Monday, December 26, 2005

Ensuring Good Knitting Karma for 2006

In order to appease the knitting gods I have decided to finish all WIPs by this Saturday night. This shouldn't be too hard -- one more bastard slipper, side seams of the Evil Sweater, a baby bunting and the satchel. The satchel is currently 20 miles away so this does pose a bit of a problem. Slightly inebriated Chris was entrusted with putting stuff in the car after last night's Christmas dinner at his brother's and instead left them sitting in a nice neat pile. Leaving presents and tupperware is one thing, leaving knitting is treason!

It was a nice dinner with a mish mash of the normal American stuff and traditional Lithuanian things. My brother-in-law made some kick-ass mushroom gravy. I could have ate the whole boat full. Yum. After dinner I helped my niece (10 years old) to start knitting. I was very impressed that she kept at it for quite a few hours. I'm going to dig her out some bigger needles (these were 8s) and nicer yarn to encourage her. I found the slow-going nature of 8s to be intimidating at first and enjoyed making those first scarves on huge 17s, I hope she'll feel the same.

Today has been long -- little man is suffering from post-holiday let-down and is driving me nuts. Luckily he is already in his pjs (at his request) which I hope indicates he wants to go to sleep soon.

In Baby Cashew news, there is none. I am freaking huge but otherwise well and happy. I go to my chiro tomorrow just for a hip alignment. On Wednesday we have our home visit for the homebirth just to review the general plan. And that will be it until the munchkin decides to arrive. Chris and I both think it will be sometime the week before my due date (1/13).

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Holiday Knitting

Well, some of it is done. There has been a bunch of rationalization as to what would be finished and what to skip. Oh well.

There are actually 3 pairs that look just like this, and another in a purple:

Ruffles Scarf:

Skull purse (Hello Yarn skull pattern, my bag pattern):

Skull purse with needle felted bow:


  • Chris's sweater

  • skull with bow tote

  • ipod cozy

  • 5 pairs of adult slippers

  • ruffles scarf from Scarf Style

  • another Miss Dashwood

  • another satchel

  • wee pair of baby slippers

So that's not too bad, the yarn for the satchel should be here soon, I can crank out the ipod cozy in a night and then I just have to sew the sweater. I think I can now allow myself to start something for Baby Cashew!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Motivational (to myself) Update

Pictures coming soon. The KnitPicks Wool of the Andes slippers turned out very nice. Not nearly as thick as the others but definitely nicer looking. I just finished another Miss Dashwood for a friend's new baby (the last of the year!) And I have the bottom couple of inches of the skull tote finished. Chris had the good idea that instead of doing the bow in intarsia on top of the head I should cut out a felt bow out of another color and stitch it on. I also got the yarn for the Ruffles scarf -- it is the Andean Silk Twist from KnitPicks -- it is dreamy. I would like to make a Clapotis out of it!


  • Chris's sweater

  • skull with bow tote

  • ipod cozy

  • 5 3 pairs of adult slippers

  • ruffles scarf from Scarf Style

  • another Miss Dashwood

  • another satchel

  • wee pair of baby slippers

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I finished the knitting on the Evil Sweater

Er, still have the seaming and neck to do, but the majority of it is done. I want to have a party! I'm hoping to have it together by Thursday.

I just checked my knitting list and I'm supposed to have 5 pairs of slippers finished this week. Hmmm. I am quite sure that is not going to happen. Now I just have to figure out what family members I like best. ;)


  • Chris's sweater

  • skull with bow tote

  • ipod cozy

  • 5 pairs of adult slippers

  • ruffles scarf from Scarf Style

  • another Miss Dashwood

  • another satchel

  • wee pair of baby slippers

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Finished 2 sleeves, another to go

Why? Because the first one is HUGE! I don't know what I was thinking -- it's obviously really big. Maybe I was just so involved in the intarsia that I didn't let my mind focus on this shortcoming. The first one is about 2 inches bigger at the bottom. Here's a pic, the big one's on the bottom:

Next pic, wee baby slippers. The recipient (or recipient's mama) of the wee fuzzy feet requested a pair for a friend.

