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January 19, 2010

The Knitwit Papers, Chapter XXVII: Deliah loves her Daddy Beer Gloves

Date Begun: 01/21/2009
Date Completed: 02/12/2008
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat
Needles: 1. US4 DPN (metal)
2. US6 DPN (metal)
Source: Beer Gloves from Son of Stitch 'n Bitch
The Story:
Ok, so waaaaaaaay back a long time ago, I posted this entry about some gloves I made, originally for Schondy that turned out much too small for his hands. Those were beautiful and wonderful and I gave them to a friend who has tiny hands and she LOVED them.

So now, a zillion years after that, and a zillion-1 years since I rectified the situation, I'm finally posting the second pair of gloves I made using the "Deliah" yarn that Schondy picked out. I modified the pattern a little to make the fingers extra long so they would at least cover the first knuckle of each hand. The pattern was really interesting and includes a "nubbly" patch in the palm of the hand to aid in gripping things while remaining gloved.

So almost two years after I finished them, I'm finally sharing. Sorry about that.

January 5, 2010

Called Out!

As if I didn't feel guilty enough about not posting, I have officially been called out. Here I was hoping that I was the only one who'd noticed my lack of progress on my blog and it turns out my audience had gone wanting for updates. I feel terrible. But my loyal fanbase wants pictures of people and I aim to please.

So we went to the Renaissance Faire in Casa de Fruita, just like we do every year. It was, as always, loads of fun and amazing to look at, if nothing else. I found this awesome hat that was super warm and just a little funky. But I wasn't prepared to pay for it what the shop was asking, so I got Schondy to snap a quick shot of it for me to copy it. And I did. But here's the original.

Baby Bee is growing like a weed and was fascinated by all the goings-on at the Faire. Many people complimented us on the lifelike motions and cuteness of the "hand puppet" in our midst. She was a trooper, that's for sure.

I also fell in love with this hat, but didn't buy it either. I've since remedied that situation at the Dickens Christmas Fair, where I found a much more reasonably priced version that looks almost the same and is perfect for my needs.

Schondy found a flying squirrel puppet at a booth with lots of cute little animals. These were particularly great because a lot of them had fully articulated wings/heads/arms depending on how the real animal moves. The flying squirrel was just cute.

And then, at some point between October and Christmas, I had to work on days that Schondy didn't, and he thought a good motivational tool would be to send me pictures of the babies looking sad and bored. I can't say it motivated me to work more and instead just made me sad and want to leave work early. And now we have photographic proof that Deliah doesn't hate the dog nearly as much as she might let on.

...And then there was Christmas. We both felt pretty strongly that we didn't want a chopped-down Christmas tree, and our original plan was to get a Japanese Maple to use for decoration. We have tried twice to plant a Japanese Maple in our back yard, and twice we've failed. So we were thinking we'd get a small tree, decorate it with ornaments and then plant it in the yard in the spring. But given the time of year, this turned out to be not such a great plan on account of Maples losing their leaves in winter. But we still didn't want to buy a dead tree. So we ended up with a couple Dwarf Canadian Spruce trees - two of them because they were so small - that looked absolutely beautiful and will have a permanent home somewhere in the yard as soon as the weather gets warmer.

We had some company at Christmas - Schondy's family came to stay with us for a few days and on Christmas day we had a little Guitar Hero party with our family and the Neighbors' family after we had a big Christmas feast. Mark was quite sure he was going to be terrible at Guitar Hero, but we assured him he'd be better than at least half the people present and he played a couple rounds.

It was so great to see family we haven't seen in ages - the last time we saw Schondy's family was the Christmas right before we got Lulu and she just turned 3. But Lulu took right to her "Grandma" and I daresay the feeling was mutual.

So that's what's been going on. I've been knitting like a fool, but I've also been informed that not everyone finds my knitting as fascinating as I do, so I'm going to make a point of trying to post other stuff from time to time. I'm not saying I'll do very well, but I'll give the ol' college try.