Fingerless

The long and short of it.

I made my first pair of fingerless gloves and I think they turned out pretty well.  These are a Jane Richmond design.  Jane lives in Victoria, BC, so it is nice to support a local designer.

Full length.

Wow, can I tell you how hot my hands look?  HOT!

Short version.

Okay people, stop drooling over my hands…I mean gloves.

Here are the details:

Name: Mitten Cuff

Designer: Jane Richmond

Yarn: Knit Pick’s Wool of the Andes Bulky (1 skein)

Colour: Cadet

*In other news, I have started a new job at Yellow Pages Group and therefore have less time to blog.  Good news is that my work wife has ‘followed’ me and we will be harassing each other for months to come.   You’ll hear more on that later.

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Autumn Beret

Cubicle
Where I hang my hat at work.

Here is my latest project: Autumn Beret by Alana Dakos.  The name may sound familiar because she also designed the pattern for the watermelon sweater I made for my niece Gwen.

I started this piece on Christmas day, when I finally found a moment to myself about 9pm at night.  My sister Bre and I love sitting on the big, comfy chairs in my parent’s kitchen.  We don’t say much, but we enjoy being in each other’s company.  Perhaps this is because, in years past, when we talk, I usually get a little bossy, Breanne usually gets pretty moody and it can create explosive results.

I loved this design.  I learned so many new stitches, made a lot of frustrating mistakes that I learned new skills by fixing, and I worked it with a cashmerino fibre, which was devine to touch.  I completed most of it on the plane ride back to Vancouver as well.  (Yes, they will let you on a plane with knitting needles and no, they will not let you on a plane with a half finished bottle of Baileys…quite the disappointment.)

I forced my work wife Melissa to take some pictures of me with the hat on at during some ‘down time’.  Here they are…

Full on hat.
The back. It was pretty much a touque before I blocked it, but it did loosen up and fits quite nicely now.

 

Side view.
Side view. On a clear day you can see the mountains, but not this day.

Details: 3.75mm 16″ circ needle, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino from Gina Brown’s, Alana Dakos pattern.

Soccer Lessons

I played soccer on Saturday for the first time in almost two years.  Here are some things I noticed:

1. My knees are still knobby and there is still lots of skin on them to be taken off by a gym floor. Ow.

2. I am now aware of when I need to stop playing so I don’t further hurt myself.

3. I can hold my tongue when I play keeper…if I really try. (Perhaps playing in the church gym helps.)

4. My legs are skinny and the ball can go right inbetween them if I don’t put them closer together.  Why it took me 3 goals to figure this out, I will never know.

5. There are a lot of great people out there who will encourage you whether you are or are not a star player.  Guess which one I am.

6. French toast and good company are an excellent after soccer outing.

5 Ways to Rile Up Your Mother

My mother and I have a good relationship, but we are pretty opposite in most ways.  Every now and then I like to throw her a curve ball just to keep her on her toes.  The following list is some of the things I have done or said to get a reaction out of her, because what good daughter wouldn’t want to do that?

1.  I let my mother ride shotgun with me while driving pretty much anywhere.

2. I told her I was planning to do something that she wasn’t going to like at all.  I told her months before I planned to doing it and remindered her every couple weeks that this thing is coming up, but never told her what it was until a couple days before.

3. I traveled alone in a foreign country.

4. I told her once I didn’t know if I wanted to have kids or would ever get married.

5. I decided to move across the country just for kicks.  Then explained that I planned on getting there by driving by myself in the middle of winter.

Ever do anything to get your ma fired up?

French Press Slippers

For Christmas I made a pair of slippers for my little sister.  She is usually on her feet chasing kids and she lives in an old farm house, which can get a bit cold.  I had seen a pattern that I wanted to do for myself, but decided it would be nice to make them for my sister first (that way I can make all my mistakes on her pair and make myself an awesomer pair later…just kidding).  I had to felt them, so I decided to document the process.

Step 1 – You cut a hole int he box….wait that is the wrong gift.  Ahem…knit up slipper pieces.

Slipper pieces
Knit pieces ready to be sewn together.

Step 2 – Have a cup of tea and sew pieces together.

Slippers before felting
Ready to be felted.

Step 3 – Felt slippers with an accidentaly dyed red pillow case and 3 pairs of flip flops and 1 tennis ball.

Washer
Slippers in a pillow case with flip flops in the wash.
Pillow Case
Pulling pillow cast out every 5 mins to check for shrinkage...strange, the water was hot...

Step 4 – Pull out every 5 mins to shape. *Warning: May result in very soggy feet.

Wet slippers
Trying on slippers to size them.

Step 5 – Attach buttons and look sexy in finished slippers…or at least try to.  :)

Finished slippers
Aren't they nice?

** Directions may vary by person and tea consumption.