Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas to All

See you in 2005!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

You Better Not Pout, You Better Not Cry ...
... or it's a lump of coal for you, pally! No coal for this gal -- got my last little bit o' stunt knitting done for Christmas ... another KidSilk Haze 3x1 ribbed Super Scarf for a coworker. She's such a Guessy Guesser though -- I'm going to have to throw her off track by packing the scarf in with something heavy like a book or candy.

Here's another present of the non-holiday variety -- a going-away present for another coworker. She's moving from San Diego back to her home state of Maine, so I thought a scarf would be appropriate. I'm using this pattern from Mountain Colors:

and this yarn:

The KFI Cashmerino is the same as Debbie Bliss's yarn of the same name, under the mill's own label. Rumor has it this yarn will be discontinued, which is a shame. It's several $$ cheaper than the DB label, and the colors are gorgeous.

Look who came to work with me yesterday:

It's little Hal the Cockatiel! Remember him? The parrot that RockStar "had to have," and promptly ignored 2 days after we brought him home. He's been a tiny blessing. He goes to work with me every 8 weeks or so for the afternoon, and has a lot of fun rambling around on my desk and visiting everyone in the office. Don't let his tiny size fool you -- he's got a larger-than-life personality and loves attention from anyone who'll give it. I'm of the opinion that everyone should have a feathered crest on top of their head -- no one would be able to lie about anything. Hal broadcasts his every feeling with that little topknot of feathers. It's quite comical at times.

Happy Tuesday, everyone :-)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Think This'll Do the Trick ...
... for a 7yo niece who loves PINK?

I thought so too.

Specs: Red Heart Bright 'n Lofty yarn in Bubble Gum. Approx. (2) 4-oz. skeins (I "barely" tapped into a 3rd skein to finish the fringe).
Directions: Start with Yarn Harlot's Very Harlot Poncho pattern. Provisionally cast on 42 stitches on size 10.5 circular needles, knit in pat for 18", bind off. Pick up provisional stitches in neckband, knit 2 rows of K1P1 ribbing, then one row of YO, K2tog to form a row of eyelets. Knit 5 more rows of K1P1 ribbing, then bind off in ribbing. Chain crochet a 24" long tie (approx. K crochet hook). Weave tie through the eyelets on the neckband. Cut enough 12" strands to form fringe along bottom edge of poncho. Weave in all ends. Send to your favorite niece!

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Just for You, Bron ...
...knitting pictures!

Peruvian Connection "Cuzco", 6 skeins each
Colors: Deepest Black & Moonlight Blue
Project Rating: EASY! Finished both ponchos in a weekend and one weekday evening, including blocking. The alpaca is super lofty and very warm.

On a Different Wavelength
OK, so I love this show. I have it set up on the TiVO unit upstairs, and have been watching it while using my elliptical trainier (aka: the clothes hangar). This lady is such a trip! I love the English Country Dominatr1x look she sports. I tried this with my dog as he lay on the floor next to the elliptical. I got a yawn in response. But my parrots seem to pick up something from me ... some vibe or energy. They cock their heads and give me thoughtful looks when I try this sy-kick stuff on them. Spooooky!

Happy Friday, everyone.