Friday, September 25, 2009

Pumpkin muffins and green tea

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Short break. Happily casting on the Traveling Woman shawl, which I've dubbed the "Pretty Boy Shawl."

And did you see that there's a Princess Bride mystery scarf? Valerie's Mystery Scarf? Inconceivable! But marvelous.

Currently buried under fairy tales. Life couldn't be better.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just what you need to go into the woods...

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I love the Damson pattern! Here's Jam & Wolves in numma numma 'Black Cherry Jam.' It's delicious!

Artificially Mythic also has the prettiest Damson - Mithril. So, so soft and drape-y. Today, Artificially Mythic also rescued my Bingley sock. I love that sock, but for some reason, I've had a mental block over the short row heel. I've done short row heels before, but never toe-up, and my mind just wasn't getting around the concept. Back on track now.

At Kniterature group last night, I also cast on Travelling Woman in Fleece Artist 'Twilight.' Yes, I'm slightly obsessed over shawls.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rainy days

It's been a rainy day, so imagine my delight to find yarn margaritas on the porch! Tabby cat and Rose Garden from Knit It Up. I just know these little bundles of joy want to be shawls. Look at that colour! They'll be gorgeous.

I arrived home quite soggy, sore throat, sniffles... this does not bode well...

Neither does the state of the hens...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sometimes, you just need the Doctor around...

I love handmade, crafty pop culture merchandise! And VCM, using the pattern here, whipped a Doctor up for me! Isn't he brilliant? Complete with his own little sonic screwdriver. And it's fun to play with his hair!

I have the best Mum.

My Jam & Wolves shawl, however, is being unknit a little. 8 extra stitches came for a visit and overstayed their welcome.

In better news, today I won a voucher from Knit It Up, one of my all time favourite Etsy stores! Seriously, I love her yarn and fibre. I'm knitting the Netherfield socks in her Bingley yarn from the Pride and Prejudice sock club. Those socks are taking me a long time, but I'm enjoying them like no other socks, so I'm in no rush to finish. She also has a cinema sock club month for Coraline coming up. So, thank you to Knit It Up!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Oooh, I love this book!

I got Linda Kopp's The Joy of Sox yesterday and carried it about with me all day, simply because I love it! I love the whole concept of it and the socks inside are inventive, fresh and lively... well, how could they not be with names like "A Roll in the Hay," "Sole Mates," "Make-up Socks" and "Afternoon Delight"? There's gorgeous cables, pretty little lace socks to die for ("Sweet Nothings") and great images. The spiral binding inside is a dream.

As you can see, there's a continued accumulation of owls, including an owl bag from Pink Lady Designs, which is beautifully made. Yes, I mainly wanted the fabric, but it's going to be a favourite bag! VCM makes most of my bags. I have a thing for fabric bags. Always unique, interesting, light to carry, and cheap enough to coordinate with most outfits. Every now and then I look at the price of bags in the department stores and gasp.

But I'd better get back to my lunch - I'm doing a rice and egg dish. It's a writing day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The cocktail lounge continues to draw in new shawls...

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As soon as I cast "Let Them Eat Cake" off, I was casting on a Damson in numma numma's Black Cherry Jam. The yarn is glorious. It glows. It does look like jam.

The new shawl is titled "Jam and Wolves" (to be sung to the tune of "My Favourite Things"). It's in honour of Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls, one of my favourite picture books, in which the wolves scoff pots of jam. There's also a hint of Little Red Riding Hood there in the shawl. Perhaps she did have a pot of jam in the basket along with the other goodies for grandma?

In the background, you can see my new sock bag from Stuck in Illinois's Etsy shop. Very good deal, that one.

I Am Popular Culture!

Let Them Eat Cake Shawl
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Today's subject dedicated to Artificially Mythic. Explanation may be forthcoming. It may be not forthcoming.

Look what we have here! The "Let Them Eat Cake Shawl" (Yes, another Ishbel) in Needle Food's Black Forest. I've been trying for two days to figure out a good way to photograph it. I have now officially given up and this will do! However, it is glorious, soft, drape-y and edible. Seriously, the chocolate swirls are glorious. There are a couple of 'smudges in the frosting' due to the missing stitch, but they're minor and variegated yarns are very forgiving, I find.

Needless to say, I am not and never have been, a perfectionist.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bother Bad Wolf... I've got Bad Hens

Yes, I snuck another Doctor Who reference into the subject line... but look at this pair of chicken criminals. Mimi and Coco have spent all day invading the potato patch. Here they are teasing me. "Will we jump down like good hens?... Or will we run back through the potato patch so she has to chase us, getting her feet all dirty?... Right, potato patch it is!"

In between herding hens (worse than herding cats), I finished off 'Let Them Eat Cake'. The errant stitch is apparently traveling about and I apologise to all knitters who find it popping up in their pi blankets and whatnot. It doesn't mean to be bad. It just has an adventurous soul.

However, in its continued absence (and with a couple of 'frosting smudges' I'm sure no one will ever notice) the shawl is now blocking... ever seen Black Forest Cake block? It's divine. I keep sneaking into the spare room to look at it.

And a Damson shawl made its way onto the needles right after cast off. There will be details of that jammy-delicious project coming shortly!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fabric Fluffy Ducks

I think I'd like to try a Fluffy Duck. But, aside from that, yes, I've been doing a little fabric stashing! And have become obsessed with owls... which may have been evident from certain cabling efforts going on. But aren't these prints glorious? The red and orange owls are from an Australian designer, Saffron Craig.

My 'Let Them Eat Cake' shawl is so close to the end, but it was kind of a rough week... so not only did she languish a little, one of the stitches got up and left. Only, I'm not sure where the stitch was to begin with. So, I figure, if I can't find where it was, no one else will... right? And one day, maybe the stitch will come back. If you see it, please make sure it is well looked after and happy.

This morning, I gave myself a little sleep in. So by the time I tottered out to see to the hens, they were very very hungry. Mimi followed me, her wings severely crossed, as I went to their grain bin. As I was still a bit slow, she gave me an encouraging peck, before turning tail and running over to the spot where the grain is sprinkled. She has now eaten, but periodically pops up on the top step, near the back door, to tell me loudly and clearly about how hungry she still is.