Thursday, November 27, 2014

New toys

You know on Christmas morning? When you were a kid? You got toys and you could hardly wait to play with them?

Here's what came in today's mail. I'm so excited. I showed Cassie and I showed Mr. Coco. "Look! Look! Isn't this exciting?" They were both suitably impressed. This is 100% merino wool felt. I got 12 sheets of different colours, but there are 112 colours to choose from. I almost had a meltdown trying to choose, so I bought an assortment instead. And the bag of greens in back? That's a 3 oz bag of felt scraps. Only $5!! What a deal!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gingerbread People for Arviat

Every day's a new adventure. Today, I'm embroidering a pair of gingerbread people on wool mittens. This is wool that my friend Karen sent to me. And I, in turn, will send these mittens on to have their own adventure. They're going up, up to Arviat, Nunavut, with the Warm Hands Network.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Little Christmas Socks

Something magical happened. As I neared the toe of the first sock, I recognized that the colour repeat was starting over. What luck.

I should have put something in the photo for reference. The little socks are about 6 1/2 inches from heel to toe. Cute!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas leftover socks

I am a saver. OK, a hoarder. I made a pair of Christmas socks for someone special way back in 2009. I used Wisdom Yarns' Marathon Socks in the North Pole colourway. The required red and green, plus a gold glint. I had a little bit left. I very carefully put it away in its own little baggy, and promptly lost it. Completely lost track of it. :(

There's a very special little person now, and I thought, "How cool to make that little girl a pair of matching socks!" Yes, indeed. That WOULD be cool, IF the yarn wasn't lost. So, imagine my glee when I found that yarn this week while searching for something else. It was well stashed. But now, it's found. All is forgiven.

The original skein weighed 100 gr. This leftover weighs 30 gr. I have my notes from 2009, although the notes are nowhere near as thorough as they ought to be. I do better now, keeping everything in a nice hard-backed notebook with colour photos.

Here is the first sock. I know, it doesn't look much like a sock yet. More like a tube with a toe, right? I've planned afterthought heels. You can just about see where they'll go. Will they be fraternal twins or identical twins?? Stay tuned to find out, 'cuz I really don't know yet.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In the recovery room

After the surgery. Patient doing well.

Here she is pre-op.

And here she is during the operation.

And here is what you use to block such an oddly shaped hat.

Three ceramic bowls, in case it isn't clear.

And here is what she looks like when worn, from the front. See how the bat is centred? I'm especially happy with that. Thanks to my friend Karen for reminding me that the theme song includes the memorable "Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, BATMAN!!" How could I have forgotten that? And to Mr. Coco who said he liked the "POW!" bits that appeared when violent acts took place. :)

I used the Naniboujou Lodge Hat pattern as a jumping off point for this hat. So far, I've switched in elephants and bats and assorted text messages. It's a fun knit.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

To distract you while we work on those bats

I'm very happy to be part of a Canadian initiative providing warm woollies to kids in Canada's far north. It's called Warm Hands Network. They have a Ravelry group which is very active.

Recently we had some CBC coverage, and made some new contacts.  We heard from a man in Cape Dorset who works in the local school. He says many of the kids live in poverty. There are boys who wear baseball caps in winter because that's all they have. It's -50C up there. As a Canadian, this makes me sad. If it makes you sad, too, you can do something about it. Knit something! and mail it to the organizer who lives in Ottawa. Join us! You can find all the details and the mailing address at the above link.

Here's a wonderful graphic that one of the members made to show all the places we've sent knitting in the 7 years that the Warm Hands Network has been in operation.