This Moment – Haircut

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.


In threes

You know how it goes – there seems to be a bit of blogging “meh” going about. I’ve got it too. I want to blog, but have lost some of the energy for it. Could be life in general, could be work (which involves writing blog posts for others), could be house stuff, could be little ones underfoot that are always up to something. Anyway, I am here today! Not playing in “Yarn Along” because I have still yet to find a new book – my nose has been mostly buried in a “Visually learning photoshop” paperback, but that is not going to go on too many “to-read” lists. You are here to see the knit stuff, and maybe the kids.

I have finished three washcloths that are being sent out in packages.

I have knit three (3!!!) swatches for my latest sample knitting job, the Summer Poncho in the Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting.
The yarn is lovely to work with. Now that I have figured out my gauge, I am a few rows in – it should be smooth sailing.

I am just past the heel on the first Cauchy sock for Dan. The yarn is Spud & Chloe Fine, in the dachshund colorway. I’ve got three repeats of the pattern across the top of the foot.
Cauchy in progress
I need to put this on magic loop, but have been lazy about going to find that particular needle, so for now, it is DPNs and cuff-down. Old habits die hard.

And a gratuitous cute baby picture.
On the move & under a table
Someone is on the move. I looked and the nutmeg was on his back, feet on the couch. I turned to look at my knitting, looked back and he had flipped and scooted himself back under this first table (which is part of a set of 3 nesting tables) Also that space is what, seven inches wide? How did he do that?

Hats (part 2)

On Wednesday there was a hat in progress in my “Yarn Along” photo. I mentioned it had me grumbling a bit. Why? This hat was intended to be for the little nutmeg – probably the last cutesy hat I can get on him before he is able to grab them off. I used a pattern I found on Ravelry for a “leprechaun” hat, and it even has a pattern for a beard! How cute! How silly! Then I started knitting it… how… big? Uh-oh. It may have been fairy mischief or, more likely, it was my own loose gauge. Anyway, I hoped that maybe I could get the Lorax to wear it for a photo or two.
St. Patrick's Day hats
It just may be a wee Irish miracle. Without prompting, she has twice proclaimed her love for this hat, wore it to school all day on Friday, and has said she wants to wear it every day. Have we turned a corner with the wearing of the knitting? Is a sweater in the works? Probably not yet, but this gives me a bit of hope.

Hats! (part 1)

When I first learned to knit, I made a lot of those fruit caps. They were easy, quick, and always got a big response. I still love to knit hats. Through facebook, the mom of one my friends got in touch with me, looking for hats for use in baby photography sessions. We talked about a few ideas, but in the end, she left all the choices up to me. Yay! And, uh-oh. Choosing patterns and colors is already hard enough! I think I made some good choices – I did subject the little nutmeg to modeling detail. He’s still a pretty good sport!
Long Tail Pixie Hat
Here is a Long Tail Pompom Pixie Hat – I liked this one for its use of the thick-and-thin bulky yarn. In this case, the yarn is Berroco Hip-Hop.

Again with the pompoms (because, pompoms are awesome!), this is the Snow Bunny Pom Hat, in Malabrigo (held double) and Lamb’s Pride Bulky (I think).

Wouldn’t you know that someone else wanted in on the photo session.

I’m thinking “Lorelai” is going to be his first word – that tongue is out all the time as if he’s trying to make the “L” sound.

Yarn Along – March 14

Another week, another yarn along!

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr.

Yarn along March 14
(this picture was tricky – Putin is in the picture and just kept staring through the work! Creepy.)

I still have yet to find another book. I flipped through recent issues of Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting. I did stop to read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the elderly in Japan who are knitting following last year’s tsunami. So touching – I have yet to meet a knitting who, in a time of crisis, does not pick up the needles! There really is something so soothing about the rhythm of making each stitch. Their yarn group has a website, Yarn Alive – please check them out!

I am working on several things that have a something in common. ALL the increasing! I had to double 400+ stitches on the rainbow “blob”, the green hat needed a brim, and the hexi-flat increased as well. Thankfully, the hexiflat also decreases, so that feels like an accomplishment. The green hat just needs a buckle and has me doing a wee bit o’grumbling (more on that later this week), but oh well.

May your mid-week be pleasant – the weather here is stunning!!

Yarn Along – March 7

from small things:

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Yarn Along - March 7
For me, February seemed to last a really long time. Maybe because it was a leap year? It ended in a whirlwind though, a very positive one. My reading has been on the back burner. I tried to start In the Garden of Beasts, but just couldn’t do it. My parents both recommended it. I am sure at some point I will try it again. I also borrowed Revenge of the Radioactive Lady as an e-book from my library, but I haven’t even put it on my kindle yet, so I don’t think that one will be read right now either. So what have I been reading? Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett – it is a very sweet book about a little girl who yarn bombs a town! Adorable. The illustrations are wonderful too as the town goes from black and white to color. We were excited to recognize a few items from Jon Klassen’s book I Want My Hat Back.

And the knitting. You can see in the photo two little critters. They are two knit monsters from Rebecca Danger‘s book and are gifts for Ravelry friend. The rainbow blob they are all on top of? That is a new yarn / new pattern for a yarn company, so I suppose that is my “work knitting”. It is coming along and the colors are refreshing, hinting of spring that is certainly on its way!