Friday, January 16, 2015

Done With THAT Chapter of My Life

In the fall of 2013 the boss at my job told me I was 'really late' the day before. She wasn't in, she was going by what a co-worker said. She then said I was late that day too. I looked at my watch and I was EXACTLY on time. However my watch and the dept clock were out by about 5 minutes. So 'really late ' is 5 minutes, I guess. Anyway, I started leaving home earlier, but needed something to do in the car to fill in the time between arrival and going in to work. I started a Baktus. Then I got made redundant last September. The Baktus languished.

I finished it. Here it is in all it's glory:


Sock yarn, VVS Handpainted, 2.5mm needles.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Second Chemo Cap

I made another chemo cap!

  seafoam hat podt

It's Todd's No Purl Hat except I cast it on in the round so I did purl for the brim :)
Yarn is Lyra by Lang Yarns which is a worsted cotton/silk blend. Delicious!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Hello! Is anybody Out There?

My poor neglected blog. I have something for you! A hat. The Purl Knit Turban, to be precise. Made with Paton's Canadiana, obviously. For a person who is undergoing chemo and needs a head warmer. Instead of wrapping the yarn tail around the front the way the pattern calls for, I knit a 5 stitch stockinette strip that was about 4 inches long and sewed it on. I attached it just above the last purl section and then wrapped to the inside to the same spot.

Knit and purl turban Knit and purl turban Please forgive the model's dirty nose,, she has seen better days, but is oh so compliant at holding still for my photography attempts. Unlike the cats.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

First Laceweight Project

I have Laceweight yarn. I also have quite a few projects I'd like to do, but first a simple one, a one row lace scarf. With this yarn 

Monday, July 08, 2013

Air Plants!

I have been fascinated lately with Air Plants. Also known as Tilandsia epiphytes. They don't need dirt to live. They just need to be dunked in water once a week or so, depending on how humid your  area is.

My birthday was coming up, so I had the perfect excuse to get some.
I ordered them from Tropical Expressions. Since I am just starting out, I got the 11 pack of random plants. I ordered them on a Thursday and they arrived on the Tuesday. (Monday was a stat, so they might even have been here faster!).

Here they are soaking after their arduous journey: airplant

And drying out, I attempted to figure out which plant they were and labelled em, correctly, I hope!

airplants 002airplants 003

and all together:

airplants 001
I forgot to get a labelled pic of the Bulbosa....

Here is one of the little displays I have put together:

airplant butzi sake
Another display:

display sandwine

And the display I am most excited about (excuse the crap lighting...raining, AGAIN, here)

mounted ok

I glued together some of the wine corks I have been saving and put it up on a little stand. I am really pleased with this one.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Been a While

So, I haven't posted lately because I was on vacation in Italy and then work kind of ate my life. This is where I was:


holdup alps
In the Alps near Trento. The  weather was unseasonably cold.
So the vacation knitting I brought along turned out to be useful too:


These are the Slouchy Gauntlets made in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. Nice easy pattern, great for vacation knitting.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Antique Yarn

Many moons ago my aunt let my sister and i go stash diving in HER stash and take home yarn from Italy. I saw some red angora that just SCREAMED at me to take. So I did.  And it sat in MY stash for years waiting for just the right project.,  Then Kate Middleton got married and wore a little angora number at her reception. I am not a 'royal watcher' but the sweater looked perfect!


cardi outside

Pattern: Royal Shrug
Yarn: Angor'Anny, 6 balls of it. A fair bit leftover from those 6.
Needles: size 9
Modifications: Many. I knit the sweater 2 inches longer and blocked severely for length. I have a 38.5" chest which falls right in between 2 sizes, So I knit the smaller size and added 4 stitches to each front piece.
I knit the sleeves 3 quarter length and did no decreases. I did the front and back separate,seamed together and then knit the sleeves on instead of seaming them on. (I picked up the total number of stitches around the whole armhole and then did short rows corresponding to the pattern backwards from the shoulder down.) I DID do the crochet edging as the edges really needed that finishing touch.

Overall I am VERY pleased.