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Knitty bitty

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 06:37:00 +0000

I picked up the baby blanket again. Or rather the squares for the baby blanket. Either way I'm knitting again despite being ever so sleepy. I'm determined to finish it. That blanket and the one for my other pregnant friend. And the sweater for Isa...and the matching one for her brother, Connor.

Baby steps for baby gifts. No pressure, just no more excuses. Felt good to knit again. I finished a couple of squares and another half of one while making dinner. Despite the numerous interruptions at least I got something accomplished. Once the kids get back into school my goal is to knit as much as I can during the day.



Nothing's happening

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 07:04:00 +0000

Sad to say but my extreme fatigue has continued to keep me from knitting. I have two baby blankets to finish, still have to sew that baby sweater, plus make the matching one for the other baby--both of whom are already here (a full 7 wks. early). We are taking a trip up to Portland at the end of this month so I may bring my stuff along and maybe knit on the way up. Bad part is that driving makes me sleepy. Being a passenger makes me sleepier. And actually able to sleep. No promises on anything getting accomplished.

I'm hoping that I'll get to see a doctor while I'm up there. I would only be having a pulmonary work-up done and right now the main focus is on my liver (see my other blog Sore & Sleepy). Either way I really miss my "kinda tired" days. At least with those I got stuff done. This new fatigue...it's like my entire being is exhausted. I really can't describe it. It's worse than pregnancy tiredness. Seriously.

I miss knitting. I miss going to the yarn store and drooling. I miss pouring over magazines and trying to decipher patterns. I miss how it took my mind off of the pain I was in. I miss the way the yarn feels as it runs through my fingers. I miss watching a ball of fiber turn into something palpable and usable. I miss everything about it.



Coolest Cupcakes EVER

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 23:59:00 +0000

(image) I ran across a link to these cupcakes at Knitty.com and my jaw literally dropped when I saw them. The time, talent, and love it took to make these just blows me away. This woman needs to open a bakery because I would be a dozen of these in a heartbeat! Of course I'd probably have to go to where she is, but I'd do it!

See more cool pics here: Knitting Cupcakes


I went a little yarn crazy at Ram Wools since they are having a big sale. Bought enough Mission Falls Cotton to make another baby blanket, as well as a bag of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Chocolate. Hoping to make a sweater out of it. I bought 24 skeins of yarn for a little over $100. That's just insane baby!! YARN HOOR ROAR!! I'm using my own money, so DH shouldn't freak, and believe me, it was hard not to keep adding more to the cart! Seriously, check out the sale, stock up, it ends tomorrow!!



Back on the sticks

Sun, 03 Jun 2007 23:24:00 +0000

Square #3 was started last night while babysitting the sweetest little toddler in the world. Megan, Hayley (the babysittee), and I all sat watching Barbie Princess & The Pauper while I picked up my Denise needles and cast on the obligatory 14 stitches. I worked about 13 rows before I had to start dinner, but at least it's a start. The brain fog wasn't nearly as bad, however I think I have an extra "push" as I really want to see what the end result is going to look like. Plus, since I have to sew this blanket then maybe that will help me overcome my fear of sewing the sweater. That or I'll just go down to Gossamer and see if they can help me. :o)

I found a really cool forum for knitting at Knitty. They have a wicked board there where people post about different online and retail stores having yarn sales. I can't tell you how happy that board makes me. Of course the pocketbook may hate me when it's all said and done, but in the meantime I am surfing it for bargains everyday.



Patiently waiting

Sat, 02 Jun 2007 17:04:00 +0000

My yarn and completed baby sweater are still patiently waiting for me to finish them. For the past few days my brain has been in a total fog. It's so bad that I can't remember if I took my medicine just 5 mins. prior--literally. Insanity I tell ya! So rather than frustrate myself worrying about what row I'm on (and if I counted properly), I'm rolling with it and waiting for the fog to lift. Tough, though, because I am really excited to see what this blanket will look like when it's done. I also want to finish the sweater for Isabelle and start up the other one for Connor, yet I know that the sweater is way more difficult than knitting up small squares, so that is definitely on the back-burner. I'd love to have the sweaters done BEFORE the babies come, however since they can't wear them until it gets cold (a.k.a. about 4-5 mos. after they're born) I'd rather take the time and make sure I do it right than hurry through and screw it up.

