Tiny People

By now you know that I love Mochimochi LandĀ patterns. Like, a lot. A while back I had the pleasure of test knitting the Tiny People 2 patterns for her. The group includes a ballerina, a lumberjack, an astronaut and a sumo wrestler (my favorite).

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*Note to self: Buy more colors for tiny knits.*

Aren’t they darling? BabyLiu is particularly fond of the lumberjack and his axe. That guy spends a lot of time cutting down the tiny trees I knit a couple of Christmases back.

The ballerina can also be had as a kit! Which is fantastic because right now if you buy two kits, you get a free mystery kit!!! Which I am going to do right this minute.**

I LOVE mysteries!

 

**I don’t get paid anything by Mochimochi Land. I just really, really love Anna’s stuff. :D

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It’s A Mystery!

It’s summer time! The sun is mostly shining, it’s warmish outside and Peets has their ice tea coolers back in stores. Summer also means Wendy Johnson over at Wendy Knits has started her Summer Mystery Knit Along!

This is my third year doing this knit along. The first year had success! The second year I *think* I finished the first clue. So far, the third year is looking good! I’ve finished the first clue early! Check it out!

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And I’m pretty sure I only messed up the pattern twice. :D

I’m knitting my shawl up in a DK weight wool that Mr Liu bought me for my birthday and I have completely forgotten the name of. I have the urge to either scour the stash for a yarn in another weight to cast on a second. Because I don’t have enough WIP floating around.

Startitis, man.

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Instant Gratification

As instant as knitting gets, anyway.

This morning when the Liu children woke unconscinsbly early, I grabbed my skein of Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Zombie BBQ to wind into a ball. We’re going on a trip soon and I’ve decided on socks for my travel knitting. (Let’s not talking about the likelihood of the Liu children allowing me to knit on the plane. I can dream.) So, I grabbed the yarn and started to wind it while BabyLiu “helped” and I pretended not to see LittleBoyLiu eating a Duplo. BabyLiu asked me “Mommy? Make me a bunny with this one yarn? Little bunny?” I agreed.

We finished winding the yarn and I looked up the Mochimochiland pattern for tiny bunnies. After a (failed) hunt for my preferred tiny things needles, we sat down to knit.

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Some of us seem to think knitting needles and chopsticks work similarly.

After about an hour (would have been sooner, but I had to keep stopping to untangle other people’s yarn and fetch toys for the baby) we had a wee bunny.

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That’s as about close to instant gratification you can get with hand knitting.

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Improvement

At least, I think it is.

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Spinning Expedition

Today I trekked out to my all time favorite corner in Oakland. Why is it my favorite? There is an awesome burger joint (fried plantains!), a cafe, a cupcake shop and a yarn store. I cannot think of a better way to spend my day than wandering between these establishments.

Today I made the trek to attend a(nother) drop spindle class at A Verb For Keeping Warm. This time the lovely Miss J accompanied me. We took our spindles and learned how to use them. Mostly. We made very poor yarn, uneven and slubby, but, hey! We made YARN! And, true to my nature, I wandered out of the shop with some souvenirs.

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Swag

A skin of Manos del Uruguay, a Coco Knits pattern (how darling is that?) and four ounces of Blue Faced Lancaster top to run through my spindle.

My over burdened Wreck It Ralph bag (plus four mini cupcakes for… the family, yeah. Family.) trudged home.

Much to my surprise, BabyLiu was more interested in my spindle than the cupcakes. (I checked for fever. Nothing.) She pulled it out of the bag and said she needed to spin it. As far as I can recall she has never seen me use it and the Cat in the Hat always shows a wheel when they spin, so I have no idea how she knew. It must just look like it needs to twirl. So I helped her spin it

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We spun about a yard, taking turns spinning and drafting (pulling the fibers so they can twist). The yarn we spun together is slubby and uneven and I love it. Then Teen Titans came on and she ran off. Robin is her first love, so I totally understand.

It was fun. I’m hoping to get my BFL spun so I can ply that bad boy and knit something. I have no idea what.

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Unintentional Hiatus

If you follow this blog (all four of you), you’ve noticed a lack of activity in general and knitting in specific. There are reasons. Right now I’m finding that the everyday activities of holding down a job, keeping my children clothed and fed, and keeping house just enough to ward of the ant invasion that is constantly looming is taking everything out of me. Lest you think Mr Liu is a useless layabout (he’s not. He’s better at being civilized than I am. By a lot.), he’s got a new gig that has us working opposite hours so I’m regularly with the kids alone. I love them, but they are gross, exhausting and have something against sleep. Bless Auntie R who regularly visits on bath nights to lend an extra set of hands. Point is, as a result I kinda end my nights with hot chocolate and @midnight (which you all should be watching!) because it’s easy.

But I realized something is wrong. Something is missing. I don’t feel… happy. I thought it was just missing Mr Liu during the week (which I do), being a bit overwhelmed at work and at home (which I am) or a combination of those. And it is. But there was more.

Then Anna of Mochimochi Land fame sent an email. You see, I’m fortunate enough to be on her list of test knitters. I like getting a sneak peek at her newest creations and the challenge of looking at patterns critically. It’s fun. Anyway, Anna sent a request for test knitters for a tiny quartet (a post for another day). I volunteered. I’m not sure why. The timeline was extremely tight and I’m not exactly dripping with downtime. But I did. And I found what was missing.

Yarn. Knitting. Making things with sticks and string. It’s my non-beach happy place.

Duh.

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Darkness Turns Nine

My handsome little man turned nine today!

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Happy birthday, Darkness. You can have the fancy food tonight.

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