Sunday, February 24, 2008

all things ootsy

Two posts in two I sick or something? Yes! I've got Oscar Fever!!! NOT. Since when did it become a 12-hour ordeal event anyway?

Feh, who cares anymore, all anyone wants to see is who's wearing the worst dress, or who's looking anorexic or pregnant. Bah, I say.

Bootie Call....

Now there's a movie that never won an Oscar, but in my case it refers to my further experimentations with the allegorical baby bootie booklet. Alliteration aside, here's the pics I promised yesterday.

There's no place like home:

These were fun, called Little Red Sandals, this test is the small, the sole measures around 3 1/2 inches, which would probably be the famous 0-3 months size.

Shoot the duck:

Honestly I question the practicality of these, but couldn't you DIE from the cuteness? Can't you just hear "Funkytown" or "Dancing Queen" playing in the background while all the other cool teens & tweens skate circles around you in your satin jacket and your jeans rolled up so everyone can see your long rainbow socks with the individual toes?? Yes, I was a child of the '70's, but unfortunately I never owned either a satin jacket (much to my chagrin) or knee-high rainbow socks with the individual toes....hey man, I wasn't even teen aged until the '80s...

Seriously though, a word of advice to anyone planning to make these far-out and funky skates: make the wheels first and sew them on when you're on round 2 or 3 of the me, you will save yourself one heck of a lot of frustration.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

all things cutesy

When is Spring going to get here already? I'm not one to complain, (insert snort of disbelief here) and I know being Canadian I'm supposedly expected to be used to mountains of snow and freezing cold temperatures, but come on already! My aging brain cannot recall such a snowy year in all my days. Not that I don't adore shovelling snow mind you, and I wouldn't dream of letting Cee do it all himself, we're neither of us spring chickens anymore. I mean who doesn't love huffing and puffing away in the freezing cold, trying to lift huge shovel-fuls of snow (and then finding places to put said snow--I'm not kidding, the piles along our driveway were topping out at 8 feet!) hoping you don't have a massive heart attack and drop dead on the sidewalk, only to be found--and ultimately ignored--by your passing neighbours, cursing the pricks smart people on your block who had the foresight to buy a kickass snowblower last Spring or Summer and are out there practically gloating over their superior intelligence, even lowering themselves to doing their adjoining neighbour's sidewalks, before jauntily waving at you from across the street and flouncing back inside where it's warm, while you continue struggling to lift the damn shovel and wait for the snow plow to come down the street--again!!--and kick up all the ice into the bottom of your come on, doesn't that sound like just too much fun?

Oh, and dear neighbour across the street: if you hire the kid down the block to use his 4-wheeler with the shovel on the front to plow all the snow out of your driveway across the road and into the bottom of my driveway one more stinkin' time, I'll have to come over there and get medieval on your old crazy ass!

Anyway, enough of that, did I lose you with my whining? If not, here's some of the things I've been doing lately....

I have another friend who is due this April, so I thought I'd get the needles out and make a little something or two, or more, you know what it's like. She's having a boy, so I went traditional.

Above is a raglan cardigan made from a pattern in a vintage book Cee's mum gave me from the UK. Nothing too challenging about this one, the interesting thing about it was you make the button and buttonhole bands seperately and sew them on--pain in the ass, but I think it's cute.

Then I wanted to make a hat, so I searched high and low and finally settled on a little cabled one, which I found in the Knitting Pattern-a-day Calendar:

This made up in only a couple hours, so what's not to love about that? Wanna know something really freaky? These two patterns were made with the exact same yarn, yet see how different they look in the pictures....does that seem right to you?

Then for giggles I made up another pair of the ubiquitous sneaker booties:

Everybody seems to like those.

Then I took the pattern book (which is appropriately called, Baby Bootie Boutique) and was bored, so I tried out another pattern--that's what I do sometimes when I've got a spare minute (read: not very often)...I sit there and think "Hey, I wonder if I could make this pattern?" and then I try it, just because. So I did this:

Cue Rick James singing " you love me, Maryjane?"...I really liked this little one, but only made one just to see how it would come out....and as soon as Cee's mum saw it, she snagged it for her miniature shoe collection--what can I say, the woman loves shoes.

I tried a couple more, so I shall post the pictures next time (read: I forgot my camera). Mean time I shall be looking skyward for any signs of the big melt, and out my window in case I've got to go across the street and have a "friendly chat" with Old Crazy.

Saturday, February 09, 2008


Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged...well I sort of can. Not to worry though, nothing major going on, except huge snow storms (like 3 in the last week alone) and Winter blahs, plus a milestone birthday...I won't say how old I am, but let's just say there may or may have not been a 4 and an 0 in the figure it out.

Been knitting socks like a fiend for some reason...can't figure out why since I can't wear them (except for the ankle ones I make, those are okay) I just keep finding these gorgeous patterns and want to make them...luckily my niece is a sock lover and doesn't mind getting new pairs.

This represents my first finished fair isle project...I did start a Christmas stocking first, but that is still on the needle...This pattern is from the Fall issue of Interweave Knits, and the pattern is by Chrissy Gardiner. I really loved this pattern!! I can't believe how fast it worked up and it was so gratifying to finish!

I know, I can't get anything past you are correct, there is only one there. Well, there's a story to that, but suffice it to say I didn't use the recommended yarn, and when this one was finished it was plain that no regular person would be able to get their leg into it....did you know that fair isle knitting doesn't have a lot of give to it? Live and learn. I will have to procure some of the proper stuff and try again. LOVE this pattern though!!


Yes, I was horrified to turn celebrated a large milestone birthday in January. Cee told me to write out a list of things I might like for my birthday (I wrote things like "to be 20 again" even though I don't mean it, but still...) and some other things, but settled on this:

Yup, we lept into the new century and Cee got me an likey. My condenscending helpful nephew offered to set it up for me, but this old boot figured it out for herself. And then the intrepid fibre artist in me just had to make a case for it...I wanted something that would keep it safe from the dogs and out of the way while I knit, so I decided to make a Pod Pendant, or Nano Necklace if you prefer.

Now I can crochet or knit and listen to all my faves.

I did write this pattern down as I was making it, so if anyone's interested I can post it. Just let me know.