I have another gal whom I don't know really well but she's super sweet and cool and we've become "friends" to a degree, and she is expecting her first baby (a boy) around the same time as everyone else is. She's doing her nursery in a true nautical theme and thus I want to make her a patchwork blanket in blues, creams, and reds. Fun stuff!!! I love being the semi-surrogate auntie that can knit up presents left and right! Too bad most of the babies live far away though... I'd love to babysit and get my fill...then give them back to their parents! :o)



Fox Costume

Thu, 31 May 2007 18:33:00 +0000

I know it's not knitting, but it is garment-making and I was quite proud of this thing, so I'm sharing it. Last year my daughter decided she wanted to be her favorite animal for Halloween. Her favorite animal is a fox...or more specifically, a red fox. I looked high and low for a costume that would work for her and the only one we found was in the UK and was priced at $50 (shipping not included).Let's back up a little... When I was in Middle school I took sewing classes. Keep in mind that this was in the late 80's so a sewing class was not unheard of. In that class I made an ice cream pillow and a dog sweatshirt. I probably made one or two other things but I can't remember. Sad thing is that those items have disappeared--I'm guessing in my mother's basement, or given away by her. No matter, the point is the same. I haven't sewn anything since I was about 12 yrs. old. Still, I have my grandmother's sewing machine and Megan really wanted to be a fox, so I figured "what the hell."I found a pattern that I could modify to make it more fox-like, and together, Megan and I picked out the main fabric (a rust colored fleece) for most of the costume, plus some white faux fur for the belly and ears. I didn't want to make mittens because I knew it would be difficult for her to hold the bucket and Trick or Treat, so I bought some white stretch gloves, some black "witch" fingernails, cut the nails down, and glued them to the gloves. Worked like a charm!I will say that I was incredibly intimidated to make this costume. The pattern wasn't very helpful and most of the things I had to do I either hadn't done in forever, or had never done. I was so sure she would end up with a Gordon Cartrell costume (reference from the Cosby Show where Denise makes Theo a shirt that is all kinds of messed up). I fretted over sewing in the zipper--my first ever--and worried that one arm would be longer than the other. In the end, it came out quite nice. Not perfect...yet not too shabby. I decided not to sew in the elastic as I practiced with it and sucked. In the end I rolled up her sleeves and ankles inside and pinned them.She was beyond thrilled! She was a little put off by people asking if she was a cat (she did kind of look like one), but in the end she could've cared less. I got a huge boost of self-confidence and even DH was proud of me. I can't say that I've sewn anything since, yet I do want to start quilting. One day... On to the costume pics:First, the inspiration. This is the costume that we found but had a heart attack over the price. I didn't put the faux fur at the tip of the tail on Megan's, but wish I had. Live and learn.Now, here is the costume I made full-lengthSide viewMegan being silly[...]



Two down, fifty-four to go

Thu, 31 May 2007 18:05:00 +0000

I got started on the baby blanket last night, but had to stop after making two squares. My brain has been so foggy lately that I was having a hard time keeping track of how many rows I had knit up. I literally was counting outloud as I knit...one, one, one...to keep track of which row I was knitting...and then when I'd hit like row 13 I'd double remind myself by saying, "The day my son was born, 13, the day my son was born." Pathetic I tell ya! I did take some pics though, so here they are:

This is the blanket I'm making. It's Debbie Bliss' Garter Stitch Blanket from her "Baby Knits for Beginners" book.

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Close-up of the blanket. I love how the squares are turned!

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The yarn palate I am using from Mission Falls
From Left to Right - Goldenrod, Moss, Chili, Ivory, Musk, and Lentil

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Close-up of the yarn to show the texture in it

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The two squares I've knitted up thus far

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Hopefully my brain will be more cooperative today and allow me to finish up more of them. I'm excited to see how it's going to turn out!



Starting over

Thu, 31 May 2007 00:32:00 +0000

After a trip down to Juniper Fiberworks, I picked up some Mission Falls Cotton yarn for Phil & Julie's baby blanket. While I'm still not thrilled about the blanket being so little, I figure I'll knit it up and if it's bugging me I'll go buy some more yarn and add more squares. I really like this cotton yarn, though. Lots of colors, knits up nicely, and is quite soft. Plus it's machine washable--always a good thing w/babies.

