where one krazy knitter spins her yarns....

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Malabrigo Maternity

It's been finished for a while now, but I could never get around to taking a picture of my Maternity Cardi. Thanks to my mom, the photog, here it is in all of its Black Forest Malabrigo glory....

Show me your bump

I adore this yarn. It's so soft, it comes in awesome colours and well, it's from Uruguay - need I say more!? Last year The Beadery was getting rid of all of their yarn with an amazing sale. I stashed as much of it as I could. Although the skeins were the same colour, the dye lot was slightly off. Thanks to Lisa's bright idea -- rotate the skeins to keep the colour consistant, it all worked out. A bit of a pain in the culo, but well worth it in the end.

mama's got malabrigo back

And thanks to Cosmicpluto for her inspirational top down cardigan pattern (no sewing!). I followed it up until slip stitches for sleeves on a holder. Knowing that I was preggers when I started it I decided to increase (instead of decrease) down the body to give it more of an A-line drape. I love it so much, I could sleep in it! Or at least siesta!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Go Ahead, Make My Day!

Thanks Michelle!!

The rules tell me to pass it on: “Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.”

Not a problem, except for the fact that I read most of the same blogs as Michelle. But as the rules state: you may get the award several times, so here it goes...

10 bloggers out there that regularly make my day!

A Long Yarn
And She Knits Too
I'm Not Bad I Just Knit That Way
Kneurotic Knitter
MJM Knitting
My Sensitive Girl Hole
My So Called Anonymous Life
Not An Artist
Purl This

Monday, January 21, 2008

Creative Blocking

As some of you already know, I've been knitting up Le Slouches like they're going out of style! I love the pattern and the fact that they seem to compliment faces of all shapes and sizes and they don't squish down the hair-do too much. (In a pinch, they can also be called upon to hide a hair-don't). I only have one little problem and that's the "nipple-ing" that happens on the decreases. I spoke with some fellow knitters and this was my favourite suggestion....


Water balloon blocking! Thanks Michelle! Not only did it work, it was quite fun. The weight of the water ironed out the nipples and the shape of the balloon gave Le Slouch and nice drape. The hubs really enjoyed being my assistant on this one. What is it with fellas and water balloons anyway? Once the blocking was done he put the balloons in the tub to see what the cats would do with them. The cats, being brilliant little felines, managed to navigate around the water traps and weren't bothered by them in the least. The hub's mischievous plans - thwarted once again!


And here they are in all of their glory. Fionnuala in Charcoal and Kelley in Oxford Grey. Stunning muchachas they are! And I'm off to toss some water bombs from the 28th floor! Just kidding, y'all!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Easy Way Out

Easy Way Out, an uproarious, trail-blazing Toronto based band is stoked to present you with their first, full length album titled: Steal the Show.

Their CD release blowout will take place on Thursday January 17th at Clinton’s Tavern in Toronto. Steal the Show contains 10 high energy tracks, each offering a distinctive accent. Listen to some awesome tunes here. I realize this has no "knit" content, but I just happen to be one of their number one fans. I must plug this show! And you must come on out if you can. Only 5 bucks to get in and then only 5 bucks for the brand-spankin new CD. What a deal! oh and the lead singer is super hot - so I married him. Rock on, dudes!


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hat Head

2007 turned out to be the year of The Hat in my knitting world. I had so many compliments and requests for Le Slouch, it seemed like a great Christmas gift idea for some of the gals in my family.

Le Collection

From the top -- Heidi in Earthy Brown Seed Stitch; Vicki in Charcoal Double Seed Stitch; Tracey in Twisted Taupe YO and Lori in Frosted Rose YO. (All in Paton's Shetland Chunky). I've made so many of these dang Slouches I needed a break from the pattern and so I gave the yarn-over a go. After the increases, I *YO, K* for one round and *K* for the next round and I got this great hole-y look. I think they turned out super sweet. The last two on the bottom? The hubs chose this orange yarn (Vanna's Choice! who knew?!). He wanted it super simple and not too bulky. The pattern is just a K3, P1 rib. And the last one is my first "real" cable project. Stitched up on Christmas day from the Stitch n Bitch Nation's basic cable toque pattern. It's good to know that some of my peeps will have nice cozy hat heads this winter!

King Bunny

The King of Rock and Roll would have been 73 today. In honour of Elvis' b-day I bring you this...

Elvis and Americo

Yes, our tree is still up. But shouldn't everyday be like Christmas? We have a few Elvis ornaments. People just seem to give them to us. And we love each and every one of them (the peeps AND the ornaments). Jumpsuit Elvis is one of the sparkliest and next to him is Americo the Bunny. Americo was knit, felted and stuffed by Cristina who knits and designs over at one of my favourite fibre filled haunts, Americo. "A Christmas gift for baby", she said. Thank you, Cristina, thank you very much. We love it!