What does hubby wear under his kilt?

Schottische Kilt Hose, of course.

photo of schottische kilt hoseThese babies took forever to knit. The pattern is from Nancy Bush’s “Folk Socks” and the yarn is Knit Picks Bare, 100% merino fingering weight yarn. Due to hubby’s size 13 feet and tree-like legs I added an extra pattern repeat (both in the cuff and calf) and a few extra inches in leg and foot length. I knit them 2 socks on 2 circs using Addi US2 needles, which are actually 3.0mm (equivalent to US2.5s) so the gauge was a tiny bit looser than called for too.

The merino really softened up nicely after a good bath. I was very pleasantly surprised and hubby claims they are very comfortable.

The hose used just about 2 full hanks of yarn, plus a bit of a third for heel and toe reinforcement (I just doubled up the yarn for both the heels and toes).

Check out the calf decrease pattern on the back. I love that! Also, the picot edge at the cuff is a great detail.

If you dig sock knitting, buy Ms. Bush’s book. It rocks!

Cat Thing

I’m not sure what to call this thing. It’s like one of those shoe storage racks that hangs over the closet door. But bigger. Way bigger. It’s called “Cat Nap and Play” and was on sale for $45 at Walmart. The boys love it.

We don’t have any inconspicuous corners for cat towers, so this is a great solution. It hangs over the door and comes with a handy-dandy canvas storage tote, so we can take it down or move it if we have guests who may find a giant kitty climber odd.

There were no weight limits given and the thing feels pretty sturdy. Hopefully Pan and Thor’s combined weight of 32ish pounds won’t rip the door from the hinges.

Bottom line, if you have cats and lack floor space for towers, this is a great climber.

Welcome, Sullivan Anna!

This is a little giftee to welcome Sullivan Anna to the world. The hat and booties are knit with Knit Picks Main Line. I used two balls of Ivory and trace amounts of Antique Rose and Dusty Lavender.

The booties were inspired by the Beaded Fair Isle Shoes in Debbie Bliss’ “The Baby Knits Book“. Basically, I translated the pattern for use with worsted weight yarn and added purl contrast rows, omitting the Fair Isle details. Also, modified the ankle strap construction to minimize finishing. They bear only a passing resemblance to Debbie’s shoes. Like Dicky Dunn, “I was just trying to capture the spirit of the thing.”

TheĀ cotton topperĀ pattern is from “Nature Babies” (with an added I cord topper). Straight forward, quick knit. Here it is on Ravelry.

My verdict: knitting for babies is fun!

LMKG Child’s Cotton Hat

This is the Child’s Cotton Hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It’s knit with stash KP Main Line yarn in ivory with an antique rose tie. The hat wasn’t blocked before this photo, hence the pointy crown. It’s a quick, cute knit. Most importantly, Cealinn made the I-cord using her Wonder Knitter. Get ’em while they’re young, right?

Anemoi Mittens

Happy birthday, Ninny!

I looooved knitting Eunny Jang’s Anemoi Mittens, just such a fun pattern. I followed Amelia’s tubular cast on instructions, which were ab fab, and used Knit Picks Gloss yarn in pumpkin and sarengetti. The gloss yarn was dreamy and I used less than one ball of each color

for the large mittens.

For some reason (user error) the cuffs seemed crazy tight when knit on US0 needles, so I did the whole thing on US2s and flip-flopped the MC and CC on the cuff.

The purl side “seams” are very cool. Heck, the whole mitten is pretty cool. Wonderful pattern, lovely yarn, and passed the kitten taste test. Two thumbs up!

PS. Anemoi are the wind gods in Greek mythology. Check out Wikipedia.

Count to 10…

How’s your day? Mine started with one cat projectile vomitting on the other. Bathing an 18 pound cat before work is a whole new kind of fun.

See that fluffy expanse of white belly? No, the top cat. That’s Thor. Don’t ask how I know that – I just do. Just as I know there’s a scar there from his first obstruction removal surgery.

Picked up on the word “first”, huh? Yeah. As of today, he has a matching pair. And my Nikon D80 fund is missing many pennies.


Happy Halloween!

My sister finally (FINALLY) emailed me a picture of Cealinn in her Cinderella costume.

Looks thrilled, doesn’t she? Like maybe the glass slipper fits one of her stepsisters. Or maybe Prince Charming is grating on her last nerve. Ah well. She’s still gorgeous.

Apparently our pumpkin was having a bit more fun in his “coat”. Colm is wearing Cealinn’s costume from 2003. How adorable is he? The pattern was Butterick 9318. It’s actually reversible. The inside is a ladybug, pretty fun. My review of it is on patternreview.com.

Thanks for the photos Kelly!