Saturday, June 28, 2003

I'm working on a baby sweater for the third pregnant gal on my lacrosse tea. I'm hoping to finish it by tuesday, thinking she may come to watch the league finals. She is due on July 11th I think so I'd like to give it to her soon. I'm doing one of the variations of the 5 hour baby sweater. It's taking a bit longer than 5 hours overall I think, but it is moving along pretty quickly. I'm using a new cotton yarn by Red Heart that I found at Walmart. I think I will be able to make the whole sweater out of one ball.

Hoping to edit the wedding afghan photos this weekend and put up a link to a page. I have them all but most are duplicates and very large so I need to do a little editing.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

I screwed up the sock I'm working on. I lost a stitch or two somewhere in the heel flap. It pains me to imagine ripping out almost 1000 stitches, but I don't know enough about socks to figure out how to adapt the heel shaping to less stitches. Plus I don't know where that dropped stitch went and I don't want it unravelling later! I found a mistake in the first pair I made for mom, one stitch was slipped so it sort of stretches across two rows, but its not TOO noticable so it's okay. I doubt mom will even see it with the fancy jacquard patterning.

I need to get more done. I'm halfway through a mess of xmas presents, and have more to sort out, plus christmas cards to make!

Monday, June 23, 2003

I still haven't solved the baby sweater mess, so it's still set aside. I may try to make something else instead and just work on it again down the road for someone else. I just found out another friend is pregnant so I have much more knitting in my future!

I did pick bob up again. I'm about 2/3 done one sleeve. I will need to go buy one more ball of the yarn I think, but I should be able to finish it fairly soon. I have so much yarn and so many things I want to make that I really have to keep moving! I found two of the CUTEST patterns today:

Ducky Baby Set

Froggy Baby Set

I just HAVE to make one of these, they are so nifty! I have someone in mind already.

***COMING SOON*** the long awaited wedding afghan photos!

Thursday, June 19, 2003

So little knitting done these days. It's very sad. I still haven't solved the dilemma with that baby sweater I mentioned in my last post. I'm really sad, I've made such a mess of it and it was nearly done too!

I haven't picked Bob up again because I'm sad about how "over" drapey it's coming out. The socks are needing a colour change a bit early, I was going to do the toe in green but I just ran out of the main colourway, so the toe and part of the foot will be green. I only have one ball of the green to work from though, so I have to sort out the logistics of working on two socks from one ball of yarn.

Something nicer to mention: my mom found an AMAZING thing at a thrift shop. A nearly completed, beautifully done, irish knit sweater! All that remains is the collar, I just have to slip the stitches onto a needle and knit up a colar. It's a really beautiful cardigan, something I would definitely wear. It even has buttons sewn on already (though one appears to be missing) and there is enough extra wool to finish the collar. The best part? She got it for $3.50!! (that's $3.50 canadian by the way) The wool is good quality off white wool, and the stitchwork is so nice. I should get to work on a collar so I can wear this! though it's too hot to wear it for a while now.......

Monday, June 09, 2003

The baby sweater was NEARLY finished last night, when I ran into a problem. I was about to stitch up the second side when I found a dropped stitch in the sleeve! This yarn is SO tangly and hard to unravel, but I cut the bind of and tried to unravel back to the dropped stitch. After half an hour I gave up in frustration, I don't quite know what I am going to do. If you look at the photo in the last entry you can see how "fluffy" this yarn is, so you can imagine how it tangles up. In retrospect I should have taken a piece of the yarn and just sort of "mended" the dropped stitch in, it wouldn't have shown and would have been much easier than this.

I'm going out of town for an IT conference for the next few days, and I think I'm going to take those socks I've been working on. They're on 2 circs and I'm on the foot part (top down) so they are quite portable and nice mindless travel knitting. We'll have to see how my coworkers (all techy people) react to my knitting on the ferry and in the car!

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

I couldn't resist casting on for something else! Startitis is definitely a disease....

Someone at my stamping group was talking about a really simple knitting pattern for a baby sweater, and emailed me the link. I couldn't face reworking the pattern to work with my Patons Pixie yarn, so I found another pattern instead. I'm doing this pattern. It looks very simple and fast, and unisex, since I don't know the sex of either baby left to knit for. This yarn is SO soft, you can almost see the softness in the sleeve part I knitted so far:

It feels so neat on my fingers, I can just imagine how great it would feel holding a baby dressed in it!

Monday, June 02, 2003

I'm a little worried about Bob. I think the yarn I'm using drapes too much......It seems REALLY stretchy. When I hold up the front and back from the neck area, it stretches pretty long. All I have left now is the sleeves though, I think I might just finish it, then try it on and worry about the fit. If it does stretch out too much, I can always rip it.