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I feel like I’ve been knitting a lot of baby stuff lately. Anyway, I made another Katja. This one is for one of my best friends’ sister’s baby. The baby is a girl and her name is Grace Abishai Pozas Coad. (Her mom is Mexican/American and her dad is Mexican.) My friend’s sister and her husband live in Mexico, so I figured a cute, open top like this would come in handy during the insanely hot Mexican summer days, which is basically every day.
The yarn is Lion Cotton in Grape. I modified the pattern by knitting the “cups” from the top down so as to avoid the crochet cast-on. I also reduced the number of stitches cast on during the joining of the cups to the main body by about 10.
Thanks to Mr. Bear for graciously standing in as a baby.
I don’t usually like cozies, but when I saw the pattern for the Garter Mug Cozy I just had to make it. I am a terribly slow coffee drinker and I hate cold coffee. This is a bad combination. I have decided that these mug cozies actually DO work to keep the coffee warm. They also make for a cute, quick project and were a good excuse to buy a skein of Noro Kureyon to try since *gasp* I had never used it before. (The first one of these I made out Lion Wool for my swap parter in the ravelry caffeine addicts swap and I almost couldn’t give it away.)
The final decision on the Kureyon is this: I like it a lot (I’m such a sucker for colors. I’m an artist, I can’t help it!) but I could never handle wearing it against my skin for an extended period of time. It’s just a bit too scratchy. Maybe I could wear Kureyon mittens, but that would be pushing it since my wrists might itch. I’ll think it over. For now, I love my little mug cozy and I might make anothe from the remaining yarn as a gift.
I just discovered that I can upload a series of photos at the same time and do this little trick called “insert gallery” and it puts them all in nicely and neatly as you can see above. (click for full-size!) The drawing was for my final critique in my advanced drawing class. I’m bittersweet about finishing this class. I probably won’t have the opportunity to take this class from Dr. Price again (the professors rotate teaching that class every year) and I really enjoyed her teaching demeanor. She is very encouraging and inspiring. I feel like I explored some artistic areas that I had been putting off for a while. I want to post a series of all twelve thematic drawings that I did for that class. Obviously, my theme was knitting and how it connects people.
About the lizard: My six-year-old sister, Katie, caught a lizard today while I was visiting over at my parents house. I just took a picture because I thought he was cute. In the background you can see that I was knitting Katie’s tank top.
Today was the last day of classes for the summer. I only have two exams next week, so there should be a lot more knitting content around here in the near future!! Yay for summer!!
I really like this pattern. I think it is about the cutest baby pattern ever, and I know I will make it again. One word of caution/advice: If you’re using Cotton-Ease for this project, buy two balls. (Better safe than sorry!) I made it just a teensy bit bigger than the pattern instructs and I ran out the brown yarn. I won’t even begin to explain the elaborate ruse(s) I employed to make this project work after running out of yarn. (Life is hard when the closest source of Cotton-Ease is 45 minutes away.)
I saw somewhere online that the original Winnie the Pooh movie have been released on dvd. I am tempted, very tempted, to buy them. I grew up watching Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. Even now I get this warm, fuzzy feeling when I think about Pooh. He’s great.
The books are also great, and I’m not just tempted to buy them, I’m GOING to buy them.
I’m going to post about knitting pretty soon. There really hasn’t been a whole lot lately, except for “boring” stuff. (Plain socks, baby bibs, dishcloths, etc. School is killing my brain.)