Sunday, October 11, 2009

Summer in One Post

Haha, I finally cleaned the pictures off of the camera. I think it's been a while...

We went to a lovely wedding early in the summer.

Mary and Dan make a beautiful couple.

I was there of course, and our friend Dave.

And my husband Tim (you might note that once I got the camera I switched the light setting... hehe).

Our boy was the life of the party. ;^) At one point he walked up to the table full of young ladies, propped his elbow on the table and said "Hi, my name is Sebastian. It starts with S!" Quite the charmer.



Of course, Sebastian also has to make time for work. Here he is getting in some real number-crunching with our friend Chris.

More recently, I added a border to his bedroom. I thought it came out pretty well.



My husband got old in September. I baked a cake!

He enjoyed his party. A lot... I guess it got hard to stand up after a while.

Sebastian enjoyed a free music lesson from Cheng during the party.

But mostly we just hung out whenever we had some free time over the last few months.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Some Hats

I'm now working full-time, an hour away from where I live. Despite my change in status I do have a few things to show you. Mostly hats. :^)

I finally got a pic of the pirate hat!



And I came up with a little something for my son, using bright multi-colored handspun and blue malabrigo.




I made a variant of the "slingshot" pattern to help me manage all of my stuff for work. Having a handle on my coffee is surprisingly, uh, handy!



It's hard working full time. It only takes one cat to put me completely out these days (it used to require at least 2 of them!)


I bet you can almost hear the snore-purring.

We're renting a house with a big (as in 2+ acre) yard now. I love having more room for plants but it was a huge mess when we moved in, and it still requires a fair bit of maintenance to keep from going back to the wild. Not to mention that it was absolutely full of poison ivy. Seriously, imagine a poison ivy field. Surprisingly beautiful, but thoroughly annoying. I have managed to get most of the poison under control and I just deal with it if I get some on me. We have several really beautiful, huge trees including the pecan tree in the picture. I hope we're able to buy a house with some lovely old trees when the time is right.


Bye for now!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I made a neckwarmer using some merino/silk that I dyed and then spun. But I love using it to hold back my hair too! I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of it, especially when I'm working.



Oh, and here's another dishrag/handtowel. I really love all of my finished objects from this pattern.


My Big Baby


Lightweight Hat

I made a wonderful, lightweight hat in Sanguine Gryphon's lovely Sappho yarn (laceweight merino singles). And I have lots and lots of the yarn left. It might take longer to knit thinner yarn, but you really can't complain about the mileage for your money!

(I cast on 180 stitches on US #2 needles, and knitted for a couple of weeks before starting the decreases....)

I took a few quick photos last night when I finished it. This will become the hat that I live in. I barely notice it on at all.




Now to figure out what to do with the abundant amount left. I'm going to probably make some sort of gloves...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Not Just Any Plant

I germinated a honey tangerine plant. It might be the most exciting seed I have ever managed to get to come up. I don't think they get too huge (as far as citrus goes), but I'm sure it won't be a dwarf either. I really hope it lives long enough for me to find out.


I especially hope it lives long enough to give me sweet flowers and tasty tangerines!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Marguerite Hat Is Available

The hat is up! Please visit Sanguine Gryphon's etsy site if you would like to purchase a copy of the pattern. :^)

Her Gaia DK (cashmere/silk) yarn is easily the most decadent yarn I have ever knitted.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Hat & An Ornament

(Just a quick note - I have added a chart with Autobots & Decepticons, in matched size, on one page. It's in the sidebar).

I am collaborating with Sanguine Gryphon again, and I have designed a hat. I think you will love it (I know I had a hard time sending the sample back, as usual, haha!)

The hat was knit in Gaia DK in the color Nematocyst. Gaia is a lush cashmere/silk blend, and it is pure bliss to knit with it. The pattern should be available on Sanguine Gryphon's etsy shop in a few weeks. I will keep you posted!






I couldn't get the color quite right with my camera. It's closer to the non-yellow one but I think I look a little better in the yellow.

I made an ornament just before the holiday break. It turned out quite cute but it was a pain to make. I switched to a much thinner yarn and needle than the pattern called for.


I've been kind of slow on the knitting front in the last couple of months. I made a couple of very satisfying ribbed scarves but I don't have pictures yet (and I forgot to take a pic before giving one away. Dur). I have several long-term projects on the needles but I've been pretty distracted.

And I have become plant-obsessed at the wrong time of year. Every time I move house I have to pare down my houseplants, but sure as the seasons... if I live in one place long enough the obsession eventually returns and I end up with every good windowsill packed. I even have a few on my table right now. Obviously I fill up the yard at the first chance but that's less of a commitment than houseplants.