Friday, May 30, 2008

Knitting Away

Hi there!

The little ones and I are in Buffalo visiting my parents. I'm also knitting away at a number of projects (how does that happen?)

I've finished the ridiculous hat, except for a pom-pom at the top. I've brought along Zoom and the Celtic Knot Stole (haven't worked on them though). I've cast on for the Lillian Tank top for me, and a baby top that is a test knit. I will post pictures when I can, which will likely be when I'm home the middle of next week.

Until then, happy knitting!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I proctored my last exam today, and worked on a hat for charity that can only be called ridiculous. I thought it was a good way to use some oddball yarn. Yup, ridiculous.

On a happy note, I got a new T-shirt in the mail today.

You won't appreciate the graphic if you weren't around for all the drama, and I'd advise not trying to catch up - old drama isn't fun. HOWEVER, the graphic designer who did the graphic is amazing! Her ravelry ID is Kayjaydee, and when she opens up her own shop, I'll be sure to let you know!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Where's the Knitting?

So, it's really sad. I've hardly knit at all the past week. I've worked on the Celtic Knot Stole twice, and once I worked for a whole hour on one row. GRRR.

It feels like it's been a little crazy around here, but I'm not sure why. The little ones are back to their busy social lives, so that certainly takes up some time. I'm also on a mission to thoroughly clean every room. Last weekend it was the kitchen - curtains are washed and ironed, EVERYTHING has been scrubbed, and all the clutter is away. Today I'm working on the dining room. I've also been in full-blown planning mode for my hubby's 40th birthday. I can't report any of the details at this time, but it's a month from today, and it's going to be fabulous. And, I've been trying to establish a consistent exercise routine. Believe it or not, knitting is not an aerobic activity.

Next week the little ones and I are off to Buffalo to see Grandma and Grandpa.

Here's a picture of the stole . It's slow-going, but I am enjoying the process.

Hopefully, I'll figure out how to take better pictures of lace one of these days.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Alana's Blogiversary

Hi all!

Pop on over and wish Alana a happy blogiversary, and enter her contest. Then, check out the rest of her blog!!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

NH Sheep & Wool Festival

I went to the NH Sheep & Wool Festival with 3 friends and an infant. Baby Eli (2 months old) was a trooper - hardly a peep out of him! While I was there, I got to meet Kris. We didn't get to chat long, but she is as sweet in person as she is on her blog.

I also bought some very pretty yarn! (Well, really, my mom bought me some very pretty yarn! Thanks Mom!)

This is 100% silk laceweight from Spirit Trail Fiberworks. I can't even begin to explain how soft it is. It's destined to become an Oriel Lace Scarf.

Then, I got 2 skeins of wool/silk laceweight, from Mad Angel Creations. The spinner/dyer was not in the booth, but her husband was. He was very apologetic for knowing nothing at all about the yarn, but assured me his wife would be back soon. I would have liked to hear more about how the yarn is dyed and whatnot, but I didn't want to make the baby wait around.

Again, very soft. I'm not exactly sure what this is going to be, but I have some ideas.

My mom has been looking for something turquoise and pink for a scarf, and I picked up this sock yarn.

The color is off. It's much more pink and much less purple, and much less blue and more turquoise.

Also, I got some fleece insoles to keep my feet warm in the winter. I've been wearing them since I got home, and my feet are very cozy.

While I was proctoring this week, I knit 42" of a mistake rib scarf, and did a lot of Sudoku Puzzles. Good times.

What have you been up to?

Happy Knitting!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Quick Stuff

The baby shower was a success, and good times had by all!

Yesterday and today have been busy with church, kid stuff, and general household stuff. I'm proctoring exams the rest of this week and most of next week. Which means lots of knitting time, but I don't know how much time I'll have to post.

Still working on Reasonably Hip, and have gotten three more chart rows done on the Celtic Knot Stole. Wasting a lot of time on Ravelry this week, but laughing a lot!

Saturday, I'll be attending the NH Sheep and Wool Festival. Anyone else going?

Okay, gotta run. Going to try to get some reading done and into bed early.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Diaper Cake

I'm really proud of the way this came out!

The mom-to-be and I share a love of frogs. The very top of the cake is the baby squash hat, and the frog is wearing the bonnet.

I'm going to move the blue bear wrist rattle to the right - I don't like the way its bending the ribbon.

Happy Knitting! (Or, happy diapering, if that's appropriate for you!)

Unproductively Productive

That's how my day was yesterday. Reasonably Hip was looking pretty small. I finally measured its circumference - 15". It should be 19". Frogged it and recast on with size 9 needles. Spent some time looking for provisional cast-on information. Attempted to follow the video at several times, without any luck. (I'm pretty certain the problem is me, and not the video). Finally found this on Knitty, only to have my husband close the tab without me bookmarking it. I also knit a few rows on a baby washcloth, and assembled a diaper cake for the baby shower on Saturday. It's all done except for the ribbon around each layer to hide the rubber bands. After assembling it and figuring out where the "stuff" (stuffed animal, knit hat and bonnet, wrist rattles, and binky clip) were going to go, I've decided that I will only be needing 4 baby washcloths, so no more worrying about getting another 3 done.

I went to bed feeling like I'd done a lot of work without accomplishing anything.

Since baby washcloths are no longer an issue, I cast on for Zoom - a cover for my swiffer! This was my playground knitting for the day. I only finished 6 rows, but that's kind of the idea of playground knitting - it really doesn't matter if it moves along quickly.

After coming home for the playground, the little ones had a nice long nap, and I provisionally cast-on for the Celtic Knot Stole and knit the first row. And minutes later found the designer's original post of the pattern, along with this, an explanation of how to do a crochet cast-on, as she did for the stole. And now, I must decide - start over, or leave what I've done. The deciding factor is going to be figuring out how the edging attaches to the main body of the stole. I was confused, but figured I could knit the whole stole before I had to worry about it. I'm off to either do the dishes or look at the directions again and throw out questions on Ravelry. (What do you think - housework or knitting?)

Edited - good thing I reread the directions before harassing anyone! The crochet cast-on is for the border edging. So, still confused about that, but today's work can stay, and I'll figure out the border later.

BTW - instead of knitting stuff, I totally should have been doing Pilates while the kids napped. No wonder I never get any skinnier!

The little ones are having a tea party, complete with raisins and graham crackers.

Happy Knitting!