Sunday, July 31, 2011

Eat this

I don't know if many Americans know about Delia Smith, but everyone should know about this - the best cous cous salad ever, and one that totally speaks summer to me, even in the depths of winter. Don't wait until then, though. Make it right away!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Playful Stripes

A wonderful woman that works at the swim school my kids go to (a big plug for Aquaculture - we love it!) asked me if I would make a sweater for one of her new granddaughters. I was so excited when she picked this pattern!

I loved the pattern, though it didn't go as fast as I had hoped, though I think it was because of all the different colors - I'm not used to carrying 4 balls of yarn in a single project. But it was a good experience, especially since I'd like to try my hand at fair isle knitting (someday).

The yarn (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino) was wonderful to work with, and the coconut shell buttons are so cute. I love how they match pretty much everything.

I think making a second one should be an easier process, now that I'm familiar with it all. The best part is, the intended recipient (well, her mom and grandma, anyway) are happy, which is the most important part.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Everything Tote

From Weekend Sewing, another fun and useful project - the Everything Tote. It doesn't look too amazing, but man, can it hold some stuff - even all the junk I tend to carry around in 2 or 3 bags. Made from gifted sturdy canvas on the outside and linen on the inside. Helpful pockets for wallet and cell phone. I love the book, but as others on amazon have noted, there are some errors. Fortunately, the errata are available for download here. Don't let the errors stop you from trying out some projects here, though - there are several great projects that I've tried, and a few more that I'm planning on. Just be sure to download the "fix-it sheet" before beginning!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Miss Mary

Another lovely pattern from the Handmade Dress:

The sizing is pretty flexible, being a wrap dress, so it actually fits both Abigail and Anna, though looks a bit different on each girl.

Made with a pretty cotton I had on hand, I think it turned out so nicely. I think I'd like to try making the version with the gathered skirt next. I can see this one being very versatile!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

And now for something altogether different...

Toby and I were enjoying a quiet evening on the deck, when I looked at my tomato plant and noticed...something. On closer investigation, this is what I saw:

Yup, that's our friendly local tree frog, eating a tomato horn worm.

Awesome. I didn't even know they ate worms. I am terribly grateful that they do, though - I found 3 more worms on there yesterday, and they are enjoying my tomato leaves a little too much.
We sat there staring at him for ages.

The leg thing kills me.

Isn't that amazing? In a tree frog, I see the handiwork of God.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made... (Romans 1:19-20)

Friday, July 8, 2011


No, not mine. But I am smack-dab in the middle of baby shower season. Which means baby gifts. Which, for me, means projects.

I made this little set for a shower last month - a new baby girl needs a cute dress and coordinating shrug!

Patterns found here and here.

There is a shower for a boy this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing someone finally receive this pre-made vest.

Next week, is another shower, though the gender is unsure. The question is do I have enough time to knit something gender-neutral (like this or this), or do I work on a nappy bag for mom? Thoughts?