Wednesday, June 29, 2011

FO: Celestial Flame Mitts

I've decided that "Celestial Flame Mitts" would be an appropriate name for a project from a Carl Sagan-inspired pattern:

Starstuff [Rav link] by Amy van de Laar; knit in Lang Yarns Jawoll Solid Superwash, colorways 83.0004 (black) and 83.0085 (silver)

These were knit for my fabulous friend Jill Factotum -- super handy, super crafty -- and I followed her preferences for modifications. Pattern designer Amy has very helpfully indicated good stopping points for trying on and making decisions, so that's what happened for the first one; I desperately tried to remember the mods for the second one.  Thanks to Ravelry, I wrote down that I doubled the number of large star repeats before the thumb gusset and I did one extra dot repeat round before the twisted ribbing on top.

She's a model, you know what I mean?
woman of mystery

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


From Dec 2009 to Mar 2010, I made a bunch of Christmas presents for my parents and brothers.  Look at those dates again.  Yes, that's right.  And in mid-March we went Midwest-way to see them and deliver said knits, and everything was great...


I didn't start my dad's socks until we were sitting in the airport on the way there.  These were to be my first socks and my dad is a very particular individual and... well, I procrastinated.  Obviously.  Badly.  Ineffectively.

I did not finish them before our arrival.
I did not finish them before our departure.
I did not finish them before arriving home -- via a week in California.
I did not finish them.  And then I lost them.  Or it, rather: one lonely unfinished sock.

What what whaaatt??!

Yes, it could!  (Something's coming, something good.)

FINALLY.  It's the Mr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks) [Rav link] designed by Kaitlyn Wong!  The name is a Seinfeld reference to Elaine's picky boss who needed the perfect socks.  Since my dad is so very choosy, I figured this pattern + Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in a classy shade (Salt & Pepper) might not be completely rejected -- croisons les doigts!

I'm so glad I printed the pattern out and kept it in the project bag because the pattern link on Ravelry is broken now! I guess she doesn't support it anymore?  Very weird.  It was free, and I've got it, if folks want it.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Yesterday's Quiet Night

Progress happened:
So bow down to her, if you want!  Bow to her!  Bow to the queen of floats, the queen of mitts, the queen of stranded colorwork!*

* with apologies to the Ancient Booer

Thursday, June 9, 2011

What I've Been Up To

A small bit of knitting...
a very small bit

A large bit of partying...
rainbow cupcakes using Dainty Squid's tutorial
photo credit: Jill Factotum
photo credit: Jill Factotum
from a bebe to a toddler