Here is a swatch pic of all the colors they offer:

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I got one skein each of: Lentil, Ivory, Goldenrod, Musk, Moss, and Chili. I'll take pics of the yarn together later and post them. They really are beautiful. Very fall-like and I think it will mesh well w/the neutral palate of the nursery. I've already started the first square using the Lentil yarn. I'm digging the nubs and grooves as I go along.

And yes, I was quite amazed that I made it out of Juniper Fiberworks with only my 6 skeins of yarn. Let me tell you, it was UBER difficult! Seriously, check out their website and you'll see a small picture of what the store looks like. There is a lot more that isn't shown. I'm like a kid in a candy store when I go in there. The incredibly helpful, and funny, gals that were working kept saying, "She's still in pondering!" and we'd crack up. Good times, baby, good times!

My next stop is to take back the Patons Grace yarn. While it's pretty, and I like the way it feels, it's just too soft for my liking. I have come to learn that I'm a "chunky" kind of gal. I like yarn w/some "oomph" to it. At least for things like blankets, scarves, hats, sweaters, etc. Bring on the texture!!



Liars

Wed, 30 May 2007 16:08:00 +0000

Last night Megan and I headed to Michael's to pick up some of the Tangelo Patons Grace yarn, as well as any other colors that might match it. I had decided to make a baby blanket instead, one by Debbie Bliss, and was uber excited to be buying more yarn. From the pattern (Debbie Bliss Garter Stitch Blanket) it stated I would need six balls of yarn (turns out there is more yardage in the Patons than the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran), so I was all set.

When we got there I was so disappointed. The way the sample looks on the Patons website shows the Tangelo as an apricot-pink-orange-cream color. In reality it is ORANGE. Really orange. Not a bad color, mind you, just not what I thought it looked like. I scanned the aisle and although I found two colors that would look nice with the Tangelo, I wasn't "feeling" it. Megan offered up the idea of using the Patons Lavender, which I pondered over, but I ultimately chose the Tangelo, with Natural, and Taupe (which again, in person looks much different than the web swatches).

Imagine how lucky I felt when I talked to Phil last night and found out that the nursery had been done in taupe/natural colors! A little bit of orange will add a burst of color while the Natural and Taupe (chocolate) colors blend in with the rest of the set. Sweet!

So I sat down, cast on, cast off, cast on again, ripped it out--I don't know why but I always have the damnedest time casting on. It's like I forget how. I do it, then when I start to knit I realize the tail is in the wrong place and it won't knit up right. I need to practice this more. Anyways, so I'm knitting and I'm thinking, "Boy, these squares are going to be TINY!" The pattern calls for you to make 56 squares, then you piece them all together, and stitch 'em up. I re-read the pattern and the finished size caught my eye..."19 1/2 in. x 22 in." Oh you gotta be kidding me! That's like a napkin, for crying out loud! I don't know why I missed that but in scanning the internet last night to read about this pattern, I found out that I am not alone. The picture in the book even makes the blanket look much bigger, thus many people are fooled by it and skim past the finished dimensions.

Needless to say I'm deciding on if I want to make this blanket or another one. I really like the way the finished blanket looks. You turn the opposite squares 90 degrees and it gives a nice dimensional look to it. Of course I think the Patons Grace might be the wrong choice for this blanket simply because it's not as thick as the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. I'm going to hit a LYS today and see if they have the Cashmerino in the colors I want and start from scratch. Then I'll take the Grace back to Michael's. :o(

Liars. All of 'em.

I feel so deceived.



Be still my heart

Mon, 28 May 2007 20:32:00 +0000

I want to make these sweaters with the yarn shown. They are adorable!! And the yarn (Sirdar Surfer) looks really fun and funky before it's knitted up and gorgeous finished. From what I can gather both LYS sell this yarn by Sirdar so I'm going to try and get by both of them this week and see if there is any in stock. Plus I have to find the patterns. Too cute!


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It stares at me

Mon, 28 May 2007 17:46:00 +0000

Last night I finished the other sleeve and now it sits...staring at me...willing me to sew it together. I am hesitant because I fear I will screw it up royally now. However I know I'll dig in and put the thing together. In the meantime, here are some (crappy) pics of the almost finished sweater. You'll have to forgive the lighting. I took these last night around 9'ish or so and w/out flash.

