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Thursday, February 27, 2003


Who Wouldn't Want One of These...

...for a studio... errr ummm ... I mean your kids. I have always dreamt of living out of the city on some property somewhere in BC with my husband. I would love to have a little outbuilding for a studio. One with skylights and lots of shelving for yarns and fabrics. Have my sewing machine set up in a little sewing center area. Have a comfy couch and a big juicy chair to knit in. Hardwood floors and colourful artwork. A kettle for tea and an espresso maker for lattes.

I wish I was here knitting away

Image from: La Petite Maison Playhouses

Wednesday, February 26, 2003


One Sock Done

The cuff looks a little short but the sock looks good when my husband wears it - I swear - and I am happy to say that the sock fits him like a glove. I just hope the second one does too :)

Socks for my husband
The manly version of the slipper-sock.
To be worn lounging around the house warming tootsies.

Monday, February 24, 2003


Weekend of Socks

I finished making the Stay on Socks for my girlfriend and her new baby girl. Then I made a pair of Socks for her son who is 2 1/2 because I didn't want him to feel left out. I took pictures and wrapped them up. Unfortunately the picture of the socks I made for her son didn't turn out. They are quite cute... you'll have to believe me. I made both pairs of socks from books I got at the library. Stay on Socks from Knitter's Stash and Socks for ages 2-4 from The Knitter's handy book of Patterns, Ann Budd, page 49. I am now working on the same sock pattern but for my husband. I am really enjoying making socks - I suppose I have caught that sock fever everyone talks about. I like watching the sock transform and I love manipulating stitches into shape - I love shaping.

Sasha and I are off to the library then to put the parcel in the post and I am going to buy the spring edition of Vogue Knits. It is such a lovely day and the sun is shining I am sure we are going to have fun!

Stay Up Socks

Socks for my husband

Wednesday, February 19, 2003


Fuzzy Feet

I am very impressed with how my fuzzy feet turned out. Milo's ball collection They didn't take as much time to felt as I thought they would. I boiled up a pot of water to add to the washing machine while the washer filled because I wanted the water to be quite hot. I put in Milo-the-cat's ball collection Milo's ball collection in the washer - getting ready for the felting process and a pair of sweatpants and a sweatshirt in for agitation. I put in about a tablespoon of dishwashing soap and let the washer do the work. They took 10 minutes top to felt using Patons Classic Merino. I rinsed them and spun them and they shrunk a bit more in the process. I should have rinsed them on cold. I realize now that I had the rinse on warm and in the rinse cycle the washing machine agitates. So I put them on my feet - they weren't too wet - and I pulled a bit to fit the heel on good. I put some plastic bags around my feet in fuzzy feet and slipped them into my slippers and did some dinner preparations. I took them off and let them dry and they fit so well - like a glove. I never had anything that fit me so well in my life. When I put them on I feel like a princess! So thank you to Theresa for sharing her pattern!!!

My favorite finished fuzzy feet are fabulously fun... now say that five times really fast.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003


My first Rowan Subscription

I was very delighted to open up my brown papered package from Rowan yesterday containing the magazine, The Cork collection (at a very generous discount for becoming an international member) and the free kit for the Alfie Tote (for subscribing). All in all I am feeling pretty special.

On the weekend I knit up some fuzzy feet and have yet to felt them... my project for the day. I knit them up with 6mm dpns which I already owned. I couldn't get my hands on the 7mm needle the pattern calls for. So we will see how they turn out with my guage being different. I will just watch them carefully in the washer.

Then I will start on the stay-up-socks for my girlfriend's baby... They had a girl!!! Another friend for Sasha to play with eventually! They have a son who is 2 1/2 as well. It will be fun when we all get together! I will use the same wool that I used for my fuzzy feet. It is a beautiful teal colour.

Rowan Knitting Magazine Number 33, The Cork Collection, Alfie Kit

Saturday, February 15, 2003

I got some yarn in the mail from an ebay auction and I am still deciding what to do with it. I will definately be making stuff for Sasha. Also one of my girlfriend's has her c-section planned for Monday and I have been looking for the perfect thing to knit for her newborn. I got Knitter's Stash from the library and I will do a guage swatch for the stay-on-socks on page 113 tonight with some merino from my stash. I would have found some stay-on-socks handy and actually still would. Perhaps I will try and modify the pattern to fit a soon-to-be-toddler-girl. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the book but as I flipped along I warmed up to it more and more. There are at least a few things I would like to knit up. I should know that anything Melanie Falick and Interweave Press are involved in is to my taste.

Thursday, February 13, 2003


Theme Thursday: Love of Your Life

Who knew a year a go how strong my love could flow?

I couldn't believe the love for my husband and how each day it grows stronger. This was overwhelming for me. Then we had Sasha and I wasn't sure even if I loved her right away. Everything was so completely surreal. Nobody can explain it to you or prepare you for the whole experience of having a baby and how it changes who you are as a person. I couldn't even believe that she was inside of me let alone home with us - stealing our sleep and making us guess and guess what was making her cry.

Then one day, of the day I am not sure which. I had this overwhelming sense of love for her. A love that encaptured the love for my husband and yet a new element of love was introduced to me. Sometimes I look at her and my heart aches with love and happiness for our little family of love so much so I think it will burst.

I made the love of my life with the love of my life.

I love you honey
I know you are reading.
Thank you for being and giving me the love of my life.
It's a day early but...
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 06, 2003


Valentine Knits

Wow, this vintage romantic lingerie set "Nicole" found at White Lies Designs shared by Joan McGowan-Nicole Michael on the Knitlist is soooooo beautiful. It would be a perfect gift to share with the special someone in your life. Ha cha cha! A definate wish on my list.

You can join Joan's yahoo group Patterns of the Past... they even have free patterns.

Image from White Lies Design

I also like:

Shelley's Lace Cardigan/Jacket
Shell Lace Suit

Wednesday, February 05, 2003


Yoga Mat Bag

This post is mostly for Meredith who is a knitting yoga instructor - but who knows who else might be interested. There is the coolest pattern for a Yoga Mat Bag at Country Turtle.

Half the fun of knitting is finding new patterns.

my comments keep disappearing... does anyone else have that problem with haloscan?

Monday, February 03, 2003


FO - My First Raglan Sweater

I finished stitching up the Raglan on Sunday. I took it in slow steps... and it was enjoyable. I did the raglan seams on Friday - front and back. One side seam and sleave seam on Saturday and the other side on Sunday. The sweater fits a bit big which is what I was going for - she will be able to get some wear out of it! The neck is nice and big which makes it so much easier to put it on and get it off. So all and all I am pretty pleased.

Sasha in her new raglan sweater

Saturday, February 01, 2003


You Can Do It When You Knit It.

This is the slogan that was produced when I typed in knit at the The Advertising Slogan Generator. Then I started getting carried away typing in knitting, did some more with knit, and then tried Princess Knits:
Knitting Is Our Middle Name.
The Knitting Bars Are On Me!
Knit Unscripted.
No-One Does Chicken Like Knit. *hee hee*

Built Princess Knits Tough.
Vorsprung Durch Princess Knits.
Say It With Princess Knits.
It's the Bright One, it's the Right One, that's Princess Knits
Wait Till We Get Our Princess Knits On You. *hee hee*

I get a hoot out of this, I have to stop myself!!! There are 501 slogans, you could keep going and going. If you are in search of a title for a blog this site could give you some good ideas.