I've been busy... either finishing up the notorious W.I.P.s or taking a break from knitting.
Had to, just had to post this entry for a spa knitting project of sorts. Wanted to do something luxurious for my birthday last month. This is the type of thing that should accompany a chocolate bubble bath and vino, but dark rosewood needles made do instead.

Hand-painted 100% Italian sportweight cashmere. A.L. de Sauveterre's , Estelle in the Cornish Pixie colorway.
The pattern - Eyelet Swirls from Vogue Stitchonary, Vol. I
The scarf is about 33 inches from one 200 yard hank. Not bad. It looks really pretty with a periwinkle blouse and tops off a denim jacket very nicely.



SABLE revealed!
Hope you enjoy the accompanying arrangement of eye candy and quotes n' themes from some of my favorite films. Feel free to sing along where ever possible. Sing, sing out loud, sing out strong... A'hem, I digress... Let's get this party started...

She's a maniac, maniac on the floor,
And she's stashing like she's never stashed before...


What's a Bill Sled?

Turn six, (turn six)

Turn seven, (turn seven)

Cool Runnings!!!


Climb every mountain of yarn, Search high and low,

Follow every by-way, Every path you know

Climb every mountain of yarn, Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow, 'Til you find your dream

A dream that will need, All the love of knitting you can give,

Every day of your life, For as long as you live...

Raindrops on roses

and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings,

These are a few of my favorite things...


To Dye... for Me...

Aslan the Lion

Aslan the Lamb


Sigh, enough stash fantasy. Back to work...


Prequel - WIP Appeal

Between the stash and FOs are WIPs. In the spirit of Knitty's upcoming 2nd Annual Flash Your Stash Day on April 1, 2006, I thought it would be fun to share my WIPs (works in progress) and offer this challenge to all you great puzzle solvers.
How many WIPs do you think are pictured here?
Bonus question. How many months/years will it take me to finish them all? And for the elite Mensa types, how many other projects will I start before that time?


What the knitting...? Well, no. It's crochet.
Stop laughing! Guess what it is.
No, it's not a denture cozy. Guess again.
No, it's not a fiber representational construct of a horse shoe.
Third time's a charm... come on...
Alrighty then.
It was my sincere, but misguided attempt at a single crochet square. Clearly, there was no point in continuing past the third row. Fiddle-dee-dee. Tomorrow is another day and I shall try again.


From Small Scale to Large Scale

Working on a baby-sized sweater successfully has given me the courage to dig out the various pieces of this jacket that I began last summer. Had no clue how to sew in sleeves and just dropped the project until last week. My gauge- smadge attitude had indeed caught up with me. My sleeves were only half the needed width because of my yarn sub. I had to do math and everything to get this right. Pout, pout. Frogged and knitted the sleeves again. Even learned the mattress stitch for seaming. Tedious, but the results were great once I got the hang of it.

Had the bright idea to make some buttons. Lo and behold, my craft stash had the perfect shade of periwinkle clay to make these calla lily toggles and pin. Oh, yes! I'm gonna wear this to the Philly Flower show on Wednesday. Oh, yeah! By the way craft novices, it is NOT a good idea to multitask when you have jewelry in the OVEN. My first batch turned chocolate brown. But you didn't hear that from me...


A Keepsake for the Little One

Another precious addition to the family has arrived and I wanted to make him something really special. Shhh. Don't tell him about the photo. I still have to wash and block this. A heritage sweater in Pan-African colors, with an Africa intarsia on the back. Wooden buttons from M&J Trimmings in Manhattan. The Frog Tree yarn is like buttah! 100% merino wool. Yup, I'm doing a test swatch before the real thing hits water!
Confession, this is gift attempt number two. The first was a pant and sweater. Cousin Randall, Jr. was growing too fast for my knitting skills. So no time to waste. I'm signing off to launder now.


Three Sketches a Week

Thought it would be nifty to do three sketches per week to see if I could come up with a design or two that I could execute. This is the first attempt using Tahki's Bongo yarn in the olive colorway. I've since blocked it and shortened the tassels a wee bit.
Wore this on a casual Friday at the office, but was terribly self-conscious. Had my inner Flintstone gotten the best of me or was this an OK thing to wear in public? One thing is for sure, I was one warm woman on the way home. The winter wind was merciless!

Alright, there is another finished object waiting in the wings that I would love to post. Only got buttons for it today and haven't taken care of that yet. So tomorrow I must post again...

During the Hiatus...

Many projects were cast on, a bunch were shuffled to the depths of my the WIP bushel bag, and few were finished. Here's one that made it to the recipient before they entered grade school. A dashing cardigan for my new cousin Thurston!

New Year, New Knitting Assistant. Meet Slick Willy

Yes, it's been while since I've posted anything. My new assistant has been delegated various tasks, only he's been no help at all. Well, except he's so darn cute. Guess that's why I'll keep him around.
Cats and I can not lie...