Thursday, September 9, 2010

Oh Knitting Times!

Hey there strangers!
I have taken a sort of hiatus ... but enough of that.

So, for those of you who don't know, our little family is growing. We are expecting a little boy on October 13th (or preferably sooner)! We are super excited and things have been very hectic getting ready for baby!

And of course little babies need lots of hand knits - what better way to pass the looong wait then to make little tiny things? Take a looksie at what this kid is getting.

This is my Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris - a free Ravelry download. And a mighty good one I might add. The collar turned out a little wanky, but I improvised this so heavily I'm surprised it turned out as good as it did. Thank God for blocking!

This is my version, modified of course, of Saartje's Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn (her website is here - along with the free pattern). So I knit these up and they were sooo small, so I picked up some stitches along the back and bottom and somehow successfully made them larger - without it looking crappy! Hooray! I'm thinking baby boy will have to wear these home from the hospital, because honestly they wont fit him much longer after that!

This one is my favorite finished object as of late. As soon as I found out we were having another little boy I was set on making him a little tweed smoking jacket - sans the smoking obviously. I am very happy with how my version of Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down turned out(found here). My gauge was way off, and the tweed yarn was a very important factor in the sweater for me, so I heavily improvised this - basically going off of the pictures and making adjustments as I went. Otherwise it would have been teeny and I really want him to be able to wear it for more than a month! I should really start writing my mods down. Hmmm.

This little hat is so painfully darling. I cant not wait to see his fat little cheeks squeeze out of it! Once again very small, so I will have to make another one for a little later in the season. The Malabrigo Worsted is so incredible to work with - and I have gotten 3 of these hats out of one skein! Heck yeah!The button was scavenged off an old dress, and could not be any more perfect for this hat!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Oh Mr. Lincoln Rhyme

Dearest Lincoln,

Oh how your books have become my guiltiest pleasure. The sheer magnitude of devouring 3 novels in 2.5 weeks may very well prove this to be true.

I first read The Coffin Dancer, and while I still think this is the silliest of title's, I must admit that for days after reading this, I suspected nearly everyone of being a hired hitman. No one was exempt. I will admit that this feeling of suspicion has mostly subsided ... although my neighbor is not quite out of the woods.

So I have to admit, I dont really understand your relationship with Miss Sachs. Now, I will be the first to admit I completely, and purposefully, skipped 'The Bone Collector.' Lets be real, I have seen the movie, (who hasn't), and the delightful signature "Deaver" twist has been forever ruined. A Jeffery Deaver novel, without the delicious "holycrapineversawthatcoming!!!" end is like coffee without cream, sex without the big 'O' - it's good, but just not as good as it could be. You get the point. That being said, unless I become a die hard Deaver fan, which is a definite possibility, I will probably not read 'The Bone Collector'. Man I wish I could take that movie back.

Anyways, Back to Miss Sachs. I get the feeling that A LOT happens between books, and I even kind of like that. I think it makes our heroes much more realistic. BUT, I have to admit, I thought I missed a book or two between 'The Coffin Dancer' and 'The Empty Chair', even though I repeatedly checked the order of the series on Wikipedia. Hence, the double and triple checking of my Oh so reliable source.

I feel like you, Mr. Rhyme, and Miss Sachs have the most uncommon sort of relationship. Casual and uncertain, yet fully committed in the sense of not seeing anyone else and having children and whatnot. This I do not understand. For someone to not fully admit a relationship with someone, and yet try for a child with this same person, has sent me to a new level of confusion, and ultimately disbelief. Perhaps Mr.Deaver will write some novels that fill us in on the going ons in between.

Dearest Rhyme, more to come, especially on "The Empty Chair"

I am proud to say, that Roquefort, our new little kitty, has chose to endorse these books. Officially Roquefort Approved!


PS - Please excuse the backwards Titles on the books, and thanks again to Photobooth.