Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cowlicious.

I've caught Cowlmania :).

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This one is the ZigZag Cowl. Knit with the very first skein I ever spun on my wheel, oh, ages ago! The skein was all lumpy, bumpy, uneven, thick and thin. But hey, it knit up totally fine. Nice. So, spinning not need be perfect to be useable.

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I like it. I like cowls. I like quick knits with lots of possibilities for one off handspun skeins or handpaints. I like warm necks with knitted accessories that can't be pulled of by baby :).

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The baby? Hanging out with Telecat. So far, definitely a pet lover.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

A little Friday Handspun

Ah back to the handspun yarn on Fridays? Maybe :). If I can keep up spinning enough. I kind of get distracted by the baby, work, knitting. Now that we have no TV, I also seem to spin less. We watch DVDs in bed, but no more TV downstairs has meant a lot less spinning.

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But, I have finished oh, about 8 or so skeins since Isabel arrived. This one is a 2-ply, heavy worsted weight Corriedale wool. Dyed by Spunky Eclectic, this is the Rosebud colorway, part of the fiber club from last year.

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Already knit! I'll blog the cowl over at HOWR a little later.

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The Orchid socks in action! Matching baby leggings to go with them that I knit before we cancelled TV, when I watched the news obsessively before the election, seriously, hours a night. Hence cancelling TV. It was a bit too much of a time suck.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New Year Socks

So, while I definitely haven't been knitting nearly as much as I had pre-baby, I still knit. I think, I can't help it. I love it. Even just plain old socks. In fact, I think I might love plain old socks the most. The simplicity, the fact that I can knit them without a pattern, without looking, the turn of the heel still feeling like an act of magic in a way.

Socks persist. In a good way. I have a drawer full for me now, so I tend to knit them for my loved ones more now.

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These are in Trekking Pro Natura (that Mags gave me for my birthday a while back, thank-you Mags!) made for my dad. I haven't knit socks for him yet, but I know he'll like them. Merry late Christmas, or happy new year socks for dad.

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And, for Isabel. I knit her a ton of baby socks. But, now, she's grown out of most of them. These, and the rainbow ones to match the rainbow baby leggies are the only ones that really fit. Babies. They grow! Fast! Knit with Scout's Swag Orchid yarn. Oh, for a 6-9 month baby sock? CO 40 sts on size 2 needles with sock yarn and follow a basic sock recipe making the foot about 3.75 inches long.

Speaking of Isabel,

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She can sit up now. But quickly flops over. And. Bonks her head. Unless I prop her up in this B.oppy pillow (which I never did use for breastfeeding, the My Br.east Friend is MUCH better, still use it actually). She loves books.

This is her Roman Senator pose. Since you guys said you like baby pics, I shall oblige :).

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Return of the Blog?

I'd like to make it so. Yes, I realize this requires a commitment to actually post. Well. I'd like to be a blogger again, I realize I miss it, a bit.

Of course you guys are going to have to put up with lots of baby pics, not as many knitting pics, and all around whatever-ness. OK?

So.

I start 2009 on the blog with a pic of my lovely Isabel, at 5 months.

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One of the coolest things, is the coincidence that our good friends Jon and Kelly had their baby girl, Ashley, less than 24 hours after Isabel. Crazy, Nate and Jon were each other's best men in our weddings, and Jon and Kelly moved to England the same week we did. Of course, now they live in NYC and we microfarm in the middle of nowhere, but, still, cool. So, they came out and visited over New Year's. How fun. Two cute babies playing together was amazingly cool!

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I have some handspun to show, some socks...hmmm, animal pics :) too.

Happy New Year!