Friday, October 29, 2010

a few things

There weren't any cookies baked over here this week. That doesn't mean baking didn't happen. Any recipe involving an apple seemed to be baked. I bought more apples for another pie for this weekend. Too bad one of the kids didn't want to be an apple for Halloween. That costume seems like it would be easier to make than a bush costume, (Charlie). We also have one ghost, (Andrew), and one still undecided, (Libby).
Tons of you probably already know this, however, I recently shared this with a friend that had never heard or thought of it... so I thought I would mention it here. If your button holes are too small for the piece of yarn and your tapestry needle, untwist yarn to single ply and use that along with a smaller needle to sew on your button. So simple.
Those mitts look really great long. (Knit until piece measures 10" before thumb shaping.) My sister finished hers on the plane on the way home from our trip. She's calling it the updated version. I like that. I also like using this yarn if making for a college kid or a person that may be hard on their things and want to throw in the wash with all of their other clothes (or lose them!). With this yarn they could do that. The price is sooooo right! One ball will make a pair, it really does knit up nicely.
Oh, that bag... is this bag (Supercalifragilistic). A total splurge, I know. One to use for years.
I have a few books waiting to find a home along with a super cute project. Next week.
Hmmmm. What else? I guess that's it.
Have a great weekend!

33 comments:

Suzanne said...

I had never thought of using a single ply. I love learning things from you. I've made your toasty mitts. Just might have to make a pair of these too. Happy weekend.

seashoreknits said...

okay, we really do have the same taste in bags.
i've been eyeing that scottie in the exact same fabric.
you know how much i love my zhivagos - but i think a slightly smaller bag would be neat-o.

and thanks so much for the buttonhole tip!

love shelly's new mitts - updated! striking! oh, and the yarn tip is one i've already totally embraced for the niece and nephews.

thanks, leslie - hope you and the kids have a fun and candy-filled halloweed!

Kathy said...

Hi,
I'm new to your blog and really enjoyed visiting. And the mitts are wonderful!

homeschoolmom said...

I'm gonna have to start saving up...I really want one of those bags!!!! :D Thanks for the info!

Hilary said...

Simple and brilliant -- I am *so* using your trick instead of a needle and thread next time!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

They are adorable long and thanks for the tip on the machine washable yarn.

From All Stitched Up said...

I love the "updated version" and it's fun to see your sister. I saw some mitts long and ribbed and was thinking of making those changes to your pattern. Have fun costuming your family.

Tara said...

Brilliant. i never thought of doing that when the yarn doesn't fit through the buttonhole.

djp said...

I didn't know you were allowed knitting needles on the plane!?!?!

stitching under oaks said...

love the updated look! those mitts are great. have fun with your family this weekend. we're on an apple kick here too. fried apples are a favorite for breakfast!

Renna said...

Thank you so much for sharing about the buttonhole/sewing tip! I knit two neckwarmers, and that useful little tidbit enlarges my choice of buttons to sew on them!

Maryse said...

Good luck with the costumes! Your sister's mittens are beautiful!

Andi said...

Thank you for the smart tip on the single ply of yarn for the buttons, very smart. I adore that bag. Sometimes there are just things you need to splurge on- :)
Happy Halloween!

rhodespedal said...

Have you ever played around with baking your delicious cookies at higher altitudes? I've been massively gun-shy with baking anything since moving to Denver... :(

Tricia U. said...

Those Mitts! I made a pair of "Toasty" recently and wore them for the first time on a recent trip out to New England. They were perfect for shopping and sight seeing! Thank you so much for the pattern! I think I'll give Those Mitts a try, too. And that bag! Wow! I got a thing for bags.

Dark Rose Knits said...

I used mohair recently to whip up a pair. I LOVE them. I have them posted on my blog for sale but having a hard time letting them go. Thinking I need to make another pair to keep for myself. ;)

ColorSlut said...

The mits look comfortable and so fast to knit up!

rosemary said...

Great tip...thanks.
Love that bag.

molly said...

chim chim cheree! love it!!! (should've known Mary Poppins was involved).

i'm so grateful you mentioned that lion's yarn. i bought another -- their full-on wool -- last weekend for hte boy, and felt (didn't know it until i read this here) guilty for stooping to Joanne's. But the price WAS right, and the full wool felt quite nice, springy and soft and all the right stuff. anyway. confessions of a novice and all that.

love the hat.

kim said...

Hi, Shelly! So nice to see your face (and cute mitts). Thanks for the button advice. I had never thought of that one either...

Nantucket Dreams said...

ahhhh...bag envy!

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