Holiday preparations

December 13, 2011

The cold has finally arrived in Philadelphia! It’s been a really mild late autumn, but now it feels like December. For this cold weather fan, this is greatly welcome. 

 

I’m still so behind in photos to Flickr and posts here, but after the busy work months of October and November the holiday preparations immediately began. I also like the brief internet hiatus I was on, so I’m easing my way back in.

For the time being, Kasy and I are preparing the house for a lazy, food filled, warm and cozy holiday. Presents are being wrapped. Some knits that I worked on during shifts at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar this summer were slated as gifts and are being soaked and blocked. Food has been purchased and wool blankets are snuggled under at night.

 

holiday preparations

holiday preparations

holiday preparations

I still have the annual tree to make and some baking to get done. Not to mention, a few gifts that require some time in front of my sewing machine. All in all, this winter is going to be excellent.

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Let’s talk babies…

November 11, 2011

No not me. Sorry, Mom and Dad.

But everyone else I know! I am at the age where all my friends are pregnant. It’s crazy to turn around and learn about more and more mini-friends that are being created. So it gets my needles clicking. I’m not one who is interested in having my own children, much to my father and grandmother’s dismay**.

Now, as someone who likes to knit for others and likes to spread the love of wool, knitting for babies is kind of perfect. Not to mention..how stinkin’ cute are tiny baby knits?! Don’t get me wrong, the temptation is always there to put one on my cat. I’ve resisting every time…sadly.

So here’s the first in a parade of wee wooly knits for new humans entering into this crazy world.

Baby sweater for Baillie

The Offset Wraplan. So so cute! This was made for a, now born, baby in the Pacific Northwest. The first child to Kasy’s close friend Aaron, and wife Sharon. I worked on this in the woods in Northern NJ, while camping at Round Valley Reservoir, so I hope that it is full of good love-of-the-outdoors-and-camping juju for the baby! Since PNW can get cloudy and chilly, I thought that a bright sophisticated purple wool sweater would fit the bill.

The pattern is fab. Super easy, with adorable results. I knit this in a worsted weight, on size 6 needles, following the numbers for the 6-9mo size. The finished sweater is more of the 9-12 mo size. Perfect. Perfect.

And speaking of perfect…how great are these buttons?

Baby sweater for Baillie

As the baby’s dad, Aaron, is a boat-man (as Kasy is) and still owns a sailboat, these cute buttons were a fun choice.

Details:
Offset Wraplan
Size 6 needles
Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Solids (1.5 skeins)
Colorway 15
rav project page

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** I like to think that my parents and grandmother must think that I am the favorite child, if they want me to procreate so badly. How “middle child” is that logic?!

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Just popping in to wish you a great day of spooks and treats! Be back this week with a mighty recap on the wonderful month of October. I have so much to talk to you about.

Until then….BRAAAAAINNSSS…..

busybusybusybusy

October 7, 2011

I knew that October would be a craaaazy busy month with work, and it is indeed. I’m working double the hours I normally do, and then some. Luckily, the project is almost finished. And Rhinebeck is next week. So, here’s a drive by posting to say: Hi, friends! I’ll be back in a little bit with some knitting stuff, some crochet stuff (and a pattern!), some house renovation stuff, and Rhinebeck photos.

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Apple picking by bicycle

September 25, 2011

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my crocheted blanket! I tried responding but kept having issues where my reply would reply on my blog and not to your emails. Oy, sometimes technology fails me. So, if you didn’t get an email reply I apologize!

I’m running around this morning, gathering up odds and ends to visit my parents for a couple of days in NY. Here are some lovely photos from a recent trip I took with a friend to go apple picking. We took the train, with our bikes, and rode from the station to the farm. Sadly, it seemed as though the rest of the city had picked the apples before us, but we made the best of it. Next picking trip, we’re going to grab a couple more of our friends and ride out to a different farm. Until then, these apples will have to do…

Apple picking on a Wednesday

Apple picking on a Wednesday

Apple picking on a Wednesday

Apple picking on a Wednesday

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Are you doing any picking this fall?

First wool of the season

September 16, 2011

Last night, we heard on the radio that it would be a low of 48F. I had the back door open, and the house got wonderfully chilly. Wearing sandals on our back porch, last night at 9pm, made me so cold I actually shivered.

And so, a wool blanket was put on the bed. I realize that I’ve mentioned the making of this blanket in the past, and then never showed you how gorgeous the final product turned out!

Hexagon Blanket, part deux

I knew I wanted something scrappy, but lovely. This blanket started out using worsted weight odds and ends from my stash, and some amazingly donated by friends, following the general guidance in Nova‘s Ruby Hexagon Blanket. And so I crocheted and crocheted. And then put all the hexes aside for months at a time, picking it up every now and again.

friday morning

hexagons in progress

I edged all the hexes with Cascade 220 in a light stone gray color to unify them all. All the hexes were completed before single crocheting them together. My only rule was, no two color hexes would be joined together in a row. I wanted to make sure that it was scrappy enough without any big color blocks.

coming together

Once I got the bug in my brain to finish this guy, it went pretty quickly…as crochet does.

Help me choose an edge color

I auditioned a few edge colors, but ultimately decided on stashed Cascade 220 in Mallard (a heathery teal) that’s been in the stash since early 2008. It had been used for an attempted Wicked Sweater which I didn’t like as well as a vest that I abandoned halfway into it. So frogged and projectless, it was great to use it and free the stash from it.

And then it was done! And on the bed! And it looked great! And then summer came quickly, and it went into the linen closet for the next few months…

Crocheted hexagons

New bedroom, now with more hexagon

It’s a great weight, and a great size. I made 80 hexes in total and joined them at 8 across and 10 down.

The ravelry project page is here.

It’s cool again today and through the weekend, but I know that fall isn’t here yet. The weather is expected to get back up to the 80s next week. But I am already thinking of fall activities and have apple picking scheduled for next week.

Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. I owe some of you commenters emails back. Getting to those this weekend.
P.P.S. The bike trailer blog post is in progress and coming soon. We haven’t forgotten!

Looking up on a Friday

September 9, 2011

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Thought it was time for another Looking Up post.

Things that make me happy right now:

  • Cooler morning air. Cooler evening air. The signal of the change in season.
  • Making headway on the new backporch (details soon!) being built by us in the space that used to house our old kitchen.
  • A return to hot coffee from a few months of iced coffee (see first bullet).
  • Making good, healthy, wholesome food from scratch every night for dinner, and always having leftovers the next day.
  • Feeling grateful that the old bones in this old rowhome have withstood the intense amount of (more) rain we got this week. So far so good on the no rain *inside* the house. Our basement is dry and our roof is sturdy. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, lost their home, and have to deal with more flooding damage in Pennsylvania due to the overflow of the Schuylkill, Delaware, and Susquehanna.
  • A great guy who works on beautifying my bicycles for me. My Surly Steamroller fixed gear has been lovingly retrofitted, switched over to freewheel, and we swapped out the bullhorn bars for uprights. It’s a lovely lovely smooth ride and I am so happy that I have good, strong bicycles.
  • Hope you are looking to the positives, on this Friday.

    (And on a sad note. The hurricane kitty has passed away in the loving hands of his foster. He was doing well for the first few days and then took a nosedive. I’m thankful for the amazing help my friends provided as I was trying to save him from a life on the streets of South Philly and am sad that he was unable to make it to a long cat life. So it is, sadly, the circle of life.)