Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yes, Virginia, it is another pair of gloves.

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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

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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. 

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 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.

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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
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Less than 24 hours before, I had news of another win -- the door prize at a fundraiser for the ballet guild.
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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.