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Toddler Surprise

18 Feb

My son is 29 months old and likes to do as we do. Whenever he gets a wipe or wash cloth, he washes his face, hands, the TV screen, the carpet, furniture or dishes, washing them like mommy and daddy do. But lately he also likes to toss his snacks on the floor and dump his water. In an attempt to curb the mess, I sat him at the kitchen table when he only wanted a few goldfish. I left the room to get my coffee mug and was side tracked getting other things. I heard clanging and general toddler-noise. When I walked into the kitchen asking “What are you doing?” he screamed out, racing like the wind. I looked around and couldn’t see anything out of the ordinary. But then I spotted some spices on the counter next to the stove. He had definitely shaken some spices onto the counter. When I picked it up, it was wet and sticky. The can of beans was empty (had half a can earlier this morning for breakfast). But where did the other half go to?

He had emptied the can in a pan on the stove, and added a gluttony of spices on top, mixing it with a spoon. I didn’t see it at first, because like a good chef, he also covered it… presumably to simmer.

Cute kid.

Words to Live By, or Why Books Say What They Do

17 Feb

I have been in a blogging rut. With child-rearing, house hunting, and attempts to re-enter the world of content writing, my blog – still in its infancy and lacking in real structure and direction – is abysmally neglected.

I can’t remedy the disrepair in one fell swoop, but in fits and starts, it will happen.

I have decided that as often as possible, when I lack real content, I’ll turn to my Kindle. I will go to My Clippings and Notes and see what passages I’ve highlighted. I’ll post them here and try to express why I’ve highlighted them. I think it will be a great exercise, and will probably tell you a lot about me.

Starting …. late. Right now, I have to go to Zumba. (Have you tried Zumba? It truly is a great time).

And P.S. I love my Kindle.

Long time, no see!

21 Jan

I just updated my Ravelry (FINALLY!) and have written a few Hubpages. I recently read The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, and wrote a review. Check it out

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Sign from the Knitting Gods: IGNORED!

18 Sep

I started knitting emma peel from Mason-Dixon Knitting: Outside the Lines, for my niece Anastasia. She’s six and she’s feisty! This dress is perfect for her. I chose to use leftovers of the Double V Cardigan (FO post soon), CotLin from KnitPicks in Island Coral, as well as a tangerine shine sport from KnitPicks (super soft!).

Well, I started knitting. I knit about 9 inches of the bottom piece until I reread the decreases directions and saw that I was supposed to be decreasing every 24th row, not 24th repeat. Whoops! I frogged 7 inches. Then I reknit to the waistband. And I looked at it. It was enormous. So frogged the entire then.

I started again using size 4 needles, and making the size 6 instead of size 8. It looks better. Will still be a little big on her, but better than before.

Then I spilled coffee on it. Then my son pulled the needles out.

I shall forge on.

Oh, knitting one. It is for the joy of the knit, not the coveting of the finished object. Right?

Some quick FOs

14 Jun

Oh the FO’s! And my severe lack of blogging. I even went out of my way to make a post a bit back about blogging at least once a week and I can’t even keep up with my weekly blogs! I’m a mess lately, but more than that, I’m trying not to do too much on my iPod (wondering if it’s not contributing to my headaches of late), and getting to the laptop peacefully is tough. When I have time to blog, I have time to knit and knitting always wins.

Here are a few for you:

Wanida! I made these for my mother using Rowan soft 4-ply. The stitch definition is extraordinary and because it’s straight up wool, they are a little baggy around the ankle and will stretch a bit too, but my mother loves them. I posted earlier about the jog issue and how I handled it using 2AAt. Since I don’t blog too often, I won’t link to it. Just scroll down a bit. Ha.

The third and fourth photos are a more accurate color representation.

