This post nor this project is either big, nor fancy, but writing it is meant as a personal kick in the butt or more politely said, motivation to get MOVING with this adorable project. The always alluring patterns from Tiny Owl Knits are just that, alluring, worked up or just admired on the printed page, the forest themed animals always call to me. This is my very first shawl (and likely last) but that owl . . . could not resist her and will be a lovely addition to the set of forest creatures growing in my hand knits . . . bear (yes, I made two), fawn, and snake (look for cabling around the hem). … Kick in the butt
It began with wanting to knit my daughter a Christmas present. Not being a fan of surprises, I did not want to present my daughter a knitted garment she hadn’t seen. Having to start somewhere in the investigation of what to knit for her, we began with patterns I had saved over the years. Our tastes are different as are our lifestyles, so I did not think she would actually choose any one of these yet I did think these patterns would lend some inspiration. Well, I was wrong. The bear sweater by Tiny Owl Knits stopped her dead. In my queue for a few years, she fell in love with it and visualized hers to be in the colors that are seen in the pattern. I found a great visual to help with the face.
As Grandmother, I was recently invited to the DC area to babysit grandchildren while very intent parents set up house for their temporary move. (no photos because I never knew how to take care of young ones and be a photographer at the same time)
I recently heard someone say of her house, “This is not a house of yarn.” She and I were looking to repair a knitted hat and she was fearing she did not have yarn or supplies we could use. With that criteria one would say that this home is a house of yarn. And, I am always looking for new, functional, and creative ways in which to store it. And, the projects. And, the works-in-progress. And, the knitting tools. … Little Red Wagon
Well, I do keep my word. Today, we had a redo photo shoot of my Renaissance Tunic, designed by Teva Durham. Now, make no mistake as to how much I love this sweater as evidenced by its wearing this winter. My love of this tunic is probably why I wanted to bring it to you, again as I wasn’t sure the first photo shoot did it justice. However, this idea does add pressure to an already stressful activity. That is how I feel with these photo sessions, pure stress. Many reasons. You see, hubby, who wants so desperately to please is not quite as flexible and energetic as he once was and the model is getting older. Both get cranky and both want these photo shoots to be successful, at least in our eyes. Also, a redo moment takes twice the energy to ready our ‘get-up-and-go’ and we (or at least, I) have high hopes of capturing some good looking shots.
“Mikey Likes it!” You may remember a slogan from a commercial some years back where kids push off the then-new cereal, Life to Mikey, who was too young to realize the product was being touted as healthy. Ends up that Mikey’s happy so the older boys accept that the cereal might have good flavor as well as nutritional value. As the boys were in anticipation of reaction, I was in anticipation of feedback whether my daughter liked her hand knitted Hedgehog Mitts. And, I indeed heard word that ‘Mikey likes them!’ I believe the exact words were, “They are perfect!” (Keep in mind we are serious animal lovers, here.) And, in fact, she is seizing the opportunity with her now retired Mother requesting that every gift from this point on (from me) be hand-knitted. Smart girl. And, by the looks of things she is not the only one finding some bit of humor and joy in them. … Mitts Update
I am not a knitter of mittens, in fact I believe this was my first pair. I saw this kit, yes kit, complete with Morehouse Merino 2-Ply and pattern, a Morehouse Original. It came with a little scrap of the darker brown for the noses as well as the four beads for the eyes. I believe this was also the first kit I’ve ever knitted. I was taken with the mittens’ cuteness. … Hedgehog Mitts as Wearable Whimsy
Sock yarn, miles and miles of stockinette, short rows, pattern directions about 12 pages long, and an odd shaping of the garment are the hallmarks of this project, designed by the talented Atelier-alfa from Ravelry. And, when you think you are finally getting somewhere, you hold up your beautiful project and notice OH, NOOO! My sweater has nipples! … Almonds? Nipples? They are Short Rows!
Toys – 1 an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something: [ as modifier ] : a toy car.
• an object, especially a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult: in 1914 the car was still a rich man’s toy.
• a person treated by another as a source of pleasure or amusement rather than with due seriousness: a man needed a friend, an ally, not an idol or a toy.
2 [ as modifier ] denoting a diminutive breed or variety of dog: a toy poodle.
The above is the definition of toys from the New Oxford American Dictionary as seen on MacBook OS X Yosemite, version 10.4.4. This post is “toying” around with the first definition and offering some thought as I ponder the concept.