Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy New Year

Ta da! It is break time from the grad school grind so some knitting is getting accomplished. I actually have a number of things, none of which I had the presence of mind to photograph. That Guy's brother asked for and received a hat for Christmas. Not the one pictured here, but a more appropriate cap that is reversible. Red with a single cream stripe on one side, and the other side is red and charcoal alternating stripes. I used Brooklyn Tweed's Turn a Square pattern but upped the stitch count using sport weight.

The creation above is made from my own handspun! The pictures does no credit to the colors, and try to ignore the mess on my bed in the background. I was in the process of cleaning prior to going to Indiana to see family for the holidays. The fiber is BFL which I loooove. So squooshy. The pattern is the Honeycomb Beret from the holiday issue of IK.

I had a nice holiday with the fam. My friend's daughter, Lauryn, and I made a dress for her to wear. She did most of the cutting and sewing. I was very proud of her for sticking with the project. I think it's time to upgrade her from the little girl miniature sewing machine I got for her a couple of year back to a full size model. Partly because she clearly likes sewing enough to keep doing it, and partly because at 12 years old she is so tall. To big for that tiny machine. Luckily, I have two sewing machines, so I am going to pass one on to her.

It took me a while to recover from the past semester. There were three nights there at the end that drug on til the wee hours of the morning. I didn't even suffer the worst of it. My friends and colleagues, some of them stayed up all night, even for a couple of days. I am so glad that I only have one semester left - I graduate in May! Now, it's time to get focused on finishing my thesis!