Saturday, April 30, 2005

I'm feeling a little unravelled. (har-de-har-har)

I can't focus on one project, there is so much I want to get done, and should get done, stuff I haven't even started yet, and I can't figure out where to focus. Current WIP list(ACTIVE WIPs, not mentioning the abandoned ones)
  • Soleil (just finished the lace)
  • Sophie Bag
  • Crochet Star Afghan
  • Knit socks for Teagan (nearly done)
  • Cotton cap sleeve top for me (nearly done)
  • Bulky Assymetrical Baby sweater

Stuff I need to do and haven't started yet:

  • Sun hat for Teagan
  • Gender Neutral baby gift for May
  • Slippers for neice - June
  • Boy Baby gift for June
  • Gender Neutral Baby Gift for June
  • Boy baby gift #1 for July
  • Boy Baby gift #2 for July
  • Girl Baby gift for July
  • Gender Neutral Baby Gift for August

*not mentioning planned xmas gifts at this point*

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

I've made it a little further up soleil, but quite a ways to go yet. I haven't had a lot of knitting time, and I fear I will have to set this project aside to get wroking on more baby gifts. Thankfully baby items are small and fairly fast, but I really want to finish Soleil!

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Here's my progress on Soleil so far, just about done the lace repeats:

I love how the lace looks, assuming the designer's promises of the curling blocking out come true......It should move quickly now, just miles of stockingknit with occasional increases and decreases after the lace.

And a photo of the rainbow baby set I made for a couple of gals on my lacrosse team that just had a baby boy:

I made it before I knew if they were having a boy or a girl, so I tried to choose a neutral (but fun!) colourway. It's Patons Look At Me, which is a nice acrylic, since we're heading into summer I didn't think wool would be a good choice. I found I really like a 1x1 rib for baby stuff (sock and hat cuffs) since it's soft and plushy, and looks pretty even while still having lots of stretch.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Someone commented that I was having a BLUE mood with all the photos in the last post. I realize my Sophie Bag I also have on the needles is blue too! I did do one baby project recently that's not blue, it's bright rainbow veregated, actually. I'll try to snap a photo before I gift it tonight.

I'm still working on Soleil. I ripped out what I had done to cast on again, hopefully fixing the curling issue. It didn't help, it's still curling, but it appears others have the same experience so I'm just going to hope it blocks out okay when I'm done. I'm just starting the third lace repeat now. Hopefully I can pick up speed a bit, the weather turned warm here laely so I'd like to get this done to wear it!

I found an old abandoned sweater in my stash that would be great for the warmer weather. About 2 years ago I started making a cap sleeved cotton sweater, knit in the round from the bottom-up. My own design.(I had delusions of submitting it to knitty, even, though it was far to plain and then I lost my pattern notes) It got forgotten for a while, and then I realised it wouldn't fit, as I'd gained a few(cough) pounds, so I just abandoned it. Pulling it out the other day I realized it would almost fit me now! It needs about an inch more in the yoke, then trim around the neck and it will be done. No finishing since it's in the round, either! I'll have to find some time to work on it soon!

And yes, it's blue too ;P

Thursday, April 14, 2005

I sent a couple of knit hats up to my cousin, who just had a baby boy. It's still cold where they live, so I sent one wintery hat, and one summery hat:

I REALLY like the design of that cabled hat, but I can't seem to find out where I originally got the pattern. (someone asked for it so I've been searching but I can't seem to find it) I thought it was in one of the minnowknits books from the library but I've checked them all. I've made this hat about 4 times now and love it every time, I can make it from a photo now, so no worries about finding the pattern.

I've gotten a good start on soleil from, here's where I was at yesterday:

It's rolling a bit but I'm going to press on and hope blocking takes care of it.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

I'm currently swatching for Soleil from the new issue of I was looking for something sleeveless to make that I could wear to work as the weather warms up, and luckily this showed up at just the right time! I have some Patons Rio (discontinued I think) that should work nicely, in a light blue colour.

I also started Sophie from It's a nice easy knit, and works up fast on 6mm needles!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Finally finished it, within an hour of leaving for the party! Nothing like finishing something at the last minute, eh? I was pleased with how it ended up, blocking (ironing with steam) helped it out a lot, relaxed and softened the fabric up nicely. It ended up quite large, despite making it in the 9-12 month size and being close on gauge it came out like an 18month+. Oh well, it will work for my neice in the fall. Here's the sweater:

I had to snap a photo quick after gifting, I forgot to take it before I wrapped it up.

Next? Felted bags. I'm in the mood for some quick knit projects, and haven't felted in a while. Maybe I'll even dye some yarn.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Still having trouble with the sweater, found ANOTHER error so I didn't get to block last night, I'm still knitting! I might have to skip the pre-assembly blocking I'd planned.

In other news:

Check out my [cough] large assortment of yarn HERE Sorry the photos and layout are so sad, I don't have time for anything nicer.