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Wednesday
Feb092011

keeping warm - take 2

i was really happy with how wiley's vest turned out - and, as it turns out, so was ellie.  and, whenever either ellie or wiley asks for something specifically, i just have to make it.  so, here is ellie's "vest."

it is a scaled up version of elizabeth zimmerman's february baby sweater.  i did it in a chunky yarn (berocco vintage chunky), so it knit up pretty quickly.

              

and, while it is good as an extra layer in the cold, it will also make a nice transition piece for spring.  notes on what i did are available on my ravelry project page.

Friday
Feb042011

keeping warm

it has been cold!  i started working on a vest for wiley, using the plain vest pattern from pickles.  it is really simple and quick to knit up.

          

i added a zipper to make it a little more boy-ish.  i think that it turned out pretty cute. the round next might be a bit girly, but i think it's alright.  i'll definitely revisit this pattern!

 

Tuesday
Jan182011

we are fish out of water

while it looks like we are in the sears portrait studio, we are actually out of our california element and enjoying some snow-time in colorado.  (it is zero today - as a high!!).

 

ellie and wiley are loving some time in the snow - skiing, tubing, and sliding. 

it is great to see the hand knits being put to the test!  i've got some new projects on the needles that i will share soon!  but, here are the most recent family hats.

Thursday
Jan062011

festvities project #1 - birthday shirt and pants

my first holiday project was actually a birthday project for wiley, whose birthday is the week before.  i made him a birthday shirt and pants.  the pants are pretty simple elastic waist pants, with patch pockets from the japanese sewing book everyday bottoms.

overall, they turned out well - but, he is growing so fast, i think that i am going to have to lengthen the pants!  too fast!

Wednesday
Jan052011

happy new year!

whew- that was a long time!  but, i am still around.  and, i am going to try to be better about this blog, i swear!  and, i am not a big resoluter (?!) - but, i have made a few new year's resolutions this year. 

they are as follows (in random order):

  1. for me: use the stairs instead of the escalator at bart (i have to start somewhere)
  2. for bubbles and boo: approach some local stores about carrying bubbles and boo products
  3. for work: focus more, multitask less
  4. for my family: relax, enjoy, multitask less
  5. for my creativity: take the time to enjoy what i do and make

it's early days, but i took the stairs at bart this morning (yippee!) and at the office, i am making a concerted effort to set myself up for success on #3.  over the next few days, i will post some of my holiday crafting projects.  of course, i did less than i hoped, but i am going to take some time to enjoy what i got done!

bring it on 2011!