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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).