Saturday, December 01, 2007

Just finished and blocked this merino LTK Pilot Cap. It is a trade for one of Adam's holiday-times gifts.

It is the infant size, but certainly won't fit Abe at almost 8 months. He, along with Taso and Adam, are hard to fit into the standard hat sizes, though. They all have large brains.
Taso said I should embroider something on it, but I think this hat is done.

Friday, November 23, 2007


I finished a patterned chullo (pattern: EZs fast cap) . I needed merino to knit it late Tuesday evening, so I picked up some Paton's at Meijer's and went to work.
Finished, lanolized, and ready to be handed over to it's owner tomorow afternoon.
Also included, my Abe and I relaxing on the sofa.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Knit List

Knit list

Not a to-do list, more of a “what have you done” list…

Bold the things you have ever knit
Italics the ones you plan to do sometime
Leave the rest


Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fibre yarn
Domino Knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles

Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publish a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dyeing with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool

Textured knitting
Kitchener BO

Knitting with beads

Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting

Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed Toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Sneak Peak of the Pinwheel Sweater

Ronda wants a surprise, but she showed me my pants so I have to post something! Here is the pinwheel sweater, knit from Blackberry Ridge wool, all ready to go!

Knitting Around the Bon-Fire : Rule 1

No matter how long you have been knitting, it is impossible to count to 25 in the dark.
Especially if you are drinking hoppy ale.
This is especially true if you only have to do said count one time and it will effect the entire outcome of the object.

Addendum to Rule 1:

Waiting to work on the object until SnB at the bar is not a wise choice. You will not notice that the count is off until the next day when you realize you are now ready for another drink because you have to frog the "quick-knit" hat.

You may or may not notice that one side is significantly wider than the other. The sooner I rip it all back, the sooner Abe has his new hat.

EZ Bonnet for Violet

A quick birthday gift for a friend who just turned one. Pattern can be found in Opinionated Knitter. Quick and fun knit. Both of my boys modeled it, but neither seemed to catch the simplistic beauty of the hat. The back has a really nice swirl and the shaping lines on the side are cute. I crocheted a border around the entire hat as I added the ties and it really made it look finished and clean.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The sock that wasn't mean to be...

Needed something quick to knit at a family reunion last weekend... Grabbed a ball of Debbie Bliss merino/cotton blend measured my ankle, went with the ball band gauge and cast on. Too big for me! Will they fit Adam? Yes, but then after I am into the foot part, neither of us are so sure. The eyelets were a bit feminine and the top of the sock was a bit stretchy even for his leg.
Thus, rip... Maybe a hat next go 'round?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A new hat for Abe!

Started this early afternoon today and finished it just a bit ago. The shaping doesn't fit his head the way I would like, but it is a hat and a warm one at that!
My handspun Corriedale (kool-aid dyed, Pam's handspun llama, our handspun plied together, and some green Tibet recycled silk and wool.

This hat began life as Spiral Rib Hat found in the Baby Hats section of After the ribbing, I started the spiral rib and didn't like the stitch pattern with the two-tone yarn. I frogged and then knit straight stockinette for 5 1/2". Checked out Susan B. Anthony's book o' hats for some inspiration on a gnome-like cap. I did whatever came out of the needles to the end of the hat and finished off with a short Idiot cord.

For the brim, I just chained on two and crocheted back and forth, sometimes skipping sts to produce a brim. Single crocheted around the entire rim of hat twice.


Monday, September 17, 2007


Well, the roving was either not wrapped tight enough or just wasn't meant to be. I think Adam and I got a little crazy instead of focusing on wrapping it well. Either way, we took it all off the teepee and will take the roving to the big felting machine at Twisted Warp and Skeins and make an awesome colorful piece of felt and wrap that around the teepee.
It will be fun to cut out a window or two!

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Adam and I have been musing up a teepee for some weeks now and tada! Here it is...

I can not wait until Taso wakes up!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Socks done!

I finished my plain jane socks. I used the Campfire socks pattern from Cider Moon, but omitted the pattern and just knit stockinette around. I have been drooling over their fibers lately. I'll post some pictures of the finished socks soon.
I have been working on a pinwheel sweater for a trade for some hand sewn winter short pants. Pretty excited about that. I went into the pattern thinking it would be a super quick knit, but simple does not always equate quick. I am doing the garter border, two or so more inches to go, and am getting bored! After that there is the billion stitch I-cord trim and the sleeves. It is going to be a great sweater, but wow, I already have over 10 hours into the thing! A little worried that I might run out of yarn, but I say I have enough, so that is that!
I started to work on the Cider Moon socks this evening at knitting circle and finished them up this evening as I had grabbed my knitting bag, but forgotten the Pinwheel sweater in the van.
Irie's hat is all packed up and ready to be shipped tomorrow. I hope it fits and that she loves it! Taso loves it and I have enough of that chunky hand spun merino left to knit one for him.
Wow, I have so many things that I want to do, things I need to knit, and with two very small children, where does the time go?
Well, the Abe-ster needs some momma milk. I'll leave you with a picture of Abe's very first swing ride.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

A hat for Irie.

I bought a pair of handsewn pants and a pair of shorts from this momma. Also see her eBay store.
Well, the pants and shorts never arrived! After much waiting and multiple trips to the post office for both of us, she was kind enough to make me another pair of pants. So awesome of her! I decided to knit her daughter a hat as a thank-you.
Here is Taso modeling Elizabeth Zimmermann's Spiral or Snail hat knit in my own handspun merino top.