Then I made the Cotton Baby Hat from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (I love this book) and paired it with a Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman (ah. Love).¬† The cotton for the hat is good ol’ Sugar n’ Cream. The first BSJ is from Noro Silk Garden Sock (perfect for this jacket!). That one went to new Elisha, born in May. The second BSJ is for my cousin’s new baby, Maxwell. I haven’t mailed it yet as they just moved, but it’ll be too big for him anyway right now. It’s made from Jo Sharp DK Tweed. Not the Silk Road kind that people are crazy for (never used it before), but I did love the real wool feel of this tweed. I love all these projects.

Here’s some crazy photo love for you!

Isn't it just the cutest thing?

Took me forever to tie the bow just right. This project took less than two hours.

Beautiful colors! I can't wait to make another!

I had just the right amount of yarn. The gold really sets this one apart.

Even folded, it's amazing. EZ is a GENIUS!

I thought stripes were the only way to go with a BSJ. I was wrong.

It looks very classic and understated.

These buttons go with that "classic" look. This one is great.

You may notice in the last photo that my pick up stitches alongside the button band are both going the same way. The first BSJ I made, one side was “inside out” so to speak. This time, I just picked up as if purling the stitches I was picking up. Then they both came out in the same direction. I was very proud of myself for figuring this out.

Last FO. Socks for my father’s birthday. Took forever. I gave them to him after my birthday. Why? Well. Size 12 feet, don’t ya know.

The Cauchey pattern by Cookie A. in Sock Innovation

Easy pattern to memorize but would be better in a solid color yarn.

They look unnatural, right? Look how long that foot is! iPod is for scale.

The socks are made with that Bamboo & Ewe yarn. I picked it up at Joann’s. I want to say it’s a Sensations brand? I’m not positive. But it had a lot of yardage and I needed that. But I still had lots left! I think it will wear really fast. It is indeed soft.

Okay. FO’s done! Tomorrow, 10 on Tuesday and I’ll give you some WiPs on Wednesday! (I hope). Thanks for coming in and checking on me. I hope to be a bit more engaging in the future.

May the force be with you!!!

Don’t Knock It Till You Block It!

27 Mar

Every time I make a sweater or wearable garment (which isn’t really all that often, to be honest) and try it on before completely finishing it, I feel my face fall when I look in the mirror. I say, “Aww, man. This sucks. I might actually hate this!” I turn this way and that, check out my butt, look at my waist, see my butt again, look at my belly… then I sigh and say, “Maybe blocking will help.”

After I did this for the first time in front of my husband, and the blocked sweater looked way more awesome (awesomer!) than pre-blocking, he smiled and said it was great. I smiled back with, “Don’t knock it till you block it!” Now he says “What is it you say about blocking? Don’t knock it till you block it!”

Well, this process was no different with Jane (ravelry page).

I think this sweater is fantastic to look at and I wanted one. I was not going to wear the same outfit with it, however. (I remember Wendy Bernard writing about her book [see her blog at knitandtonic] where she mentions the scantily clad, come-hither women). Though my husband thought the swim tank would look great with the sweater, I noted the impracticality of wool with a tank-ini. He confessed it was problematic.

This is one of the patterns that made me buy the book last Christmas with my handy-dandy Borders gift card (intelligently gifted by my father). I got these and am excited to knit a lot from all three:

(Sorry it’s so dark).

After much searching on Ravelry, I found another who used the only yarn I had in my stash to knit it: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes. And it looked good, so I went ahead.

I do not have a huge problem with this yarn. It’s crazy cheap, has some fun colors, and it’s crazy cheap. But boy. I do wish I could knit with something a bit more luxurious. I do have to take more care with yarn purchases. Budgeting does not allow for this, however, so I made did with what I had (made did – that’s fun to say). And I’m okay with it. After washing, Wool of the Andes is soft enough and it drapes softly and it works and boy, oh, boy – it’s warm. (I’m tempted to throw another “and” on that run-on sentence, but that would be silly).

