TWiP: Off the hook and on the needles

This Week in Pictures

I have a blanket to show you! I got caught up in other things and never blogged the finished stroller blanket. You know, the one I started many months ago and went through several iterations before I finally settled on a color scheme and design I liked? I will definitely have to write up a little show-and-tell for you next week. The blanket was a gift, but I subjected it to a photo shoot before I gave it away.

Finishing that blanket last Friday night freed me to get back to the cabled sweater I started a few months ago. I’m so close to the finish line on this one, I can taste it. It’s one of those things where the stitching looks really complicated and I can hardly believe it came off of my needles. I love it!

I plan to finish that this weekend, and after that I plan to live in it constantly until the summer comes. I think those are both do-able plans.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2015), plus some everyday-life snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram: At @sclarke803 ‘s baby shower :-)

365: 2015 79/365 – My sister-in-law’s shower, with lots of stars and pink and glitter :-)

Instagram: Some of you wanted to see the finished stroller blanket… Think I should publish the #crochet pattern?

Sunday

Instagram: Like mother like son…

Instagram: That may be *actual* buds I see on the tree across the street! #happydance #springreallywillcome

365: 2015 80/365 – Fireside knitting seems like it should be *so* last season, and yet, here we are.

Monday

365: 2015 81/365 – The almost-12-year-old has been developing an interest in drawing lately. One of his favorite subjects is Pokemon.

Tuesday

Instagram: I had an errand to run at the mall, so a quick stop for coffee and a flip through some crafty books/magazines seems in order :-)

365: 2015 82/365 – Food shopping today.

Wednesday

Instagram: Today’s post-workout activity: sipping coffee and brushing up my skills. #indesign #patternpublishing

365: 2015 83/365 – The flowers are coming along nicely.

Thursday

365: 2015 84/365 – Staying hydrated is more fun when pretty accessories are involved.

Friday

Instagram: Neil is having some routine testing done, and I’m keeping him company. Hoping to make real progress on this sweater I’m knitting – I’m on the last sleeve!

365: 2015 85/365 – Look how close I am to finishing! I’m so excited :-) I’d finish it tonight if I didn’t have other work to do!

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

TWiP: Saint Catrick’s Day

This Week in Pictures

Aidan has been sitting next to me on my bed for the last hour. I tried to get rid of him when I started blogging, but the kid doesn’t take a hint very well. (“I got the hint,” he says, “I just decided to stay.”)

It’s been a busy week, most of which is represented pretty well by this week’s pictures, so I don’t have much to add. This is a good thing, because I’d kind of like to be a vegetable for the rest of the night.

As far as this week’s theme goes, I wanted to call it “Spring Green” but Aidan insists “Saint Cat-rick’s Day” is the way to go. Oh, I am being told there is no hyphen in Catrick. There’s nothing like blogging while a wise-ass teenager looks over your shoulder… I need an eye-roll emoji.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2015), plus some everyday-life snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

365: 2015 72/365 – Two pillowcase-ish dresses for my young cousin, G. I like her taste in vintage sheets.

Sunday

365: 2015 73/365 – It’s that time of year again: green bagel time!

Monday

Instagram: Nearing the end of this blanket! Just one more square after this. Yay! (Oh, and also a border that I haven’t yet figured out, but let’s not talk about that…)

365: 2015 74/365 – I’ve been seeing just how far I can stretch the capabilities of my 5mp cell phone camera lately. I just got an adaptor so my Gorillapod tripod can hold it, and a Photojojo macro/wide-angle lens. I think I’m going to be instagramming lots of tiny things…

Tuesday

365: 2015 75/365 – I’m not Irish, but I’ve got enough green in my closet to choke a horse, so wearing it today is kind of a no-brainer.

Wednesday

365: 2015 76/365 – A little afternoon crochet.

Instagram: Shopping for a gift and I am lost in the girly section. I can’t find a single thing on the list! #allthepinkisdisorienting #momofboys

Thursday

Instagram: If he can hop a flight for sunny warm Florida while we face yet another winter weather advisory here at home, then I can certainly justify taking myself out to breakfast ;-)

365: 2015 77/365 – Zeus is so happy to be part of the blog tour for the new "Cats in Hats" book tomorrow. Can’t you tell?

Instagram: Hooray! The first flower of spring!

Friday

Instagram: I bought this to share with the boys after school, but I’m going to have a little taste right now. I am sure that I can totally stop after one spoonful. #thingsitellmyself

365: 2015 78/365 – Winter and spring are duking it out today. Go, spring, go!

Instagram: As much as I want to hate this, I can’t deny how pretty and peaceful it is coming down…

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

Cats in Hats: sneak peek and giveaway

Cats in HatsMy teenager doesn’t make a habit of noticing the books I read. But the day Cats in Hats by Sara Thomas showed up on the doorstep, he was paying attention. The boy has always liked cats, and as he flipped through the pages, I could tell that he was beginning to feel some righteous indignation on their behalf.

“A birthday hat? A banana hat?”

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“An Alien hat, Mom? Why would you do this to a cat?”

Well, I think the answer to that question is, “because it’s cute.” And really, the cats in the book don’t seem to mind at all. If you have any experience with cats, you know that they will not sit calmly with anything on their heads unless they darn well want to.

As with most books I review here, I wanted to try one of the projects myself.

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This Bobble Hat caught my eye right away, although I didn’t feel like knitting so I made the crochet version (many of the hats have both knit and crochet patterns).

The instructions were clear, and within an hour I was finished.

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I gotta say, I love the instant gratification factor, and the finished product is pretty cute, if you can forgive my slightly scraggly pompom.

Of course, that’s just a human perspective. What do my favorite cats think?

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These are my brother’s cats, and he and my Mom helped me out with this silly little photo shoot. Dexter (the orange cat) slipped his head out of it almost immediately, but Zeus was more cooperative. He didn’t care for it very much when it was tied under his chin, but I set it on him later (untied) while he was chilling, and he had no complaints.

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After he took it off, he chewed on it a little bit, and then took a nap on top of it. I left it with him when I went home, since he’ll probably have more fun with it than I would.

I may need to crochet another one so both cats can have a special hat. (There’s something I never thought I’d say…)

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As you can see, there are plenty of designs for your (and your kitty’s) enjoyment :-)

Also, I think a small dog could wear one of these hats. I dropped in on my aunt after photographing the cats, and her chipoo looked just the right size for the bobble cap. I was kicking myself for leaving it with Zeus!

This post is part of the blog tour for the Cats in Hats book. If you want to see some other perspectives, be sure to drop by some of the other tour stops! Also, make sure to scroll down and catch the giveaway.

All of the stops on the blog tour

Giveaway!

Running Press and Sara Thomas are giving away some nifty stuff, including copies of the book and an exclusive pattern. (If you are reading this via email or a feed, and you don’t see a Rafflecopter widget or link, please click through to view this post on the website.)

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The fine print from Running Press:

This contest will run from 3/16 to 3/30 @ 12 AM EST. We will give away ONE prize pack that includes a copy of the book, an EXCLUSIVE hat pattern from Sara Thomas, and the yarn necessary to complete the pattern. FIVE runners up will receive a copy of the book. Winners will be contacted by email and must notify us within 48 hours of the notification email with address and acceptance. Please note that winners can be from the US only.