Monday, February 25, 2008

Chicken soup

I would like to thank all of you for your kindness and comforting words. The knitting community is so giving and all your comments were so greatly appreciated. Thank You. The flu. It's here, it's pissed and it's taking prisoners. Getting better with a steady diet of OJ, soup and fiber. Socks make me feel better & keep my feet warm so I chose to knit up a pair in (appropriately enough) "Toxic" from Vesper yarns. They mirror the colors of my illness so perfectly. Now check out that SERIOUS stripe action...I pulled that off in a heavily medicated (almost to the point of hallucination) couch ridden state. Hell Ya!!!!!

So proud of myself, I felt the need to showcase these babies from every angle....or maybe it's the cough syrup and blurred vision. Call it a toss up.

The mini-clap I knit for Kirsten's Birthday. Used Colinette Lasso that was given to me by my SP9 Spoiler, WyeSue. I have never knit Clapotis before and I'm happy with the results. Guess it was time to crawl out from under that rock, huh???

More sickly knitting. Another knit for the Bug. I'm going to pair it w/an umbilical cord hat from Stitch N Bitch. It will be a sweet "bring me home from the hospital" set. *** Blue Sky Cotton is unbelievably soft, but has tiny fuzzy's that fly around and tickle your nose.
Maybe it was the Leading Lady Oscar going to Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) or again, the medication (we can't be sure) I reached for my old friend Fifi. I've bound off the body and have started one sleeve. Vive La France!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Turning a corner

Well it's been a little while since I last posted. January was a month of celebration and loss. Our Family celebrates three birthdays in January and also mourns the loss of my dear Mother Joanne who passed away nine years ago and now we have just lost our very close friend Robert Mabary. We miss 'Big Bob' who was taken suddenly and unexpectantly last month. Armando and he have been close friends since their High School football days and affectionately referred to eachother as "Bro". Bob was a special man who always had a kind word and quick smile for anyone he met. He is greatly missed but thought of always and remembered forever in our hearts. We know he is playing all the best golf courses and drinking the best beer beyond those purly gates...And I suspect he may get JC himself to caddy every now and again. Take it easy Bob! We love you!!!I have been knitting. It comforts and distracts. Here are knits for the joy that will come to our Family this May. For my Brother Chris & sil Eve's bundle of joy, I knit the 'child's placket neck pullover' from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts". I used the skein of merino wool that came in my Alligator Scarf kit from Morehouse Farms. One skein and presto...One baby sweater. (still needing buttons...)
Baby genus burp cloth from Mason Dixon Knitting. Leftovers from a sugar n cream skein in 'natural' and blue cotton yarn Den M Nit. This stitch pattern produces a lovely, drapey fabric and the color combo is busy enough to camoflauge the messiest burp..maybe?
Would look nice with some Burt's Bees Baby soaps and lotions too, I think. ;)
Cabled baby socks from Pink Lady Knits. The pattern is Owen's Socks. Find it here. Super fast. Super cute. Very little yarn used.
Close up of cables. I used leftovers of my Socks that Rock in Rocktober. Fastest knit ever. I swear you blink and you have a pair of baby socks. Fabulous!

Another everlasting bag stopper. Love. Love. Love. I want to knit a bazillion of these. Did I mention I L-O-V-E this pattern, cause I do. I really, really love it. Hah! finished the second sock to Monster Mash aka Killer Bees from Yarn Pirate Booty club for Jakey. You can see by the fuzziness they have been used....alot. I'm thinking they may glow in the dark, but I've yet to confirm this. ;)
Armando actually asked for a pair of handknit socks.
What!!! Really???? Okay!
Pick out something from my stash and I'll knit them up for you. He chose "Toil and Trouble" from Katie of Love Sticks on Etsy which was a custom order she did for me in October that were mine that I asked her to make for me. (No, not too bitter. But did I mention he picked a colorway that I custom ordered for me????)
Anyway.....I'm over it now. And seriously, you gotta love a man that's not afraid of color. He has also discovered that little secret we knitters share of the freakin fantasticness of sleeping in handknit socks...Heaven! He has requested another pair and has been told he will have to wait. The end.

Wrapping up this incredibly long post is the Tree Jacket. It's done and it's wearable. Can't ask for much more than that.
Happy Valentine's Day to all. Say "I love You" often and mean it. And for those cynics out there...Cupid's got an arrow with your name on it so you better watch out!