Mittens.

I’m so into it.

Bird in Hand Mittens
Wednesday Morning.

Evolution of a Mitten..
Friday Morning.

I started the Bird in Hand Mittens on Tuesday evening and I’m so in love that I’ve been bringing it on my commute – crowded trains where I have to stand in the vestibule between trains, and have to switch after being on for about ten minutes – and knitting on the train. People have been looking at me like I’m insane as I carefully juggle the two colors, make sure the green is always carried above the white, and occasionally take out the worn chart to double check I’m doing it correctly.

But it’s just so pretty.. that it’s worth the looks.

Cascade 220 and Paton’s Classic Merino. US2 (2.75mm) bamboo circs. I never want the mitten to end. I’m actually looking forward to the next one!

I left off the braid, and will either do some embroidery or a crochet chain on when I’m done.. I haven’t decided yet.

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Etsy Friday!

In honor of an impending Lindsey visit, here’s an Etsy Friday!

I have a dumpling problem. I mean – it’s not like my pink cat nose problem (the single most adorable thing in the world!), but I do love almost any kind of dumpling – pot stickers, shumai, pierogie, ravioli, wontons… take a little bit of dough and wrap it around a filling, and I’m in (in fact, I don’t like shrimp, but will eat shrimp dumplings).

And to make it even better – Lindsey is visiting this weekend, and we are planning a House marathon and a dumpling tasting, with some knitting thrown in – can you imagine a better weeked?

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This happy little dumpling brooch just makes me smile!

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These dumpling magnets are so realistic looking that they are reminding me I haven’t had lunch yet… perfect to hold your Chinese food menus on your fridge!

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In addition to cat noses and dumplings, I also have a fascination with fake food. I got it from my mom, I think. Doesn’t this little mini bowl of soup with wontons and noodles adorable??

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Wear your dumpling buttons with pride – Team International Dumpling gives you a few to choose from, so you can show wear your favorite!

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There’s even a little soy sauce dish for dipping! She has a ton of other great dim sum felt favorites in her shop, too!

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Who wouldn’t want a little smiling dumpling cell phone charm?

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This full dumpling meal of felt is incredible!

Now I want my dumpling filled weekend to start already!

Large Hadron Crocheter.

Please check out today’s Questionable Content for a little bit of knitting humor.

Why should you vote on Tuesday?

Well, simply because you can.

Super Mario Halloween

Picnik collage

I love making costumes.  I always have.  I don’t get many oppurtunities to make them anymore (post my high school Ren Faire phase and costume designing theatre productions in college).  When Lindsey invited me to her Halloween party, I knew I had to make a great costume!

I went with Princess Peach (nee Toadstool) from Super Mario Brothers.  I went with her “classic” appearance, mostly because I couldn’t find a good pattern that had the little Cinderella style side poofs in her recent appearances.  I was planning to dye my hair strawberry blonde pre party, but ran out of time, and wasn’t too into finding an appropriate wig.

The dress itself is adapted from McCalls’ 4948.  I made the bodice with no overlay, and the short poofy sleeves.  The pattern had two lengths for the skirt, so I cut the large skirt piece apart at the “shortening” line, and cut the lighter pink from the upper portion and the darker pink from the smaller portion, at the bottom.  I also used the dark pink as the band on the sleeve, and sewed a sash to wear as well.

I know the colors aren’t exact – there aren’t many fabric stores near me, and I ended up ordering the fabric online, and my budget and fabric choices limited my color choices.  I found a nice heavy polyester satin that was really reasonable, and these were the best color interpretations that I could do.

The gloves were purchased from Amazon.  The radish is sewn out of felt.  The crown and brooch are felt, with needle felted details!  Lindsey made me Princess Peach inspired dangly felted earrings!

Crafty Princess Peach!
All the accessories, ready to go!

And what’s Princess Peach without Mario?

It's a Me - Mario!

Dan’s costume consisted of purchase overalls, a red shirt he already owned, purchased gloves, and a purchased hat (all from Amazon.com).  I made the little felt logo for his hat, and he found the little mushroom full of candy, to offer people “one-up mints.”

A very felted Halloween

Can you guess what my Halloween costume is by my nifty felted accessory?

Can you guess what my Halloween costume is by one of my nifty felted accessories?

Rhinbeck was awesome.

Four February Lady Sweaters!!

Lindsey at Briar Rose Fibers

At the Ravelry Party!