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April 05, 2005

On my bookshelf, on my needles

Time to get to business, and my business is science knitting.

Look what I got in the mail!

It's Knitted Toys by Fiona McTague and At Knit's End by my favorite Yarn Harlot (by the way, what's up with Amazon's new look? A little weird, but I think I'll get used to it). Yarn Harlot's book is the cutest little thing. People have been saying it, I know, but I didn't believe it until I held the little baby in my own two hands. I can't wait to read it!

Knitted Toys is a sort of odd purchase for me. Well, here's how it happened. I surfed over to this blog and the author knit a monkey from this very book in question. She gave the monkey a sly little smile (he's a bit more serious in the book), knit him an outfit, and started posing him in all her blog pictures. Too cute! She also has a way cute hamster called Buster who makes an appearance now and again. Buster is probably five times the size of my Axon and Synapse combined, so I don't think they'd make good pals (speaking of the two little devils, there's a stinkathon in their home and I need to clean that as soon as I'm done with this entry). Anyway, I borrowed the book from my library, but had to give it back almost right away (some other knitter must've recalled it), so I figured, eh, let me just buy my own copy.

Now, do I reallly think I'm going to make anything from this book? No. Well, maybe. But most likely no. The project that really caught my attention is this cute little ducky:

So cute! For the record, I do not own, nor plan to own any stuffed animals. I used to be mildly into them, until a boyfriend in college gave me a big stuffed dog. I've had a serious aversion to them ever since. Anyway, I hope I'll get to make a ducky for someone some day. By the way, the knitter from Busternme just knit a ducky, and (in her own words) it "seems to look kinda fat and stupid." Hehe! Here's another project I think is too cute for words:

It's a way cute piglet! And here's a project I don't think is particularly cute, but very interesting:

Is it just me, or is that boy unmistakably Jewish?

There's been little knitting going on, but somehow I'm making progress on my Pretty Comfy socks:


Pictures aren't the best, I know, but I refuse to use the flash (which would reduce the time the shutter is open and make the pictures crisper) because it messes up the colors too much. I think it's coming out really nice!

Three knitters from my Tuesday lunch-time group, Carrie, Jen, and Diana, came to the TrueGrounds S'n'B on Sunday. How exciting! It was nice to have such a full house, literally.

PS: MT blah: How does one center images in MT? I tried both: <p align="center"><img src="http://www.grumperina.com/photo.jpg" /></p> and <img src="http://www.grumperina.com/photo.jpg" align="center">, but it didn't work :(.

Posted by Kathy on April 5, 2005 11:01 PM


Are you using Fixation? Love the colour!
I haven't joined the Yarn Harlot rave yet ... mmm ... maybe later.
I've been reading around your other pages and I love the idea of iron-on labels. Sure I'm going to try that. And how in the world can you find so much time to blog on so many things? huh?

This is how I do it:

You got the Knitted Toys book! You should try knitting one of them; it's really fun. In addition to being small quick projects with fun results, they can't end up not fitting. They're also easy to modify as you go, to produce something completely new. On the other hand, the socks are beautiful, and a lot more useful than a stuffed animal....
But I think I've abandoned utility in knitting. Sewing is faster.

try putting div tags around images, with div align="center". The img align="center" doesn't work..

Are you knitting them there socks with Louet? hmmmmm???? I heart that little knitted piggie -- too cute!

I love your little dwarf hammies! My kids had a set of them quite a while ago; we named them Caesar and Max, I forget why. They were SO much nicer than the Syrian hamsters we had before them...I still have a scar from the teeth of one of those that I had to give meds to. Now we have 2 cats, and while my daughter (the animal lover) wants some hamsters again, I am trying to convince her that the cats would think they were dinner. I miss the little fuzzballs, though.

Your socks are awesome!

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