Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just Look at This

I try hard to pretend otherwise, but I'm a giant sap. I don't know that kids are really something that's in the cards for me personally, but that doesn't mean that kids in general don't make me swoon sometimes.

So, I came across this little number today during lunch and almost started sobbing at my desk:

The Daddy Scarf
The Daddy Scarf

What's that? A scarf with little pockets knitted in for Micromachines and then cabled 'roads' for kids to drive the cars along! they can make their own hills on a park bench or some stairs.  Is this not THE GREATEST?

The Daddy Scarf
Seriously, the greatest

This is a great idea. Unfortunately, I'm not a great knitter and there's no real 'pattern' just some notes jotted down. I'm going to mull this over and see if I can tackle it (sometime after Christmas). Because seriously, if the following doesn't melt your heart, I'm not sure we should hang out:

Grandpa models The Daddy Scarf
Grandfather of the year!

Via MizToolLady on Ravelry

Venn, Son of Diagram

Via F Yeah Venn Diagrams

So, we might as well add:

I finished the MYUM Tank last night! Update to come.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Make Up Your Mind!

Hello, there.

My on-again-off-again blogging style had been upsetting my two readers. I came back with a flourish in early 2011 and blogged about nothing but my ongoing knitting projects. This brought the readership squarely into the zero digit category. So, why not move all my knitting to a space that promises only knitting updates?

Sure, the world is not  in short supply of knitting blogs, but I need a hobby and you need something to do when facebook is really, really slow one day. Help me build my knittery brand, won't you?

So, what am I up to? I'm thrilled you asked. I was inspired by the Sweatshop of Love's summer sweater knit-along (also known as a "KAL") to start on the Make Up Your Mind racerback tank.

Make Up Your Mind - will you actually wear this?
Now, this photo presents a lot of problems for me.

1) This woman is stunning. She is also the designer of this pattern, so the tank fits her perfectly.
2) I don't wear lacy or crochet-y things. I find them to look sloppy, bulky or like those macrame plant holders your loopy neighbor had on her porch when you were a kid.

BUT THEN, this looks like a lot of fun to make - you get to change patterns often and it might knit up pretty fast. And maybe I really WILL wear something like this, I just haven't been bold enough.

Drunk with power that a birthday check from grandma and grandpa offers, I bought the yarn for this and cast on.

KnitPicks Stroll Fingering Weight
Knit Pick Comfy yarn in the colorway "Planetarium" Fingering weight (*snort*)

I started a new job at the beginning of August which included a longer commute, which translates to PROGRESS:
After a week of commute knitting

My other sock-weight yarn project has been rusting on the needles due to boredom and running out of yarn for the second time, so I was not sure how fast this project would move. Turns out: quickly!

Racin' with my Racer Back

So, now I'm thisclose to being finished. I've got straps and just need to finish up the back and graft them together. THEN we'll see if I actually can talk myself into wearing patterned stripes across my gut.

Make Up Your Mind Tank

There are a few mistakes here and there, but overall, I'm happy with it. What do you think - would YOU wear it? is there a way to ensure it doesn't look too Grateful dead? What do you think of the color?