the second month of my year in temperature blanket is finished!
the only thing i can really say about february was that it was cold. lots of blues, teal, and purple. which is okay with me because i really do love winter. my neurotic crafter appreciated the fact that february was kind enough to not have any same color blocks, although it did have four repeat blocks in a row... but i found i could let that slide because i'm growing as a person.
rumor has it that we might be seeing temps in the (gasp!) 50's later next week, so hang on to your hats, this blanket's about to get all green and spring-like!
my monday night knitnight group held our second annual post-holiday swap a couple weeks ago. this year i was crafting for shannon, who had asked for a slouchy hat. i chose the snapdragon tam pattern by ysolda teague (rav link):
lily modeled it for me because i have a giant noggin and don't like to put on hats i'm making for other people lest i stretch them out.
it turned out a bit on the large side anyway, but shannon really liked it and said it's super warm and i'm happy that she's happy!
there was also a discussion one day about what is the most horrific craft we could think of and a googley-eyed hamster made of dryer lint was what shannon came up with. so of course i had to make her one of those too:
and who was crafting for me? the lovely and talented blair!!
she knows me so well and was spot on with all my wonderful gifts! a home alone hoop, a cowl of the 7 ajahs (from the wheel of time book series), and a perler bead flux capacitor (that glows in the dark!!!)
hooray for knitnight swap, i'm already looking forward to next year!
reading: oh neil gaiman... i love him. so i jumped when i heard he had a new book of short stories out. trigger warnings is gaiman doing what gaiman does best, writing insanely clever, always offbeat, slightly disturbing stories that keep you hanging on his every single word.
knitting: i don't think i've mentioned that i know six (yes *six*!!) wonderful women having babies before the end of may! true story. i could hardly believe it when i sat down and counted. that's a lot of babies!! and 5 out of the 6 are boys (and the 6th is a surprise). three of the mothers are aware, in some form or another ,of the blog, but that still leaves us three others we can openly discuss... i just finished up knitting two baby bibs o' love (rav link) and am slowly working away on a baby kicking bag (rav link).
so friends, what are y'all knitting and reading these days?
the first month of my year in temperature blanket project is finished!
we had three days with highs in the 40's, which was surprising and exciting to get to add a pop of green to the blanket. there were also two days with lows of -11 or below, which was less of a surprise given that it's january in minnesota, but still exciting to get to add the dark purple.
my inner-neurotic crafter shuddered a little when we had a day that both the low and high were in the 20's:
but i really had to take a deep breath when we had *two days in a row* where the temps didn't leave the 30's!
deep breathing, and embracing the truly random... look at me grow as a person!
twitches aside, i am really enjoying this project, i can't wait to see what happens next! the squares are fun and super quick to make. in fact, weaving in the ends on each square takes longer than the actual crocheting! ha! (i'm glad i didn't know that before i talked claire into joining me... she's not going to like that part one bit... sorry claire.)
i can't promised i'll have a weather-themed song quote in my head every time i post about this blanket, but i do today, so here you go:
"i get the news i need on the weather report, ah, i can gather all the news i need on the weather report..."
Sometimes it's dangerous to have clever and creative friends with great ideas. Very dangerous.
I immediately fell in love when I saw Melissa's weather blanket. At first it was from a total outsider perspective, admiring from afar what an awesome and fun project Melissa was embarking on. But then came the email from dear Melissa saying that I absolutely had to make one too...
And, though I'm a bit terrified at the daily commitment, how could I say no to such a clever and creative friend? I tried. Oh how I tried. Thought of every excuse in the book. After all, I do have two blankets which I've been working on for years...
But then I couldn't help but order this while I was deciding
And once THAT comes in the mail you can't help but jump in with both feet, right?! It arrived only on the 21st of January so I had quite a bit of catching up to do, but as of yesterday I'm all caught up and excited to keep going.
I have to say that I find it incredibly liberating to have no choice or control over what colors come next- I think what stalls me most with rainbow blankie or hexagon blankie is just planning out every combination and sequence. It takes me WAY longer to find just the right combination of colors to satify my very anal tendencies than it does to actually knit/crochet the darn things. But with the weather blanket I'm free! I just follow my handy color/temperature guide.
Of course I had to add a little table inside to appease my anal side just a little.
Thanks Melissa for nudging me into this new 2015 adventure!
Let's hope we are still as enthusiastic and diligent come mid July. :)
Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty illustrated by David Roberts is an inspiring book about a creative little girl dealing with a crisis of confidence.
Rosie loves to build machines, but put away her tools when someone laughed at one of her inventions. Her Great-great Aunt Rose (THE original Rosie the Riveter) teaches Rosie that the only failure is giving up.
