Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Etsy Items

We have been designing, and knitting, and more designing, and even more knitting. It's been a long process to list new items for etsy, mostly because we start so many projects at a time. This means we'll have a ton of new items finished at once, but with empty spaces in between. Our process can be described as a wave in the ocean. We have one big rush of finished projects, and then there is always a calm when the ocean is making up its mind about what shape, what color, and just how foamy the next wave should be. That's us.

In the Works for our etsy shops are -

blankets, hats, and booties for Double Knit Twins, our baby shop.

blankets, pouches, and cute accessories for Molly Knits, our puppy shop.

shawls, scarves, cowls, and assorted warmies for Posh Knits, our adult shop.

To be able to list any of these items, the rain must relent for our photo shoots to go well. Also, we must purchase a dress form for Posh Knits. I feel as if it is taking an eternity for this wave to come. Our oceanic minds and needles are just taking their time.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spring FCWS Donations

The First Coast Women's Services had been so pleased with our first donation, that we wanted to make it a monthly habit. They said that 4 or 5 new women choose to keep their babies after coming throughthe facility each month, and we volunteered to keep up with that number.


In April, we experimented with granny squares. This type of blankets is light and airy, great for the hot and humid spring time we have here in Florida. We made them with all types of colors and textures and had a lot of fun in the process.

From left to right-
.Garden Party
.Baby Pink


In May, we decided to give 4 baby sweaters, and we had chosen a pattern written by Elizabeth Zimmerman. EZ, as the knitting community calls her, is famous for her simple way of explaining techniques that would usually be dreaded. We had heard about her from many knitters on Ravelry and in our knitting group, so we decided to purchase the pattern for the "Baby Surprise Jacket" or "BSJ".

We made our first BSJ in January in a self striping yarn that worked out very well. After that, we were hooked. We bought 3 more colorways of this particular yarn and got to work. Of course, there were interruptions in between, but we seamed on the last button in May.


We've been working on a set of blankets to give for June. They are made with classic baby colors, pastels of blue, pink, yellow, and green. We are also making baby booties to match :)
All of the blankets are finished except green, and we only have yellow and green booties to go.

The progressing sets are simply adorable!

here they are! all finished! 6/3/09

Friday, May 15, 2009

Blooms of May

It is apparent that God loves beautiful things- He makes so many of them. On our morning walks with Molly, we pass so many lovely bushes and their stunning blooms. Molly is not quite as awestruck or appreciative. We tried offering her a sniff of a small flower we had picked, and she took a big bite. Well, of course.

The flowers pictured above are our favorite, mostly because of their unique way of blooming. We found out about them on a sunny summer's day. It was a sort of miserable day actually. We were jogging with our sister, although most of the time we were just trying to keep up, huffing and puffing several sidewalk links behind. We stopped for a breather and noticed something different about the shrubs that we had passed many times before. They had sent up a stalk, and exploded with purple flowers!

Every year we find pleasure in the suspense of these mysterious shrubs. We simply cannot contain our anticipation by the time they send up one lonely shoot with one bulb placed neatly on top. A couple weeks pass of this stalk phase and then suddenly, overnight it seems, all of theses bulbs decide to burst open and show their colors. It is such a display all about the neighborhood. We are very impressed. I wonder if we are the only ones who notice this phenomena.