Thursday, September 27, 2007

Heigh ho

It's off to Yarn School I go! Lots of pictures to follow, I'm sure.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The last of the gallbladder episode

Thank you to everyone who asked after Mike. The ultrasound showed he had stones, so the gallbladder ended up coming out with no further ado... it was done laproscopically & he came home the same day. His recovery has been completely uneventful and he is feeling fine, eating normally & was back to work within a couple of days. All is well again.

Friday, September 07, 2007


Ali the fashion model poses with RosebudYarn:'s Peruvian Uros Aran (50% wool, 50% llama)
Needles: size 8
Stitch pattern: Rosebuds from 356 Knitting Stitches a Year

My second lace shawl, this one made as a gift for my dear friend Miriam, who loves all things rosy.
Looks awfulLace, of course, is all about the blocking. Before blocking, the shawl resembles nothing so much as a crumpled, wadded mess.
Bathtime for RosyI soaked it in the sink for a few minutes, then squeezed it out in a beach towel. Now it's ready to block.
Looks much nicerFor this project, I invested in a set of blocking wires from KnitPicks, which made the whole job much easier. I heartily recommend blocking wires to anyone who wants to knit lace.
Rosebud in its gloryThe lace pattern opened up beautifully, and the shawl grew by several inches.

I actually finished this shawl a couple of months ago, but have been holding off on posting until I could present Miriam with her gift. Happy Birthday, dear one!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Griffindor Quidditch Robe

I told him to hex the couch, that's why he's pointing to the sideThe second major piece of Hunter's Harry Potter costume -- the robe -- is done! (The sweater, you may recall, was finished a few months ago.) The last bit that I need to make are the (faux) leather greaves & vambraces. Then we'll come up with some white pants, a broom, and some round-framed glasses. VoilĂ , a perfect little Harry Potter.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

ER Booga

Little BoogaThe ER Booga is finished & felted. It's tiny! I put it in the washing machine with the intention of checking on it every ten minutes, and then promptly forgot about it. The result: it felted down to a tight, dense little purse that's half the original knitted size. It stands about 7" tall and the base is a 5" square. The spiral stripes turned out nice too.