Sunday, August 26, 2007

Black and white photos

I love these photos. The colors were funky, so I changed them to black and white and presto! They look pretty good! I plan to make a collage of Ambrosia's photos for her mom. Not sure what I'll do with the rest.

Falling in love kneehi lace socks

The foot is complete. I'm beginning to add the lace and cable pattern to the back now.
Closeup of the lace and cable pattern. This pattern is an adaptation of Anniken Allis's Falling In Love Socks. I am making them knee-hi's.

July photo

Couldn't resist sharing this photo from early July this year.

California State Fair

Bumper cars!
The baby pigs are sooooo warm! And squirmy!
Watching the Forest Service's puppet show.

Brendan begins karate

The past few weeks we've been taking Brendan to karate class Thursday nights. Much to his pleasure, he even received his white belt!
He is very excited to be a karate student, but not always excited about participating the entire class.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Finished vest and more Josephine

This is Brendan's Classic Camel Vest. I still need to weave in some of the yarn ends and add the buttons, but it's essentially finished. Can't wait to see him wear it at his Uncle Matt's wedding in October!
This is my progress on Josephine from Knitty. I've added some detail to it, shown in the photo below. I had to adjust the pattern to fit the smaller size yarn I'm using, which left much bigger purl sections in between the cables than the pattern intended. I added twisting diamonds on either side of the center cable and am now adding some bobbles to the other purl sections. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Antique lace

My mom brought some lace that has been in the family for a very long time for me to see. Some of it is probably from the late 1800's. Some of the pieces we are sure were made by family. I forget now which ones, but they are all beautiful, whomever made them!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My mom's in town

No photo to go with this yet. My mom is in town and having lots of fun with Brendan! I'm not sure if this is a break for her from the difficulties of daily farm life, or if she might need a break after this visit! Brendan is very excited to have another playmate around and especially someone he can wake up in the morning who won't be grumpy at him for it! :) This morning, when I asked him if grandmama was awake, he said that he'd patted her arm and that she woke up. I smiled thinking how nice it is to be patted on the arm by such a nice little guy. Not too bad a way to be woken up, huh?

On a trip intended to end at the park yesterday, Brendan led his grandmama along the creek behind our house and never left it. lol! It's all about the journey, isn't it? :)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Josephine begins

I've cast on for Josephine from Knitty. This is one skein's worth of Kilcarra Aran Tweed. This is the lovely new wool that my FIL brought from his recent trip to Ireland (from County Donegal). It's difficult to tell from the photos, but this yarn is a lovely moss green tweed:
I wasn't sure what to use it for, as it's new wool and a bit scratchy. I'd had Josephine in mind, but wasn't sure when I'd start it, or if there was a better pattern for the yarn out there until I watched "Big Fish" last weekend. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the character Josephine in the movie was wearing "Josephine" the sweater jacket! I must have overlooked this detail when I read the pattern at first. I took this as a sign that I needed to start the pattern! :)
I'm still working on my son's vest, and am working on the front right, the last piece before seaming and working the neckline. I'll post more photos of that in a day or two.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Vest for Brendan

This pattern was adjusted from the Camel vest from 'Men in Knits.' I am adjusting it for my 4 year old to wear to his uncle's rehearsal dinner in a couple of months! :) I'm using Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool on size 6 needles. I can tell it's going to be very lightweight.

Dragon wrist bands

I created this pattern from the dragon on some of my karate school's shirts. It looks better on the shirts, but still ok. I redid the pattern so that the dragon is about half the size. Hopefully that will look a bit better.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Bowling with four-year-olds!

Brendan's preschool and the preK kids went to the bowling alley this past Friday. The kids had a lot of fun and everyone was exhausted when it was all over, including me!

Score at Filati's awesome sale!

I scored all this fabulous yarn at Filati's this past weekend. Elsbeth Lavold, Cotton twist, Adrienne Vitadini, etc. I'm on a year-long yarn diet, but this is my one exception. Yarn IS joy! Giggling...

Brendan's hat and mittens set

I made this set for my son. He chose the color. Knitted with Patons Meloday. Hmmm...I seem to knit with it a lot, huh? :)

Baby girl jacket

Finished this hooded, baby girl's jacket last week. I used Patons Melody in a lovely purple. I added some "confetti" yarn to the cuffs and might add more to the hood, too.