Little man and I have had a pretty good day. So far we've made bread (haven't baked it yet,) felted the above slippers, made cookies (too flat) and played around with his playsilks. We had a great time bouncing around to Fat Boy Slim. OK, he was bouncing, I was sitting and laughing. We were each holding an end to a huge playsilk and he was jumping like crazy on his trampoline. Sonic Youth came on next and it killed the mood. :) He has definite music tastes, so far Johnny Cash, Elvis, Fat Boy Slim, bouncy reggae and Moby are well liked. It makes a mama proud. Now I just have to work on getting him to like Tom Waits.


  • Chris's sweater

  • skull with bow tote

  • ipod cozy

  • 5 pairs of adult slippers

  • ruffles scarf from Scarf Style

  • another Miss Dashwood

  • another satchel

  • wee pair of baby slippers

Monday, November 28, 2005

Miss Dashwood

Isn't she sweet? I love it! Basically a night of knitting (earflaps and ties the next) and fun knitting at that.

We drove back from Baltimore yesterday -- a nice visit. Yorick went to my SIL, who I think liked it. My mother modeled her vest -- we both still like the yarn but aren't sure of the neck. She ended up pinning the two pieces together with a broach. I also think the vest should have been narrower through the shoulders -- we are not the type that needs shoulder pads. Amazingly, I did zero knitting while there. I must be gearing up for December.

Over the next month I need to complete the following:

  • Chris's sweater

  • skull with bow tote

  • ipod cozy

  • 5 pairs of adult slippers

  • ruffles scarf from Scarf Style

  • another Miss Dashwood

  • another satchel

  • wee pair of baby slippers

Of course, now that I'm only 6 weeks away from Baby Cashew's due date I have some serious nesting urges to knit for my own wee one. I bought yarn today (Chris, you didn't read that) to make a bunting (a violet shade of HPY in worsted) and I have designs on making a Pinwheel blanket out of some Lion's Brand Polar stuff I bought on clearance. I think I'm going to have to stop sleeping to get it all done.

In good baby news, the wee one was pronounced head down and anterior today by the CNM. Little man was a very long labor thanks to his posterior position so this is great news. Now the little bugger just needs to stay that way. I also ordered our birth kit today (we're planning another homebirth) and feel like I'm pretty ready for the babe. Well, minus the missing bunting. For some reason I feel like this baby just needs a bunting.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Felted Yorick

Yorick is done (need to get the scissors to the wonky nose openings)! I felted just so the stitch definition was gone from the knitting side. Still, it is quite dense. I love it! I have some merino that I bought earlier in the year that knits as described, but this stuff is almost a worsted. Regardless, it is lovely.

Miss Dashwood is blocking and then I will assemble and photograph.

Monday, November 14, 2005

I'm Over the Knitting Blahs

It was a good knitting weekend -- I finished the sleeve for the evil sweater, knit about 3/4s of Yorick and finished the hat portion of Miss Dashwood (earflaps and ties to come).

I chose to knit Yorick in the KnitPicks Merino and man, do I love this yarn. So much so that I decided to do Miss Dashwood just to get my little fingers on some more of it. The former is to be felted and the latter is just a baby hat so pilling hopefully won't be much of a problem. It is scrumptiously soft.

Non-knitting wise, I managed to pinch two of my fingers in the garage door. I had thought I had broken them but they came out with dents. After some weeping at the sink (holding them under cold water) I took some Arnica and amazingly the bruising that was there yesterday is already gone and they don't look any worse for wear. Amazing stuff! I was sure I was going to lose at least one of my nails.

Finished photos to come in a day or so!

Miss Dashwood Posted by Picasa

For a wee babe to be, just modeled by the boy.

Yorick Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 11, 2005

Finally, Branching Out is finished! It really was a wonderful pattern. I had thought about giving it to someone else, but after working on it for this long I have decided to keep it. I love it.  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Miscellaneous Photos and a Book Recommendation

KnitPicks Order:

Didn't I say I wasn't going to knit with worsted weight black yarn again? I must have a slow learning curve.

I love this book! It has such unique patterns in it.

Wee boy having fun in the box:

Finished baby/big sister gifts:

And lastly, the big dog:

Finally, Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons is a wonderful book! It's about 3 generations of healer women living in NC in the early to mid-20th Century North Carolina. A quick read but fun and touching.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Laurie Anderson Rocks

The show last night was great! It was more of a poetry reading to spacey music with viola interludes than a concert, but it was beautiful and thought provoking. I'm very glad we went. If it comes to your area you should go!

