Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Little Bit I Got Done

It’s almost noon and I’m still in my pajamas, butt glued to the chair. Not a pretty picture. I’m seriously jonesing for some Elann yarn, and trying hard not to click the “buy” button. My solution? Blog. That’ll keep me distracted for about 10 minutes, right? Trolling through the Ravelry black-hole-time-suck looking for pattern ideas for stash yarn kept me distracted for about 2 or 3 hours. Seriously. I call that recovering from Sweetie Girl yesterday.

Thanks for the ideas on how to deal with Mile-a-Minute Motor Mouth. Today, we packed her up and sent her to school. She has no fever so I don’t feel bad. And any kid with that much energy without any medication is well enough IMO.

So, the little bit of knitting I got done yesterday wasn’t really knitting at all. It was seaming. I dug up the Mia shrug/sweater and mattress stitched the sides (thank you again, Patty, for teaching me lump recognition!). I got Sweetie Girl to stop jumping on the sofa long enough to try it on and it fits perfectly. Just gotta add that big ole honkin’ ribbed collar now.

I was looking at the grown up version of this sweater on Ravelry and really liked how it fit so nicely on so many people. I might have to make this one with either the Kathmandu Queensland Aran I recently got or a lighter weight version made from Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora.

Where’s the Off Switch?

I’m home with a sick sweetie girl. You know the kind of sick I mean… the post nasal drip cough-cough and stuffy nose that keeps her at home but she still has tons of energy sick. By tons of energy, I mean every five minutes, I nag her to lie down and rest. And nonstop chatter from her. Nonstop. How come kids don’t come with off switches? Yeah, I know the kid’s cute, but cute and quiet can be so much better than cute and annoying. Okay, sometimes.

Let’s just immerse ourselves in knitting, shall we? I finished the second Easy Baby Cardigan made with the BSA Organic Cotton and was in such a rush to wrap it that of course I forgot to take a picture. Sigh. I did whip up this little hat the next day using the leftover yarn and some other BSA Organic Cotton yarn scraps in other colors.

Project: Scrap Happy Celebration Hat
Yarn: BSA Organic Cotton scraps in sand, bone and sage.
Needles: Knit Picks Options US Size 8
Start: February 17, 2008
Finish: February 17, 2008
Thoughts: Cute little cap; wish I had more of the sand colored yarn but I gots what I got. I love this pattern because it uses scraps of yarn and makes stash diving fun and interesting. Definitely an easy go-to project for baby gifts.

Since the baby projects are mostly done for now, I’m working on the Lenore socks with the STR Lenore yarn that’s part of my knitting group’s knitalong. I finally finished up the lace portion at the top, and am knitting down the leg. The 2 row repeat is a breeze and makes for interesting and fast social knitting… the best type.

This just in… when I asked her just now to be quiet for a bit, she said, “Talking is my life. I have to keep talking.” I just saw a glimpse of my future, people, and it looked bleak. Oh, and I’m getting the guilt trip which consists of a kiss on the cheek and, “That’s how much I want to partner read with you right now, but you don’t want to partner read with me.”

With the rain we’re getting here in So Cal, I also have my sights set on finishing the Impulse sweater. Oh and it would be nice to finish Sweetie Girl’s Mia shrug/sweater, even though she won’t stop talking. Do you think I could bribe her with it?

Babies Here, There and Everywhere!

It seems like it’s raining babies and I’m knitting up baby gifts galore for friends. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. There are three babies right now that I’ve knit for or will knit for in the next week or so.

First up, this is a set for Sweetie Boy’s soccer coach and wife. It’s still drying but you get the idea.

It’s the free Easy Baby Cardigan pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple and a simple baby hat with a little umbilical i-cord on top.

