Friday, July 29, 2005
Chutes and Ladder Socks for Donation
I'm working on the Chute and Ladder sock for CIC donation. But didn't have much time to devote to them this week. But thought to try and finish them tonight. Got most of them knitted. I love the look of the socks when I first saw them on a knitter's blog.
Here is how they are progressing.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Yeah!. I finally got the new circular needles to use for the SockaPaltwoza socks. The needles are Eur 2.5mm thick (instead of U.S. 2.25mm thick).
I checked my gauge on the 3/4 sock knitted so far to compare to a swatch with the new needles.and ... Gulp. It's a whole stitch off per inch.
After much consideration I've decided to alter the pattern to fit my gauge. The two partial socks will be frogged and redone. Oh well. Live and learn. I think I need a break from this project for a while... :-(
Monday, July 25, 2005
'A's Second Sock and Cap
I just finished Baby Boy 'A' second sock this morning. This is the first time I'm doing the kitchener stitch. With all that weaving this way and that way. It doesn't seem to work but it finished up seamlessly.
I came home this evening to a second blackout. Well I didn't let it deter me this time. I started on the Baby Boy 'A' matching cap. Got about fifteen rows done in the dark.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Almost Finished Cardigan 'A'
I'm trying to finish off the Baby Boy 'A' Cardi since the party for Baby 'A' is tomorrow. There was a blackout one night this week so I lost a night of potential knitting time. I'm almost finished with the cardigan. Just have to match the sleeve and finish the collar.
Update: Done. The cardigan is off the needles. Darn! found a couple of obvious errors on the cardi. The edge of the collar is lopsided and there is a stitch picked up incorrectly at the armhole. Oh well. I'll see the parents again in a couple of weeks. I'd rather fix it before giving it to them.
A. Collar edge should not have an indent.
B. An obious stitch picked up at the wrong spot for sleeve.
C. Sleeve - column of stitches on the mend
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
I've joined the Six Sock KnitALong . The sock group mentioned a Summer Sock Challenge to donate to Children in Common (CIC). Since I didn't know much about this organization. I looked into it. It brought tears to my eyes to know so many orphaned children are living in such cold and poor conditions. It was also mentioned that these children could use wool vests and sweaters too.
I realize that there are many many organizations locally and internationally that can use a knitted donation. But I like the fact that this one hand delivers the knits to orphanages so they don't get lost or sold.
So, I pledge if I can get around to knitting something out of the book my Secret Pal sent me, it will be donated to CIC. Along with any toddler socks I can manage to knit within the next month or so.
Monday, July 18, 2005
A Perfect End to the Day!
I came home to find my hubby cooking dinner, the sounds of happy children and a copy of THIS on the kitchen counter. My heart was jumping up and down. I shouted "How did you know I really wanted this book?". He confessed it came in the mail and he took it out of the packaging because it was half soaking wet. We had a lot of rain today. Luckily just the edges of the dust cover got a little wet. The book was unharmed.
Thank you Secret Pal. I'm a big fan of Debbie Bliss' baby patterns. I love how classic the patterns look. Funny. I didn't think I had any collections. But I guess I do collect her baby books. Thanks for the note card too.
Oh Oh oh. What to knit?! So many cute patterns.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Baby Boy 'A' Sock
It took about two lunch hours to complete this sock. Pictured next to a spoon to show size. After I finish the set. I'll probably wash and block it slightly to flatten it. But otherwise it looks like the perfect size to slip over tiny little feet.
When I get a chance I'll make up a pair for my little one. I think she will really like the feel of them. 100% merino soft.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Lunch Hour Knitting
So how much knititig can be done within a hour?
I thought I would start on Baby Boy 'A' matching socks. In 45 minutes of knitting I worked up half a sock. So I'm up to the tricky part. The heel. Hopefully the first sock will be finished tonight. Would be nice to see how it shapes up. Apparently these socks have been designed to stay on a baby's footsies.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
New Knitting Corner - WIP - UFO
I finally have a new knitting/craft corner. So an inventory of all the knitting stuff was called for. I discovered more hidden UFO's than previously thought. I don't know if blogger has a photo gallery page I can post to...So here are some quick pics of them in this blog. UFO's If anyone knows how I can set up a gallery page. Please let me know.
Work in Progress...
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Baby Boy 'A' Outfit in Progress
I need to start on one of the baby boy outfits. I checked with his mom to make sure she liked the pattern and the color yarn. (I'm using the same Luxury Baby Set pattern.) Pattern is fine but need to change the opening from the back to the front. And to change the yarn color to yellow instead of a nice ginger brown I had in mind.
Whew. Glad I checked before I knitted it. So I started on it yesterday. I have two and a half weeks to finish it. I also suggested making matching leggings. She agreed. Do you think I can finish it? Hmm... I think it may be time to dust off my vintage knitting machine to knit up the leggings.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Flowers of Light
Happy Independence Day!
I went with my family to see a local fireworks display yesterday. This is the first time my daughter got to see a display. She had a great time. I told her that they are 'flowers of light'. She loved them. Saying 'wooow' at the sight of very large light bursts. We were stuck in traffic for over an hour on the way back. She just kept saying "wooow" during the entire ride. Wish I could have videotaped her in the car.
Course this wouldn't be a knitting blog if I didn't mention knitting. I did bring along the pink sweater to knit on before the fireworks started. Good thing I can knit plain stitch without looking.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
The Short Row Heel
Yeah. I made the turn on the sock heel. Not as hard as I envisioned it. Just have to remember to wrap the yarn at the end of every short row. I learned how to do short rowing at Knitty. http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATbonnetric.html
It's interesting how slipping every other stitch makes a perceptively thicker fabric too. I'm just knitting one sock at a time. I think trying to knit two sock heels with DPN's on a first project is too much right now.
So I'm still waiting for my new circulars to arrive. I got antsy and tried to rig up a cord to my double pointed needles temporarily. With very disappointing results. I probably would have had better results sanding a point onto weed wacker nylon cord. Hmmm. That's an idea. Let me see if it's the same thickness...