Saturday, March 27, 2010

Can't Guarantee that this is the last

I've made one more reversible toy - kitty to puppy this time. I've been making these for my neice's birthday, and since kitties and puppies are her favorite animals, I had to make just one more.

Maybe Monday, I'll have the "Origami Moment" on the second Skew sock!

Friday, March 26, 2010


I'm still having fun with cuteness here! After finishing the ducky/bunny combo, I started to think of other little critters I could combine.

For the Froggie, I followed Susan B Anderson's pattern for the duck/bunny, finishing to Round 1 of the Decrease Rounds. Then I followed the idea of her Ribbit pattern for the eyes, taking into consideration that I only had 18sts instead of the 24 that the head of Ribbit has.

For the Piggie, I followed the body and head instruction for the duck/bunny, and added a little piggie nose, two piggie ears and a curly tail!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ducky, Bunny, Ducky, Bunny, Bucky, Dunny...

This is such a cute little knit. I had such fun putting the expressions on these little darlings. I loved them both so much, it was almost too bad that they are a reversible toy and you can only play with one at a time.

"Where'd that crazy duck go?"

"I'm sure there was a rabbit here a minute ago..."

Am I the only one who thinks these would make adorable egg cozies if they weren't sewn together?

I was a bit confused by the instructions on how to sew the two heads together - but I think that was me, not the pattern. Once I realized you sew the individual heads onto each body first, and then sew the heads together, it made much more sense. Here's a photo of that process.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Seriously Cute

Any guesses what I'm working on today? The Skew socks are resting for a day or two until I get my cute fix from this project.

It a freebie from Susan B. Anderson (Mini reversible duck to bunny toy) and when I saw it posted on Ravelry, I had to make one.

Too Cute!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Still Skewing

I'm making some progress on the Skew socks. They are still pretty cool. With the modifications that Ms. Holden suggests for the higher instep, they fit much better. Still a bit over half of the second sock to finish. Here they are modelled by B this morning!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dear Knitting,

I thought I should write you a little note to let you know where Pog has been. It's not that she doesn't like you any more, and you'll notice she has spent some time with you in the last while. Those Skew socks are almost finished, and she's really enjoying that time with you. But the truth of the matter is that with the weather being so much nicer, she's been spending more time with me.

It's all a matter of priorities, I guess. I think we all know that jogging and taking the dog for walks are much healthier than knitting. She really wishes she could knit and jog at the same time, but right now, healthy eating and adding exercise to her routines are taking precedence over the sedentary life of the knitter. I hope you understand...

New Running Shoes

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The "Origami Moment"

I've gotten to the "Origami Moment" on my first Skew sock and it is quite cool. After the grafting to close the heel I tried on the sock and found that even with the 4 sts that I added, it was still quite tight over my instep. It fits nicely over the ball of my foot, so I'm glad I added those extra sts, but I'll need to head over to Lana Holden's blog to read the mods she's suggested for higher insteps. I don't have a particularly high instep, but I do certainly need a bit more fabric there. I'll be frogging this back a bit, once I know what I need to do.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Where have you been?

Well, what with the Olympics (sure feels good to be Canadian!) and with a little trip out west and with kids with busy schedules and a nasty chest cold, I've given few updates over the last few weeks. But I'm back to some semblance of a normal schedule now and have two socks to show for my absence!

First up: the Sleepy Hollow socks.

The Briggs & Little yarn might not have been the best choice for this pattern, but I love the rustic wooliness of it and while the pattern does not show as crisply as it might with another yarn, I still love how these socks are turning out. Just have to graft the toe on the first sock and then off to the second. I'm using my Crystal Palace 2.0mm bamboo dpns and got lots of knitting done on the plane. Only one person seemed to even notice that I was knitting and he couldn't seem to get the concept to work for him

Second on the current wip pile: Skew!

When I bought the Footloose yarn, I was definitely thinking Skew. I just didn't realize how addicting they would be. I'm almost at the "Inner Ankle" section of the first sock (I started yesterday) and am loving the cleverness of the pattern. It makes you feel like saying, "Why didn't I think of that?" I may take a while getting back to the second Sleepy Hollow sock since Skew is so much fun. Footloose is soft and smooshy. I find it a tiny bit prone to splitting, especially when doing the LLinc and RLinc's that are frequent in the Skew pattern. I'm a bit concerned that the softness may cause it to pill quickly, but so far, I am enjoying the way the yarn is colored and the way it feels. My feet can't wait to see how it feels as socks!