Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Who is this babe?

The Windy City Knitting Guild has a new "spokesmodel", as of yet, un-named. She is still, well, developing.

Quite a few people stopped by to contribute to her dress, and hang out and chat.

Here is the extraordinary Franklin Habit adding some stitches and style.

We enjoyed many contributions of time and talent and good fun.

Thanks Franklin!

I ran into JP, from the Knittyboard, and Mike.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Bird for a Buddy

The egg side of the toy and then you flip it over and...
In C#2's school all incoming 1st graders are paired up with a 5th grade "buddy". Every year the kids are assigned new buddies until 5th grade when they themselves become buddies. C#2 has been very generous and kind to his buddy this year, and really wanted to give her a special gift. She loves birds, and originally he wanted me to knit her some mittens. 
A quick search on Ravelry, and I found this: Egg to Bluebird and a Little Nest, Too by Susan B. Anderson. He decided that it would be perfect for her, and I agreed. I think I even followed the pattern, except for the nest which I just quickly crocheted to the best of my dismal crochet ability.

Tadaa! It's a little bluebird!
Beak is wonky looking, but I thought the little wings were cute.
I even finished it on time!

Friday, June 3, 2011

That was FUN!

Have I mentioned how much I love Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts? I loooooooooooooooove this yarn, it was an absolute delight to knit with and my socks just flew off the needles.
Look, they are very colorful, aren't they? I don't usually go for oranges, but this colorway just grabbed my attention - repeatedly. I tried to ignore it, but it kept yelling at me and it won. I bought it at The Fold booth at the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair last year.

Socks & Ollie

Whose socks are cuter?
Sniff test.

Colors are close here, but nowhere near as vibrant as they really are...
See that column of purls on the sole? That's a handy dandy trick I learned at Sock Summit 2 years ago in Heather Ordover's class - it is especially handy for those of us who don't count too carefully.

I love how the heels turned out!
The pattern, Scylla, was great, and for those of us who aren't particularly careful about counting rows, it worked out very well. I got through the heels quickly, this pattern was great for those of us who lack the capacity to think too hard about heels.

I can't wait to wear them!