Sunday, May 8, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
My Summer IK arrived in the mail this morning!!!! I really tried not to blow through this edition all at once, but couldn't help myself. There's quite a few patterns that I would like to knit. And I know months or even years from now, I'll find something "new" that I didn't even consider during my first perusal.
Patterns I want to knit:
camp smock I think this would be really cute on a little girl
amelia hoodie maybe with long sleeves instead?
cat's eye tam
I'd also like to try the faux cables technique in the al fresco camisole
All in all, another great edition of Interweave Knits
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
My love affair with my iPod all began in 2005, when my husband bought me my blue Mini. I loved it! So compact and cute, I could fit so many books and songs in the humongous 4 gigabytes of storage. That same year, the Nano came out. Daughter number one received a 2GB Nano for her fall birthday. Dear husband received a 4GB Nano from his boss for Christmas. Since Husband never listens to music, he gave his Nano to daughter number one, and daughter number two got her sister's 2GB Nano. Still with me?
Dear Husband, being the generous, trusting dad, allowed both daughters to bring their iPods to school, against my better judgement. "They're both in middle school," he said, "and they're both sooo responsible!" E, the second daughter came home a few months later, upset. Her iPod was stolen.
You know what I did? I consoled my daughter and gave her my shiny, blue Mini. In the meantime, I found an abandoned HP iPod at my brother's house. He said that the old iPod wasn't working properly and had bought himself a better one. So now I had Brother's iPod. That worked for about two months until it died.
Dear Husband took pity upon me and bought me my first iPod video. Wow! 30GB! I'll never run out of room. "Hold on," says Husband, "you don't have enough memory in your computer." Oh...
That's okay. I learned to use an exterior drive to store all my files.
I would love an iPhone, but can't justify the $30/month data fees. That's $360 a year! Can't I get an iPhone without the data fees? "No," answered the phone guy, "why would you want an iPhone without a data package?" So I don 't have to carry my phone and iPod? Nevermind, you wouldn't get it.
So what does my iPod have to do with knitting, sewing, quilting, or gardening? Everything! I can do all those activities and "read" at the same time.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I wanted to knit the Ruched Yoke Tee designed by AnneLenna Mattison as soon as I saw it in this year's spring Interweave Knits. I love the peasant blouse look on the adorable blonde model. She totally sold it for me.
My niece has a June birthday and would be the perfect recipient for such a top. My choices for suitable yarn, however, was seriously throwing a wrench in the works. I chose to use only stash yarn (that's another story. Two daughters in college this fall. Yikes!) and the only yarn that would work from said stash was gray. Or is that "grey"?
|my gray yarn|
Now, I don't have anything against the color gray. I like gray. In fact, I have many items of clothing in varying shades of gray. I just don't think gray is a good color for my 5-year-old niece, at least not solid gray.
I came up with, I think, a pretty good idea of adding some color into the project by way of some new yarn self-striping yarn and came up with this:
It only took me five days to knit. Yay!!!