Knitting and a Movie
Thursday, May 29, 2003
      ( 6:15 AM ) Rebecca  
Well, the catnip mouse has been the best well-received knitted gift I've ever given. I had trepidations about making it because he doesn't usually play with toys. What he does is play with it for a while, and then leave it, or sometimes he just comes over and cuddles it and goes to sleep. He is definitely enjoying it. I think I'm going to stop giving knitted gifts to anyone but cats.

On other pet news, if you have a chewy dog, never leave cool antique plastic knitting needles on the stair to bring up to the sewing room and WHATEVER YOU DO, don't leave a plastic spool of thread on the side table next to the couch after doing a bit of hand sewing. (Working on a dress, will only post pictures if it comes out nice!) I saw this mangled icky light blue thing and I realised it was a light blue spool of thread chewed beyond recognition. If you're a dog, it's too hard to pass up tasty plastic chewable things, I understand. (I just never thought of a spool of thread as a tasty chewable thing before.)

Knitting news: I designed socks and finished the first one. I'll post a picture and the pattern soon. I also tried the two-circular method with the Opal yarn and I find it's not exactly fast going, but considering the yarn is so thin it may be faster. #


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Saturday, May 24, 2003
      ( 9:52 AM ) Rebecca  
The good news is I had work (a huge freelance job). The bad news I was too busy to do anything but work, so no time to knit or post. But now I am DONE (for now). So I made my catnip mouse from Wendy's mouse-along while watching 24 Hour Party People which I highly recommend to anyone who was a fan of Manchester music in the 80's. (If you have no idea what I am talking about, don't bother with the movie.)

In an overtired fog (from not sleeping all week), I misread Wendy's pattern and in decrease mode I did it every 6th round or something instead of every round (once you start decreasing). So my mouse came out very long and skinny... more like a catnip ferret. Oh well. My cat enjoyed it anyway. I made a trip to the health food store for bulk catnip this rainy morning to stuff it with, and here are the results:


Here he is enjoying his toy:



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Friday, May 09, 2003
      ( 7:51 AM ) Rebecca  
Well, I finished this month's Saturday Sampler block. Any quilters out there will find all the mistakes I'm sure but I am new at the quilting thing.

I've got some more pics too... I updated listings below to include them.
Here's one of the sleeves for Top Secret
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Thursday, May 08, 2003
      ( 6:31 AM ) Rebecca  
What is a fascinator?
I have the book Knitting Essentials which is a reprint from 1892 The Art of Knitting. Great stuff. I love Victorian fashions and if I had all the free time in the world I would make almost everything in this book. Anyway, there is a pattern for a "fascinator". Here is a picture:

What is it??? The instructions tell you to make it 46 1/2 inches wide and 12 inches tall. The pattern also says "by increasing the fascinator in size, it may be used as a shoulder shawl." I've seen references to fascinators as head scarves but this seems awfully wide for a head scarf. Is it a small shawl? Anybody know?

I haven't written much in a while. Been too busy knitting. AND trying to get the garden ready AND working on a freelance project AND working on a quilt block for a Saturday Sampler series AND making pajamas for the kids (need spring pajamas). I finished the second sleeve and am now waiting for my remaining needles. I got Socks Soar On Two Circular Needles from the library and really want to try this technique. Will have to get some size 0 Addi Turbos. (I can use this on the Opal yarn I have waiting around). The first diamond repeat is done on the argyles, hooray!

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Thursday, May 01, 2003
      ( 7:29 AM ) Rebecca  
Made some progress on the argyles yesterday.

So what do people think about the lace tops in IK? (If you don't have the summer IK, here they are. Now you can go out and buy it).
This one is the one I think I MAY make. You could wear it with jeans. Would need a strapless bra though.

This one is a little less "wear out in public." You could make it in black and wear it to ManRay.



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