Saturday, July 29, 2006


I wanted to post these pictures a couple of days ago, but I needed to wash and block the sweater. It always takes a while for things I block to dry because I don't have a screen. I have to flip things over and wait for the other side to dry.

Here is my finished Bombshell from Big Girl Knits. It is made from Debbie Bliss Angora Cotton in rose. I am totally thrilled with the results. The yarn is soft and light, the color is lovely, and the fit is fan-freaking-tasic!

This picture shows off what Sly likes best about the sweater. It is rather flattering to the twins. Actually, I have a really heavy duty bra under there that helps a bit. Still, the sweater doesn't hide the girls. It allows them to be seen in the best possible context!

Because I totally have knitting ADD, I cast on the Irish Hiking Scarf from Hello Yarn before I finished Bombshell. I have a basket full of WIPs, and I have to go and start another one! I need therapy. The picture doesn't really do the cables justice. It is made in some of my sale/birthday Philosopher's Wool. Just two odd hanks of this totally fabulous lavender color, but at $4.20 per hank, I think I am getting off cheap.

It isn't like I don't have enough knitting to keep me busy, but new ideas just pop into my head. These are some cute little wallets I made up this afternoon. I was avoiding going outside to hang the wash on the clothesline. It is freaking HOT out there.

These are just the proto-types. I used my credit card as the guide to make these. In the future, they will have three pockets. I still need to add snaps to the flaps as well.

That is about it for now. Happy knitting!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

More of what I have been up to

Today I have some pictures of what I have been knitting. Nothing really grand, but I thought I should prove that I have been doing something.

These are the baby hats I did for the Harlot's WIC/breast feeding project. I think they look like candy.I have been a dishcloth knitting fool the past few weeks. Here are few; I gave 6 to my sister for her house warming.

Sly airbrushed another bag for me. It is a line from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: "I do love knitting patterns." Yes, that is a yarn ball with a magic wand through it!
My flowers that are in bloom at the moment. I love the purple color, but I can't remember what this little dude is called.

Well, I guess that is all for now. My Bombshell from Big Girl Knits will be done in a day or two, so look for that!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

So, where have I been?

Frankly folks, I haven't been doing much of anything. It is the summer, and I am out of work. The hazards of being a substitute teacher. I just don't have much to report.

I spend most days reading, knitting, and doing house work. I am a regular Suzy homemaker. Of course, being out of work makes me very short on cash, so there isn't much I can do.

The big business around here has been the clog in our kitchen sink. The clog led to the discovery of holes (not leaks, HOLES) in our rather old plumbing. My house was built in 1893. I have no idea how old the plumbing is, but it is old. The rust is the only thing holding it together.

Poor Sly! It was dirty, smelly, and nasty. The gunk in the drain was black, and it smelled as if something died down there. Fixing the pipe was no fun either. He has to go down into the basement (a brick lined hole in the ground) and crawl through a hole in the wall to work on the plumbing. It is a small crawl space with dirt, spiders, and octogenarian plumbing (I doubt my house was built with the indoor verity).

I have been knitting. I need dishcloths, and I made some for my sister as a house warming gift (15 total). I have been knitting baby hats (6) for the Harlot. My Bombshell sweater is nearly complete. I just have to finish the sleeve and neck trim (in seed stitch).

I did manage to make it to the LaPorte County Fair (the oldest county fair in the state of Indiana). Sly, being a city boy, has resisted going to fair over the years. I finally got him to go this year. I like looking at the animals and other exhibits. I promised Sly the animals would all be clean and pretty for fair, and they were. He still insisted that they smelled bad (I didn't notice). He liked the horses and the dairy cows seemed to impress him. I did get to visit the sheep. They have been sheared, so I didn't get to see all the potential sweaters. I also saw angora and cashmere (I mean rabbits and goats). There were a few knitted items entered, not much. Frankly, after seeing what won, I am going to enter next year.

I'll post pictures sometime this weekend. Tomorrow is Family Fun Day at my uncles house, so look for more on Sunday.

I also have a pattern to share; as soon as I figure out what the heck I wrote on the back of that napkin.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

I am a Friend of P

Several of my knitting needle rolls are now available at Piddleloop.

More needle rolls and two sizes of totes will soon be available. I will keep you all posted.