Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FOs for Meows

Well, surely you didn't expect a ginorm sweater, shawl, or dress as the last 12under43 project! Of course it's a cat toy! Or several of them.

Henry's toy snake is the scary one in the back. S/he is supposed to be a snake, but honestly it looks a lot like a microphone, and it is way, insanely, super fun to pick it up and sing like no-one's listening. There are 60 of these today on Rav so it doesn't count for my project. The top of the head came from Market Cardi, the nearly imperceptibly different crimson came from this Neckwarmer, and the grey came from the remnants of the stripes from this Striped vest. So long, scrappies!

The fishie is designed by Jackie Ziegler. It ended up with bumblebee coloring because the yellow from the beloved Jersey ran out. So the black from Hippocampi pitched in. There are 26 of these so far, so it is officially the 12th and final project for the 12under43 project. Woot woot! The Mousie mousie mouse is from the old, old remnants of the frogged sleeves from a sweater-turned-vest. There are 17 of these so far on Ravelry, so this one counts too, in case the fishies don't.


Last but not least, I just knitted this one free-form. The shaping on the butt is exceptional, and I like to believe the kitty cats will really notice the short-row shaping and the subtle and symmetric lifted increases. Because that's what cats do best, appreciate fine knitting. I overestimated the yarn (still from the Neckwarmer) and ran out, and did the face with the detritus from the Blue Moon Bainbridge-Baltimore-Fair socks. Now it looks like a hedgehog, and I'm torn as to whether the tail and ears should be mouse-like or hedgie-like. It's a hard life, making cat toys.

DH and I are working hard, to lure this gorgeous stray (and pregnant?) kitty into our lives.
I am 100% positive she will like a hand-knitted toy, especially if stuffed with catnip, and give us head nudgies!

So we knit on.

Happy holidays everyone!

Monday, December 19, 2011

FO: Red Bougainvillea

Yikes, by the skin of teeth! This came off the needles, got blocked in a hurry, and sent off to a lucky gift recipient.
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This is knitted from my own pattern, Bougainvillea. I did a few extra repeats because this is a thinner yarn--a merino-tencel blend hand-dyed and sold at A Mind's Eye Yarns,  which I got during the Cambridge portion of the Cambridge-Boston yarn crawl a few months ago. The sheen from the tencel works well for the bougainvillea bracts (the colored leaves on bougainvillea).
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It was very late by the time it was picture time, so all of them are kinda dark and romantic, especially this one. You can really see the lace detail though!
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So this makese #11 of my 12 under 43 projects for the year! Just one more to go!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

WIP

I bid adieu to my old dumb-phone and got a new iphone, which means it's too smart for my computer. So I've been taking a bloggy break while upgrading the RAM and the OS (twice). But now I need to download the newer photoshop and camera software! Arg arg arg. So I haven't been able to show you how little I have been knitting. Then I realized that my phone is smart and can take pictures and stuff, and no need to wait!

Here's the last present I am knitting this holiday season, a red iteration of my Bougainvillea Shawl/Scarf.


The yarn is a shiny and drapey blend that I got during my Cambridge-Boston yarn crawl. Love it, especially because the sheen is so bougainvillea-ey.

In other news, we've been busy repainting. The bright lime green has been muted down to a pale greenish grey. Perfect for cozy winter mornings! The mouldings need to go up now--like everything in this house, it's a work in progress...