Thursday, September 28, 2006

Felt for feet

I had the best of intentions when I bought the Cascade 220 for these lovely and always reliable felted clogs last week. I was going to get started on those Christmas gifts that I have made a million mental notes of. I was going to be one step closer to being done. Make less stress for myself when the season rolls around. You know???
So, I knit the giant things...

And I felted them...

and then when I put them them on and my roomate exclaimed how they matched my outfit today perfectly, how could I honestly put them in "to gift" pile?

I mean really.
Of course they're for me. They were all along.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

I've gotta block those blocks

I finally get this thing up and going and what do they do??? They take away my internet.
Well, at least it gave me a week of pure knitting and erm... school work?

So, here's the dirt. I started a blanket in the summer while working at my mom's shop Mary's Yarns in Unionville, Ontario. (Ok, so we may not have our own website yet but please bear with us. We're knitters. Not web-wizards.) We began what became informally known as "the block a month club" where we knit a square each month out of Manos del Uruguay, the goal being that in a year, each person would have a 12 square blanket. The pattern is the Four Seasons Throw and I just picked two colours... the two colours that just weren't moving from the shelves. Customers... I mean REALLY! Where IS your taste??? I think that this would look stunningly gorgeous in just about any living room, draped over the neon pink couch we all have in there. I quite truthfully am utterly thrilled that I landed these fantastic two colourways because believe me... one day, I WILL have a neon pink couch, and this blanket will look GREAT. You'll be sorry.

So, the blanket is actually knit in strips but to keep is easier to cart around with us, we decided to knit it in squares. This is what I have so far. 10 beautiful blocks in my stairwell.

I just got this sudden burst of energy to get this thing into the final stretch this week and so I cranked through 3 squares. I would love to have it done by Christmas and at this rate, it's most definately possible. I know I will indeed put off the sewing together of it for quite some time though. It's the knitting that I love! Not the sewing...
As I look at it though, I don't think that I will be getting to the sewing of it until Christmas anyways. One quick look at the next image and you will see why I desperately need to borrow my mother's blocking wires.

Wow. Yeah. I know. I am going to have to block the living you-know-what out of these blocks to make them all even. Well, I have faith. And if that doesn't work, I'll just have 12 zany cushions to give away for Christmas.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

My dishes are gonna be soooo clean

Meet my new obsession.
I don't know what it is about these. These Mason Dixon dishcloths are addictive little things! Wow. Could it be that they can be whipped up in an evening? Could it be that they are terribly useful? Could it be that you can get the yarn is such phenomenal colours to spice up your otherwise plain-soft-green kitchen? Who knows!?!? But over the past few weeks I have been cranking these things out like dishwashers are going out of style.
They make great little gifts and are ever-so-useful.
I knit things in obsessive crazes and this appears to be one of them. My usual sock fetish seems to have subsided for the time being but I have faith that once the Christmas season rolls around, I will hop right back on that bandwagon.

So, having knit numerous, numerous dishcloths as of late, I decided to switch it up the other night. I just didn't want to stop knitting and at the end of the evening... I ended up with THIS.

See what I mean??? It's SO FUN. Ugh.
There is a significant size difference between this lovely creation and the above ones and it is...
SO handy! Wow. Just wow.

While strolling through a Value Village in Quebec City last summer, I stumbled across a fantastic bag of buttons for a whopping $1.99 and of COURSE splurged. What did I find in that little bag of buttons you ask??? This wonderful vintage creation.

I think that in this case, you may have to trust my word and not my camera on it... but it's just as wonderful and vintage-y as you had hoped. I'm sure of it.

So ladies and gentlemen, I think that I have found a use for that whopping bag of buttons.
Place your orders now.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Some of my creations...

Here are some pics of my most recent creations to get this knitting-blogging party started.
Much, much more to come.
Until then, happy knitting.