Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pluto's Photo Essay

A Pictorial Essay by Pluto Waxbird: "What I Did Over the Weekend"

"Mummy, lets play Tudors !  You be King Henry and I'll be Queen Anne Boleyn."

(in an artificially high, squeaky, imitation female voice)
"Oh No! Please don't chop off my head! I need it to wear my many bejeweled head-dresses! Without my head my necklaces will slide right off!"

(in an artificially high, squeaky, imitation female voice)
"Will Henry mount my head on his wall? Was I just a trophy wife?"
(in an artificially high, squeaky, imitation female voice)
"I've been swept under the rug! Henry has buried me in an unmarked grave in the Tower of London with the rest of his friends.

The End

About the Author

Pluto Waxbird was purchased in Scraborough but it is unknown where he was originally hatched. He spent his formative years in the neighbourhood know as "the Danforth" in Toronto Canada and at age 3 moved to Hillcrest Village, where he now works as Manager of Customer Relations at Knit-O-Matic. Pluto just recently became a LOL bird and can be found on Facebook where he likes to send his friends hatching eggs.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Day!

which means i can put off re-stocking the yarn cubbies for an hour or two and blog.

first on the agenda, there is a Freebie Sock Booklet from Interweave today, via knitting daily. I recognize Sock #5, Comfy Socks, from the first issue of Knitscene. They would make a very excellent last minute gift!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


i can has crocheted cowls on sale at Scratch Espresso for $45 each! (pattern forthcoming)

000_4228 by you.

000_4223 by you.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

last minute knitted gifts (freebie)

Cap'n Crunch Neck Cozy/Cowl
(on ravelry - login: knitomatic2, pword: knitomatic)
  • use 1 skein Misti Alpaca Chunky in solids of hand painted
  • go up to a 6.5mm or 7mm needle

Saturday, December 13, 2008

things we've been knitting & crocheting

things we've been knitting & crocheting

my mind has been all over the place lately and i'm having a hard time keeping any single project on my needles. i am especially indifferent towards sweaters and have been sticking to small projects.

mnspun hat by you.
Manspun Hat (in Kahki Pants)
I wrote the pattern, it will be available soon!

minkim by you.
MinKim organic Baby Sweater (in Alder)
Liane made up this one as a store sample.
The yarn is really nice and soft and is naturally dyed!

bubbly by you.
A puffy stitched necky thingy for sale at Scratch
made from Lamb's Pride Bulky in Persian peacock 124 (2 skeins). I'm hand felting it a bit in the sink, hopefully it will not backfire!

scarfy 3 by you.
Another necky thingy for sale at
made with Estelle Woolly Bully colour 919

Gretel from Verena fall 2008 is our next store project
Liane is working on the smallest size of this
great sweater (sans flower applique) in
Mission Falls 136 (their new DK weight wool)
in colour 536 Aster, a pretty sky blue.

Friday, December 12, 2008

freebie babies

Woo-Hoo! Whipup found a free version of the Child's Placket Pullover from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (one of my fave knitting books ever!)

Baby wearing lilac ribbed jacket

i know i've already posted this one before, but This little cardie by Debbie Bliss is also a nice little knit. Michelle made it for her daughter in Mission Falls 1824 Cotton, it was cute and easy!

Garnstudio Freebies

Garnstudio's always good for good freebies!  Plus, they have pictures of their Spring 2009 lineup and you get to VOTE on them!

The Stripe up the Front Hat from Fall 2007 Prada. Last year I tired on one of the Prada hats at Holt Renfrew and they were made of some kind of textile akin to fiberglass. Look, this is not a case of fibre snobbery, the thing seriously looked like it was made from a plied verion of that fluffy pink insulation in your attic, you know the stuff that looks like cotton candy and feels like Ouch. Sure, a lot of ready to wear sweaters these days are made of crap acrylicy textiles, but it espescially pisses me off when they do that with the high end p[roducts. 2 months ago i visited the Hugo Boss store in Yorkville (they were very nice to me, great sale staff!) to admire their fall sweaters and I was super disappointed to find that garments that cost half my rent were made from dreck.  Bringing things back to the hat, this is definitely a case of handmade being superior to runway.

Racer Hat

As an aside, Vogue Knitting also published a take on Prada's hat (also a free pattern), but theirs looks shoddy, seems small and involves seaming (blech).

An Interesting Shaped Jacket (according to the schematic it is not asymmetrical). Sometimes you need something different to keep you occupied.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

A cache of quality freebies from Rowan

A cache of quality freebies from Rowan

  • Bond pullover by Kim Hargreaves from mag 38 (I made this one years ago & love it!)
  • Morris cardigan by Martin Storey from mag 34
  • Georgie cardigan by Sarah Dallas from mag 32

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cute Freebie

Cute Freebie
Baby Moccasins

Pretty Freebie
Cashmere Cowl in Lace Rib

Useful Freebie
Knitted 'Nest' Tote

Funny Freebie
Felted Mushrooms

Cozy Freebie
Mary Jane Slippers

Luxurious Freebie
Simple Pleasures hat

Interesting Freebie
Treeline Striped Cardigan