Leslie Ann Bestor's new book called, Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step- by- Step Methods
is a wonderful instructive guide to help your knitting project get off to a great start and help you make the perfect choice for adding the finishing touch to a beloved project.
Before reading this book I really never gave all that much thought to how I cast on or off for my knitting projects, and I had no idea how many ways there were out there to do so.
Finding the right cast on and off for a project not only can improve the function of that garment such as using a stretchy bind off for a mitten or sweater cuff to better the fit( Leslie show six different ways to do just that) it can also add a decorative element to a knit garment when you use a lace or picot method when you cast on. Just imagine how pretty and sweet a tri- colored braided cast on for baby blanket would be?
I can't wait to use the new methods I have learned in this book to jazz up my knitting projects from now on. I feel like a new door has opened. I was stuck in a rut and I didn't even know it! I have been knitting for over ten years now and am so excited to have this new knowledge. I plan to use it to add my own personal touches to my knitting projects from now on. This is a simple way to take a pattern you love and make it even more unique and one of a kind.
Now it's your chance to learn these fun new methods too, simply leave a comment to have a chance to win a copy of this fun and helpful knitting book.
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Well I am being WAY more realistic lately. I just do not have any time for myself at all these days and if I do it comes in very, very small pieces. But I was just itching to make something with my Malabrigo yarn so I decided to start a pair of fingerless arm warmers for the fall. I have made literally hundreds of fingerless toddler mitts but never a pair for myself. So there you go, easy peasy summer knitting overwhelmed mama parenting three kids alone all week style. These should be great for rock hunting and agate hunting at the ocean this fall :)
My reading choice this week is just the same instant gratification and inspiring eye candy style. I have heard about Taproot via Soulemama's blog but after I opened it up in the grocery store the other day I just had to treat myself with a copy. I have skimmed through the art and photography which is just fantastic but have yet to read any of the articles yet. I am waiting to have a cup of coffee or tea in hand and napping children and then I will take this outside to enjoy in peace. ( should I mention that I have been trying to make this happen for two weeks now?) goodness :)
I though it was neat how my yarn and my reading were so coordinated this week too. What are you reading and knitting these days? Yarn Along with Ginny!
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I haven't had a chance to hang out alone very often with Solomon since Nalah has been born and Ben started a new job working out of town. Sollie loves his baby sister very much but Nalah is the kind of baby that likes to be held all the time and has to be part of the action and do what ever anyone else is doing so this really limits what I can do with him. His sisters are a lot more demanding of attention than he is so he has starting acting out in naughty ways to get attention. I feel badly that I am not able to spend time with all of my kids individually and with Papa gone until the weekends and a new baby it has been something I am struggling with. So I really wanted to have a date with my sweet boy, and just my sweet boy.
After buying some blueberries from the neighbor girl who had a little stand on the corner he has been asking for more so I asked him if he would like to go pick his own blueberries and visit some of our favorite farm animals. He was pretty excited about that so Saturday afternoon we headed out to Sauvies Island to do some picking. It was super hot and I thought the sunscreen was in the car when it was not so we didn't pick for very long. Most of the blueberries are not quite ready yet as you can see by the pictures they are still pretty white. We ended up only picking two pints but we still had a fun time together and we are thinking of maybe going back in a week or two so we can really stock up. While we were picking I heard several people including a woman in her later years mention that she had never seen a blueberry bush before. It was my first time picking blueberries too and I was feeling badly that I had gone 31 years and had never picked a blueberry before, but apparently I am not the only one. One of the most wonderful joys of life that we all take for granted most of the time is the potential discovery of learning new things every single day :)
Sunday at the Fair......
I love The Oregon Country Fair and so happy we made it (if only for one day) this year.
It is always kind of sad to leave.
There is no place like it. It is just so alive with creativity and so much work goes into putting it all together. I am really thankful for all the folks who make the Fair possible.
Thanks for giving my spirit the creative rejuvenation I needed.
(p.s. Like Nalah's bear bonnet? I will be adding animal ear baby bonnets to my Etsy Shop in the very near future so please check back soon)
and speaking of....