My very own socks!

I have knit a few pairs of socks before, but never for me. Some for Taso, a store sample, a pair for my grandma, and a couple of pairs of pedicure socks last christmas.
Finally, a pair for me! The yarn is Nancy by Schaefer Yarns(love their yarn SO much!) and was kindly donated to me for no reason other than she could barely look at, by Pam at Twisted Warp and Skeins. She and another woman had tried knitting and weaving with it and they both just seemed to despise it. The colors were so pretty I took her up immediately when she told me to take the huge cake of yarn home! I started socks that night! With a fiber content of 95% merino and 5% nylon, the yarn just said socks. The nylon is actually a runner thread twisted around the merino, I think that will help keep the socks strong. Kind of like holding nylon with your yarn while knitting the heel, maybe?
The second sock is just about done, a few more inches on the foot and then the toe. I am planning to try some toe-up socks next. Let me know if you have any great patterns for toe-up socks! I would like something a bit prettier, not just a boring stocking stitch!
This is not the best picture, but you sure do get a great view of my unshaven legs!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Alpaca/Corriedale Yarn

Yummy handspun yarn. I love my Louet Victoria!
This will soon be a pair of cozy winter pants for Abe. I will knit it up using the Perfection Pants pattern from Wooly Wonder. It is a great pattern for pants where you just plug in your gauge and the babies measurements and then it spits out a pattern to guide you.

Roving and Yarn!

Alpaca/Tussah Silk roving. It has an incredible softness, strength, and weight to it. I am spinning it lace weight and plan to start knitting a Pi shawl very soon.

After I washed the hanks, I hung it to dry in the bathroom. I had a bit too much twist and thought maybe I could hang some ketchup to straighten it out. Then I started worrying that would cause a kink in the bottom of the yarn. After Adam snapped this photo, I took the ketchup back to the pantry.

This is what I finished at the Tuesday Circle at Twisted Warp and Skeins last night. 325 glorious yards all spun on one bobbin!

Wooly Wonder Shorties w/ Cable

Bartlett's Fisherman Wool knit on #9 needles. 4 stitch basic cable with purl border. Applied I-cord trim.

Super cute :)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Too funny...

I just knit a pair of EZ longies from Knitter's Almanac. I used some pretty green tweedy fine merino.

The funny thing is that they fit my 3 month old & my 2 year old!

Pictures of both soon.


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

You know, this blogger picture thing annoys me. Abe is hungry so I can not mess with it any longer. Maybe it shows up okay on your computer, but not on mine! The words just do not line up with the pictures. Well, I hope you can figure out what is what!

New Pics of the little Men .A proper update soon!

Abe and Pops taken just a few minutes ago! Abe is just over three months now.

and some knitting! I finished this sweater for Abe awhile ago, but have yet to post the specs on it. Just a simple Knitting Pure and Simple sweater.

Taso likes to help Abe learn to roll.

Abe in hand-knits by Grandma Bonnie.

Taso being a beach a bum at Lake Huron.

Abe and Taso snoozing in the backyard.

Hockey Tu-ton on the "toitet"
(Taso likes to call himself Hockey Tu-ton and wear Adam's hockey helmet, for days at a time.)

Friday, June 01, 2007

editing blogs.

you know, i have the hardest time getting the pictures and text where i want them and i am not even trying to do anythine fantastic, just lined up with the text under or above the proper picture!
i have been messing with the previous post for ten minutes + and it still isn't looking right. oh well, at least there are new picture for whoever is looking at this!

outdoor knitting

Taso did this.

and wouldn't let me take him out.
So I went in and grabbed a blanket for his head

and this.

The start of a Punk Knitters soaker out of Manos del Uraguay. It is
now finished and Abe is wearing it all the time. I'll put a picture of that up soon.

PP longies

I posted these longies a bit ago. Had to share Abe the smilin' man. Pretty sure this kid is an old soul. Doing things I haven't seen a one month old do! Returning smiles, sticking his tongue out when you do, and I even had him laughing last night! In this picture he was about a month old, he will be 7 weeks this coming Monday.

booga boys!

more sleepy cuddlies...


sleepy cuddlies.

soaker sack

Points for using all oddballs on this soaker sack! From top to bottom :

Brown handspun alpaca by Pam
Green Kool-Aid dyed recycled from a thrift store sweater wool.
Red Bartletts wool.
Yellow Bartletts wool.
Red Bartletts wool.
Blue Peace Fleece.
Orange Kool-Aid dyed recycled from a thrift store sweater wool.
Blue Peace Fleece.
My handspun llama.
Food coloring and Kool-Aid dyed recycled from a thrift store sweater wool.
Same orange, same red as above.
Coffee dyed recycled yada yada yada.
Lisa's handspun llama.

Well, it is lovely, but proving to be a bit heavy for the warm weather we are now having!

PP shorties

Abe in his Manos del Uraguay Picky Pants shorties. Not that you can see much of the shorties...

Taso likes his sink.

Here he is hanging out in his new favorite place to sit... the kitchen sink of his play-kitchen.

Monday, May 14, 2007


Hey Lisa! No matter how much nit-picking I give you, I AM PROUD OF YOU! You knit a sweater! :)

Friday, May 11, 2007

just a few cute pics of my boys

abe in BR

abe in his briar rose "sonoma" WW longies. they must have been riding down, i see some hip!

Monday, May 07, 2007


I had to run down the road to my dad's real quick. I fed Abe so he would be okay while I was gone and came home to find this!

I love my boys :)