Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yes, Virginia, it is another pair of gloves.

Just finished another pair of the wonderful custom fit garter stitch gloves - this time truly a custom fit, for a young friend of a friend with some specific fit issues.  They're knit of Mini Mochi, a sock yarn with long color repeats.  These gloves (in a child's size) took only one ball. 

Now I've started another pair of gloves, to replace some my son lost (to give him credit, he didn't lose them for 2 years).  Socks wear out, gloves and mittens get lost.  At this house, mothers knit. 

Hope all of my U.S. readers had a good thanksgiving weekend -- full of things to be thankful for, and the grace to be grateful.  We have snow on the ground, and unseasonably cold weather, so hand-knits are especially useful right now -- one more thing to be thankful for. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harry Potter, of course

This sweater, tossed in the laundry basket after the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows Part 1, reminded me that there's a little unblogged knitting around here. 

Back in September, my daughter's high school had a Harry Potter day as part of one of their spirit weeks.  "Mom, could you make me a Harry Potter sweater?"

Well, no, not by Wednesday, I couldn't.  But, I could make a nice Molly Weasley-ish "H" to tack onto a store bought one.  (This one is from the GAP.)   And I did -- out of better than it needs to be Hebridian Yarn from Virtual Yarns (Corncrake, I think), leftover from a long-ago knit Grant Avenue.  It's been on and off the sweater once already - the only drawback to using such yummy yarn is that it isn't quite as washable as the sweater is.  The first time it was worn, the H was very carefully sewn on -- this last time, for the midnight showing of the movie, not. 

 Here she is -- off to school, a nerdish Hogwarts student. 

And no, I didn't attend the midnight showing, but I saw the movie last night and enjoyed it very much.  Can't wait for the rest of it! 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

And another pair of gloves.

After I took this picture, I moved all the rummage from my table - the remotes, the new Knitters magazine, etc.  But of course, this is the best picture of the bunch.

I'm knitting another pair of the custom side-ways garter stitch gloves.  The link is to a Ravelry project page -- from there you can get more pattern information, if you're interested.  I'm using Mini Mochi, which is a wonderful yarn, a tad finer than the gloves really call for.  But, they seem to be turning out OK.  The recipient loves purple & rainbows, so I think these will fill the bill. 

I bought the Knitters this weekend; my subscription has long lapsed.  There is one sweater (Daydreams in Lace) that has me tempted, but otherwise, I think my break from this magazine continues. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lucky Day!

I woke up this morning to a note from my husband -- hours ahead of me in Japan this week, he'd noticed that he knew the "Daily Dose" winner from Powell's Books in Portland, OR.  So, now I have $20 to spend at Powell's.  I might just buy the book I recommended, since I read a library copy.  Daily Dose is a daily email featuring a customer review of a book.  The customer reviewer wins $20.  What would you buy if you had $20 to spend at a bookstore (and could add to it if you needed to)?  I'll let you click on the link to read what I wrote. 
Zero History
by William Gibson
Less than 24 hours before, I had news of another win -- the door prize at a fundraiser for the ballet guild.
Isn't it fabulous? I resisted buying it in a darker color at the fundraiser. A local store called Ideal Jewelry was our fund raising partner - a portion of all of Saturday's purchases went to the ballet guild. If you're local to me, I'd suggest them as a great place to do a bit of Christmas shopping -- unique products (they design most of their own jewelry), and very reasonable prices.

This bag matches the color scheme for my blog, doesn't it?  I think it'll look pretty great with a black coat and black pants this winter.