Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sweater in Action

Baby Cate is wearing the crocheted sweater I made for her last year! (See post of 2/19/08: "Baby it's Cold Outside!")

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Some neckwear for my friends. . .

Teva Durham's pattern, Leaf Cravat. Made with Louisa Harding Kashmir DK yarn. Christmas present for Veronique! What a fun pattern!

Slanted Eyelet Scarf (Destination Alchemy book, Lang Silkdreams yarn). Christmas present for Elsa! Really simple lace pattern to keep track of. This yarn is really great, too (50% merino
wool, 50% silk).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Turtle Rendezvous

Back last summer I did a swap with one of my knitting groups. I made Lotus Burger a turtle (shown in a previous post) because she has a big tortoise. Here they are together!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Footly Things

Debbie Bliss pattern for Embroidered Baby Shoes. Used Louisa Harding yarn. Made for my friend Mir's granddaughter. A girl's got to get a start on her shoe collection as soon as possible!

Bed socks made from light pink Berroco Pure Merino, 5-stitch per inch (Ann Budd pattern).

And then some Stripey Slipper Boots for Terra! Made with Kathleen yarn by Schaeffer.

I love shoes, don't you?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

L'il things for l'il folks!

Sophie likes her Knitted Kitty (pattern by Lillian).

Two Blanket Buddies (first one for Blake, second one for Grayson). Oh so soft!

Gimme a B, Gimme an A, Gimme a Nana! B-A-NANA!

Chimp for Alan Dart's Noah's Ark patterns.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Here a hat, there a hat, everywhere a hat hat!

It's been a while. . . I know all my faithful blog viewers can hardly wait to see what Ms. Blondie has been up to! Oh yeah, that's right, mmhmm.

So, today let's deal with HATS-SOMBREROS-CHAPEAUX !

First up, for the young nieceroo, is a Lace Beanie, pattern by Lion Brand yarns. The yarn is Red Heart Eco-Cotton in a pinky multi color.

Next we have Wooly Wormhead's Gyroscope Hat (from the Going Straight hat book.) I used Lion Cashmere Blend yarn (1 skein each of blue and gray). The sideways construction was fun and interesting to do. The hat is for Dane -- I put the ribbing around the edge (not in the pattern) to keep it on his head while he's riding his bike. The lovely Gloria is my most cooperative hat model.

Mary Jane's Pithy Hat is next. The pattern was written by Theresa Belville, and I used one skein of Berroco Comfort Worsted. This hat is actually FOR Gloria (not just modeled by her), and everytime she wears it, I think what a cute hat it is and how cute it looks on her!

The Starfish hat is a Classic Elite pattern by Cecily Glowik. I used the yarn suggested, Duchess.
Although the hat is a Christmas present for Katy, Gloria models it, first in a summer pose, and a then winter one.

In a couple of weeks, my friend Vic is expecting the delivery of his 6th child (the 5th boy of the lot). Henry VIII would surely be jealous. The hat below is named Retro Flying Helmet, a pattern by Sublime, and knit with Sublime Cashmere-Merino-Silk DK yarn.

Finally, the effervescent Chiwi models Louisa Harding's Cecily Beanie, made for Terra.

Soon to follow, feet and neck coverings!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pink for a Girl

One of my good friends recently became a Grandma, so I very happily made a little cardi for her granddaughter.

Pattern: Baby Bolero, from One Skein, by Leigh Radford

Yarn: Berroco Comfort, 1 skein

Little baby is so tiny and so beautiful! It will be a little while before she can wear the sweater, but it's still a warm fall here in Tulsa, so that's okay.

The back has a little lace detail made by yarn overs and K2T.

Notes: Next time, would definitely do the sleeves top down, rather than sewn in. Also, need to remember to do crochet provisional cast on, rather than long tail with waste yarn (too hard to
pick apart.) Also, did some decreasing for neck, rather than binding off at center back.

Besides getting to hold the darling baby, the little chihuahua puppy who lives at the baby's house entertained me for awhile, too. She apparently likes to sleep next to baby!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Finished a little WIP!

Pattern: "Mother's Day Cotton Slippers" by SockPixie.

Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton

Recipient: Niece Ellen

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Too many WIPs

I just realized I haven't blogged since May. The summer flew by, and many projects were begun, but only a few have been completed.

By documenting my Works in Progress, I hope to embarrass myself into finishing these projects!

The picture quality isn't very good here, but I'll take better pictures when they are Finished Objects!!

1) "Mother's Day Slippers": need to finish the edging on one slipper and decorate them.

2) Rowan's "Foxtail" cardigan Tapestry collection, made with a Colinette cotton.

3) Knit One Crochet Too "Ying Yang Bolero" made with TyDy cotton.

4) The "Shapely Tank" made with Provence cotton.

5) "Blanket Buddy": needs to be finished by October!

6)Made-up pattern of a cardigan for a girl.

7) "Vertical Focus "(Tricoter) made with SWTC Oasis soy silk.

8)Louisa Harding "Tide" made with Reynolds Saucy cotton.

9)Louisa Harding "Minnie" made with Berroco Ultra Silk. The lace border is why this is on hold . . . it takes foooorrrreeevvvveerrr.

10)"Soleil" made with Schaenmayer Denim in orange.

11)"February Lady Sweater": This is going to be really pretty, and I don't know why I'm dragging my feet on finishing it! (Estelle 100% silk tweed)

12)"Soxx Appeal socks": Just recently started. Bought the yarn on our trip to Seattle.

13)Striped sweater or vest, to be determined (no pattern), made with Schulana Super Cotton.

14)Blue Sky Alpacas cropped top "Eyelet Cardi" using Mission Falls cotton.

There may be more unfinished projects lurking in bags around the house, but I 'd hate to look like a procrastinator. haha.

Hopefully better pictures of Finished Objects will be forthcoming!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

For my Secret Pal

Ravelry, the online knitting community where I spend a lot of my internet time, has different interest groups that members can join. One of my favorite groups, ADHD Knitting, is sponsoring a "pill bottle swap." We have been assigned random partners, and our mission is to decorate and fill an empty pill bottle with treats for our secret pal.

My recipient is "Lotusburger," and she lives in Utah. I made a felted lotus flower pill bottle cover, and stuffed it with beef jerky (one of her favorite snacks) and a few little knitting supplies.

Being a little bit of a rebel, I added some things that didn't fit into the bottle. Hopefully, she likes flip flops, because I made her the AZ flip flop socks and got her some purple flip flops, and matching purple nail polish! She also has a pet turtle, so I knitted her up one of Alan Dart's tortoises from his Noah's Ark pattern booklet.

I hope she likes her surprise!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Miss Brewer, my first grade teacher at Cedar Brook Elementary School in Seattle, would have us stand and sing the "Head, shoulders, knees and toes" song, you know the one where you point to your body parts, and each additional time you sing it, you replace a body part word with "Hmmmm"?

Miss Brewer was tall, thin, young, and wore her blond hair in a French twist. I thought she was so elegant. And she got married, and invited the whole class to her wedding. That was probably the first wedding I ever went to!

In honor of Miss Brewer, one of my all time favorite teachers, here are pictures of accessories that cover or adorn various body parts. . .

For the Head:

Pattern: Basketweave Headband by Carissa Browning (Carissa Knits)
Yarn: Linen/Cotton mix?

Pattern: Lace Headband by Minty Fresh (
Yarn: Panda Cotton Sock Yarn

Pattern: Crepe Paper Crown by Leigh Radford (Alterknits)

The first version below was done in stockinette, as per the instructions, substituting ribbon for the crepe paper.

Happy Birthday, Gloria!

This next one is a smaller version, done all in garter stitch, which made it a little more sturdy. Sent to Addy for her 4th birthday.

For the Shoulders:

Pattern: Two Tone Shrug by Stephanie Japel (Fitted Knits)
Yarn: Berrocco Love It!
Recipient: Mercedes
This shrug is identical to the one I made and posted last year, but in a larger size.

For the (Knees and) Toes, (Knees and) Toes

Pattern: Knit Boots by Mary Ann Hammes

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky

Pattern: Arizona Flip Flop Socks by Catherine Hall (L G Stitched)

Yarn: Cascade Fixation

Whew, covered from head to foot!