I’ve been wanting to make this anatomically-inspired heart for a while now. This great pattern can be found on Ravelry and Knitty. I used Artyarns Cashmere 1-ply from a previous lace project. So soft, it’s like knitting with water.
My friend Paul is dating the nicest man, Christopher, who is a physician in Seattle. He happened to visit town while I was knitting this and he told me that this heart is the size of a 12-year-olds.
I think this is supposed to be the ventral aspect (maybe?).
Which makes this the dorsal aspect?
I knit this for a friend back in Salt Lake City, a lovely woman I used to work with. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I wanted her to know how much I love her.
When I was up in Washington DC earlier this month, I told my brother-in-law Jake that I’d make him some mittens like the ones I made for his daughter, if he bought the yarn. That’s a standing offer I make to family and friends…you buy the yarn, I knit the thing. The caveat is that you have to pick yarn that I also like and can stand to knit with.
He picked charcoal grey. If you know anything about me, it’s that I’ll never knit with grey if I can help it. So he conceded that I could put in an acid green stripe, “if you want”. I started these mitts on the airplane ride home and finished up a few days later. I have to admit that I’m pretty proud of the clever shaping where the palm meets the thumb gusset.
Jake’s wife Stacy took the photos of him wearing the mitts. That’s another rule of knitted gift-wear. I have to get a photo of the recipient wearing the item. I have a blog to maintain, after all.
Here’s a picture of a mitt on me before I sent it. I think it shows a more accurate idea of the colors used. I will also grudgingly admit that I enjoyed making something grey.
For once, knitters, I made a project without Koigu. I’ll admit, though, that I thought is WAS Koigu when I picked it up and have no idea what it actually is. WAIT…The chartreuse IS a scrap of Koigu that has been in my stash for years, so no…I lied. Stacy bought the grey at a charming and friendly yarn shop in Bethesda, MD.
I’m currently working on a pair for Stacy, too, though she bought something colorful and RED and gorgeous. I can’t wait to show you once they’re finished!
Published March 24, 2013
Gift , Knit
Tags: bright, hats, pink, stripes, travel, vacation
Here’s I am wearing a quickie hat I knit up for my recent visit to cold Washington DC.
This bright, bulky, super-girly yarn was a gift from my mom and sisters! I loved working with it. Here’s a picture in progress at my local beach playground, before I left the warm weather.
My niece loved the hat, and begged for it unrepentantly every day. So, when I departed, I left it on a chair with a note to say “I love you!” It looked better on her, anyway. Here is the Boogedy and his cousin Miss M on the Metro.
For knitters, the technical specs: Araucania Calafquen, color 1501, needle size 15.
Published March 8, 2013
Gift , Happy , Knit
Tags: bright, chartreuse, cousins, family, Fingerless, kids, koigu, lime, mittens, mottled, pink, ribbing, rose, stripes, variegated, yarn, yellow
Zach and the Boogedy and I came to Washington DC to visit family for the week. This cold weather makes me want to knit, and I was really glad I brought some scraps of Koigu pppm on the plane to play around with. My 6-year-old niece flipped over the idea that I might make something just for her. I really only had enough to make some tiny, ribbed fingerless mitts.
She hounded me every day to make sure I finished them! Every little kid should have an aunt who knits something special when she comes to town!
These mittens were even more exciting than the nutella-filled crepes we made the kids for breakfast (which I forgot to wash off before photographing these mitts).
Here are some photos of the cousins piling stuff on top of my brother-in-law while he tried to work last night:
Published March 9, 2012
Art , Craft , Learning
Tags: amazing, aqua, beads, blue, bright, glass, jewelry, shiny, stripes, turquoise, twisty
Here are the beads I made last week with Debby. First she taught me to make “watercolor” beads, where I start by melting a white core, and then “paint” on top with various transparent colored rods.
Next she taught me to pull a stringer (the twisty coral/turquoise strip in the foreground). Then I made a transparent, pale aqua bead and melted that stringer onto (and into) it.
Actually, Debby made two of the beads pictured, but I’m rather proud of myself that it isn’t immediately obvious which ones 😀
Published February 13, 2012
Gift , Knit
Tags: baby, bright, hat, orange, pink, presents, purple, silly, stripes
My friend’s adorable daughter, Baby O, is modeling the most recent baby hat I made. There are at least 3 babies on the way among my family and friends right now, so I gotta get cracking on hats! Fortuitously, I made this one ages ago, before any pregnancies were announced.
I was between projects and I had some of this colorific yarn leftover from the amazing mittens I made in Spring of 2010. This is probably my favorite yarn ever, and now it is used up. I might have to buy another ball. The photo above (side view of the hat) is probably the truest for color).
Why am I putting it on my blog before I send it to the new mom? Because I can’t decide who to give it to! So I am going to let them choose. If one of them loves it, they will get it. Otherwise, they can wait and hope for something more….traditional….from me.
That third photo (top view of hat) is included not to show color or construction, but simply for those baby toes!
For knitters, I used the pattern serenaded here by the Yarn Harlot. The yarn is Zauberball Fuchsienbeet.
For Xmas 2010 I knit two stockings, a green/orange one for the Boogedy and a blue/yellow one for Zachary. For Xmas 2011 I made a fuchsia/violet one for myself, but without digging around in the closet for last years’ models. As you can see, I have no grasp of size over time.
When I pulled out all three stockings on Xmas eve several weeks ago, the Boogedy immediately picked the new stocking as his own, citing “it has purple and I like purple” as the reason. Somehow I doubted this excuse for bailing on the awesome orange and green one. I mean, the purple one doesn’t even have a tassel!