Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shopping interrupted

My SO and I headed north to Knitting Today yesterday, the 29th (this is important), for their end of year sale.    It was a beautiful day for a drive in the country, as a freezing fog had left the landscape frosted.  The trees made me want to knit something in evergreen and sparkling silver.  Much to our surprise, when we arrived at KT, there were no cars in the parking lot and the closed sign hung in the window.  WTH?

We turned around and headed back to town and found our way to Sarah Jane's, where I managed to find something to spend my money on:

I need some orangish socks (haven't picked a pattern yet):

The following is for a Suede Baby Hat and "Ugg" booties (Ravelry links):

And this is for Oor-flap muts (another Ravelry link):

When we returned to my house, my SO checked the newsletter from KT that was hanging on the refrigerator and read that the sale was Dec. 27, 28, and 30.  Oh.  Maybe I need to pay better attention.  And I could not go today, the last day of the sale, because this little stinker came to visit:

Diaper blow out!
I also had a gift card from Barnes and Noble to use, and among my selections was One Yard Wonders.  It was only later, when I was perusing the book in the privacy of my own home, that I discovered a bunch of pages were missing and had been replaced with dups of other pages.  WTF?  I've never seen that in a book before.  Needless to say, I will return the book and hopefully be able to replace it with one that has all the pages, nothing more and nothing less.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three down, one to go

Finally finished these socks for my son for xmas.

Pattern:  Four-Stitch Ribbing Pattern by Charlene Schurch (garter rib) - 80 stitches around (I think)
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Sassy Stripes, in color 765
Needles:  US1 dpns
Modifications:  none

I made a half-assed attempt to match the stripes, but casting on was flummoxing me, so once I got both socks going and discovered they were not going to match, I said, Screw it.  These socks are larger than most I knit, so used more than 100g of yarn.  No surprise there, but I was surprised when I soaked them and the blue bled out into the water.  I will have to warn my son about that, although pale blue tee shirts are not a catastrophe.

On to the final pair of socks for xmas, although I am not so delusional as to think these will be done on time:

Again, casting on was a pain, so no attempt to match stripes.  I am liking these blues, though.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

No FOs yet

These photos are out of date already, but I'm too lazy to take more recent ones.

Pair number three of four for xmas is actually closer to the toes than this indicates.

In fact, I measured them this morning, and one is a few rows from toe-start, while the other has another inch or so to go to catch up with its mate.  These may get done today.

Not only does this top now have sleeves, the matching pants are over halfway done as well.

I am not happy about the curling, though.  This morning I tried several different borders, including applied i-cord, to uncurl the bottom, but none of them worked very well.

Belinda is still far from being even halfway done.

The loss of daylight savings time has not helped.

Only eight more inches to go before the Moebius scarf can be Moebiusized.

Then I will add an applied i-cord border in "natural".

The brioche scarf is about 80% done.  The stay-on baby booties ground to a halt because I don't like knitting the yarn - it is too fine and splitty - and now I fear they would be too small anyway.

I have been enjoying my Ringwood gloves, but if I were to knit them again, I would choose a stiffer yarn.  The fabric is stretchy to begin with, and the bouncy yarn makes them even stretchier.  It difficult to pull them on and slide the cuffs under my coat sleeves.  Ditto the Mistake Rib scarf, which has grown in length even though I have been careful not to hang it from a peg.  Good thing they are so pretty.  And warm!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Not a newborn blob anymore

Babies grow so fast.  One minute their feet are too tiny for the infant socks, the next they are outgrowing them.

Dancin' feet!

Growing out of one size sweater, into the next.

Please ignore the spit-up on my face.


Meanwhile, I am a bit bogged down on the xmas socks.  I thought choosing fairly vanilla patterns would help me knit them faster, but instead I am getting bored.  I will be lucky to get pair #3 done in time; pair #4 may be just a promise on xmas eve.

It doesn't help that I started another project: a Moebius vest that morphed into a scarf once I realized I would not have enough yarn for the former.  Lately, I have had the urge to use up some of my stash.  That urge has not translated into not buying more yarn - according to Webs, a boxful is winging its way here right now - but maybe the stash has reached critical mass and I feel I must divest before I invest in more.  Or something like that.  Anyway, between three and four skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky is about two-thirds on its way to becoming something warm and wearable.

Speaking of warm and wearable, I have been making good use of the Bog Jacket lately.  One thing I can't understand, though, is why, wherever I go, nobody stops me to ask, "Did you knit that?" or to say, "I LOVE your sweater!" or to proclaim, "YOU are a knitting GENIUS."  What is up with that?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

It's about time

The knitting for these gloves has been done for a while now.  The buttons were purchased at least a week ago, at Joann's.  The gloves were soaked some time back.  Only today did I finally sew the buttons on.  Now they are finished, just in time for some snowy winter weather.

Pattern:  Ringwood Gloves by Rebecca Blair (pattern on knitty)
Yarn:  Colinette Cadenza in 'Copperbeach'
Needles:  US5 DPNs
Modifications:  None

It's difficult to capture on "film" just how pretty this yarn is, especially in the ringwood stitch.  However, the fabric is very stretchy, so take that into consideration when choosing needles and size.  I have large hands, but the medium size was plenty big, even after dropping a needle size from the one recommended by the pattern.

These are to wear with my brown faux shearling coat, along with the Mistake Rib scarf.  Now all I need is a hat to complete the ensemble.