i love mail

Monday, 1 May 2006

Sara's card

I received this in the mail on Saturday: a wonderful quilted & beaded card created by Sara! I love getting personal mail, and especially when it is so lovingly crafted. Thank you, Sara!

VOILA. This ends April's project spectrum colors, orange and yellow. Watch these pages for May's color: GREEN!


crafty days

Tuesday, 25 April 2006

ps april

Now that Sara has received it, I can post my April (orange & yellow) Project Spectrum postcard:

card small
I made it a greeting card instead of a basic postcard because I wanted to include the knitted thread heart, which wouldn't travel well sans enveloppe. It has been fun connecting with another knit blogger (and genuinely nice person), someone way across the country in New Hampshire even. Check out her blog and her beautiful quilted art, like her "postcards from the edge."


Today I practiced more craftiness in making Julie's birthday present:


On the right, you see the little plastic envelope with hand-punched confetti. The card, on the left, is the "key" to what each punch symbolizes.

Julie's birthday is tomorrow, but it's safe to post a picture here now because she is completely internet-free and even email-free. Can you believe that? Even though I am enjoying the blogging life and have been using email since 1991, I have to admire Julie for her low-tech lifestyle. She must have so much more time for knitting!

more knittin’ stuffs

Wednesday, 19 April 2006

sleeve one done

I've got one sleeve done on my topdown sweater… So close now…

sock nearly done
This sock is nearly done, although I'm worried about several things: 1) is it too small? 2) will I get an entire other sock done in time? The Cirque du Socks KAL deadline is the end of the month, and Jeff's birthday is May 7…

I feel like a really slow knitter. I'm not even working right now, what is up with that? Ok so I get distracted by things like my Project Spectrum orange'n'yellow project:

orange heart

Knitted out of crochet thread stuff… Isn't it sweet? Just gotta figure out how to weave in all those ends without making it look all twisted.

orange & yellow mosaic

Tuesday, 11 April 2006

orange & yellow mosaic

latest colors & news

Friday, 7 April 2006

This month's Project Spectrum colors… Orange & Yellow!

orange books yellow books
I think there aren't many things representing orange and yellow in our house other than books! So I'll have to get creative. It's about time!

Knitting News
On the knitting front, I finally feel like i'm making progress. I turned the heel on Jeff's sock — it's the neatest looking heel because the stripe color changes right at the edge of the heel by coincidence! As for the top-down sweater, I completed the torso and am now working on one of the arms. These should go more quickly since they are much narrower than the torso section. Unfortunately I can't show pictures right now because both our camera batteries seem to have died. Grrr…

knit the classics
I'm delighted to be taking part in the Knit the Classics reading and knitting group. Reading classic books and knitting projects that fit the books… wayyy cooool. This month's book is Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, which someone at KTC says is the first modern novel. Don't know what my project will be yet, because I've got a number of projects on the needles and some in the queue already — but I'd love to knit the Eleanora Socks by Miriam.

In Other News
The reason for my increased knitting time is… Yesterday morning the dermatologist took another mole off my right calf. It's one that was already taken off twice, yes two times before!, but kept growing back weird. Here it was in all its weirdness (I was calling it the dark crystal mole):

dark crystal
Despite the fact that the previous two times the pathology reports came back negative, the dermato wanted to take this off completely to make sure, because of my history with melanoma. She took off the mole plus all the scar tissue around it. Stitches come out in two weeks. The lower leg causes several problematic logistics because 1) blood tends to pool up in lower extremities and 2) the skin is pretty tight there. Suffice to say, I have to sit with my leg up as much as possible.

Anyways, I'll spare any more details (although later I might just have to flash some stitches images once I can take the pressure bandage off!). For now, I'll try to soothe any grossed-out readers with a sweet image of Cooper resting on the back of the couch– I think he thinks he's taking care of me!

Cooper on the edge of a snooze

flash your stash

Sunday, 2 April 2006

flash your stash

Thanks to Zibibboisgood for promoting Flash your Stash 2006. Well, I am a day late and a dollar (or two) short, but I'll show you my yarn stash…. At least, a sampling. This was a great opportunity to organize — I've got most of it fitting into three bins plus one bag. Incredible! Mostly this made me realize I am certainly not allowed to purchase any more yarn (never mind that I was already trying not to because after all, I'm not working right now…). I've got a lot of yarn I've purchased for specific projects, but a lot of other yarn was purchased on impulse, no project in mind.

sock yarnsstash binsblanket yarn
silver'n'blackblueORANGE & YELLOW

While I was at it, I sorted out all the various Orange-Yellowy yarns I have in honor of Project Spectrum's April colors! Last month I didn't knit anything in Red/Pink, even though I have a number of yarns meeting those specifications. This month, I plan to at least start something in the Orange or Yellow colors of the month.

ORANGE & YELLOW project spectrum

spring burst

Sunday, 26 March 2006

spring has sprung.

springburst 1 mosaic

springburst 2 mosaic
See more of my bloomin' photos at Flickr

red stuff part 2

Monday, 13 March 2006

A few more red things I forgot! My car, called “Platy,” since she looks sorta like a platypus. She’s not as shiny now as when this picture was taken…

And the VERY best red item I have: the “I CAN” doll Cheryln made for me! Very happy, sweet doll with a twisted-hanger body, yarn hair and a red knitted dress. How could you not love her?
I CAN doll

color the world red! (and pink!)

Friday, 10 March 2006

project spectrum Project Spectrum is a neat way to explore color, or “notice the colors in your world” as project creator LollyKnitting says.. Not sure what I’ll knit that is red yet, but I think my clapotis can cover for the pink part! Here are some items around the house. (Clickez les photos for a larger view.)
red bowl red tools

red box inside red box telecartes rouges telecartes roses

red ladies red ladies & ladle

russky made in USSR

Photo Descriptions (starting top left):

  • Red bamboolicious bowl (made by a fair trade family workshop in Hanoi) given to me by Christa – with the red poppies Cheryln gave me in the background!
  • Red tools: swiss army knife, Richard Nixon Library pencil given by my mom & Fred, and Jeff’s shiny 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Red box – this was the first gift Jeff ever gave me circa Dec 2001 (with loose leaf tea in it)
  • Red box contents – telecartes, European (predominantly French) phone cards collected by my grandmother
  • Red télécartes
  • Pink télécartes
  • Red ladies! Russian nesting dolls.
  • Red ladies and ladle
  • Red tag special: The Russian tag on the bottom of one of the Russian ladies. (I used to call these my Polish dolls since I’m half Polish until I finally noticed this Russian tag!)
  • Red ladle: made in USSR but printed in English. Huh.

Lastly, I just luuuv this little mouse knittin’ his red sweater.
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