Class quilt- almost done!!

I finished the hand binding tonight- it went really fast with good pinning and many strands of thread prepared for re-threading the needle quickly. 

  
I just have a tiny bit of finishing to do tomorrow (backing and sewing on the beige hearts), and I’m DONE! 

Knit night was tonight, and although I couldn’t stay long, it was nice. 

  
My Hitchhiker is bigger now- after knitting I had a preschool meeting, and I knitted the entire time. I have about 18 “teeth,” with 42 being the goal. 

Not bad for a Tuesday!

Hitchhiker: new obsession

I love this pattern/yarn combo!

  
This was taken this morning- I’m a bit further along now, as it’s so fun and addicting!

However, I had to focus on the Wee Girl’s class quilt this evening. I’m binding it by hand, which I’ve never done. 

 

It’s not that easy, but also not as hard as is expected.  But I feel like I need caffeine and daylight to do a better job of it. Good night!

Quilt, startitis

Here is the Wee Boy’s multi-fandom quilt! 

   

As you can see, I could have been more precise in the back, but I like it! I feel kind of proud that I only used leftover fabrics and managed to make it work. :0. 

I learned a good lesson about evening the edges up before binding. Next time I’ll do that before I’ve pinned all the binding on.  Ugh.

We spent the afternoon up in Petaluma, where we walked/the kids biked around a lovely 2-mile path around/within a pond filled with geese, swans, killdeer, red-winged blackbirds, etc. It was really nice.

 

“hey, watch out for that big swan!”

  

no bench shall be left unexplored.

  

the Wee Girl received a birthday gift that was hardly put down for the rest of the day.


 

In knitting news, I’ve only had my blanket squares on the needles lately, and I’ve been itching to cast on new things but was at a loss as to what

Well, I remembered a technique I picked up from the Yarn Harlot a while back, so I employed it this evening: pair up your yarn patterns with corresponding yarn(s), put them together in a project bag (preferably wound into balls and including needles), so you have a project ready to grab any time. My result, after consulting my large binder of patterns and my stash:

  
Four almost ready to go projects! Yeah, they’re all scarves/shawlette/cowls, but that’s what I’ve been feeling like knitting lately.  I might have to start giving away more of my knitting if this trend continues.

And yes, I need to find a yarn to pair with the Silky Wool for the Duotone cowl. One search through the stash didn’t reveal an obvious choice, so I’ll have another go.

I forgot how fun this method is! Already I am remembering other pairings I could do right away; ie., having bought particular yarn for a specific project (I’m looking at you, Cardigan for Arwen + Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, and you, Blue Whale + Tosh Pashmina!!).

Phew, that’s all for now! I’m ready to cast on for my Hitchhiker! (I love how 150g should yield 42 teeth!! I hope mine works out! I’ll keep my towel handy, for luck.)

A Saturday

 Today was the Spring Fair at the Wee Boy’s preschool. There were crafts, good food, friendly families, and even a wee petting zoo. The boy was very gentle with the bunnies, and the girl developed a love for chickens.   

she has a way with chickens, apparently!

Later, I picked up the Wee Boy’s quilt, which had been collecting dust on a shelf, and by bedtime I had finished it. I have no photo of the FO because it’s over the sleeping boy at the moment. 🙂 But here’s the binding action getting started.

  

During the boy’s nap today, I did various bits and bobs of sewing/crafting/mending. I patched two pairs of pants, prepared eight heart appliquĂ©s for the girl’s class quilt (the auction is a week from today!!!!),and made the kids t-shirts to match their Dr. Who pajama pants (the boy liked his pants yesterday, but questioned me as to whether there was a matching shirt. Yes, sir!!!). 

 

these make me awfully happy!

 
The girl happily wore hers to bed, declaring the pants super warm and comfy, but the boy ignored his. Oh, well.

Thus concludes an unusually crafty Saturday. Hope yours was awesome!

To boldly go

Today was all about pajama pants!

pajama pants are easier to see than they look!

done!

live long and don’t snore!

silly pic, just for fun. the wee girl caught me doing a crazy dance to celebrate my geeky new pajama pants.

I was so excited to finish these that I immediately cut out the same pattern from my Dr. Who fleece.  Unfortunately, I cut the front pieces with the pattern upside down.  After thinking about it during the afternoon/evening, I decided that I want the pajamas to be awesome, so I re-cut (I had way more fabric left over than I expected!). Hopefully I can sew them up tomorrow and have super warm jammies!

Almost there!

Tonight I couldn’t stay long at knit night because of a preschool meeting, but I managed to get this far on my BSJ:

  

 But… Um…

Those stripes are looking wonky. Sigh. So I frogged back and ended the evening pretty much at the same place:

  But the stripes look better. Note to self: when knitting the BSJ, don’t stripe at this point. It will inevitably be uneven.  Also, maybe do some Fibonacci stripes instead of completely random. 

Asilomar, Earthbound Organics, and so long, Monterey!

Early this morning, the kids and I dropped Daddy off at Laguna Seca for his bike race, then we had several hours before picking him up. I still had a few things in mind that I’d been wanting to so during this trip, so we did them!

First, we headed to Asilomar State Beach to see what we could see, tide pool-wise.

they look like snail shells, but if you watch for a bit, you see little limbs emerge and tbey move quite fast!

    

“get my shoes!!”

    

climb!!

  

i love how different beaches have different surfaces.

Then we had enough time to hit Earthbound Organics’ farm stand in Carmel Valley.

 

 This was a great choice of a side trip- the kids loved every second of it!

just the scent of this garden will add years to your life, I swear!!

  

  

  

  

   

 

  

  

At home,  I knitted furiously. 

 

I got to this point, then realized that the differently-colored bind offs at the neck would bother me, so I’ve frogged and re knit a bit since taking this photo. It’s going well, although it’s a tad bigger than I expected. 

Sea Otter Classic, day 2

Today we made it to Laguna Seca early, so it was much more pleasant.  We saw some bike jumping: 

  

The kids practiced on the kiddie race course:

“shoot my picture, Mommy!”

  

wee girl on her pink bike

 

The Wee Boy won his race!  I was very proud. 🙂   

He also tried to make friends with various young adults. He’d just approach them, ask their names, and strike up a conversation. Upon parting ways, he told the young man in yellow to enjoy his ride.  

Later we hit San Carlos beach, where there were surprising waves and a little tide pooling action.      

I got some knitting in, but decided to end out the night like this: 

Good night!