Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Beginning of . . .

A new friend. It's been so long since I've shown any updates to my "Iggy" project.  He was started early September.  
Body In Progress
Soon his head and body were completed . . . In fact, it was a matter of days!

Doesn't he have quite the happy face? And he already has a friend waiting for him.
Eggy Already Loves Iggy
I've introduced Eggy before (Rav link).  He is patiently waiting for Iggy's completion so he can finally have a cephalopod friend to play with. 

Sadly his tentacles are . . . well, they just don't exist.  At least not yet.  

I started them.  Well, I started one tentacle and I got as far two stripes.  I was trying to work them in the round, but I had forgotten how to hide the colour jog created by changing colours in the round. I need to find some how-to videos online.

Meanwhile there are other more pressing projects needing my attention.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pretty Baby . . .

She'll be a pretty baby dressed up in her new ensemble. Of course, the intended recipient has yet to be born (she's got less than two weeks to join us, but she's probably following her own timeline--hee,hee). 
Finished Baby Cardigan with Matching Hat
Very pleased with the yarn.  It's Red Heart's Smoothie.  And I gotta confess it was smooth, with a silky touch; I would have sworn it was cotton, but the thing is 100% acrylic.  Only the white yarn was different: its Bernat's Baby Cakes (still lamenting its discontinuation).

And of course the patterns were awesome.  The hat was a modification of Berry Hat.  You'll notice that the one pictured above is slightly different than the one I shared a few weeks back.  The first version got unraveled: the stripes were all "wrong"!  Using a smaller needle size, I "picked up" the correct number of stitches and then just ripped, ripped, ripped . . . 
"Picking up" Stitches
Unraveled Hat

Then I started up the stripes so that they better matched the cardigan striping.  I think the re-do looks much better.  
Lotta Buttons
As for the cardigan, I loved the easy pattern.  My only confusion came when working the sleeves.  Since I had experience with many a top-down pattern, I just followed my instincts.  The only thing hard about the pattern was choosing the buttons!  Thank heavens for my extensive button collection:  lots of choice, but in the end the heart shaped ones were the better  match.  Besides, they slipped in and out of the buttonholes with ease--something a busy mom might appreciate if baby isn't being too cooperative.
Concentric Circles Cardigan
I'm certain the recipient will enjoy the set.  I think mom will like it too.  Time to get the thing wrapped and mailed in the next few days . . . 

On to another project . . . 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Giving Thanks. . .

Autumn Trees
(courtesy of wallpaper torrent)
The air is crisp with a wee bit of coolness..  The bright blue sky reveals a glorious sun, but its warmth has waned.  And the leaves are turning bright red, yellow and orange.  Is it fall where you are?
Fallen Leaf
(courtesy of wallpaper torrent)
This weekend I'm prepping for a mid-term, but still enjoying the peace and quiet of an extended weekend.  This time last year, we were surrounded by boxes upon boxes as we prepared to move three families into one farmhouse . . . so, its nice to be enjoying the fruits of our labours this Thanksgiving weekend.  Our own chickens are roasting in the oven and potaoes, carrots and turnips from the garden will be gracing the supper table.  We're even using our own apples for the pie and crisp that will serve as dessert. Yum!  What could be better?
Pumpkins and Gourds
(courtesy of free photo site)
So dear peeps, be thankful for all you have and I hope your weekend is filled with good times with family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!
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