Sunday, December 26, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Spinsplints

Sleepy dog in background for scale. :o) still half a bobbin to ply....

2 more alien shirts

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Xmas Prep






and banana chocolate chip bread and ultimate chocolate chip cookies.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas color bread

cranberries for red. Zucchini for green.
Circle punched old christmas cards & glittered them for labels.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jammies

Got these cute pj bottoms in $2 clearance bin without a top. Decided to make one. The alien just needs antennae. www.hatleystore.com

Monday, December 13, 2010

Why the bottom strand doesn't work

This must hurt comin out the other end.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Kitty does enjoy a nice tablecloth

If you eat at my house don't look where cat butt goes.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vintage linen goodness

Sock Monkey Sweater Pattern


Directions:
on size 4 needles, cast on 50 st. join without twisting. mark beg of rnd.
K1, P1 rib for 3 rows
Set up round for arm increases:
Switch to size 5 needles. K 6, pm, K 19, pm, K6, pm, K19.
increase round:
Yo, K until marker, yo, sl marker, k until marker, sl marker, yo,k until next marker, yo,sl marker, K rest of rnd.
Repeat increase round a total of 5 times. 70 st total.
separate for sleeves:
sl 16 sleeve st on holder (I thread them on waste yarn). cast on 10 st over sleeve hole using reverse loop, k until next marker, sl sleeve st onto waste yarn, cast on 10 st over sleeve hole using reverse loop, cont k rest of rnd.
Body:
cont K until sweater measures 2.5” from neck cast. (1.25” from underarm cast on).
Switch to size 4 needles and work 3 rows K1, P1 rib
Cast off in rib.
pick up for sleeves
transfer st on holder to needles. pick up and knit 12 st along armpit and cont working 5 rnds.
switch to size 4 needles, work 2 rows K1, P1 rib. bind off in rib
Repeat with second sleeve.
weave in ends.
block it and rock it

Also, please let me know of any improvements or corrections to the pattern. Much appreciated!

On a side note:
This was the first "nice treat wool" I bought for myself as a beginning spinner. Knitting with it brought back memories of all the self criticism I gave myself for bumpy inconsistent yarn.
Over the course of knitting these 4 sock monkey sweaters, I knit from the more experienced yarn to the beginner yarn. It was fun to see how my consistency improved even over just 4 ounces. I remember being surprised that the sweater acutally looked decent and like "real yarn".
It was fun to revisit this yarn after it laying around for so long in the stash.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Greeting cards

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Matrioshka kitchen towels

The girls all lined up

Monday, November 29, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gift tags

Or maybe ornaments.... Gonna put 2010 in glitter on top

Friday, November 19, 2010

Anthropologie inspired dishcloth

Christmas is around the corner... Tryin to get a good chunk of projects done now.
These will be Anthropologie inspired dishcloths... Here is the Anthropologie link
Matrioshka nesting dolls made with special fabric from Aunt Beckie's St. Theresa's Textile Trove They still need faces and some other finishing touches. I am enjoying the machine appliquing. I really like the results. (why did I start doing appliqueing by hand for the baby's quilt? what am I crazy?)
Thinking of listing these on etsy when I'm done... What do you guys think?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Diane's Thank you



This shawl was made in gratitude for a friend.
As a single mother of 5!!!! she completely understands what I have been going through. She has donated massages so I can get some time for myself. This is to show her how grateful and blessed I feel for such heartfelt comeraderie and support.

Honorable Finishing

A friend recently contacted me to finish 3 crocheted baby blankets that her grandmother had started. Ashley's grandmother passed away about a month after she started these afghans. Ashley is now expecting a baby in February. :o)

One down!

Crazy thing that let me know Gram was watching... I used the rest of the skein to make the fringe... I had EXACTLY the right amount!!!!

Here's the second one...


