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August 30, 2007

etsy love fest

How do we crafty types love Etsy...too innumerable to count eh? It's so fun to cruise the site and admire all the wonderful handmade items from handspun yarns and knit toys to beautiful illustrations and other artworks. Hmmm what fun. Here are a few favorite finds from today's surf trip — all knit stuffies.

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Ah this Etsy seller Debi van Zyi [and her other site] has adorable knit beasts, "Joost & Piet," love the use of big buttons — see the other fabulous creations "Miles" and "Serge."

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Elefelt, custom sewn felted elephants from old sweaters.

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Elise the elephant. Love the whip stitch felt ears together with the knit body — and what a great shape that up stands so well.

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A cute brown bunny. This site links a treasure site of knit toys patterns by Barbara Prime @ fuzzymitten.com.

August 29, 2007

knitting again!

Beanie Hat
Baby Beenie

I'm thrilled that I've found a few hours to start knitting again! I just finished the beanie hat from Natural Knits. I knit it with No 4 addis, blue sky organic cotton using the girl's beanie pattern sized for up to 6 months. It turned out huge. Mine measures 18" around so it's more like an up to 18 months size. Oh well, it's still sweet and the picot edging is darling. I just need to add the lazy daisy stitch flower details around the edge. I think I'll knit it again using No 3 addis and see if that lands me closer to 6-12 months. I knew the yarn was thicker than specified and I did swatch (mistakenly thought going down a needle size would solve the too big swatch problem, oopsie), I just threw caution to the wind since I wanted to use this particular yarn. Next time I'm knitting it in the round because I'm not fond of the inside seam. This was the first time I've knit a hat flat. Knitting in the round is so much smarter — why have a seam?

Jojo Crew
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The night before last I started the JoJo Crew Sweater. I'm knitting it with No 3 addis using the same blue sky organic cotton and the up to 6 months size specs. Again it's looking big, so I hope it'll at least match the hat's size. It's looking super cute, I like the yarn over eyelets and can't wait to add the daisy stitch flower details with the lovely soft pink yarn (color shell 606). Fun fun fun!

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August 28, 2007

love birds

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It's a good friends anniversary today so I designed a little card for them...so wishing I could letterpress it — wouldn't that be lovely. While looking around for inspirational quotes I came across these and since I use my blog as memory storage...

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
— Chinese Proverb

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
— Chinese Proverb

Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.
— Bernard Meltzer

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou

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August 23, 2007

dreamy gardens

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A couple of weeks ago I was perusing an interior design magazine while waiting at a dr appt (something pregnant women do all too often - waiting at the Dr's that is) and I saw an article on Lynn Gessaman [another link]. I had a visual love pang when I remembered my early 90s post-college days working in an art gallery and I would stand in the small photo room and gaze lovingly into her black and white work. She's now doing images in color and it's even more idealized, painterly, romanticized, and just as beautiful as the images I remember. She has a couple of books now too, Gardenscapes & Poetics of Place — must get!

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August 16, 2007

the meat club

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Just wanting to post this because the graphic is so darn cute. The cookbook and rub seems too silly and gimmicky (though I do get sick of salad only type girls) and the website has been totally abandoned, but isn't the embroidered butcher cow darling?

August 13, 2007

sweet summer bean

'twas another wonderful summer weekend watching Max enjoy his childhood up at Papa's house ("Papa" his great grandfather is 92!). I have to remind myself to repeat the mantra "the hellaciously painful traffic-filled drive is worth it." I personally love the fresh air, warm sunshine and mellow days. But mostly I love watching Max explore the garden, climb the ladder and pick fruit, find ripe tomatoes and fill the basket, water the veggies, swing on his grandfather's childhood swing (handmade by his father) and of course simply play in the dirt.

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Saturday night we went out for a family dinner. While at the restaurant, our little "matey" surprised us as he looked at the waiter and ordered "pirate milk." The waiter asked "what is pirate milk?" I had to wink at him while saying "surely you have a barrel of milk in the galley of this ship, don't you?"

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But this morning what really slayed me was when I was looking through the camera phone pixs we snapped of the weekend and I found his little face with his tongue sticking out at the bottom of a family portrait taken after dinner. What an adorably mischievous, and not at all bratty like his parents, little man I'm raising!

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August 10, 2007

fabulous yarn basket

Big Box

A wonderfully large box arrived at our house yesterday. It was a treat for us all to be home and open it together (though it had my name on it!)

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Reading Card

Max thoroughly enjoyed opening it and pretending to read the card.
Birthday Basket

Inside a was a giant gorgeous basket from Fabulous Yarns filled with blue sky organic cotton hanks, straight and circular bamboo needles size 8, sparkling jeweled stitch markers and a truly lovely book of knitting patterns for babies and moms called "Natural Knits." Love this! Wow, what a wonderfully thoughtful gift, thank you so much "Gamma Sherry." I can't wait to start knitting some of these darling projects — I'd better hurry with less than 15 weeks till meee due date. Will blog all of course.

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It was also heart-warmingly sweet to hear Max say "look, I'm knitting mom!"

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August 9, 2007

george the octopus

Felt Octopus

While site hopping per usual, I came across this knitting blog which posts free patterns on fridays called f.pea. There's a sweet baby cardigan called "mossy jacket" pattern I really like, but what got me to post about it is the knit and felted george the octopus pattern and a flicker link to her photo stream of a few other knit toys.

To visit later (when I'm not falling asleep):
Simply Crafted
xtreme knitting blog
sknitty blog

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August 7, 2007

bunny squeeze box

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August 6, 2007

knit toy patterns

Pink Knit Bunny

Just surfing around, like I often do, looking for knit toys. I happened upon this cute bunny (a blog full of interesting photography too) and link to the pattern and more.

August 1, 2007

golden bunny books

Golden Bunnies

Bunny Book

Bunny Daddy
Birthday Bunnies
Peter Cottontail
Magic Bunny

I've been reading Max lots of Golden Books (I had some of these as a kid — probably my parents did too), and quite a few have adorably magical illustrations of bunnies. I had to post some of my favorites —bunny love!

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