Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Do you know that pet store commercial where the little hot dog has his favorite toy and at checkout they run dog and toy across the scanner? Well, the toy from the commercial is a MAJOR favorite in my house. Our "youngest" spoiled one, Kennedy, treats them like her babies. She, as our friend Larry says, doesn't have the sharing gene. She will occassionally let her older brother, Riley, play with them but only if she is involved in a tug-of-war with him.

This toy is now affectionately named Boo. There is Final Four Boo, Easter Boo, Blue Boo (he has a twin), Yellow Boo, Little Red Boo, St. Patrick's Boo...you get the idea. After buying dozens of these I decided to take all the ones with holes and cut out the stuffing. Thus, creating Empty Boo. As you can see from the picture below, she didn't mind at all. I think she was just happy to have them all. (Of course, as I got them emptied out and gave them to Riley, she ran up and took each one from him. He patiently sat there and waited for me to finish the next one. Poor guy.)

Monday, July 30, 2007

Bad Influence--Tonia, This Is for You!

Yes, it's true. Tonia is a very bad influence on me. We like to make a lot of the same things and, naturally, we encourage each other to buy, buy, buy yarn. Normally, this isn't so bad since we mostly see each other 2-3 Thursdays a month. We worked all day on Saturday together and in helping customers pick projects ended up convincing ourselves as well.

We just finished making the Simple Knitted Bodice pattern a few weeks ago. Here is a quick pix of mine in a lovely red (American Beauty).

We were planning on making Sahara (http://www.stitchdiva.com/) next, but my yarn is on back order. Back order long enough for us to decide to make something else too...

So, we are making a top-down pullover. Very simple and I think it will be perfect for cool Indiana days in October. I am using a new yarn from Fiesta named Boomerang. It is a worsted weight and knits up beautifully. I was going to mix it with Ballet, but the weights are different enough that it caused some issues, so I just ordered some additional Boomerang to finish out the sweater. What a great pattern. I have a bunch of yarn that will work well with this pattern and you can never have too many simple pullovers.

Completely hooked on top-down. I'm sure that bottom up has its place, just like every other technique in knitting, but I love the simplicity of top-down and how fast and gratifying it is. (For instance, I worked on the pictured Boomerang top for about 3-4 hours on Sunday.)

Well, I'm off to knit. Soon, I need to work on my homework for Stitches Midwest. (More on that later.)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Hooked on a Shrug

I am completely hooked on making the One Skein Wonder shrug by Stephanie Japel. I took the class from her at TNNA (The National Needarts Association show) in early summer. I have made one in Dream in Color, one in Tilli Thomas, and I am currently making one out of leftover black yarns. It is a fabulous pattern that takes minimal yarn and goes very fast. It is constructed in such a way that you make it from baby size to as large of an adult woman size as you want. I did make an infant one for my hairdresser's upcoming little one. It is adorable!

I'm going to be teaching the pattern at the store in August and September. It's a great project for those who have made scarves but are afraid to jump into sweaters right away.

The black one that I'm making right now is going to be long-sleeved and flowy. I plan to wear it in the winter. I'm enjoying depleting my black leftover yarns. I get some strange satisfaction from knitting up my yarn stash. I think it makes me feel less guilty!


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hello World!!!!

So, I've been contemplating a blog for months now and finally decided to go for it. I thought if nothing else, it would be a good way for me to organize my goals, projects, and thoughts. I plan for the blog to center mostly around my knitting, but I suspect that it will touch occasionally on my other life interests (my fabulous husband, traveling, photography, pets, reading, etc). I hope that you find something of interest if you have found the blog and decide to check in every once in awhile.

I went in to set up my blog and select a template. Much to my surprise, I saw a familiar name as one of the template designers. In my day job, I am a Managing Editor for a book publishing house. One of the authors I worked with several years ago was the designer for one of the blog templates. How cool to see that. (I didn't end up going with his template because I wanted something more feminine, but cool nonetheless.)

Well, I'm off to read some Harry Potter and work on my red knot sweater. I will post pictures soon and hope to create a list of completed projects, on the needles, and the many projects I hope to make some day.