On Friday night, Les and I went to our monthly knitting night at Nancy and Adriana's house. Last month, someone had come with a request that we all help her with a project for a fiber sculpture class she was taking, so we each did some sewing on little felt circles, and Les mentioned that it was nice to have something crafty to do while the rest of us knit and spin.
So before we left on Friday, I hopped over to Michael's with my 40% off coupon and picked up a little something for her to work on!
Les loves sunflowers, and this was one of the least tacky rug kits available, so I thought it was a good option. Also, the design is not too complicated, so it seemed like a good first project.
Once I explained the technique using a little story bout a man with a necktie and a cat on his shoulders, she quickly picked it up and went to town on latch-hooking! Les was so into it, we didn't leave until after 11 PM, and didn't even realize how late it was.
I started another triangle shawl, which means I'm currently working on two very similar shawls at the same time. This one is in Malabrigo Worsted Merino in the beautiful Garnet colorway. I'm alternating stripes of stockinette with stripes of garter, and just last night I put a few rows of eyelets in just for an extra bit of spice.
The other shawl is made of the free Kauni yarn I got at Stitches West, and though I'm loving the way the colors change, the thin, slightly scratchy yarn in seemingly endless garter stitch is not quite satisfying enough to hold my attention monogamously until it's done.
In other news, I finally finished all the living room curtains, and they look so amazing! Saturday evening I came home after running errands and when I opened the door, with the yummy crock pot smells and the warm red curtains, and the cozy couch, it just seemed so lovely and warm in the trailer...it made me very happy.
Now Ijust have to figure out what to do for the bedroom curtains, and the "kitchen" valance. I don't have enough of the owls fabric left for another valance, so I have to find some different fabric. We also have plans to get new cushion covers made for our bench seats in the table/desk area.
It all started with my winking owls curtain fabric...
This fabric was like a gateway drug, and now I am obsessed with owls! I have been really into bird imagery for years now, but never really owls, until now.
It's funny, because my mother has collected owls for a long time. Perhaps I am turning into my mother (yikes)!
At least I know she doesn't have huge owl earrings like I do (thanks to Les, who bought them for me a few weeks ago).
I love these, and the babies really enjoy them, though of course I have to constantly remind them to be gentle when they try to pull them off!
We even have owl stickers on our window! These were Valentine's Day fare at Target, and I love them so much, I decided we should keep them up.
Les put them on the window, and she said the darker red owl is her, which is why its eyes are slanted to look at the pink Cordelia owl. (she's so sweet)
Finally, I haven't been knitting much in the last week or so, because I've been into sewing in various forms.
I'm working on a small cross stitch project (of Love Birds, not owls), and just finished my first stuffie last night. Can you guess what it is? (pictured perched atop a valance in the living room)
Of course, it's an owl! I have a bunch of fat quarters of beautiful quilting fabrics, and since Les let me get my sewing machine out of storage for the curtain sewing, I'm making the most of it by making stuffed owls as long as I can. I assume she will get tired of the sewing machine eventually, and I will have to put it away, but hopefully not until I finish a few more owls, as well as some new bedroom curtains (though I haven't figured out what color to use for those yet)!
Everyone should be happy to know I spent all evening working on art journals. Even though Deacon peed on the bed again, and Les had to take all the laundry to the laundromat by herself! Well, of course, she didn't really have to do all the laundry, but I'm sure glad she did!
We are trying out some organic anti-peeing spray, and putting his food bowl on the bed, and of course keeping both litter boxes clean...does anyone have any better ideas for stopping this mysterious and very aggravating behavior?!
Yes, I said I wanted to blog almost daily...what happened? Apparently the universe has conspired to make each and every one of my plans in the last few weeks fall through or get changed or just not work. Oh well. I'm doing my best to go with the flow.
My nails look awful. Therefore, I must go get a manicure before the nail salon closes tonight.
Deacon has peed on our bed two evenings in a row so far. We don't know what his reasons are, but we have had several words with him. I'm crossing my fingers that I won't have to wash all the bedding again tonight, because we are going through quarters and patience like nobody's business!
Baby O has finally figured out that when you kiss, you put your mouth on something. Up until now, she would just make kissing sounds in the air. I found this out when I came back into the living room and found her sitting in her toy box, repeatedly kissing her Tinkerbell doll. I just about died, it was so sweet.
