Summertime Bike Basket and Vacation

This, my friends, is adorable!

knit_bicycle_basket

And if you want to knit it up the pattern can be found right here. Courtesy of Knitting Today. You can fill *the cutest basket in the world* with your market goodies or a bouquet of flowers and you're sure to get some compliments. FUN!

This is what much of our summer consists of....

Summer

In case you're wondering where I've been, I've been knitting (from time to time) so that hasn't stopped, but summertime is really for my kids so they have been my complete and utter focus. Somehow this morning it is nearly 9:30 and they are still asleep (summertime first). We've been having a blast this summer. I can't promise I'll do a ton more posts but I'll do my darnedest to get one done every now and again.

Ooh one other thing I've been meaning to mention is that I went to New Orleans a few weeks ago and while I was there, as with every trip away, I like to find yarn shops. I found a shop called the Quarter Stitch, in the French Quarter, and it was fun, but geared more toward needlpoint(ers) rather than knitters.

Quarter Stitch Sign

They did have a bit of yarn in there but nothing that I couldn't live without. I was hoping to venture to another yarn shop outside of the Quarter called Bette Bornside Company but I never did end up making it there...next time I suppose. The web site isn't much to speak of, no pretty pictures, but it seemed intriguing so I will try and make it there next time we are back in NOLA.

Cafe Du Monde

Gumbo

These two delights were within a block of the yarn shop though. I have a LOT of food photos from our trip, makes perfect sense, why else would one go to New Orleans?

Happy Summertime Knitting!

Uke it Up! Catching Up!

Pretty excited to knock this out for Father's Day for my very own Ukulele Guy. And, maybe I can even surprise him with a little ditty. You see he got me a uke a while back and I haven't taken the time to learn to play it, or maybe I haven't taken the time to have him teach me. I am the proud owner of the exact same ukulele pictured on Knitty's Pattern though. I'm going to click on some of those links and learn those chords tonight. And then pull some yarn out of my stash and knit this up, and attempt to felt the first thing I've ever felted. I'm not anticipating it to look anything like the beautiful examples pictured with the pattern, but I'll do my darnedest.

I've been away from this sweet blog for awhile, not on purpose, but vacation(s), kids, life, etc have pulled me away. I've been knitting though...that is one thing I've stuck to. I'm still plugging away working on my sweater, it now has one complete sleeve. The sleeve ended up being, not quite as perfect as I would have hoped for, luckily I still have another attempt with sleeve two. Then I will only have a hood to do, which sounds daunting, but I WILL GET THAT DAMN THING DONE! And I will save the photos until the end, mostly for your sake.

I'm also working on a baby blanket for someone special.

On the Plane

This is a tiny taste of it right up next to a pretty kickin' Mad Lib my 6 year old created for our airplane entertainment enroute to Mexico. If you aren't into the anatomy and bodily functions a 6 year old finds hilarious - maybe this Mad Lib isn't for you.

And, I'm working on a hat for a special little birthday girl in my life, shhh don't tell her.  I think I'll use it to top a jar of pickles, her favorite food (at least at my house). Those are the next special things coming down the pipe.

Edie

Happy Almost Summer!

Getting Closer and Cup Cozy

I'm pretty into a nice hot cup of Tipu's Chai on my way to drop my boys off at school in the morning. I decided a few days ago that I can't seem to live without it anymore. I am a changed woman in the morning after that cup of chai. I can climb a mountain (pretty easily - Seriously), I can chat with anyone I encounter (oftentimes I'm a bit shy/reserved) and I feel so rejuvenated. I'm not sure if this is good or bad? I love to have that hot drink in the morning though, but I don't like to burn my hands. Here is the solution.

And the 'Getting Closer' part of this post is in regards to my sweater. I'm not going to be done by Cinco de Mayo - I just cannot fathom that happening, but I am nearing completion.

Sweater Vest II Sweater Vest III

I wasn't sure which one I liked the most...so hopefully you can get a general sense of what is happening here from these quick shots.

It is getting closer!

Vacation is heavy on my mind.

Sweater Progress & Stole Pattern

This time I can say with confidence I WILL be finishing my sweater! I am so excited about it. I've got the back all knit up and I've started up the front. I'm hoping to have it complete before I go off to Mexico, on Cinco de Mayo, but we'll see.

Sweater Body

It may not look like that much at this point, but I'm pretty darn proud of it. The pattern I'm using is converted to knitting in the round. Since I've started this project I've learned a lot! I didn't realize it was so simple to convert a pattern to knit in the round. Most of the sweater patterns I looked over instructed the knitter to knit the back panel, followed by the front panel, and then sew two pieces together. That just didn't make sense...so I sought out some aid and Terry (the Knitting Jedi) helped me convert this pattern. I'm knitting in the round and actually even after the split I'm still using my circular needles. It is a bit much to wrap your head around, as I mentioned in a previous post how patterns completely change when you knit in the round.

Ooh and another cool trick is this stitch holder - who needs a real stitch holder - you can just use a piece of yarn. This cream colored yarn is holding the entire front of my sweater together, while I start knitting up the back.

Angle View

My pattern doesn't look too complicated, and it actually isn't, but when I end up knitting in the pattern from the wrong side (WS) it gets a bit tricky. I find myself flipping my garment over often to make sure I'm staying in pattern. That gets old. I wouldn't do it that way the next time around. I'd make sure that I was on the RS so I could k1 and p3 and see what I'd done the row before, etc. Anyway that is boring...so here are a few more pictures (with plenty more to come) and the pattern of the week (or two weeks).

Body Again

I heart my yarn. Cascade Lana Bambu Yarn. Now I need to order more because I didn't get enough...bummer! And of course the dye lot in the yarn shop isn't the same anymore. Argh.

Yarn Stitch Holder

That's it for the weekend hoodie (at least for this week).

 

 

The  pattern of the week can be found here. It is a cool site with free vintage patterns, and I just happened to choose this stole because I love the pocket.

Stole

Happy Spring Knitting!