Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Temptation's Progress

Bwah-ha-ha-ha ... the evil mother trades lunch money for sweater modeling!

And doesn't she look fine in her brother's boxers?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Beyond Me

It is simply beyond my abilites to collect. Anything. I used to tell myself that if I were to collect anything, it would be teapots. Now I am the proud owner of this beautiful (astounding, actually) set:

and all I see when I look at those tiny cups and saucers is clutter. And a possible lead poisoning hazard. So I packed them away, because containers are the answer to all clutter, yes? As long as it's in a color-coordinated container, I can bear their existence.

Hand-painted  vase, anyone? I have one somewhere, in one of these boxes ...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ode to Temptation

I love this sweater.


If this sweater belonged to some else, I would covet it and want it for my own; but it is mine, all mine.

Lovely, silken hand, gentle drape, wonderful tomato sauce with flecks of tweedish sludge color, shapely shoulders, subtle neckline.

If only my blog had feel-o-vision, you too would be tempted, I assure you.

Noah: The Real Story

As has been mentioned, my Noah is one of the cutest beings ever! He's also a bit of a clown and I think I owe him this:

That's right. One afternoon we were on our way to swim lessons (about 100 yards to the right of this photo spot) and I asked him to put on a 100% wool sweater, despite the 80+ degree weather. He didn't put up a bit of fuss and struck this silly, 100% Noah-Style pose. And then I fiddled with the sweater, made him put his hands out of the sleeves, etc. and snapped the photo I used in the "Ready for Arcata" entry. But this folks, THIS is the real Noah.

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's My Birthday and I'll Block If I Want To!

Tobin's sweater is off the needles and ready for a wash 'n block:
Here it is just daintily dipping it's little toes into the cool water:

And a more enthusiastic plunge:
(Sometimes you have to give wool a little push)
Then, finally, after a bit of splashing about,
there's a rather icky little bit of wool gunk left in the water:After some gentle squishing, being rolled in a towel, and a few hours laying flat in front of the fan, we have a soft, almost sweet-smelling sweater ready to snuggle.
I'll have Noah model it after school so you can see!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Knitting Until My Eyes Cross ...

And I'm just beginning to think up Christmas knitting projects ... my fingers are twitching in fear!

Friday, September 4, 2009


Call me crazy (I know you will anyway! but even though it is baking hot outside, once I saw this pattern:

( Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck by Heidi Kirrmaier

and this yarn (City Tweed DK , a silk-merino blend in Romance)
(both photos used without permission but credit to the links above)

I abandoned all thoughts of holiday knitting and ordered up 1200 yards or so of this fabulous yarn to make myself yet another sweater.

Folks, you'd better act now and put your requests in REPEATEDLY if you want anything hand knit for Christmas! This is some fierce competition for my knitting time!

P.S Tobin's sweater IS still proceeding nicely ... the body is at least half done and then I get to join the arms to it and make some shoulders for it. NOT forgotten!