We have decided we're not going to see Bauhaus. :( It's in a general admission venue i.e. standing room only and I don't think I can stand for 1.5 hours this pregnant even to hear Peter Murphy's beautiful voice. I'm kinda bummed but figure I don't need to be in a smoky bar anyway.

Still blah about my knitting too. I'm making more slippers but I really need to get to work on the Evil Sweater and Branching Out. I am completely procrastinating on both of them.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

23 Hanks of Yarn Coming My Way

Wow, Knitpicks is fast! Chris break out the ball winder. :)

Good Music, Not So Good Knitting

Last night at SnB was a bust -- I finished one of the remaining two slippers before running out of yarn. I started a swatch for the Tattoo Sweater in SnBN but didn't have small enough needles to achieve gauge. Then I switched to Branching Out but I can't knit lace and have lovely feminist discussions so I will be ripping that out too. I also stared mournfully at the Evil Sweater sleeve and had everyone admire the flames before I told them of it's limited future. Blah, a not good night.

Today I placed my KnitPicks order for all of my holiday gifts -- one skull tote, one pair skull slippers, 2 pairs plain slippers, one Yorik, one King of All Wild Things crown. And then I have some other stuff too but I'm just using my existing Knitting Mill sale yarn for that.

In better news, fall is proving to be a banner season for good music. Dead Can Dance last month, Laurie Anderson this Sunday and then thanks to Laura, Bauhaus in 2 weeks. Sweet. I'm am anxious to get out as I don't think we'll be doing much concert going with a new wee one. Only 10 weeks until we are a family of 4 (well, 9 if you count the extra furry members)!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Evil Sweater is Truly Evil

I really think something is off in the pattern for the sleeves. The one sleeve is quite long and I don't have nearly the amount of decreases done. Bastard. I'm thinking about just starting on the 2nd one and doing it to feel and then re-doing this one. I also feel like Stephanie of The Yarn Harlot as I cannot find my freaking tape measure. Where did the damn thing go? I have resorted to using Chris's construction tape measure. Grumble grumble.

I didn't do any knitting yesterday as I was annoyed with the Evil Sweater. Today I am making that last pair of children's slippers and then we'll be felting away. I have my Stitch 'n Bitch tonight and I'm not sure what I'm going to make. Maybe I'll start on another bag.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Super Duper Fuzzy Feet

It's not the fuzzyfeet pattern from Knitty, but they sure look fuzzy. These are the LTK felted moc pattern (they're the ones pictured for Every Ones) and it's a great pattern. They are a little deep for me, but that's easy enough to fix. I made these out of my absolutely favorite yarn, Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride in Sapphire. It's the mohair that made them so wooly, I think I'll at least give the soles a trim. I'm planning on making these as holiday gifts so this was the test pair. I also made a pair for the little man, and are going to do two more childrens pairs before my next felting run. Here's what JCC's look like freshly knit:

On a non-knitting note, the little boy has had a runny nose the last couple of days and it's not been fun. While he doesn't want to go out he does want to bounce around and destroy the house. I am going a wee-bit stir-crazy. Hopefully the Halloween festivities will cheer me up.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What's Next?

I had told myself that I wasn't going to start anything new until I finished Branching Out and the Evil Sweater, but I can't seem to abide that. Instead, I am going to start a pair of felted mocs to see if I want to knit a bunch for holiday gifts. I will need to order yarn (KnitPics!) and don't really want to order a bunch if I'm not going to like making them. I'm also going to make another wee sweater for a friend's new babe. Baby Cashew is going to be lucky to end up with anything! ;)

One thing I noticed looking at the blog photos is that in the first pic you can see my one boo boo with the Clapotis -- can you see it??? It's the color change up from the corner. I didn't alternate rows (well I did after that) and it made a pretty prominent demarcation line. Luckily it's not that obvious in person.

Clapotis is finished!

Man, I just loved making this thing. I had a minor panic attack last night when I thought I was going to be about 10 yards short of finishing, but I found a wee ball of yarn and was able to complete it. It's big but it will work as a wrap under my cape. It's super soft and warm. Now to make another!

All spread out:


The full view to appreciate how freaking big it is:

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Blame it on baseball

It being my lack of posting. I love to watch baseball and after the bastard Cleveland Indian organization decided to sell out to cable, I'm forced to get my fix during October.

