Kool-Aid yarn, modeled by my friend's baby, Rex.
The pattern's available at the left under "free patterns" it's called "mitered hat" or something like that.
May 6, 2002
art to wear I
art to wear
I had high hopes for a show at a gallery this weekend for San Diego Artwear's Spring Artwear/ware New Visions Show which billed
On Sunday, though, we went to The Museum of Contemporary Art for their monthly Family Free Day. Not only is the museum free, they have some very inspired children's projects drawing on pieces of art from their collection. This time it was painting pieces of clothing that had been dipped in plaster. This is Zoe's creation:
May 4, 2002
the magic of mitres
the magic of mitres
Bumped into this Koigu Oriental Jacket. It totally left my head
I had noticed the "rambling rows" throw that Shobhana was working on and was already mulling over miters I guess, then stumbled across this. It's pretty intense. I don't think I would make the coat, but I like the variations in size of the squares and working each block with two colors. Maybe a baby blanket?
It's pretty easy, you just need to work some double decreases. Here's how to
mitre (or miter). Hard to use a search engine when you can't decide how to
May 3, 2002
Stop Me Before I
Stop Me Before I Dye Again...
Here's an update on my Kool-Aid escapades. The latest batch I used Grape, Black Cherry and Strawberry. The Grape and Black Cherry
And here's the growing Kool-Aid stash:
Organic Veggies Thought I'd
Thought I'd put in a little plug for Community Supported Agriculture. We belong to a
Short of joining a CSA, organic veggies and fruits are available in regular grocery stores, but it's tricky to know what to buy
organic and what conventionally grown foods are okay. I found this great list from the Environmental
Working Group, based on the total pesticide load in various fruits and veggies.
Top Twelve to Buy Organic (the most toxic):
US grown cherries
Mexican grown canteloupes
The Lowest Pesticide Residues Occur in:
US grown grapes
May 2, 2002
Thrift Sweater Update Back
Thrift Sweater Update
Back on April 16th, I bought a sweater at the thrift store. My original intent was to rip it back to nothing and use the yarn to
Kate for recognizing that probably it should just get worn. Plus, I noticed that it
No Idle Hands I
No Idle Hands
I stumbled across a great book the other day at the library, No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting, by
I've just started reading, but already I have a whole new appreciation for sock knitting (which I confess, was an area of knitting that I had little interest in). Think about it: with no hand-knitted socks, you were stuck with something woven! Sure a knit hat is nice, but the original knitters in America were busily making socks. Now you know.
Site Update The sun
The sun is just rising and I've already designed a new hat and updated the blog! I've added a "free patterns" link to the left to
I also did away with all my blog links because it was just too much. There's now a link to the knitblogs list, you can find (nearly) everyone there.