Keeping Me in Stitches

Friday, December 19, 2008

winter clothing memo

To: Me

From: Me

Please note. In the winter, when using the snowblower, it's a good idea to wear more layers on your legs. T-shirt + hoodie + scarf + winter coat + hat + mittens on top is more than enough since you end up sweating on the top half of your body. Just jeans on your legs is not enough as evidenced by the fact that you cannot feel your thighs after just 25 minutes outside.

Wear long underwear while moving snow!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

wrapping things up

Christmas has snuck up on me again! All my knitted Christmas presents are done (minus weaving in a few ends), so I'm all set in that department. My tree still needs to be decorated, but at least it's up.

I've spent the last couple of days working on a new pair of slippers for myself. The old ones my mom made for me almost 4 years ago are coming apart and I've had to switch to a pair of store-bought ones that work, but don't keep my feet as warm as the wool ones did. A couple months ago, I ordered Cascade 220 from The Loopy Ewe just so I could make myself a new pair of slippers and I'm finally getting around to it. I got Purple Jewel Heather and Dark Charcoal Heather to make the Fiber Trends' Felted Clogs. I've been amazed at how fast they've gone. One slipper was complete in about 4 hours of knitting time. Wow! Tonight I started the second one and I'm already working on the upper portion so I'm pretty confident that I'll have a pair by morning. Then they'll just have to be felted and shaped. Hopefully they'll be dry to take home for Christmas.

I've also got a surprise of a Christmas present for someone that needs to be finished and have some handsewing done to complete it. Should probably get going on that too. Forgot about that one.

And aside from a boring pair of stockinette socks in Opal's Harry Potter sock yarn (colorway Tonks), that's it for knitting! I've even been boring myself.

Have to work this coming weekend and then Tuesday and Wednesday. Heading to the parents' Christmas Day after I get off work. So I guess I'll write again after Christmas!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

a little parade

Time for a little parade of the stuff I've finished recently and what I'm currently knitting on.

First up is my friend Sarah's Birthday/Christmas present. Which I can't show you since she sometimes reads the blog. If you really want to see them, the hop on over to my flickr.

Next is my new winter set of stuff....Fetching, Calorimetry, and an adapted One Row Scarf. All were done in Malabrigo Worsted in Whale's Road.


And scarf
Malabrigo one-row

Next to last is the Tulip Sweater I made for Brogan, a co-worker's baby boy.
Brogan's tulip sweater - natural light

And now for what I'm frantically trying to finish. It's another One Row scarf (done right this time) for the nursing student I've been precepting for the last 6 weeks. I gave her a choice of three yarns (two colors of Lamb's Pride and one of Malabrigo), and she chose Lamb's Pride Worsted in Persian Peacock....which I think is a discontinued colorway. Here's how much I got done that night at work.
Jamie's scarf

Not bad...about 15 inches or so. It's grown since then, but I haven't moved on to the second skein yet. That might be later tonight after I get the tree set up. Time to go move the spinning wheel!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Someone set out the crash pads...

...because I am going to fall down hard!

Blue Moon is having a sale tonight/tomorrow. My credit card is already screaming in anticipation.

Pics of recently finished stuff will be up this weekend.