Saturday, April 29, 2006

This is too cute...

Our local Ben Franklin's has gotten a major overhaul, and they've really gotten in a lot of great things. I recently picked up this book...Picture from
I thought O would want the bunny, since she has a few bunnies. Or a cat, since we have a cat. Nope. She wants the pig. So, a pig is what I'm currently working on.

I am going to make the bunny's just too cute. And I'm going to make her some kitties...a grey one to look like Spencer, a tortoiseshell one to look like Dexter, and a calico to look like Mae, the cat we had for about 24 hours. We tried to introduce another cat into the household, but Spencer didn't want anything to do with it. It's been about six weeks since we had her, but O still asks about her. (That girl's memory is just too good).

Saturday, April 22, 2006

It's been a while...

I've been actually working on friend Mary's baby shower is tomorrow, and not only is she receiving the Gardener Cardi, she is also receiving this...
(Click on pic to see it in a larger version)

Of course, the picture quality is not the best, seeing as it's latelatelate, and the lighting is not the greatest.

I combined a couple of different patterns. The bodice is from an Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine, and the skirt is one that I made up. The front panel is hand smocked with and Ellen McCarn pattern called Bunnies and Carrots. I've always loved the story of Peter Rabbit, so I thought it was a perfect match for the sweater.
It's my first foray into heirloom sewing, and my first smocking attempt, and I really enjoyed both.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Not much new on the knitting front...

I'm still plugging away at O's cardi...I've done the armhole bind-offs, and now I'm starting the left front. (It's knit in one piece up the the armholes, then each piece is worked separately.)

I'm doing a lot of knitting in the morning, at the Burger King. I've even taught two of my friends from the neighbourhood how to cast on and knit. Michelle even has three projects on the go already...a knitter after my own heart.

Since we've been getting up and out early, my nighttime knitting has suffered. I've been falling asleep at 10...which is insanely early for me.

Monday, April 10, 2006

New Knitty!

So the new Knitty is out, and I am loving a lot of it. Like Ungranny Smith, Anatolia, Tendrils, Nagano Sakura, Reid, Double Scoop and Hedera. some weird way, I'm also really liking Mesilla and Jardin Anglais. Especially Jardin Anglais. I don't know why.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Movie night here...

So, since I can count on one hand the number of movies that I've seen in a theater since O arrived, I generally have to wait until it comes out on video. (Ok, I have to admit, O loves movies, and sits through an entire one at the theater, but I'm talking adult-movies. No cartoon characters. Minimum singing.) Tonight, I watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I usually make it a rule not to watch a movie that's been adapted from a book that I've read...(the changes that are made are just annoying), and I've read the book probably about half a dozen times, but WOW. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time.

And now I've seen Mr. Tumnus' scarf.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Knitting at the Burger King...

O and I have had quite the social life in the past little bit. One of the moms from the cul-de-sac suggested that we go out for coffee to Burger King and let O and her little boy, A.J., play in the play place. It's a lot smaller (and cleaner) than the McDonald's one. And if one of them gets up to the top and gets scared, it's only a short climb to do the rescue, instead of negotiating one of those three-storey monstrosities. And, as a bonus, not only do the kids play really well together, but Michelle also knits and crochets. So we bring our knitting along, and knit and visit.

So we've done that several times already, and since we go right first thing in the morning, we're able to get a lot accomplished in the day. (Since we're not sitting in our pyjamas until noon.) Yesterday, we went to North Seattle to the Northgate Pacific Fabrics. I bought the Jenne Maag fabric that I was drooling over, and O picked out fabric for a new pair of pyjama pants. So what did she pick? Spongebob Squarepants.

I quickly did them up today (two pattern pieces... how easy is that?), and then tried them on her to see how they fit. She hasn't taken them off since. Now I'm afraid that she's going to be wearing them 24/7.

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