For the Love of Cables Pt. 2 (A Rocky Start)

I started For the Love of Cables the other day. The pattern is a different style than I’m used to so there were a few misfires, but one I got rolling it went pretty smooth. The pattern’s simple too.

And then of course there is this. The last thing I should be doing right now.

And this one.

It’s not actually a flower, it’s a border with which you could yarn bomb something like a phone cord on a payphone (not that there are lots of payphones these days).

Yep I taught myself to crochet, now you know I’ve tried it once before but it fust didn’t click, but this time it did. It’s actually very addicting. I don’t really see the whole crochet vs. knitting argument, they’re totally different. Anyway, I’ll try to keep the crochet to a minimum since this is a knitting blog. Here’s a box I found, I think I’ll put the Macho Mechanic scarf in it when I give it as a gift.

I’m Just As Bad

Now-a-days you hear Christmas commercials the second Halloween is over. No matter your religion you cannot escape. Every year I rant and rave about how commercial our world has become. how, when the wish list of local first-graders are published, all they want are video games. And this year I’m just as bad. IT’s no later than September 13th and I’m worried about Christmas gifts, when to make, and long it will take to finish them. You see, this year, I have the largest list ever. I’ve been going at it since March and I am still behind. It struck me today how similar my mind-set is to K-Mart and Toys R Us, yet how different…

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system… Here are my pictures of Identity Crisis for little Rosie’s birthday. The book that I bought to go with it (Swan Lake) arrived last night so I had a photo shoot.

Here’s the skirt in the end I took it in in four places and sewed it to her. I figured “a one-year-old will turn her into a stripper other wise”.

These re the pieces of the cardigan. I added a button-hole on the one edge to keep it closed. Look on my Ravelry projects for my altered row.

Here it is all sewn up.

Here’s my final show with the book. That illustration is the same as the cover. A word on the book. I think it’s a great story. It has a simple vocabulary but that does not detract from it. It’s also short. The font’s a little wonky though. You can buy it on The author of this adaptation is Lisbeth Zwerger.

Identity Crisis

On Saturday I started knitting a medium-sized simple bear from Emma King’s The Best-Dressed Knitted Bear.

I swatched

And swatched

And finally decided that I was going to knit said bear on a pair of number 5s and use a slightly larger than specified gauge.

It started out slow, but I knitted like a maniac and finished her yesterday night. Here she is all finished:

She’s not sure what she is… So far I’ve had cat, dog, bear. Her face is a little crooked. She also looks rather masculine but I hope the little ballet outfit I’ve started (I’m in the beginning stages of swatching) will help with that. I don’t know why I worry, she’s going to a one-year-old who will probably name her Dah! Which is what she calls her Dad, Mom, dogs, people walking dogs, seagulls. You get the picture. Anyway I’ve decided to call her, until further notice, Identity Crisis.

Ps. Here’s For The Love of Cables yarn, It went from scarf to nice little cinnamon-bun looking piles.

Kinda like monkey bread, huh?