Sunday, June 26, 2011

Knitting? What's knitting?

I've been lazy the past few days... tying some friendship bracelets form embroidery floss, baking some rewards for the practically potty-trained preschooler, and thinking about sewing and felt crafts. Mainly I've been drinking this, eating this, and visiting here, trying to decide whether to order some felt bundles.

We've also been spending more time outside, natch, and have gone to a free outdoor concert (in the same series as the Yo-Yo Ma one), as well as becoming addicted to froyo as our treat of choice... delicious and much better than cafe muffins or icecream.

And now I have to get back to my oven... I'm baking treats for the daycare teachers' staff meeting this week, and the sooner I can turn the oven off the more comfortable my kitchen becomes.

Friday, June 17, 2011

drive-by finished project

I sewed a little felt purse for my niece the other day... had to use a flash here, and the sunglasses are for scale.

It's super cute, from one of my little Aranzi Aronzo pattern books (worth googling and/or picking up if you like to make cute, marginally useful things for kids). Took about 20 minutes, and I didn't have to change thread because I used my invisible nylon (LOVE it).

Now if only the Canadian postal strike would end, I'll be able to get this in the mail to her.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Things I've done/learned since Saturday

  1. Managed not to laugh at Hubby when he came home a drowned rat from the Yo-Yo Ma concert (he did say it was totally worth it).
  2. Worked on the 2x2 ribbed scarf for Little Bro that's been plaguing me for months, and got another 2" completed.
  3. Finished drafting the silk caps, and started a mitten with an ultra alpaca cuff (so I don't run out of silk). Pics soon.
  4. Decided to sew a project bag for my super-secret Little Bro project instead of keeping it in an old beat-up ziploc (not that ziplocs don't have their place). Ditto with pics.
  5. Slept a total of 12 hours because of a stupid migraine that's screwing with me in new and torturous ways this time.
  6. Dealt several times with a preschooler who, when he doesn't want to do something (all the freakin time), takes my face and turns it to his and says, "I! DON'T! LIKE! THAT!". Which seemed weird until I realized when he misbehaves and tries to avoid me, I gently turn his face to look at me and say, "Momma doesn't like it when you do that. Please stop."
And now I'm doing laundry for the sole purpose of being able to hang it outside.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rainy Saturday blahs.

It's been a weird day... no fiber or craft time yet, but I intend to change that...

We left the house relatively early with the intention of going to a short viewing at a children's film festival downtown, but by the time we got there the auditorium was filled to capacity. Planning on going to the second viewing (at 2pm), we hung around downtown and had an overpriced (but very yummy) brunch, only to have the weather conspire against us. We could stay for the 2pm show and get rained on while walking home, or head home and veg.

Ever the dainty melting flower, I suggested avoiding the rain and heading home early to veg. The preschooler didn't like it and proceeded to act out all freakin afternoon. He doesn't need the nap, yet he needs the nap. He's starting to appreciate logic - "I ask Momma to do something, and she says no... so when Momma asks me to do something, I can say no too".

So I'm doing what any good mom would do - parking him in front of the TV to watch Monsters Inc. while I bake banana bread with my old bananas to keep myself from going bananas.

Truth be told, I'm a little jealous of Hubby right now. The city is having its annual arts and ideas festival (hence the kids film event), and tonight he's off with his labmates to see Yo-Yo Ma play an outdoor concert... I'd go but for the fact that all my potential babysitters are in Hubby's lab, so they're either at the concert or out of town.

So I will have warm banana bread with butter for my late supper, the child will go to bed early, and I'll either finish drafting the silk (i'm about 2/3 done the second full cap), knit on my demonstration BSJ to keep up for class on Wednesday, or maybe do some felt crafting.

(and yes, it's still raining here on the East Coast... and those kids and Hubby are going to stand out in the rain for the entire concert. and I won't laugh when everyone comes home like drowned rats. Promise.)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Drafting silk caps (video tutorial)

So I decided to record a video... and I ended up chopping off my head for most of it.  Fortunately my head is not essential in illustrating the technique ;)

If you can forgive my dorkiness, here's how to split and draft silk bell caps:


Now I should probably learn how to upload to Youtube....

Saturday, June 4, 2011

non-nap posting...

The child does not like to nap, even though he's tired and needs it, since he only sleeps about 9 hours at night. This afternoon, he's been not-napping through an entire dishwasher cycle, when the white noise usually knocks him out within 10 minutes. He's also pissed off because Hubby had the nerve to go into the lab to deal with cultures, leaving him here with just Momma. The nerve. This is going to be a loooong afternoon.

QUICK! DISTRACTION!! SILK!!!





(Click the botton pic to embiggen the little swatch... it's sparkly delicious)

ETA: I've only done about 3/4 of one cap, and have a second one. I'll try to get pics of the cap-separation process if I can manage it in the daylight ;)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Silk bell caps....

A pain in the ass to split, fairly easy to draft, and so so so pretty when knitted up. Pictures soon!