Poor Nalah is still in her I hate driving in the car be it for two minutes or two hours phase so it was a bit hard for her with over 4 hours of driving in one day, but she LOVED the Fair so much and made a lot of friends while she was there. Her little arms and legs kicked wildly and she smiled ear to ear in between several naps. Getting carried all day by Mama while walking through beautiful wooded paths filled with enough visual stimulation to make you dizzy filled with thousands of new faces to smile at = Nalah Heaven!
I think she had a bit of wanderlust today as we just sat around at home most of the day. Once we got everyone on the same page and got out in the day she was much more content. And we didn't set foot in the car as promised her. Kind of glad we don't have any more long distance trips planned for a while. Although I am the kind of person who gets a little weird when I get stuck in the city for too long, thank goodness for all of Portland's beautiful parks!
I finished the mermaid tail for Nalah. I really need to get some pictures of her in it soon before she grows out of it. I will try and get some cute photos taken by the next yarn along of her actually in it.
I am currently reading High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver and I now have a major urge to go out and get a hermit crab ever since I read the first chapter. She is just so fantastic, such a wonderful storyteller.
I am not currently knitting anything but have been staring at this beautiful skein of Malabrigo twist in the colorway called "liquid ambar". I am so in love with the colors in this skein and it is also ridiculously soft. This skein has been hiding in my stash for about a year. I kinda want to make something for the baby but also kinda want to make something for myself. I only have one skein so I am pretty limited on what I can do....but it just so pretty that I put it out on the living room table for inspiration...Suggestions very much welcome!
What are you reading and knitting? Join along with Ginny!
Due to my lack of blogging after her arrival I never got to share some of the sweet baby knits I made for Nalah.
Please don't mind if I do :)
First off is the star afghan I made for her that took many months, I started it in August and finished in late February. It was a fun pattern but needed my total concentration to knit, no movie watching, no talking, no kids around to break my concentration..which is why it took so long.
I also lost it for a few days and thought that it was gone for good. I was heartbroken and even wondered if I could possibly knit it again. But luckily Sophie found it in the field behind her school, it fell off of Nalah when we picked Sophie up from school and someone had hung it up on the fence. whew. close one. It is super light weight and I use it to wrap over our Moby wrap when it is chilly, and even though it is wool, and it is July ...we still have to use it once in a while.
It is the largest thing I have ever knit and it was made from yarn I acquired on the trip from which she was conceived.
I hope we don't lose it again.
This is actually the backside of the blanket but it shows the colors truer than the first pic.
Just some teeny baby socks...
Little baby sock on a big belly :)
on my sweet little model:
I knit this baby cocoon when I was pregnant and wanted to make it gender neutral:
But when she came out a baby GIRL I wanted to make a cuter one in girl colors :
And a kicking sack....in grandpa colors :)
When Easter came, her first holiday...I though she NEEDED one of these:
I wanted to knit her a funky cute baby hat for a fun newborn photo shoot but I was in bed recovering from the hemorrhage for two weeks and then got a fever and Mastitis after that by the time I got around to it it she didn't look much like a newborn anymore....she was about a month old here:
and she grew out if it fast!:
I have showed this one to you before but it looks a lot cuter on a baby:
and some matching booties:
Whew! That was a lot. I have been meaning to post about these knits for months...just can't find the time. This was one mass catch up post and I didn't get into details but if you would like to know what pattern or yarn I used please ask and I would be happy to link you up to them.
I have another finished knit that I can't wait to show you ... just need to get some pictures first ;)
Most of the country has been consumed by a heat wave for the last several weeks except for our little bubble of the Pacific Northwest. These photos are from last weekend and I was wearing a sweater, I mean come on. SO ready for summer. Especially since I spent all of last summer in bed sicker than I have ever been, I need to make up for that time lost this year ;) Although with a new baby swimming in wild mountain rivers and hiking when it is 90 degrees outside isn't going to happen any time soon. Oh well, I am not complaining :) Bring on the summer heat..and the garden hose.
Luckily we are getting some summer weather this weekend. I am hiding out in the house while the little kids are napping and our car gets new tires for a short little roadtrip next weekend. I cant wait!