Tuesday, January 26, 2010

socks to make me swoon...

oh yes, they're finished. these socks have been in the works since october, but they didn't actually take that long. many a gift project or other crafting distraction got in my way, but finally i've got rainbow striped socks up to my knees. knitting details can be found on rav, as usual. i increased up the leg as i went to fit, but then did a bunch of decreases in one row before starting the ribbing. unfortunately, they don't seem to have been enough, as they don't quite want to stay up all day, so i may still frog the cuffs and redo.

the noro silk garden sock (the white blend) made for a very thick and cozy sock, so they are perfect for cold days this winter, possibly tucked inside boots. despite the rain though, i couldn't resist wearing them with slip-on shoes yesterday to show them off.

by the way, that's another thing that has been occupying me lately, but you won't see much of it here on the blog. i have been really enjoying reading a lot of streetstyle/fashion blogs of late, and felt that i might give a little try at posting some of my own outfits. i'm definitely not ready to go full-on style blog, but it's been fun posting on the wardrobe remix flickr pool so far. i was feeling a bit of a fashion slump late last year and looking at other people's outfits has provided great inspiration and also pushed me to make a little more of an effort lately. living in my laid-back town, with my casual work environment, and an outdoorsy lifestyle, make it pretty easy to fall into a rut stylewise, and i want to step it up a little. not to mention, turning 30 this past year has made me willing to be a bit more "adult", dare i say it, and not dress in the same old stuff in the same way i have for years. so if you're interested in checking out that side of me, please follow it here, but for the most part it won't be featured on the blog.

i am sort of interested though - does anyone else enjoy the current profusion of street style online, and is it inspiring you? it certainly inspires my crafting as well as my wardrobe (okay, even if that crafting then ends up as part of my wardrobe!).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

peanut for a wee nut, er, nephew

nephew #3 turns one tomorrow. for those keeping track (what do you mean, you weren't keeping track!), my oldest sister has nephew #1 and niece #1, and my next oldest sister has nephews #2 & #3. nephew #3 is a quiet guy so far, pretty mellow, which seems only fitting since his older brother is a non-stop, on-the-go, gotta-keep-moving kinda guy. what does a little guy need, when he's hanging out watching his brother run to and fro? why, a little elephant to keep him company.

i've been wanting to make peanut, the elephant from joelle hoverson's book since i first got it, but this one took a while to finally get to my to do list, and for a perfect recipient. he turned out actually quite a bit bigger than i expected, as i had only looked at him in pictures, without really checking out the instructions and pattern pieces until construction was underway. pretty cute though, this little guy. just like my nephew, actually. he is made of quilting cotton, plus his ears and underside are soft corduroy.

despite my best attempts, i'm not doing very well at posting regularly - sorry for the silence. i do have some more projects to post, and hopefully some finished knee socks shortly (so sweet!). if you were here, i'd distract you with some warm cookies, but i guess me and the boy will have to share them amongst ourselves!