And oh, it's perfect for knitting. I'm almost finished with my Malabrigo (the blue) Clapotis. It's huge, it could double as a blanket but I love it! I'm hoping to wear it under my cape for some extra warmth. I love this pattern and will probably make a few more -- it's both interesting enough to not be mind numbing and easy enough that I don't have to keep counts or look at the chart. Genius!

I also am 3/4 of the way done with a sleeve for the evil sweater. This was my first real intarsia project and I can see why people don't like it. This was ok with only 2 colors but I can't imagine having to deal with much more -- too much weaving in!

Pictures coming soon (probably after the series finishes.)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

How to make a 34 year old man happy -- buy a ball winder

My lovely husband spent the better part of his evening winding yarn for me. (The kitties were thrilled!) We have at least half of the dyed yarn wound into balls. I guess this makes us a slightly obsessive family.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Shall I Order a kit?

After seeing Allison's post I really want to get the Morehouse shawl kit. It's gorgeous -- there are some colorways I love (all of the ones with blue), but I really want something to go with the cape/coat thingee I got to wear this winter. (And yes, I know it's expensive but we were in Toronto and basking in our only vacation for the next few years.) So anyway, does anyone think the Parliament colorway will go with this coat?

This is made out of that ball of Joann's yarn pictured below. This took 24 hours from start to finish. The first one I made last January (first non-scarf project) took over 2 weeks! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 06, 2005

How to make a 3 year old happy -- buy a ball winder!  Posted by Picasa

Yay! A finished Christmas gift. This is a bag for my niece. I like it a lot -- I wonder if I could trade her. ;) Posted by Picasa

I freaking love this yarn. Yes, I know it's from Joann's (which is at least a local Ohio business) but it still rocks. It's a wool/nylon/cotton blend and it is super soft. It works up very easily and is just great for baby stuff. I am currently making another wee sweater and it looks great. Posted by Picasa

For those that want to see, the newly painted sunroom (just awaiting some moulding.) Posted by Picasa

The new light fixture over the dining room table. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Toronto is wonderful!

We spent 2 nights in Toronto and absolutely loved it! It is the nicest city either of us has ever visited. (And while this isn't much coming from me, Chris has been all over the world.) It was very clean, very environmentally conscious, pedestrian friendly, child friendly and just beautiful. I envy all of you that live there.

We saw Dead Can Dance in a really crappy hall with really crappy seats (poor Chris's knees were smooshed against the wee seat in front of him) but the music was wonderful. Lisa sounded very much like you'd expect but Brendan sounded even more wonderful than on the cds. He's put on a bit of weight so maybe that explains it (thinking opera singer mechanics here) but whatever the reason his voice was rich, lush and vivid and made us forget how squished we were.

I'm almost finished with my bag for my niece. I am doing the damn i-cord for a drawstring and I freaking hate doing i-cord. It is so utterly boring. I'm trying to convince myself to go ahead and cast on something new but I'm not sure what. I know I need to get cracking on some felted mocs but I really have to pay attention to the pattern and that's not appealing right now.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Off to Toronto

Chris and I are off to Toronto in the morning (without child.) We're going to see Dead Can Dance. I can't wait! Small child will be staying with his grandparents and is not looking forward to it. He loves his Papa and Grandma very much but is anxious about this for some reason. Keeping this in mind, I only booked us a room for one night but we will hopefully get to stay for two.

In knitting world, I am about a third of the way done a bag for my youngest niece. I have done nothing more than cast on and knit a few rows on the Evil Sweater's sleeves. I am in debate about what to do about my Malabrigo. When I purchased it I was not pregnant and planned to make a sweater out of it. I must have been feeling pretty thin at the time too because I didn't get a lot of either color. So now, what to make?

I have cast on for a sweater only to frog it as I didn't like the way it looked (it's really and truly not a bulky weight) at the necessary gauge and then found a pattern for a cape I thought I liked (thinking I could wear it even while pregnant) but I've now decided that it's not big enough to cover any of my belly in a Cleveland winter. Maybe I could make a mini-Clapotis out of it. Chris (who loves the color and feel of the yarn) is petitioning for a new hat but I am reluctant to use one skein of a 6 skein purchase on a hat.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Boogie Vest is Finished!

