For the Love of Pants!

While at the fabric store searching out lycra for the mermaid costume, I came across the most awesome rainbow fleece ever.  I couldn’t resist – I’m a sucker for rainbows.  But this time, it wasn’t for me.  I’ve got Burning Man on my brain, trying to think of all of the cool costumes I can make (yes, make) for myself and Ellette before we leave in August. (Count it – 3 weeks).  And the desert gets chilly at night, so cold weather costumes are essential.


The rainbow fleece became a pair of pajama bottoms for Ellette.  I used a pair of her jeans as a template for this wide leg pants, and have yet to add the drawstring to the waistband, but I’m fairly certain they will fit her.


Since I had the serger out for the mermaid costume, I did a couple passes with the fleece, not that fleece needs to be hemmed but because I like the clean finish it gives garments.

On the agenda for the next month?  Two epic unicorn outfits (1 for me, one for her), a couple of vests, scarves, and hats.  A few painted parasols, and a pair of decorated swim goggles for Ellette.



The following may not be the best pictures, I apologize, but I was kind of rushed leaving the house this morning.  I started packing last night for my trip to Boulder next week and I found myself completely stumped on the knitting to accompany me.  I have several projects in-process that I was considering, but I am not content with where they are now and how well they will travel.  They are too close to being finished or require too much yarn to be feasible.  Also, I can’t seem to find the other green ball for Caitlin’s second sock, or that would definitely be in the bag.  (This seems to be a trend with me)  I do not want to take up half my suitcase with works-in-progress, although I’m sure if that’s the only thing I had to work on, I would knock out a bunch of the queue.  Anyway, deciding I might as well start a new, more travel-friendly project, I dove into the stash and pulled up a few prospects.


460 yards of beautiful lace weight.  I am completely in love with these colors and the yarn is amazingly soft.  I’m thinking about making something like this Feather Dust Shawl, or this Everdeen, or maybe this Fragile Heart I’ve wanted to make for awhile.  This would make a good bus/plane project, since I can afford a little more attention to detail for lace work.


Then, there are plain vanilla socks for mindless knitting between classes or at the bar, or while I’m laying in the hotel room trying to relax so I can go to sleep.  I have “Bread and Butterflies” by Three Irish Girls, or (already wound) Noro Silk Garden Sock.  The Noro may actually make a good mesh top like this one if I wanted to bother with counting and modifying a pattern.


Lastly, I have two balls of 500 yards in worsted weight that are also options.  One is destined to be workout shorts (the rainbow one in the back) and the other one (red in front) is undetermined.  I was thinking a nice vest like This Minisweater, or Embrace, or Watershed.  Or, just cranking out one of the designs that’s been floating around in my head.


I’m looking at this color palette and kind of chucking to myself over here.  My world has been generating rainbows lately.  I think it’s really kind of lovely.

What are your thoughts on the project(s) to take along?  Is there one that stands out in particular?

Thoughts on a Tuesday

I’m so close to being done with the baby blanket that it has practically become an addiction.  It’s only *not done* because the obsessive compulsive side of me would like it to be a real square, so I keep measuring the cast-on edge to the length I’ve knit so far and estimated I’m not done yet, a few more repeats, a few more rows.  Once that’s done, I want to add a border.  I’m debating a garter stitch border to keep it simple like the main checkerboard design, or a more intricate border that pops against the monotony of the blanket body.  Thoughts?


You will be relieved to hear that I found Jeana’s cardigan.  It was in a bag with balls of Sugar ‘n Cream so that I didn’t realize it was there.  Those silly house pixies are more clever than I thought.  I will have to keep a better eye on my knits.

Sad to say that besides the monotony of checkerboard knitting and the victory in finding a lost wip, all that is happening in my world is Burning Man planning, with the awareness to start throwing clothing into a suitcase as I think about what needs to be packed for the Aerial Dance Festival, as I leave at the crack of dawn on Saturday.  More headway will be made on this later this week.

