Monday, October 25, 2010


From today’s Yarn Harlot calendar:

You can do whatever you want with this information, but there are about nine weeks until Christmas. I don’t know how fast you knit or what your plans are, but I thought it might be time to start thinking about it. No pressure.

I still have a commission piece I am working on, a pair of socks, a baby blanket and a baby sweater before I can even start Christmas knitting. Yikes!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Those are really big balls of yarn

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Today was the fitting with the blabla child.

First, I have to tell you how cute this little girl is! Words could not describe! She had the blondest hair. It was that white blonde that little kids have. And she was really sweet too.

Overall the fitting went good. I have a few adjustments to make, but nothing too serious.

I need to redo the top portion of the hat. Although the mom was happy with the way it looked, it was a little too small for the child. Not that big of a deal, although it does mean having to redo the intarsia. C’est la vie.

The “romper” fit her pretty well. I need to make a few adjustments on the bib, good thing I hadn’t keep knitting last night. And the back is a little big on her, but I am going to fix that with some elastic. Very little frogging on this part.

The mittens were a perfect fit.

I also got to see the “original” doll today. This toy has been loved to death! I don’t think I have ever seen a toy this loved. The knitting in some places is thread thin. The mother has sewn parts of the doll back together in several places. Some of the stuffing is missing and what is there is clumped together in a way not originally intended.

I am very relieved to have had the fitting. I was a little concerned that if for some reason the costume was too small that I wouldn’t be able to redo it in enough time. But we are right on schedule to finish for next weekend.

Now…I can start weaving in some of those ends…

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fingers Crossed

I have a fitting with the monkey girl tomorrow. Everyone keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monkey Update

Do you guys remember that George Michael song, Monkey? I seem to have that in my head a lot these days.

I have been pluggin’ away on the monkey and feel like I have made some good progress:

Monkey Legs

I even attached the tail last night:

Monkey backside

I am a little concerned about the size. It looks a little small to me, but I don’t have a child…so perhaps my perspective is off. I showed it to some of the ladies at knitting last week and one of the girls said that she had a big 5 year old and it would be too small for him. But, this is for a 4 year old who apparently is on the smaller side. By the way, I have yet to meet the child who I am knitting this for. I did measure some of her pants. Her mother brought me a pair of cargo pants and a pair of leggings to measure. I made the monkey legs not as big as the cargo pants, but bigger than the leggings. I am trying to arrange a fitting in the next couple of days. I don’t know what I am going to do if it doesn’t fit. Halloween is creeping up on us.

My other concern is that I may run short on the pink yarn. I had to double it, because it has much more drape than the cotton. I bought a few more skeins, but that is all we had at the store. The romper is supposed to be trimmed with pink, but I may have to use another color. I hope this ok. I know the mother wants it as close to the originally as possible, but I am not sure I have much choice here. Maybe I will get online and see if I can order a few back-up skeins. Since there is so much striping going on I don’t think it will matter if it is a different dye lot.

Friday, October 8, 2010

NYC Yarn Crawl

Refill your metrocard...tomorrow is the start of the 2nd Annual NYC Yarn Crawl. Several New York City yarn stores are taking part in this fun event. Annie's is going to have some fabulous deals. Including an amazing cash and carry sale. Some of the yarns will include Noro Maiko, Rowan Tapestry, Karabella Puffy, Anny Blatt Sublime, Ella Rae Kamelsoft, Katia Austral, Ella Rae Superwash, Schulana Merino Superlight, Punta Balpaca, Elsebeth Lavold Chunky Al, Elsebeth Lavold Calm Wool, J.Knits Soft Twist, J.Knits Superwash Me DK, Sublime Organic Cotton, Bouton d'Or Yak, Bouton d'Or Ksar, Bouton d'Or Laika, Knit 1 Crochet Too Babyboo and S. Charles Victoria. Plus much more!

Phew...that was a lot of typing.

So stop by and say hi...see if youy can find the apple for the scavenger hunt!