I'm not sure what I think of it, but here's what Madeline thinks:If nothing else, it's a comfy cat bed.

Here's the finished view:

My concerns: even though it meets the posted measurements it seems big; it's heavy; it's too boxy. I don't know. . .

Mom, bring a white blouse when you come out next month and you can see if you like it. I might need to make you the next size down and keep this one for myself. (Chris told me it's not too attractive with my big pregnant belly but that it should look fine on you.)

I did learn two new things on this project which made it fun. Cables without a cable needle and a single crochet finish to the armholes. I also did a much better job seaming this one than my normal. Still not perfect, but definitely better. Now to block and she'll be ready to give away.

Yummy Swift

Dragonfly Turnings sent me new arms for my swift and I love it! It's so pretty and simple that it's a joy to use. They also sent along a nostapin for my troubles. While I have a ballwinder on order, this is beautiful. It's in Ipe wood and if you order a swift, get that. I love the wild cherry of the swift but this is much more subtle.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Evil Sweater Update

I am done the front and back! Yay! Now just the sleeves and piecing it together. How exciting.

I also have started the front of the vest. It's a nice easy cable pattern, I should be done with it in a week or two. I'm going to try and get these two finished before I start my massive Christmas knitting. I am making a felted tote with an intarsia skull with bow for my SIL, two felted bags for my nieces and 4 pairs of felted mocs for my brothers, one SIL and father. I'm also hoping to crank out a felted ipod cozy for my FIL and maybe a balaclava. If I ever get Branching Out finished (this one to a friend) I may start another for my MIL. That's going to be one big Knit Picks order.

Sunday, September 18, 2005


Little man and I are back from our quick trip to NC. We got ate up by Tiger mosquitoes and both have approximately 20+ bites on us from our less than 48 hour visit. It sucks. It was nice to see the family and munchkin had a good time (minus the itching).

Now onto the serious bitching -- I received two of the three packages I was expecting. The first was my box of Malabrigo ordered on April 1st from the infamous co-op from hell. Now, I ordered 11 skeins total of the handspun kettle dyed pure wool. 6 of the Marine and 5 of the Carmine. The Carmine in texture looks as I expected -- it is definitely a bulky weight and is mostly uniform in consistency. The color is not what I wanted -- it was a very red red on their website and this is much more of a magenta. The Marine color is a very dark navy (which is darker than expected but usable) but doesn't look at all like a bulky yarn. Instead it looks like a thick/thin combination with the average thickness more like a heavy worsted. WTF????

Next, I received my handmade swift which I ordered after reading Knitty's great review. However, none of my pegs fit well. It's as if they never even tried to assemble it. I have emailed them and hopefully this will be resolved quickly. The wood itself is very smooth and pretty.

Back on the house front, Chris did more painting and it looks great! We get our kitchen/sunroom floor installed next week. Very exciting!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Off to North Carolina

Little man and I are off to NC tomorrow for a family reunion. Were only staying a few days (have to make it back for swimming lessons.) Chris was originally coming but is going to be painting instead.

I now have flooring installs scheduled -- our house will be finished by the middle of October!! I am so excited. I'm not going to want to leave (we're planning on moving in a few years.) We're getting vinyl flooring in the kitchen, sunroom, and office and nature stone in the utility part of the basement. We are not thrilled about the outgassing of the vinyl but we can't afford the other alternatives or they are not appropriate for the large mutt. I am thrilled with the idea of being able to look around and not see stuff that we want to change. I think it will be a mental relief.

Knitting update -- I will finish the back of the vest today. I think I'm just going to take the evil sweater on our vacation as I don't have to worry about anything fun and exciting like the cable on the vest. Still poking along on Branching Out. I try to do a couple of repeats a night.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

A Non-Knitting Related Post

My son recently turned three and with it so turned his attitude. He is currently quite often a little bugger. He's still sweet and nice but likes to now also throw in some contrariness and obstinance (no idea from whom he got that one.) It is rather tiring.

In an attempt not to eat him, I have signed the little munchkin up for all sorts of activities. We will now be doing swimming lessons on Mondays, a toddler dance class followed by storytime at the library on Wednesdays and our normal Friday playgroup. For a child who has never really done that many structured activities, this is a lot. I also signed us up for the local Cleveland Orchestra kids shows and for some kids theatre performances too but these happen only about once a month. I am hoping to wear his little ornery tush out. Wish me luck.

