Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Medley of Knits From The Past Year...

First, the "Aviatrix" hat I made for my friend's two yr. old daughter, Adelaide. Originally, Adelaide's mum Maegan bought the yarn hoping to take up knitting herself. Finding she was just too busy being a first time mom, she threw those knitting supplies my way instead. The flower was an added detail.  Very fun to make! It's from a crochet flower tutorial I found on youtube

Here is the "Druidess Beret". The pattern comes from a lovely British lady known on ravelry as Princess Pea. Her pattern is based on the Druid Mittens pattern by Jared Flood.

This black cabled hat named "Fenimore" by Jared Flood came out way too small. I must have been dreaming about George Emerson or Mr. Darcy when I was knitting, because I really messed up on the directions. It probably fits a five year old. My sister made the same hat (actually I think she gave me the pattern) and hers came out much, much better. Hopefully she'll post her version one of these days, so I'm not the only one putting things on this blog, cough, cough!

And here is the premier of my first knitted sweater, "Owls" by Scottish knitter Kate Davies. It was a great pattern, very well written, and not too difficult for newer knitters. I've thought of sewing button eyes on each of the 20 or so cabled owls, but that would mean buying a butt-load of buttons. We'll see...

And my proudest knitted achievement so far: "Henri" the bear. I made this for my cousin's newborn baby Griffin, but I'm told his older brother Julian has since absconded with Henri. Guess I'll have to make another one. The mug was a gift from my sister. Can you guess which movie that quote comes from?? --L

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mad Man, Mad Woman

I finally checked out the "Madmen yourself" site after admiring my sister's Peggy-like character on a past VV post. I love the swanky, vintage style illustrations. Tom made a mad man of himself as well, and he thought we should post them on the blog. So here you have are our early 60's alter egos...

"Hi boys, I'm here to help. Cookie, Don?"

What's Tom doing with that buxom blonde?? Doesn't look like a nursing job to me!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Catching Up - Travel Addition

Hi friends!  It's been quite awhile since I've posted anything here on VV.  It's been a fun year full of travel - both for fun & work.  Here are some pics I took along the way of some pretty spots and tasty foods.  Coming soon: a post featuring my crafty projects from the year.  - S

Ottawa, ON

Scone Witch Cafe - Ottawa, ON

Victoria, BC

Victoria, BC

Camden, ME

Burlington, VT

Smiley's - Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

Coolest thing on Youtube!

This is what I watch when I'm in a slump. How can you not get up and dance after watching this??  He's a self taught dancer who makes videos from his basement and bedroom. I particularly love the "gentlemen series"where he dresses in suits and hats, dancing to music that sounds like a fusion of big band swing and hip-hop. Tres cool! --L