I know I've been remiss posting updates about my Olympic Knitting but I hope to make up for it here...
Thanks for all the comments on our tees. Jess has been working hard learning her braille and all the contractions she has to memorize, and she was very excited to share it.
It's been a rough couple of weeks, so I spent most of this week laying low to avoid having the world devise new and creative ways to challenge me. I'm doing better now, thanks.
I have some finished objects to share.
I took part in a swap on ravelry and my package arrived.
It made my day, I've got to tell you.
In the package there was a hat kit, which I made for Jess, although it's yet to be fulled.
Pattern- Lady bug hat from pick up sticks
Yarn- cascade 220 i skein of two different colors
Notes- I used the pattern as more of a guideline for the hat.
Meet bunni (yet to be named by Jess)
Happy anniversary two months late. I finally finished Nate's gloves. It's ok though, he still owes me a Christmas gift.
Pattern-fulled gloves by Nancy Lindburg
Yarn- naturspun sport, 2 skeins
Notes- these weren't nearly as hard to felt as I was lead to believe.
Then One of my fellow Yarnhos is expecting a baby boy.
Pattern- two needle baby sweater by EZ
Yarn- sugar and cream twists in denim, 3 sleins
Notes- not lace here, just a combination of STst and garter.
Things are looking better around here. The trees knocked over by the storm we had at the end of January and nearly cleared. Nate's truck came back yesterday repaired and whole (although it would not start this morning.) and we've extracted 6 raccoons from the attic. All we have left now are one or two that have figured out how to get the bait, spring the trap and escape.
Looks like we have more work to do.
Sorry, folks. I didn't mean to post about Kitty than go away for so long, but a sick Jess, an ice storm, and school closings have kept me away.
Let's start with some finished objects.
I call this the Strawberry Shortcake hat.
Yarn: cascade super-wash 220
Pattern: Miss Dashwood
Notes: I made the bobble border, ear flaps and ties a different color, instead of all one like the pattern, but other than that a stuck to what was written. This is for a little girl born in August that I have yet to meet, but we are heading to Valpo this weekend, so I hope to met her then.
I have another baby girl to meet this weekend who was born last week. With all these babies being born, Jess has become quite impatient for a sibling.
I made the new baby some bootees.
Yarn: Sock yarn scraps.
Patterns: lace daisy bootees and Pirate bootees from 50 baby bootees to knit.
I'm such a dOrk! I wrote out this post and had to hurry home. I thought I had posted it, but it saved as a draft. So sorry.
(A girl should never be without her dice bag)
The lace weight and book:
The sock kit:
The cable toss mitts:
Thanks to all of you who entered. Those of you who didn't make it this time around, I will do this again. The prizes will be sent out this week, so, you winners need to email me your addresses.
Nate's anniversary gloves have not been finished. I have one done.
I did make a pair of mitts for myself.
Pattern: Cable toss mitts, by Barbara McIntyre
Yarn: Alpaca with a twist, Highlander.
Notes: I made these just a little shorter than the pattern calls for.
Next week, Nate, Jess and I are becoming members of our church. This means that Sunday Nate and Jess will be baptized. I had wanted to make Jess a shrug/bolero-type thing to wear, and I had some lovely lace weight alpaca. My thought was to make a mini pi shawl, then add sleeves for a circle jacket, all with a lace border.
I had finished the circle, and was just about done with the lace border, and then set it down for the night. The next morning, Jess and I went through our routine, and at some point I sat down to finish the edging, but I couldn't find my project.
As I looked around I found the ball of yarn i was working from, considerably smaller then I had left it., and i followed the alpaca lace weight trail to under our swivel rocker. I breathed deep and took a peek under it. It was awful. My project, along with a good bit of yarn, had been twisted and mangled around the greasy base of the chair. After a few futile attempts to save it, I muttered some rather foul language to myself, and went to fetch the scissors. I spent about fifteen minutes clipping the thing off of the chair, in an attempt to save my circular needle.
Apparently, Jess has been curious about my project, picked it up to inspect it, and put it down on the floor. she then watched her Backyardigan show in the swivel chair singing along and spinning in the chair, unaware that her foot had caught my project and had carried it along as she spun.
It was purely accidental, but man, did it suck.
So onto plan B
I'm glad to see from comments that there are a few people ready to take on the scavenger hunt. I have a couple prizes in the prize bag with more to come.
In the meantime, let's go to the knitting.
Yarn: Sophie's Toes in Summer Salad
Notes: a birthday gift. (That I really need to send out)
Pattern: Surplice Bodice Camisole from Knitting Lingerie Style
Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style in Moss
Notes: I think there was in error in my copy of the book, the way the bust darts are written is different from how they were done in the model. I went with the model which meant i made the bust increases on every other right side instead of every right side.
I'm working on some felted gloves for Nate for our upcoming anniversary.
and I'm making myself a scarf.
Yesterday I was homebound. The alternator for Nate's truck went out so he took my car to work. Today, I think I'm going to pick up some paint today and fix up my pantry a bit. (Now what to do with the ancient canned goods that are still back there. If anyone would like some homemade strawberry jam, made in 1982, let me know. YUK!)