Project: Easy Baby Cardigan from Knitting Pure and Simple
Yarn: Valley Yarns Southwick (bamboo) in Iguana, 4 skeins
Needles: Denise and Knit Picks Options in US size 6
Start: January 26, 2008
Finish: February 11, 2008

Thoughts: I realized afterwards why I was so close with the yardage. I read the pattern wrong and knit until 7 or 8 inches from the underarms instead of from the shoulders. Doh! So this baby will have shorter sleeves (ahem, 3/4 sleeves are in right now) and a longer coat. Good thing it’s for a girl. I did a blanket stitch around the edges with some stash lavender cotton yarn and then knit up the matching cap to tie it all together. Fun and easy, I love this pattern, especially with the hood.

Project: Sweet and Simple Baby Hat from The Knit Foundry
Yarn: Classic Elite Provence in lavender, less than half a skein
Needles: Knit Picks Classic Circulars in US size 7
Start: February 12, 2008
Finish: February 12, 2008

Thoughts: This little project zoomed by. The cotton was a little stiff from the skein, but after washing it, it’s sufficiently soft for a baby’s noggin. Super easy hat, I especially love the umbilical i-cord at the top. I will definitely make this again.

This is the current knit du jour, another Easy Baby Cardigan sans hood. I only have 2 skeins of the Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton, and even though the pattern calls for 387 yards of dk or light worsted, I decided to give it a whirl. I left off the hood, and am knitting it on size 8s, instead of the size 7s as called for. Between casting on fewer stitches and my loose gauge, I should be okay with the yardage. I’m almost at the end of the first ball and I’ve already separated off the sleeves. This yarn is so soft; I keep stopping after every few rows to stroke the collar. I’ve got to keep cranking away at this, though, because I’m helping to throw the baby shower for the Mom this Sunday. If I have time, I’ll try to make a little hat to go along with it, maybe a cute little acorn hat, since the recipient is a boy.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! Have a great rest of the week.

The One Armed Sweater

At knitting group on Wednesday, I finished the second sleeve on Impulse. This DB Cashmerino Chunky knits up faaaaaast. Me likey fast. I winged the decreases on the sleeve, stuck my arm into it a bit to see if it fit, and then kept going. When asked, Patty kindly shared that women’s sleeves are generally 17 to 19 inches long. I knit until it looked long enough when I held up the sweater, and then measured the length of the sleeve. 18 inches. Perfect! Add three garter ridges and bind off. Voila!

Later, I tried it on at home and it fits nicely. It’s snug but I think it’ll be fine. I still have about one or two rows left of the bottom border and the second sleeve. The yarn from Kim will be here any day and I can’t wait!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Hunkering Down

The Hunkering Down at home has continued but at least I have a bit more of Impulse to show for it. I’m waiting for Kim’s yarn to arrive before I finish the bottom garter stitch rows and bind off. I have 2 balls of yarn left, so I’ll make one sleeve with it. I’ll use the 2 skeins from Kim for the other sleeve. Kim mentioned the 2+ balls of yarn she’s sending are of the same dye lot (Woo Hoo!), so that means my sleeves will match which is always a good thing. I’ll scrimp to find enough yarn for the bottom border.

I’m really loving how these cables look, almost sculptural and 3D. Of course, they might look differently after their bath and blocking. I’ll have to decide whether or not I want to iron them down a bit or not, but for now, I love looking at them.

Impulse is the best name for this sweater and experience, because I impulsively bid on a 10 ball pack of this yarn on eBay and won. Ahem, I must add that I had forgotten about it until I received the surprising “You’ve Won!” email from eBay. Oh well, at least I’ll know what type of sweater 10 balls of DB Cashmerino Chunky will get me. Now, I have a bag of 10 winging its way to me from England. Anybody interested?
Lastly, I had to add this because this really made my day.
I’m not clever enough to figure out how to make it so you can click on the picture and have it link to The Panopticon’s post today. More like I’m too lazy to figure it out. Whatever… just click.

The Weekend Was a Bust

No, not any Superbowl opinions expressed here. I didn’t watch it. I was sick over the weekend, so stayed home the entire time. Because it was so rainy here in So Cal, Sweetie Girl stayed home with me instead of going with her brother and dad to Sweetie Boy’s soccer games. What does this mean? I got some knitting done on the Alexandra sweater which I am now calling Impulse, but not as much as one would expect.

