Sunday, May 30, 2010

Off the Needles: Shalom-y and Manda Ruth

I just remembered that I never posted about my Shalom sweater! I made this back in March, in the weeks right after Guthrie's birth (back when the husband was still off work, and I could just hang out in the rocking chair, nurse the baby, and knit all the live long day).

So, the details. This took me about 3 weeks to knit up. I used Cascades Eco-Wool, 2 hanks. I made a few mods (namely adding sleeves), that are all on the Ravelry page.

Though this sweater is getting lots of Ravelry-love, it is a tad itchy, and my Coraline is still worn far more. (Though, lately I've been layering them, because, ahem, it freaking snowed here yesterday. Yes.) Also, try as I might, I just think I'm more of a lightweight cardi kinda gal than a bulky sweater kinda gal.

Next up: the Manda Ruth (which I affectionately named 'Man...duh!', seeing as it's for my little lad, as opposed to a little lass).

I love this sweater! It took exactly 2 weeks from start to finish. I made the 6 month size, and used Punta Yarns Meritwist Space Dyed. (Warning: to those who may make this cardi with this yarn in the future, I ran out binding off, and had to cut off other yarn ends from around the sweater and tie them on in order to finish.) The very bulky yarn, combined with the seed stitch, makes for a very very firmly knit, warm, thick sweater. Which is good, seeing as it will (hopefully) still fit in autumn, and, um, that lovely end-of-May snowfall we received. I finished it off with a few toggles from the fancy-pants 'fine European fabrics' store, and ta da! Cue the cuteness.

Oh, hi. I'm adorable.

I hope you all are enjoying flower-filled, snow-free ends of May!

Friday, May 21, 2010

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. (Inspired by Soulemama)


Thursday, May 13, 2010

WIP Wednesday (on, uh, Thursday)

Hello, sweet friends!

This is my first Work In Progress Wednesday post (just a little fashionably late. ahem.), and I hope to make it a ritual. (On time, of course.)

On the needles this week:

A shawl for me!

It's the Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston, and I'm making it with Malabrigo sock yarn. It's been in my queue forever, and I'm excited to finally be working on it.

Also, I'm working on a jacket for my sweet littlest, but alas, blogger won't let my upload the photo of it. Nor will blogger let me upload any of my Mother's-Day-stash photos, so those too will have to wait for another day.

But, because I feel sort of sad leaving you with just one project photo, here are some gnomes the husband and the older lads made on Sunday (while I was out being a yarn floozy).

So cute, right? I just bought The Gnome Craft Book, and am kind of freaking out about it. So many good projects in there. I foresee gnomes overtaking our home in the very near future.

We have been enjoying oodles of warm weather (finally), and lots of time outdoors. I hope you are as lucky!

Toodles for now, lovelies!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope your day was filled with mama-honouring*. I was treated to chocolate chip pancakes, a secret gift, that has yet-t0-be revealed, a beeswax candle made by Quinn, and my dear husband, who said, "go buy as much yarn as you like". Oh, twist my arm! To the yarn store I did go (with baby in tow). I promise I showed great restraint, and will reveal my gifts-to-myself soon.

For now though, I leave you with my favorite image from the week.

Happy day, all! I'm off for dinner with my mama and sisters (and baby, of course).


*Or birthday celebrating, as the case may be. Happy birthday, Ms. Rebekah!!