I have a new address come check me out
Hi everyone I am missing you — recently Michael decided to surprise me by designing me a logo and updating the look of my blog which you can see here.
Who Is Michael? Michael is one half of the wonderfully talented team behind VINI. Michael is also married to my daughter Alice(the other half of the VINI team) which makes him my son-in-law. Son-in-law is a term I don’t like to use and now I have written it twice – the words make me think he is only my son by law. which isn’t true I would rather think of it as I now have 3 wonderfully talented kids.
Micheal and Alice are also editing and designing my new pattern which I should be publishing today or tomorrow.
I love everything he did to my blog. All my old posts are here and he added some widgits on the side. My pictures are larger and clearer now. I recently wrote about this owl I made of Noro yarn on my new blog. Here is a picture of the owl….Now click on my new blog and check out the picture of him.
So much better – bigger and brighter and more detail. I love it because when I am knitting and looking at patterns it really is all about the details-being able to see clearly how the stitches interact with each other and how it is put together.
Now look at this star I made. Pretty isn’t it. It looks a little like a patchwork quilt. Now click right HERE and be prepared to be dazzled by the size of the picture and how much clearer it looks.
So while I am glad you are visiting me here come and see me on my new blog I think you will like it better – I do.
***And all my old posts are right there too****
So what do you think of my new look????
I am over the top in love with it!!!
this was a big surprise for me…I received an e-mail yesterday from my son-in-law Michael. I can’t think of a better present than this.
You can still find me at my old address but you ought to come see what I look like on the new page http://whatzitknitz.com/
So I have completely and utterly daffy over tiny little foxes and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. I told myself the obsession was over and tried to work on something else but found myself dreaming of foxes again.
I found a potbellied stove at the thrift store which means I have to make a fox den so I have a mini kitchen to put it in. And of course mama fox will need an apron to wear while baking little gingerbread men for her children to eat.
So instead of finishing a cardigan that just needs a sleeve and half of a front I started a fox den. Even this wasn’t going fast enough so I cast on a faster knit last night. It is a aerie I got it knitted up in one evening. And in the morning I added a roof and knit a floor.
I found the roof at the thrift store it was on an incredibly ugly stein. It was very easy to get it off the beer glass and even better since the mug wasn’t damaged it will go in my donation bag for goodwill.
This aerie was supposed to be a home for an owlet who lives in the tree it could be a tower bedroom on top of the fox den. But one of the minis has already claimed it as his own.None of this will keep me warm but it seems that I must get it out of my system or it will haunt me.
Now I have to get a couple of chores out of the way so I can watch the Packers play the Vikings. Lets hope they play better than last week.
clearing out older projects this week. there was an old green sweater in the closet–one I never was quite happy with. the yarn pilled every time I wore it. It was a nice design but the cheap yarn was a mistake so I frogged.
…….still it can be hard to let go completely
next I dug out a pair of mittens that have been sitting unfinished since last year. I like this design and originally started these for my husband but they were a little on the snug side so I started over again in another yarn and thought I would finish these for myself later. Now a year later they are finally off the needles. they are thick and warm with nice long cuffs but I don’t know if I will keep them for myself.
next up is a pair of miter mittens from EZ knitter’s almanac. Its been years since I knit a pair of these. I love the pattern. I made these extra long also. The yarn is special to me — my daughter spun this yarn. It is the first yarn she ever spun so it is a little uneven. She wasn’t sure what kind of wool this was and she didn’t care much for the colors of the batt and hated the way the colors muddled once spun. But I think the end result is lovely. the wool softened up quite a bit when I washed them. I knit them extra large so I might even felt them the next time I have to do wash. these aren’t fashionable mittens they are working mittens the kind you wear when you are going to be shoveling the walk or walking on the ice in febuary ….they don’t need to be pretty – just warm.
I also uncovered this sad excuse for a granny square blanket. and decided that maybe I should finish it and put it out of its misery. It was hidden in the bottom of the closet. I was trying to teach myself to crochet when I started this. the stitches are all wobbly and uneven. I used leftover yarn and my combinations are anything but wonderful. I really don’t think I have a knack with color. And its been so long since I worked on it that I will have to look up directions to figure out how to do it again. I have 10 squares started but not added to the blanket so I think I will add those and then start a plain border around it to make it a little larger. Then if I just plain hate how it looks I will throw it in the washer and felt it and use it for a rug by my side of the bed. It doesn’t have to be pretty just needs to keep my feet warm when I get out of bed.and speaking of fugglaly things ……this whatch-a-m-call it keeps growing nicely.
Its been a busy week
I had a letter this morning from a friend at the cabin with spectacular pictures. Look at this beautiful blue sky. Debbie and Paul live just up the road from me and live full time at the lake. This is the view behind their house. They have a rock bluff in their back yard.
but wait Debbie wasn’t just sharing a photo of bare oak trees, blue skies and grasses….look closer what is peeping over the rock.
aren’t these pictures spectacular…………….but there is more…….lookPaul and Jeff were in the garage and suddenly the fox was up there investigating.Her nose must have picked up that the two hunter were butchering a deer shot earlier. this lucky vixen shared a meal of venison.
November 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm (Uncategorized)
I want to share pictures of the morning but what do you call a post of sunrise pictures. in my book they are perfect well not perfect photos just beautiful colors and feelings. mornings like this where the colors are so faded and mist is rising as you look across the lake but in the bay the water is so still that it mirrors the sky and the trees doubling the beauty it is like waking in a fairy tale.
time for a walk and then breakfast. but the perfect morning doesn’t end here. Meva is so happy and content – she had a nice walk and an even better breakfast. her belly full she decides to sing her appreciation of our morning.
listening to her sing always makes me happy. her song starts out low and escalates until she hits her high note and then it quivers and warbles and descends down into a low note that hangs in the back of her throat.
in the distance I here a couple of other dogs sing out a chorus to her solo. she listens too and then sends out another aria. finally I have to remind myself that others may not find Meva’s singing as wonderful as I do and we head inside.
I have been working away on this toy fox pattern. I have been playing around with a new computer program to write my charts and they are almost done. Yesterday was very cold but it was sunny so I went out in the yard to take some pictures. I had lots of help….Meva needed to check out every angle. She has lots of her own stuffed toys and leaves the ones I knit alone but she did find it odd that I brought my toys outside in the yard.
Of course part of the problem might be those antlers that I found..she is fascinated with them and even though she won’t take them off the coffee table or the shelf where I keep them she has wondered about them. Now that I put them in the yard to take a photo of she is hoping she will get the chance to have a much closer look and maybe be able to gnaw on them. Eventually she gave up and wandered off to watch the coots swim close to where she was sitting on the pier. All the while muttering to herself ’stupid fox-I am much prettier-Mom should knit a wolf toy that looks like me!’
November 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm (Uncategorized)
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