Monday, August 28, 2006

My new yarn came today!

It's super soft and I can't wait to cast on. This will also probably be turned into a pair of socks for a Christmas gift. Not sure yet for whom.

Woman crashes while teaching dog to drive

Really, what more can I say? Read about it here.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The REAL reason I've been slack on blogging...

I've been nauseated and exhausted. Thankfully most of that has passed now, though I still have to take a nap every day and eat seemingly constantly.

Notice the baby is sucking his (we don't know the gender; I call it "he" to avoid calling it "it") left thumb. I am left-handed and F only sucks her left thumb - like her mother before her - so I think we've got Bob vastly outnumbered.

For those of you who are curious, the due date is January 5.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

'Nother hat

I finished another hat today. Again, just a simple stocking cap. I love the colors in this yarn (though I no longer have any clue what yarn it is; I bought it years ago and the label is long gone) and have been meaning to make it into a hat for some time now. This is for me.

My current "stash reduction" strategy is that I have to finish two projects before I can buy yarn for one more. Since I recently purchased that Twilight yarn from Dani I needed a quick project that I could finish before it arrived! Mission accomplished.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

E's birthday shirt

Here is the little shirt I made for E for her first birthday. It is a (major) variation of the Party Dress from Knitting for Baby. That pattern has a short knitted bodice with a sewn skirt. I thought it was very pretty, but E isn't walking yet (well, now she is but she wasn't at the time) so I thought a shirt would be better.

I changed the bobbled edge (I don't like bobbles) to a picot hem, then worked the pattern as written only longer; it's about 10". As I was sewing it up - the morning of the party - I realized that there was no way it was going to fit over her head so I added a little strap, miraculously found a matching button, even more miraculously found some pink thread (in a hotel sewing kit that I've saved for years and years), and decided that the neck and armholes looked fine the way they were. Phew.

Back in the saddle again

I made purpley goodness socks! I love love love these socks but I think I'm going to have to give them away for Christmas. I have someone in mind, but I'm nervous about whether or not she'll appreciate socks as a gift. Especially as an only gift, because the cost of the yarn is what we have agreed on as our gift budget limit.

Anyway, these are the Madder Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. The yarn is Violets by Sunshine Yarns. It's the old non-superwash yarn that she doesn't sell anymore, but I loved knitting with it; it feels great. I just ordered some Twilight - in the superwash - and am anxious to see how that yarn feels.

Speaking of Knitting Vintage Socks, I love that book and think it is worth every penny. I like all but about two of the designs and I think that I will (slowly) knit my way through the book. But not in order, because I would get bored that way.