Under the Sea

This past weekend saw me dressing up as a mermaid for a benefit for the Actor’s Gymnasium.  I was telling stories about all manner of sea creatures to adults at the event.  Somehow, it was difficult to get kids to sit and listen to stories.  Overall, I think this was one of my more challenging venues.  I felt unprepared – this character and stories were all created in less than a month, and the last few days saw me frantically sewing the costume and making a cheat sheet notebook to carry at the event.  I also felt that, compared to the contortion and acrobatics and aerial work that was being done as well, I didn’t stand out.  It was still a great learning experience for me, and I know that a reached a few people, not to mention I have a cute mermaid costume now.  I’m looking forward to developing this character more.


Initially, I was going to have a monofin on the bottom so I couldn’t move, but I ran out of time and improvised as best as I could.  I took different colors of iridescent tulle and organza, cut it in a spiral, singed the edges so they wouldn’t fray, and sewed them to the bottom hem.  Then, I made over the knee leg rompers for a “fin” like appearance when I walked.  I spent so much time on the skirt that I lost inspiration for the top and ended up going with a simple bandeau.  The jewelry is stuff I made years ago and the hair falls were made by a me a few weeks ago.  I’m excited that the costume can also come with me to Burning Man.

I took Sunday off as a day to myself because the past few weeks have been fast paced and more than a little stressful.  It was the best choice I’ve made in a while.  I cleaned, I finished laundry, a got rid of boxes of give-away stuff from the massive purge of Ellette’s bedroom, and I knit.  I would have finished the adorable baby cardigan if I could have found it. (Even though I cleaned, the house pixies seemed to have stolen my knitting).  Instead, I worked on a baby blanket (one pattern repeat and a border away from being finished!), I blocked a secret knit (and picked out buttons), and finished and blocked a Burning Man knit.  I also stash busted some chunky rainbow yarn into a waistband for another project, crocheted a couple of roses, cut out pieces for a unicorn costume, and sewed flannel jammy pants for Ellette for Burning Man.  I don’t know how I managed to squeeze ALL of that into one day, but I did.  I just hope that my remaining nights and weekends can see a similar warping of the time vortex.

Up this week is prep work for my trip to the Aerial Dance Festival – I leave bright and early Saturday morning.  I’m super excited about spending a week in Colorado exploring one of my passions!  Then a three week scramble to finalize details for Burning Man and pack.  I teach two workshops and spend 3 days working at the Renaissance Fair. I have a face painting gig on my birthday and immediately after, load up a rental vehicle and start the 2000 mile drive to Black Rock City.

And then summer is over.  Ellette goes back to school.  I resume my day job, my teaching schedule starts again (5 hours of aerial every Sunday, I’m really looking forward to this!) and somehow I have to cope with the “normal.”

I can’t believe time is passing so quickly!

This Time It Will Fit

Last night, while watching 90s sitcoms and sitting in front of a fan at full blast, I whacked out a chunk of the Summer Pelisse for Jeana.  This time, I knit the size about what she would fit now, because I was unsure how long it would take me to knit it.  As it stands now, I have the right front and most of the back done.  This leaves the left front, two sleeves, and a tiny button band until I reach completion.  I think I can get it finished by Sunday evening.  Famous last words…I know, I know.  Sunday will be my only solo day for the entire summer.  I won’t have another day off until the second weekend of September.  And by “day off” I mean a day in which I can accomplish what is on my task list without obstacle, kick up my feet if I wish, and knit to my heart’s content.  I will have two vacations, but those are so jam packed and crazy I can’t really see them as “days off.”


Anyway, back to the Pelisse.  The color in the photos is looking more lilac than what the color is in reality.  It’s more of a navy, cornflower type thing.  Not as dark as navy, but along those lines.   I love it, and I think with the horseshoe lace pattern, it’s turning out rather feminine and sweet.  This is the same yarn as the other one, knit to a slightly looser gauge.  I really like the feel of the fabric – full of drape and very soft.


