Sunday, February 21, 2010

two thumbs up! way up!


Shutter Island by Dennis LaHane

I loved this book and now, the movie. I admit, I just read the book after seeing the exciting trailor for the film. But I am here to say, without the book, the movie would have been harder to follow. The story unfolds on Shutter Island - where the only inhabitants live or work at Ashcliffe, the hospital for the criminally insane. Enter Leo DiCaprio - a US Marshall there to solve a mystery. It is hard not to wonder...who is the crazy one here? Nice twists and turns. I'd recommend reading the book first, but as always, Leo rocked it. AND Mr. Lahane also wrote Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River - so how can this be bad?


And I have another hat. I, who never dons a hat, now has two. A 16 Sixteen Cable number, I love it - I stash busted some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino- it's all good. If I had another thumb, it would be up too.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

a banner week

Ingenue in Plucky Knitter MCN Worsted in Early Light

A sweater I can wear! It mostly fits and is so warm and heavy. It took knitting and re-knitting - but I am pleased with the results - though I am not entirely comfortable wearing it, I think because, in my opinion, the lush MCN hugs the curves a bit, which makes me want to keep my belly sucked in - maybe a girdle? But then I find anything created to hold your belly in just squeezes "everything" north like a toothpaste tube - and that aint pretty. Anyways. In spite of the struggles, I am kind of itching to cast on another sweater. I'm thinking in easy? Doubtful, but I have swatched anyways.

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Baby Moc-a-Soc by Bekah Knits in Yarntini Drunken Pear

dontcha kind of want a grown-up pair?

These are booties for my Valentine, Jackson. I got to spend the day with my sister and her new son yesterday - well, I called myself mama twice, omg. oops. I am so thrilled to have a baby to visit, and he was so good - slept on my shoulder for four hours. That's what aunties are for, right? My sister is having some of the same mommy growing pains I had - life changes so much when you decide to have children - more technicolor in many ways but also more complicated. Spontaneity is surely harder at the baby stage. Jackson is the light of her life though, and she is doing such a good job - my nose tingles, I am so proud of her and her husband!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Proof that there is a hat for every head.

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The Coline Hat by a black pepper

The yarn is The Plucky Knitter Mcn Worsted in Golightly

The true color is more of a robin egg blue but I love how this soft photo shows the stitch definition of the cables. MCN is so "round" it is wonderful for showcasing cables. I wore this hat home today - it snowed a ton here - and it felt so good to have a hat that liked my head. Or better, a hat that I liked on my head. I would recommend this pattern and I learned a new skill - tubular cast on, snazzy. If you have a minute browse a black pepper - there are some really amazing things - like this gorgeous sweater.

If you need a yummy breakfast idea - I made these hearty Oatmeal Pancakes over the weekend, omg, they were so delicious. But buttermilk - can you really go wrong with any recipe that calls for buttermilk? I think not.

Peace out knitters!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Magic Yarn Ball

I took part in a Magic Yarn Ball Swap started by t does wool - if you have not looked at her blog - you should, really, the photography is so understated and lovely.

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My partner, Darlene of Journeying Five, sent my yarn ball from Canada. There were several fun treats wrapped up in a great skein of Noro Iro. She blogged about the ball I sent her as well - and she has the patience to wait until she knits up the ball to reveal the goodies - not me. There were several fun little things, gorgeous stitch markers, some yummy smelling soap - I could smell it before I could see it, a button, a pin. It was fun unwrapping my swap. Thank you Darlene!