Monday, August 21, 2017

dog days

Busy times and utter chaos this summer -- I'm embracing the dog days and looking forward to crisp autumn days, cozy cardigans, and fall colors. My older brother had a stroke and has been in rough shape this summer -- a month in the ICU, life support, pneumonia... I've been traveling back and forth to Minnesota a good deal. The upshot? More times with family and friends, progress on cleaning out my parents' old house, and best of all, my brother has really turned a corner and is on the upswing.


 Sugar enjoying "my" reading chair in our new Craftsman bungalow

 a good book and the start of a North Shore pullover for E


 cocktails at Grey Ghost in Detroit

 my neighbor's cheerful zinnias


Thank goodness for fenced yards, water tables (busy, happy kids!), and sparkling rosé. The bag is from Better Life Bags, a neat company based here in Detroit. You design your own custom handbag either in the store or online, then each bag is hand cut and hand sewn by women facing economic challenges here in Detroit, a city where resources and opportunities can be pretty tough.

crafting on with Nicole et al.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

powder blue

Life has been chaotic lately. We just bought a cozy 1922 Craftsman bungalow and we have been busy fixing it up a bit before moving in at the end of this month. I'm knitting a powder blue sweater vest for B in size 2T -- how did the time pass so quickly? She's getting so tall and learning new words every minute. 

Those pink roses may not look like much to a seasoned gardener, but they're a real triumph given the state of the garden at our rental home when we moved in a year and a half ago. Nothing feels as good as giving things new life.  
I found this sweet vintage dollhouse at a rummage sale and am looking forward to fixing it up for the kiddos. Also, where can I order a lifesize chalet like this? So charming!
 
 
 Kayaking at sunset on the Detroit River near Belle Isle state park.

 
My constant companions, looking like bookends.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

texture and test-knitting

reading Texture and test-knitting a new hat pattern for Thread & Ladle

I'm not sure if I can post spoilers, but I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter for the first time for testing Beatrice's new hat pattern. Lovely yarn, nice pattern.You can never have too many handknit hats.

a girl and her cat
 
Chouette is one of my most well-received handknits. Erik loved it last winter, Bridget even likes to wear it in the house. A quick knit, warm and eye-catching, lots of compliments.

I am reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, too -- terrific! Too bad it's overdue at the library. Must. read. faster.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

yarn along: beloved + after you

 joining the yarn along with Ginny & co.

I just started After You and just finished knitting a Beloved hat for Erik.

Moxie cat, hard at work helping me knit

 a happy customer

 new knitting books to peruse

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

yarn along: knitting from the north

So many wonderful new knitting books and magazines these days... Knitting from the North is what I'm currently perusing. I'm knitting a simple hat for Erik out of this amazingly cozy and cheerful yarn made right here in Michigan -- Stonehedge Crazy. No skein is the same -- Erik had so much fun picking out this yarn. I'd love to do a blanket with oodles of different colors!

joining the yarn along with Ginny et al.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

yarn along: between the world and me

reading: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
knitting: Strokkur (still)

An important book to read at a historic time. I'm alternately hoppin' mad and heartsick these days.

B wore her Chouette hat for our local Women's March. I wish I had broken out the pink yarn, but I spent time writing letters and calling congresspeople instead. 

B wearing her Little Buds cardi (so sweet -- the silhouette makes her look like a smock-clad French painter)! Real life around here -- potty chair in the background, Matchbox cars, the kids' new toy mop and broom (which they love -- they "clean" far more often than the grown-ups do!).

I'm joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

indecision


knitting :: strokkur
color combination no. 1: teal with "straw" and "truffle hunt"

Far too many minutes have been spent mulling over color combinations for my strokkur pullover. I'm stymied.

Here's Ysolda's pattern photo:

What do you think? Color combination no. 1 above? Or one of the choices below?

 combination no. 2: teal with blue and natural

combination no. 3: teal with straw and blue

combination no. 4: teal with straw and natural