Saturday, August 29, 2009

Summer of Socks

Last night, I finished my only official pair of Summer of Socks socks. I LOVE them, and I'm not even minding that I only finished one out of my goal of two pairs. The yarn (which I bought here) was a dream to work with!

I have quite a bit of yarn back, and I'm considering making a pair of baby socks - because my knitting list isn't long enough! :)

Today I'll be working on the February Baby Sweater. What are you knitting?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Updated Christmas Knitting

Last January I joined a group on Ravelry dedicated to doing one project a month in preparation of Christmas. I made a list, I had a plan, I've done.....none of it. Not one single Christmas project. So, as soon as the Fancy Pants Socks are done (just the foot of the second sock to go, and it has to be done by September 1st to qualify as a Summer of Socks pair - that's another goal not reached....) and Baby Girl's February Sweater, it will be all Christmas knitting, all the time.

Here's the items that need to be done:

1. Pumpkin Hat for Baby Girl (okay, NOT Christmas knitting, but I want it done anyway.)
2. Stocking for Big Boy (He's ASKED, and there's not many things I can knit a 9 year old that he'll really love. Pattern is ordered)
3. Norwegian Hat for Little Boy (from kit my mom gave me for Christmas)
4. Oriel Lace Scarf (because I've been working on it for two years.)
5. Hat for my SIL's brother
6. Matching sweaters for Little and Baby Girls
7. Celtic Lace Stole for friend
8. Christmas Tree hat for Baby Girl (because I'm a knitter, and my kids should have cutsy hats!)

The bold items are non-negotiable, and MUST be done! I confess, the list is ambitious, but I'm hopeful......

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Oops, I forgot!

The beautiful sock yarn you see in the fancy pants socks below is called "Cherry Blossoms" and it was hand-dyed by Rainbow and Her Magic Dyes. I totally recommend checking out her store!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fancy Pants Socks

I signed up to participate in Summer of Socks 2009, with the goal of completing two pairs of fancy pants socks. (The only socks I've knitted have been boring stockinette.) As with all my knitting goals since Baby Girl was born, I'm super behind. However, I'm pretty pleased with what I have accomplished so far:

The pattern is from the Ann Budd book Getting Started Knitting Socks. It's a basic sock pattern, with a lace motif pattern added (the motif is in the back of the book. I don't have the name handy at the moment.) This is the best picture I managed to take of the lace:

I've got Christmas knitting on my mind - nervous about meeting those goals. So, I'm amending my SOS goals to finishing a pair of socks by the end of September. I also need to finish the February Baby Sweater I've started for the babe. After that, it's all Christmas (except for the Pumpkin Hat I'm planning for the baby, and whatever other little novelty knits cross my path.) It's moments like these I wish the laundry folded itself. Or that the kids were old enough to fold it for me - except they would be too old to want to wear the cute little knits I'd be making them.

Life's rough sometimes.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

International Bloggers

Way back in July, I received a blog award from Nina, Under the Rainbow. I know Nina through Ravelry, and had the good fortune to receive some of her hand dyed sock yarn for my birthday. (Check out her etsy shop!)

Thanks Nina!

There's some rules to this award, but the babe is starting to fuss. Posting time is still nil, but I'm trying to get back into the habit of blogging (and knitting too!)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Why, Hello Again!

Long time no see!

We've been without a computer for almost two months! Thankfully, we now have a new hard drive and tech help Dad has everything set up for us.

Sadly, I have virtually no knitting content to show for the past two months. I'm almost halfway through one sock and have started the February Baby Sweater for baby girl. Actually, I DID finish the cotton kisses cardigan, but haven't taken any pictures of it yet.

We've had a busy summer though! We've been to Buffalo to see family, my parents visited here, and the girls and I went to Pennsylvania for a family wedding, while the boys stayed home and did boy things. Little girl took swimming lessons, Big Boy has gone to a couple of weeks of day camp, and little boy has spent much time around the house helping Daddy put things together - namely two sets of bunk beds and a crib. Baby girl is growing QUICKLY! She's been inch-worming around the floor for over a month, and started to sit up a couple of weeks ago. I feel like she's growing up a little too fast, but I'm still celebrating every milestone.

I'm hoping to get back into the knitting groove and to be posting a lot more regularly! I signed up for Dish Rag Tag, so at least some kind of knitting will get done!

Happy Knitting All!