Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Summer sewing

I managed to find my fabric and such, so I have finally started sewing a bit at the new Chez Arrow. First, inspired by Jennifer, I attempted a couple of headbands.

Headbands
Headband gifties

Then, I made a baby headband for Carina's first birthday, and a brag book to show her cute baby photos. I think this one came out a little better than the first one I tried a few months ago, for baby Chloe.

Baby headband and brag book
Baby gifties

There are quite a few things I want to try sewing...and I still have not made any progress on the Nappy Bag...oops, maybe I should take a look at that pattern, eh?

Monday, June 26, 2006

Mail love

Last week I received not one, but TWO packages from lovely ladies in blogland...am I lucky or what?

First, Amy of Amyville sent the cutest celadon cupcake stitch marker and charm. I love them! I immediately put the stitch marker on the back of my Green Gable, and seeing it makes me smile every time I finish knitting a round. Thank you Amy!

Amyville goodies
Celadon cupcakes!

Then, Arrow and I received a boxFULL of goodies from Jennifer of Piddleloop...opening it just about knocked me over!

Piddleloop package
Look at our loot!

The first thing I saw was the pretty blue and brown floral headband that I had coveted on her blog...there was a whole bag full of Moustache Factory buttons, including my favorite dachshunds...a sweet pink zipper pouch and two cute tissue holders...fun marble magnets featuring Snoopy the beagle...sushi tissues! Hello Kitty Pez, a plush Peep, chicken poop lip balm, cat butt gum, cake and candy stickers...and a big bag of treats for Arrow (from her hounds Sam and Lucy). Thank you so much, Jennifer! I am so touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity.

I tried to get a picture of Arrow enjoying her treats, but she was too fast for me. So here she is reading the funnies...

Arrow reading the funnies
What is my friend Snoopy up to today?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Summer solstice

The morning of the first (very hot) day of summer was spent making postcards announcing the move to the new digs.

Chez Arrow postcards

I tried to carve a house stamp...was not altogether pleased with the results, but ended up using the second attempt, which is on the left.

Chez Arrow stamps

In knitting news, slow progress continues on Green Gable...just split the sleeves and the sweater is starting to take shape. Knitting with cotton is slooow!

Green Gable progress

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Graduation capelet

The glacier blue capelet is finished! Knitting was completed during (sanity) breaks from packing...

Capelet, side view
Side view...in the new backyard

Pattern: Anthrogologie-inspired capelet
Yarn: Crystal Palace Labrador, color 2013, 2 skeins
Needles: US 10 1/2 bamboo circulars (29")

This truly was a quick knit, even for a slow knitter like me. And, I had to re-knit quite a bit of the thing when I discovered I was doing purl-side yarn overs incorrectly...oops...and not getting the pretty eyelets along the raglan line. But even with that delay, I was able to finish knitting it in time. It came out a bit smaller than I expected...I probably should have used US11 needles, but hopefully it will be alright.

Capelet, in dusk
Front view in the fading dusk

I gave it to my sister yesterday, as part of her graduation gifties...she is a high school graduate! I hope she likes it!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Chez Arrow

Lots of boxes all over the place, since Chez Arrow is moving this weekend...at first, Arrow was so scared of the boxes, she wouldn't even go in for a treat...and this beagle loves treats. Eventually, she decided to peek inside...but then the noise of her collar touching the box scared her back out. Silly beagle!

Arrow and the box

She seems less wary of the boxes now, though she still runs in and out very quickly for a treat. No packing for this pooch...here she is relaxing on the Peanuts baseball pillows...

Arrow curled up

Ah, the life of a dog!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Swap-errific

My Knitters Tea Swap package arrived! Theresa sent a wonderful box full of green goodies...

Knitters tea swap package

Look at all the lovely Stash tea!

  • Morrocan mint green tea
  • Premium green tea
  • Jasmine blossom green tea
  • Irish breakfast black tea
  • Double bergamot earl grey black tea
The morrocan mint green tea is one of my favorites, and I can't wait to try the others! Especially the double bergamot earl grey, which just sounds wonderful. She also sent delightful-sounding treats to go with the tea...

Knitters tea swap treats

  • Green tea chocolate wafers....mmm...I love green tea flavored desserts
  • French toast brunch biscuits..."crisp yet delicate biscuits with maple and brown sugar"...oh my!

And lookie, green yarn!

Knitters tea swap yarn

  • Blue Sky Cotton, color 602...I love this shade of green, and it is so soft...
  • Crystal Palace Musique, color 7279...I have knit a scarf with this yarn before, but I've never seen this pretty colorway
  • Pretty green mohair...so many lovely subtle variations in the colors
And she also sent this fabric, because it reminded her of cupcakes! So thoughtful.

Knitters tea swap fabric

All of this, in addition to the tea treat last month. Thank you so much, Theresa! I love all my goodies.