Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Monday, September 28, 2009

My house is a home.

The lovely and talented Gadora Wilder wrote a beautiful piece on my 1935 east Austin house. I couldn't be happier.

Link here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

traveling knitting.

CWS and I are heading down to the Texas coast with a gaggle of rollergirls (and some of their mates) for a weekend on the beach. The forecast is rain & thunderstorms for our entire stay so I'm banking on a fair amount of knitting time (along with eating, reading, playing board games, cooking and napping).

I love the idea of knitting, drinking coffee and hanging around with some of my favorite people for the weekend. Life is good.

I'm hoping to finish my Daybreak shawl. I am getting close to being done (18 out of 20 black stripes finished) but the rows are getting longer and longer and thus taking more and more time...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A flash of my stash, etc.

Here is the diamond plate truck storage box that serves as the coffee table. Inside is all the sweater quantities of yarn, as well as a small number of finished objects. Everything is in individual ziploc bags (often with the planned pattern printed out inside).

The dog is the lovely and soulful Ms. Lola Floor Pig Meat Pants.

The sock yarn blanket continues on, and I still love it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

...and off we go!

The sock yarn blanket is off and running. So far there are 3 colors of Colinette Jitterbug, one color of Shibui and one of Tempted sock yarn.

I love it!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I am considering something insane....

Making a blanket out of sock yarn.

I have all these amazing mill ends (I just bought some more from Pagewood Farms) and lots of leftovers from socks/shawls. So....

I've done a bunch of research and have decided that I don't like most of the projects that I've seen made out of multiple sock yarns (Ten Stitch Twist is lovely in Noro but not in multi-colored sock yarns. No to the Babette Blanket (I can't crochet). No to Barn Raising Quilt. No to the Sock Yarn Blanket.)

But I think I might say YES to this zig-zag pattern which seems to hold up even when the colors are totally diverse. Getting ready to consider casting on 361 stitches and just going to town.

Might take me a few years....

The companion photos to the one below...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Handmade Nation!!

A bunch of the Arts & Drafts gals went to the Austin premier of Handmade Nation yesterday at the Alamo. Most of us had VIP tickets which entitled us to a great goody bag full or crafty treats and VIP seating! Yeah.

We had such a good time.

We got to see some awesome knit graffiti by the Knitta Please gals.

Alicia & Serena, AKA some of my knittas!!

There was a craft fair beforehand where I resisted spending a zillion dollars. (I did buy a baby gift for one of my employees who is expecting, but other than that I managed to be happy with the contents of my goody bag.)

The movie was great - and very inspirational. Made me want to move to Providence IMMEDIATELY! Seems like a lot of cool stuff is going on in Rhode Island, and of course - in the Pacific Northwest. The movie - overall - made me feel really happy to be part of such a diverse, talented and prolific community of crafty ladies (and gentlemen).

I'm working today, which is not so bad. Before work I got to have breakfast with CWS (before he went to sleep for the day) and take a second stab at an estate sale that I went to on Saturday. Everything was 2/3 off today and I scored one of the paintings that I have been coveting since Saturday. Apparently I missed the other Jesus painting by minutes today. Grrrrrr!!

This painting was painted in 1959 (according to the signature) and I think it might be Moses (based on the stone tablets, and the fact that the background could be a parted Red Sea). But it could be Jesus too. Who knows.