I can't recommend this book enough. The last page even inspired a fun project. Sabrina took one look and emphatically said "I want to make that!!" Talk about a book coming alive.
She sketched out her design and we scouted supplies for her personal disco.
She wrapped a florest's wreath with her favorite fabrics.
She hot glued sequins on a florest's ball, and attached it all with florest's wire.
The first attempt was a great flop. (Who knew florest's wire was so weak) But what a great way to reinforce the lesson of the book?
The second attempt used balled up batting
Attached with yarn
A borrowed iphone for some music and she was in business.
i'm embarking on a weather-themed journey for this year. well, temperature-themed if one wants to get technical, but i'm rarely technical. on ravelry a month or so ago i stumbled upon reddoormeg's completely amazing and inspiring 2014 weather blanket and knew i had to make my own for 2015!
i've assigned each color a 10 degree range and chose a light grey color to be the month markers.
we've had a very cold start to january in minnesota with wind chills reaching -35 deg F. my blanket doesn't take wind chills into account, but i'm still excited that i got to use my "colder than -11 deg" color at least once!
here's the first 11 days of january! the neurotic crafter in me is oddly satisfied that i have no control over the color choices. it's dictated by the weather and there's nothing i can do about how the colors line up. it's kind of refreshing to be making something completely random.
ps- the title of the post is one of my all time favorite bob dylan quotes. it's been running through my head as i worked on these tiny squares.
plus, i just love this video. baby bob dylan bringing it all back home.
Well it only seems appropriate that I jump on the bandwagon of 'catching up' blog posts since I (very very shamefully) have approximately three years of blog backlog to peek my head out of. And this seemed like the right post to start with since it has been over two years in the making...
My husband has pretty fancy and advanced taste in knitting projects. One day (before we were married) as he was patiently waiting for me at a yarn store, he came over to me, grinning, with a book full of the most complicated Norwegian sweater patterns and asked me if I could make him one. I had never ventured to attempt any sort of colorwork before and was terrified at even the thought of such a thing so I just told him that he'd have to marry a Norwegian if he wanted a Norwegian sweater.
Fast forward to us being married a year and me being pregnant with Mateo. Since my big belly and a cold winter was inspiring me to do a lot of nesting and knitting I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to attempt to tackle stranded knitting, all building up into a (secret Christmas) attempt at a colorwork sweater for my husband. So, I started with a pair of mittens:
and a teeny pair of first-Christmas socks (can you see how embarassingly long it's been since I meant to do this blog post?).
And then it was time that I attempt a colorwork sweater. I wasn't gutsy enough to go full-fledged Norwegian but Icelandic seemed like a happy compromise. First I made a little model to test out my skills and warm up for the big kahuna. And then I actually managed to do it!
It's a Riddari sweater for Georg and a Frost for Mateo, which I adapted to match papa's. The colors don't match quite right because papa's is made of Lopi ordered straight from Iceland and Mateo's is a machine-wash friendly Cascade version.
Oh and that's a Koolhaas hat I just finished for Georg's Christmas present this year. He saw a music video of a modern bluegrass band and wanted a hat like the mandolin player was wearing. (remember what I said about fancy knitting taste?).
Mateo's sweater was actually sized for a one year old but lucky for me he's always been on on the little side because last winter we totally forgot about getting it out for him to wear. I only had to rip out and reknit the neck so that it would actually fit over his head.
It was a delight today (over two years later) to finally get to go for a winter walk with papa and Mateo in matching Icelandic sweaters.
Maybe next year they'll have Norwegian ones?
Wishing you all a wonderful start to 2015, full of successful pursuits and fulfilling adventures (and forgiving hearts at my complete blog ineptitude)!
lindsey's post yesterday lit a fire under me that i too have a few things leftover from 2014 that i still needed to mention here on the blog. after a two week impromptu hiatus from blogland, spending a week in omaha with my extended family, and a week back in minnesota with just my little family i feel refreshed and relaxed and ready for a new year! except that there are a few lose ends we need to tie up...
lily sewed their dresses, but was feeling the time crunch of a holiday deadline and asked if i would make the bonnets and aprons. we've already discussed how i can't say no to this project, so i quick crocheted some up!
her friend was thrilled with her doll and from what i understand they are already planning and designing more outfits to make together!
i finished my niece hattie's totoro (pattern rav link) at around 9pm on christmas eve... (sometimes my procrastination works out in my favor.)
she too seemed pleased with the results...
i also finally got around to finishing hattie's stocking. poor thing. the knitting was finished *two years* ago, but only just before this christmas did i get around to adding the hanging loop and felting it... (sometimes my procrastination is embarrassing.)
but now hattie has a matching stocking just like her brother and sister and all is right with the world...
and on that note we'll close the books on the 2014 holiday season and turn our attention to a shiny new year full of exciting things to come!