Monday, January 12, 2009

Checking in on CED 2009

According to Leah, January's CED theme is "Play" for those of us who've joined her Creative Every Day challenge. Well, I've been playing with yarn and the header of my blog. The latter, which you can see above, is a from a photo that Dick took last year of a witch hazel bush in our neighborhood. It blooms faithfully every January and serves as a great reminder that spring is indeed the next season, hurrah!
My Hat Creation
But, it was Catherine who provided the necessary "yarn push" when she phoned to say she needed two pairs of booties "right away" for a couple of baby showers. Thus began my yarn "play." The first pair was in my stash of partially finished booties, and I forgot to get a photo of them for May and Kris's challenge. Oh well. I found some cute baby boy-yarn at my LYS and thought there'd be enough for booties and a hat, so I modified a favorite hat pattern to include the same stitch as the booties. Maybe one day I'll even create my own pattern, who knows?

Just today Catherine provided a link to a slide show from her November trip to Africa for her work. I was struck by the beautiful fabric in the women's clothing and couldn't help thinking how much fun it would be to have some to play with! Hmmmm, maybe I'll put in a request since she's headed that way again on Saturday..... Check it out, and you'll see what I mean!

Addendum for Suze: The bootie pattern is from a Leisure Arts book called Booties to Knit and Crochet. The yarn is a fingering weight from Rozetti called Baby Dots. The hat pattern is one I've adapted from a class I took from Lauren Lindemann who has a cool shop in downtown Seattle called So Much Yarn.


Linda said...

Your new header is great Judy - looks like curly wool hanging from branches! Brilliant!
You really are the knitting queen...that little heart is just adorable and Sophia will look gorgeous in the frilly hat.

Suze said...

I have never seen a Witch Hazel blossom..

Great hat and booties. Where did you get that pattern and what size yarn?

Plays with Needles said...

Love the picture of the witch hazel. But you have sent me on a tailspin...I've joined you in the Creative Every Day Challenge but I also found the 12 SEcrets book group through the CED website post today! Sooo excited!!! Big hugs of thanks, Judy!!!!

Wendy said...

These are the most beautiful set I have seen you do yet!!! So angelic!!! They are so beautiful!

Ele said...

Hi Judy,

a beautiful new creation of you!
The little hat and the white booties so cute!

Have a good time


Barbara C said...

Very cute little hat and booties, and I love your header picture. What great cheerful colors in those flowers.

Becka the Spoiled Knitter said...

I LOVE your header! I'm going to check out this creative challenge, too!
Thanks for your kind words on my blog!
I so enjoyed knitting the Leaf Lace Shawl! It went really quickly, too!
I hope you enjoy yours, too!

KarenJoSeattle said...

I need to go visit the Jelena witch hazel in my old garden. I planted it by the sidewalk so everyone could enjoy it. It blooms for a long time.

By the way, So Much Yarn is up for sale and Lauren is planning to fo back to the corporate world when her lease is up in March.