I have not worked on anything else but my brother’s Transformers blanket. So far, I have managed to finish 3 of ten balls of yarn. Two balls are still brand new, and the rest have been used for one square each. I can get three squares from each ball, so by the time I finish the ten balls of yarn I should have 30 squares.
I will try to get a picture of what all the squares look like together, but I have to wait til the sun comes out to take the pictures. I have also started knitting my garter stitch cardigan, but it isn’t much to photograph seeing that I have only completed the first four rows.
I am considering unraveling my Relm hat, since it was very big, and I don’t see myself really wearing it. I plan on knitting up a small beanie and using the rest of the yarn I have to make a scarf. I haven’t decided on a pattern for the scarf. It will either be a ribbed scarf, or a lacy scarf. I won’t be starting anything new until I finish my brother’s blanket.
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. 🙂
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?
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. 🙂
Here are some pics of my the front half of my mom’s sleeveless shell. I have finished all the lace, and am now working the boring stockinette stitch. I am eager to finish boring St st so that I can start the lace for the back of the shell.
I finally took a picture of the Finding Nemo fish hat! It has been finished for a while, I just need to wash it now (notice how it doesn’t hang down in the back). Once I get the hat washed the yarn will soften up and it will look a lot better.
I am really excited about my pompom peds. I was afraid to run out of yarn, so I stopped knitting the first sock and put it on a circular needle for now. Meanwhile, I have started knitting the second sock on the dpns. I wish I had two sets of size 2 dpns so that I could knit the socks at the same time, but I don’t really NEED the extra sets of dpns. Hmm… once I start knitting more socks I will have to ask for double sets for Christmas or something. Anyhow, Here is where I am on the socks so far.
The Transformers Afghan is taking a while, but now I am taking my time on it. When I started making it I was stressed out about finishing it quickly, but I realized that as soon as I finish it I will want to make another large project, and I can’t d that for two reasons. One, I don’t have a pattern for anything large that I want to make. Two, I can’t afford to buy yarn for any large projects. The first picture is of an Autobot square, and the second picture is of five Decepticon squares on one circular needle. I don’t know why I didn’t think about knitting more than one square at a time. I thought that I would get my yarn tangled, but I placed each ball of yarn in a separate bag. Problem solved, no tangles!
I have new pictures of several projects, today. First, my Wool Noggins hat, which is hat 4 in my Hat a Week Project. This hat was so easy and fast to knit! It only took about two hours, and I was able to finish it completely during Peanut’s nap Sunday afternoon.
I have also gotten a lot done on my mom’s sleeveless shell. Right now I have finished the entire lace pattern of the front piece of the shirt, but I don’t have pictures of that. I do have pictures of half the lace next to the original shirt I made, and also a picture of what the pattern in the magazine looks like.
I have also started working on a new pair of ankle socks using some scrap yarn I had in my stash. This sock pattern almost got thrown out after I made the first half of the first sock and I realized the sock was huge! I followed the pattern and used the right size needle and yarn, but I didn’t check my gauge. Apparently I was knitting too loosely and the sock was over-sized. I unraveled it Sunday night and started it over. By Monday night I had a nice fitting sock, and it looks like I may have enough yarn to complete both socks. I was getting worried that I might have to have different colored toes on them. This is a picture of the over-sized sock that I ripped out. I will take pictures of the new version of the socks soon.
So I was knitting some house socks out of Bernat Satin Sport yarn, and I am sad to say that the socks were a disappointment. 😦 I completed the first sock, put it on, and was horrified. The pattern was okay, but I would have changed the placement of the heel flap. The directions didn’t clarify that I should center the lace, and as it was y first lacy sock I didn’t know I was supposed to. As soon as I began knitting the length of the foot, I noticed that the lace was lopsided! The eyelet/yarn over section should have begun a few stitches later, not where I put them.
Also, the yarn is a nice choice for scarves and hats, maybe even a sweater, but it is terrible for socks! I could literally feel the acrylic rubbing against itself when I put the sock on! Needless to say I was very disappointed with my sock. I will once again rip out a project made from this yarn. So far I have ripped out two blouses and one sock made from this yarn. I think I will try either a hat or a scarf pattern with this yarn (I have about 2 1/2 balls at about 220 yards per ball). I wish I had it in both white and black so that I could make my nephew the pirate hat I have been meaning to make. The pattern calls for sport weight or dk yarn, and I only have worsted weight yarn in black and white.
On a completely different note, I decided to cut Peanut’s hair today while he was in the tub playing. Hubby ran in with scissors, snip, snip, and it was over. Peanut didn’t even notice. However, I want to cut it more since it is starting to look more and more like a bob hair cut to me. Maybe we should just shave it all off. We have slippers, but I am just afraid to accidentally cut him in any way. We have discussed cutting his hair while he sleeps, but I am apprehensive since that would mean that his hair might be very uneven and there would be hair all over the sheets.