Saturday, April 17, 2010

I've Moved

I'm not going to divide my life into Art and Craft anymore.

You can catch up with me at

I'll leave this blog around for the free knitting and crochet patterns.

I hope you'll join me at my other blog. You guys are great!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Odes to Common Things

pin cushion, originally uploaded by alexcateye.

A friend sent me a book of Neruda poetry for Valentine's Day this year and it got me thinking. I had not read his work for years, but I was always taken with his Odes to Common Things.

So much of my journey in life has been a celebration of the everyday. I'm a housewife and a mother. The ordinary objects that I touch as part of my daily life need to be exhaulted.

This is my Ode to a Pin Cushion.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I hate girls who write like this.

They eat whatever they want and never gain weight.

I would have died for girly handwriting and a girly name when I was in junior high.

I am Alex and write like a boy. I'm happy to be who I am.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Sweater for Isabel

This was supposed to be a February Baby Sweater, from the old Knitter's Almanac. However, I forgot to bring the book with me while I was working on it and improvised the lace. (I've knit gull wing lace so many times, I was sure I had it memorized.) I guess I was off by one stitch on each repeat and ended up with this lace pattern.

It doesn't matter. She loves the sweater! Now I just need some buttons.

The yarn is Vintage Wool from Berocco. It washes well, but I thought it was slippery and splitty. The metal needles I was using weren't working for me, so I switched to the acrylic needles from and I had a much easier time.