Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIP(s) Wednesday!

Good Morning Everyone!

I LOVE to knit and read. Unfortunately I find myself incapable of holding a book with two hands while knitting so I listen to audiobooks...

The last few days I've paired my knitting projects with separate books. In the evenings, my wife R and I listen to the A Song of Ice and Fire series and right now we're in book 3, A Storm of Swords. I've paired this bleak and dramatic book with the scarf I'm currently knitting:

This is the first scarf I've ever made with a built in I-Cord edging and I'm really enjoying the result!  Unfortunately this gray does not photograph well...

When I work alone, I've been listening to the Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert. Currently I'm listening to the first book, The Tale of Hilltop Farm. I've paired this lively tale with a more lively (even if it's a more mindless work) project in a beautiful spring color. Last fall, I shelved this project to begin some commissioned works, but I'm down to the last ball on the center of this baby blanket. :) YAY!!!

I must admit though that it looks like I've got longer to go than I can expect yarn to last... Am anxious to get through this last ball and see if it'll stretch!

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you're reading and working on!

As always, Knit Happy!

Below is a Mr. Linky list if you'd like to add a link to your own blogpost.  It's cached, so give it a minute or so to add your link to the list.
A couple courtesy requests:
     1. Submit the URL of your WIP post and not to the main blog page or a previous WIP post.
     2. Please include a link back to this page in your own WIP post.
     3. No comment is necessary -- the request is added automatically by Mr. Linky. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ta-Da! Tuesday #14

Happy Ta-Da! Tuesday Everybody!

My beautiful wife, R, and I have been running a rat race fit for a hampster the past couple of months.  We've run and run on this wheel but don't feel like we are getting anywhere.  Despite the many twists and turns, our view has been the same.  Having never bought a house before, I am not sure if this is a normal feeling to have while you wait on The Others.  Those mysterious people that are supposed to be working for you on the title search and the bank paperwork...  I'm sure they're doing something.  I don't know what...  After pestering our realtor for things to do ( I mean, c'mon there has to be some paperwork to fill out!) we've been told to relax and decorate.  So here we are, spinning on our wheel and trying to fill our countdown days with work, housework, and playtime.

Usually I'm a rather monogamous (monotonous?) knitter.  I tend to work on one project at a time until it reaches completion and then I start a new one.  To be honest this is probably a result more of my own procrastination than of anything else (I mean a baby takes 9 months to make right?  Am I the only one that does 90% of the knitting the last week or two before a due date?)...  I've been trying to complete a commissioned work for a while now and although I'm making good progress on it, it has been a slow go.  I started right before our big move and have had to steal time away to work on it for months.

Well, this past weekend I was itching for a small project that I could finish in a short time with big results.  You know, to boost my Knitter's self esteem...  After burrowing in the Stash, I came up for air grasping a plastic Ziploc bag containing three beautiful skeins of discontinued Mission Falls 1824 Cotton.  A quick query on Ravelry easily produced a perfect pattern for my needs -- all but scoffing at the menial task I asked of it.

After that how could I not justify a quick affair with a beautiful, new and exciting project?  Besides, who had to know?

Well, here's the result:

The pattern is called Baby Yoda Sweater, although it's really more of a wrap/kimono than anything.  These photos were taken before the I-Cords were added and the blocking took place.  But it is a beautiful little sweater.  It's also the first thing I've been able to make for the Etsy store and you can find it here.

It was a lot of fun to make and the finishing went really well.  After reading Deborah Newton's Finishing School I've been putting a lot more thought into the way I might finish an item before it's done and I have to tackle the task.  I must say it really payed off!

We're heading home to visit with friends and family one weekend soon and I hope to meet with my first commission customer and talk a bit about what she wants in the other three item sets.

Well that's it for now.  Please leave a comment and let me know how you are doing and what you're working on!

Knit Happy Everyone!

Below is a Mr. Linky list if you'd like to add a link to your own blogpost.  It's cached, so give it a minute or so to add your link to the list.
A couple courtesy requests:
     1. Submit the URL of your WIP post and not to the main blog page or a previous WIP post.
     2. Please include a link back to this page in your own WIP post.
     3. No comment is necessary -- the request is added automatically by Mr. Linky. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

An Update

I'm working hard to wrap up projects that are keeping me from my knitting time... I've got some good posts that are awaiting these project completions but I just can't seem to find enough time in the day to wrap them up.

The house buying is going really well.  We've got a purchase contract nailed out and the house has passed inspection and the (all minor) repair negotiations so the last hurdle to jump is the appraisal before we can revel in a big sigh of relief.  It's a beautiful house and I cannot wait to take it over and yarn it up!  I'll include a few photos of the inside at the bottom of the post...

I got these first two pictures this evening.  I made this hat for this little guy months ago, but he's just grown into it.  Don't you just love it when the things you make and send out into the world are truly appreciated?  I know this little guy just loves the hat on his head ;-)

What a happy and inquisitive looking guy this is...  Love it!

As promised, here are a couple pictures from the inside of *our* house (note: these shots were taken during the seller's possession of the home -- we really considered writing this woman's services as an interior decorator into our purchase contract -- she's just that good.):

Anyway, things are looking up and we are making progress towards a calmer, slower pace of life.  

I hope that you are enjoying a happy and healthy 2012 and that it bring as much excitement and joy to your life as it has so far to ours!

Knit Happy Everyone!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A photo...

It's no Fiber Fever Friday, it's just a single photo that (although not from this season) has been in my sights all week long....

... we got it.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Hi All! 

It's been a crazy couple of weeks... We kicked our house hunting up into high gear and spent all of our free time looking at houses on the interweb or in person... 

Tuesday we found 'our' house!  We walked in and it just felt like home.  It's the right size, the right price, and in the right location.  Plus, it's just generally all around beautiful!



                ... we put our first offer in to the current owners today.   They've had it since 10:30 (so four hours now) and we're just generally going completely crazy waiting.  I feel like one of those cartoon characters staring at the evil clock and sweating and biting its nails!  C-R-A-Z-Y!

Anyway, wish us luck!  We're praying for a quick and easy negotiation and for an accepted contract by the weekend.

Lots of things to post about, I'm so behind!  There's the trip to Atlanta and the new wheel!  It was bare wood and currently in pieces in our apartment while I finish it with a bit of Danish Oil.  But as soon as it's done it'll be on the blog!

I hope you are all doing exceptionally well and are enjoying the peace of mind that a Thursday afternoon brings!

Knit Happy Everyone!