Monthly Archives: June 2009

Showing the little guys love

So I am really showing the little men in my life some love right now.   I finished my new nephew’s blanket a few days ago.  He isn’t due til the end of July, so technically I will be giving the blanket to my SIL.  I used a basic granny square pattern and changed the colors every once in a while.  I wanted to use Red Heart Soft Yarn, since I already had a ball of it in Avocado.  Since it was a pretty unique color I had, I wanted the other colors to be unique, too, so I got teal and grape.  I think of it as a modern baby blanket, since it isn’t made with lighter colors, like baby blue and mint green.  I had a hard time taking a good pic, since the yarn tends to shine when I use the flash on the camera.  I hope the pics are decent.

baby blanket bottom up

 

Baby blanket corner

baby blanket left leaning

This is the yarn I had left over from the three original balls.  I am going to use them in a fair isle hat I plan to make for myself.  I am not going to make it until I finish my garter yoke cardigan.  I want to use the leftover yarn from that project as a base color for the fair isle hat. 

baby blanket yarn left overs

My mom gave me two balls of Scarlet Red Caron Natura Yarn, and I had no idea what to do with it.  It is a little bright for a scarf and hat set, atleast for my skin tone.  I imagine that it will make my skin look orange. 

caron natura scarlet

So I decided to crochet a toy for Peanut, a big red ball.  He loved it, expecially since he didn’t see me make it.  My husband has requested that I make a bunch of these balls in different colors.  He has also asked that I make a soccer ball.  I have a lot of black and white yarn, but I don’t think I have a lot of patience to make the kind of soccer ball he wants. 

I have also started making some cable socks from my Sarah Dallas Knitting book, but I have not taken any pics of them yet.  Today is laundry day, so I probably won’t be able to work on them today.  I might get some pictures up by the end of the week.

scarlet ball

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Nothing new, sorry

I have been racking my brain all day trying to decide what to knit.  I am crocheting my SIL’s baby blanket. but that isn’t too exciting.  It is also getting very close to being finished.  I know that I should start the back of my mom’s sleeveless shell, and I should also make more Transformers squares for the afghan, but I don’t really want to.  The Transformers squares are interesting, but not tempting.  The sleeveless shell is all stockinette, which is so boring.  I really want to start a new pair of socks, but I am resisting the temptation.  I am also resisting any temptation to start new projects.  Hmm.. I hate being indecisive.  I’ll post later about what I decide to do.  🙂

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Marlene Socks are Complete

Today I finished my Marlene socks, and it was very on-the-edge-of-my-seat knitting.  I was so scared that I would run out of yarn, because the pattern called for about 50 yards more than I had.  I omitted two repeats on both socks, and it worked!  I ended up having about 4 feet of yarn left over.  It was a very close call.  I love the result.  I used Kertzer On Your Toes Bamboo, which is very splitty, very soft, and fuzzes a little as you knit it.  The color showed the stitch definition very well.  I am considering using the pattern Marlene, by Cookie A. again, but next time with a blue yarn.  Here are some pictures.  Enjoy.

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Some dishcloths and other things

My mom came to visit this past Wednesday and I got to hang out with her and my brother.  It was pretty fun.  We went to Luby’s for lunch and then stopped at the Yarn Barn for some yarn shopping.  He wanted some washcloths for computer dusting so I agreed to make them for him.  I bought a green yarn.  I think the camera didn’t do any justice to the color.  I like to think of it as a Christmas green, but it looks a lot lighter in the pictures. 

Here is how small the ball was, which made me unsure of whether I was going to be able to finish both the cloths.  I finished both cloths on Friday.  I think all the ribbing in the Marlene socks has helped me knit faster.  I can transition between knits and purls a lot easier now, and having a row counter was helpful.  I didn’t have to put my knitting down after each row to write down the rows I complete.  Here are some pics of the yarn, the Autobot dishcloth, and the Transformers dishcloth.  If you didn’t know already, these are the two symbols for the good guys and the bad guys from The Transformers. 

green lily cream

decepticon

autobot

As payment for knitting the dishcloths my brother let me choose a yarn for myself.  I picked a Hand Maiden Casbah sock yarn in Cedar.  I think I am going to make myself some Monkey socks, but first I have to finish my Marlene socks.  The Marlene socks are almost done.  Today, I turned the heel on the second sock.  Tomorrow I will finish the gusset and hopefully the majority of the foot.

