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Getting Spooky

DD#1 has been on a ghoulish drawing binge.  Zombies, ghosts, goblins, witches and other creepy images adorn the pages of her sketch book.  This past weekend she decided to create one of these charming creatures in 3-D.

The design, pattern & sewing are all by DD#1.  Oh, did I mention that she claims that she can't sew?  I wonder what this means for the future of her knitting. . . 

Zombie Profile Note the brains spilling out of his head.

Zombie Wormie

He's chomping on a yummy wormy.  (Or is the wormy chomping on him?)

Zombie Black Eye

She added shadowing around his eyes and mouth.

Full Frontal Zombie

The stitching on his chest is where his heart used to be.

Hope you and all of your ghouls are ready for the spookiest of weeks!

ETA:  A few more photos with his creator now that she's home from school.

A girl, her zombie and some colorful New Jersey hills

Zombie Attack!!

There is Pumpkin Bread in My Future

BFL Mitts 2

BFL Mitts 3

BFL Mitts 4

BFL Mitts 5

DD #1 is an amazing cook.  She has worked wonders with wok and tofu a number of nights this week - to the delight of the rest of us.  Next on her chopping block is this impressive squash.  I for one am looking forward to some tasty pumpkin bread.

The mitts have been laying around for a few days awaiting their moment in the spotlight.   I knit them with yarn spun from BFL roving that I hand painted over a year ago.  I really wasn't sure about the yarn until I made the mitts.  Now I love it - and them.

ETA - Gah!  What's with iGoogle and Flickr, looking all different?  That just happened while I was putting up this post!

Keeping My Sanity

I have two projects for when I simply need the comfort of repetitive motion.  Both make me immeasurably happy.


Garter Shawl

The other thing that makes me immeasurably happy - Pandora Radio on my iPhone.

Do Not Cross

Do Not Cross, originally uploaded by throughtheloops.

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments on my new sweater. DD#1 and I went out this morning and took a few modeled photos. I'll post more of them soon.

I've been very busy crunching numbers and writing the patterns for this sweater which will be known as "Acer" and my "Staccato" striped hoodie. Both will be sent to test knitters in the next few days, so you may expect patterns soon. Thanks for your patience on Staccato. I wanted to get that pattern out sooner, but the Socktoberfest knitalong that I am hosting over on Ravelry has been taking more of my time than I originally had thought it would.

For those who asked, the yarn that I used for Acer is Peace Fleece worsted in Shaba Green. I barely broke into the fifth skein.

It's Not ALL Socks Around Here

Acer Tegmentosum, originally uploaded by throughtheloops.

Peace Fleece, wooden buttons, topdown construction, a smidge of waist shaping, garter stitch edging.
This one is for me.
Now to finish that second sleeve.

A Girl and a Camera

Yesterday started out rainy and miserable, but by the afternoon it was a spectacular fall day.  DD#1, my friend K and I had a fabulous time enjoying the beautiful weather.  DD#1 had camera rights and realized how much she loves taking photos.  Here's a sampling of some of my favorites.

Sea Urchins
All of these photos were taken at Artefact in Furlong, PA - well worth the visit if you are in the area.  Not to mention that Rita's is right next door!

Three Parts Tickled, One Part Terrified

There are a few things this sock is not.


  1. It is not the the sock for the Socktoberfest Mystery Sock KAL.  It is my pattern Belvedere.  I gave the original away to Miss Peaknit and thought it would be nice to finally have a pair of my own.
  2. It is not going to have a mate any time soon.  It is going to have to wait.  I'm too busy with the Mystery Sock KAL, among other things.
  3. It is not being modeled by  one of my ever tolerant children.  It is being modeled by a woman who wonders if photographing socks counts as "Activity Points" on Weight Watchers.  When the "A" team models are in school, mom must sub in and contort her body into positions that make certain yoga poses look easy to get a foot photo.

Here's the thing.
I'm stunned, flummoxed, awed, humbled, terrified, thrilled, tickled pink by the response to the Mystery Sock KAL.  There have been some very nice bloggers spreading the word and we are now up to 500 (and counting) members in the Through The Loops group on Ravelry.  I'm pretty sure most of those are there for the KAL since we had 82 on Tuesday morning before I posted about the sock.  Eeek.

Since in those numbers I know there must be a range of knitting abilities and time constraints, I've decided that I should offer two versions of the sock.  The first will be the basic pattern, appropriate for those who are comfortable with yo, k2tog, ssk.  The second will have some cabling added in for a little extra challenge.  I think it will be fun to watch both versions grow among our members.

Last night a very nice and very generous yarn store owner offered some prizes for our little KAL.   Linda from Yarnzilla is donating three packages with two skeins of Jitterbug in each!!  (You heard me right, JITTERBUG!)  YUM.  I'll be sending a few patterns her way to bundle with the yarn.  Anyone who completes a pair of the KAL socks and posts them in the group by 11/29 (there will be a thread to show off your finished pairs), will be added to the drawing.  You will find more details on the group page.

Off to work on a pattern or two.  See you soon.