Friday, October 21, 2005

The Finished Product!

Here's the cutest little witch in the world!! Big B is sort of holding her in place because Boogie's tendency is to run at the camera so that she can see herself. She has striped socks to wear with this but we took this picture about 30 minutes before bedtime and I didn't want to press my luck with trying to get her into socks! (Bedtime is also the reason she had a death grip on that bink!)

In knitting news: I've finished binding off one shoulder and the back of the vest I made. Boy, is it an ugly piece of knitting. You know, with every project comes a lesson. The vest taught me the three needle bind off and not to take the pictures of finished garments very seriously. I'll have a picture of it up shortly. It's definitely good for a laugh....and a serious example of what knitting should never look like!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Quick, but not dirty.

Okay, I should probably wait until the whole costume is finished to post, but this is just such a cute picture!! Boogie is going to be a witch for Halloween and we did a mini-fitting this afternoon. No, she's not particularly happy to be in the costume but I'm hopeful that will pass. I should have the hat done tomorrow and the bottom of the dress ripped up just like the sleeves. We'll take another picture then. Sometimes, sewing is better than knitting. Today it is anyway!!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Bye bye weekend

My weekend got off to a nice start. Friday afternoon, Big B surprised me with these beautiful flowers. They were his way of saying thanks for everything I do. What a sweetie! We've been married 20 years and he still manages to surprise me with sweet little gifts. (No, I am not making this up. Yes, we are one of those couples that many couples hate...happily married after 20 years.) I think Big B will do just fine for my first husband. Guess I'll have to hold off looking for hubby number 2 for awhile.

Saturday was just plain hectic. I've been sewing like crazy to get Boogie's Halloween costume done. My goal is to have it finished by the upcoming weekend. It's a pretty simple little pattern and, barring any weird sewing errors on my part, it should be finished with plenty of time to spare.

In the midst of the sewing, I managed to finish something. (Actually, I have a number of "somethings" finished, but only have a picture of one of them.) Yes, it's this lovely baby....I mean hat. Yes, the hat. How'd that baby get there?

This hat was made with some yarn my wonderful Secret Pal from SP5 gave me. The super simple pattern is from "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns" by Ann Budd. The book is wonderful! Not only does it provide a bunch of standard patterns, but it forces you to deal with gauge. Like many knitters, I struggle with gauge. (i.e. generally hate and ignore gauge) Budd's book really takes a great deal of the stress out of it and gives me a bunch of basic patterns to play with. Plus Boogie got a cute hat out of my lesson.

Sunday was SnB and we met at this kitschy little coffee house. (Yes, I'm a geek. I love my digital camera so I took this picture. At least I don't have a sock in front of it.) I was really looking forward to conversation, coffee, cake and some knitting. I have this super cute chunky sweater pattern picked out for Boogie and, since I recently mastered the concept of gauge, I was ready to complete a swatch, check the gauge and start the sweater. Well, my mommy brain betrayed me and I forgot the damn pattern. Oh well. It was a great afternoon and I worked on a shawl project that's probably older than any piece of clothing I currently own. Note for anyone struggling with mommy brain: always have back up knitting or all you do is bitch with no stitch.