Wednesday, June 29, 2005

I am still knitting.....a little. We just moved into a house we bought (go us!) and life has been busy and stressful to say the least. At a time when knitting would be most welcome, I didn't have time for it! I finished reknitting the hat for my neice in time for her birthday. I don't know if my sister liked it, the party was on our moving weekend so I couldn't go. She didn't get that it matched the cardigan, my mom made her dig it out to see that. (thanks mom!)

I bought some Patons Be Mine yarn yesterday. It's SO soft, I'm going to make a fluffy baby hat out of it, I think. Probably just stockingknit in the round - nice and easy.

I want to make another pinwheel baby blanket. I have been looking for a nice veregated yarn in a large skein, but not much other than the cotton seems nice. Walmart has some Red Heart Comfort, but it feels scratchy and the colour repeats are really short. I'm thinking about Bernat Satin, it's really nice and soft, and thick so it would knit up fast. I'm not sure if the blanket would end up really heavy, though. I'm liking what Emily did with hers, she put garter rows in. It looks really nice, if I don't go with a veregated yarn I might try that.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Off to the frog pond with this hat:

The only thing wrong with it? It's too big. It's for my neice, to match the cardigan I made for her in april. It's meant for fall, when the cardigan will fit, and she'll be the age my daughter is right now. I tried the hat on Teagan this morning, and it's a bit too big, and my daughter has a BIG head. No sense making a matching hat that can't be worn with the item it matches, so I'm ripping out and starting over. I made it 96 stitches around, maybe I'll go down to 80, that seems like it will be about right.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The purses felted up ok. Sophie(blue) is a bit stiff, and quite heavy for the handle. I may consider putting on a different handle later. They're a little pilly too, so I'll shave them later.

Teagan's purse(purple) was a made up design and it turned out pretty well, I might make more like that. She seemed to like it:

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Both purses are finished, and felting away (I hope) in the washing machine as I type. I'm excited, this part of felting is scarey and cool at the same time, you're never quite sure what's going to happen to the pieces........

Monday, June 06, 2005

Very little knitting time these days. We just bought a house and are renovating it before we move in, so we're quite busy. I try to sneak in a few rows driving to and from the place each day, though. I'm working on a sophie bag ( and a made-up purse for my daughter, both to be felted.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I've been 'outted' as a knitter at work, big time. I carried my current knitting project (a just-started baby hat) around with me in my work bag, in case I found myself with some down time, and headed off to my departmental all morning meeting. I was the first one there, and it was in a sort of auditorium (we're a big department, 50+) so I found a seat and pulled out my knitting. As people arrove I got some interesting comments, people checking out what I was making. My boss seemed quite amused that I was knitting. And as the meeting started I didn't bother to stop, since I wasn't causing a problem. It turned out to be a good thing to be knitting, I have trouble with my mind wandering in long meetings, sitting so still and inactive drives me nuts, so keeping my fingers busy let me concentrate better.

Anyways, as my boss got up to give the summary of his group, who's new, etc, he says "and knitting away there is Wendy, just back from maternity leave" *blush* I could feel the eyes on me. Later near the end they were doing a draw (they gave away silly prizes for fun) the person drawing joked that the prize was the hat I was knitting. *blush again*

But I did finish the hat!