I spent some time working on Maddy's Robot last night, finishing the seaming on the body. I still have to seam the arms and attach them, then I can stuff and close and call it done -- hopefully yet today! That'll make the girl happy. I'll be signing her up soon for driver's ed soon (*gulp* my baby) and that will make her happy, too. Ali's got Oddfellow riding shotgun, perhaps Maddy will have Robot... Katie is saving big-time for a car (either a new Yaris or a used Impreza) and will have to choose a car toy, too. ; )
Knitty. I've been carrying around a little reminder-to-post/memo-to-self about the patterns for over a week and now that it's been misplaced, I'm ready. Yeah. I'm happy that this is the last of the "crazy" issues, but also happy with quite a few of the patterns -- and so happy for Amy. My friend Cara, of course, had the Spin-Out article in the Knittyspin section of this issue -- "yeah, yeah, yeah," I know you've probably all read it by now, but she's amazing -- and a force -- so keep your eye on her. Stand-out patterns, to me, are:
RPM -- Isn't that spiral thing cool?
Manresa -- I like the practicality of these and the traditional design, as a woman of a certain age, though, legwarmers just conjure weird things in my head; these might help me finally let all that go.
I also like Sivia Harding's Reptilian Lace socks, but found myself clicking through to her website and ordering the pattern for the Victorian Shoulderette, which I like even more. ; ) I have a number of perfect yarn candidates in stash for that, I would definitely wear that, and it'll get me doing a little lace.
While I'm at it, Magknits had some stand-outs, too.
It's not quite my style, but I think Wimbledon is a beautiful sweater. Alison is an amazing knitter, designer, blogger, and knit-along hostess, not to mention mother. When she combines a number of those things into one project, WOW (one of my all-time favorites)!
The Pixie Sundress is genius. I don't have a girl to make this for, but I'm going to have to make it anyway.
Bakerloo is another intriguing sock design.
Here's progress on the two vests. There's been a slight change in material for the one on the left due to a visit to the yarn shop. I just got it in my head to go the other day and so I did. Katie came along to Iris Fine Yarns where I found some Ella Rae Kasbah in color 301 that reminds me of a sandy beach is just fantastic with the Hemp Yarn -- they're both kind of rustic. The Kasbah replaces the Imagine which wound up back in stash. The vest on the right is complete and utter, random frivolousness.
They're ready for their close-ups.
A plug for Stacey's friend Dale who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. There's a fundraiser underway through August 2nd to help with expenses -- Chip-'n-for-Dale -- with fabulous daily prizes, too.
Coming up tomorrow: Saturday Sky at 95 degrees. HOT!