Tuesday, February 28, 2012


for christmas, stuart received a pony. a beautiful blue pony ... and lucy wanted one too. because, that's how sock monsters are ... they're just like kids. whatever the one has, the other wants. big time. WANTS. cries. pouts.

 this is lucy.

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she ended up in stuart's stocking several years ago. she's sweet, and a constant companion, but still, she's a wee sock creature, with wee "feelings". including, "why does HE have a pony and i DON'T ?!" LOL!
so, grandma got busy crocheting pony #2.

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both ponies are crocheted with this pattern. of course, the wee pony on the left (in red) had a crocheted flower around her neck. that's an "extra".

Monday, February 20, 2012

ps. she still knits socks !

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are these NOT super cool ?!

these were actually quite a quick knit ... because i was so captured by the pattern unfolding.

it's called "rainbow socks". and it's knitted with short rows. i was so enthralled how a simple self striping yarn became so dynamic with short rows!

the yarn is kroy jacquard, in the colorway "meadow jaquard".

the short row method i used was a yarn over. no wrap & turn. also, i slipped the first stitch after the yarn over.

i love these. i love the pattern. i will knit it again.

lucky you!

 a good friend recently asked me, "where ARE you?!"

i'm here ... i've just been working on some "secret" projects for a swap i participated in. my swap partner was my mom. and she blog-stalks me!

so, i wasn't posting all these projects that were consuming so much of my knitting time.

but, i was home this past weekend, and we did our exchange. now, i can reveal.

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this was inspired by my monster knitting group. the group is quite large, and sometimes, too big for my comfort when it comes to committing to a project, and mailing it, and most importantly, receiving it.

 mom and i talked about it, and she spontaneously said, "i'll be your partner!"

 LOL! she doesn't knit ! but, she does crochet, and that will be another post. so, i got busy.

the first guy i made was the little blue guy on the right side ... he's a rebecca danger pattern from her book. his name is "harold the house plant monster". i've made him before, and gave him away. but, this time, i made him with a hand dyed sock yarn (dyed by me, with wilton icing dye). the yarn is a super-wash fingering weight yarn. i've tried at least twice to knit this yarn into socks, but FAILED. failed. failed because the yarn and pattern combination was a poor choice, or failed because the pattern sucked.

the very lucky guy on the left is also from the same book, and is called "irving the icebox monster".

he's knitted with some vanna's choice yarns. he did not come from stash. i know, GASP! i spent some $ on some acrylic stuff. but, the colors were so perfect! in the book, he has a little round eye patch. for his "lucky" theme, i crocheted a little shamrock, and tacked down the edges with sewing thread.

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so, these two little guys were the focus of our swap, but of course, i didn't stop there. i knitted a little owl puff, and crocheted a little nemo fish, stuffed a sewn bag with trail mix and candies, plus some pandora jewelry.

 i couldn't help it. it's mom. i'll post the "extra's" later.