wee woolies of late

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Knitting and crocheting for my own and friends’ impending wee people. In summer it’s so lovely to imagine the cooler weather these will be worn during.

The first is an Angel Wings Pinafore by Maxine Gonser. Though I can’t read or watch a movie while doing crochet (can anyone?) this was so surprisingly fun to do, and lightning fast. Our little boy vests have been the most worn knits in our house, and I think of this as the lady version of that.

The little oatmeal vest is a test knit of the Trane Vest for Little Woolens. Made from Quince & Co. Owl, which is a tweedy dream–I just smell the pipe smoke and old books. The hat is another one of my most addictive favorites lately: the Crystal Palace Pixie Hat. So far I’ve made three of these ridiculously easy and adorable hats. It has an attached i-cord around the back, which is the best idea for keeping it on a wiggly little head.

Knitting for tiny people is the most satisfying craft I’ve done. After seeing my own son wrapped up in woolies and imagining our soon-to-be daughter in hers is wonderful. There will be more baby crafts to come here in this spot soon. What are you working on?

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Round and round the needles, making woolens for the growing little one. Here are a few soft wee things that have come in the last few months. Patience is easy when my hands are busy, and nothing is more satisfying than a miniature sweater and imagining the one who will wear it. blanket IMG_1602 little blue wasabi1 :: Super Easy Baby Blanket by the Purl Bee, in some type of yarn from New Zealand sheep. My favorite because it was knit with my favorite person, who recently has become quite the knitter.
2 :: Fancy Tiger’s Army of Caterpillars by Miranda Harp, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky yarn, which has been in my yarn box for about a decade. There could not be just one, all lonely. Plus, there are a few babies coming who will squeeze these guys.
3 :: Garter Yoke Cardi by Jennifer Hoel, Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn, so so so incredibly soft and wonderful. I love everything garter stitch; it reminds me of Ms. Zimmermann.
4 :: Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by JOJI, Shibui Knits Sock yarn. The color is called wasabi!

eating :: my brother in law’s pancakes with maple syrup, finding out the cat likes them too
reading :: more Mavis Gallant
watching :: Cape Fear, both of them, and a blog that makes me cackle every time
feeling :: the air get colder, the bed get more enticing
listening :: Sharon Van Etten, for the autumn, Lou Reed, may he be looking down from a star, and Neil Young, always



Duncan and Robert Sarkies’ film ‘Scarfies‘ was playing on the flight from the USA that brought us to Auckland just three weeks ago, and it was a dark and twisted little gem. The characters are university student-types, or university student-lurker types, living in Dunedin. They squat in an (apparently) abandoned house, and create a makeshift home/party place/venue amidst the rubble, much like my beloved friends’ places (ehem, Yellow Bordello and Pancho’s Villa holla) a few years back. The characters are constantly bundled up in bulky sweaters (it was the 90’s after all), knit caps, and scarves, because, well, it’s really really cold.

I had a bit of time to finish up a knitting project begun in Colorado. The weather here in Wellington is much better suited for wooly things in general, and it’s being put to good use already, by its handsome recipient.