Thursday, August 19, 2010

Busy bees

A baby photo of me and my flatmate Kirsty. Yes, Kirsty who made the awesome Wonder Woman jumper that got Boing-ed. That Kirsty.

me and kirsty, c. 1982

Our parents have known each other since they were teenagers, and I've known Kirsty since before I could speak. We've shared a flat together for six years now. We joke that when we do finally stop living together we'll never manage to disentangle our joint knitting needle collection. In truth, it'll be a lot more than just that.

She is a bit under a year older than me. Which means she's got to do most things first. She learnt to speak, learnt to walk and learnt to knit first. She went to university first, she left university first (something I'm still struggling to do). She was even Alice before me, as it's her middle name. And she turned 30 first too, yesterday to be precise. See her failing to blow out all the candles in one go.

Kirsty blows out her cake candles

On such a momentous occasion, I could bang on about what an amazing person Kirsty is, how much she has taught me, how much she means to me. But it's not really my style. Or hers. Or our relationship's. Or this blog's. Instead, I'll show you one of the birthday present I knitted for her and take some photos of her feet. 

covered in bees legwarmers

Legwarmers, covered in bees. One hundred and eighty bees to be precise. Nine sets of bees, each containing ten bees.

They are based on Pinneguri's bumblebee socks, but legwarmer-ised (larger circumference, and no toe or heel). I also striped brown and yellow yarn, rather than use self-striping, and stuck to just the three colours. I think the amazing yellow yarn really makes them, it's Jitterbug in "Vincent's Apron".

The project is ravelled here which includes full details of yarn and needles and link to pattern.

Kirsty is 30

It was part of a bee-themed collection of presents (largely inspired by the legwarmers, Kirsty has no special "thing" about bees, though obviously we all know bees are cool). This included sponsorship of a beehive, honey bath things, an actual pot of honey, and a bee-covered honey and chocolate cake.

sitting beebees close up

covered in bees legwarmers closeup

me and kirsty, c. 1982


Liz said...

Yay bees! And happy birthday Kirsty!

Julie said...

wow, utterly amazing bee theme! The leg warmers are so awesome, and the bees on that honey cake- just wow. and sponsoring a hive is such a great gift idea!

emileeknits said...

The legwarmers are adorable. And so are the baby photos!

Kara said...

Love all those bees, especially the legwarmers! What a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday!

Erin said...

Okay, these are awesome. Love the bees.

Sway Knits said...

This is a fabulous birthday present. Knitted animals are awesome!

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BTW, Happy Birthday, Kirsty!! good luck

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Creative legwarmers! The baby photos are also cute. A wonderful way to celebrate her birthday.

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