I had only two problems with this pattern: 1) the lack of mention regarding markers. Directions say to add two markers to the mix where the sides are, under the armpits. I see this. But later in the pattern, when it says “knit to next marker,” I realized it didn’t really mean the next marker. It meant the first and last marker. Somewhere between “place markers” and “knit to next marker,” I should have removed the two markers that mark the fronts from the back. I went with it, but was a bit annoyed because I kept the markers in just in case I needed them for something later. And I read through the pattern, and saw no more mention of the markers, so I finally bit the bullet and removed the annoying things after a while anyway. I know. This really is just lack of confidence in my own knitting, but still. And 2) the directions for a left-twist could have been more descriptive.

As written, the left-twist directions say “skip first st and knit into back of second st, then knit into front of first st, slipping both sts from needle together.” When I did that, there was no left-twist. Behold.

Nice right twist. Bad left twist. I finally googled the left twist and searched on Ravelry for answers. I found many people had issue with these directions. In fact, some so much they changed the lace pattern completely because they couldn’t figure it out. I think a slight change would have made all the difference. I would have found it more explanatory had it said, “skip first st and knit into back of second st from the back, then knit into front of first st from the front, slipping both sts from the needle together.”Thank you, search engines.

I made the cuff wider on the bottom and I knit a belt for it. I will modify the belt by sewing ribbon to the other side so that it doesn’t stretch as much as it does now.

Then I tried it on.

The slouchy pose and bad lighting don’t help, but still – ugh!

So I did my mirror dance, my whine-to-husband dance, and then I blocked it. One thing about Wool of the Andes while blocking is WET DOG.

I blocked per the measurements in the book as best I could and behold!

Beautiful, lovely, flattering Jane. I have received compliments on this sweater that include “Wow! You’re knitting has gotten so great!” – I think this is the pattern talking. I think it’s just the best thing I’ve ever knit. My husband certainly thinks so. The first week it was done, I wore it every day. Ahh, blocking. A genius move!


Pattern: Jane, by Wendy Bernard, Custom Knits

Size: 36 1/2

Needles: Size 7 and 8 circulars

Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Iris Heather

Mods: I made the cuff about 2.5 inches long. This was an accident, but now I like it. When I made it 1″, I realized I ended the sleeve too early. Rather than frog, I kept going with seed stitch. I also knit my “ribbon” in seed stitch. I randomly long-tailed and hoped it was long enough (it was!). After doing the sleeve caps, I switched to a size 8 needle for the rest of the sleeve in the round. My in-the-round gauge is tighter than my stockinette (short-row) gauge and it had to be done or else the sleeve cap would have always been noticeable. I also did the collar with a size 8, simply because I was too lazy to switch.

Verdict: Love love love! I can’t wait to try another pattern of hers. This book is fantastic and I’m so glad I got it.

My Ravelry  project link.

What’s your favorite yarn to knit sweaters with? How much is it? Where do you get it? Share!

Sideways Grande Cloche

19 Mar

Ahh. The sideways grande cloche. It is, by far, my favorite knit from Boutique Knits, which is why I didn’t buy the book. I was thrilled, then, when the pattern was published in 2009’s Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts. Yay! When I first saw the pattern, I knew exactly who I would knit it for.

My friend Leslie was the perfect recipient. I knew she’d be styling in it and she appreciates hand knits as she knits herself.

The construction is pretty neat. A long ribbed rectangle makes the body of the hat. You then pick up and decrease for the pretty crown, then knit two straps you braid together for the cable. Awesome and easy. I used the worsted-weight wool-ease. Soft, stable, WARM (even though she finally got it after Snowpocalypse and winter entirely), whilst being completely washable. How great is that? I’m very happy with this knit. I also had a lot of yarn left over. Definitely uses less than one skein.

Even with the lighter weight yarn, I used the needles called for and the same number of stitches. Pretty slick. I contemplated a provisional cast-on and grafting the ends together, but decided I needed seaming practice anyway and it came out great. Make one!!