Sunday, July 19, 2009

More craftiness

I've decided that I knit to relax, so I must be stressed! I finished yet more projects this weekend:

This toddler sweater is with some yummy yarn that I got at a yarn store near my work. I've been working on bits and pieces of this forever, so it's nice to finally get it put together. J says he thinks it's the neatest sweater I've done so far!

I crocheted bootie I did today. This worked up really quickly. We'll see how long it takes to get the second one done!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

So, I've been knitting...

These are a couple of examples where I had some cool yarn and just needed a pattern for them.

First up, one of those great "buy the yarn, get the pattern" deals from a local yarn store. I just adored the variegated blues throughout. It felt so, so soft, and was a joy to work with. This kimono sweater pattern was pretty darn easy.

Next up, the product of a basic baby pattern book and a great nubby cotton yarn. This just shouts spring to me. If only I had taken a picture against a lighter background...

The reason I'm getting these done all of a sudden? My wonderful husband made me not one, but two blocking boards. I just discovered the importance (and dare I say it, the joy) of blocking knitted items to make seaming and assembly that much easier. So all of those sweater bits that were rolled at the ends and overwhelming me with the thought of making them look decent are now slowly becoming nice, flat bits that sew up together quickly.
So expect to see more pix soon. I already have another toddler sweater pinned on my boards, then I'll get started blocking the sweater in shades of blue I made for little old me!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Food in its many forms

I have really been enjoying the farmer's market of late. Strawberry season went long this year, and they last forever. I don't know if I can ever go back to store-bought strawberries.

We used them along with the blueberries from our backyard to make sauces for waffles. We used my brother's waffle recipe:

They turned out great!

In the meantime, I got a new book of crochet patterns, making toy food. I did most of this during our daytrip to visit wineries today.

A slice of pumpkin pie. I'm going to mix it up a little and do a cherry version soon.

My little (actually, kind of big) strawberry

J decided to try it out

A little peanut!

And a big red tomato!
I'm still working on the chocolate chip cookies