Sunday, July 27, 2008

Winter Hat Finished, Sunflowers Gettin' There

When my two daughters were little, we planted a sunflower house together. We watered and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And ... no sunflowers came up.

Now, many summers later and for the first time, we have a garden full of sunflower volunteers, all from seeds we put out for the birds. There are sunflowers in the tomato plants, sunflowers in the green peppers, and sunflowers in a bald patch by the screened porch that could really use some sunflowers. See them behind Thomasina?

She is wearing her new winter hat. It's Bobbi from Cathy Carron's Hip Knit Hats. I think this is the third Bobbi I've made, it's that nice of a pattern. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy in Gothic Rose. It's a raisin-y color but with much more depth and some subtle variegation.

See all the bobbles that give the hat its name? A bobble is not difficult at all; in fact, it's fun. You simply k into a st 6 times, ending up with a cluster of sts on the rh needle. One by one, starting with the outmost st of the cluster, you pull the st over all the others et voilà! Much more complete directions are in the book.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Three Good Things

New splurge-y glasses, Via Spiga to be exact and high time to update, too.

A pound of See's Scotch kisses (well, it was a pound ...), caramel on the outside, ooey gooey marshmallow inside.

A pair of plain-vanilla husband socks in Opal, hot off the needles.

And now that you see the state of that floor Tom and Jack the beagle are standing on, I have a lagniappe good thing to announce: Phase II of our reflooring project begins in a week.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I Am Not A Sweater Knitter ... for now

I got guage on those clanky #13 metal needles, I swear! Yet my cardigan is too friggin' big in the shoulders by a lot.

Too big by a little, I could see that. It's the way things tend to fit in the shoulders. But even if I slid in the largest shoulder pads from the '80s, this cardigan would still be droopy, not to mention really unattractive.

It makes me want to mainline Jelly Bellys, it's so frustrating.

I may downsize the wretched thing à la Bonnie Marie Burns. Right now, I had better put down the scissors and walk. away. Grumperina's post on sweater abstinence seems safer.


What has madeth me lie down by still waters and restorethed my knitting mojo?

Lovely Hamsa in Fleece Maiden Sea Silk, Rose colorway, two repeats instead of three.