Friday, December 28, 2007

Bought myself some yarn for Christmas.

Laceweight Malabrigo, in "Polar Morn." Unfortunately, no picture I can take of it will do it justice. The color isn't that flat and gray.. it's got wonderful subtle changes from icy white to silvery bluish gray. And it's so damn soft. It's currently on the needles, and I can't decide if I never want to finish the project, or if I want to finish quickly so I can get another skein! Haha.

However, the best Christmas present I got was pictures of the kiddos in their new hats, all smiles. Too cute.

Monday, December 24, 2007

New views

Well, we've moved. Mostly.

Soon, all of the books, cat hair, wires, and dust will be completely emptied from the old house, and completely filling this new one.

I like that.

I also like my new view in the mornings:

(Not two minutes later the entire cemetery was lit up with brilliant morning sun.. but my batteries conked after this one shot. Oh well. It's really prettier in person anyway.)

Some mornings it's filled with mist. And every day the river is chock-full o' seagulls. Silly birds. They're the most well-fed birds in the state, I think. Every few hours someone different pulls up to feed them. I haven't gone by for an up-close visit yet, but I'll bet they're fat little dudes.

I haven't been knitting or riding much, since we've been doing all this moving. But today I've gotten to work some on a Zeebee for myself, out of Beaverslide Dry Goods Fisherman weight yarn. Ooooh, I love that stuff. It's soft and squishy (well, relatively so), and just feels so natural. Every once in awhile I come across a little piece of vegetable matter.. but even that is soft, unlike what you often find in Noro Silk Garden. Little pieces of grass, not little twigs. ;) It's lovely stuff, really.

And since I'm on the subject now, I'm planning on using Beaverslide Worsted for my Central Park Hoodie. Yeah, I'm way past late on this one. Everyone has knit it. But I don't care. That is one sweater that I can see myself wearing constantly, unlike some of the other stuff I've knit. And I'm thinking I might change the cables up some, since I'm little bored with basic cabling.

Oh! Which reminds me.. I do have an FO to post. ;) I just don't like it.

Utopia, by Smariek
Tahki Donegal Tweed
color 839 (olive), 1 skein

This was another fun one to knit (I love things that can be finished in one day!). Unfortunately, I didn't have the smaller sized needles that I should've used for the ribbing at the bottom, so it's not snug over my ears. I like warm ears. That's why I like hats. (Well, that and that I don't have to fuss with my hair. (Not that I ever do anyway.)) Perhaps it will be better as a fall/spring hat than a winter one.

Next up in the queue (along with the CPH) is a hat/scarf set for a wonderful friend. She even requested them! That made me all warm and fuzzy... :) I love to knit, but it makes it all the better when you're knitting something specifically for someone.. and are using a pattern they like and colors they love. And I think I've found the o-so-perfect yarn!

Well! That's quite enough of that. One last picture; this one of my tr
ee. It was my grandmother's - she gave it to me a few years ago. Mom says she has slides of it from when she was young....

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Missing my boys...

It's funny how fantastic warm eyes and fuzzy ears can make me feel.

And how lost I feel without my boys.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

More Squirrel

(Can you see that smile?)

I've had a complaint (no names) that there's a decided lack of Squirrellishness on the blog. So here's some more...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


But oh how different they are!

Zeebee #1
Knit Picks Merino Style
Colors "Dusk" and "Storm"

Try as I might, I simply could not get good pictures of the hats today. At least this one shows my favorite part of this particular hat - how it all comes together at the top! The striping accentuates the utter coolness of short rows.

Zeebee #2
Tahki Donegal Tweed
Colors 839 (olive) & 844 (navy)

My counting skills must be lacking - and counting is unfortunately an integral part of figuring out gauge! (Who knew.) Z#2 turned out to be a bit short, so I picked up stitches and did 5 or 6 rows of reverse stockinette in olive. I like the look! Though, my favorite part is on the "inside" of the hat - if I were to keep this one, I'd wear it inside out.

Inside-out shot. Love the extra bits of color
parallel to the rolled brim!

One more Christmas hat to go! And I'm even halfway through it... yay! For some reason, I'm still having fun with hats and have a few more in the wings. I think I love that you can take one skein of yarn, a few hours of time, and have yourself a fun, warm, wooly hat to keep those ears toasty.

My ears like to be toasty.