I have finished my Noro perfect pie shawl. I had originally meant to put the knitted rick rack lace on it. I had about a third of it done, and I just didn't like the way it looked, not even after blocking. I ended up single crocheting around the while thing, then doing the picot crochet edging. I like it much better.
The pattern is the perfect pie shawl from Weekend Knitting. I used 3 balls of Noro in some colorway that I cannot recall, and two in another, on size 10's. I worked out pretty well, that one skein was about one pie wedge. the edging is some nearly solid regia from the stash.
Not much to post about this week. I have four gifts ( 2 pair of clogs, a pair of felted gloves, and a kimono to sew.) to finish and then I am completely done with Christmas, and can move on to the many January birthdays, (Including mine. Yes, I make myself a gift every year.) and our 7 year anniversary.
I'm still in the process of decorating our house. (Has anyone else noticed my love of parentheses?) We have yet to get a tree. This year we will spend Christmas with my family, but then Nathan's will come to see us right after. We're excited. We have never had anyone come to our house for Christmas.
Ollie spent Thanksgiving in a local kennel. We walked in and he looked at me as if to say, "Look, I know I can be a handful, but please don't take me back to the pound. I can change!" He was very happy when I had picked him up. We have been debating whether we should take Ollie with us for Christmas, or not. He's been campaigning. (Don't ask me how he worked the camera.)
So my wi-fi hotspot won't let me go to Flickr.
This makes me sad. It also sucks for my ravelry page.
Anyway, Jessica had her school picture taken on Friday. This was a milestone. It was the very first time she was able to have her picture professionally taken, without me being called in to assist. Pictures in the past have been a rough ordeal for Jess. The bright lighting, and the confusing directions, have led to meltdowns. Friday, there were no problems. She was prepared, the photographer was prepared, and I cannot wait to see the results.
You all may have seen Kitty in the picture? Kitty has once again become an inside cat. She lives upstairs (where the pup is not allowed) and comes down to hunt at night (after Ollie goes to bed.) She does not care for Ollie, at all. Ollie just wants to play with her. Kitty says she too old for this crap.
I don't know what will happen after Ollie outgrows his kennel.
Finished Object. Ida's rib warmer (for Christmas) Be forewarned, I'm on a Zimmermann kick again.
Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann's ribwarmer. (In knitting workshop, I think.)
Yarn: hmm, dark horse, something or other, doubled. machine washable nylon/acrylic blend. Super soft.
Notes: I shortened the vest and had originally intended to put an icord edging on it, but decided it might be too heavy if i added anymore to it.
I am finishing up Nate's birthday gift today. Pictures next time.
This no Internet thing really blows. No blog-reading, no email. It's been rough. The current number of unread posts in my bloglines is 510. I'd love to come see and comment but I just can't right now. I'm sorry.
as are my feather pluckin' socks from the piddleloop collaboration.
Last week, while I was writing my last post and updating my ravelry at the Panera Bread in Evansville, I was discovered by Chrisknits, and a few other local knitters. They are such a wonderful bunch. I met even more the next day at their get together at the Four Ladies Needle Art. It really made my week.
Also last week we traveled to Indianapolis for Jessica's Autism evaluation at Riley Hospital. All went well and just as we had been saying all along, she is not autistic. Yes, she displays many autistic characteristics, but they are all due to either her visual impairment, her sensory issues, or her personality. I think the board described her personality as "natural born leadership qualities". I refer to them as stubbornness and bossiness. But really, she's mostly a very happy and sweet girl. She is doing far better in school, and adjusting to the move quite well.
The adjustment for me is coming a bit slower, but I am doing fine, and trying to push through my Christmas knitting. Yes, already.I find I prefer to freak out about it in October and November and then let all the other stresses of the holiday season occupy my December.
The socks have gotten away from me. The have formed their own "Lonely Hearts Club" for sock singles.
From top to bottom:
my feather pluckin' (second has been started.)
pretty petticoats that are for sockapalooza (I'm a sock savior the second is almost done.)
the bottom three are designs I can't quite show you yet.
This is not even count a couple of gift pairs I cannot show you yet.
No more new projects until all the socks are mated!
But I do have some Fo's
Pattern: Lopi lace scarf from Weekend Knitting
Yarn: Patons sws solid and dongenal tweed. (Sorry I can't recall the colors.)
Notes: this one I made a little shorter. This was a birthday gift for my new SIL.
Pattern: Broad street from knitty
Yarn: regia from stash
Notes: I chose not to finish the thumb, and I'm not sure I'll have enough for the mitten tops so I am thinking about leaving them off. I started these back in March for my kid sis.
Yarn: zephyr lace weight, and collinette taghelli (sp)
Notes: I cast on the two ends in scribble lace, using the mason dixon book as a reference, and then decreased until I got the desired width the the garter rib scarf. the transition between the two was then knotted.
Pattern: Lady detective hat from Knit2together
Yarn: lambs pride bulky and some mystery bulky from the stash.
notes: this came out big. I always seem to have the problem. I can fit everyone else I knot for pretty well, but everything I make for myself comes out big. I'll have to try again.
Pattern: sort of the pinwheel blanket
Yarn: euroflax sport weight linen, doubled
Notes: I worked the blanket pattern until I got my desired size (worked on size 9) then a few rows of garter, and then switched to 15 and a few rows of St St.
Hope all is well, and I'll try to get back soon.