double down

New Dare is up today!
"I'm addicted to my _________."
Go check out what Jamaica and Gen came up with. (We all coordinate this week!)

And here's my take on the challenge at The Creative Type. We went with neutrals for this one. (And neutrals do not have to be boring.)

Speaking of neutrals, I found some really cool gray yarn in my stash this week and decided to knit a super long cowl for a friend.

I'm calling it the double down cowl. It's long enough to wrap around your head twice. But it's lightweight and not super thick like most of my other cowls.

Then, I found two skeins of this alpaca yarn in pretty raspberry color. If I remember correctly, this was the first 'nice' yarn I ever bought after I learned how to knit. So I made a cute little cabled hat for Lo using the Gingerbread Hat pattern by Angela Whisnant.

I stayed up late a couple of nights working on it, but it was worth it. I think I have enough left over for a cute little matching scarf.

I've been obsessed with crafty books lately (I go in phases with this) and there seems to be so many good ones out there that I want. I picked up the two on the right with a gift card I got for x-mas, and the other is from the library.

But the one I really have been obsessing over ever since Rachel blogged about it is Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham. I could not remember the title or what the cover looked like for the life of me when I was at the book store last time (and I was a tad distracted by my two-year-old) but next time I head out, I must pick it up.

(It even has a Isamu Noguchi section in there ... !) Thanks, Rachel. :)

Last but not least, I'm participating in Craft Hope's Project 6. They've teamed up with The Orphan Foundation of America’s Red Scarf Project and I'm knitting two red scarves to send to foster care teens through this project. The Orphan Foundation serves thousands of foster teens throughout the U.S. They provide college scholarships, connect them with mentors and internships, send them care packages, and testify for them before Congress. Each year 25,000 students ‘age out’ of the foster care system and the Orphan Foundation is committed to helping them become tomorrow’s successful citizens. They launched the Red Scarf program in 2005 to send red scarves to warm the hearts (and necks) of college bound youth. The scarves can be knitted or crocheted and there is a pattern from Vickie Howell (photo above of her scarf) on the Craft Hope website to help you get started. If you'd like to participate, you can find all of the guidelines, etc. here. The deadline is Valentine's Day, February 14th 2010!


  1. Loved this post. And I hope you and Lotus have fun with that book when you bring it home! Your knit work is beautiful!

  2. that hat and lotus are both adorable. love the double down. and THAT BOOK! holy moly.

  3. do you have the book monkeysuits? it's by sharon turner. if not, my copy is yours! it has knitting patterns in it that i think you'll dig!

  4. have been rockin' the knits! and that book looks so cool! now off to check out the dares!

  5. girl you blow my mind, can't wait to chat to you and giggle/ have loads of fun in two days!! get to packing mama! :)

  6. Have fun this weekend!!!!! What time to do fly out? We don't leave until 3 (all nighter...)
    Love Lo in that hat!


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