Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Did You Get Your Candy Corn Yet?

Did you get your Candy Corn yet? I'm putting some in the shop today at 10 am central time. Yum!

Can't Help Myself

Hi there!

I know I'm supposed to be finishing all those sweaters, (and I have made some progress....just not enough to show...)

But I had this yarn that threw itself into my hands and demanded that I use it, and I saw this pattern on Ravelry that screamed "Knit me NOW!"

Resistance is futile.

Pattern: Genmaicha Cable Mitts, by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Sophie's Toes Sock Yarn, Colorway: Chelsea

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Save the date!

Sophie's Toes is going to Yarn Con! At the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse in Chicago, Saturday, October 4th from 10-4.

What is Yarn Con?!?!

Chicago's own yarn convention, filled with yarny goodness. Lots of independent dyers, crafters of yarny paraphanalia, (click here for the vendor list) and classes. Not to mention the rubbing of the elbows with fabulous knitting celebrities!

( Photo used with permission from madgerly on flickr.)

Doesn't that look fun? Such a pretty building, filled with yarny goodness! See more photos from last year's event over on the Yarn Con site.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hi There! I Still Knit!

Hello friends!

Thanks for hanging in with me. Does anybody out there do AVIC (Art Volunteers in the Classroom) in their elementary school? If so, give me a shout out.

It's a volunteer program where we go in and give each class a 45 minute program on a specific artist and artwork and do a little art project. It is only once a month, so it isn't a terribly big commitment, and it is really fun. I have done it the past 2 years (last year in my kids' kindergarten and 2nd grade classes) but this year I have volunteered to be Chairperson for the school. It has been a lot of organizational work the past 2 weeks, but I had our introductory meeting yesterday, so now I think the majority of the work is done for the year, and I feel a bit of freedom. Strange! Good.

Re: Knitting. I like to knit a lot of things, but I guess I finally discovered this year, that what I love most is sweaters. I really am a sweater person. Earlier this summer, I wrote about finding that perfect project and getting my sweater mojo back. I found that knitting sweater pieces can be as portable and mindless for good summer knitting as socks, as long as you are in the groove with your pattern.

The problem comes with the sewing together and finishing work. Not so portable, schlepping a sweater body and two sleeves with your packet of needles, markers, thread, buttons etc. in the beach bag. Not so mindless, trying to slipstitch a sleeve into an armhole while chatting it up with another mom and simultaneously watching the 2 kids in the pool while making the third one a peanut butter and jelly.

The result at the end of the summer? Lots and lots of sweater pieces needing finishing.

Do you want details? If you responded yes, see below. Clockwise from upper left we have:
Capri. Needs: front bands, neckband, decision on buttons or snaps, sleeve seams and sleeves sewn into armholes. I have done some work on this one since I snapped the above photo a week ago, and this one is looking promising.

Chantal. Needs: sleeve seams, sleeves sewn into armholes, and neckband. I'm not even listing "weave in ends" and "blocking" on all of these, since that is a given.

February Lady. Technically, this one is done. As in "wearable". But I'm not really happy with the neckline. It just sort of droops on me and doesn't do anything flattering. I am toying with the idea of decorative crochet around the neck, but I hardly have any yarn left and I need a nice date night with a crochet hook and a crochet book which just hasn't happened in my universe.

Selda. The farthest from being finished because I haven't knit the sleeves. But doesn't she look pretty!? Do you think I could finish her by Yarn Con?

Hey Teach: I have done a lot of work on this one in the past week, and it is blocking on my bed as we speak. Don't get too excited though, when I sewed on the buttons and tried it on, it was 2" too short! How could that happen??!! I am usually very careful about the length, as I am picky and like my sweaters to be exactly 23". I know I went a little on the short side, because Cotton Ease droops. But 2" is WAY too short. I am blocking and stretching it, and we'll see tomorrow how that works out. Otherwise, I will have to remove the front bands and cut it above the bottom ribbing and knit down. Worth it, because it is a really PRETTY sweater!

That's it folks! Now I wonder if I have time to sew a sleeve into an armhole before preschool pickup......

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Almost There!

For the past 6 days, the older 2 kids have gone off to school (full day!) and my little Sophie has given me the frownie face and more than one tantrum that she doesn't get to go yet. But the big day has almost arrived! Preschool starts tomorrow!
This has been a summer of almost zero sewing, but with the older kids gone for a few days, I've been able to get started on a couple of projects. Like a backpack for Sophie that I promised her (gulp) last fall. I'm just giving you a couple teaser photos because it isn't completely done.

Tomorrow. I've, I mean, she's been waiting forever for this! It's going to be so quiet around here!

Hah. For 2 1/2 hours.