Thursday, November 30, 2006

Movie Mom

Nell Minow aka Yahoo's Movie Mom has an interesting interview with Oscar Isaac, who plays Joseph in the new Nativity movie. I'll admit to being wary of this movie for reasons I should probably try to understand, but this interview made me more interested in seeing it.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Lots to be thankful for . . .

A sure way to warm a knitter's heart is to do what my mom & G did yesterday. They came to dinner wearing the vests I'd knit for them! Originally, this project started when G asked for the Navaho Pullover from Knitting in America. When I finished the sweater, I had a fair amount of yarn left, so I ordered a bit more to make my mom a vest based on the same designs. The sweater is beautiful as written, but G found it much too warm to actually wear. So last year I turned it into a vest, which it seems is much more wearable. Take a peek at the backs as well . . .

Then, while playing games later in the afternoon, I finished the Voodoo Wrist Warmers.

Lots to be thankful for . . .
And that's just in my knitting life.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

And now for something completely different

Nothing to do with knitting -- just the You Tube premier of my son's Destination Imagination team.

Meanwhile, last Christmas

While I continue to knit the sleeves of the Central Park Hoodie, and the second Voodoo Wrist Warmer, I'll shift your attention to some previous projects. I think they're more interesting than the slow but steady progress I'm making.

Last Christmas I made this sweater for my son. This picture was taken after it was finished, which was early in January. It's the second sweater I've knit for him using Meg Swansen's A Family of Raglans pattern, originally from Woolgathering, which is now available as a "spun-out" design (page down to #45). I used Blackwater Abbey yarn in Dark Slate, trimmed with Autumn. Their web site shows the complexity of the colors better than this picture.

This was his earlier version of a this sweater, which was made with some old Swa Laine yarn that I had bought for another purpose. As you can see, one of the good things about this pattern is that it's a blank canvas -- like many of Elizabeth Zimmermann/Meg Swansen's designs, it's more of a recipe than a pattern anyway. Besides being a great basic style, knitting this sweater was a chance to become more of a thinking knitter.

The hat is adapted from Tychus from

The original pattern had 5 panels instead of 4 (by accident, don't ask) and used doubled acrylic yarn. I used only one strand of the leftover Blackwater Abbey Yarn. For Christmas this year, I'm thinking about knitting this hat in "school colors". If you need a quick and easy hat, this is a good choice.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

It's gonna fit

Last night I finished the second (left or right?) front to the Central Park Hoodie. The fronts especially have looked awfully narrow to me, so I sewed the shoulders and side seams today so I could see how they were going to fit. I also thought I might wash & block, since the swatch relaxed quite a bit upon washing. But here it is -- the Central Park Vest. Not blocked, but it looks like it'll fit just fine. Hurray! Now to finish.

Oh, and speaking of blocking -- the Voodoo wrist warmer improved immensely once I gave it a swish through the Kookaburra wool wash & left it to dry.