Saturday, September 29, 2007
It has only taken two days to finish the first pattern repeat, and I learned a new cast on (Old Norwegian Cast On) as well! My row gauge is a bit off, so I may be in trouble once I get to the heel, but so far I love these socks. The knitting is very satisfying (mmmm cables!) and the charts are easy to memorize. Just what I need for a good, in between project!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Knowing I had a little more time on my hands, I decided to go ahead and knit myself every spinners wardrobe staple- the handspun hat. After all, I have a little head and I knew it would not take long. I did not use a pattern, I just made a little gauge swatch, measured my head, did a little math and cast on. I tried it on as I went along to figure when I had to start the decreases, then decreased evenly around every other row until I had 8 stitches left. I used the leftover yarn to pick up the earflaps. I used every single inch of the yarn.
It's warm, squishy and just in time for fall!
Pattern-made up as I went along
Needles- US8 dpn's
Yarn-75 yds of my handspun wool- roving courtesy of Snowberry and Lime
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Pattern: Middle-sized Monster
Needles: US4 dpn
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I am trying to resist spinning it until I get dad's socks finished. But I am weak, weak I tell you! I am thinking it will make a great hat for chilly fall walks. My ears get unbearably cold and hurty if it is the least bit breezy and below 60 degrees and a warm woolly hat is just what I need!The Super Twin's monsters are knitting up very quickly. I have decided that they will not have legs. Instead I am going to make them little wings. This pattern is super quick and easy, though I am having a hard time getting the mouth stitched on just right. These little guys are only 5.5" tall and will be finished by the Twins birthday. Their birthday was going to be Friday, but after their mama's checkup on Tuesday, the doctor says they are doing well and should stay in the cozy womb a bit longer! This is, of course, excellent news, however their mama is really ready to have them on the outside...34 weeks down- I can't believe how the time has flown by!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
His Mom gave me a bag of quilt squares that belonged to his grandmother and from these I made his quilt. I have been working on it for a few months while he was at work, so he had no idea I was making it for him. He was very surprised and very touched, I think. I am sure I have broken many 'quilting laws' in making this quilt. I did not pin anything until I got to the backing and binding or iron each square as I went along. Some squares do not line up, but I knew my darling would not mind. It serves its purpose to keep him snuggled and remind him that I love him. It measures 52" X 72" the perfect snuggling size for my 6'6 love.
I was quite please with the binding. It was actually much easier than I thought it would be.
Happy Birthday Sweetie! I love you bunches!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
It was so strange, I was dreaming of her and seeing her boys for the first time when she called this morning to update me. I remember being so surprised that the boys were as big as they were in my dream. They were so strong and healthy- I hope I had an accurate glimpse of what is to come!
Thank you all for your kind words and well wishes for my friend...she has told me time and again she is amazed how many women have gathered around her forming a cocoon of love and support throughout her pregnancy.
Having just socks on the needles, I just had to start a new project...just a little somethin'-somethin' to get me through until Secret of the Stole starts. I pondered for a bit then decided I needed to knit a little something else for the Super Twins. Enter Mombot Companion. I have been reading her blog (man I need to update my blogroll...) and she has the cutest patterns for monsters I have ever seen! Yesterday I decided that each of the Super Twins need one of these little monsters to protect them from nasty beasties! Last night I managed to knit half of the first one's body- I had to make myself put him down to work on the never ending sock. I am finally to the toe shaping and must bust it out tonight and then figure exactly how much I need to knit daily to get the second one finished by my Dad's birthday. I know I keep saying how much I hate to knit socks, but I keep hearing the siren's song of these beauties. must.resist.... who the hell am I kidding, I will probably order the yarn for these before the end of the week...I am so weak and a bit of a masochist as well...
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I finished the Starghans for the Super Twins just in time for the shower today, however I received a phone call yesterday informing me there will be no shower as my friend was admitted into the hospital for observation until she delivers the babies! The larger twin is not producing enough amniotic fluid so they want to keep her under the watchful eye of the doctor so they can deliver them immediately if the baby is in danger. So far the babies are both ok, this is just a precautionary measure. Poor girl, she is only 31 weeks along so she may have a long stay indeed.
Theses pictures show the true colors of the afghans...
Here they are on my king sized bed... I think they will be big enough for cuddles for years to come!
Pattern: Beth's Little Star Afghan 27 rounds per blanket.
Hook: size H
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish Superwash 28 skeins for 2 blankets, but I have lots leftover. This yarn is much softer after washing and drying, but did seem to shrink a bit.
Size: 48" tip to tip after washing and drying
Friday, September 07, 2007
I am so excited to get started!