I have one more of these to make.  This last one will be for Jeana’s big sister Ryley, and will be in a lovely lavender.  That probably won’t get started until sometime in September, but could end up being a little later.

Also, a reader pointed out to me that a link wasn’t working in a previous post.  I fixed it, and want to reiterate why the link was there.

At the end of August I will be driving to Black Rock Desert with my daughter and a friend to attend Burning Man.  This is kind of a big deal for me – a major bucket list item will be crossed off with this adventure, and so many stories, inspiration, and friendships will be borne from it.  Remember Lakes of Fire?  It’s like that, but BIGGER!  I will be departing on my birthday for the most world-changing experience I’ve ever undertaken on my road to self-discovery.

But, it ain’t cheap.  To fund this trip, I am offering a discount to my Etsy shop.  Use coupon code PIXIE2BURNINGMAN to receive 25% off anything your little heart desires.  All funds from sales will go to my bucket list.  I will even include a mystery gift with every purchase (excluding digital patterns).  Custom orders are included in this – so if you want a special pair of wings or knitwear designed specifically for *you*, please consider this.  Your help is greatly appreciated!!


That Feeling of Safety

Giving away the little cream pelisse and casting off a secret project (but still needing to do the finishing up) made me feel like I made a dent in my works-in-progress.  I am looking at my Ravelry page and seeing a dozen things that are still on the needles, or awaiting finishing details, but the feeling of calm before a storm.  Also, my upcoming trips (Colorado in a week and Burning Man in 4) has led to a rush of inspiration and the desire to have an entire wardrobe knit before I leave.  That means, I am writing up my designs, hammering out the math, swatching, and trying to knit it all, before August 24th.  We all know it just ain’t gonna happen, and no one agrees to that more than me, but I still had the nagging itch to cast something on and make it my one and only.


At least it is a rather portable project that has taken up residence in my purse.  I am enjoying the design so far, and right now gauge isn’t detrimental.  It will be once this happy little band is completed, but for the moment, I am grand.  I am hoping to have this at least blocking before I leave for Colorado next week so I can start an all new project (also mapped out), as well as bring along the cardigan for Jeana (60% complete) and a pair of socks (50% complete).  (Again, you don’t have to tell me how insane this all sounds.  I am perfectly aware of the warping of the time vortex required to complete all of the tasks I’ve laid out).

Maybe after my Burning Man meeting tonight I will try to force my way through the finishing up for the two projects that need it.  That ought to make me feel better, right?



Finally, A Finished Object

I was up until well past my bedtime on Saturday, determined to finish this lovely little item.  I had figured out who it was going to  be for, and Sunday was going to be the last time I see her before the babe is born.  I’m glad I had the thought to bring the item with me so I could finish it up, and even remembered my bucket bin!


This is the Summer Pelisse from Jane Austen Knits.  I used a cotton yarn (the name escapes me at the moment) in cream to work up this adorable summer cardigan.  I was giggling while sewing in the puff sleeves.  I adore puff sleeves.  I want them on everything, but on most adult garments, they tend to look silly.


The horseshoe lace is a mindless pattern for me.  I don’t have to think about it anymore.  This cardigan is designed with just a little bit of ruffle at the top of the lace.


I’m not quite sure how I feel about the drawstring.  I’m not sure if it’s actually useful or practical, since my experience with babies is that they like to grab and pull.


The buttons are simple purple ones I found in my stash.  They were perfect – that excellent pop of color, feminine, but not over the top.

When the mother received the gift on Sunday, her reaction was the best.  A sharp gasp and her eyes went wide and that drawn out “awe” followed, and continued, and then there were tears.  She is 8 months pregnant, after all.

I love this pattern so much that I am making a larger one for my god daughter, and I will probably make a third for her sister.  I have to knit quickly to finish it all before other responsibilities take over.

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