Monday, February 28, 2011

Three Little Owl Pals

Ana Clerc really hit the jackpot when she came up with this pattern. It's easy, is a great way to use up yarny leftovers and lends itself well to personalization. It's the
Owls Two Ways pattern, (free on Ravelry) and on her Ocean of Stitches Blog.

I had so much fun making these guys. I decided mine needed wings, so I made them like so:

co 12 sts
join in round
knit 2 rows
(kfb, k2) around
k 6 rows
k6,(k2tog) around for 2 rows
k 1 row
k4, (k2tog) around
k3, (k2tog) around
cut yarn and pull through stitches
You can stuff wings if you like, or just fold them appropriately and stitch to body

I also weighted them with dried beans before stuffing.
What more could a knitter ask for?
More Owl Pals!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Knitting by Sea

Ahhhhhh: Mykonos! Such a beautiful Greek Island. Truly picturesque. It's a bit chilly there in February. Windy too, but beautiful nonetheless.

In many ways, a visit to Mykonos is like going back in time. There's windmills:
and wandering sheep cross the roads:
The hotels are quaint:
The views are stunning:

There are still treasures to be found:
And the knitting - Well, the knitting my friends, is fine!
Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas, knit in Colinette Jitterbug, Colorway: Jewel

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Heeeere Kitty, Kitty!

Had a rewarding little sewing session the other day where I could play with fabric and paint with stencils. I had this idea for a bag rattling around in the back of my head for awhile now and it finally escaped. I love how you can do whatever you like on the natural muslin outside of the bag to tie it into the inside print.

This is a great pattern - free online here. It makes a nice roomy bag with inner pockets. I only did them on one side, but it calls for them on both.

You could fit a nice sized project in these. I like to put larger projects in knot or drawstring bags to avoid altercations with yarn and zipper.

I think these bags would be super cute embroidered and/or beaded on the outside also.
What about attaching crocheted flowers? Really - the possibilities are endless. If you make any - please share. I'd love to see what you've come up with.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Christmas in Frankfurt

more catch up on travel photographs

Romer Square
Being so far away from family at Christmas time, we decided we needed to go somehwere interesting so we wouldn't sit home lonely for family and depressed. We ended up in Frankfurt, Germany, thinking it would be a festive place at Christmas.
It was indeed. We went to Romer Square on Christmas Eve where they had "The Pealing of the Bells" at nightfall. It was the result of alot of different churches all playing the same song. It was beautiful. It was snowing. I'll always remember it:

On the day after Christmas, we took the train to Heidelberg, a picturesque little town. This is where my parents lived when I was born.

We found the German people to be friendly, and quite helpful. These sledders were leading us to the furnicular to get up to the castle.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mom's Lovely Hands

These are my Mom's lovely hands in this photograph. She's modeling for me the Cinnamon Hearts that I knit up for a certain swap partner from the Soaring Heart Mitts Pattern. These are a perfect Valentine's Day gift project. They go quickly in worsted weight yarn. I held two strands together of some Baby Cashmerino that started out gold and turned this yummy cinnamon color after a dip in some black cherry koolaid.

It's been wonderful having Mom here to visit for these past 3 weeks. We've went to the symphony, ate lots of great meals, explored various Athens neighborhoods and tourist sites and generally enjoyed being together. My Mom is so beautiful, inside and out.

I'm sure going to miss her when she goes.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lucky Me

I'm having a fortuitous start to the New Year. Things are really going my way. For one thing - I was matched with this super duper Secret Pal in the Secret Pal 16 group. AND I get to keep her for 3 whole months! She sent me a package full of wonderful new notions to play with. Talk about adorable:
The croc case was literally crammed full of wonderful things - T pins, stork scissors, crochet hook tool, stitch markers, highlighter tape, needle gauge, row counter and a chibi case. Also, the little black sheep tape measure. (I'm surely leaving something out). Such a handy and clever assortment of goodies. A special Thank You to my Secret Pal for making such a fun package!

THEN, I won yarn! No kidding! Me, who never wins anything! I won twice. Once in MOHS group - I received a skein of Noro Kureyon Sock in bold bright colors - and again in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group. The random number generator chose me to win this lovely skein of Superwash BFL from Black Cat Fibres. Feel free to ooooh and ahhhhh. OOoooOOOooooOOoooo
It's a dang good start.