Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Just wrong . . . but I love it

This holy family is so delicious, you'll want S'MORE.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Purse straps

Today I perused a library book, Andean Inspired Knits by Helen Hamann. She's got a purse whose straps are made of two i-cords twisted around each other--what a great idea! After knitting the i-cords, you thread piping through their centers for strength.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


I surprised myself by knitting an entire headband on Thanksgiving, identical to one I'd made in August.

Thinking about knitting is sometimes just as fun as actually knitting, and that's what I'm currently doing--just happily daydreaming about knitting.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

Paul's hat

Here's the handsome fella I've been dating, Paul. He doesn't like to smile for pictures. Tough guy, huh? But I caught him sort of smiling!

Here he's wearing his new hat, handknit by me with a heavy dose of apprehension. For you see, I wasn't following a pattern and I had to swatch and figure out gauge, and I was really, really worried it wouldn't be just right. Lucky you, I wrote it down:

Paul’s stocking hat

Description: Ribbed stocking cap to fit head 22-23 inches diameter, bottom folds up for extra ear warmth.

Materials: 2 balls Knit Picks Sierra (70% wool, 30% alpaca), size 10 sixteen-inch circular needle, size 10 DPNs

CO 92 with cable cast on. Place marker at beginning of row.
Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Repeat for 44 rows, or until hat measures 9 ¾ inches.

Crown shaping: I followed directions from Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller (pp. 162-63).

“Row 1: *K2tog, p2; rep from * to end . . .
Row 2: *K2tog, p1; rep from * to end . . .
Row 3: *K1, p1; rep from * to end . . .
Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * to end . . .
[switch to DPNs]
Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * to end . . .
Row 6: *K2tog; rep from * to end . . .”

Break yarn, weave through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends.

He really liked the hat and thought it was truly wonderful. Paul doesn't understand the knitting obession, but thinks everything I make is beautiful and amazing, so he definitely gets a nice hat! (Final craft note: Paul's wearing a crocheted scarf, which I did not make.)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Knitting doppelganger

Wendy Wannacott must be my clapotis twin; what she's wearing in her bio picture looks like the same yarn I used to knit my clapotis. Weird. . . .

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dodger got a haircut!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Dear Santa,

Here's some knitting and sewing books I'd sure like. I've been a very good girl all year.

Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin, et al.

Amy Butler's in Stitches: More than 25 Stylish Sewing Projects by Amy Butler

New Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest Editors

The Pleasures of Knitting: Timeless Feminine Sweaters by Ann McCauley

Stitch-It Kit by Jenny Hart

Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart

Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume One by Trisha Malcolm

I'll leave out some Pumpkin Spice donuts and a glass of milk. XOXO, Sarah

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ninepatch Dishcloth

I now understand Kay Gardiner's obesession with miters. They're a lot easier than they look too. Here's the dishcloth preblocked.

How do you know a knitter's smitten? When she makes three swatches in preparation for knitting a hat!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Lacey Hair Tamer

The sides of this headband are knit separately, then bound off (or together, depending on how you look at it) with three needles at the top. I blocked before joining the sides.

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Needles: size 2 double points

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


My summer craft productivity is winding down. The lack of sunlight makes me want to nap, not knit. I got a lot done with my knitting and sewing this weekend and yesterday I just wished I had napped instead.

I'm waiting for a yarn mail order, and until then, I will be curled up with a good library book, taking a little break. Anybody else get this way with the season change?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I've missed you, sewing

Here are the arms and legs of Archie, a very cute Wee Wonderfuls doll. I have cool astronaut-print flannel, so I had to make a boy! Rather than just an astronaut shirt, I'm going to do a full outfit of the same fabric and make it look like PJs. Instead of having shoes, my Archie will be barefooted.

Dodger scouting the neighborhood.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Readin' response

WOW! Thanks for all your recommendations! I've requested more from the library than I can possibly read in three weeks. Good times! Love that library.

Speaking for Dodger

I often speak for Dodger. Here he's saying, "You're home! Rub my chest! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"

(Note fluffy ears cover eyes.)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


All the books I want to read from the library have long hold lists, so I wondered if my friends would know of less popular at the moment, but terribly good books. What book or books would you recommend? Please post a comment or email me under my complete profile. Thanks!