Casbah

This week I also finished up a new cardigan.  I used the Pinguino Super Bulky to make the Fairly Easy Fair Isle Cardigan from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation by Debbie Stoller.  I omitted the fair isle part, but it still looks very nice.  I will post pictures of the finished product just as soon as I put some buttons on it.   

lower body of cardi

I also started another big project on Thursday.  My SIL is having a little boy next month, so I am crocheting a big granny square afghan for her.  I finished the center square, and now I have to go to Joann’s to get more yarn.  I am using the Red Heart Soft Yarn, and hopefully I will be able to find a nice match to this avocado color.

baby blanket

That’s it for now.  I will try to finish a few things before the end of next week, including my Marlene socks, the baby blanket, and lacy scarf (that I have not even started yet, but hope to start soon).

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Lacy Shawl is Complete

I finished up the Lacy Shawl, and I think it looks really nice.  I haven’t taken a good picture of it in the sunlight, but the following are pretty nice.  So far, this shawl has become very handy at night when my house is freezing.  🙂

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I have also started working the Fairly Easy Fair Isle Sweater from Stitch n Bitch Nation.  I am omitting the fair isle part, and making the sweater in a red bulky yarn.  It looks really nice right now, but I may have to redo the bottom part since it is rolling up.  I will try to get pictures of it soon.

Oh, and one last thing, I have to say that I love this new toy I bought for Peanut.  It is one of those magnetic fish games that I used to have when I was younger.  He got it last Friday, and already two fishes have taped on eyes and I had to tape up a fishing pole.  What can you expect from a toy that costs $1.50? 

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Almost Friday…

I can’t believe it’s almost Friday.  Today I have to figure out what I am going to knit tomorrow at Yarnivore’s Knit Night.  I think I want to take my lacy shawl, but it is something that I need to concentrate just a little on.  I don’t want to mess up so I will need some mindless knitting.  Maybe I can cast on for a simple dish cloth or something.  I have been meaning to knit my son a washcloth, and I think I may have some cotton yarn to make it with.  Of course I will need an easy pattern.  Maybe I will start searching for a pattern soon.  Hmm… 

Oh, and on another note, my mother said that she wanted a plain back for her sleeveless tank, which is awesome, so I won’t have to do the lace repeats.  Now I just have to figure out the decreases so that they will match the front, since the decreases for the front were worked into the lace.  🙂

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I hate rainy nights

Last night I got zero hours of sleep, and I blame the very loud rain.  My son fell asleep about one hour before I turned off the lights, and about two minutes later the lightning and thunder began.  For the next half hour I had to keep patting my son so that he could go back to sleep, but the rain won.  My son was wide awake and ready for his day!  I stayed awake til about 8 am when he decided it was nap-time, and I was so relieved!  I slept til about 3 pm, which made me very happy.  My son’s schedule is really off tonight, and he is still wide awake at 1 am.  I took a short power nap at around 9 so I am ready to stay awake til whenever.  I am sure he will get back on schedule tomorrow.  I hope. 

I did get a lot of knitting done on my lacy shawl last night and this afternoon.  I have one more 16 row lace repeat, and then I can begin the edging, which I am still not too sure I want to make.  I need to go look at some ravelry FOs to see if I like the way the lace edge looks.  Hopefully I will have it finished before Friday so that I can take it to Yarnivore and show off my first lace shawl (I made a garter stitch shawl for my mom a few months ago, but it was too easy to be considered a lace shawl). 

This is a very blurry of how big it was Wednesday night.  It has since grown a bit. 

I have been really good about not buying yarn, but my mom has not.  She has been knitting like crazy, and I am benefiting from her yarn binge.  She is going to give me 6 skeins of yarn on the 16th when she comes to visit.  Four skeins are cream colored and two are red, so I will make a sweater with the cream stuff, and a hat/scarf set with the red.  I am very excited, but I must finish all current WIPs before starting anything new (this is my new rule for myself).  We’ll see if I can actually keep my self from casting on too early.  🙂

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