Five years ago I conceived a hat for my beloved Elfbaby. It would – of course – be a pixie-style hat, with a long point. It would have a garter stitch chevron border, to show off handpainted yarn and to allow plenty of stretch for growing heads. I planned to publish a pattern. Claudia modelling the Pumuckl border,… Continue reading Introducing Elfbaby… the hat!
It's been a big week for me. Two projects have come to fruition... one, a small but I think rather lovely pattern has finally been published. So I finally get to show off the fabulous photos of my fabulous daughter. No false modesty here. Come on, she's clearly awesome. Also awesome: project number 2.… Continue reading Creative endeavours
Some time ago I bought two skeins of extremely wonderful handspun yarn from the talented Azzy. The first skein became deliciously cozy handwarmers for myself and Elfling; the second has just now achieved its destiny as finer, but equally cozy, socks for my very dear friend Cara. The yarn was called Red Squirrel, and you… Continue reading Squirrelly goodness (in sock form)
I recently finished a new design, and Elfling modelled it this weekend. I can't show you details yet, but I'm really happy with how it all came out – the knit, as well as the pictures. Something to look forward to!
So Elfling recently lost the Elfhat that I my mother made* her in infant days, which she hadn't yet quite outgrown. (It was designed to grow with her, and did.) Woe! And, time for a new hat. She picked out the yarns from my stash, and was absolutely adamant that they had to be used… Continue reading Behatted!
I am on a roll. I am suffused with smugness and delight. I am embracing the Joy of Finishing – not just finishing any old thing, but finishing a veritable slew of Other People's Knitting. Well, my knitting, but knitting for other people. You know? The unselfish kind, or the obligation kind, depending on perspective… Continue reading Rules and obligations
Small digression:* Armin has recently started to express a preference for me not knitting. This is alarming. I've always been knitting, and he's always been fine with that. But apparently, that temporary loss of mojo during pregnancy/early mommyhood made him realise that he gets fractionally more of my attention when I am not holding needles.… Continue reading Knitting! Apparently I do some!
Anyone who loves handpainted yarns knows they can be rather difficult lovers. Beautiful, but temperamental and sometimes just plain unco-operative - especially in lacework. All those gorgeous colour shifts tend to obscure the stitch pattern, and that's without worrying about pooling! So, you have to pick your pattern with care. Simpler stitches are generally the… Continue reading Sweet harmony
Well whaddaya know. I did in fact finish the baby jacket before the baby came. Cute eh? We particularly like the three buttons at the top, rather than five all the way down. Yes, we do. That's a Design Feature. It's definitely not because I somehow forgot to do buttonhole number 4. Nuh uh. [*coff*]… Continue reading Surprise!
Remember I boasted a while ago that I had my mojo back? May have jumped the gun there a little. I keep trying but meh... it's not happening. Never mind, though, I have a FO to show you at long last. And look! What's this! Is it on the cover of Knitty?! Well how about… Continue reading Modesty, so overrated.