Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kyoto Rings wallhanging

I pieced this wallhanging last year but was stumped on how to machine-quilt it. So, it lingered in the closet waiting for inspiration. Feeling a need to actually *finish* something for a change, I pulled this out and gave it another look. I wanted to highlight the rings somehow with the quilting, and just went ahead a made the decision to use a 'waves' pattern for the rings and a loopy pattern everywhere else. The fabrics for this wallhanging came from my stash, except for the green dotty fabric which I received in a 'ugly fabric' exchange.....and I don't think it's ugly at all! This quilt hangs in the waiting room of my husband's dental office, and it's bright colors really cheer things up during this long, gray, Michigan winter!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Booties for baby

My niece and her husband are expecting, and of course I had to cast on for these right away:

Knit on size 2 DPNs using a generic baby/fingering weight acrylic yarn from my stash.
Such fun to knit something so tiny!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Book review: 101 Designer One Skein Wonders

Since I have many single skeins of yarn, purchased 'just because', I picked up this book.

I thought many of the projects were cute, and would help me put those single skeins to good use. So, in good faith I cast on for the Eyelet Shrug with a lovely eggplant Vanna's Choice.
After several starts, I was unable to get it to work, and so I looked online to see if there were corrections to the pattern. I was really suprised as my printer kicked out seven (7!) pages of errrata for this book! I also have the first One-Skein book,


so I looked for corrections for that one also, and found the same thing: multiple pages of corrections! Is it me, or is it just unreal to plunk down @$20 for a book, and then have all these corrections after the fact? Someone in the editing department was just in too much of a hurry, I think. After meeting last night with my Monday Caribou knitting friends, and having Karen work through the sketchy pattern with me One More Time(!), I think I might have a handle on it.
But trust me, if I hit another roadblock with this should-be-easy-to-knit shrug, I will abandon ship and cast on for my February Lady Sweater, which is what I want to be knitting right now anyway.............

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Many black shoes

This is what you get when you host the high school varsity basketball team for team meal..........
lots and lots of black shoes!