Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New sock book

The next time I put in an Amazon order, I must buy More Sensational Knitted Socks. The first one (permalinked in the sidebar) got me going with knitting socks and gave me the confidence to even try out my own patterns. I've said it before, but it's like having a cookbook for socks.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Vacation Plans

We are going to pack the kids in the car at the end of next month and take a week-long trip to San Diego. So far we've planned trips to Legoland, Sea World, the Zoo, a Padres game, and this yarn store, Bonita Knitting.

Not much knitting time over the weekend, but I've been working on a double-moss stitch bib in a very sunny yellow for the last few days, and have finished the first of Ellie's rainbow socks. I need to cast on the second for something to knit in the car. I'm thinking about joining Sockapalooza 4 when it comes around, but haven't decided yet.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sweetheart Hat

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Modeled by my sweetheart. She chose this red and white Cotton Ease from my stash, and I made up a little two-color pattern as I went along. I thought the row of single red stitches in the white band looked like little hearts, hence the name.

Fair Isle Feature

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
I added in two pony holes at the crown to accomodate one of her mainstay hairstyles.

Daisy Hat, top view

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
From Itty Bitty Hats, in Lion Cotton and Sugar 'n' Cream.

Bea in Daisy Hat

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Playing in the front yard this afternoon.

Blue, White, Grey..

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
And, for some reason, upside down.

Marley Hat

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Adapted from Itty Bitty Hats, in blue and light purple Cotton Tots. I gave this to the daughter of one of Greg's co-workers.

Completed Shell

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Seat of my pants design, in white and teal Wool-Ease.

Pumpkin's PS Shell in progress

Originally uploaded by gldyas.

Laughing Bea

Originally uploaded by gldyas.

Warm Up America Blocks

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
In Project Spectrum blue and white.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Crochet on the Bottom of the Sea

Check out this exhibit of
crocheted sea life as an example of the mathematical concept of hyperbolic space.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Happy Birthday, Me!

The Itty Bitty Hats book by Susan Anderson has several cute ideas in it. I made my second hat from it for Bea over the last few days. It's the upside-down daisy hat, in dusty rose and white. I used some Lion Cotton that I bought on Saturday afternoon, at the local Hancock Fabrics going out of business sale. That's the second local craft chain store to go under in the last few months. I picked up the cotton, some Magic Stripes sock yarn, a pair of purse handles, many buttons, and some ribbon yarn for trim. It's the first yarn purchase I've made since New Year's Eve - I've been knitting from my stash these past few months.

A few of my work friends and I went out to lunch today to celebrate my birthday, and while we were waiting for our order I finished turning the heel and picked up the gusset on Ellie's rainbow sock. It's turning out pretty cute.

Over the weekend I finished Ellie's sweater. I decided to skip any sleeve worries by making it a shell-style tank. The 90+ weather this weekend was a contributing factor in that decision.

I need to take some photos of all this!

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Originally uploaded by gldyas.
No knitting in this shot, just trying to upload from Flickr.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Where did February go?

Since I posted last, the kids have been sick, then well, then one was sick again. We canceled our Valentine's Day lunch due to the sickness v.1, but had a lovely sushi make-up lunch the following week. A Wii was, finally, procured. There was much joy.

There has also been much work, even in the precious post-kidbedtime hours, and not much time for knitting. I did, however, manage to finish the second basketweave sock. I also designed, started, frogged, redesigned, and restarted a sweater for Ellie. It's in the Project Spectrum Feb/March colors of Blue and White, and I hope I can manage the sleeves. I'm feeling pretty comfortable about the body, but the sleeves are making me nervous.