I am honored to finish the work her grandmother started. It makes me happy when other people know how much love goes into hand made gifts!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Just cuz

Table runner with matching napkins for bestie.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rhinebeck

Got some SpiritTrail fiber! Yum yum.
Played Rhinebeck Bingo. Met lots of cool people.
Fall foliage, best friends, knitting, spinning, fried artichokes, wine, PERFECTION.
I don't have my act together to photograph my new stash enhancement. .. ..
I was very well behaved, didn't buy too much and came in well below budget. We did make an agreement that we all have to knit a garment/accessory to be worn to Rhinebeck 2011. :o)

Friday, October 15, 2010

15 hours...

15 hours and counting down the seconds until fiber fondling, sniffing, drooling begins.
RHINEBECK!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Rhinebeck Outfit



Scored from Salvation Army this summer...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Two tails tales

Burgis Brook Alpacas luscious "choco blue" (turquoise and chocolate colored). Cobweb weight singles on my new two tails honduran rosewood baby. The spindle is perfectly balanced, the fiber like buttAH!
I'm in love.

Swim lessons!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bakerwoods again

Other than this... Gearing up for Fiber Twist at Coventry Farmer's Market this weekend.
<3 my girls and my life

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pin the coconut on the tree

Gettin ready for the 5 year old Hula Birthday party!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

A girl in her glory (and purple sequins)

Our butterflies born

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The past 36 hours

have included the following...
- proud of D for reading enough books to earn a free dinner at a restaurant.
- visit with two amazing college friends, for whom I am extremely grateful.
- harrassing text messages from %$#*!
- BEACH!
- trip to 1st aid tent with bloody 4 year old. D rammed her head into my teeth at beach. (I still have them and won't be asking for them for Christmas)
- nice lunch
- walk to playground
- projectile vomiting
- talk with *&#@$! and kept calm
- dinner with mada and bada
- COLD STONE CREAMERY
- more projectile vomiting
- (precoffee) 10 minute conversation explaining to very headstrong 4 year old that she cannot swim.
- (precoffee) fish aforementioned 4 year old out of pool. "I was trying to save myself"

la la la la la
I need a vacation.

Rainbow today

Friday, June 11, 2010

CPW rehab

Needed a groove in the bobbin and a bit off the top...
A very kind local artist did it all for one penny.
Now the wheel works, but think I might need to get it tweaked a bit more.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers and grandmothers out there!
I hope your day is filled with whatever makes you happy. (whether it be with kids or without - I am certainly looking forward to a break!) ha ha.
Here's my present for my Mom!
Fiber from the painted sheep
Handspun into a dkish 2 ply.
brandywine shawl on ravelry Romi donates almost all of the pattern $ to Haiti.



By the time this post hits (I am pre-scheduling it)... Delaney and I will have gone to the circus, and 3 Generations of us mothers, daughters and granddaughters will have had an awesome brekky together! I can't wait for mom's Babka bread!

Friday, May 7, 2010

OMG This is awesome!!

best etsy idea ever!!!!

Gearing up

I have come to work prepared for my first double shift entailing an overnight.
Current sock (W)IP... check
Current WIP(haruni)... check
Hand spindle and yummy fiber to spin... check
Pandora on blackberry set to Jack Johnson radio... check
Ipod in case 16 hours of pandora gets old... check
Food (chard and kale pie, salad greens, hazelnut coffeemate [and NO I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT HAZELNUT COFFEEMATE])... check
Cheers!

ps. and boy am I so happy with how the chard and kale pie turned out! All of that cooking and saving in the freezer really paid off! yum yum! Thanks Martha!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Drop spindling...

After a bit of youtube watching yesterday, I picked the beautiful drop spindle and went at it again. if at first you don't succeed, try try again! It definitely flowed better this time. I started off by "parking" the spindle and then built up a rhythm. One of the youtubes gave the helpful hint of untwisting the fiber as you draft. That helped. I still dropped it and got tangled up a few times, but I can see how this will (in time) eventually just flow.... Which will work out perfectly for my evil plans to spin at work on the overnights.
I finished the shawl for Mom's Mother's Day present. It is blocking now and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with how my first official hand-spun project came out. Pictures to come, I don't want to spoil the surprise!
And this...

will be this...