Thursday, April 17, 2008

If I Were In Prison...

...I would file down my toothbrushes not to make shivs, but to make knitting needles.

And I would knit baby hats to calculate the passage of time.

Did you know we are entering the 16th week of the year already?


I've already knit 15 Hats For Alex this year--that's one a week. Each Saturday night in my car in the parking lot of my laundromat.

Inspired by Zknitter and the recent freebization of the pattern--I might try a Meathead or two. (Although I want to call the hats Meatykins after one of my pet names for Springs...)

I was thinking about turning these hats over to Pam at Maryland Sheep & Wool in a few weeks, but I've been going over the books and much as I'd LOVE to go, I just can't afford it. Ah well, still plenty of time to start saving for Rhinebeck!

Speaking of knitting. We got a package from Mom today.

In it was this:


It's a medium-sized (a bit bigger than a traditional sock bag) project bag featuring knitting snowmen (or is it snowomen?). Because you know, snowmen really need to stay warm!

I'm adding this to the loot I'm collecting for the big end of the year K.A.Y.E. drawing. Given it has a wintry theme so it will be perfect for a December drawing. (She made me an identical one but with a ladybug fabric lining!)

Plus, it's lined with some polar bear flannel to keep your knitting nice and cozy!


Of course if you're a sole-crocheter you may not dig this. Hm. Ah well, the drawing isn't until December. I'll worry about it then!

And finally to wrap up today's randomness--the first seedlings!


Alyssum and...


Bachelor buttons!! Hooray spring!

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Blogger Carol said...

Baby hats are just too adorable! You're winning the marathon! Must be spring if you're seeing green :)

9:20 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Oh I am gonna try the meathead one...thanks for the link. I made up a pattern when I did the hersey kiss hats but where I saw them she had used the meathead!

I love the bag. Your mom is a crafty gal.

You have so much luck with your planting. Our poor sweet potato has been eaten by the cat and looks so sad. I am not sure it will make it to supplying us with any potatoes.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Necia said...

I thought about MD sheep & wool, but I can't do that drive by myself, and Im totally busted, which is just as well. I can deplete some of the stash before Rhinebeck. Do you take Chunky with you to the laundry? I take cee and he drives me nuts. I'm amazed you get to knit in your car. I usually get to yell, get back over here! I can't believe those seeds have sprouted already. I really need to get to HD.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

You are a knittin' fool. My hands hurt just looking at all those hats.

Hopefully I'll catch one of those fiber festivals some day too - and if I can drag my husband with me...

9:54 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

=( I can't go to Rhinebeck. I'm going to MDSW.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Sometimes I look at what other people have done, and wonder what it is, exactly, that I fill my time with that I seem to come out on the end with less to show for it. Must ponder. Nice hats!

10:45 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

The sock bag is great! All those hats look so cute all lined up. Nice work! I hope to see you at Rhinebeck!

4:54 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

I just saw "Martha: Behind Bars" and according to the movie you can knit in prison, but only if you go to Camp Cupcake. ;) Cybil Shephard's Martha voice was dead on, it gave me the shudders.

Cute bag! I'll have to go get rooted so I stand a chance at the end of the year.

5:04 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Wow, your seedlings are growing fast! The hats are great. Blue is my favorite color so knowing all those babies will be in blue makes me happy. Even though I don't knit, I think the bag is adorable!

5:14 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

Those 15 weeks just flew! I've been making umbilical cords, but I do like the meathead so I might give that a try too soon.

The bag is perfect for winter knitting :0) Your mom passed you a wonderful gift with her crafting. Are you getting Chunky involved in your own crafting? My oldest wants to knit so badly. I've always said I'd teach him when he turns 5 - that's only a few months away. !!!

And yay for spring vegetation.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Yay on growing things! I plan to be out and planting this weekend. I love how your hats are all a little different from the next.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

I'm trying to gather some Michigan folks for Rhinebeck - hope you can make it.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Knitting snowwomen. How perfect. And I can't believe you've got sedlings already. Are they under a grow light? We were thinking of going to Maryland,too but will take a pass. The surgery recuperation will still be going on and I need a new roof so yarn has to take a back seat. One has to have priorities, you know.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

I love the bag. Very cute.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

I've never been to Rhinebeck, but wanted to check it out this year. If I'm there and you're there and the moons align themselves in the galaxy then I'd definitely like to meet up!

8:59 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I love all the little hats. And thanks for mentioning that pattern is now free. I downloaded it and will make one. It is so cute, but the name jkind of freaks me out.

Yea! Seedlings. I'm looking forward to seeing those socks planted!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy! I can't believe that you got that package already!!! I figured that it was bigger than what you made but I had to go by the size of the panel.
Nice seedlings. Hope they keep growing. Love, Mom

10:48 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Beautiful seedlings! I'm following in your footsteps with a potato experiment. Stuck chunks from some sprouting fingerlings in a pot--we'll see what happens!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Oh cute. Polar bears are adorable. On fabric. Not so much in real life.

I've got to plant my basil too. Maybe this weekend. then I may have seedling stoo. We can be twinnies. Or something.
(did that sound weird?)

5:49 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I keep reading "Alyssum" as "Asylum" and thinking, "If you need more crazy to plant, we've got plenty over here..."

6:08 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I sure hope I win that cute project bag in December--it's my birthday month after all!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Your baby hat collection is inspiring! I should start on a few.

And, speaking of inspiring, I'm going to the garden shop today to buy some plants for spring. Got any tips for someone with no green thumb?

1:50 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Your mom is so cool! I love that fabric.

I do the preemie hat thing every fall and doing one a week is a great idea! They whip up so quickly.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

In the effort to make tiny things for Dave and a First Communion capelet, I've been slacking on my baby hat production.

Bad Poops!

6:34 AM  
OpenID bufanditas said...

You are both selfless and productive. If more people were like you, this world would be a better place.

7:57 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

It's a good sign that you're thinking about a fiber fest right? If we have to wait till Rhinebeck that's OK.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Heh..don't think I've inspired someone before...can you inspire my fingers to be green this know, what I plant next weekend will actually bloom ;)

Figures Meathead is now free! Good thing I liked the whole book anyways. :) Cool blue hats there!

6:00 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Great job on the baby hats! They are too cute! Loving the pot plants too!

But my favorite is mom's snowman bag! Super cute!!!

6:20 PM  

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