Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Another Toothless Grin

Mitchell lost his fifth tooth. :P

Happy New Year!
Lisa Kay

Wrapping Up 2013

I've had a few other things going which I haven't posted, yet...

In November, I finished a pair of socks and started another, on a trip. The finished pair is #65, another set of "BFF" socks from CookieA's "Knit. Sock. Love." I used Mountain Colors "Bearfoot" yarn in the colorway "Meadow." I really liked the color combination, and I thought all the while that I was knitting with it that it would make a good start to a set of colors for a Fair Isle project, maybe something along the line of Eunny Jang's "Autumn Rose," sort of like the bottom photo in this blog post.

With the second yarn I carried along on the trip, I started sock pair #66, another set of BFF socks. The yarn is Hedgehog Fibers sock club yarn in "Lagoon."

I've also done a bit of spinning, some Spirit Trail Fiberworks Merino/Silk Angora (50/30/20%) in the colorway, "Loch Ness." It is about 370 yards, 16 wpi. I just spun four ounces (even though I have 16.)

On Christmas Eve, I started a Baltasound Cropped Jumper from Ann Feitelson's "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting." I had to re-work the hem row a couple of times. I kept losing one stitch. Weird. Anyway, it seems to be going well now. It is Harrisville Designs "Shetland" in Spruce and White. I ordered it from the weaving yarn section of Webs, where the Harrisville yarns are put up on cones rather than skeins.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gift Knitting

I whipped up some gifts over November and December, which I can post, now that they have been gifted...

Two berets, from Kirsten Kapur's "One Day Beret" pattern:

Handspun Pigeonroof Studios "Mimsy" on Superwash Merino

Handspun Hedgehog Fibres Superwash Merino

The second beret was for my sister-in-law, and I also made her matching mitts:

... and I had enough of the same yarn to make two Thorpe hats (another pattern by Kirsten Kapur) for my nephews (modeled by Mitchell):

The hats are trimmed in Dream in Color "Classy," which I then used to make my brother (their dad) a "Watch Cap" using the pattern from the book "Knits Men Want."

I also made mitts for Mitchell's teacher, my mother, and my mother-in-law.

"Mimsy" and other leftover bits of handspun

Handspun Nest Fiber Studio "Viola" on Superwash BFL

Spunky Eclectic "Leaf Peep" on Corriepaca

The mitts are all made using an improvised pattern that I have used before. You can find the instructions on the Ravelry project page.

Mitchell liked the Thorpe hats and asked for his own, in green. I took him to an LYS and he picked out some Cascade 220 in a very green shade of green...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ocean Towels

I finally hemmed and photographed the remaining seven Ocean Towels (after sending the one swap towel).

The two towels on top are a little heavier, 5/2 cotton yarn. The other five are 8/2 cotton.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tree Decorated

The tree is up! Note the loom behind the tree.

Tree 2013

I predict the tree comes down in record time after Christmas, this year.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, December 9, 2013

Birthday Boy Ties His Shoes

Mitchell's birthday party was this last weekend, and he had a great time skating, even though he got a blister and had to ditch his skates part of the way through the party.


Mitchell skating

The kids played a game, girls vs boys (of course!) where the announcer said, "One-Two-Three Drop" and the last person standing lost a point.


Drop - Alyssa

I had a good dozen pictures of him with his cake, and they all had candle flame reflections in a halo around Mitchell's head. Chris said, "Well, we already knew he's an angel!" (I know we're biased. I'd at least have to say, honestly, that we are blessed.)

Birthday - Cake 2
Birthday - Cake 1

It was a milestone weekend in another way, too. He had to have new shoes, and we finally insisted on laces instead of velcro. He had never seemed at all interested in laces, and resisted it the one time I got him laced shoes in the past. This time, he asked me to draw him a diagram. It occurred to me that I could find diagrams on the web, and so I searched on "Teach Kids To Tie Shoes," and I found the "Magic Fingers" method of tying. He picked it up in the advertised five minutes! Yay!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, December 6, 2013

First Ocean Towel

I finished weaving my Ocean Towel fabric and cut it off the loom last night. I hemmed the first one, because I needed to get it into the mail. It is part of the swap, and it was supposed to be mailed by the end of November...

Ocean Towels - One Done

Ocean Towels - One Done - Closeup

I still have five more towels with the 8/2 weft, and two with 5/2 weft (one size fatter yarn), waiting to be hemmed. I ran out of 8/2 yarn, and I didn't want to order more and wait, and I also liked the idea of making slightly faster progress, so I used 5/2 white yarn from the Fiesta Towels.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Jedi Can't Dance

I posted this on my Facebook feed, so if you read over there, pardon me for the duplication...

Mitchell turns eight this week. Last week, he drew a very cool drawing at school. He knew I would love it, and he told me to take it out of his folder and look at it before we even got out of the school. He was right. I'm not sure what I like best about this drawing...

1. The message.
2. Mitchell quoting yoda (quite accurately, I might add).
3. The awkward Jedi can’t dance.
4. The disco ball, aptly and succinctly described with, “Bling *.”
5. Yoda, dancing!


Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay