14 9 / 2014

aaronandthebean:

Bean is three months old, and I am one month into stay-at-home parenting. He is doing great. I am doing fine.

He can be exhausting of course, but more than that he takes up so much time. I spend hours feeding him and keeping him clean. I try my best to keep him entertained and stimulated, though I do find my mind wandering when he’s being fussy. I have far less time to devote to things other than Bean’s happiness — or maybe contentedness is a better measure. It’s much harder to get out of the house and engage with other humans. I rarely lose myself in a videogame. I can’t just pop in headphones and clean the house the way I used to — please don’t judge the state of the bathroom. 

But I am getting good work done; I am reading far more (thanks naptime); and I can still think of a third thing when I am making lists.

I can’t decide if Bean is my best fo or wip, but either way he’s also the smiliest.


You’ll have to excuse my lack of posts, but eventually I actually have a hat and three sweaters to talk about!

10 7 / 2014

Here are some in-action photos of my striped baby hats. These are the same size hat on a three week old and a three month old, so you get quite a bit of use out of them!

28 4 / 2014

About a year ago, I started on some color work mitts - the pattern being 34th & 8th, by SpillyJane. I put them away for quite a while, but remembered to pull the project bag out when I was finished with all my Christmas presents. When I started back up it only took a week or two because colorwork is addicting like that.

I had enough of both colors of Loft left over to make a Bayard by Bristol Ivy, which has a nice vertical striped section in the back that serves to pull the hat back in a slouch. Now I have a not too matchy-matchy set!

19 3 / 2014

Bean's room (name to come) is progressing nicely, thanks to an early present from my parents and grandparents in the form of a crib. In the meantime, I knit up this little hedgehog in Cascade Eco Cloud and Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

30 12 / 2013

I know it’s been quiet around here, but it’s because I was gift knitting and therefore it was all secrets!

For Aaron: Fort from Brooklyn Tweed, done up with Shelter in Nest and Loft in Pumpernickel. Thank goodness I love BT (and Aaron) so much because that was a lot of checkerboard.

For Dad: Inishmore Cap in Brown Sheep. This was a bear to knit but I think it turned out really well. The pattern is extremely helpful and well written but I could only do an instruction or two before I needed to put it down for a while.

For Paul: Tracks in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock. I will definitely look to Hazel Knits for more sock yarn (especially semi-solids), and the pattern was a nice free pattern for simple unisex socks.

03 10 / 2013

Happy Street has been done for a while, but I’ve only worn it recently. Fall has just started to appear in Portland, and this shawl is so long that it is quite cozy to wrap up in.
This is the first time I have used madelinetosh tosh mo light, which is similar to tosh merino light, but with some mohair in the mix. I liked working with it, but actually find it to be a little less soft than tml.

Happy Street has been done for a while, but I’ve only worn it recently. Fall has just started to appear in Portland, and this shawl is so long that it is quite cozy to wrap up in.

This is the first time I have used madelinetosh tosh mo light, which is similar to tosh merino light, but with some mohair in the mix. I liked working with it, but actually find it to be a little less soft than tml.

29 9 / 2013

Here’s a modeled shot of my Sadie Dress and Basic Baby Hat. Everything was a bit too big for 1 week old Emma, but she has an early appreciation for hand crafted items.

Here’s a modeled shot of my Sadie Dress and Basic Baby Hat. Everything was a bit too big for 1 week old Emma, but she has an early appreciation for hand crafted items.

22 9 / 2013

17 9 / 2013

I’ve been having a tough time getting photos I like of any of my projects lately.
In the meantime, here’s my color combination for Stephen West’s 2014 Mystery KAL. From bottom to top, it’s Tosh Sock in Ginger and Vintage Sari, and Fingering 80/10/10 in Tidal Basin.

I’ve been having a tough time getting photos I like of any of my projects lately.

In the meantime, here’s my color combination for Stephen West’s 2014 Mystery KAL. From bottom to top, it’s Tosh Sock in Ginger and Vintage Sari, and Fingering 80/10/10 in Tidal Basin.

13 7 / 2013

My Mix No. 1 is finished, though it will be a couple months until I can really wear it. I expect it to loosen up a lot due to the silk. The silk cloud is an amazing addition to the heichi, as the darker color really brings an entirely different tone and shine.