Close-up again of the bottom detail

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Close-up of the sleeve edging before sewing

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Here is the not quite finished project. The neckline isn't my fav thus far, despite it being very easy, yet we'll see what it looks like knitted up.

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One sleeve down, one on sticks

Sun, 27 May 2007 22:19:00 +0000

Finished the first sleeve yesterday and started the other one today. I should have the second one done tonight if I actually stop interrupting myself. I think I'm a tad hesitant simply because I'm scared to sew the thing together. Totally afraid I'm going to ruin it.

I made the one sleeve too long (about 3/4") but am not worried. I prefer a longer sleeve anyways and she (my friend) can roll them up for the baby. To me it always seemed that the sleeves were the first thing that got too short on my kiddos, so I'm fine that I went too far. Admittedly it was not done on purpose (I just kept knitting not even paying attention to how long the sleeve was getting), however it did work out to what the next size up would be.

With this sleeve I dropped a stitch on the edge so there is a very tiny hole that isn't noticeable except to me. I'm assuming that when I sew up the seam it will disappear as that's where the hole is. Of course DH keeps joking that because of this itty bitty screw up the baby will get pneumonia. He's soooo helpful. ;o)

I'll post pics before I sew it together. I'm just too lazy today or else I'd take some and post them now.



Patons SWS

Sat, 26 May 2007 01:58:00 +0000

After reading a blog on Crazy Aunt Purl about Patons SWS yarn found at Michaels, I had to make a pit-stop there after DH and I hit Home Depot tonight. The SWS yarn is a mix of wool and soy and comes in several fun shades. Patons also makes some other cool ones like Grace and Rumor which I am seriously coveting now. The Grace yarn has a ton of sweet colors, while the Rumor is so soft I just want to wrap my whole body with it. Okay, maybe that's pushing it. Nevertheless, had DH not been with me I guarantee I would've walked out with way more than I did.

Megan (my daughter) has been wanting me to knit her a sweater and when I saw the Patons SWS "Natural Blue" yarn I knew I had found a winner for her. Although the picture I am posting shows it as much brighter than it really is, the colors are b-e-a-utiful! Soft, subdued, and blend so perfectly. I can just see her in a cute little sweater with some khaki pants. I may have to make me one too. I will say that I had a hard time choosing between the Natural Blue or the Natural Geranium...or even the Natural Pink as she likes blue and pink equally, yet if I get something in one color she will usually ask me why I didn't get the opposite color instead. Girls. When she comes home from spending the night at my dad's we'll see what she says. My next step is to find a pattern that will work with this yarn. I grabbed three skeins but figure I'll need to pick up another. I really love this color though...check it out...

Patons SWS in Natural Blue
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I also have decided to knit up a sweater for Phil & Julie's baby due towards the end of July in the Patons Grace in Tangelo. I dig this color a lot too. I think I can even use the same boatneck pattern as the gauge matches up. Have to double check on that one. I'm almost scared to go back to Michaels though. Will I have enough will power to only buy what I need instead of what I lust after?

Patons Grace in Tangelo
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Baby Sweater #1

Fri, 25 May 2007 17:08:00 +0000

As promised, pics of the Boatneck Baby Sweater by Debbie Bliss that I am knitting up.

(fixing the pics as they didn't come through for some reason)


Front and Back, finished

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Close-up of bottom edging

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Sleeve #1 on sticks

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Close up of bottom of sleeves


I'm hoping to have this finished within the next week or so.



Baby sweaters

Thu, 24 May 2007 22:13:00 +0000

With one very good friend and two friends that I'm still getting to know all set to have babies soon, I figured now would be a good time to dive into the wonderful world of sweaters. I checked high and low online for a pattern that was easy to read and easy to knit, yet didn't have much luck. Once again I made a trip over to Gossamer and with the help of a great saleslady, I picked out "Baby Knits for Beginners" by Debbie Bliss (I heart her), along with some sweet cotton yarn. The pattern I chose is a boat neck sweater, which is as easy as it comes. It called for the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino however they didn't have enough of it, nor the colors I wanted. Instead I went for Blue Sky's Cotton in Shell and Honeydew. These sweaters will be for my friend who is having twins (a boy and a girl). So far I am finished with the front and back and have started working on one of the sleeves. Pictures coming soon!

