Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi

Finally, there is photogenic knitting to show you!  We have a little girl's first birthday coming up and you know that calls for something neat, sweet, and petite...

Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi, modified to have short sleeves

And also machine-washable!  It's a bit much to expect a toddler's mom to wash clothes any other way.  To that end, the yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in a medium-lightish pink.  Maybe you recognize it from the College Afghan I made for Cleo last year.  The sweater required 1 1/4 balls.

I switched out the long sleeves for short sleeves.  This kind of yoke looks very cute over a long-sleeved shirt, maybe even a turtleneck next fall.

The tiny cute buttons I picked up at a tiny cute fabric store in Healdsburg, California.  If you're in Wine Country,  Healdsburg makes a nice stop for lunch and window shopping, then coffee in the main square and dog watching as the locals walk their dogs.

Monday, March 14, 2011

LOVe Shawlette

LOVe Shawlette, pattern by Anne Hanson available on PDF from http://knitspot.com/,  Softie Lite yarn by Kimmet Croft (25% angora, 75% merino) 
This past weekend, I weeded out the unwanted and unused books and magazines from my knitting book shelves.  I was ruthless, brutal!  The local Goodwill now has a nice stock of knitting books.

With the exception of any book by Nancy Bush, Cookie A, Barbara Walker, Melissa Leapman, Laura Irwin, or Clara Parkers, my knitting book-buying future is going to be books on techniques/stitch dictionaries. I am not going to renew my subscription to Vogue Knitting.

What I am going to do is buy PDFs of knitting patterns,  since the internet now makes it possible to buy only the patterns I want.  Some designers who sell only PDFs do not always sell individual designs but bundle a collection of designs.  I wish they wouldn't. Mandatory bundling has kept me from purchasing several times. I would rather be given the possibility of either buying an individual pattern or a specially-priced bundle.

LOVe Shawlette, made for my sister in the smaller or scarf size

For storage,  I print out the pattern and store it in a plastic sleeve filed in a binder.  The plastic sleeve keeps the pattern clean and together.  More importantly, the sleeve has the three-hole punch on it so I don't have to punch holes in the pages themselves. I have two binders.   One binder is for Feet and Head (socks, hats), the other is everything else.

Sunday, March 06, 2011


You may have heard about what's happening in Wisconsin.  I taught French and future French teachers at one of the University of Wisconsin campuses for 14 years.  All told, I taught college French for 20 years. 

My husband taught Anthropology and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin for 38 years. Both of us were proud members of The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals and Tom was a union officer.  Tom and I stand with the teachers.  Our governor is weak.  Unwillingess to compromise is a sign of weakness in a politician, not strength.

Spring is in the air!  Okay, no but these socks are the color of the first violets that will pop up on our lawn in about ...two months' time.

The socks are Marilinda from Cookie A's new book Knit. Sock. Love.  Cables!  Lace!  Look at that heel! You can see they were crazy fun to knit. The yarn languished in my stash for a handful of years.  It's Opal UNI and part of a super-saver grab bag of Opal sock yarns from Little Knits.