I’ve split off the sleeves and have begun the waist decreases. I’m past the second set of cables, and luckily, I turned these correctly. The first set of cables was an exercise for me in turning cables incorrectly, realizing rows later, and laddering down several rows to fix it. Lather, rinse, repeat several times. Yep, I think I got it now.

Thanks for the comments and emails about finding me some more DB Cashmerino Chunky in that coral salmon orange color. Kim of Love Is All You Need was super nice to offer up her 2+ balls which I greedily snatched up. (Thanks Kim!) I admit I’m slow and I finally connected where I’d seen her name before. She’s Kim of the fabulous Single Cable Ribbed Wristwarmers pattern that I made and Ellen made a bajillion of. (Thanks again, Kim!)

I’m waiting to knit some more of the sweater to get a better idea of how many more I need. Of course, I found a bag of 10 in the UK but that would mean $53 including shipping. Which is a great price for a sweater but I have to remember that I already paid money for the balls I do have. So, I’m trying to be practical about it. Yawn, I know.

I’m not even halfway done with Impulse yet, and I’m already thinking about what I want and need to work on next. First, I have to finish the baby sweater and then cast on for another. I think I’ll use some Blue Sky Organic Cotton in stash for the next one, follow the newborn size but with bigger needles, and omit the hood this time. That should make for a quicker knit. I’m also already dreaming about Anne Hanson’s Gust scarf. Simple but beautiful. I think it’ll look great in worsted weight too, so I might have to break out some of my Hot Foot from Village Weaving and Spinning. Oh yeah, there’s my knitting group’s Lenore knitalong that starts on the 15th. Well, at least I have 11 more days before I pick that one up again. Happy Monday!

Catching Up

First off, fun pictures to show of my handknits being worn and modeled by the intelligent and beautiful Sweetie Nieces. They live in Virginia, where it is actually cold enough to wear wool. (Okay, I have to admit it has been cold enough in So Cal for me to wear wool.)

Sweetie Niece, the Elder, modeling her Noro Striped Scarf. Please send her congrats for early acceptance to U of Illinois’ Engineering Program. That’s her first college acceptance and hopefully, not her last. She’s a smart one all right.

Sweetie Niece, the Younger, sporting her You Don’t Know Our Women hat a’ la pom-pom. Such vision she has! She’s a smarty too. Scary smart!

Here they are pretending to be sweet and loving sisters. Hmmmm, next year maybe I’ll make them the Devil Hats!

I’m still chugging along on the baby sweater, although I have to admit I’m a bit bored of it. Maybe because I’m dreading the inevitable… that I’ll run out of yarn for both sleeves. What to do? What to do? I think I’ll have to find some compatible yarn at my LYS in a cute contrasting color and finish the sleeves with it. I was planning to use some lavender or pink yarn to blanket stitch around the edges, but now it might be used for some color block sleeve design element. (Please say that with your best Thurston Howell voice.) Some members of my knitting group weren’t sure in the first picture I posted how the baby sweater came together, so here it is, showing how the hood looks. I just bound off the bottom. Just gotta do the sleeves now. Yes, there will be sleeves. This will not be a Wife Beater Baby Sweater.

I have something to tell you. I have to confess. I was tired of the baby sweater. I’ve been itching for weeks now to cast on a bulky sweater and crank that puppy out. I did an impulse cast on. Yep. Seeing Jillian in her Alexandra Ballerina sweater on Wednesday broke me. It reminded me that I had the yarn for the project sitting at home in a bag waiting for me. It called to me. It did the siren song. I gave in. I swatched yesterday, realized my gauge was too tight, figured some numbers, and cast on for the largest size of the Alexandra sweater from Fitted Knits. I’ll run out of yarn, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, way early. I don’t care. I just had to do it. I know; call me out of control. Reckless.

BTW, if you happen to have any extra of balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in coral, color 17003, dyelot 992, I’d like to buy it off you.