For the other two mommies-to-be I can't decide if I'll make another sweater or a blanket. hmmm....



First hat

Fri, 18 May 2007 20:40:00 +0000

I found a pattern online (forgive me as I don't have it right now or else I'd post it), picked up some gorgeous chunky, sage green, wooly warm yarn from Gossamer, and cast on my stitches. The hat was a simple pattern. Knitting and purling, then decreasing. I went through it fairly quickly and in no time at all I had my first hat. I will admit that sewing the seams together was by far the hardest part for me. I'm still not thrilled with it and have promised to one day rip it out and re-sew it correctly. When I have extra time. A.K.A. Never gonna happen. Since it's considered a "skull cap" it sits somewhat high on my head but fits my daughter perfectly, so she has proclaimed it as hers but lets me "share it" with her. What a sweet kid! I was happy with the way it turned out given this was my first real project. I skipped the whole "first scarf" thing and jumped feet first into something more difficult. While it's not perfect it works. Here are some pics of my daughter modeling it. I'll have to take some more of it just laying there. You can see the seam is a tad pointy on top. Annoying. It's also sitting on her head a tad crooked, but she's just too cute for words, isn't she?!


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I heart yarn

Fri, 18 May 2007 20:19:00 +0000

I do. I heart yarn like nobody's business. I can't go into places like Gossamer or Juniper Fiberworks without leaving empty handed. It's just not possible. All the colors, textures, types, and styles boggle my little creative mind. I start thinking of how a certain yarn will look knitted up and I want to buy out the whole store. Because my budget will not allow me to clean both stores out I behave myself and only go in whenever I truly NEED something.Need is such a subjective word.So anyways, I started knitting again last year after not having any sort of craft needles in my hands for oh...20+ yrs. My grandma (whom I adored and miss like all get out) started teaching me to knit and crochet (mainly the latter) when I was but a wee lass. I loved it then but since I didn't get to spend a ton of time with Mee-Maw I didn't get a lot of teaching in. Thus, I stopped. I had always wanted to pick it back up again yet knew no one that knit...or crocheted (is that even a word?!) until one of my best friends said she was knitting. That peeked my curiosity, which made me delve into the internet world of knitting, and dragging my daughter out to places like Joanne's, buying crappy yarn, a book written when Einstein was a child, and some aluminum needles. I sat down, read the book, and started knitting. Things were going great...until I messed up.I called Patty. I whined to her. But she knits on a loom and won't dare try sticks. Crazy girl. I researched and found Gossamer...and classes! Oh! Classes! Loves me some classes. The hubby and I had to go to Portland in a week or so for some medical tests and I really wanted something to keep me occupied both on the trip up and back and while at the hospital. Thankfully Jasper at Gossamer was able to squeeze me in. She was quite impressed that in just a day or two of knitting I had re-learned how to cast on, knit, and make something that resembled a small scarf-to-be. She showed me how to not only fix the mistake I made (which is something I'm still getting down pat) but she also showed me how to purl, and seed stitch, and bind off, and make pom-poms, and cables, and...and...all kinds of stuff. My head was so full that it threw up the moment I walked out. Sigh. I did retain quite a bit though and knitted like mad on our trip.My first project I'll post in a bit. It was a hat. Something simple and knit in a yarn that is one of my favorites. My daughter "steals" it from me when it's cold out. Looks good on her given it's a skull cap so it's not as long as I usually like my hats. I then moved on to another hat with yarn I had picked up at Joanne's. This yarn is so soft but it drives me insane. I had to take an 8 wks. hiatus as I broke my right arm. Of course right before that happened I had purchased more beautiful wool fibers and they were calling to me. They sat so pretty in my cute little knitting box that I bought, just waiting, wondering why I had abandoned them. Yes, I tried to knit with my splint on. Didn't work out so well.That hat is still on sticks. I have moved on! Patty is expecting not one but TWO babies (one of each) and I have decided to make her two sweaters that the little cutie patooties can wear this winter. Last night I finished the front of the baby girls' sweater and will be starting on the back...or maybe a sleeve...tonight. It is knitting up very fast and so far I love it. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss (adore her) and is a boat neck style sweater. Something easy for a gal like me who is not great at reading patterns and doesn't have a lot of experience yet.I want to do socks and purchased some great[...]