Thursday, March 30, 2006

Demons, getcher scarves on!

I have an FO! Yes, you heard me. A Finished Object! And I'm not talking about having survived Brent's cutting FOUR new teeth, which I also did last week, thankyouverymuch. (He looks like a shark now. I hope they straighten out as they grow in...)

And without further ado, may I present the Debbie Bliss kimono from the baby knits book.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

2006 Zilker Kite Festival

So, this past Sunday was my first foray into the world of kite fanatics. Ana and Lil Brent and I drove downtown and enjoyed an overcast but superfun day at the Zilker Kite Festival. I would say I had no idea how many people there were with such a kite fetish, but I've learned not to underestimate hobbies. And any hobby can become an obsession given enough time and money! You knitters would probably agree that Austin is a great place to be obsessive with your hobbies and, apparently, kites are no exception. We have a great shop devoted to kite devotees where you can choose from all kinds of kites.
Look at what we spotted:

Extremely small and extremely big kites:

They even have something for the kite geek's special romantic occasion. You get your own lingo: parafoil, spinner, winder, spine, spar, sleeving, manjha, drogue, and of course, tons of wind-related meteorological terms. If that doesn't sound hardcore to you, how about kitefighting?

That said, not everyone was a fanatic, of course. There were hordes of people there, and most were there with their families and their dogs, having picnic lunches, snapping pictures of their kids, yelling, "Run faster, run faster!"

There were some slightly less family-friendly moments...

Beer chugging contests...

And sadly, not always a lot of wind.

But all in all, it was a great day. If you're in the Austin area, and have never been to the Kite Festival, start making plans now for next spring!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I knitted today!

Spent hours at Bluebonnet today gabbing and actually getting some knitting done for a change -- I'm literally 6 inches of 4-stitch garter strap away from done with the Debbie Bliss kimono!
Elizabeth, the pattern is from this book. It's the only pattern from the book I've made but it was error-less, easy, and fun to knit. Oh, and obviously really cute. :)

I'll post photos with my mucho munchkin model soon!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Tending Teethy

(Stick with me through baby stuff; I'm posting yarn photos after this!)

So, life has been quite full lately! Lil Brent has sprouted some gorgeous toofers and is quite proud of them.

He has also learned how to crawl, pull up, and is working hard on cruising. So, basically, even when he's feeling like playing independently now, I can't take my eyes off of him. I know that someday, I will knit again!

For the moment, however, I've made just enough progress that I felt moved to photograph the green kimono and post an update. The pants need to be seamed, and a second garter strap attached, and THAT'S. IT. Wooo hoooo! The bottom photo is supposed to be a close-up of a finishing/seaming job I'm very proud of, but I didn't get quite close enough. It's an armhole and the sideseam underneath it.

You might notice the knitting loom behind everything. I just learned how to use it (thanks Karen!) and actually like it, but haven't had time to start an actual project on it.

Upcoming fun stuff: a knit-together at Bluebonnet Yarn Shop and the Zilker kite festival this weekend, and an HFS coronation event in Laredo in a couple of weekends.