Monday, May 31, 2010

Did someone say buttons?

So J. and I are overcoming our button issues by turning to Etsy.

J. has found a lot of options for her Tempest at Buttons by Robin. We've both ordered buttons from her before, and they are gorgeous. She even has little boy options (which I assure you, are hard to come by). Go with what you know, I say.

I'm looking into a variety of wood buttons options, that need approval from my Love. I want his a-ok before ordering anything, because he darned well better like them, and darned well better wear the resulting sweater.

Update coming soon.....

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lost in Knitting

I've been knitting on projects here and there lately. I finished my Tempest sweater, but it languishes in want of buttons. A familiar tune here at Baadmedicine.

I started a Flower Basket Shawl for my Baba's 85th birthday. It nearly succumbed to the Lost series finale, but I managed to fix my mistakes and found redemption before I had to frog it.
But time is flying by and I want it to slow down. T. leaves in a month.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Ongoing Button Dilemma

So the Beast is done and I can't wait to do the big reveal.

But there is a problem.

A button problem. Again. Still.

So the reveal has to wait a little longer. I have gone to two stores, but need to expand my search grid.

Can you wait one more week? I promise the wait will be worth it.

Monday, May 17, 2010


It's that time of year again. The leaves are on the trees. My plum tree is blooming. And I have written a Christmas list. For some reason, I like to take stock in the spring and plan my Christmas knitting. It's not looking good. 15 pairs of socks ranging from baby to big boy. I have a schedule. I have a plan. I probably even have all the yarn I need to make all those socks.

BUT do I have the mojo?

I've been a little off my game lately. I knit on one project. I pick up another. Nothing really seems to be progressing. Maybe if I could finish off a couple of these lingering projects, I could start with a clean slate. And knitting socks goes much faster when you actually knit on them. Right, T?

Here's the first of a pair of socks I've been working on.

They're great. I love them. So why aren't I knitting them?

I need to focus. I need my Mojo.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Item #2

Again - I'll reiterate - I completed THREE things last week. Unheardof.

Item #2 - Socks with sparkles.

Knit with yarn from Andi and J. - they gave it to me when my oldest started kindergarten. It's from Zen Yarn Garden and it has silver in it (I of course can't find it on their website). They are perfectly plain socks - which I'm coming to realize, are truly my favorite kind of knit sock.

Next time - the Beast. Yes, you heard me. THE BEAST.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Yes it's true

I finished, not one, not two but THREE projects last week.

But I'm going to spread out the goodness in more than one post (because I have to get the most out of my fruitful week).

First up, my little spring vest.

It was the project for which I ran out of yarn. I miraculously found some lovely Cascade 220 to trim the neck and arm edges.

I love the softest of the unknown Fleece artist.

The twisted stocking stitch, althought painful to knit, really adds nice texture.

And the buttons, those are from Buttons by Robin.

All in all, a wearable, cute and spring-y vest. Next time - socks with bling.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Before I had kids, I got excited when people I knew had babies. That meant I could knit adorable little hats and sweaters. I loved buying soft cotton yarns and sifting through pattern books. Everything was just so cute and small. No project took longer than a couple of weeks.

Then I had my own kids and my ideas changed.

I knit them little sweaters and hats and socks. Most of my work stayed hidden in drawers. They only fit my little one for a month at most and then were packed away.
Now I am expecting a little niece or nephew late this summer and I have picked up my needles. I am knitting something that will take me a long time to complete. It has colourwork and steeks. It has fancy edging. And I hope it is loved and cuddled and dragged through mud. I hope it dries tears and calms fears.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


I feel like my knitting is stalled these days. I've (finally) cut the beast, and am working on the button band - but am stalled because I can't find the right buttons (nice wooden ones are the request). I'm stalled on my little green spring vest because I ran out of yarn and have to find something I'm happy with in colour, texture and sheen (to at least somewhat match the main yarn).

I am also stalled in life. My life currently consists of lists and boxes and sticky notes denoting staying, selling, packing, exporting. Every cupboard I open, every closet I pass - I ask those questions. I feel like I'm stalled between living here and living there.

Stalled. But yet time seems to be passing too fast.