Friday, July 27, 2007

Another stuffed toy ....

... my kids can fight over! This one was so much fun to make -- he's a bit on an elf (with a look of Burl Ives a bit, don't you think so?). I love the way his "jelly belly" looks; the tri-colored tam looks great with the tweedy-look of the jacket!

Made in Lion Brand's Cotton-Ease, this knit up like a dream using a size4 needle (switching to an 8 when I doubled the yarn for the tweed look).....

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

How cool is this?

So my kids love going to Rockies games -- even if the Rockies aren't the best team in the league, somehow going to a game is always a lot of fun (and can be a relatively inexpensive family outing). On Saturday, July 28th, the Rockies will play the LA Dodgers in a 6:05 game; growing up in California (Giants land, y'know) I can't STAND the Dodgers! I'm hoping the Rockies win BIG.

However, the really cool thing about this game is the added benefit that this is also the Rockies' "Stitch 'n' Pitch" night where folks of all ages and genders will bring their stitching to the game, sit in a special section, and stitch while the teams pitch (get it?)..... So String Bean and I will get to sit with the knitters (and other lesser-stitchers) while Dad, LegoManiac and Bam Bam will be up in the "Rock Pile" (aka, CHEAP seats) cheering for the Rockies (altho Bam Bam claims he's going for the Dodgers!).

Monday, July 16, 2007

More Road Trip knitting

So, we just got back from another road trip -- this time camping in Mesa Verde and the YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch ... both EXCELLENT family camping sites and well-worth another 10-day trip!

Needless to say, with minimal driving and maximum camping fun, I didn't get a whole lot of knitting done. I did manage to knit a pair of lace-stitch socks in KnitPicks Essential (washable wool) to wear with ankle-height boots -- knitting from the Front Range to Mesa Verde -- and a stuffed doll with clothes knitted with Lion Brand's "Cotton Ease" (EXCELLENT for kids' toys!) -- that I knit from Mesa Verde to Snow Mountain (Winter Park, CO).In the picture, his dark-green button eyes look more like "shades" and the cap looks like a rakish beret -- but hey, whatever works!