Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I have changed some of the wording in the original pattern to make it easier to follow, but the directions are unchanged. Sadly no gauge was included with the original. I used a much thicker wool than called for in the pattern and though it was a real, ehm, challenge to knit, the gloves came out quite nicely.
Four 3.0mm double pointed needles
Knit six rounds plain knitting
Weave in all ends. Block or steam as desired.
and contains links to the other two parts.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I would describe the past summer as long and stressful and I'm sooooo happy it's over. We are more or less settled here in our cute little Winnipeg house. I even put all of our pictures up. That's a sure sign that my nomadic nature has been squelched for at least the time being.
I have really slowed down in my thrifting since we moved to 'the city' as us Manitobans tend to call it (HA). The thrift stores here are super expensive. Also with the resurrgence of thrifting as a cool activity for teens (ahhhh, I remember '96. Back then you could practically drown yourself in old man cardigans and vintage prom dresses for under $10), I just can't compete. And my Blythes... my poor, neglected Blythes. They are still standing sad and lonely in their spring party dresses with their original eyechips.
But I HAVE been doing lots of knitting! I have dropped some serious cash at Ram Wools since moving back here... I have all sorts of beautiful fiber in my stash. I am also becoming more active on ravelry and I can see that being a huge incentive to indulge my obsession. Next on my list is the Jayne Cobb hat for Jim. And after that, Christmas, and after that Chinese orphans and after that, etsy... maybe. :)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
We found out at the start of April that we will be moving back to Winnipeg and have been in a whirlwind of chaos ever since. I think we finally found a place to live (always a good thing), and we're getting pretty close to having our house ready to sell. I can't believe I'm going to leave my beautiful old house. The one we're moving to is very nice, modern and a lot smaller. We'll be renting, so we have to find new homes for our pets though... there's been lots of tears over that.
But I think Olive (our dog) would be much happier on a farm, and hopefully we've found someone wonderful who's willing to take her. And the cats... well... I'll just keep hoping something turns up for them.
In the mean time, I did repaint Nouvelle's lips. I did them freehand, no template or anything. That was extremely challenging! I went with a dark wine shade. I like the shape but I'm still unsure about the colour. I wouldn't mind going a little goth with her, so I'll leave it for now and see how she looks once I (finally) order her new eyechips.
Also, I have a new Blythe! I bought an AE a few weeks ago, but I haven't had much time to get to know her. She's not even named yet! I'm thinking maybe Syrie? I was super disappointed when I got her... she looks so anemic and her hair was an awful frizzy mess. I gave her a nice shampoo and a deluxe fabric softener conditioning treatment, and after LOTS of tlc I got her curls soft and luxurious. Once that was taken care of, I started to remember why I fell in love with the AEs in the first place. She's still shiny, and her chalky lip colour has got to go, but I'm very excited about the possibilities. I haven't downloaded her pics off my camera yet, but will post some soon.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Since the Easter Bunny made an appearance yesterday, I guess we can safely say that spring is almost here. This winter has actually gone by quickly and painlessly, thanks mostly to being kept extremely busy with working and mom-type duties. But I'm still pretty excited for the warm weather and smell of living things.
I've finally clothed Nouvelle (my Blythe)! She was getting pretty pissed about standing around naked, so I sewed her a pretty pink dress. It actually turned out quite nice, despite my never having sewn anything more complicated than a pillow.