Sunday, January 18, 2009


Yeah, I was supposed to do this yesterday, but I'm pretty sure no one is following me that closely. I was distracted with all the fun things to make and was baking apple cinnamon buns at 11:30 or so and decided to hold off on the post. They turned out to be a very tasty dough-splosion.
Why, yes! My kitchen is a mess, thanks for noticing!
I've also put aside most of my knitting for a while, as I'm borrowing my mom's sewing machine and making dresses for the little girls in my life.
There's a long story about a little girl who played with my little boy and was wearing an adorable little dress. I searched around and found this pattern, which, it turns out is super fast and easy and the suckers multiply. I'm planning on knitting some cupcakes to go with these dresses when I send them off to the girls. But I haven't gotten to those yet. I have, however, managed to finish some socks that I started months ago. I love the color, especially in the middle of winter. Cascade Fixation, size 7 needles because I knit so damn tight, short row heel because the flap heel bothers me for some reason. Details for those who care.
Cupcake pattern coming soon, I swear.

Friday, January 16, 2009

...Or do I?

Wow, okay, I know the weather is generally just boring small talk, but this is crazy! In the last week, we've had a 60 degree weather change! No, it's not -80... Everything is melting, peoples' houses are flooding, the ceiling at my work is soggy, saggy and dripping.
I'll have a real post tomorrow, I just had to share about the WEATHER! Because it's interesting, I swear. The temperatures this week and last, both very unusual.
On the real post: socks, dresses, cupcakes!
Tune in tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I don't know from cold

HAHA! I posted a blog a bit ago about the chilly weather and ice fog. Silly me, I think I tempted fate. For about two weeks, it's been hovering in the -10 to -20 F range (that's about -23 to-29 C), the kind of cold that freezes your nose hairs and makes you not want to do anything. So I'm trying my best not to do anything.
The only knitting I've gotten done in the last week or so is on some socks that have no owner. I know I'm not going to keep them, but I haven't decided who gets them yet. Because they're still abstract as a gift, it doesn't feel forced. I also need to knit myself a little eye mask for night-time since the hubby reads usually well after I'm asleep.
Okay, here's another thing! I've gotten some feedback on the cupcakes! You like them! So, next free pattern will be for cupcakes in three (maybe more!) sizes. I was inspired by the cupcakes in One Skein, but I think my pattern is different enough to be it's own pattern. Also, I'll try to work out a pattern for the rainbow hat, also to be modified for sock yarn so more of the pattern is visible. Whadda ya think?!
By the way, the picture was taken out my car window at about 9:30 in the morning. The moon is usually up most of the day, the sun, not so much.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday of choice and enjoyed ringing in 2009!
I was lucky enough to spend time with many friends and much family over the last week. Christmas eve and day mostly spent with my extended family with plenty of good food and good company. I know I'm fortunate to have this life.
Last night was a blast! We were invited to a party at some friends' house and spent the evening into the early morning just having fun. We got to watch some fireworks and had a champagne toast at midnight outside in -20 cold. I wish there was a way to convey the feeling of being with wonderful friends, food, drink and ridiculously cold weather. I could bottle it and sell it for millions!
In the past week, I have not, however, picked up my knitting needles once. Thought about it a couple times, but I think I'm burnt out from gift knitting.
I made a silly ear-flap hat for my dad. He's already made good use of it. He has some property about 90 miles north of here and the temperature drops considerably in that 90 miles. I don't even want to think about what the temperature has been the last few days when it's been below zero here.
So, the hat was mostly knit in two pieces. Inside is some un-friendly boucle (supposed to look like fleece) knit on size 11 needles. The outside is a silk-wool blend that I lost the ball bands for, so I'm not sure what it is other than the fiber, knit on size 9 needles. Both pieces are top down since I just winged this pattern and had no clue how big to make it. The ties at the ear flaps are i-cord and the two pieces are just whip-stitched around the edge with the boucle yarn. Not too bad for improvisation.
Guess what else I've been making progress on! The Skarf! Silly hubby saw the picture on here, so he knew I was working on it. I made him wait till Christmas before I unrolled it to show him the progress. It's still in progress, I can't seem to muster up more than 6 rows at a time lately. Still, he and I both like how it's turning out! My goal is to finish it in time that he can wear it this winter.
Being in Alaska gives me some good time to finish this. At least three months, probably more like four.
Which means maybe I can work on something completely selfish. I've been coveting some sweaters in a certain lingere and clothing catalog that look fairly simple and I think I could rip them off. They charge too much for sweaters and I have three giant plastic storage tubs of yarn. Once again, the Alaska advantage. Sweater season is half the year.
Happy 2009 everyone!