Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Feathers and Silk

Wee Davie just picked up his biscuit, looked outside, and hurriedly backtracked. It's wet and cold out there. In fact, earlier I went to check on the hens and found little Fifi snuggled down between Lulu and Cosette, presumably using them as big feathery duvets!

In rain and cold, my new silk still arrived. It's from Dye For Yarn, who has the most beautiful colours and the most amazing names for the yarn. My silk is 'Trapped in a Night's Wish'. It actually looks more purple than it photographs.

It is destined, with luck, to turn into this. This time, I'm going to be a little more careful about size!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Too tired to try on new cardigan

This morning, I got up early. Wee Davie looked over, yawned, stretched a bit. I stumbled about the kitchen, getting his breakfast. Kibble in the bowl, I looked over and...

Wee Davie had gone back to bed.

Where he stayed.

Right up until I was ready to leave.

I think that's really, really unfair.

Still, tonight I finished sewing up my new cotton sweater. I made it too big. Just a bit. I'll live. But I love the pattern - it's cute and clever. I knitted it up in 'Robin Egg Blue,' Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. The pattern is 'Kira' by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.

I added a couple of vintage buttons. The cute little wings deserve vintage buttons.

Okay, I think maybe an early night is in order.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My Friend Who Likes Star Wars Had a Baby

Yes, I'm afraid that my friend, who likes Star Wars, having a baby did absolutely mean that I had to dress his baby up as Yoda. Young Jedi, he is. Wear Yoda hat, he must.

Thus was born the awesome Yoda Layette that I hinted at a couple of posts ago. All knitted out of Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury, a ball each of Bracken and Mink. There's the:

Yoda Baby Bottle Cozy

You Seek Yoda Hat
Baby Yoda Sweater

I chuckled. A little dark force in me, there was. But honestly, how sweet is that bottle cozy? It is complete with hooded robe.

And yes, incidentally, I do have one of these bags too.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bow Ties Are Cool and So Is Hamlet

Sometimes, on the spur of the moment, you put a knitting project into action. Sometimes the results are brilliant. Sometimes...

I was reading a book - a dry, academic-type book. I was having trouble focusing, so I thought I'd knit something as I read. I thought I'd knit a bow tie for Wee Davie. You see, I was being seriously tempted by these Silly Buddy's bow ties for dogs. Because, you know, bow ties are cool.

But I was being good. I wasn't going to be tempted. I had spare yarn. I could knit him a bow tie.

So I read up on mimesis and the multi-diegetic and intertextual and knitted a little bow tie. I popped it on the wee one's collar.

But do you think he wanted his photo taken? Of course not. After all, he had his interesting cube that makes crinkly sounds (and helps the RSPCA).

The only way to take a photo of his nice knitted bow tie was to try to hold the cube high enough. Of course, that meant you couldn't see him at all - only his jaws, clamped around the cube. And even then... he's black. He's kind of difficult to photograph at the best of times.

By which point the bow tie looked more like a bow... oops. I realised something about then. Scottish terriers can't really show off bow ties because they have little necks, long muzzles and long beards. Even if the knitted bow tie is a failure, at least I haven't given into temptation and been disappointed! Oh, okay, I'm still looking a little longingly at those bow ties. I promise, no coats other than strictly functional ones though! I will not dress up my dog... hand on heart. I will not do this or this or this to him, even though the thought makes me chuckle.

Artificially Mythic than revealed our response to her recent stash enhancement, The Yarn Hamlet. I'd recommend going to her post first, because it has continued. Today I offered up:
I did love novelty yarn once.

Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.

You should not have believ'd me, for alpaca cannot so
inoculate our old acrylics but we shall relish of it. I lov'd it not.

I was the more deceiv'd.

Get thee to a LYS, why woulds't thou be a breeder of
eyelash yarn scarves?
I blame a certain DrK who made a comment about acrylic yarn and has also contributed to our Yarn Hamlet in other quarters.

Really, we must be stopped.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Someone has to be responsible

Okay, time to confess. Who has been sneaking over and giving my hens wire cutters? At first they settled for cheekily flying over the fence. Now they're somehow managing to break through the fence. There they are, out on the back lawn, heading to the vegetable patch... again.

It's like a scene from Chicken Run.

Maybe they got hold of the DVD?

I've been off the grid the last week or two. Not for a fun reason. Oh, I wish it had been for a fun reason! But no. The only fun part has been pottering around all day in pjs with a genuine excuse as to why I can't lift more than a pair of knitting needles or a comic book. In fact, earlier, I tried to lift three novels... not a good idea. I hear it gets better, though.

While I've been away from home, the hens - those rascally hens - have been sunning themselves.

And Wee Davie turned one! He celebrated with a big bone. He is now refining his mature, thoughtful expression and plans to write odes to his bone.

And I did do some knitting. Some of it I can't show you yet, but it's truly awesome. Some of it isn't finished yet, but when I watch Doctor Who for the second time this weekend, I plan to get closer to finishing it. Incidentally, now that I've had one of those big birthdays, I think it's time I become as amazing as River Song.

But I'm also starting, at last, to do something about the yarn clubs piling up! I pinched the sock yarn from the second installment of Vintage Purls' summer sock club to knit the final pattern, because I've never knitted gloves and this pattern made me want desperately to knit gloves, and the blue...

Oh the blue...

The blue is incredible.

You should see this blue in real life.

Yes, yes, so far, I'm still on the iCord. But, it is a start.