Saturday, April 21

A gift for my Mom

Ever since my Mom laid eyes on my Topiary, she wanted it. I tried to convince her a lighter stole would be great for summer, and she would have use for it in our winter weather. Seriously, we spent 2 hours combing through Ravelry patterns. I kept steering her back to Celes, a gorgeous pattern by Jared Flood, because I've wanted to knit it the second I laid eyes on it. She finally agreed.

The yarn I used was Madelinetosh, Tosh Merino Light, in the lovely colorway Luster. I remember the first time I used it, it was not love at first sight. But after quite a few projects, it might be my favorite shawl yarn. I think I may have started a bit late, as her birthday was April 1st. I didn't get it done on time. No worries though, she'll be getting it next weekend.

I loved knitting this, as I do all of Jared Floods patterns. The knit on edging, which I expected much harder, was a breeze. Of course only after blocking you see how beautiful it really is. The drape is amazing, and it's super soft. It will be hard to give, but I know I'll see it often.

Project notes here 

Now that another big project is finished, I only have our Fat Warmer (AKA Hourglass Throw) to complete. I have 3 more skeins left, so I'm guessing it's only a matter of weeks. I'm in no rush though. Only that it be ready for next winter!

Monday, April 16

Bad at Blogging

So, apparently, that's what I am. Whoops.
But life has finally caught up with me, so that's a good thing.
Getting back on routine, today is supposed to be Inspire me Monday.
I'll share one of my favorite illustrators.
Oliver Jeffers.
I'm a happy owner of "The Incredible Book Eating Boy", the story alone is adorable, but he illustrations and pop up are incredible. The story is about a boy who, well, likes to eat books. It's simply charming. I wish I had more of his books, but for now I cherish the one.
I read that this book is aimed at the 4-6 year olds, but I think grown ups who still love the smell of paper and don't yet own a kindle of some sort would look at this quite fondly!

From "The Incredible Book Eating Boy"

From "How to Catch a Star"

Editorial work

You can read a interveiw, or Q&A here

I do have a project I'm working on right now. I hope to complete it soon and get it rolling, I'm so excited!
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