Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Booties and beasties

Here are some booties I knit up for a former colleague of Dave's who's expecting a baby girl.

The yarn is Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in Summer Blooms that I had left over from my niece's socks. I love this pattern - Christine's baby booties.

Not long ago Lene blogged about an online art class she was taking, given by Carla Sonheim. I've signed up for one called Imaginary Creatures, and I had fun with the first day's drawing and painting assignments this morning. Here is my favourite little critter from today's efforts.

Blue Beastie

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Socks and Blooms

Dave has finished a pair of socks for Tanveer. She and her sisters will soon each have received hand knit socks and hats from us. We're working our way through the whole family - three girls, parents, and a pair of grandparents - with socks, and the girls get hats too. Grandpa is the only one who hasn't had socks knit yet... they're on the list!

Dave used Tofutsies yarn. It's nice to work with, but unfortunately this ball had five or six knots or breaks in it. The socks look good, though.

This is a sock I'm knitting for Uncle Ben, who is turning 90 later this month.

And here are some narcissi we are enjoying. No, they're not growing outside, even though the weather has been very mild lately. They were a gift, and the fragrance is giving a nice spring-y feel to the room!

Can you smell them?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

December's Socks

It turns out that I knit a pair of socks for every month in 2011, without really meaning to. This latest pair is knit from Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball. We bought the yarn at the Wool Station in Bellingham. I really like this yarn - it feels great to work with and knits up really nicely. The pattern repeat is incredibly long, however - longer than a pair of socks, so it's impossible to make identical twin socks. I like how they've turned out and I don't mind that they're fraternal twins!

On a reading note, I've just discovered Alan Bradley's Flavia deLuce books and I'm really enjoying them. The first in the series is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The main character is an eleven-year-old girl with a passion for chemistry who solves murders. I'm finding her quite charming.