Monday, February 23, 2009

Thrums are DONE

Have I mentioned Thrums are fun? Well, my Thrummed Mittens are now done. These are the kinds of mitts that would be good for a walk in the snow which hasn't been much of an option during this mild winter.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thrums are FUN

I'm so loving the Twist Knit-a-Mitten-of-the-Month pattern, Thrummed Mittens. The thrums are the figure eight fiber (mine is llama) shapes you make to knit into the mitten -- that's the fun part! These looped ends lay inside of the mitten making a very warm cushion of furry goodness.

In anticipation of Laura's drop spindle class on March 7th, I placed an order for some fiber from Artclub on Etsy and my package came in the mail today. Jackie and Becca turned me on to this "Thrifty" Kansas seller of great combed fiber just begging to be spun into something wonderful.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ballband Fix

I was in the mood for some mindless, inexpensive, cotton ballband dishcloth knitting so I whipped these up for someone special to match her Fiesta kitchen dishwares. A trip out west to Paramount Antique Mall for a coordinating gravy boat will make for a "You are Special" gift.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sideways Garter Sweater

Miriam Leth-Espensen designed this timeless and simple garter stitch merino sweater. I purchased the kit from her shop on my wonderful bday trip to Taos with Laurie (what great memories were made on that excursion!) in two of my favorite colors, camel and turquiose. Miriam is selling her weaving and knitting shop if you're in the market for a business in Santa Fe.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


A heavy rain and pea sized hail fell on my way home from work tonight.

Did you happen to see the double rainbow on the east side of town??

Sunday, February 08, 2009

February Flea Market

I probably need another suitcase like a hole in the head, but come on, I don't have this size and it was only $5. Sometimes I dream about having my own booth at the Flea someday selling my refurbished suitcases. A girl can dream -- but in the meanwhile, I remain a collector.

I have a soft-cover book that's not holding up well to the wear. I measured the length and width, then cut faux embossed leather fabric and a cotton lining to fit with 1/4" seam allowances. A toggle button, nylon cording and ribbon completed the project.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A Night in Columbus

Work took me and a co-worker to Columbus, OH where we met with and made a new client. The snow and chill in the air didn't slow us down from going to an outdoor shopping complex for dinner called Easton Town Center. I'd say it's like what we know as the Plaza in KC and in fact, we ate at one of my favorite seafood restaurants, McCormick Schmick's. Before our flight left town, we took a quick tour of the historic Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. It was a fast, but enjoyable trip.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Super Bowl Knitting

So, I had about a full skein of Noro Iro leftover from my Gypsy vest and decided to use it on Wendy's Purled Beret. I first went with the medium and found it was too big so I went with small which was just the right fit. This jewel was done by half-time.

Super Bowl Sale

Super Bowl weekend isn't only for men - women can celebrate too with some awesome sale events like the 25% off everything sale at Sunflower Quilts in Derby. I've had my eye on a handcrafted Hinterberg quilting hoop for some time and this event made the investment a bit more affordable. It has some well-built features such as a gooseneck height adjuster and pivot bolts that allows the top to spin for easy hand quilting across the 29" hoop frame width. It's definitely an improvement over the PVC lap frame I've used over the years. Time to get my QUILT ON!!