Baby M is very into pointing at things these days (especially Baby O's pet parrot). When she wakes up from a nap, as soon as her eyes are fully open, she points her finger at something and makes a high-pitched exclamation, as if to say, "wow, look at that!"
Last night I made a tote bag for Leslie's Shamanic drum. She is happy.
Tonight I want to work on some softies for my babies, but since every plan I make lately has been derailed, I'm not going to promise anything.
OK, that's it for now. I'm off to get my nails done, and then I will settle in for a quiet evening alone with the pets, as Les is out gallivanting around town without me tonight...
Yesterday I finished the triangular scarf I started at the knitting retreat a week and a half ago. The pattern was from an older book put out by the publishers of Knitters magazine, which I normally don't even browse at the bookstore because the patterns are so far from anything I would want to knit. However, I wanted to make a small triangular shawl/scarf with my single beautiful skein of Shibui Knits Baby Alpaca in Peacock.
So, I got this book out of the library, and found that the last pattern was just what I was looking for. It's called "Babushka," which is not really the most promising name for someone looking for a cute, hip pattern worthy of such gorgeous yarn, but I cast on for it anyway.
Thankfully, I adore it! It was fun to knit--especially the knitted on lace edgings--and there seem to be several easy ways to wear it. I was skeptical about the i-cord ties, but they are quite useful, and I don't think the scarf makes me look like an old lady at all. Plus, it is such wonderfully soft and beautiful yarn that it's really hard to take it off! (the color in the middle picture is the most accurate on my screen)
I haven't blocked it yet, because I couldn't wait to wear it, and after we returned home from dinner (Vietnamese, 'cause I had a headache and didn't feel like cooking), I settled into the couch and immediately cast on for another triangle--a shawl this time!
When we met my friend Cara at Stitches, she gifted me with a little goody bag...with all the excitement of seeing her and catching up and getting my new knitting bag, I forgot to really investigate the contents. When I did look, however, I was blown away!
Inside the sweet muslin project bag with a swallow print were these two yarns. Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn and Kauni 8/2.
I don't know if Cara packed these especially for me, but I think it's likely, given the colors I got! They are both in beautiful shades of dark pink and purple, and neither of these yarns are cheap, let me tell you!
When I looked on Ravelry for ideas of what to knit, I noticed that a lot of people had knit entire triangle shawls with one ball of Kauni, so that's what I decided to do! It's not the softest yarn, but i assume it will soften up a bit with washing, and really, it's a shawl that will be worn over clothes, so it doesn't need to be super soft anyway.
Here's the best part. While I was browsing triangle shawl patterns, Les was looking over my shoulder and actually said "you should knit one of those, you would look sexy in it." I guess I picked the right partner! There are not many people who find women wrapped in triangular wool shawls sexy! I am very lucky... and very happy with my latest knitting choices!
No time to get a pretty staged shot of the couch yet, as it has been a crazy weekend, and any free time has been spent like this!
Our couch finally came around 7 PM on Saturday, and we were relieved and amazed that the delivery guys were able to get it through our doorway in one piece! It is so comfortable, and such a relief to know that when we come home after a long day of work or running around, we can both lounge and be comfy next to each other somewhere other than the bed!
Dogs are not allowed on the couch, and we have a special pad that gives them a little shock if they try to get on it, so we put that on every time we leave.
In other news, nothing this weekend went as planned, but I did my best to just go with the flow. I got about 45 minutes at Stitches before it closed, but that was enough time to get the knitting bag/purse that I have lusted over for years at an amazing discount!
It's made by Offhand Designs, and the bag style is Eve. I adore it! Hopefully I can get an action shot of it soon in better light, but I couldn't wait to show you.
I got a couple skeins of hand-dyed ribbon yarn as well, and my friend Cara, who we met for dinner after she was done breaking down her booth, gave me an awesome goody bag, so I will show you my small but lovely yarn haul in the next post.
The good thing about being at Stitches for such a ridiculously short amount of time was that I stayed way under budget, and now I can plan and buy the yarn for my next sweater without the intoxicating crazy shopping vibes of a huge ballroom full of beautiful yarn to cloud my judgment.
More on the craziness of our weekend later. Now it's time to get ready for Monday.