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Monday, January 25, 2010
Ever have one of those days where you just HAVE to get outside and take some pictures? Today was definitely one of those days. After POURING all day, the rain let up just in time for some beautiful light to filter through the clouds, complete with mood-setting wind and all.
I put out a facebook call to see if anyone wanted to join me, but after waiting for a response and getting none, I decided to just go it alone! So I grabbed my bag of finished knits, my dog, my camera and some accessories and headed up to the back yard! Maggie ran around looking very confused as I set up my makeshift tripod, but was quite happy to run after her tennis ball ring whenever I had a free hand to throw it for her. It took some trial and error on my part to figure out how to take a GOOD picture of myself... it would have been better if I was able to set up white balance and all that based on a person, but you play with what you've got, right?
Check out my flickr set to see some of the pics from that shoot, today's pics are at the end. Here are my two favorites below:
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Inspired by the Twilight Saga, these wool fingerless mittens/wrist warmers will keep your hands warm and cozy when clutching the chilly hand of your very own vampire boyfriend! Alice has Jasper, I prefer Angel, how 'bout you?
Even if you're not a Twilight fan, these mitts are an excellent addition to any wardrobe. Wool is a wonderful fiber, keeping the warm air in on cold days and helping you stay balanced on warmer days. That makes these lightweight accessories the perfect "transition" item for spring and fall. I like how Alice layers hers with a couple of shirts and a trés stylish scarf!
* Fit is women's large/men's medium, 6-8" around knuckles.
* Approximately 8.5" long from cuff to tip of the mittens.
* Fiber content is 100% wool.
* This is a hand-wash only garment. Machine wash on cold with a wool-specific detergent, or hand wash, then gently reshape and air dry.
I try to make sure my photographs represent the color as honestly as possible, however this will vary on every monitor. True color is a mix of dark blue, sky blue, tan and brown.
TO THOSE WITH PET ALLERGIES: All knits are washed before they are shipped, but I have two cats and a dog. They're fantastic :)
In order to make these mittens even more versatile, I am offering them in three different colors! The last picture shows the available colors, make sure you indicate your choice when checking out.
These mittens are MADE TO ORDER. I will knit as fast as I can, but please allow up to a week for completion. I will notify you as soon as they are shipped.
FOR EXPEDITED SHIPPING: I would be happy to rush shipping on any order, please convo. me so I can figure out the added expense.
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Friday, January 25, 2008
i've been in a strange mood with projects lately... every time i sit down to knit, i reach for either some little toy (see previous post) or one of my older projects. it's about time i get some of them off the WIP list!
the clap... i started this back in the days when EVERYONE had at least one clapotis on the needles. Dogs steal yarn made a beautiful story post about a silk garden clapper, and i just HAD to have one! it just looked like something so 'me', and i hadn't really noticed it until i saw her particular take on the piece. someday, i will have my own! :)
lady eleanor, from simply scarves i believe. one of the lovely boys whose blogs i read (ok at this point i'm just too lazy to find the link) just recently posted a BEAUTIFUL eleanor, and i was inspired to dig mine up and start working on it again. i'd like to finish it while it's still cold enough to need a huge-ass wrap like this!
oddly enough, i was reading through old entries last night and it turns out that i went in search of this project once before when i was at another not so great point in my life. something about this is a bit of a comfort project... i bet when i finish it'll become something like a linus blankie for me, haha. that is, IF i ever finish!
this... is the barest of beginnings on a harry potter scarf for my brother. this right here has been the thorn in my side for YEARS. in fact, i actually started knitting about 4 years ago BECAUSE of this scarf.
back in the day, i was crocheting a lot of little knicknacks and huge triangle shawls. nothing complicated, just a little playing around. my brother's birthday was coming up, and i asked him what he'd like me to make him. his IMMEDIATE response was "a harry potter scarf!" so like a good sister, i hauled myself off to my LYS the next day and found just the right colors in some plymouth whatever. yeah, acrylic. shuddup. i knew NOTHING back then. so i asked the lovely ladies at the store just how much yarn i'd need to make a good sized scarf. being a smart lady, the owner asked me if i was knitting or crocheting. when i asked why, she explained that crochet actually used more yarn per stitch, so that would factor into how much i would need. me being broke, i said "i'm knitting of course!" i went home with two balls of burgundy, and one of a nice marigold color... and promptly started searching the internet for instructions on learning how to knit!
by the next morning... i had mastered the knit and the purl. i LOOOOVED it. in my search i found a lot of different techniques, and since i had figured out knit and purl so fast i DEVOURED anything else i could figure out. within a week, i had increases and decreases down. two, i was cabling. three, i made a sock! ok, so it was grossly oversized and knit with chunky yarn on huge needles, but i was soooo proud of myself.
see the problem here though? i got SO distracted by falling in love with knitting that i forgot all about the scarf. every now and then i'd pick it up again... or find some other yarn with the right colors and try to start again. i even had one misguided cotton attempt. every now and then, my brother will poke fun at me and ask how his scarf is doing.
well, i'm smarter now. and i've got skillz, man. so i pulled out the same patons classic wool that i used to make his slippers with last christmas, and decided that damn it, he is GOING to get this scarf before he turns 16! so i've got 8 1/2 months to go :-D