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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


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Last night, I stumbled upon the Ravelry page for Absorba, The Great Bathmat and something snapped in me. I just had to knit it. It didn't matter that I didn't have the yarn or the book containing the pattern. So, I jumped in the car and headed to Michaels and came back with this:

Lots of cotton

I'm knitting with 3 strands of Sugar N Cream held together on size 15 needles. Needless to say, this is a fast project. Since I don't have the actual pattern, I'm just ad-libbing the log-cabin technique. Maybe not the best idea, since my colors are coming out kinda wonky:

Bathmat in progress

But, meh, who cares? It's a bathmat. My current bathmat is kinda disgusting, so anything will be an improvement.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Post-Valentine's Post

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Usually I'm not one to think twice about Valentine's Day. It's never really meant much to me as a holiday, maybe because I've usually had very low-key Valentine's nights or because I like to have low expectations to hedge against disappointment.

So imagine my pleasant surprise when yesterday turned out to be an awesome, fun, romantic day! I started off the day by blocking Piper's Jacket:

Finished Baby Jacket

(I've gotta remember to block on neutral-colored stuff from now on, 'cause the bright pink beach towel is a little distracting.)

I ad-libbed an i-cord flower to use as a button. I think turned out pretty cute:

Flower detail

I figured the flower would work as a closure for the jacket, without it being a choking hazard for little Piper. I made the 0-3 month size, and I finished it in under a week!

Then I got flowers from my special gentleman friend:


I made him "conversation heart" cookies as a Valentine's present:

"Conversation Heart" Cookies

We then we went out to a fancy dinner, went to see Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages (my friend Anne is a stage manager for the show and she hooked us up with FANTASTIC seats -- thanks, Anne!), and ended the night at the Standard downtown. Now, is that a Valentine's Day or what?

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Piper's Jacket - WIP

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A friend of mine just had a baby. He and his wife named her Piper. So I'm making Piper a jacket:

Baby Sweater

I'm using a pattern by Debbie Bliss called (appropriately) "Ribbed Baby Jacket" and using some stash superwash wool I've had lying around for over a year. I think it's turning out very adorable, and it's super fast to knit. It's also enabled me to watch a lot of Battlestar Galactica, so I'm grateful for that. (I'm still not caught up, though, so don't tell me who the final cylon is!!!)

Buttonhole closeup

I just realized, though, that I think I placed the buttonhole too far down the front. I'm planning on creating an icord flower to substitute as a button. I figure it'll be cute, and it won't be a choking hazard for little Piper.

After this is done I'll have to finish Danielle's iPhone mittens, lest she freeze her fingers off in Chicago. Sorry, Dani—I swear I'll get those done, soon!

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