Knitting progress -- about 6 inches on the back of the vest. I really love that yarn (an alpaca/wool blend). A few more rows on the evil sweater and two more repeats on Branching Out. I'm off to do some repeats before I get too tired to pay attention.

Friday, September 09, 2005

A New Project

I finally started my mother's vest. Originally I was going to make a pattern from a Creative Knitting magazine, but I changed to this one from Knitty. Largely because I think it is something I can work on in the accompaniment of my child. The other, while fancier, requires a chart and that is just not something I can do and tend to a 3 year old. So far I have the bottom ribbing finished and have started up the back. It's been a while since I worked with a bulky yarn and it's kinda fun.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Busy Busy

We've had a busy couple of weeks -- we had a party for the little man's birthday (3!) and then he and I traveled to Baltimore to see my family. It was a nice visit and I got to deliver the stripy purse to my aunt. She said she really likes it, I hope she has some use for it.

I haven't been doing a ton of knitting, mostly just plugging away on existing projects. I'm finally back to 5 repeats finished on Branching Out. I put in a life-line so I don't have to keep frogging it every time I screw up that center stitch. I am hoping to get a few of these done to give as Christmas gifts. I also have about 9 inches done on the evil sweater. Hopefully I'll be onto the sleeves by the end of the month. They're the only fun part of the pattern -- flames done in intarsia.

I did pick up two balls of a wool/cotton/nylon mix at Joann's that feels great. It's part of their own line and is much nicer than the usual all acrylic stuff they have. It's a heathered blue and will end up being something for Baby Cashew. I would like to knit the baby some longies, but I'm not sure if I'm going to cloth diaper right from the start. All of my existing diapers are in bigger sizes and I'm not anxious to buy new ones. We shall see how prolific of a knitter I am once my belly gets bigger and I don't want to run around as much.

On a house note, Chris painted our sunroom while I was away and it looks fantastic. The previously orange-y paneling is white and the two flat walls are a deep blue done in a cloud like effect. A gentleman is coming out in an hour to measure for the floor. I would love to get real linoleum, but we're having to settle for vinyl instead. Neither wood nor laminate is up for the task of THOR (read, big red dog) and his nails and we don't want to break the bank. The most awesome thing is that this means we're almost done with the house! 5.5 years after we bought it, it will be done! That is so amazing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

This is the finished product. I love it for a project bag, but I'm not sure how it will work for a purse. I'm going down to MD in a few days and will see my Aunt on Sunday -- hopefully she'll like it. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

One Week Later

And the bag is ready for felting. It's sort of a mishmash of all the other bags I have made from various patterns -- it has a twisted stitch at the corners like Meema's Marsupial Purse, I used an i-cord bindoff like the Satchel and I put i-cord handles on it like the tote I made for my mother. Hopefully the felting will go well (this is my first KnitPicks felting experience) and none of the colors will run. I should wait until morning to wash it as the wee man is sleeping, but I'm bored and there's nothing I care to watch on TV to keep me occupied. No one has been doing much blogging lately either. You bastards!

Off to felt. Pictures to come tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Technical Thoughts and Yarn Pictures

Yesterday I discovered Bloglinesand I love them. It's really just a web based RSS reader but it also allows you to put a little reference in your blog template to display blogs you read. I love this! Now I don't have to keep adding them to the template. So of course this leads me to thinking, I should just make a little file of all my other template stuff (finished objects, in the wings, etc.) and load it up. So much smarter and quicker. But I refuse to open up that segment of my brain, pretty soon I'd have a database set up and who knows where that would end.

I now have all my yarn but I don't think I have enough for my next felted bag. I ordered 4 skeins of the KnitPicks Wool of the Andes and I think I need more. The colors are not my favorites, but I hope my Aunt likes them.

A bunch of photos below. I made a swatch for Clapotis out of the MCY last night and I really don't like it. I think I'm going to have to get something with at least a little silk in it to be happy. I'm either going to make a bunting out of the MCY or sell it. The color is just not something I would wear myself.

Umbilical Cord Hat. Colors are much more vivid IRL. Posted by Picasa

Clapotis swatch -- I don't like it. Posted by Picasa

MCY Yarn. Posted by Picasa

For my mother's vest. Posted by Picasa