finishing, 1.27

Soon to become a zippered and lined pouch for odds and ends, or pencils, and things like that.  I had forgotten how quickly simple, straight stockinette stitch knitted up.

piksi, pixie, where is my mind?

I’ve made more than one of these Piksi hats for friends; but finally, a bright Malabrigo Merino Worsted red drew me in and forced me to make one of these adorable hats for myself. This hat certainly helps further along my current obsession with combinations of stockinette, garter, and reverse stockinette stitches, as well as giant poms.

Pleased, much. But, I think I’ll make another one soon with some mods to the initial ribbing–creating a 1×1 instead of a 2×2.

As always, more snaps of the Pixie: Where is my mind? over at the Hearty Hats flickr set.

dinner guest, 1.23


My mum serves brilliant Sunday dinners. Our recent dinner guest, Willa Cather the pup, is one of Sir Winston Churchill’s closest chums. She liked sitting politely at the dinner table during dessert, whilst Sir Win paced at the thought of my mum’s gingerbread cake.

sick, 1.15

Gulping tea like crazy before a good friend’s house party tonight, in the hopes it will miraculously cure me. And yes, this teapot brilliantly has its cup and saucer attached just below.

knitting inspiration #138: elvis perkins.

He’s one of my favorite musicians, no doubt. And who knew Elvis had such a great “knitted” style?

My friend declared to me the other week that my “fetish” is knitting for men, or knitting men’s items that I in turn wear. It’s true, indeed. She even boasted that I should open an etsy shop dedicated solely to providing homemade knitwear to women who don’t know how to knit but actually have boyfriends to gift the stuff off to. Novel, idea, no? I think we bandied about a shop title of “Boys who like girls who like knitting but can’t for shit”…and then the trail went cold.

Anyways, Elvis Perkins not only has a gorgeous face, indeed, and a remarkable talent, he has inspired my latest knitting craze: men’s skinny scarves, intricate Fair Isle sweater vests, fisherman-style hats in bright colors, and even gorgeous Aztec-style button-ups.

Calling all males: who wants something?

In honor, gorge on some of my favorite Elvis tracks–“123, Goodbye”, “Doomsday”, “Shampoo”, and “While You Were Sleeping”.

gifted to me: hand sewn table runner.

My Mum, even the inspirational genius, knew I wanted a colorful runner to add some spice to my otherwise bland dining table, and so set about sewing me this gorgeous one. It’s perfect with my potted succulents or provides some bi-polarity to my cast iron, conservative candlesticks, which I adore.

The reverse side is a chocolate brown with miniature cream dots to add some interest and change when I need it.

Love.