Monday, November 26, 2007

1Hat, 2Hat, Peel an Orange and Simmer!

The red skullcap for Steve is done! He seems pretty excited by it, as noted in the thumbs-up picture. =)

I think if I had made it just about an inch longer, it would have covered his ears nicely, but I'm not sure if it's even possible to fix that kind of an error, since you knit from the bottom up, closing it at the top. If anyone has any suggestions on whether it's possible to add a few more rows onto the bottom at this point, let me know! The pattern can be found here at Woolly Wormhead.

One of my favorite holiday memories was simmering orange peels on the stove with cloves. I'm not sure how my mom came up with the idea to do this, or if she learned it from my grandmother, but it's one of the best ways to get an incredible Christmas-y smell in your house! If you associate the smell of Christmas with oranges, I guess!

Anyways, I bought us a box of Clementines (the smaller sweeter type of oranges) the other day at Costco. As soon as we were done devouring at least one of them, we started a small pot on the stove with the peel in it and a bit of water, just enough to cover the rinds. Since we didn't have any cloves around, Steve suggested nutmeg and vanilla extract. Simmering on the stove it smelled delicious and quickly filled up our small apartment with it's warm scent!

It's something you can get pretty creative with. Steve decided he wanted to try tossing in some dried cranberries and cinnamon in the next batch, and YUM, did that ever smell delicious too! Not to mention, it looks pretty in the pot!

I've also finally started on the Terry Matz Chevron Hat.

An arty picture (for fun) next to the gorgeous quilt my mom made. And my plants. =)

I have to admit when I started there was a bit of confusion on the sl1, k1, and then what do you do with the stitch you slipped? I was swinging it over the knit stitch, but then I was knitting the slip stitch together with the next stitch instead of just letting it fall like you're supposed to. So, I wasn't taking it off the left needle. Once I realized the error of my ways, I finished out the row like that (because I didn't want it to be asymmetrical!), but was sure to start the next one correctly. I am starting to see the chevrons appear, but hope they become a bit more defined the further along I get! I'm loving the blue and white variegated yarn though!

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm off to start on Christmas cards!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Socks and Booties and Toesy Warmers All Around!

There was an awesome DIY Trunk Show in my old neighborhood this weekend that I attended with my good friend Vel. We are both 'wanna-be' crafters, taking baby steps when we have the time to complete projects, and both probably think our jobs get in the way of these more fun pursuits. There were all sorts of cool people there with their fun items. Lots of knitters and bag-makers, jewelry makers, and even a fun guy who made coasters out of rocks! But 'due' to (pun intended) a pregnant friend at work, I have been keeping my eyes open for the perfect baby gift for her. I knew I had found it when I came across these adorable little webbed booties!

Not only did she sell me the booties, but I also got the pattern (which also can be made into little orange/yellow ducky feet), and then she offered to give me yarn to make another pair of froggy feet! The designer is Jen, and her lable is Blue Canary Creations. AREN'T THEY JUST THE CUTEST LITTLE THINGS YOU'VE EVER SEEN? I about squeeled when I saw them.

In other news, which is totally unrelated, except for the fact that it sort of has to do with feet as well, I think I may have found the photo of Suki I want to submit to :

This is one of her favorite spots...inside Steve's sock 'drawer'. Those are all clean socks. But they won't be for long. It's better than having cat fur all over his clothes though!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Jingle Bells

Anyone else really into Christmas music these days? It's like warm pumpkin pie and butter toffee for the ears, if that makes any sense. Nothing gives me that "home" like feeling more than turning the tv on to the music channels (our radio doesn't work in the apartment. I know- so sad) and going straight to the Holiday music channel and listening to all the good old and new Christmas songs. Listening to it makes me want to do things like spend all day baking, or have adventures with my sewing machine. If it was played all year round (one day this past summer I checked on this, and it was not. Do not laugh at me for this.), I think I would get much more crafting done.

I am already looking forward to getting home tonight, turning on the holiday music channel, and either finishing Steve's hat, or getting out my sewing machine.

I believe I should also invest in some holiday cheer for during the day at the office and on the commute home, so if anyone knows of any good iTunes Essentials I should check out, let me know!

Here's hoping for a Very Merry Season!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Oh my goodness....

Completely distracted right now by how ridiculously cute these little guys are! I sooo need to get a life, and get back to work!

Just something I stumbled across on Etsy while cruising for Christmas gift ideas!

Can be found at

Let me know if you think these things are completely hilarious and adorable, too! The descriptions alone are enough to make me want to go back in time and curl up with a favorite book from my childhood. Check out that price tag though!

Odette the Littlest Bookshelf Pierrot...she loves to talk to the other inhabitants of your bookshelf! She loves to wear her red hat!Odette is made of polymer clay and has been hand painted and coated in a matte varnish. She wears a lovely red dunce cap made of wool felt and topped with a tiny pom pom. $35
Meet Lily....she lives in the jungle and loves to make tiny clay pottery and eat pompoms. She tells delightful stories!!Lily is made of 100% wool needle felted and polymer clay. She carries a pompom snack for the road. She would love to take up residence upon your bookshelf or table (she needs a little support or she rolls over.) :)Rue measures approximately 4.5 inches tall and is very delicate. $45

Monday, November 05, 2007

Binging on Hats!

So since someone has a birthday coming up, and also because I had so much fun making my last/first hat, I decided my next project would be a hat for Steve. I gave him a few choices of different patterns, of which he picked out this fine little number:

There's a yarn shop a hop, skip and a jump from the train station he picks me up at nightly, and so we stopped there on our way home early last week so he could pick out the color of yarn he wanted. Since it had to be of a certain "chunky" weight, the colors were a bit limited to choose from, but we actually found one that looks very similar to the pattern: Addrienne Vittadini Trina in color 109. It's a mixture of 55% Merino Wool, 35% Microfiber, and 10% Cashmere. Super soft and stretchy!
I'm a bit further along than the picture alludes to, since it was taken a few days ago, but not much. Yesterday I had to rip out about 2 1/2" because I accidentally K2 instead of P2. Taking the circular needles out and putting them back in was pretty difficult, but I got through it. I discovered one other tiny error long after I had started which point I just decided the hell with it! It's good enough...anything else I find will just add a little bit of character!

Once I'm done with Steve's hat, I've picked one to make for yours truly. It is the Terry Matz Chevron Hat.

I found this divine blue and white variegated yarn to make it with:

Stay tuned for pics of the completed noggin' covers!